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Heron House

3221 Fruitville Rd., Sarasota, FL 34237

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4.14

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Offers Assisted Living and Memory Care

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Sarasota, Florida 34237


4.2

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one bedroom apartment, studio


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$3,150/mo



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Assisted Living, Memory Care

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Sarasota, Florida 34237



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Reviews of Heron House in Sarasota, Florida

4.14

(27 reviews)

  • Facility

    4.1

  • Staff

    4.8

  • Food

    4.0

  • Activities

    5.0

  • Value

    5.0

VC

1

November 27, 2022

I visited this facility

I didn't like anything about Heron House. It was filthy. They should improve their cleanliness. The whole place reeks of urine. There was trash on the floor. There were bugs and ants on the tables. It was a mess. I wouldn't leave a stray dog there. It was awful. They had a courtyard, but it was mostly like a garbage pit. There were plastic cups everywhere, chairs overturned, no flowers, and bushes untrimmed. The room that we looked at was actually pretty nice. It was pretty close to downtown Sarasota.

Judy

5

November 24, 2022

I am a friend or relative of a current/past resident

My husband stayed in Heron House for 5 days for respite. They did a lovely job, they were lovely, lovely people. Uniformly outstanding, caring, proficient, and professional. I was very impressed. Great communication skills. It was just altogether an impressive group. They were very generous in their suggestions. They introduced him to people. They seated him with interesting people at mealtime. And they made every effort to engage him in activities, none of which he was interested in because he's not that kind of a person. But they did a great job at trying. I had lunch there and the food was very good. It's a very nice facility, they do a good job at keeping it up. His room was very pleasant, had a lovely view, and was spacious . He didn't like the chair, but they did provide a nice recliner. I thought it was thoughtful but it wasn't his, so he didn't like it. But at that point in his dementia, he didn't like most things that were familiar.

Holly

5

September 23, 2022

I am a friend or relative of a current/past resident

My in-laws are in Heron House. I like that it's small and the staff is wonderful. It's very clean. They're constantly cleaning and disinfecting. It's an older building, but it's all kept well. I have not tasted the food myself, but it smells good. They're in memory care, so there's not that much. In the other section, I'm sure they have a lot more. They have trips and different things, but in the section, my in-laws are in, it's very limited because it's memory care. They have a beauty salon, barber, podiatrist, and all that. I'm very happy with them. I'm very pleased.

Kathy

5

February 13, 2022

I am a friend or relative of a current/past resident

My mom has moved into Heron House. It's wonderful. The people are very friendly and welcoming. The physical appearance is great. It's beautiful. It's very clean. My mom enjoys the food; she likes it. She even says it's very good. She's fine. She is in memory care and she participates when she wants to. We chose this one because they have a move-in special.

Jace

5

September 2, 2021

I visited this facility

I chose Heron House for my mother because of its location. It is close to our house. It was clean. The residents that were living there seemed to be happy and very friendly. The staff members were very friendly, informative, and helpful. They gave us a couple of meals to take home, and the food was good. They have a salon on site, shopping trips, eating out, and transportation available. It came down to the location being close to our house, so it was a nice facility. It was also very clean and cheerful.

Lisa

3

June 25, 2021

I visited this facility

I really didn't care for Heron House, although it was more affordable than the others. My dad has memory issues, but he's fully functioning and can do everything on his own. I felt he would not be happy there because a lot of the people were on the opposite side of the spectrum from him. It didn't look as clean to me, and the outside facilities were very limited. The people there seemed like they needed a lot more care physically than my father does. I only met with one person, but she was very nice. The rooms were large, but they didn't look clean to me. Maybe they didn't have time to clean the room, but the beds looked a little nasty. I would definitely not put my father there.

ReviewerAT0129

4

February 1, 2020

I visited this facility

Heron House was okay, and the staff was very nice. The rooms were a little small, but it was okay. The dining room was very nice. The staff who assisted me on the tour was very nice.

Fran

4

October 11, 2019

I visited this facility

My primary problem with Heron House was location. There wasn't anything really wrong with it, but it just was nowhere near as convenient to me. The rooms that they have where my husband would be was a shared room. There were two people in those. It was nice, very clean, and very pleasant. Heron House was nice but for me, it was not as wonderful as other places.

Cherie

4

December 4, 2018

I visited this facility

We weren't real crazy about Heron House. We didn't feel really comfortable there. We didn't like the ambience, but the people were very nice. The staff answered any questions that we had and showed us all the rooms. Everybody was really nice. They had everything there.

Provider Response

Hi Cherie! Thank you for sharing your kinds words about our community. We're sorry to hear our community was not a fit, but hope you have found one you love!

Margaret

5

November 10, 2018

I visited this facility

The woman who manages the memory care unit at Heron House was just wonderful. I felt very comfortable with her and it was like we spoke the same language. It was a lovely, warm, and welcoming facility. The apartments were fine. While we were there, they were doing an exercise class, bingo, scavenger hunt, and holiday activities. They take them out to the doctor or shopping. There was a gentleman there who did stonework for crafts. I used the facilities there, which was in good order and clean.

Provider Response

Hi Margaret! Thank you for sharing your review of Heron House; we appreciate your feedback!

Harry

4

June 26, 2018

I am a friend or relative of a current/past resident

My wife is in memory care at Heron House. They have activities for the people that are there, they have three meals a day, and they take her to her doctors' appointments. It seems like a nice place. The nurse's aides are friendly.

Jill361118

5

March 28, 2017

I visited this facility

I liked Heron House a lot. It was very nice and gave me a good feeling. It's a pretty building that I've actually admired for years. I enjoyed seeing the inside of it, and the people are very nice. It was lovely, and I liked the design. The activities looked good. I was thinking that if my husband and I needed a place, it would be a contender and a good option. They had church services. I didn’t have any problems. It was more reasonable than some of the places we visited. It's attractive, pleasant, and serves its purpose.

Provider Response

Thank you for taking the time to write a review! We appreciate your feedback and are delighted that you enjoyed your visit. Our goal is to provide the best possible experience for our residents and we hope to see you again soon!

Linda528701

4

January 3, 2017

I visited this facility

Heron House was bright, cheerful, and welcoming with nice, light colors. It looked newer and had a warm feel about it. The staff was all very committed to what they were doing and very professional. They were more committed to a healthy menu with a focus on fresh fruit and vegetables.

Debbie086274

3

November 29, 2016

I visited this facility

Heron House was OK. I did a quick tour, and it seemed like a clean place. Some of the rooms were shared and just had two twin beds. There was no privacy. Where my father is at now, he has almost his own apartment. Their memory center seemed nice and clean, but the rooms were small. I don’t think they did as many activities as the one where my father is in now. Heron House wasn’t bad, but it was more expensive.

Provider Response

Thank you very much for taking the time to share your honest review of Heron House. We strive to be first in class. I am sorry that our memory care neighborhood did not meet your expectations. Please feel free to reach out to Tammy Wearsch at 941-955-7575, if we could be of any further assistance to you.

Larry308623

3

November 21, 2016

I am a friend or relative of a current/past resident

My mother-in-law is in Heron House. It is satisfactory. She has been in there for about 9 months now. It has been adequate, and they seem to be taking care of her pretty much. The food is always satisfactory. The staff has been responsive to things that I have requested. I have no problem with them.

Provider Response

Thank you very much for taking the time to share your honest review of Heron House. We strive to be best-in-class, and we were glad to learn you have had such a positive experience so far. Please feel free to reach out to Tammy Wearsch at 941-955-7575, if we could be of any further assistance to you.

Penny581300

5

September 1, 2016

I visited this facility

Our overall experience with Heron House was fine. I just did not like the three levels. The staff was great, the rooms were fine, but the dining area was too far away from the center of the activity. The amenities seemed fine.

NancyAnn

5

August 2, 2016

I am a friend or relative of resident

My mother was a resident at Heron House for about 6 years. She just passed in February of 2016. I live in Canada and really depended on the staff at Heron House to care for my mom as I could only get to Sarasota 3 or 4 times a year. She could not live with me in Canada because she was to a Canadian citizen. My mother and I were as close as a mother and daughter could be. She was my best friend! Without the amazing staff at Heron House I would not be able to sleep at night. Seth and his great staff in Legacy Court were the BEST!!!! They cared for my mother as if she was their own mother. My mother was very comfortable there. To everyone at Heron House, Thank you for being the caring, loving people that you are. When missing my mom, I think about all of you often. My mother and I were so lucky to have all of you as part of our family while she lived there. All the best, Nancy

Barbara119725250

5

January 29, 2016

I visited this facility

I liked Heron House a lot, the visit was very nice. It’s setback from the road, and I thought the parking was very good. It seemed like a very nice facility. They had a very nice entry way. When I came, there was like a physical therapy person, and she was doing some activities with the residents. Then the dining room was adjacent to that big room, and the dining room seemed very nice where the people can feel comfortable. I liked the way when you come in. There’s like a little area where the residents could gather. They had a lot of holiday decorations.

Jean Cavanaugh

5

January 23, 2016

I am a friend or relative of resident

I was very impressed with Heron House in every respect. The thing that most impressed me was, how friendly and caring the staff is, and also so many of the residents came over to say "hi". The rooms are wonderful, the dining room so bright and cheerful, if really invites you to want to sit down and have a meal. My friend was a resident there for only a short time, but he loved it. Because I loved my friend like a brother, and because Heron House was so good to him, I am going to be a volunteer there, in hopes of making other residents happy. Thank all of you at Heron House!!!!!

Anonymous117166550

4

November 30, 2015

I visited this facility

Heron House was a little older. They were very friendly and outgoing and had their activities in the center when you walk in. It was a little too far away, so I don't think it was the right place for my mom. It was fine and looked very nice.

Sanford M.

5

October 29, 2015

I visited this facility

I almost wish I had gone into Heron House. To me, it looked well-kept with fine people running it. The lady who showed me around was very impressive. As far as I could see, it was clean and looked like the people were friendly to each other, so I was impressed with it. It’s closer to where I live, which is the biggest factor. I saw their dining area, which looked very good.

darchel

3

February 12, 2015

I visited this facility

I just didn't like certain features of Heron House. The staff seemed OK. I really didn't get to know them since I was just there with a marketing director. The place is physically lovely although I don't think I want to recommend this place. I think there is too much open access to a busy street at the front.

Provider Response

Thank you for taking the time to visit and review our community. I am so glad that you thought the community was lovely, although we are disappointed to hear that you have some concerns. Our community is located on Fruitville Road in Sarasota, Florida and is tucked back in a peaceful, wooded area, so I can assure you that every staff member and resident is safe at our community. I’d like to invite you to come back to tour our community and have a complimentary lunch with myself, and I can show you all the great amenities and services our community offers. Feel free to reach out to me directly at your earliest convenience. Edie Emerald-Barsch, Executive Director, 941-955-7575, eemerald-barsch@seniorlifestyle.com

Benita1

5

December 5, 2014

I visited this facility

Heron House was a nice, little place. I liked the fact that they had information, and they answered questions openly and honestly, the place was nice and clean, people seemed very happy there, it wasn't overly huge, and the price was reasonable. Even though it wasn't upscale per se, I think that for the money it would have cost if we moved my mother down, I really liked the Heron House because it wasn't very luxurious. What I was impressed with was that it was very clean, it was cheery and very bright, and it was laid out in a manner that seemed like the residents could get around pretty easily. The apartment was very inviting, and they tried to make it look very tropical, very comfortable and homey. They were clean, they were on top of things, and people seemed upbeat, so that made a difference, and financially it was more realistic. The management director I spoke with was very, very knowledgeable and very open about information; she showed me anything that I asked and gave me more information that I'd asked for upfront because she helped me with some other information that I wasn't really aware of, and that was a great help. She went out of her way to make sure that I could see anything and everything that I wanted. Apparently, every resident that we came across, she knew them by name, and this mattered to me -- that the facility was more on top of things and where people were living; it didn't make somebody feel like they are an inmate.

Eda1

3

February 28, 2014

I am a friend or relative of a resident

I chose Heron House for my husband because they are willing to take him in. On my first visit there, it appears to be clean even though it is an old place as it is over than 20 years old. The staff who help the residents are available. They seem to handle them quite well. They don't question, they just help. Also, when I talked to the director, I noticed that many people are there for many years. So, they don't have a large turnover in reference to the residents. The person who is taking care of the memory unit seems to be very patient and compassionate person. So far, they are taking good care of him even though I know my husband is a difficult person, especially when it comes to his personal care. They are trying to keep him clean as he will allow them to. The food is nothing outrageous but it is fine. My husband is in a private room large enough for him. I don't think they had many activities in the memory unit but they have activities in the assisted living. If they have activities, they have to take them out because the entrance door to the memory unit is locked. However, they usually watch movie and when I come there I usually take my husband out to the courtyard. They have a little garden with a sitting area and it is pretty. I think the only biggest problem that I have is that the stuff that I bring to him would end up missing. I brought some beautiful towels for him when he moved in and those towels disappeared. I even put his names on those towels and even though I described the towels, they are not able to find them. Same as with his socks, they just disappeared. I could see that they are using linens in his bed, some that I bring and some that they have on their own.

Provider Response

Thank you for your response. We appreciate the time you took to give us both positive and constructive feedback on Heron House. We are proud of our dedicated staff that is committed to delivering excellent service and care to our residents. We greatly attribute our low resident turnover to our amazing team. We do offer extensive programs designed specifically for residents in our memory care neighborhood. We would like to find out more about your husbands interests to see if we can more actively engage him in the programs. Additionally, we want to find out what we can do to more closely monitor your husbands personal belongings. In order to improve his experience we welcome you to contact Karen Arway, Executive Director, directly at 941-955-7575

Caring76938150

4

February 28, 2014

I visited this facility

Heron House was one of the top ones on my list. They were very nice. The gentleman that spoke with took me on a really nice tour and gave me a lot of information. They were very detailed and very helpful. The rooms were fine, because I'm used to about the same size for my mom. And that's all they need. They have lots of activities. They do have a chapel there on site, so that was really nice, too. But I think the memory care unit could be more inviting. It could be maybe decorated a little better.

Hank3

3

February 24, 2014

I visited this facility

I walked through Heron House and it's a nice facility. The place is nice and clean. It's well kept. The rooms were nice; it’s just like a small apartment. If my father would need to go there, I would feel comfortable putting him there. I know they have a list of activities, but I don’t recall what exactly they were.

Provider Response

Thank you so much for taking time to stop by Heron House. We appreciate your kind words about our community. We take great pride in keeping Heron House clean and comfortable for our residents. We are glad that you think the rooms are nice. If you are looking for a more spacious apartment we also offer larger one bedroom/2 bathroom apartments. Our residents truly enjoy the variety of programs we have to offer at Heron House. Located near downtown Sarasota and the beaches, our residents enjoy going fishing at the local piers, shopping or to one of the many wonderful museums that are a stone’s throw away. Other activities include painting, bingo, social hours filled with entertainers and exercise classes. We are gearing up for some more trips to see some Spring Training teams in action as well as cheering on the Rays baseball team. We invite you and your dad to stop by for lunch anytime. Additionally, if he would like to experience a resident program or spend a few hours with us, please call us and we will gladly make arrangements. I would also be happy to send you a Program Calendar so you can see in more detail what we offer on a daily basis. Again, thank you so much for your feedback. We look forward to the opportunity to serve your loved one.

– Edie Emerald-Barsch, 941-955-7575, DSM

Thelma L

5

August 14, 2013

I am/was a resident of this facility

I moved into Heron House two months ago. Mt apartment is beautiful and face the garden area which is home to many birds. I was nervous about making friends but it was easy to meet people and my neighbors are nice. My favorite things are the card games, fishing at the local piers and the food committee. The staff is kind and they work hard. I am glad that I am here because I feel safe.

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Costs for Heron House in Sarasota, Florida

Assisted Living

This level of care provides support for those who need help with personal care needs such as cleaning, bathing, and dressing. Residents selecting this level of care are treated to many amenities in a home-like atmosphere, while getting support in their daily lives.

$3,150

Starting Price

Memory Care

Memory Care is specifically designed to meet the needs of those with Alzheimer's or other forms of dementia. Specially trained staff members assist with activities of daily living (such as bathing and dressing) and provide therapies to slow further loss of cognitive abilities.

$4,725

Starting Price

Services and Amenities of Heron House in Sarasota, Florida

Costs

  • Rent Plus Care Fees
  • Entry Fee
  • Fee Structure Extra: companion suite is $1,895

Room and housing options

  • 1-bedroom apartments
  • Companion Suites: We do offer companion suites.
  • Studio Apartments

Dining options

  • In Room Kitchenette
  • In Room Kitchens
  • Dining Room Shared Meals
  • Room Service For Meals
  • Dining Extra: therapeutic diets such as reduced concentrated sweets, mechanical soft and pur_e, Restaurant-style service for Breaskfast, Lunch and Dinner, Cuisine prepared with seasonal, locally sourced ingredients

About Heron House in Sarasota, Florida

Heron House is an impressive community conveniently located in a thriving area of Sarasota, Florida, just a short distance from the main road and close to numerous shops, restaurants and cafés. The facility offers assisted living and memory care services with top-notch care and access to an array of amenities such as a fitness room, coffee shop, beauty salon/barber shop and a garden for outdoor relaxation. Visitors praise the inviting interior design, friendly staff and range of fun activities that foster a warm environment and encourages residents to interact with one another and feel like they are at home.

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