5620 Wesleyan Drive, Virginia Beach, VA 23455
The Gardens of Virginia Beach provides assisted living in an apartment-style setting that offers the simple pleasures - nutritious food, comfortable surroundings, and the support of a warm, caring and competent staff. A Short Stay Program for seniors who need short-term care may also be available. It is the ideal alternative for recuperating after a hospital stay, while family caregivers are on vacation or if you just want to try out assisted living. Please call for more information or to schedule a visit to find out how The Gardens can enrich your life or the life of a loved one.
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We toured this community and the tour was very good and the staff very friendly. My only concern is that the community had that nursing home smell.
Response from The Gardens of Virginia BeachMay 4, 2021
CS, thanks for visiting our community and sharing your thoughts. I'm the Executive Director and was glad to see you thought the tour went well and you found our team quite friendly. Our maintenance and housekeeping teams work hard to keep our community beautiful and I would certainly welcome the opportunity to speak with you personally about your concerns. Please contact me at your convenience.
It is a clean community.
Response from The Gardens of Virginia BeachMarch 15, 2021
Thanks for the feedback Randy. We appreciate your comments on the team, the environment, and the cleanliness of our community.
They rased our fees each month and the billing was always incorrect. The head nurse was fantastic, but the community was not well run. I would not recommend this community to others
Response from The Gardens of Virginia BeachJanuary 8, 2021
I am the Executive Director and was disappointed to see your impression of our community and read of your frustration with our billing department. Our goal is to provide a warm and inviting environment for our residents and families and I would like to have a conversation with you to learn more about your concerns. We very much appreciate your kind comments regarding our Director of Nurses. Please contact me at the community at your earliest convenience. Thanks in advance.
My loved one was in the memory care area. The community was exceptional with my loved one. The staff were able to assist me in correcting items I was doing wrong. My loved one felt like it was a hotel, more than a community. The aide that took care of my loved one, I had her personal number to check on my loved one. The community had the ability to have virtual visits.
My loved one was in this community for two weeks. I only saw the front area of this community, and unaware of the cleanliness of the room. I wasn't receiving updates on my loved one regarding activities . My personal feelings is if you are Caucasian look into this community. If you are of other ethnicity I would recommend you look elsewhere.
Response from The Gardens of Virginia BeachOctober 7, 2020
I am the Executive Director and was disappointed to read your impression of our community. Our staff strives to deliver quality care to all of our residents and is held to the highest standards of care and safety. Exceeding expectations for all our residents and families is our goal every time, and since you feel we fell short I hope you are willing to have a discussion with me. Please contact me at your earliest convenience as I would very much like to speak with you personally about your experiences at our community.
The Gardens of Virginia Beach has proven to be a first class facility. My mom went in, with a little hesitation and resistance, but, as soon as she saw her room, met everyone and experienced all that they have to offer, along with the friendly, welcoming staff and residents, she is thrilled ! I could not be happier with the choice I made for her, as well as how I have seen her thrive, since moving in.
I am researching for a care facility for my 94 year old father. The facility is very clean and has all of the levels of care that I am looking for. The staff are very professional and very informative. They really understand and demonstrate the care needed for all levels of care. I
I had a good tour of this community. The staff were friendly and helpful. It was an overall nice experience as I start this search for my loved one.
This facility is toxic and unsanitized. The air is hot and muggy. Very easily for residents to become ill. It has a foul smell similar to mildew. The ceiling is leaking in many areas. They have a several areas with growing mold, which they tried to paint over it.The residents room smells horrible. They have dead and alive beds throughout the building. The building looks great on the outside but don't be fooled. Nurses are negligent towards the residents. Most of the residents has a cough. I wouldn't place anyone in this facility. This place really needs to be inspected.
The Gardens is also an option for Dad. Currently, there is availability for a 1 bedroom at $3K per mo. If Dad needed the highest level of care (level 4) in assisted living the cost would be an additional $2700 per mo. The apartments are unfurnished. It's required to bring a bed, chair & nightstand but all other furniture is optional. They provide a microwave and fridge. Basic cable is included as well as laundry, housekeeping and food. The dining hall is open all day from 7am to 6pm which is a lovely option. Residents can eat when they want to vs being called to meal time. She said many residents thrive with this option. Wednesday nights Communion is delivered to Catholic Residents as well as Rosary services. The Gardens is a "for profit" residence. It does offer rehab services but medicare would only pay for his PT, OT nursing services. The apartment and add-ons would still be out of pocket.
Friendly staff & residents. Didn’t feel like a fit for my mom needs right now. Location wasn’t ideal for us. Older building & found rooms needed updating (which they were in process of doing).
Response from The Gardens of Virginia BeachMay 14, 2019
Thanks for visiting us and your kind words about our wonderful staff and residents. Common spaces in our community were renovated a few years ago and we are excited about the recent upgrades we're making, including renovations to all the resident rooms. We hope you are able to find a location for your mom that works for you, and invite you to visit us again anytime.
My parents moved in and they are happy there. They have had to adjust from living on a 36 acre farm but they know that this is the best place for them. The rehab people are very nice and helpful and the nursing staff take care of them. If something is needed, the staff communicate that with me immediately.
I’m being prompted by SeniorAdvisor to submit a review so I am doing so. I must first say that dad stayed at the Gardens during early 2018 and the Gardens had hired new staff to oversee needed changes at the time. I’d recommend you check the VA Dept of Social Services website for complaints filed to check status and whether care has improved this year. I checked the site too late, only after I had realized my first impression was egregiously wrong, and had to file complaints myself. There were open complaints being addressed and had been for some time. My main complaint was with the care and dispensing of medicine, which are crucial. Bathing, therapy, and medicine dispensing was nothing like they’d promised. Even with our daily presence and reminders, countless oversight and errors occurred. Communication among staff was poor with an inadequate system in place. The most heartbreaking were the errors and delays in med dispensing, and the running out of meds to the point where doses were skipped. They lost track of one med and it completely dropped off dad’s list. Dad ended up choking on meds bec they weren’t dispensed correctly and ended up in the hospital. It wasn’t long before he passed. This facility is probably great for a resident not needing much medical care. We paid extra for advanced level care but this place wasn’t prepared or equipped for it.
Response from The Gardens of Virginia BeachDecember 7, 2018
At The Gardens of Virginia Beach the health, happiness and safety of our residents and the peace of mind of our families is very important to us and to achieve that goal we hold our staff to the highest standards of integrity, quality care, and compassion. I am the new Executive Director and would very much like to have a conversation with you regarding your observations as we are always looking to listen and learn. Please contact me at your convenience. Thanks in advance for your consideration.
Just left 3 days ago after one month respite. Facility cozy and rooms bright with large windows. Friendly staff. Do not recommend for respite unless things improve under direction of new Nursing Director. Significant cautions, particularly if medication is important for your loved one and if there is no one regularly there to advocate for them. Moved in at time (one month ago) when there was severe staffing shortage and disorganization and poor communication among staff and with residents and family. Despite our 6 hour daily presence and involvement, it took 13 days for dad to get his first scheduled bath. Rise time for the day ranged between 5 a.m. and 10 a.m. though resident requested 7 a.m. New Nursing Director recently arrived and is trying to overhaul. Scheduled bathing remedied. Rise time range improved a bit. Medication continued to be a problem until the end. Ran out of meds four times. Three times ran out before trying to refill. Fourth never refilled and dispensing accidentally stopped completely. Up until final days, frequent incorrect dosing of at least one of the meds and absence of one entirely. Dad was on special diet including thickened liquids but meds were dispensed with unthickened liquids for weeks until I caught it. While there, dad struggled severely with congestive heart failure and pneumonia. He aspirated meds when given multiple to swallow at one time. Had great trouble getting the lasix needed to help with his congestive heart failure. Had we not pushed, staff would have delayed for a week until traveling nurse came. We had similar challenges with treatment of his pneumonia. All diagnostics had to be requested by family. No indication that staff could/would have recognized problem and taken appropriate action on their own. The accidentally discontinued med and the misdosed one were crucial to his heart and swallowing conditions. Seems to explain why Dad suddenly developed uncontrollable congestive heart failure and pneumonia. His health was stable even before and after his fracture, surgery, and rehab. Health declined significantly only after arriving at the Gardens. By discharge, he had congestive heart failure and pneumonia in both lungs and we were debating whether to take him to ER instead of home as planned. Since he’s been home for three days, he’s begun to improve. Discharge note extremely riddled with errors: meds left off, misnamed, incorrect condition, incorrect and incomplete history (reported LEFT leg fracture when it was his RIGHT leg, other significant history omitted, current diagnoses omitted). This was important for dad who left for home therapies (PT/OT/ST). Errant report has caused a lot of confusion with home care admitting nurse and therapists. While at Gardens, we chose in-house therapy but would not recommend on-site PT/OT/ST unless there is no urgency nor need for predictability. Dad was there for recovery from fracture and was coming from a rehab facility. We’d expected no significant interruption in therapy but therapy was slow on starting with OT wanting to delay eval until a week post arrival. Additionally, we were unable to get the home aid prescription filled so when Gardens staff wasn’t available to give scheduled baths for two weeks, neither could we obtain outside help that was covered under insurance. Using an outside home therapy provider means more reliable and predictable visits, along with home aid for bathing. In-house therapy offers no such aid but has PT, OT, and ST, and makes available therapy room that is otherwise not available to visiting therapists. In-house therapists were very warm and kind. Nursing Director is very responsive and responsible and is in the process of implementing some significant and much-needed changes, but I’d recommend you do your own investigation. Ask residents and any family present about their current experiences. If your loved one’s health is stable and medication isn’t important to your loved one’s well-being, and if what your loved one needs is just warmth and affection, this is a sweet place.
The staff was extremely helpful and considerate throughout the entire process. They all worked the process as easy as could be expected.
Was having problems convincing my Father that putting my Mother in memory care was the safest thing for her being she was out wandering and getting hurt so much. It got to the point that she fell and broke her neck and she was put into rehab. [Removed] at The Gardens was my answered prayer. [Removed] went out of her way spent much of her time talking to me and letting me open up to her about what I had been going through the last two plus years, she then had a private meeting with my Father and laid everything out for him and said if he wanted the best for his wife that he needed to make the decision and keep her safe. The facility is very clean, people are happy and involved in many activities throughout the day. I got a great room for Mom where she has a little living room, bedroom and bathroom with a shower. I feel like we hit the lottery when I met [Removed] as I have been trying for over two plus years to get my Mom in a safe place that will take good care of her and the nursing staff there is very kind and caring. I have been to many facilities in the past two years and as [Removed] said to me, when you feel it's the place for your parent you will just know it, and both my father and I knew The Gardens of Va. Beach was it! The first day I was expecting problems with Mom but she actually was very pleasant and fell asleep in her own bed and Dad and I left knowing we made the right decision for her. I can't say enough about everyone at the Gardens, I feel like we now have an extended family with everyone there. I also want to thank [Removed] the Senior Living Advisor at A Place for Mom she was a very big help to me as well in this journey, I will forever be grateful to her and [Removed] for the way they both have gone above and beyond for me and my family. Sincerely, [Removed]
I have no complaints of how things went during my tour of this place recently. I think the staff have done a great job presenting the community and made sure to answer any questions I had for them in detail. The floor plan was open and easy to navigate through. It was just not the right fit in the end decision for my loved one but I would recommend it to anyone
We had a good tour of this community. It is a nice facility with kind people. The experience went well overall. There were many factors that played into where to place my parents for their needs. My tour went well, but I did find another community that suited our needs better.
The move in and experience has been fine for my mom. They are wonderful and I like the staff, the care, the environment and everything else. I picked them for my mom because they were better than all the other communities I saw. When you walk in, there is a lot of people socializing and talking with one another.
My loved one is still adjusting a bit with her move to this community. She is coming along, but I do feel comfortable with her move here. She is safe, and receiving good care. They have a nice staff, and they are taking good of her, and her needs. Hopefully with some more time she will become more adjustment. Overall I'am pleased with all they have done for us, this is a nice community.
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