Halifax Health teamed up with Latitude Margaritaville to provide residents with information about doctors, specialists and healthy living.
DAYTONA BEACH — Jodi Kramp sat still at Halifax Health's Live Your Life Wellness Center while community care navigator Alicia Lax took her blood pressure.
Located in the fitness center of Latitude Margaritaville, the 55-and-older community on LPGA Boulevard near Interstate 95, the center is a resource for residents to learn about health needs and maintenance as well as receive assistance finding local doctors.
Kramp said she learned about the center during some of the new resident meetings.
"It's fabulous," she said.
The center, which opened in June, provides blood pressure monitoring and measurements for body mass index (BMI), height and weight. It is open daily and is staffed by a community care navigator from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Thursday through Saturday.
"It's extremely important for the residents to have this onsite ability to get information from the community's health care leader," said Matt Hoffman, director of specialty services at Halifax Health. "They get anxious because many of them come from out of state and they don't have doctors here."
Ed Cone, lifestyle manager at Margaritaville, said about 40 percent of the nearly 1,000 residents moved to the community from out of state.
"This is the just the beginning of this partnership," Cone said. "We may look at adding more services once more people move to Margaritaville."
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Hoffman said the center's main purpose is to provide information about doctors, specialists and healthy living.
"It's key that residents are aware when it's appropriate to go to the urgent care (center) or ER," said Lax. "It's the education that can save them time and money."
Additionally, the center provides a "Life Card" sticker that's placed on residents' doors to alert emergency responders to a card listing their medical history and current medications.
Resident Lana Byer, 72, lives alone and is thankful to have a resource like the Life Card, which can speak for her if she can't speak for herself.
"I haven't had an emergency but, should I have one, it's just one more level of protection for me," she said. "It's like having insurance. You can't evaluate it until you need it, but it's a plus."
William Bullock, president of Latitude Margaritaville and Minto Communities USA, said it's important to him to partner with local providers like Halifax Health.
"Latitude is self-contained," Bullock said. "We want everyone to have close proximity to everything."
Bullock said it took a year and a half to put together programs like the Live Your Life Well Center and the fitness center, which also offers massages.
"We will continue to expand," Bullock said. "For folks that come in with dietary concerns, need a fitness plan or a rehab plan, they can consult directly with Halifax."
In the future, Halifax Health plans to offer flu shot clinics, host group health talks and more depending on what the residents want and need.