Starling at Nocatee aims to offer several options for simple luxury


The new Starling at Nocatee plans to bring a unique and luxurious approach to assisted living facilities.

The Starling is expected to open later this month, and is situated in an ideal location of the popular master-planned community of Nocatee, across from the Splash Waterpark.

Megan Kennedy, executive director of the Starling at Nocatee, said the goal is to officially open by mid-December after all licensing is in place. Kennedy said the facility recently received its certificate of occupancy from St. Johns County and is in the process of obtaining its license from the Agency for Healthcare Administration, which is expected this month.

The Starling at Nocatee will provide a three-tier approach, offering different amenities and packages based on the resident’s lifestyle and preferences.

“At Starling, we understand every individual is unique, which is why we offer multiple lifestyles, dynamic engagement opportunities, anytime dining across multiple venues and personalized wellness services, to name a few,” Kennedy said via email.

She said the Starling is separated into three primary lifestyle options concierge living, assisted living and memory care.

A breakdown of the three options, according to Kennedy, are as follows:

■ Concierge living: This is perfect for individuals looking to continue their healthy way of life in an amenity-rich environment, with access to wellness services on an a la carte basis.

■ Assisted Living: This option is all-inclusive, providing one monthly price for personalized services, luxurious amenities, resort-style wellness programs, first-class dining experiences and 24/7 personalized care from the facility’s highly trained caregivers and nurses.

■ Memory Care: Residences in this group are purposefully designed and professionally staffed to provide a stimulating environment that encourages engagement and well-being in a comfortable and secure environment.

Kennedy said the focus on amenities and personalized care are just a couple of factors that helps set Starling apart from other facilities.

“For starters, our communities are stunning because we want our residents to be proud to call Starling at Nocatee home,” she said. “We also pride ourselves on our wellness offerings. Starling at Nocatee has an expansive wellness suite complete with a resort-style spa, salon, nail bar and a private massage room, as well as a state-of-the-art fitness studio.”

The Starling, Kennedy added, provides 24-hour services and care, offering on-site therapy and rehab, a dedicated office for visiting physicians and an on-site medical director that visits with residents on a weekly basis.

Kennedy also said the facility is using modern conveniences to allow residents to better simplify their lives along with adding to the quality of their resident experience.

“We utilize sophisticated technologies specifically designed to make our residents’ lives simpler, healthier and more engaging,” she said. “Further, our social and culinary experiences are unmatched.  Even more, our residents have access to all of Nocatee’s world-class amenities.”

And being in Nocatee is a special feature of its own, Kennedy said, and a great place for Starling’s senior community.

“Nocatee continues to be ranked in the top 3 bestselling master-planned communities in the country and has a large and growing need for the lifestyles and services we offer,” Kennedy said. “Additionally, our engagement opportunities are unparalleled as we’re able to enhance our own dynamic offerings with Nocatee’s expansive calendar of socials and events. There really is something for everyone.”

Kennedy said one of the biggest priorities at Starling, however, is to limit the confusion that is prevalent in the assisted living facility industry. She said Starling provides two simple pricing plans (a la carte and all-inclusive), and, because it is a rental community, it does not require a hefty up-front “buy-in” fee.

“At Starling, we’re intent on providing clarity,” Kennedy said. “For some reason, our industry has evolved into one that is unnecessarily confusing to consumers. We dispel this concept by offering optionality and simplicity.”

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