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The Bridge at Orlando is an Assisted Living retirement community nestled in the heart of the sunshine state. Orlando offers a variety of entertainment, theme parks, shopping and dining, and beach-goers will appreciate its central location to the Florida coasts. From the attractions of Walt Disney World to an assortment of galleries and museums, Orlando guarantees a fulfilling retirement.
The Bridge at Orlando features the finest in Assisted Living. With stunning surroundings, outstanding services and an abundance of amenities, our residents are proud to call The Bridge at Orlando home. Independent Living combines community living with the privacy of your own apartment, and Assisted Living offers the same amenities in addition to personalized services. From a dynamic activities schedule to our hospitable staff, our goal is to promote an active, carefree lifestyle.

The Bridge at Orlando is located in one of the most popular areas of Florida. Orlando is known for its theme parks, and it's also a hotspot for dining and other entertainment. Residents will never be without something to do in this area.

- Population: Orlando is not a small town, but not overly huge. It has a population of around 277,000The average age of residents living there is 33, which is no surprise as it is a great place for a family.
- Walkability: The walk score for Orlaicndo is only 42. There are parts of town that are easy to navigate on foot, even to some of the theme parks, but other errands will require a car.
- Senior Facilities: There are plenty of senior centers and facilities in Orlando.
- Weather: Residents can expect typical weather for Central Florida, with a mild annual average temperature of 72 degrees Fahrenheit.

Transportation


The Bridge at Orlando invites their residents to utilize the transportation services they offer, but there are several other options as well. The city operates buses through Lynx. There are a variety of passes that can be purchased, although there's no mention of a senior discount on tickets. Some other popular ways to travel in the area are:

- Mears Transportation: Taxi cab company offering rides in and around town
- ACE Luxury Transportation: Luxury sedans and limousines
- Express Transportation: Bus charter services

Medical Services


Residents can find excellent medical services in this area. There are three hospitals, one for children, and several medical centers for routine care. Some of them are:

- Florida Hospital Orlando: Full-service trauma center for emergencies and routine care
- Orlando Regional Medical Center: Full-service medical center for specialists, emergencies, and routine care
- CAC Medical Center: Full-service medical center for a variety of medical needs

Sports & Leisure


Orlando is known for its theme parks, but it's also home to many other activities. From bike trails to beautiful parks to visit there's something for every activity level. Some of the most popular activities in the area, besides the theme parks, are:

- Wekiva Island: Indoor/outdoor complex on Wekiva River for enjoying the springs and a variety of activities
- Showcase of Citrus: Pick your own citrus or go on a swamp tour, a Florida must see!
- Black Hammock Adventures: Airboat rides to gators, restaurant, and lounge.

As one would expect, there's no shortage of golf courses in this area. Here are some of the top picks:

- Dubsdread Golf Course: Oldest public course in Central Florida
- North Shore Golf Club: Championship-style golf course
- Orange Tree Golf Club: Challenging golf courses

There are tons of senior centers in the Orlando area, offering a variety of services to the seniors of the area from transportation to recreation. Some of popularf choices are:

- Renaissance Community Senior Center: Offers ballroom dance instructions, Jazzercise, and other activities to seniors
- L Claudia Allen Senior Center: Fitness, bingo, fishing club, crochet class, and many other activities
- Mark Street Senior Recreation: Billiards, dance class, art class, and several other activities

Shopping


Residents new to this wonderful area should visit the Orlando Visitor Center. It has all the information available on living and having fun in this area, including several options for shopping. Whether residents are looking for everyday items or that special something, there's a shop available. Some of the most popular spots for shopping are:

- Orlando Vineland Premium Outlets: Giant outdoor mall with popular stores and restaurants
- Winter Park Village: Clothing stores, restaurants, and even a movie theater
- Lake Buena Vista Factory Stores: Open air mall with tons of stores from popular to unique
- The Mall at Millenia: Upscale indoor shopping center

For everyday items and groceries, these stores are available:

- Freshfields Farm: Fresh produce market
- Goodies Supermarket: Basic market with typical groceries
- Brave Supermarket: Basic market with typical groceries
- Walmart SuperCenter: Basic goods and groceries

Restaurants


Popular fast food restaurants can be found in this area by the dozens. Some of the favorites are:

- Del Taco: Mexican fast food
- Zaxby's Chicken: Chicken fingers and wings
- Chick Fil A: fast food chicken multiple ways
- Freddy's: Specializes in frozen custard and steakburgers

There are tons of family-style restaurants as well. Some of the best are:

- Tavern Opa: Green cuisine
- The Capital Grille: Upscale steakhouse restaurant
- Maggiano's Little Italy: Italian favorites

Entertainment


There are some really great options for entertainment in Orlando that don't include the theme parks. Some of the best are:

- Victory Casino Cruises: Smaller cruise ships with on-board casinos
- King's Dining and Entertainment: Giant bowling entertainment complex with a restaurant
- Icebar: A fully functional bar that is built entirely out of ice

Religious Services


There are many religious services to choose from in this area. Some of the closest to The Bridge at Orlando are:

- University Presbyterian Church: Place of worship
- Spirit of Joy Lutheran Church: Place of worship
- Orlando Christian Church: Love, gospel, worship center

Orlando is much more than the theme parks, but residents should visit at least one. There are many to choose from, and they can be fun when the crowds ease up. Many of them even offer senior discounts or off-season rates.

Customer Reviews

Thank you to The Bridge.

My dad is doing so much better ever since I moved him to The Bridge. He is eating nutritional meals and taking his medicine twice a day. I am a nurse by trade so I looked for certain things when choosing an assisted living facility.
He used to survive on frozen meals if he felt like heating them up on a given day - now he eats breakfast lunch and dinner every day. The food is good too - I have eaten dinner with him on three or four different occasions. I am so happy now. He even gets physical therapy at the rehab facility next door. They take very good care of my dad. Thank you to The Bridge for helping my dad get his life back.!

Thank you Bridge at Orlando

My mom and dad couldn't be in a better place. I was so stressed out and beside myself a few months back. My parents were living at home and failing miserably. Mom kept falling and neither one of them were eating good or talking their medications. They were not wanting to move from their home. I am so glad that I convinced them to try The Bridge for a short stay while I went out of town to visit my sister. While I was away mom and dad decided that it was ok to move in permanently. This was music to my ears. The Bridge staff is excellent, they truly care for my parents. I am so relieved. I highly recommend this facility as my parents are doing so well now. My dad gained a needed 20 pounds and mom is getting physical therapy and has not fallen in months. Thank you Bridge at Orlando!!!

Excellent facility and staff.

All of the staff truly cares for all of the residents. The food is very good and always available. My mom did not want to move from home but now she is very happy that she did. She has made allot of new friends and enjoys all of the activities that are offered. I'm so glad that we chose the Bridge for my mom.

Beware of what you don't see.

My parents both needed assistance with day to day tasks and both were diagnosed with Alzheimer's. We looked at different facilities around Orlando and decided The Bridge at Orlando was the best for them because of the promise of the type of care they needed and how it looked during inspection. My mom had just been released from the hospital for a minor surgery and needed 24/7 care during recovery and to prevent a fall. We hired an outside service because The Bridge can't provide that type of care. They also are not certified as a memory care facility but we were promised they could provide that type of care since many of their residents had memory issues. The problems started the day they arrived and continued until we had to move them because of the sub standard care they received from The Bridge at Orlando. They have very few certificated staff and not enough to handle the residents needs. Most of the care is given by employees with multiple duties. Medical staff (LPN) is not always available and not very experienced. We were told there would always be an RN on staff 24/7. Most of the employees have no formal training or certification for Alzheimers care. The staff was not available or refused to help many times during my parents stay and were dishonest when asked about the reasons why they weren't available. That attitude seems to be systemic and starts with the management and sales people. The facility looks nice, but beware of what you don't see! The dining hall is too small for the number of residents and the food is not very good. My parents have been moved to a certified memory care facility and are getting excellent care now for less money. It is nice to know there are good facilities out there for your loved ones. Do your research and ask a lot of questions. Trust your feelings about the facility and do an unannounced inspection. Peace of mind is priceless. Please stay away from the Bridge at Orlando.

Hardworking team at a great facility!

They've really been excellent at The Bridge. They have a really hard job, and they handle it pretty well; there are some people with greater needs there that can be somewhat challenging and I think they do a really good job of making everyone feel like they are taken care of.

While they do take a few people as in...

While they do take a few people as independant living, it is mostly an assisted living facility, and so the pricing is more in line with a high level of services.