Woodlands Village - Bradenton, FL

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  • Minimum Age of Accepted Residents
  • Activities Onsite
  • Devotional Services Available
  • Indoor Common Areas
  • Meals Provided
  • Complimentary Transportation
  • Activities Offsite
  • Outdoor Common Areas
  • Beauty & Barber Services
  • Pets Allowed
  • No Smoking Allowed in Private Areas Indoors
  • No Smoking Allowed in Public Areas Indoors
  • Wheelchair Accessible Showers
  • Resident Parking Available
  • Male Residents Accepted
  • Female Residents Only

Customer Reviews

We were pleasantly surprised by what were saw . Staff members we met from management to housekeeping were pleasant, attentive and showed genuine personal interaction with the residents. The facility seems well maintained inside and out. Rooms are quite adequate and the screened patios are a great selling point for us as outdoor plant lovers. We were offered the opportunity to include lunch in our tour and regret not doing that. I think we would have had one more factor to help us in our decision making process. Good selling points include a designated bright chapel area, on sight shop with basic necessities run BY the residents, a well presented calendar of activities and events, transportation schedules, and on site medical appointments. [Name removed], executive director could not have been more pleasant, patient and genuinely interested in our understanding every aspect of the life style they offer. The rates are competitive but the contract has no medical exclusion so should one have to go in the hospital or rehab they are responsible for the entire period of the lease. This may be an industry practice but I find it unsettling. Overall we are favorably impressed!


Very 'Homey'. Staff seems to really care about the residents.

Great staff, nice people and atmosphere. A little dated but have nursing staff on site. All on one floor, residents we saw seemed to look out for one another. Definitely a community feel to it. Not a lot of extra space for activities, no real memory care to speak of which mom will need.

Tour Time With The Community

I had a good tour at this community. It was on time and I got a knowledgeable person to tour with. I thought it looked run down and the carpets were very old. It also was a large community and I thought it would be difficult to navigate through.

Perfect place!

The staff is great. Mom has not got engaged in the activities yet, but I know that they have a good variety. The staff is very attentive to the residents. This has just been a wonderful experience for us so far. The food is perfect and we love the restaurant.

All Is Very Good

My husband is doing very well in this community. The staff are good with the care and provide many things during the day. It is clean in and out. The meals he eats is good. Everything is fine here.

Not Happy With Bus Issue

It is going terrible with the rides I was promised when choosing the community. They told me they can take me to the grocery store and to doctor appointments but the bus has been available for one week since I have been here. Every resident is upset here and they are always fixing the bus, it is old with mechanical issues. The driver is nice guy. The meals, the cleanliness, the activities, and the staff are all fine. I just expect transportation because it is included with what I pay.

Holiday Retirement

Local Representative

Hello, I'd first like to thank you so much for reaching out and sharing this concern with us, and giving us a chance to work together on this issue while we secured a back-up bus (now back in service!). I'd also like to let you know we are so, so sorry for the inconvenience this has caused you, as well as our other residents. While we were able to utilize a sedan to accommodate doctor's appointments, we understand the inconvenience not having the community bus at the ready may have posed to you and our other residents, and for that we would like to sincerely apologize. If you have additional feedback to share, I'd like to encourage you to reach out to our Resident Relations department by phone at [removed], or email at [removed]. Again, we are so, so sorry for the inconvenience this has caused, but appreciate your bringing this to our attention and giving us the chance to make it right. Thank you so much!

Not the right place for us.

Very friendly community

Woodlands Village is a nice place, overall. It's a very social feeling community, and the people all seem very friendly! The place is very clean and well kept. Really the only issue is that the air-conditioning/heating system could use some work, it doesn't always do the job.

A Good Place For My Mom

My mother is doing great here at this community. So far everything is going well. It is a nice and clean community, they do a good job with the cleanliness. They have a very nice staff here, they have been helpful and attentive. They do offer activities for the residents. The meals are okay. They do serve well balanced meals. I know she is safe and in good hand here. They are providing her with great care. This is a community I would recommend.

Everything is great at Woodlands!!

My dad is doing good at this community. The food is good and they have a wide menu. The staff are wonderful and friendly. They offer a variety of activities for the residents. I cannot say enough about how great this community is. I would recommend this community. My advisor from A Place for mom was invaluable.

i m not here that long good place so far

Unfortunate Situation

We visited Woodland Villages last weekend, but unfortunately midway through our tour were turned away due to their opinion that mom is “not a good fit”. Wow, was that a shocker and needless to say, further depressing for mom. She was actually enjoying the experience socializing with other seniors that approached her to welcome her and chat; however, when the dining room service personnel began to clear the tables making a very load and uncomfortable clatter with the dishes, mom complained. They recognized her concern with eye contact, but came closer and continued. She then complained louder as it was indeed an uncomfortable situation that we could not remove ourselves from very quickly being that she relies on a walker. Furthermore, the Administration did not have the professionalism to address me and my mother directly, but instead spoke to my husband as we were in the restroom preparing for the tour.

How very unprofessional of Jill, Tom and Bill in treating a Senior and their Family who are in the early stages of researching the appropriate facility to provide daily living care! As a result, mom’s further depressed with her inability to care for herself and feeling most disappointed with the possibility that there may be a community out there that genuinely cares.

Fortunately, we know better and I understand that some senior communities are employed by more competent administration than others. Even though Woodland Village offered a nice floor plan with screened porch, our search continues.

Holiday Retirement

Local Representative

Hi, I'm Katie, I work at Holiday Retirement Home Office. First, let me sincerely apologize for the negative experience that you and your mother had at Woodlands Village. Reading through your story, I agreed that I would never want my own mother treated that way, so I most definitely sympathize with your concerns. I've passed your review, verbatim, to our Resident Relations and Risk Management departments so they can open up a formal investigation. Please know that you're welcome to call them as well at [removed] if you have anything else to add.

My sincere apologies once more,

Friendly staff

The apartments are pretty small, but nice. The staff seems friendly and caring for the most part. It has always been clean when we visit. Other than a few issues with communication, things have gone well so far.

Great facility

I have to say that Jill was the most helpful customer service rep that I have ever seen. She went above and beyond to help my mother get settled at Woodlands. I am 1200 miles away and could not have arranged it all without her help. The staff have been most helpful in discussing my mother's needs and getting her comfortable. My mother says that the food is excellent and that is very important as she is not a very good eater. She loves the social activities and may even continue her stay after she has recovered from her fall. May God bless all the wonderful folks that work at Woodlands. You are great!

As long as I stay on top of things, they go well.

As long as I stay on top of things, they go well. The food is good, she will never starve here. They have scheduled activities Mon-Fri. The staff is pretty friendly, they all know who I am. They were pretty competitive in price to the other places that I looked at, but I liked how close this was to me.

Very nice place for my Grandmother. Screened patios are a real plus! Wooded views and a lovely pond view. Great food and a lot if activities. I highly recommend!!

Seems like a nice place!

They've done a great job so far at Woodlands Village! I don't get the chance to visit often, as I live out of state, but everything I have heard from my parents is positive! The staff are friendly, and very helpful. My parents really seem to love it here!

Friendly and attentive staff

We came to Woodlands Village during a very difficult time, and they really took good care of us here. The staff were attentive and caring and did a great job taking care of our loved one. My Mom is still here, and she seems to be doing very well! She is happy, healthy, and making friends. They are definitely worth a look, if you're looking for senior care in the area!

A safe and comfortable transition for my 97 yr old father in law

The Woodland Villages was so easy to work with in finding a comfortable, safe place for my father-in-law. He had visions of a "nursing home" but once he walked in and saw how friendly everyone was and the size of his apartment he was convinced and made up his mind almost immediately that he was ready to move in. Everyone there has made the transition so easy for him and the family. They are all very thoughtful and genuinely care about his care and comfort. I feel that it was the right time and the right place for him and we are so glad that A Place for Mom (Dad too) helped us find Woodland Villages.

Generally speaking everything is going well.

Generally speaking everything is going well. They keep things relatively clean. The staff is generally pretty friendly, but with forty or so employees, some are friendlier than others. It appears that the residents enjoy the activities, but I don't participate much. Sometimes they don't have enough staff to respond quickly, it depends on the staffing on any given day. During the first month I really wanted to go down to the corner and get a burger, but the food is about average, and it seems to be getting better as time goes by. They will bring your food to you if you needed. There is room for improvement in everything, one or two things that could be improved. I am pretty with it for my age, and there are somethings I don't need assistance with, and they will do certain things for you whether you need it or not, like administering medications. With the amount of people here that need help, they keep the doors to the apartments are unlocked, and any of the staff can walk in at any time, whether you are prepared. It would be nice if some of these things were determined on an individual basis, instead of just being the way it's done. I don't know how it is in the independent living, I am on the assisted side.

Good commmunity.

I consider the people to work there go out of their way to know everyone’s name. They know everyone’s names and they always have a smile for everyone. It’s a very good experience. It's pretty clean, but the best thing is the staff is very friendly.

We loved the Woodlands. Lo...

We loved the Woodlands. Looks like the place for my father in law.

Residents on a whole are very happy.

My sister has not yet moved into Woodlands however we have had lunches on two separate occasions and found the residents we sat with were very happy and enjoyed living there. Everyone has been absolutely wonderful in assisting us. I'm hoping my sister will be very happy there. She will be moving in on April 1st.

$2825 for 1 br, plus $550 f...

$2825 for 1 br, plus $550 for level 1 care,(med reminders, deliver and watch them take, checks every 2 hours, emerg. Pull cords. Can have food delivered. Close location. 100 individual. Apts and70 assisted living, have been there 30 years.

Mom loves it!

So far Mom absolutely loves it! The staff are all friendly, she really seems to be enjoying the food, and she likes the size and layout of her apartment. My only concern is that they could do a bit better with the groundskeeping. The place could use a fresh coat of paint, and the grounds could be kept a bit neater.

Nice apartments, good atmosphere

One thing we liked about this community compared to others we looked at is that it has a good social atmosphere. The residents seem involved with each other, form groups of friends, etc. We also like that, at least in the independent living section, the apartments have full size kitchens, with ovens and room for other appliances. They've also got a good maintenance staff who will respond quickly to any requests to emergencies.

One area they really need to improve on is the food. It's not bad every night, but some nights my loved one just can't stomach it and makes food in her own kitchen, which defeats the purpose of having a meal plan. The carpeting in the hallways could also use replacing.

Prefab Buildings

It looked like a bunch of trailers that were hooked together, and it had really narrow corridors. The rooms were nice, and the people were nice, but with prefab buildings, the facility was disappointing.

Very Large Ap

They try to get the residents engaged. Mom and Dad are in independent living and they have a large apartment for the money. The provide some care, but most are provided by Medicare Home Health. They get laundry 2x a week, and housekeeping as well. Meals are included, and there is also a snack bar that has hot soup and fruits and little snack items that are available 24 hours a day. They have outings that you can sign up to go to the restaurant of the month, or other activities. They've done in-house trivia games when I have been there.
For those that this is their first encounter with a retirement community, it's a good starting point from their own home.

Not for Us

Generally I didn't care for it at all. I didn't like the location. Didn't like the facilities themselves. The apartments and the arrangement of them weren't good and they were small. They didn't offer for us to eat there, so I didn't have the food.

Very patient staff

I think Woodlands is great, my uncles not great, he's more trouble than I thought I could get into. He was not taking his medications which I didn't know but they worked that out and they've been getting him back in line, they've done a great job. He's not in assisted living or independent living, but they've tolerated him greatly, they'll laugh and I'm overall pleased with them. He was creating problems because he tries to be over helpful and so we finally got him a dog which is keeping him busy. I don't know if he's participating a lot now because the dog is his main concern, he kind of zeroes in on one thing but we're pleased.

Not happy at all!

I wasn't happy with them at all. I went over there one day and there was poop on my mother-in-law's bed. We were paying more on top of the base price and their idea what that was worth was checking on her every 2 hours. Their idea of checking on her was just saying hi and are you okay. That was it. I spend a whole day there doing things for her and cleaning up. They weren't bathing her so we took her out as quick as we could.

They were just leaving her alone to herself. If she didn't come to the dining room they would just bring her a meal in an leave it on the counter. She would just throw it away. When we were moving her out we found one of the meals under the sink.

Just belonged

They do a really nice job when it comes to cleaning and maintaining the community. We had a meal here and our loved one was talking to residents that had been there a while and really got along with them. Our loved one also talked to some residents that she knew before they moved into the community it all just made it feel like this is the community where they belonged. The location was very convenient for our family. The food is good and is very healthy and well balanced it not frozen food or foods out of a can, it looks like it is whole foods that are prepared.

Very small units, very dated and very...

Very small units, very dated and very depressing.

Looks nice - Bradenton is near Saraso...

Looks nice - Bradenton is near Sarasota and airport. Meals & transportation available.

From the Community

Holiday Retirement provides a fulfilling, independent lifestyle in a welcoming environment.

Situated on fourteen acres of sprawling, landscaped grounds, you’ll love our stunning, shady park and comfortable facilities. With numerous beaches, shops, golf courses and museums nearby, residents always have something new to explore.

Our all-inclusive month-to-month rent covers:
- Three delicious and nutritious chef-prepared meals from scratch
- A variety of enriching activities
- Weekly housekeeping and linen service
- Transportation
- Most utilities

Friends in 300 places
Holiday Retirement offers our residents a one-of-a-kind travel program that invites you to stay up to seven nights per visit at most of our more than 300 independent living communities across the United States and Canada, where you’ll enjoy a comfortable guest room, all your meals, shuttle service, and participation in all programs and activities, at no additional expense.

Built with your comfort and safety in mind
Our easy-to-maneuver floor plans are ideal for seniors and all apartments have emergency pull cords. Our 24/7 dedicated live-in managers provide an additional level of comfort. We understand that each individual is unique and that needs may change over time. Holiday Retirement does not provide any health care services. Residents are welcome to use outside home health care options that may enable them to continue enjoying life at our community.

Our live-in managers are dedicated to making your life with us a truly special experience, and we look forward to meeting you.

Call today to schedule your personal tour and learn more about joining our family!

City info

Bradenton offers the benefits of a small city with convenient access to the numerous amenities of a larger city in nearby Sarasota.

- Population: Approximately 37,000
- Median age: 44
- Unemployment rate: 4.5%
- Weather: Warm temperatures year round
- Visiting family and friends can find inexpensive, comfortable lodging throughout the city
- Air quality: 23% better than the national average
- Retirees enjoy a cost of living that is 1% lower than the national average
- 53.2% of homes are owner-occupied, contributing to area stability and community involvement
- The County offers a Veteran services program at no charge to veterans and their families, including an outreach service for those who are unable to travel to the office


Residents have access to several options for transportation within the city as well as travel outside the area.

- Automobile: Local state routes offer quick access to Interstate-75
- Several taxi services are available for convenient transportation around the city
- City Bus: Manatee County Area Transportation provides local and express service with fixed routes and a reservation-based ADA paratransit service
- Florida Shuttle Transportation buses provide daily shared and private transportation to 40 Florida locations
- Sarasota-Bradenton International Airport is less than 10 miles from the community

Health and Safety

- Three medical centers provide convenient access to quality medical care
- The Manatee County Elder Helpline provides information and referrals for senior citizens
- As of 2017, the Bradenton Police Department has 120 sworn officers and 31 employees dedicated to serving the public with state-of-the-art technology, equipment, and training techniques

Sports and leisure

Bradenton has a variety of indoor and outdoor amenities that offer opportunities to stay busy and active while socializing with other retirees.

- Learn to sail at Sail Marco, an ASA-certified boating school
- Enjoy sailing excursions and dolphin-watching on a chartered boat from Kathleen D Sailing Catamarans
- The Bradenton Riverwalk is open 24 hours a day and hosts many free performances and events
- Take part in art walks at Village of the Arts, which offers year-round, seasonal activities and events
- Enjoy boating, swimming or camping at Lake Manatee State Park
- Residents have access to many nearby country clubs and golf courses including River Run, an affordable 18-hole course that is appropriate for different ages and skill level

Shopping and entertainment

- Many nearby grocery stores and markets provide convenient, accessible shopping

- Neighborhood has a variety of fast food restaurants and fine dining, including access to fresh seafood

- Movie theaters: Bradenton has two movie theaters, and residents can access much more in nearby Sarasota

- Visit the Manatee Performing Arts Center to catch a play, attend a lecture series, or enjoy other cultural and educational experiences

- Manatee County Public Library: Three nearby locations with books, DVDs and other digital media available to residents, along with binoculars and telescope rentals; the library system also hosts year-round free or low-cost events and concerts

Religious facilities

A variety of churches and religious centers are located just a short drive away, offering worship services across a variety of denominations and faiths.

- Christian: St. Joseph's Catholic Church, Peace Lutheran Church, Bayside Community Church, Life Covenant Sanctuary

- Jewish: Temple Beth El, Congregation Ner Tamid, Chabad of Bradenton

- Muslim: Islamic Society of Sarasota and Bradenton

- Buddhist: Kadampa Meditation Center

- Non-traditional: Manatee Unitarian Universalist Fellowship