How important is CARF accreditation when choosing a retirement community?

Baby boomers and seniors want to be sure they are transitioning to a quality life plan community with high standards. What is one of the key elements to look out for? Accreditation by the Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF) ensures excellence. In fact, Moorings Park Grande Lake, along with its sister campuses Moorings Park and Moorings Park at Gray Oaks, were recently awarded the prestigious five-year accreditation.

Moorings Park Communities Vice President Tom Mann comments, “We are extremely proud to be awarded this important accreditation by CARF. For over 41 years, this organization has earned a nationwide reputation as a life plan community that maintains the highest standards, says Tom Mann, vice president of Moorings Park Communities. “We take great pride in providing an unparalleled level of care to both residents and non-residents who use our services. And – beyond that – we offer a location that is second to none. Where priceless views are matched only by the lifestyle you’ll find here at Moorings Park Grande Lake.”

Luxury with hidden value

Behind the resort-style amenities and services of Naples’ newest community lies a well-kept secret. Most people who move to Moorings Park Grande Lake actually find it comparable to their current cost of living.

Mann notes, “The people moving into our communities come from some of the best communities in the country, so the fact that they’re currently paying significant child support and tax fees shouldn’t come as a surprise. In your home, you write checks for everything…property taxes, home repairs, landscaping, garbage, electricity, neighborhood association fees, and more. There are no property taxes at Moorings Park Grande Lake and a check covers most of your living expenses. It also includes a concierge doctor and assisted living and memory care should you ever need them. And since the IRS considers expenses related to living in a Life Plan Community to be prepaid health care benefits, there are some healthy tax deductions too!”

Own brand life with unmatched views

The 55-acre luxury development offers a variety of thoughtful floor plans ranging from 2,776 to 7,863 square feet. Each home is impeccably furnished with an undeniable attention to detail and craftsmanship, with private elevators, chef-inspired kitchens and uninterrupted views of a 28-acre lake and Naples Grande Golf Course. Additionally, all feature the most spacious lanais you will find in the area, creating the backdrop for some truly breathtaking sunsets.

Entry fees for the residences at Moorings Park Grande Lake start at $1.65 million and are 70 percent refundable, and as Mann points out, a portion of that is tax-deductible.

Custom design is the focus

Moorings Park Communities’ partner in the development of this community is London Bay, the renowned local developer known for building custom homes from Port Royal to Bonita Springs. With the help of London Bay Design Studio, residents can enjoy a huge range of stylish floors, worktops, lighting options and more – all available to make you truly feel at home.

“The quality of life enjoyed by our residents is beyond anything I have experienced in my career,” notes Katy Kurili, General Manager of Moorings Park Grande Lake.

“When prospective residents tour Grande Lake, they are always amazed at the beauty and size of the homes and our incredible amenities. All of that is true – but the true beauty of our community goes beyond all of that; The best thing about Grande Lake is our amazing residents and partners. They are a big part of what makes this community so special.”

Clubhouse amenities on a grand scale

Grande Lake made some serious waves when it recently opened the doors to its impressive 223,053 square foot clubhouse. The crown jewel of the community, the clubhouse, is unique in North America. With resort-style amenities and living, it is perfectly designed to provide the perfect location for delicious dining, a wide range of social activities and stunning views of the pristine lake.

Three casual and fine dining restaurants await you in the clubhouse, offering a wide variety of 5-star dining options. With Zest Café and Bistro, Savor 26 and BlueStone at your fingertips, there’s always something on the menu to tempt your taste buds.

“When I show prospective residents through the clubhouse, they always notice that the beauty and scale of the building goes far beyond what they ever expected,” said Grande Lake Sales Director Gina Paris. “No other Lebensplan community has a comparable clubhouse. The beautiful decor, attention to detail and sheer size of the building set the tone for the incredible lifestyle on offer at Grande Lake,” continued Paris.

Wellness and health at its finest

Moorings Park Grande Lake also gets high marks for offering the kind of integrated wellness and healthcare that many baby boomers and seniors are seeking. The Center for Healthy Living®, also located in the Clubhouse, includes the Care 360 ​​program, which includes concierge physicians and personalized healthcare included in the residence. Assisted living and memory care are also included should you ever need them.

With certified personal trainers to guide you every step of the way, the fitness center is well-equipped with modern pneumatic equipment. The TrackMan golf simulator provides a great opportunity to work on your golf swing and the clubhouse’s comfortable theater is perfect for enjoying movies, guest speakers and a variety of special performances hosted by the Grande Lake community.

“All of our residents really enjoy the amazing programs that are on offer,” said Katy Kurili, Executive Director of Moorings Park Grande Lake. “We have fitness classes, yoga, personal training opportunities, cocktail meetups, Olympics competitions to name a few. The list goes on and on.”

Moorings Park Grande Lake’s approach to health and wellness extends well beyond flashy gym equipment and amenities. The community recently won the International Council on Active Aging’s (ICAA) 2021 NuStep Beacon Award, recognizing it as one of the top 25 “Best in Wellness” communities in North America.

“We are very proud to be honored with this award,” said Mann. “We were determined to curate every detail of this spectacular new community to ensure our residents not only enjoy a country club lifestyle, but also have access to integrated wellness programs and social activities that will keep them active and engaged for years to come would hold.”

A luxurious lifestyle, a convenient location

Just 5 miles from 5th Avenue in downtown Naples and only 4 miles from Naples’ beautiful beaches on the Gulf of Mexico, it was the prime location of this lush, scenic lot that first drew the attention of community developer, London Bay Homes of Naples.

“When the property became available, we just saw it as the last and best piece of land near downtown Naples,” said Mark Wilson, CEO of London Bay Homes. “We found it really exceptional.”

Convince yourself from the comfort of your own home

See for yourself! You are invited to join Moorings Park Grande Lake for our virtual event on Friday, April 22 at 10:30 am, moderated by Tom Mann.

“This webinar is the perfect opportunity to ‘visit’ Moorings Park Grande Lake, especially if you can’t see it in person. You can find out about everything it has to offer,” said Mann. “During the event you will be able to learn about the residences and new clubhouse, as well as plenty of information about our amenities, services and pricing.”

To register for Grande Lake’s webinar, please visit, call 239-232-3903.

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