The Bay Village Difference

Where community is everything

You want to live abundantly. Our Life Plan Community is here to offer independence, connection, enrichment, and continual learning for mature adults in south Sarasota, Florida.

Our Vision

To provide an inviting atmosphere for older adults to thrive through relationships, learnings, and experiences in a beautiful setting that is conducive to living an abundant life.

Our Mission

Established on Christian principles, Bay Village of Sarasota offers a dynamic, secure, and comprehensive residency for older adults, providing meaningful community life with continuing care.


As a Life Plan Community of choice, we hold ourselves to high standards. For that reason, we have maintained accreditation in the aging industry’s sole accreditor, the Commision on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF) since 1987. In fact, Bay Village is the only CARF-accredited Life Plan Community in Sarasota County. CARF assures the quality of care we give to each and every one of our residents. This means we conform to proven business practices, employee training, information management and continuous quality improvement planning. Each year, we must submit an Annual Conformance to Quality Report to prove our adherence to the standards and maintain our accreditation. Learn more about CARF here.


Bay Village of Sarasota is regulated by Chapter 651 of the Florida Statutes, through the Florida Department of Financial Services as well as the Florida Agency for Health Care Administration (AHCA).

Our History

How we got our start

Established in 1975, Bay Village was founded by Dr. Arnold Poole, a local pastor at the Pine Shores Presbyterian Church. An astute and compassionate leader, he developed relationships with many of its members and recognized a similar pattern: the elderly members were leaving the area. This troubled the pastor and prompted him to consider the development of a new community, a village in the bay, to create community among seniors and prevent them from having to move away. From this vision, Bay Village was formed.

Fast-forward to today, Bay Village is proudly the only accredited Life Plan Community in Sarasota County. There are more than 400 residents on the beautiful campus with residents from all over the U.S. who come to learn, play, and relax. This is the place that residents call home!

Ownership and Management

Bay Village of Sarasota, Inc. is a Florida not-for-profit corporation which owns the land, buildings, and all the assets of the retirement community. Rather than stockholders, the corporation has “members” of the congregants of Pine Shores Presbyterian Church, which established Bay Village in 1975. The sole function of the members is to elect the corporation Board of Directors. The Directors, who serve voluntarily without compensation, are responsible for goal setting, policy making, standard setting, program evaluation, and fiscal management of Bay Village. The Board of Directors employs a Chief Executive Officer who manages the day-to-day operations of Bay Village.

Leadership Team

The people who make smiles happen at Bay Village

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Hear From Residents

See what residents are saying about Bay Village

“When my wife and I started visiting Continuing Care Retirement Communities, we heard the same message over and over again from each marketing department. The message was, “Don’t wait too long to make your move!” It turned out to be sage advice. We are delighted to have lived over twelve years at Bay Village. We continue to enjoy new friends, our comfortable apartment, excellent food, spacious grounds, a wide choice of activities, and fine entertainment.”

- John and Donna G., Bay Village Resident

“Bay Village is a beautiful community that radiates with friendly, upbeat, and accomplished residents. The staff is truly remarkable, and they take the time to get to know you. There is a fitness center with lovely planned activities and celebrations you can participate in daily. I highly recommend Bay Village.”

- Joanne G., Bay Village Team Member

“Bay Village gives us the comfort that our future needs will be well cared for and we value this community. We have the freedom to live our senior years in a safe, healthy, secure, friendly, and active environment.”

- Mike and Doris M., Bay Village Resident

“My husband and I are thrilled to be at Bay Village! We enjoy exercise classes, entertainment on Thursday evenings, gatherings by the pool, and the friendly people that make this a perfect place for retirees.”

- Harry and Sally R., Bay Village Resident

“The warmth and friendships from the residents and staff is why I enjoy living at Bay Village. The available amenities make Bay Village feel like a retreat. The swimming pool is so beautiful and conveniently heated. Participating in activities at Bay Village and around Sarasota is a wonderful experience.”

- Carolyn D., Bay Village Team Member

“I love my new apartment as it has fantastic views and includes many great amenities. I have friendly neighbors and excellent meals to share with new friends. The move to BV was a great decision, and I am happy to be a resident.”

- Judy S., Bay Village Resident

“We chose Bay Village because so many hassles that come with homeownership are now gone. We enjoy more time together as the maintenance department handles landscaping and repairs of any kind. In addition, cleaning in our apartment is taken care of by housekeeping. From a social standpoint, we have numerous on-site and off-campus trips/activities to choose from that are arranged by the resident services. Safety is also a top priority at Bay Village, as 24/7 security and medical assistance are available.”

- Jim and Joan S., Bay Village Resident

“After considering every CRCC in Sarasota, we chose Bay Village because of its friendliness and financial stability. We always feel safe and secure here, but especially during the hurricane season as Bay Village is above floodplain level and is built to keep us safe during the storm. I enjoy the new friendships I’ve established, and the varied entertainment and social programs offered on-site and off-site. As I age, I value the opportunity for lifelong learning, and I enjoy the convenience of on-site medical services, skilled nursing, home health care, and memory care.”

- Larry, Bay Village Resident

“I came to Bay Village 10 years ago. It was evident that Bay Village was founded on Christian principles from the beginning. The residents welcomed me in a kind, friendly, and thoughtful manner. We enjoy healthy, tasty meals, entertainment with movies, live performers, exercise classes, card clubs, book clubs, etc. Our administrators are helpful if we have questions and care about our well-being. Residents are grateful for the opportunity to live here. I know I am!”

- Bob V., Bay Village Resident

“Bay Village attracted us with its welcoming and friendly atmosphere offering us gracious living all under one roof with various levels of care. Exercise classes keep us fit, entertainment programs with outside talented performers, and recent movies. In addition, Bay Village offers different dining venue options and opportunities for volunteering to become part of community life. All these components are the ingredients to continue living a rich, wholesome life.”

- CJ G., Bay Village Resident

“After moving into Bay Village at 80-years-old, now 92, I see numerous advantages. The campus is peaceful, with walking trails and nature experiences at every turn. Day-to-day needs are met with on-site postal service, grocery, and campus gift shop. Close to shopping and dining, Bay Village is in a prime location. The on-site activities are thoughtful and contribute to lifelong learning, and residents become family, loving and friendly. Whatever the future holds, Bay Village can provide, Assisted Living, Nursing, and Memory Care. Best of all, my children can visit and know that I am in good hands.”

- Bennie B., Bay Village Resident