Anne has had a natural comfort and love for the elderly since she was a little girl visiting the elderly in the country hills of Ohio. The smiles, hugs, love, home cooked food and smells, stories, and beautiful homes of antique furniture, glass, and pictures, all evoke fond, fond memories.
Anne has cared for the elderly in one fashion or another her entire life. Anne’s first caregiver job was as a Candy Striper in an independent living, assisted living, and skilled nursing home complex in St. Paul, Minnesota.
She then became a Certified Nursing Assistant through the Minnesota Department of Education, and worked in that same skilled facility at the age of 15. Anne’s CNA education allowed her to serve the elderly in all walks of life. After graduating from High School, she moved to Billings, Montana, to attend Rocky Mountain College. Anne worked her way through college, providing private duty care in the home, home health care, and nursing home care. She felt honored to listen to their stories and assist them in completing tasks they were no longer able to perform independently.
In college, Anne met the love of her life, marrying in their junior year, and he is still the love of her life 37 years later. They have two wonderful children, and two precious grandchildren.
Providing geriatric care in Minnesota, Ohio, Texas, and now in Florida, Anne has had the privilege to care for the elderly across the care spectrum. Anne also advanced her Senior Care career by advancing to Social Services Director, and Admissions Director and then became the Human Services Specialist for the upstreaming program for the Florida Department of Elder Affairs. Following that position, Anne went on to become a Geriatric Case Manager in the primary care setting, working with some of the finest geriatricians, internal medicine physicians, and nurse practitioners, in the state of Florida.
Caring for the elderly, in all of these settings, has been, and continues to be, Anne’s passion and joy. Her faith is very strong, and her joy is magnified by knowing that she is able to continue to serve the people of The Greatest Generation!
In her own words, “I am thrilled, and honored, to be able to utilize my skills in the superior setting at Bridgeport Senior Living, where we are providing quality loving care, in a beautiful home environment for those with memory loss. I commit to you, if you entrust your loved one to our care, we will ensure that they will feel as if they are at home!"
Ashley Lemire is an administrator at Bridgeport Senior living with 7 years experience working with memory loss care in various settings. She has a deep passion and devotion for building relationships and finding creative ways to connect with those living with cognitive disorders.
From an early age Ashley always resonated more with the elderly and found she loved the company of those with wisdom. She enjoyed hearing their life stories and was fascinated and privileged to be in the presence of their knowledge and history.
A native-born Floridian, Ashley graduated from Indian River State College in Fort Pierce, Florida in 2011 with an Associates Degree in Art History. During that time also acquired her CNA license and began caring for individuals with memory loss to put herself through college. She quickly found what started as a skill turned into a passion.
In the beginning of 2017 Ashley came to work for Bridgeport as a caregiver and quickly rose to assistant administrator and then to a full-time administrator due to her passion, hard work, and leadership qualities. Ashley lives in Orlando with her husband and cat and enjoys crafting, illustration and yoga in her spare time.
Dana Weaver serves as the “Family Concierge" for Bridgeport Senior Living and helps resolve any concerns that come up as well as helping new potential families who are interested in moving into one of the Bridgeport homes. Dana has worked in the medical field for 36 years. She has held a current Administrator’s license in the state of Florida for the past 16 years. Previously, she worked in nursing homes in Ohio, where she was awarded Caregiver of the Month for 16 consecutive months. She was a foster mother for critically ill and special needs infants for 11 years. When she moved to Florida in 1989, she secured a position with Leesburg Regional Medical Center as their Staffing Coordinator, and was quickly promoted to Administrative Assistant to the Patient Care Coordinator.
After 4 years she took a position with Florida Hospital Waterman Home Care Services as their Staffing Director, matching up qualified caregivers with elderly patients who needed care in their homes. She loved being able to spend time with the patients, listening to their life stories, and helping them to gain more independence in their lives.
In 1998, Dana was offered a position of managing 12 group homes in the Orlando area for adults with high-risk behaviors due to brain injury, developmental delays, and dementia. The company would often fly her to Indiana to open new group homes, and train staff.
She began working for an Assisted Living Facility in 2004 that specializes in Alzheimer’s and dementia care. She was an administrator over 3 facilities in Orange, Seminole, and Lake Counties. Dana was directly involved in a pilot project for Person Centered Care, which teaches us how to honor each resident’s personal choices and needs, no matter what stage of dementia they are experiencing. She went on to train many employees in this wonderful concept.
In her personal life, Dana has 5 grandchildren that she absolutely adores. She, along with her sister, take care of their mother who is completely blind.
Dana believes that caring for the elderly is her passion, and her calling in life. She is excited to utilize her experience and expertise with Bridgeport Senior Living, and is looking forward to providing exceptional quality of care to your loved one. She leads our team with the philosophy that every little detail in our resident’s lives is important, to ensure that they feel special, validated, and surrounded with care, dignity, and love.
Dana is always be available to listen to any concerns, or suggestions, you may have, and to proactively put a plan in place to best serve your loved one’s needs, so that you can always feel assured that you made the right decision in entrusting your loved one’s care to Bridgeport Senior Living.
Our Founder & Managing Partner
Bridgeport Senior Living’s Founder and Managing Partner was inspired by his grandfather to pursue his lifelong work in senior living. After the death of his grandmother, he faced the difficult decision of selecting the most appropriate senior living community for his grandfather. As a young adult, he would often visit his grandfather suffering from dementia at a gloomy and sad “old folk’s home.” Day after day, the elderly men and women stared sadly and silently out their windows and his heart went out to them. This created a desire to change the way people thought seniors should live. He spent 4 years managing Skilled Nursing Facilities in both Southern and Northern California to prepare himself before opening high-quality homes for seniors with dementia.
Our commitment is to provide thoughtful care for your loved ones as if they were our own family members.
A private, family-owned company founded in 2012, Bridgeport Senior Living offers the finest homes in senior lifestyle and living options in the Central Florida marketplace. Because not everyone’s needs are the same, the Bridgeport Senior Living homes are suited to meet the many stages of dementia that a senior may be experiencing.