Koreans Visit Shell Point

Shell Point Serves as a Model for Communities Around the World

Dr. In-Soo Lee (center) visits the Shell Point Welcome Center with Mrs. Young-Shik Kim (left) and Lynn Schneider, director of public relations (right).

FORT MYERS – Shell Point frequently receives foreign visitors who are here simply because of Shell Point’s reputation of excellence. Such was the case last month, when Dr. In-Soo Lee brought a delegation from Korea to explore the American concepts of retirement at one of America’s premier communities – Shell Point.

“In Korea, our population is about 50 million, but there are only about 150 retirement facilities,” said Dr. Lee, professor of Elderly Welfare at Han-Seo University, and Assistant Director of the Korean Academic Society of Welfare for the Aged. “Most of them are only for those of low income level and accommodate only 50-100 residents per facility. Korean tradition has lead the aging population to live dependent on their children.” As such, the entire group was awed by the size and quality of Shell Point, commenting on how beautiful the buildings and facilities were, and how wonderfully the employees serve the residents.

According to Dr. Lee, the independence and self-motivation of Shell Point residents is a uniquely American feature – one which he hopes will spread among Korean facilities. “This trip was very helpful for me,” said Dr. Lee. “For instance, I saw an activity center where senior citizens maintain self-organized talents such as carpentry, crafts, and locomotive simulation tracks [Shell Point’s model railroad]. They were operated by the self-groups of the residents. Those large variety of self-organized activities will make them feel very active and maintain productive happy lives.”

Shell Point is proud to serve as a model for senior communities throughout the world.

Do you have a group of people who would like to tour the amenities and facilities of Florida’s largest lifecare community? Call (239) 466-1131 for more information.

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