New memory care center opens at Shell Point




Photo 1: Shell Point Retirement Community recently held a ribbon-cutting ceremony for its brand-new 28-bedroom, 21,182-square-foot memory support center, Connected Living at The Springs. (Left to right): Sunny Torres, Shell Point; Tammie Fraser, Shell Point; Sharon Dobbins, Shell Point; Christy Skinner, Shell Point; Gary Goforth, Shell Point; Dave Heuring, RDG Planning and Design; Amber Caton, Wegman Design Group; Jason Smith, Shell Point; Justin Schiff, Shell Point; Kelly Scott, Shell Point; Ronette Icso, Shell Point; Martin Schappell, Shell Point; Adam Hinds, Shell Point; Fran DeMarco, Stantec; Steve Morrison, Johnson Engineering; Josh Beverly, DeAngelis Diamond; Reggie Morgan, Shell Point; Tim Lochridge, Shell Point; Kayla Pudlin Harm, Shell Point; Rita Southern, Shell Point; Christine Gulotta, Shell Point.

Photo 2: Shell Point partnered with Wegman Design Group for the interior décor of the new memory care center that includes muted pastels, conversational artwork and comfortable fabrics.

Photo 3: In addition to its 28 private rooms, the new Connected Living Memory Support building features outdoor spaces that incorporate musical instruments and sensory objects to promote creative expression.



New memory care center opens at Shell Point


FORT MYERS, FL. (Jan. 29, 2019) – Shell Point Retirement Community recently held a ribbon-cutting ceremony for a newly constructed 28-bed, 21,182-square-foot memory care center, Connected Living at The Springs. The center will provide residential care for seniors with age-related cognitive diseases, including Alzheimer’s and other various forms of dementia.

“It’s been a joy to welcome new residents to Connected Living at The Springs,” says Christine Gulotta, memory care director of Connected Living at The Springs. “Their new home was designed to provide cozy spaces, a calming atmosphere and a safe environment full of sensory-rich stimuli.”

To complete this project, Shell Point partnered with DeAngelis Diamond, Wegman Design Group, Stantec, RDG Planning and Design, and Johnson Engineering.

The floorplan of the Connected Living building is arranged into two groupings of 14 apartments each, which function as cohesive households. Each household has established its own, unique rhythm that is familiar to residents and helps daily experiences feel natural. Staffing is kept consistent within each household, allowing for strong, relationship-based interaction between residents and the memory support specialists providing their care.

“The result is a homelike environment for residents that is secure while also allowing for freedom of movement both indoors and outdoors,” says Gulotta. “Residents can bring their own furnishings to individualize their apartments to their taste. This further establishes a comfortable setting that feels just like home.”

The interior design of the Connected Living building is tranquil, with muted pastels, conversational artwork and comfortable fabrics. Clerestory window features provide an abundance of natural light, which studies have shown to positively impact the circadian rhythms of those with dementia; amber-colored lighting is used in restrooms, which helps provide visual cues for safer nighttime navigation; and memory box displays are also located outside of resident’s private apartments, serving as a means to recall their personal space.

Connected Living at The Springs features 26 private rooms and two companion suites, two full community kitchens with intimate dining seating, a salon, walk-in bather spa and laundry and linen service. The center also offers an arts and programming room, a chapel and two outdoor spaces that feature musical instruments and sensory objects to promote creative expression.

In addition to the residential building’s unique, homelike design, the regular programming that is offered has also been customized specifically for the needs of individuals with advanced memory loss.

“A specialized program offered in the new memory support building incorporates specialist level employee development, relationship-based care and dynamic programming that allows residents to thrive within a robust and structured environment,” says Gulotta.

Shell Point partnered with best-selling author and architect of the Best Friends approach, David Troxel, to tailor how the Connected Living care team interacts with each resident. This style of communication advocates treating each resident as a unique, valued individual whose past life experiences and personal interests are incorporated to enrich their present lifestyle, patterns and routines.

Additional signature programs include research-based music therapy, interactive technology and guided art explorations that offer innovative creative expression. Memory fitness sessions through the Shell Point Wellness Connection also promote healthy lifestyle strategies to lower the risk associated with dementia.

“For more than 50 years, Shell Point has been dedicated to providing seniors with the highest level of excellence in health care,” said Shell Point President Martin Schappell. “Connected Living is another example of our ongoing commitment to offer residents peace of mind that they will be taken care of for the rest of their lives.”

Connected Living at The Springs is located within The Springs at Shell Point, 13901 Shell Point Plaza in Fort Myers. To learn more, visit

About Shell Point Retirement Community

Shell Point Retirement Community, founded in 1968, is a nonprofit continuing care retirement community located in Fort Myers, Florida. Shell Point offers independent retirement living, assisted living, and skilled nursing for its 2,400 residents in an active, resort-style environment. Lifestyle amenities include deep-water boating access with free dockage, a championship 18-hole golf course, and other recreational and educational activities. To learn more, visit or call 1-800-780-1131.

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