FORT MYERS, Fla. (March 27, 2012)

The management of Shell Point Retirement Community has completed the construction and renovation of the community’s newest assisted living facility (ALF) called The Springs at Shell Point.

The Springs, which was formerly The Country Inn & Suites, is located at the corner of Shell Point Boulevard and McGregor Boulevard. The recent renovations included the construction of a full kitchen on the main floor, the construction and creation of additional common meeting spaces and offices, as well as targeted renovation in guest rooms. The new recreation rooms include, but are not limited to a cinema, arts and crafts studio, and game parlor. From start to finish, the renovations took approximately four months to complete. The overall cost of the renovation was $2 million, and the facility has 105 units ready for occupancy.

The facility has passed all final inspections with the Lee County Building Department, The Lee County Health Department and the Iona-McGregor Fire Department. Once The Springs successfully completes the licensing inspection by the Florida Agency for Health Care Administration residents will be able to start the move-in process.

“The Springs assisted living product provides a wonderful opportunity for residents to receive the care, service, and support that is needed in order to help them live with the greatest level of independence and dignity that their health will allow,” said Peter Dys, president of Shell Point. “In addition to the presence of 24-hour on site nursing and concierge services, residents enjoy a great dining experience with wholesome meals of dietary delight that serve to improve socialization. In addition, scheduled activities stimulate the mind and enhance physical strength, and when coupled with housekeeping and support staff assistance, residents enjoy greater security, support, and independence.”

The Springs is the third ALF at Shell Point. The community opened the King’s Crown on The Island at Shell Point in 1987, and added The Arbor in The Woodlands at Shell Point in 2005.

“We are excited about the upcoming opening of The Springs,” said Rita Southern, director of assisted living and resident support services for the community. “Both the King’s Crown and The Arbor remain almost fully occupied and with the increased population of aging retirees in this area, there is a growing need for additional high quality assisted living options in Southwest Florida.”

The Springs all-inclusive monthly rate, excluding personal laundry, helps residents and their families plan for the most effective use of their resources while also providing the added security of access to the network of quality health care services provided by the Shell Point health care team, when and if those services are needed. “The Springs assisted living facility and services have been priced with monthly rates that are very competitive to the local marketplace and are not subject to daily rate adjustments based on special needs or fluctuating health conditions,” commented Peter Dys. “Additionally, Springs residents will have access to our daily Pharmacy delivery services, physician services, and other benefits associated with Shell Point Retirement Community that have become a hallmark of our community.”

“A decision to utilize assisted living is a decision made by ‘choice’ versus ‘need’ which is most often associated with a move toward skilled nursing care. As such, those considering residency in assisted living at the Springs should ask themselves if their quality of life can be enhanced by living in this type of facility. If, in fact, the services, healthcare support, delightful dining, socializing, and other security provided by the facility enhances their quality of life, they should move quickly in order to sustain their independence and dignity. Our experience indicates that making such a choice to enjoy this type of lifestyle ensures longer health and independence in a setting that supports the highest quality of life possible.”

The location of The Springs at the entrance to Shell Point is less than two miles from the Sanibel Island causeway. This location, in addition to Shell Point’s comprehensive resident activities and healthcare services, are just some of the many benefits that residents of the facility will enjoy. The facility’s amenities and services include a heated swimming pool, exercise facilities, transportation, dining, 24-hour healthcare staffing, and a professional activities leader who will coordinate high-quality events and activities, educational and entertainment programs, and opportunities for socialization and personal growth.

Priority Reservations are being taken to allow individuals to reserve a unit and plan ahead for their move into The Springs. Springs representatives will be available to assist individuals or families through the steps involved in making the transition as smooth and simple as possible. For information about The Springs at Shell Point or to request a brochure, call (239) 454-2077, email, or visit AHCA Licensure is pending for The Springs.

Shell Point Retirement Community is a not-for-profit continuing care retirement community located in Fort Myers just off Summerlin Road and McGregor Boulevard, two miles before the Sanibel causeway. Shell Point has received national accreditation from CARF-CCAC, and is a nationally recognized leader in the retirement industry. The community offers retirement living in a resort-style environment with an 18-hole championship golf course, deep water boating access, and recreational and fitness facilities. To learn more about Shell Point, visit us at or call 1-800-780-1131.



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