Shell Point’s Newest Assisted Living Facility, “The Springs,” Welcomes First Resident

FORT MYERS, Fla. (November 29, 2011) – The management of Shell Point Retirement Community welcomes the first resident reservation for The Springs, the community’s newest Assisted Living Facility (ALF). The community recently announced its decision to convert the former Country Inn & Suites hotel located at the entrance to the community into The Springs, which will be their newest assisted living facility (AHCA licensure pending).
On November 16, Whitney J. Miskell reserved the first unit in The Springs at Shell Point. This new ALF is anticipating a February 2012 opening, and the building is currently under construction to modify the spaces to create more community and activity areas.

“The more we investigated, the more we became convinced that Shell Point is the “Cadillac” retirement community in the greater Fort Myers area,” said Miskell. “I am particularly attracted to its crafts facilities and to its boating opportunities as I grew up on Lake Erie and love to be on the water. You know, when we first visited Fort Myers back in 2004, we stayed at what was then The Country Inn & Suites hotel, so we have a special affection for its new incarnation as the newest addition to the Shell Point family, The Springs at Shell Point. I was so happy to get my first choice of residence, a suite, which there are only 6 of these in the entire building! The floor plan is open yet well-defined, its western exposure provides the afternoon sunlight that I prefer, and the expansive view just knocks my socks off. I can’t wait for February to get here so I can move in.”

“Shell Point has always prided itself on providing the best in healthcare and retirement, and as baby boomers continue to retire in southwest Florida we want to make sure that we have the accommodations they may look for in the future,” said Rita Southern, director of assisted living and resident support services for the community.

“Since opening, the King’s Crown and The Arbor have been able to accommodate the residents of our community as well as offer a limited number of residences to the public. The Springs will be a new concept for our community in that it will primarily serve individuals from the public who were not previously residents of Shell Point.

“This is a positive addition to our healthcare continuum in that we will be able to meet the needs of a significantly increased number of senior adults throughout the Southwest Florida region and it is well-timed in anticipation of this area’s growing senior population,” said Southern.

The anticipated cost of the facility’s conversion is estimated at $2 million, and when complete, the new ALF will offer 105 units. The Springs will be 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.

The location of The Springs at the entrance to Shell Point is less than two miles from the Sanibel Island causeway. This excellent location, as well as access to Shell Point’s comprehensive resident activities and healthcare services, are just two of the many benefits that future residents of the facility will enjoy. The facility will also provide 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 now being taken during the construction phase of the facility’s renovation to allow individuals to reserve a unit and plan ahead for their move into The Springs. Case managers and a moving coordinator 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 McGregor Boulevard and Summerlin Road, 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 includes independent living, an 18-hole championship golf course, deep water boating access, assisted living, two medical centers with on-site physicians, and a skilled nursing center all within a resort-style location along the Caloosahatchee River just minutes from the Gulf of Mexico.

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