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Under Construction: Nation’s First CCRC for LGBT Elders

By Michelle Seitzer / Posted on 20 May 2011

Commencing construction in April, Fountaingrove Lodge will be situated on 10 acres in Sonoma County, California, and will provide care, services and residence options for the LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgendered) community.

Developed by Oakmont Senior Living (OSL), a company with 30 retirement communities already under their belt, Fountaingrove is a dream realized for OSL’s founder and principal, Bill Gallaher, and wife, Cindy. Says Gallaher in a recent Senior Housing News article, “We are excited because where other LGBT retirement projects have stalled or failed, Fountaingrove is a reality…[and] this latest project will fill a void that has existed for far too long.”

The continuing care retirement community at Fountaingrove will offer independent housing in six bungalows and 64 senior apartments (available in 9 different floor plans). On campus, LGBT seniors will have access to such amenities as a pet park, library, bocce court, salon & day spa, business center, and more. Health care services will be available “in-house” and paid for as needed on a fee-for-service basis. Each senior living apartment is furnished with a 24-hour emergency call & response system. A memory care center will also be available on site for those residents impacted by Alzheimer’s or other cognitive impairments.

- Michelle Seitzer

 

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