Fountaingrove, the nation’s firstÂ retirement community offering the option of continuing care for the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgendered (LGBT) community has begun construction of its 10-acre property in Sonoma County, Calif.
â€œFountaingrove Lodge is a dream that has been several years in the making, and reflects our desire to provide fine retirement living opportunities for a broad range of seniors,â€ said Bill Gallaher, founder and principal of Oakmont Senior Living (OSL), who developed the concept with his wife, Cindy. â€œWe are excited because where other LGBT retirement projects have stalled or failed, Fountaingrove is a reality. Of the more than 30 retirement communities weâ€™ve developed, this latest project will fill a void that has existed for far too long, and we are proud to lead the way on this front.â€
Residences will comprise six bungalows and 64 apartment homes in nine different floor plans,Â ranging from 830 to 2,001 square feet.
â€œWe anticipate that this project will become the hub for the broader North Bay LGBT community, and reflect the interests and passions of our residents,â€ saidÂ Cindy Gallaher,Â OSL co-founder and principal.
The property will includeÂ its own library, business center, bank, salon and day spa, great hall for special events and dancing, library, gift shop, pet park, and bocce court. Next door, residences have access to the championship Fountaingrove Golf Course.
In addition, the Fountaingrove Lodge will be a Continuing Care Retirement Community (CCRC), providing health care services in the home, paid for on a fee-for-service basis as a resident may need it, and include state-of-the-art emergency call and response systems. In addition, there will be an onsite care center which will provide memory care for residents with Alzheimer’s/dementia.