Volunteers of America, the non-profit parent organization of Cape Coral’s Gulf Coast Village, has broken ground on The Preserve, a new state-of-the-art skilled nursing and assisted living community in Fort Myers.

The Preserve addresses Lee County’s growing need for skilled nursing, transitional care and assisted living in southwest Florida, and offers 75 private rooms to serve senior residents with specialized or advanced health care needs. The three-story, 118,000-square-foot community is currently under construction at the northeast corner of Six Mile Cypress Parkway and Michael G. Rippe Parkway in south Fort Myers.

Resident units will be designed around four “neighborhoods,” each offering its own social, dining and staff support areas. A dedicated memory support neighborhood will cater specifically to residents with dementia needing a secured living setting in addition to 24/7 medical assistance.

“With more than 30 senior living and care communities throughout the U.S., Volunteers of America is a well-known leader in senior living, and we’re excited to bring that same level of medical care and compassion into Fort Myers,” said Kevin Ahmadi, area director of operations for Volunteers of America, the non-profit organization that sponsors The Preserve. “Over the years, we have been working in partnership with local care providers including Lee Health and Hope Healthcare on strategies to meet the growing needs of Lee County’s seniors. The Preserve will be a critical resource for post-acute care, offering high-quality medical services, rehabilitative care and social programs to provide much needed access to the continuum of care in Lee County.”

The Preserve is the first building to break ground at Hope Preserve, a health care campus planned to include multiple facilities and organizations dedicated to caring for seniors and for people who are chronically ill.

“While envisioning the ideal Hope Preserve campus, we knew it was important to include partners that would complement our mission to improve the quality of life for people who are frail, aging or coping with serious illnesses,” said Samira K. Beckwith, president and CEO of Hope Healthcare. “The Preserve’s groundbreaking marks the first step in addressing our region’s growing need for comforting care. We are delighted to share in this exciting milestone, and we are eagerly looking forward to celebrating additional site developments in the future.”

The Preserve will adhere to a resident-centered care model. Highly-trained staff members and licensed professionals will provide continuous medical support and foster a culture of caring and hospitality, creating specialized programs focused on rehabilitative and restorative care.

Within The Preserve’s Occupational and Physical Therapy Suite is a Balance and Vestibular Retraining Center that will provide therapeutic intervention for residents exhibiting symptoms of balance control, vertigo and dizziness.

About Volunteers of America

Volunteers of America is a national, nonprofit, faith-based organization dedicated to helping those in need live healthy, safe and productive lives. Since 1896, our ministry of service has supported and empowered America’s most vulnerable groups, including veterans, seniors, people with disabilities, at-risk youth, men and women returning from prison, homeless individuals and families, those recovering from addictions and many others. Through hundreds of human service programs, including housing and health care, Volunteers of America helps more than 1.4 million people in over 400 communities. Learn more at www.voa.org.