The Evangelical Lutheran Good Samaritan Society is planning a senior living community in Fairfield Glade that will provide a wide variety of housing and services for area seniors. Pending state and local approval, the Good Samaritan Society — Fairfield Glade is scheduled to break ground in spring 2008 and open in fall 2009. The community will include a broad spectrum of services for its residents including non-medical home care services.

The Good Samaritan Society — Fairfield Glade will be located on a wooded 23-acre site in Fairfield Glade. Wyndham, Inc. has agreed to donate the land to the Society. The cost of the initial planned development is about $22 million and includes a 30-bed skilled nursing facility, a 24-bed assisted living residence, 42 senior apartments with services, some standalone cottages, and a non-medical home services program. Additionally, the Good Samaritan Society — Fairfield Glade will have a chapel, community center, restaurant-style dining rooms, business center, library, wellness and fitness areas, walking paths, and other common areas for activities and gatherings. The development will be planned to accommodate expansion of all levels of care.

Three years ago an independent group of Fairfield Glade residents established the Continuing Care Retirement Community (CCRC) Task Force and began to look for ways to bring senior housing with services and other long-term health care options to Fairfield Glade. The task force currently has 11 members representing the seven churches of the Fairfield Glade Council of Churches. Approximately two years ago a task force member contacted the Society with a preliminary interest inquiry.

Staff members from the Society and task force members began extensive research to determine if the Society's services would be a good match for the community of Fairfield Glade. Research included focus groups, meetings, mail surveys, visits to Fairfield Glade by Society staff members and visits by task force members to the Good Samaritan Society's National Campus in Sioux Falls, SD.

"Much of the credit goes to the task force and the local churches' congregants, who had the vision to plan for this for years," said David J. Horazdovsky, the president and chief executive officer of the Good Samaritan Society. "Without new senior living in this area, many community members would be forced to leave the community where they have lived for decades."

The Evangelical Lutheran Good Samaritan Society is the nation's largest not-for-profit provider of long-term care and senior services. The Society, founded in 1922, owns and operates more than 240 long-term health care centers and retirement living centers across the country. The Society's mission is to share God's love in word and deed by providing shelter and services to older persons and others in need, believing that "In Christ's Love, Everyone Is Someone."

The Society will be sharing more information on project development timelines and reservation opportunities with the residents of the Fairfield Glade area as plans are finalized.