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Palmview assisted living facility opens at Gulf Coast Village

By Staff | May 11, 2017

With the continuing need for assisted living facilities throughout Lee County, the opening of the Palmview Assisted Living and Memory Care facility at Gulf Coast Village provides a major shot in the arm for the senior community.

The ribbon was cut Thursday on a $31 million, 128-unit facility that includes a 48-unit memory support wing. Visitors also had the opportunity to tour the three-story facility and see all it has to offer the senior population, those with memory loss issues and their caregivers.

Kevin Ahmadi, executive director of Gulf Coast Village, thanked all those who made the facility possible, which included a who’s who in Cape Coral’s health care and business community, from Lee Health to Volunteers of America, which sponsors Gulf Coast Village.

“We have come a long way in our 31-year history, and this campus is just a fraction of the 5,500 people Volunteers of America serves in Florida,” Ahmadi said. “Because of great leaders at local and professional levels we are a solution provider to seniors with a motivated team that has set goals to grow beyond Cape Coral.”

Mike King, national president and CEO for Volunteers of America, as well as Tom Turnbull and Wayne Olsen, COO and executive vice president, respectively, also spoke during the brief ceremony. King said it was a team effort that made Palmview possible.

“Without all of you, this doesn’t happen. This is the culmination of the dreams of all the folks here and entities both locally and (nationally). That’s what makes dreams like this come true,” King said.

The facility soft-opened last month and already has close to 70 residents, many of whom lived in the old facility, much of which is being updated and turned into a skilled-nursing facility.

Palmview offers living arrangements for seniors encompassing independent living, assisted living specialized memory support, skilled nursing outpatient services and home health care.

Palmview features six dining areas, several common areas and an outdoor lanai. It offers single- and two-bedroom accommodations featuring kitchens with modern appliances, walk-in closets, with some rooms offering washers and dryers cooktops and dishwashers. Rooms start at around $5,660 per month, plus added fees for whatever degree of assisted living you need.

Also, the facility will employ 50 full-time people in well-paying jobs, from nurses to chefs. This brings the total employees at Gulf Coast to 400.

Dana Brunett, economic development director for the city, said he loved the colors an style of the facility, as well as the fact it will help further drive the city’s economy.

“It’s a much-needed facility. We have an aging population that’s making the transition from single-family housing and wanting to stay in the community,” Brunett said. “It shows the city is growing and we’re adding the amenities that we need for that growth.”

The new facility means the Gulf Coast Village campus has more than 400 units. Ahmadi said this is just the beginning for Gulf Coast Village, which plans to build facilities in Fort Myers and Estero in the coming years.