When visitors see the award-winning design of The Fountains of West County, they feel welcomed by a warmth and comfort that is prominent throughout the locally-owned and –operated community. Its trademark fountain stands center of the courtyard, surrounded by a dual set of trellises and stone patios, and captures the beauty of this environment. Offering independent living, assisted living, memory and respite care, the community invites you in to discover what sets it apart.

Here at The Fountains, comfort and care is offered at every level, as evidenced throughout. With its newest addition, resident apartment homes showcase larger floor plans and upgraded amenities, from granite countertops and stainless steel appliances to crown molding and wood-grain flooring, as well as the convenience of in-unit washers and dryers and walk-in closets.

“Our wellness program is important throughout our entire community,” director Julie Sanford details. “We offer a variety of more than 30 classes during the weekdays. We’re getting between 45 and 50 people for the morning classes. The amount of people who take our classes is amazing, and [they say] their results are great.”

A ballet barre was also installed to offer versatility in participation for those at a higher skill level. Other classes, such as water sports, prove excellent for residents with arthritis. Best yet, brain fitness classes work to stimulate cognitive function in residents.

“In addition to our traditional dining, we opened a second option, the Courtyard Café,” Sanford adds. “The full-service café offers anytime dining and is open daily, serving gourmet salads, grilled paninis, flatbread pizzas and daily, fresh-made desserts.”

Exclusively, Kaldi’s has set up shop inside the community to serve up great coffee and a wonderful, inviting space for families and residents to enjoy. Events, such as Coffee & Music, often give residents a reason to linger over their cappuccino.

“The longevity of our team is almost unheard of,” Sanford says. “A lot of our team members – drivers, housekeepers, concierge – have been with us for more than 10 years. The continuity [in staffing] is always a positive to families.”

The team at The Fountains believes peace of mind is of the utmost importance, especially as loved ones age. Residents and their families can be assured of a continuum of care, which will be seamless as they transition to the assisted living and memory care communities, with all-inclusive pricing and a nursing staff that is on-site 24 hours a day.

“Stop by anytime for a tour or lunch or to visit our fully decorated display apartment,” Sanford encourages. It seems there’s a new ideal lifestyle that’s yours for the taking.

The Fountains of West County, 15826 Clayton Road, Ellisville, 636-779-2600,

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