Like Benchmark founder, Tom Grape, residents of the new Sturges Ridge of Fairfield assisted living and memory care community in Fairfield, Conn., are proving that, despite the saying, you not only can go home again but also stay and thrive there too. With a commitment to keeping seniors in the town they love and with experiences to help them flourish, Sturges Ridge has opened its doors. The community marks the opening of the first senior living community in Fairfield and the 18th in Connecticut for Benchmark, a leading provider of senior living and aging-well services in the Northeast.

As a child, Grape played baseball at nearby Sturges Park and for Roger Ludlowe High School. It’s his fond memories of growing up in Fairfield and wanting to make it possible for families to stay connected to one another and what matters most in their lives that attracted him to build here. “Being able to do this here is something I’m really proud of,” says Grape. “My late mother loved this town and what it stood for and was very active in the community. To be able to give back in this way and help families stay connected in her memory is really something special.”

Sturges Ridge Executive Director Terry Hornikel lives in Fairfield and brings more than 40 years of senior living and health care experience to the community. A certified gerontologist, she began her career as a nurse’s aide. “Fairfield has embraced us with open arms, and we are thrilled to be providing something that is very much needed here,” says Hornikel. “Every day our goal is to foster deeply meaningful relationships with our residents and families and help our residents discover or remain connected to the things and people they are passionate about.”

Over 200 people attended the community’s recent grand opening, including First Selectman Mike Tetreau, Chamber President Beverly Balaz and many other local politicians, business owners and neighbors. Sturges Ridge’s first resident, Cecily Zerega, christened the community with a ribbon cutting. Zerega has been a Fairfield resident for 67 years and was so excited when she learned three years ago that the community was coming, she mailed in a check for her deposit. During the event, the community also announced donations to several local charities–Fairfield Meals on Wheels, Al’s Angels and Operation Hope. Football players from Fairfield Ludlowe High School arrived after practice to help with clean-up duty at the end of the evening.

Sturges Ridge of Fairfield is situated between The Carolton Chronic and Convalescent Hospital and Fairfield Ludlowe High School. It offers over 85,000 square feet of living space comprised of 68 assisted living apartments, 20 memory care suites and spacious common areas. It offers several unique amenities, including concierge service, underground parking, a rooftop patio and apartments offering “luxury box” views of Fairfield Ludlowe High School football games and an art gallery featuring the work of local artists such as accomplished artist and resident, Elisa Khachian.

The community is located at 448 Mill Plain Road. Click here for more information.