Fairmount Rest Home, as Fairmount was originally named, opened on February 19, 1968, with 20 residents. Of these, 16 were from New Holland Nursing Home. Their director, Florence Hoober, moved with them to become Fairmount’s first director of nursing. At the time, Fairmount was governed by an 11-member Board of Directors.
On opening day, 42 rooms and 82 Skilled Nursing beds were available. By the end of February, there were 39 residents, 60 by the end of March, and 71 by the end of July. As of June, 48 full- and part-time staff were employed.
- 1970: Plans for expansion began.
- 1971: The number of skilled beds had increased to 109.
- 1971: The Farm Crest Community Room opened for public use.
- 1980: The building of cottages began, with 8 cottage units completed by 1985.
- 1983: Resident capacity increased to 132, including Personal Care.
- 1994-1995: 4 cottage units were added.
- 1996-1997: Another 5 cottages were added on Nolt Drive.
- 1996: Wheat Ridge expansion began across Cat’s Back road.
- 1998: Wheat Ridge expansion was completed in January, increasing the capacity to 120 nursing beds, 36 Personal Care beds and 18 cottages. The Wheat Ridge complex also houses a chapel, dining facilities, activity room, and gift shop.
- 2004-2005: The Crest View apartment building, containing 49 units, was built on to the original Farm Crest building.
- 2012-2014: 6 new cottages were added on the Farm Crest campus.
Fairmount today consists of 50+ acres on two campuses divided by Cat’s Back Road. It is licensed for 114 Health Care and 74 Personal Care beds. Residential Living is comprised of 12 Residential Suites, 58 Apartments and 46 Cottages. Over 300 team members are employed.