Fairmount: Dedicated to Faith, Family and Community

Ruth Bare (right) welcomes neighbors, Mary Wenger (left) and Ruth Wanner (center), to her apartment at Fairmount’s Wheat Ridge neighborhood.

Meet Ruth Bare 

Ruth Bare and her husband, Jake, lived on the same farm in Bird-in-Hand all their married life. Many of their children and grandchildren still live in that area. Ruth loves to cook and bake and enjoys working in her Wheat Ridge apartment’s bright, open and functional kitchen. 

The Bares’ friends and neighbors, Ruth Wanner and Mary Wenger, hail from Churchtown and Farmersville, respectively. Ruth, a former nurse, likes the openness of her cottage’s kitchen and is grateful for the ample cabinet space. Mary loves cooking for her family, who appreciates her good cooking.  

The Importance of Kitchen Design at Fairmount 

The kitchen is the heart of the home. It is where everyone seems to gather. Our open floor plans are conducive to large gatherings and allow hosts to both cook and take part in conversation. 

Dining Options on Campus 

The self-serve Cat’s Back Café (Wheat Ridge campus) is open to residents, visitors, volunteers and team members for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Those who dine at the Farm Crest Dining Room are served by staff. 

Food Culture 

Our rural setting seems to attract many farmers and folks with green thumbs. As they’ve discovered, it’s the perfect place to continue “playing in the dirt.” Many apartment and cottage dwellers maintain pocket and container gardens at their residences. For those who wish to garden on a larger scale, Fairmount offers a variety of gardens to tend through our Adopt-a-Flower-Bed program. Many residents continue the tradition of canning, while others share their bounty with our dining team. 


Type of Community

Continuing Care Retirement Community (CCRC) 

Range of Services

Fairmount offers Residential Living, Personal Care, Short-term Rehabilitation and Health Care/Skilled Nursing. Fairmount also offers a Plain Community Rehab Program for those who chose no insurance due to religious beliefs. 

Residential Options

Residential Living accommodations include 52 cottages, ranging in size from cozy one bedrooms to spacious two bedrooms/two-and-a-half bathrooms (plus other amenities). All our cottages have at least a one-car garage. Fairmount’s 103 apartments range in size from studios to roomy two bedrooms.

Spiritual Connection

We welcome those from all denominations and walks of life, and we remain rooted to our faith-based mission. Our chaplain stays very busy visiting and praying with residents, teaching Bible studies and offering Communion. Local pastors provide Sunday chapel services for residents who cannot attend their home church. A group of our residents conducts weekly prayer walks throughout Fairmount, praying for our residents and the staff who serve them.


Fairmount is home to nearly 400 residents in all levels of care.  


333 Wheat Ridge Drive, Ephrata, PA 17522 




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