Find Faith-Inspired Senior Living in a Caring Community in Upper Sandusky, OH

Welcome to The Fairhaven, a United Church Homes Community

Much like the town of Upper Sandusky, Ohio, Fairhaven is a caring, close-knit community where many residents know one another. Because of our longevity and quality reputation, multiple generations of families live and work here. Our residents and their families appreciate the level of care they receive as well as the continuity of care providers. In fact, our longest-term employee has served Fairhaven residents for 45 years.

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But it’s more than the dedication of the employees and residents that make Fairhaven such a special place. It’s how Fairhaven is woven into the fabric of the larger Upper Sandusky community, through activities that create abundant life for its residents. It’s about empowering residents to experience:

  • Active community life
  • Purposeful living in mind, body and spirit
  • Faith-inspired programming
  • Freedom to do what you want each day
  • Respect for personal choice
  • A sense of belonging
  • Welcome and affirming culture

At Fairhaven, we schedule and provide transportation assistance for medical appointments for residents in every neighborhood. Our robust life enrichment program pairs residents with elementary school pen pals and offers outings for shopping and dining. For residents who prefer to stay at home, a volunteer shopper can pick up and deliver needed items. Many residents enjoy browsing the Fairhaven gift shop for cards, snacks or small items.

Welcome home to Fairhaven Senior Living Community!

Services we offer at The Fairhaven

Call (419) 294-4973 to schedule your visit.

See how we LIVE IT! at Fairhaven

Our culture of compassion and respect sets United Church Homes apart, and our LIVE IT! standards aim to show that we don’t just say it — we bring those values to life. Our LIVE IT! program is based on three core goals we help residents achieve: Living Life with Purpose, Creating Social Connections and Living Safe and Sound.

Senior Living Options

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Senior Community Amenities

Our amenities cater to your lifestyle. You decide what you want!

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About Fairhaven

Fairhaven offers a full range of lifestyle and healthcare services.

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About Our Senior Living Community

Fairhaven Senior Living Community

Located in Upper Sandusky, Ohio, Fairhaven Community has a rich history of providing exceptional housing options and amenities for older adults. As the first United Church Homes community, Fairhaven was established in 1920 to house seven residents. While the community serves many more residents today, Fairhaven seamlessly blends small-town charm and values with innovative lifestyle offerings and person-directed care.

Through a recent campus renovation, our community offers neighborhoods for assisted living, skilled nursing, Fast Track Rehab and memory care.

Our faith-inspired atmosphere celebrates the journey of living by empowering our residents and families to make choices that create the home and community they want for themselves and their loved ones. At Fairhaven, we focus on experiencing all that life has to offer —physically, emotionally and spiritually. Choice. Flexibility. Freedom. It’s all yours at Fairhaven Community.

Senior Community Amenities

  • Picturesque, well-established campus
  • Restaurant-style dining served in well-appointed dining rooms
  • Full-time chaplain and onsite chapel
  • Full community calendar of life enrichment activities
  • Many amenities included in monthly fee
  • Onsite beauty and barber salon
  • Onsite crafts and hobby rooms
  • Onsite library
  • Scheduled outings and transportation
  • Small-pet friendly
  • SAGECare certified to meet the needs of LGBT older adults
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Visit us at Fairhaven today!
To learn more, call (419) 294-4973 or contact us today to schedule your visit.

Leadership Team

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    Jean Smith, LNHA
    Administrator

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    Karen Webb, RN
    Director of Nursing

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    Kara Orians
    Director of Activities
    Memory Care Coordinator

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    Ann Osborn
    Marketing Director

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    Lindsey Lewis
    Human Resources Manager

  • aJennifer-Koge

    Jennifer Koge, RN
    Staff Development Coordinator

Are you ready to LIVE IT! at Fairhaven?
To learn more call (419) 294-4973, or contact us today to schedule your visit.

Latest Community News

Fund for Growth Enables Opportunities

Gentleman wins at poker in the pub at United Church Homes – The Polaris Community

In a 2020 study by the National Investment Center for Seniors Housing and Care (NIC) on The Forgotten Middle, 54 percent of seniors cannot afford today’s senior housing and by 2029, 14 million seniors will fall into this category. The NIC expects this number to increase and noted the challenge is to create a housing and care model for the future that is affordable.

United Church Homes (UCH), which has long offered both senior living and affordable housing options, recognized a gap in services and responded by expanding into this market with the missing service offering – a product for middle-income older adults.

Terry Spitznagel

This response led to the acquisitions of The Brunswick Community, The Niles Community and The Polaris Community. Senior Vice President and Chief Growth Officer, Terry Spitznagel said by acquiring middle market properties, UCH is able to grow its total housing units quickly and transition them into the UCH family, with consistent services, in just a few months.

“Middle income options for older adults are critical to our mission. We believe we can quickly make an impact for more older adults by acquiring existing rental properties that offer amenities popular with this segment,” said Spitznagel.

Nate Bollinger

Nate Bollinger, Director of Asset Development, said UCH identifies potential properties through existing relationships and performs a thorough market study to ensure there is a need in a local area for middle market housing. Based on the results, Bollinger said UCH makes a decision considering several factors. “It really boils down to is this a good fit for UCH geographically, financially and does it help expand our mission,” said Bollinger, who has more than 30 projects he is evaluating in the acquisition and development pipeline.

Gloria Hurwitz

All of this growth requires capital, with recent acquisitions made possible by a new UCH Fund for Growth which originated from an unexpected, unrestricted, life-estate donation of $17.5 million. Gloria Hurwitz, Vice President for Advancement, said the fund was structured in a way to allow donors, who wanted to remain anonymous, to play a role in strategically directing their gift to projects that grow the organization and advance its mission into the next century of service.

It’s also a fitting way to demonstrate the impact their generosity has on the individuals we serve today and tomorrow,” said Hurwitz.

“The Fund for Growth has been instrumental in our ability to acquire middle market communities,” said Spitznagel, “These communities do not qualify for funding opportunities such as low-income housing tax credits or other HUD programs, making access to other capital essential as UCH competes for these deals.”

United Church Homes – The Polaris Community

Spitznagel said the most recent acquisition, The Polaris Community would not have been possible without the Fund for Growth. The Fund is additionally focused on growing service coordination and personal care services (UCH Cares) for individuals who prefer to live in their own homes but need more services as they age, and Bollinger said he believes providing as-needed care to residents through these channels is vital for future growth.

“As responsible stewards of our resources, we will invest and leverage these funds, so they continue to grow even as we immediately put them to work for those we serve,” said Spitznagel.

By 2025, UCH is on a trajectory to double the number of residential units in senior living and expand senior services lines such as personal care (UCH Cares), service coordination and hospice.

“We are looking to grow, innovate and provide services in new and different ways,” said Spitznagel.

The pandemic has disrupted the industry and forced UCH leadership to move more quickly into strategic areas of innovation. “Serving more residents in long-term care communities will look different over the next decade,” said Spitznagel, “Growth not only means more units and services, but also learning new ways of providing care and support by leveraging technology and investing in new ideas.”

“Our eyes are open to opportunities that exist in senior services in a post-pandemic world,” said Spitznagel. She said UCH is looking to re-engineer long-term care communities to promote all private rooms and improved infection control strategies. UCH is also designing new independent living communities that embrace nature and natural lighting, to provide residents with joy and social connection.

Lunch on the patio at United Church Homes – The Polaris Community

Spitznagel said UCH’s growth will support the value propositions it believes will offer older adults the abundant aging experience they are seeking.

During a pandemic, UCH was successful in adding 938 units to its portfolio. This growth consisted of three middle-market communities, in-house service coordination, UCH Cares personal care program and two additional hospice locations in Ohio. UCH Management added two partner communities in Tennessee and in Ohio, which added more than 300 units to the total.

“Our goal is to not only grow, but to ensure an exceptional customer experience,” said Spitznagel.


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