Summer blooms.

About Kendal at Granville

About Kendal at Granville

Kendal at Granville is a Life Plan Community that embraces resident centric living through every level of senior care. Residents come to live here while still very active and engaged. They know that if they ever need more care, they will be taken care of right in the same community by the staff they have grown to know and love.

Walking paths on Kendal at Granville campus.

Kendal at Granville was initiated by a small group of Granville/Licking County citizens and Denison University alumni. In 1996, they met to discuss how to create a community in the Granville area that would provide a quality living environment with continuing health care.

The group was familiar with Kendal at Oberlin, a Life Plan Community located in Oberlin, Ohio, and saw it as a model. They contacted The Kendal Corporation, a not-for-profit organization whose mission is to create, develop, support and lead a system of communities and services for older persons, in accordance with the principles of the Religious Society of Friends. The Kendal Corporation is also known for pioneering relationships between its Life Plan Communities and institutions of higher learning.

Together, the local group and The Kendal Corporation began work to determine the feasibility of a Life Plan Community project in the Granville area. On January 14, 1999, they established a board of directors and incorporated the independent not-for-profit entity called Kendal at Granville.

An Affiliate of the Kendal Corporation

Kendal at Granville is an affiliate of the Kendal System, which serves older adults in 9 states. Kendal communities seek to enhance the quality of life and support the independence of residents by providing high-quality services and health care and enabling resident-driven lifestyles, so that each resident may continue at his or her full potential.

In every area of its work, Kendal is guided by its published Values and Practices which are, in turn, rooted in basic Quaker values. We are always seeking to provide a way of life which offers a better way for people to grow older. This approach is based upon the belief that retirement and growing older can usher in new opportunities for growth, development and service. The lifestyle in our communities allows residents’ latter years to be independent, productive and stimulating, while providing assurance of health care. Such a community contributes to life enrichment, as residents have the opportunity to explore new experiences and new relationships and to cultivate lifelong concerns and interest.

Since opening its first community in 1971, Kendal has earned a national reputation for excellence in planning and developing communities and other services for older people. Kendal communities operate in accordance with the principles of the Religious Society of Friends (Quakers).


Our mission is to build community with values that respect and enrich the physical, mental, social and spiritual well-being of those whom we serve.

Resident couple walking their dog.
Private cottages and shared grounds.
Resident out in her garden.
View from apartment living area.
Man paddling on pond in canoe.


Kendal at Granville strives to:

  • Evolve and grow in learning and service
  • Contribute to the wider community
  • Represent inclusiveness
  • Be the best place to live and work
  • Preserve choice, autonomy, and self-esteem
  • Model active lifestyles