Community inclusiveness and involvement play a big part in making residents feel completely at home at the new Balfour at Stapleton assisted living and memory care facility,” says Executive Director, Elizabeth Girling. “We want community members to feel welcome to visit, enjoy farm-fresh meals in our full-service restaurant, hold small meetings in our gathering spaces, or make an appointment at Madeline’s, our on-site salon.”
Balfour is named after Camp Balfour, a summer camp in the Adirondacks attended by CEO, Michael Schonbrun and his father during their youth. Camp photos are displayed alongside historic photos of the Stapleton airport.
With 58 assisted living apartments for those who require help with everyday living and activities and 16 secure memory care apartments in a separate wing, the farmhouse design features a modern, rustic décor that includes barn doors, reclaimed wood, high ceilings, floor-to-ceiling windows and lots of comfortable seating. “It’s not sterile—it’s home,” says Girling. Residents and visitors are greeted at the main entrance by a fountain surrounded by a flock of sculptured sheep.
With an emphasis on “person-centered care,” Balfour is designed to give residents and guests numerous gathering spaces to socialize or participate in scheduled activities—outdoor patios, indoor lounges and activity spaces. Cooking classes and baking activities will be held in The Shed, a fully appointed kitchen space with a long stainless steel farm table. A vegetable garden is planned and a collaborative cookbook is also in the works.
Studio, one bedroom, and one bedroom-plus-den apartment units are available—all come with cable, internet and telephone access and a kitchenette equipped with a microwave oven, refrigerator and pantry. Bathrooms are wheelchair accessible with heat lamps, night lights and an emergency pull cord. Every apartment is monitored by a motion-activated Quiet Care camera system to help nurses and caregivers see and identify possible health or living issues without having to disturb residents during resting hours or at night.
“Pets are welcome,” says Girling. Dogs, cats, fish and birds can keep their owners company in their new homes. A Labrador retriever named Huey, a resident-owned therapy dog, has already moved in and will mingle with residents, staff and visitors each day.
Nurses are on call in both assisted living and memory care around the clock, seven days a week. The Flight Deck, an on-site fitness center, is specifically designed for residents’ needs and staffed by physical and occupational therapists. On-call physicians and nurse practitioners make rounds once a week. An audiologist and podiatrist make scheduled visits.
An on-site concierge can book tickets to events, schedule transportation, and offer hotel referrals and dining recommendations for visiting family and friends.
Balfour staff completes a full needs assessment and customized care plan along with finance and insurance coverage reviews for each new member of the community. Monthly costs for assisted living start at $4,400. Memory care rates start at $6,300 per month. Out of pocket costs vary per resident depending on medical needs and insurance coverage. Prospective residents and their families can tour Balfour at Stapleton by appointment seven days a week.
To learn more about Balfour at Stapleton, please visit www.BalfourCare.com. For additional information or to schedule a tour, call 720.556.2200.