A Letter From Our Founder
It began with a simple question: What would my mother want?
Choosing the right place for a loved one is a deeply personal and sensitive decision. When thinking about my mother Madeline, the answer was simple: a place where she could just be herself and be at home.
This is what happens when you decide to build a place for your own mom.
I didn’t know it at the time, but I began planning Balfour while researching retirement communities for my mother— a fashionable, well-traveled and fun-loving native New Yorker who loved a “Four Seasons” experience. She wanted to move closer to family after my father passed away. I went through the same anxiety and confusion so many others do looking for the right place for a parent. It inspired me to put my health care knowledge to work (I had been the CEO of National Jewish Hospital for ten years) and build a vibrant community where people could thrive and live life to the fullest.
Along the way, I’ve developed a few thoughts about senior communities. As important as a high quality physical environment is, I’ve found the single most important attribute of a successful community is an engaged, energized, well-trained staff of caregivers and conscientious and compassionate managers.
A great team of employees—that’s at the top of my list. And at Balfour, putting such teams together is our number one priority.
Often there are no clear dividing lines between independent living, assisted living, memory care or even skilled nursing. So a cornerstone of The Balfour Way is offering a continuum of care. This allows our residents to age in place and maintain relationships with friends and staff members through different levels of care without leaving their community.
And unlike many traditional CCRCs (continuing care retirement communities) that require a large entrance fee, Balfour is entirely a rental community. Therefore, we must earn your trust every single day. This distinct advantage allows our residents to preserve their assets and pay only for the services and levels of additional care if and when they actually need them. This is another way Balfour delivers true value to its residents.
For me this is quite personal. I think back at what my mother, Madeline, wanted and needed when we brought her to Colorado. She was never much of a cook, but she loved good food and wine, books, art and auditing classes at NYU. Hence, our emphasis on numerous programs and activities—a well stocked library, remarkable attention to interior design, and a great culinary program. When I ask myself, “What would Madeline want?” I know she would have been right at home at Balfour.
We look forward to speaking with you and encourage you to visit us and see first hand why Balfour is truly “a new generation in retirement living.”
Michael K. Schonbrun
Founder and CEO
Balfour Senior Living’s independent living communities place great emphasis on vibrant experiences where one can make friends and lead rich, spirited lives. Travel and book clubs, gardening and current events groups, and cultural excursions are just a few of the social, creative and learning opportunities residents can choose from each month. At Balfour, independent living means award-winning surroundings, a complete array of amenities and the peace of mind that comes from a full continuum of care.
Balfour offers spacious apartment homes with full kitchens that come with an extensive list of amenities and a commitment to hospitality typically found in leading clubs and hotels, including concierge service.
Apartment homes are fitted with a variety of upscale finishes such as Carrara quartz counter-tops in the full kitchens, stainless steel appliances, painted cabinets with soft-close hardware, frame-less glass showers and full-size washer & dryer units in every apartment.
The comforts of home with the amenities of a fine resort.
Balfour Senior Living’s Assisted Living program is designed to respond to the individual needs of adults who may need help with some activities of daily living, yet are eager to remain as independent as possible.
Balfour provides a supportive environment of retirement living, which promotes maximum independence, dignity, and interaction with friends, family and community.
Our Assisted Living communities offer residents a medically competent array of services. Our care is progressive according to the needs of each individual. Levels of care and specific, individualized services are determined by a clinical assessment prior to move-in. We do our best to determine each resident’s level of care both pre-admission and on an ongoing basis. Any proposed adjustments of care levels are discussed thoroughly with the resident and family member(s).
We offer three levels of assistance in our assisted living program. We will enhance services according to the needs and/or desires of each resident and their family member(s).
All apartment homes include a kitchenette with stainless steel microwave and refrigerator, Carrara quartz counter-tops, painted cabinets with soft-close hardware, beautifully appointed bathrooms, back-lit vanity mirror, and large windows allowing for plenty of natural Colorado sunshine.
It is all about our commitment to the individual – treating each resident with the deference, dignity and attention he or she deserves. We emphasize the strengths and abilities of our residents. Nothing takes a higher priority at Balfour than recruiting and retaining experienced, caring, and compassionate staff. Intensive training for all staff along with monthly in-service programs creates an environment of learning and interest. Our care partners are trained in validation approaches, which encourage interaction with residents in the most effective, caring way possible.
Equally important is strong communication between our care partners and the families of our residents. Our regular care meetings, educational offerings, and family council gatherings create a collaborative caring environment for residents and families.
We take great pride in creating an atmosphere that brings real joy and a sense of purpose. Residents are encouraged to make new friends and feel a part of a community at large—a vibrant community that is geared to their unique needs.
Our goal is to nurture the spirit of our residents. Our staff is skilled in combining stimulation and relaxation with a healthy dose of ordinary daily activities such as folding linens, baking cookies and gardening.
We offer activities that help stimulate long-term memories and increase enjoyment of the moment, including pet therapy, music therapy, massage, and aromatherapy. Reminiscing and sensory activities draw on our residents’ strengths, allowing them to reflect, engage, and talk about themselves. Our care partners meet our residents where they are—in their world and in their time.
Balfour Senior Living’s spirit of activity-filled days and nights, beautiful surroundings, and a collaborative, family-oriented community is a vision for a new generation of Memory Care/Alzheimer’s care-giving.
Enjoy the finest dining right at home.We know how important enjoying a delicious and healthy meal is. Whether with on your own, or with friends in the community, or with loved ones who come to visit, you can count on our culinary staff to provide memorable meals and dining experiences. We seek and hire the very best chefs to head our culinary teams in each of our communities. Balfour Senior Living Executive and Sous Chefs are renown for their culinary experiences and they elevate the expectations of Front and back of house staff so that they are prepared to take care of every resident or guest's need. Each menu offers fresh seasonal produce, exquisite proteins, locally sourced ingredients, and locally-themed specialties.
Many daily programs each month, including a diverse offering of art, music and educational opportunities, wine tastings, cooking demonstrations, book clubs, exercise classes, and more.
Chauffeured complimentary transportation available for taking residents to professional appointments or for running personal errands.
Offered 7 days/week during scheduled hours and within specified mileage radius.
The beauty and elegance of fine resorts is reflected in our Balfour Senior Living communities in all levels of care. The quality of our services and our professionally-trained staff are here to provide the top level of care and assistance that you deserve.
- Onsite care-giving coverage that promotes resident well-being and safety as needed.
- Personal emergency pendant that works throughout the community’s interior spaces
- Utilities including basic cable, water, electric, gas, trash, phone, and Wi-Fi in all apartment homes
- 24-hour emergency response system in all apartment homes.
- Regularly scheduled housekeeping and linen services
- Salon services available in every community.
- Pets of all sizes are welcome.
- Open access to community areas with reservation rights for private parties, family gatherings and club meetings.
- Regularly scheduled happy hours with live entertainment.
The Balfour Way
Our communities are well-regarded for their comfortable elegance and for the individualized quality of life. But it's our dedication to service, innovation, and respect that truly define The Balfour Way.
Service Excellence - The key to providing superior services comes from having the most compassionate, enthusiastic, and highly-skilled team.
Unsurpassed Amenities - At Balfour Senior Living, life is all about having extraordinary choices. An all-inclusive lifestyle includes distinctive restaurant venues, over 200 life enrichment programs each month and complimentary scheduled transportation. Our expert staff are at your service.
Continuum of Care - Consisting of Independent Living, Assisted Living, Memory Care, and Skilled Nursing (Louisville, CO), your community may not change even if your needs do.
Respect for Independence - Letting you be yourself is at the heart of everything we do. We honor your individuality. We’ll take care of the details, so you can enjoy the things that matter to you most.