AltaVita Senior Residences is a dream come to fulfillment for the Macy Family. The longtime Longmont locals desired a way to give back to the community in which they grew up. And what better way to deliver on that commitment than to provide a multigenerational housing opportunity for Colorado families: three levels of continuing senior care on one campus in an unmatched, upscale environment.
Filling a niche for older folks who want a place to call home for years to come, AltaVita has thought of every lifestyle element that seniors desire — and deserve — in an adult living community.
Here a foundation for a brighter future is built on a unifying philosophy: Always put the resident first. This means providing for all aspects of the aging process 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.
“People are living longer and healthier lifestyles, and they’re remaining active,” says Linda Berens, the campus Executive Director. “Because of that many are looking for a multi-tiered campus offering continuing care within the familiar lifestyle”.
From involving family members in each resident’s life to creating a secure residence for those with advanced memory-related illnesses, AltaVita’s well-designed campus and comprehensive services are built from the ground up to address and enhance every moment of daily living.
One AltaVita resident’s family member said it best recently: “I can’t truly convey the appreciation I have for all that you have done. You have all been such a blessing to my mom and our family.”
The AltaVita team holds one another to a higher standard, which honors the important work they do, assisting the people who need them most. “Enrich and enhance the lives of everyone we serve with respect and excellence”: the AltaVita mission is confirmed daily by all the smiling faces.
Three levels of care on one campus
AltaVita’s Longmont campus consists of the Memory Care Community, which opened in 2012; the Assisted Living Community, which followed in 2016; and the Independent Senior Living Community, which opened in June 2019.
“By building the community in three phases, planners have been able to thoughtfully design each building with residents in mind, taking into consideration the type of care they need and the amenities that will best suit them,” explains Don Macy, President of AltaVita.
Dr. Haleh Nekoorad-Long, M.D., a certified geriatric psychiatrist, is the medical director of AltaVita Senior Residences and works primarily with aging adults and issues regarding dementia, depression, and bipolar disorder.
Recognized by the Alzheimer’s Association as a “Leader in Dementia Care,” the AltaVita Memory Care Centre is setting a new standard in Colorado for exceptional care for people with memory-related issues.
AltaVita Memory Care Centre runs an adult day program, with respite services in suites specially designed for residents with Alzheimer’s and dementia. Additionally, care is customized for every resident’s level of dementia, ranging from acute medication management to the sense of freedom that comes with visiting AltaVita’s beautiful garden patios and spacious, secure courtyard.
With access to the same welcoming outdoor landscape, the AltaVita Assisted Living Community offers an upscale service focused intention. On the main level a great room welcomes visitors with a cozy fireplace, tavern, bistro and ice-cream parlor, and plentiful seating areas. The second floor overlooks the great room and features a large community room for varied activities as well as a comfortable lounge.
Inclusive to the Assisted Living lifestyle are three meals every day, housekeeping and laundry services, social and recreational activities, 24-hour staffing, medical transportation, and emergency and nurse call systems.
Independent Senior Living
This is AltaVita’s newest addition to the campus, a community for active adults who would like the enrichment of community life free of the responsibilities of home repairs. This maintenance-free lifestyle, including housekeeping, dining and transportation services, is designed to maximize that freedom and minimize those pesky daily duties.
The new three-story building contains 84 stylish apartments with nine different floor-plan designs ranging from one bedroom, one bath to two bedrooms plus den and two baths. All include full kitchens, walk-in closets, large showers, washers and dryers, and private patios.
The independent lifestyle program includes top-notch services and amenities like a full-service salon, fitness center, wellness programs, tai chi classes, bistro and bar, housekeeping, and restaurant-style dining room. And when the outdoors beckons there is easy access to hiking, biking, and walking trails.
“On behalf of the family, we wish to extend our gratitude to such an excellent place for Vern to live,” report family members of the experience of their loved one at AltaVita. “The friendliness of the staff is beyond compare. We are very impressed with the quality and freshness of the food; the execution of meals; the presentation of such meals.”
AltaVita believes one of the most important aspects of maintaining good mental and physical health among an aging population is lifestyle. And that’s where AltaVita really shines.
Supporting every part of the individual, AltaVita subscribes to Whole-Life Wellness. The methodology is envisioned to enhance residents’ health through seven critical aspects of wellness: social, emotional, spiritual, environmental, vocational, physical, and intellectual.
By Julie Kailus, At Home Colorado