Sunrise Senior Living of Boulder at 3955 28th Street, in Boulder, offers excellent individualized care for those in need of 24-hour assistance. The Boulder Assisted Living residence is part of an international chain, whose 30 years of research has honed their goal of providing personalized care and a home-like environment.
I spoke to Claire Morrow, the Director of Community Relations, who has been with Sunrise for several years, and seems to love not only her job, but the Sunrise philosophy and residents. All the staff receives thorough, consistent training and are “hired for their hearts”.
Sunrise is beautiful, inside and out. See pictures, on the left. It is set up to feel like home, from its community dog and cat to the “Cottage” or “Neighborhood” layout, to the Individualized Service Plans designed in collaboration with each resident/family. It is staffed by nurses and “QMAPs” – staff who are trained to give medications – and designated Care Managers – who are assigned, as much as possible, to the same residents and “follow” them through their daily activities, caring for all their needs, from help in dressing and going to meals, to emptying their trash. They are all overseen by a Health Manager nurse, who is responsible for managing the resident’s health and making the appropriate referrals: Physicians, Home Health nurses, PT, OT, Hospice, Dental and Foot care specialists who visit the home-bound residents. Aging and even dying in place is a high priority.
Sunrise has a vibrant activities program designed to offer residents a life filled with purpose, hope and joy. Exercise classes, Tai Chi, Yoga, and Stretching keep residents active. There are clubs such as knitting, bridge, Men’s Club, and Lunch Bunch as well as trips for shopping, tours and to the theatre, movies and Rockies’ games. All kinds of entertainers bring their talent to the facility. The Active Minds Program maintains senior brain-power.
Costs of living at Sunrise ALF vary, based on the living space – $112 to $175/day, with personal care and medication management fees adding between $34 and $92/day. Someone paying $112/day would be sharing a suite with a roommate and be relatively independent, taking advantage of only the basic services,; whereas a resident paying $249/day would have a two-bedroom suite and have a lot of personal, including incontinence, care. A comparison chart of equivalent expenses incurred at home – not including personal care – is designed to help future residents in developing perspective on the costs. Help with financial planning is provided by Sunrise.
Sunrise Senior Living is an excellent option for those who want to maximize their quality of life in their last years. Visit their web site at: www.sunriseseniorliving.com., and look for the Boulder facility.
This is the second in a series based on interviews with organizations offering options for senior care. Keep visiting this page for reviews and general information.
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