{ 2015 Senior Living By Design Awards }

Lessons Learned Balfour Senior Living CEO Michael Schonbrun

Balfour operates five communities in the company’s headquarters city of Louisville, Colorado, and recently opened its award-winning sixth residence in downtown Denver. Schonbrun, who has a back- ground in hospitals and health care (he served as health adviser to Colorado Governors Dick Lamm and Roy Romer, and was CEO of National Jewish Health respiratory hospital, among other job roles), got into senior living when trying to find the right home for his mother. Balfour at Riverfront Park “is everything I’ve learned since I built the original Balfour for my mother, Madeline, 15 years ago.”

1. Strong culture is key to providing great service. 2. Offer a continuum of care. 3. Great cities are great places for everyone, not just young professionals and empty nesters. 4. Swimming pools are a great amenity (and not expensive). 5. Fitness centers should celebrate health and well- ness and not be an afterthought boxed in a closet. 6. Don’t let architects dictate the functionality of your community. Communicate that the residents and staff know what works in senior living. 7. Make sure you have a full washer and dryer in all independent living apartments.

quality of life through home-like smaller scale spaces emphasizing privacy, dignity, and independence, as well as quality of care.

20. Hemphill County Hospital Dis-

trict, Mesa View, Canadian, TX, Dekker Perich Sabatini. Te colorful mesas with rich rock outcroppings provide the scenic landscape for this community in a ranching neighborhood. Te design is reminiscent of the area's ranch homes. Te community includes a safe room, which is actually a comfortable theater on the lower level due to its location in an area of the United States known as “Tornado Alley.” 21. Renaissance Villages, Renais-

16. Silver Oaks Development

Company, MacArthur Hills Senior Living, Irving, TX, Rees Associates. Te large scale of the 24 assisted living and memory care cottages is diminished by breaking up the facades with differing planes and materials, textures, and colors. Te Craftsman style was selected because that is the most prevalent in the area, and warm colors were employed to encourage personal connections. 17. Anthem Memory Care, Green-

ridge Place, Westminster, CO, CB Two Architects. Te community’s design pro- motes social healing, removing physical barriers to combat the isolation those with dementia often experience and make it easier to participate as full citizens of society. To overcome space segregation, the design team created areas that can be utilized in a wide variety of creative ways, such as satellite kitchens, which

are placed amid the resident dining and activity zones. Tey allow staff to prepare casual meals while still working with residents. 18. Asbury, Asbury Methodist

Village, Gaithersburg, MD, THW Design. A renovation of this community embraces natural light and more common spaces, and encourages interaction. It also now celebrates person-centered care by relocating, reducing, and eliminating the main nurses’ station to focus on a resi- dential community and not the previous more hospital-like environment. 19. Wallick Communities, Te Grove at Oakleaf Village, Sylvania, OH, Andrews Architects. Te Grove focuses on residents who have cognitive impair- ments and was designed to create a thera- peutic environment, enabling residents to be able-bodied and active. Te design offers a response to improve residents’


sance Village Rancho Belago, Rancho Belago, CA, BFHL. Te community was built with a direct easement into the adjacent shopping center for convenient access to grocery, pharmacy, and banking needs. It also features an off-leash dog park and a “fun zone” for visiting grand kids, along with the ability to host com- munity events to further connect with the neighbors. 22. Symphony Senior Living, Moments Manor Orleans, Orleans, Ontario, Canada, Toma-holecdesign. Tis historic three-story building is solely dedicated to serving older adults with all forms of dementia. Te design objec- tive was to create a warm, home-like environment while preserving the large chapel and historic nature of this unique property. 23. Gardant Management Solutions,

Deerpath Supportive Living, Huntley, IL, Gleason Architects. Deerpath was built specifically to meet the growing need for residents ages 22-64 with phys- ical disabilities. Te interior is youthful and contemporary with expanded public areas for socialization and activities. 24. Housing Trust Group, Village

Place Apartments, Fort Lauderdale, FL, Sotolongo Salman Henderson Architects. Tis community, in a resi- dential urban infill area, strikes a balance between modern elegance and affordable housing. Units surround a central court- yard allowing residents to enjoy open views on both sides of their homes. Some units offer a two-story loft townhome design and all have a rooftop pool with views of the Atlantic Ocean.

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