The Carillon at Belleview Station opened this summer.
BY FREDA MIKLIN
Opened in late July, The Carillon at Belleview Station in Denver offers 140 full-service senior apartments and 24 memory-care units at 4855 S. Niagara Street. The Villager met with Barb Bossi, Carillon’s community relations representative for a tour. The building is open, airy, clean and warm, with interesting and modern décor. Hallways are wide and easy to negotiate. Common areas are inviting, and staff is friendly.
Designed to accommodate active seniors who could benefit from on-site amenities and activities, as well as assisted-living services if necessary, the Carillon works with all new residents to carefully assess and provide for their individual needs, based on their lifestyle and medical condition.
There is a skylight lounge for relaxation and visiting.
Most apartments have one or two bedrooms, a full kitchen, private bathroom, washer and dryer. Some units have balconies. Rents range from $4,000 to $8,000 per month and includes expanded basic cable TV (no premium channels), all utilities and Wi-Fi. There is a standard one-time non-refundable move-in fee equal to one month’s rent, but sometimes they offer special promotions. A $1,000 deposit will hold an apartment at the Carillon, which is applied when the tenant moves in. Apartment prices vary depending on size, layout and location. Rents, pro-rated based on move-in date, include weekly housekeeping, though additional cleaning services are available for a fee.
If and when they are needed, residents can receive assisted-living services, which are billed separately from their rent. Memory care units are smaller, with no kitchen. Rent is less, but assisted-living services are generally more expensive, due to higher needs. Though living units are generally paid for with personal funds, long-term care insurance may pay for assisted-living services.
Carillon is giving three to eight tours daily to potential residents. Some residents are singles while some are couples. With couples, it is not uncommon that one partner has greater needs than the other. Every apartment is licensed for assisted-living services, so Carillon is designed to accommodate residents aging in place.
The gym has exercise equipment for seniors.
There is a registered nurse in the building during regular hours and one on-call 24/7. Staff is trained to be responsive to the personal needs of residents. Carillon has a full-service restaurant and a bistro, open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. for residents and their guests, including a private dining room for family celebrations. The Villager met the chef, who, along with his executive sous chef and two cooks, changes the restaurant menu regularly to accommodate the needs and preferences of residents. While residents pay for meals in the restaurant and bistro, the prices are about half what regular restaurants would charge. Several of the menu items were tried and they were all excellent. Bossi said that the staff is very cognizant of the importance of residents eating regularly to get necessary nutrition, so the Carillon includes a monthly allowance of $300 per person for the restaurant or bistro in the regular monthly rent.
Offering a full-time activities director, gym with a personal trainer and classes, table games, speakers, a theater room, and a driver available to take residents where they want to go, the facility aims to provide the 55-and-over crowd with what they want and need. A wheelchair accessible bus is on order for the facility.
The menu includes pizza, burgers and mushroom strudel.
Carillon partners with senior organizations who provide programs like speakers on elder-law, financial planners, and law enforcement officers who teach about how to recognize schemes designed to take advantage of unsuspecting seniors. They also have reliable referrals for senior movers, who help incoming residents pack, move and even send some of their possessions to family members in other states.
The Carillon at Belleview Station is the second property by that name in Colorado, managed by the Leisure Care company from Seattle, Wash. The other Carillon is in Boulder. Leisure Care was founded in 1976 and operates 43 similar-type facilities in 15 states.
The common area in the memory care unit is warm and inviting. Photos by Freda Miklin
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