Seniors are a testimony to colossal events in our history. They’ve witnessed world wars
and the world wide web—all in one
glorious sweep. If anyone deserves
respect, it is these men and women,
who made our lives possible.
This is MorningStar’s high and chosen calling.
In this video interview, Founder Ken Jaeger shares more on the mission and personality of MorningStar Senior Living. We’d be pleased if you chose to watch.
Proud to be MorningStar
In June, leaders from MorningStar Senior Living were featured on “Colorado Care Connections,” which airs every Sunday on 560AM (KLZ) and 100.7FM (KGFT). Our mission and very heart were well represented by Kimberly Erickson (COO) and Rachel Davenport (Regional Director of Resident Care) from our Home Office, together with Nicole Russell (Reflections Coordinator at MorningStar at Jordan) and Marion Mauro (Community Relations Associate at MorningStar at Dayton Place). Hear the full interview here.
In this video interview, Matt Turner, Chief Financial & Development Officer, offers his perspective on the culture of MorningStar and the residents beneath our roof.
Radiance is the brand standard of Service Excellence at MorningStar Senior Living. More than a customer service program, Radiance and its principles (taught to our new Team Members and reiterated every day at Stand-up) celebrate an attitude—an attitude of selflessness that issues from a deep and sincere place, like a beam of light. For this is how we want to deliver service at MorningStar: with warmth and sincerity and depth of purpose. Through Radiance, we have a tangible and purposeful way to advance our mission of honoring, valuing and investing in others.
Our Founder’s design for MorningStar has always been that we be a company of Servants’ Hearts. And so we have, since 2003. However, the framework of Radiance enables us, as a team, to take service professionalism to the next level.
Radiance is lived out in a variety of ways, from our interpersonal communication, to special touches throughout our homes, to spontaneous surprises for all.
You can view Radiance simply as this: evidence of MorningStar’s resolve to be a place not only distinguished by compassion and care, but by service professionalism. Service becomes us!
Joy isn’t ever in a season but in the way we see. There is always reason to arise confident in the day and the promise it holds. To engage the day with mind, body and spirit. To continue learning and contributing. To shine.
WellStar is our signature wellness program. The charge of our Wellness and Life Enrichment Teams is to present residents with creative ways to stay active and productive for man’s good and God’s glory. We love to draw out the beauty and talents in each of them.
At MorningStar, each day is filled with opportunities to ignite a plan that enhances health and wellness. Our activities integrate different modalities and senses to feed the whole body and brain. The result? Reduced pain. Less reliance on medication. A marked difference in mood and physical well being.
Our entire staff is engaged in finding ways to build a spirit of community. Even for short-term stays (trial stays in our independent living neighborhood) and respite stays (for recuperation in our assisted living neighborhood), there’s the promise of new friendships. And for the most tender among us, our memory care residents, each day presents opportunities to stimulate the brain and find moments of spontaneous and joy.
Below are examples of WellStar in our homes
We have fitness and movement opportunities every day, sometime indoors, sometimes under blue skies. In true Rockies style, we have a Flat Fourteeners Club where residents come together to walk the neighboring paths.
We created Wish Upon A Star to enable residents to live out their dreams—for to live is to hope and dream. For one resident, a quadriplegic who was once a competitive swimmer, that dream was to swim again. Her MorningStar team helped make it happen.
Our souls long to be nourished. Our lovely chapel is open to all faiths for prayer and meditation, with a non-denomination service regularly scheduled. Devotionals, Bible study, hymn singing and group prayer are held during the week. Communion is shared monthly.
Age brilliantly…at MorningStar. Your marvelously complex brain is always up for a challenge, if only you put yourself through the paces of stimulating those neurons, learning something new, and intentionally practicing cognitive skills. And we’re here to help, offering you a daily dose of brain calisthenics that go way beyond BINGO (although some residents are diehard BINGO fans, so we wouldn’t dare remove it from the calendar).
Nearly everything we do in a MorningStar Day is social, and all of it enriches our Community and our advances our goal of building Family for Life.
MorningStar offers all manner of activities that encourage togetherness and camaraderie, whether in small groups or large. At any given time, our resident population will dictate special interest clubs. We’re known to gather around the piano for a sing-a-longs or celebrate holidays, minor and major, year-round.
We often hit the road in the MorningStar bus and head for a new movie release, cultural destination, swimming at the Rec Center or scenic drives. Shopping excursions are even more common.
All this comes with the reward of not just relationships, but some accountability (for you are truly missed if you don’t show up).
Diet is the centerpiece of wellness, even more so as we age. We’re thrilled with both the level of talent in our MorningStar kitchens—and new research that bears out the tremendous healing power of certain foods: berries, chocolate high in cocoa mass, Omega 3 fats, turmeric—and, always and forever, dark leafy greens.
The charge of our culinary team is to design menus that creatively leverage the phenomenal benefits of Super Foods. We experiment with flavor profiles that delight the eye and palate, can be easily handled and digested, and directly contribute to wellness.
It’s all on the calendar. Every day. Fun and healthy reasons to step out your door and join in.