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a much more optimist attitude." (Resident's Family)
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MorningStar at Bear Creek

2450 Lower Gold Camp Rd   Colorado Springs, CO 80906   (719) 694-1411  Google Plus   Customer Lobby

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Assisted Living Memory Care – Colorado Springs’ Most Trusted Choice

My sisters and I immediately fell in love with your “Colorado country lodge.” Your amazing staff is everything we wanted for our parents; they’re not just staff, but family and friends: respectful, caring and dedicated, providing dignity with kindness and a sense of humor. This cannot be taught…it is intrinsic to their personalities. Their interest and love is genuine. Clearly, they love what they do. This is not a job to them. This is their life. The bar is set high to make MorningStar the best memory care community in all of Colorado Springs, in all of Colorado, and even the best in the nation! (Resident couple’s family)

MorningStar Memory Care at Bear Creek offers the finest senior living and memory care Colorado Springs has to offer. Set amid the Rockies’ picturesque foothills, our community is devoted to the individualized memory care for those with mild to advanced stages of Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of dementia. MorningStar at Bear Creek is specifically designed to enhance our residents’ freedom that they may explore our expansive surroundings safely and easily. Our assisted living facility consists of 48 suites, including studio, one-bedroom, and two-bedroom apartments. Browse the photo gallery to see evidence of our gorgeous senior assisted living accommodations.

“I have watched my mother blossom here because of all the time and attention your team gives her (and all of the residents).” (Resident’s daughter)

A high note of your recent event was the entertainment. So fun to see everyone singing along and the twinkle in so many eyes, obviously triggering happy memories! But what really stood out was the staff!! I observed many smiles and a caring touch from all. It is comforting to know our parents are well cared for physically and emotionally. (Resident’s daughter)

If children are our future, then seniors are our rich and resonant past, carrying with them a magnificent wealth of history and experience. They have so much to offer the world around them. MorningStar has allowed me to dedicate myself to providing uncompromising and unparalleled service. By empowering our team, MorningStar, in turn, empowers residents, enhancing quality of life every moment of the day. (Heather Royalty, Reflections Coordinator)


iN2L Technology
Helps You Stay Active & Connected

MorningStar is proud to offer the revolutionary “It’s Never 2 Late” technology. This state-of-the-art engagement system combines touchscreen computers with intuitive, picture-based software. Its library contains 3,000 choices for social and spiritual connection, intellectual and physical stimulation, emotional support and vocational interests—all the core dimensions of wellness.

Through “My Page,” iN2L becomes even more personal. Add your favorite games, email addresses, family photos, websites. Share your history, preferences and personality with our team members.

Ask us for a fascinating demonstration.

  • Simplified email
  • Web chats through Skype
  • Online newspapers
  • Easy navigation of the web
  • Trivia, games, puzzles, brain
    fitness programs
  • Sermons, hymns, inspirational videos
  • History quizzes and videos
  • Interactive art studio
  • Virtual tours through the world
  • Movies; classic TV shows
    and commercials
  • Music trivia, playlists and sing-a-longs
  • Physical stimulation: bicycle on scenic routes, Sit & Be Fit class
  • Flight simulation

Colorado Springs’ Alzheimer’s Care – Designed Around the Residents

At MorningStar at Bear Creek, our residents enjoy highly personalized memory care. By getting to know each resident’s history, vocation, talents and preferences, we design a daily routine to stimulate or calm in response to a particular mood or situation.

Our Colorado Springs’ memory care leverages the power of music, dance, art, aromatherapy, and animals to heal and comfort residents, all while taking into consideration the uniqueness of each person.

Life Enrichment is found in the details, in the air, and in the colors all around us: the scent of laundry fresh from the dryer, open blinds that invite sunlight to stream in, and a bag of warm buttered popcorn to enjoy. Within all of this, our community truly becomes a home, wherein we can supply the external cues to reboot residents’ Circadian Rhythms, which regulate their appetite and sleep patterns.

Our memory care offers a gentle flow of activities on any given day from a Border Collie performing in the Great Room to residents attempting the hula with a group of Hawaiian dancers on our hardwood stage. Another afternoon may find us gathered for Bible Study in our magnificent Hearth Room. With its exposed beams and vaulted ceiling, it offers a cathedral air and great acoustics for a verse of “Amazing Grace.” Afterward is teatime, where flavors and aromas are heightened in such beautiful surroundings. On fair days (of which Colorado Springs has many), you may find us enjoying sundaes and s’mores tucked around our glassed-in fire pit on the back patio, soaking in the panoramas of mountain, city and sky.

We truly believe that senior assisted living should be comfortable, personalized and enriching. MorningStar at Bear Creek is dedicated to providing our Colorado Springs’ memory care residents the finest senior living, day programming and respite care.

“I’ve checked out many elder care residences for my parents, but MorningStar at Bear Creek is the best, by far, hands down. When my mother returned to MorningStar after a hospital stay, she received a huge welcome back. Her spirits and health greatly improved from all the love. Everyone here, from the director to the staff to the nurses to the chef are phenomenal.” (Residents’ daughter)


Our art therapist, Debbie Wilson, was recently interviewed on KCME’s “Culture Zone,” offering public radio listeners a greater understanding of the power of art therapy for the memory impaired. For audio – Click Here


msbc-dogsThe Gift of Animals

Our dear house dog, Sally, is an eight-year-old, adopted from Rocky Mountain Lab Rescue. Loving and obedient, she has a touch of gray around her muzzle, and her liquid brown eyes are full of such sweetness! Sally walks at a slow and gentle pace, setting a tone of calm and quiet. We are abundantly blessed to have her.


“MorningStar’s mission statement is artistically displayed on their wall. But more than that, far more than that, its mission is lived out by every staff member. You see it in the dedication and encouragement they offer to each resident. The staff also fill the halls with their smiles and laughter. By their efforts, MorningStar at Bear Creek is a true home.” (Resident’s wife)


Our staff offers you a lifestyle of comfort, wellness and community through these amenities and programs.

• Three meals daily prepared by an Executive Chef

• Two Dining Rooms (with meals served family-style)

• Bistro

• Two Spacious Living Rooms with large flat-screen TV

• Gathering Room with double-sided hearth and aquarium

• Salon (for hairstyling, manicures and pedicures)

• Spa Bath

• Massage Room

• Fitness/Therapy Room

• Resident Gardening Beds

• Scheduled Outings and Special Events

• Sensory Room

• Aroma, music, art, animal and dance therapies


• Secure Courtyards, Patios (with double-sided stone fireplace) and Strolling Paths, wrapping 75% of building

• Recreational and purposeful activities, including music, life skills, art, entertainers and physical exercise

• WellStar, our signature preventative wellness program, which includes health monitoring







You all couldn’t make it nicer for all of us—family members and residents. I continue to be so impressed with ALL of the staff, who I call “little angels.” Thank you, thank you for giving us the dearest, most meaningful gift of all—a safe, loving caring environment for our loved ones. (Resident’s daughter)


“This community allows so much freedom for the residents, and has a warm feel by its design and colors and beautiful decorations. The cleaning staff keeps everything extremely clean and fresh smelling. The meals are delicious and often times the residents think they are visiting a restaurant while eating there.” (Resident’s wife)


MorningStar at Bear Creek named “Alzheimer’s Association Leader in Dementia Care

LeadersInDementiaCareLogoTo help families research memory care communities, the Alzheimer’s Association established a program called “Recognized Leaders in Dementia Care.” To be so designated, a senior living community is required to enroll 75% of its staff in an eight-hour training that encompasses brain pathology, communication techniques, and methods of lessening agitation with non-pharmaceuticals. Colorado is the only Alzheimer’s Association chapter in the country offering this special program. MorningStar at Bear Creek is proud to have earned this special recognition of our expertise in serving the memory-impaired. Learn More.

Bear Creek has quickly become a resource center for all the Springs, including a 8-hour dementia care course offered to the community, for families and professionals alike. Its coursework following the dictates of the Alzheimer’s Association, through whom MorningStar at Bear Creek has been designated a “Leader in Dementia Care.” AA has thanked us for offering this extremely helpful class, free of charge, to community (private trainers charge as much as $1500 for something similar).

“Your chef is an absolute artist; the puree he makes is beautifully crafted into realistic form.”
(Resident’s daughter)
“A couple of caregivers downloaded my husband’s favorite songs onto their iPhones. They would then frequently take a few minutes with him to listen and sing along with his favorite tunes. They also hosted a huge 70th birthday party for him which he talked about for days afterward.” (Resident’s wife)

Immersed in Artistry

As part of the innovative approaches to Life Enrichment at MorningStar at Bear Creek, our team will include an art therapist, Debbie Wilson, who specializes in working with and drawing out those with cognitive impairment.

The memory-impaired can realize tremendous benefits from the pursuit of fine art; that alone is reason enough to celebrate, but when it’s paired with a personality like Debbie’s, we’re fairly giddy with anticipation.

In speaking the language of art, seniors can deepen their aesthetic sensibilities. Just take a look!
Read more about Debbie’s expertise – Click Here



“Working in memory care in Colorado Springs is its own reward. From our residents, I appreciate what God puts into this world so much more: the sunset is more inspiring, the fragrance of flowers more poignant, all these riches, free for the taking.” (Team Member)
The first senior I ever loved was my maternal grandmother. She did not have an easy life, yet always seemed to have a joy for living. With a youthful soul, Grandma loved all genres of music, even the contemporary tunes I loved as a teenager. Years later, when she developed Alzheimer’s disease, I was encouraged by the strength of our relationship when I saw glimpses of recognition and moments of clarity many times. (Wellness Director)


Exercise the Brain with Smart Art

SillySensibilityBeginning in 2016, the state of Colorado will require of all memory care communities a written plan for non-pharmaceutical interventions. “Bear Creek is already way ahead of that curve,” says Rebecca Martin, Reflections Coordinator. “Within this home, as in all MorningStar homes, Care Managers use alternative, natural therapies to soothe and heal, such as music, essential oils, animals, dance and…art.”

Art Therapist Debbie Wilson could not be a more enthusiastic proponent of the benefits of fine art for the memory impaired. But, she explains, “The challenge is to present hands-on projects that are meaningful and dignified, while offering a soft mental push.

“It’s so important to realize that people with dementia do not lose their intelligence. Rather, they’re struggling with cognitive loss and abstract thinking. So, to assuage their frustration, we choose art projects that make navigation easy.
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Spit and Shine

spit-and-shineHere’s another example of creation intervention: one of our gentleman was spending too much time in his suite. Knowing he’d been a businessman and dashing dresser, we assembled a shoe shine kit (complete with rags, brushes and those round tins of polish (using non-toxic Crisco as our shoe cream). Then we invited him to help us polish his shoes. “He loved it, and worked and worked with a smile. The next day, he asked for it again,” says Rebecca Martin. “Spiffing up his shoes and appearance was just one of those things especially meaningful and purposeful for him.”

In our modern disposable world, shoe polish as narrowed its scope. But think about by-gone days, when the ritual of polishing shoes was well established. A thorough boot or shoe cleaning was part of life’s routine speaking as much to good grooming as to good stewardship.

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When the time is right, allow us to share with you our passion for serving seniors with dementia.

MorningStar at Bear Creek brings a unique vision to senior living with our mission statement “to honor, to serve, to invest.” Our foundation is built on honoring God, valuing all seniors and selecting staff with a felt calling to serve. We are dedicated to creating a true home for residents within an ideal setting and invite you to schedule a tour to see firsthand the best memory care Colorado Springs has to offer.


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