Assisted Living Memory Care – Colorado Springs’ Most Trusted Choice
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)
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
- Sermons, hymns, inspirational videos
- History quizzes and videos
- Interactive art studio
- Virtual tours through the world
- Movies; classic TV shows
- 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.
The 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.
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)
• 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
MorningStar at Bear Creek named “Alzheimer’s Association Leader in Dementia Care”
To 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).
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!
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Exercise the Brain with Smart Art
Beginning 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.
See? Being silly can be serious business.
Spit and Shine
Here’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.
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.