MorningStar at Dayton Place is a beloved senior living community in southeast Denver, long dedicated to making the retirement years of our residents carefree. We offer 104 independent living suites and 76 assisted living suites, as studio, one-bedroom or two-bedroom, on three levels. The mature trees and landscaping create a year-round beauty that draws residents and their families to daily strolls around our grounds.
In our Reflections Neighborhood, we offer 17 secure studios and one-bedroom suites devoted to individualized and personalized care of those with with Alzheimer’s Disease and other memory impairments.
But it’s the unpretentious, loving and altogether homey environment of Dayton Place that most strongly distinguishes this MorningStar family.
Matt Agnew, Maintenance Director (Extraordinaire!)
Matt Agnew, Maintenance Director at MorningStar at Dayton Place is, well…very possessive. To hear him talk, it’s always “my residents this” and “my residents that.” But that only goes to show an obvious fact: Matt cares deeply about the individual welfare of each and every MorningStar resident.
Since transferring from our Littleton campus last June, Matt has endeared himself to “his residents” with an ever-present smile, adept skills, and boundless determination to please.
He supervises our large campus, including The Cottages at Dayton Place, with the fine and able help of Martin and Jonathan.
This winter the dynamic trio won even more fans when it came to snow removal. “I won’t have my residents not able to get around in the snow”, says Matt, even if it takes him into the wee hours to make the pathways clean, edge to edge. He’s also ensured every outdoor fixture (and there are many) is glowing bright. “You can see MorningStar from outer space now.”
“It always comes down to communication, keeping promises and not taking shortcuts, Matt attests. “If we need to order a part, we inform the resident of that. If we say we’re going to do something by a certain date, we make sure to accomplish it, or explain why. You have to be a man of your word.”
Our staff offers you a lifestyle of comfort, wellness and community through these amenities and programs.
• Three meals daily prepared by an Executive Chef
• Dining Room with restaurant-style service
• Private Dining Room (for intimate dinners)
• Library (including a computer and newspapers)
• General Store (featuring sundry items for daily living)
• Salon (for hairstyling, manicures and pedicures)
• Fitness Room
• Massage Room
• Secure Courtyard for Memory Care
• Strolling Paths
• Wellness Programs & Activities
• 24-hour Care Staff
• Full-time Licensed Nurse
• Scheduled Transportation
Our Cottage residents, adjacent to MorningStar at Dayton Place, have an ethnic dining club which combs the city in pursuit of new restaurants. One month, at Chef’s initiative, they agreed to stay in and feast on homemade dishes incorporating all seven cultures and countries that define Cajun/Creole.
Marion Mauro, An Ageless Truth: “Respect your Elders”
Meet Marion Mauro, who, as our Independent Living Coordinator, is charged with filling our calendar with spirited activities for social, physical, spiritual and intellectual wellness.
While her degree is in biology, Marion’s most enthused studies were in Exercise Physiology, having trained through the American Council on Exercise, UC-Irvine and Eastern Connecticut University.
But ten years ago she discovered her life’s calling. It happened thus. A local gerontologist, having observed how she interacted with seniors, insisted that Marion be purposeful in building a practice around that population. Cautiously, she dipped her toe in.Marion recalls, “From the very first day with my very first client, it was beyond wonderful! I loved applying my education in physiology to seniors, inventing ways for them to be motivated and mobile. From then on, it was the only work I wanted to do.”
Beyond her private clients, Marion began voluntarily organizing senior groups and outings, which were in scant supply in her rural setting. Soon the retirees of Woodstock, Connecticut, were enjoying coffee clubs, movie clubs and walking clubs. It was a lark—for Marion and the seniors. At her peak, she was training 20-30 privately, and hosting functions for 60-80.
Upon moving to Colorado last year, she worked for a nutritional counselor before landing the position at MorningStar. “I had a really good feeling about MorningStar, especially after meeting the team and walking the halls.”
What is it about seniors that holds such sway for Marion? “I simply appreciate them as the fascinating people they are. They’re so passionate, with so much to teach. And I want to hear what they have to say. It’s especially a kick for me when I can get a reticent senior to join in on our activities.”
Please give us an opportunity to show you the time-honored beauty and comfort found beneath our roof.
MorningStar Senior Living at Dayton Place
1950 S Dayton St | Denver, CO 80247 | (303) 751-5150