MorningStar of Fort Collins proudly offers two neighborhoods within its spacious community:
• Assisted Living
• Memory Care
Assisted Living Fort Collins – Top Choice is MorningStar
MorningStar Assisted Living and Memory Care of Fort Collins is dedicated to making your retirement years carefree. Opening Fall 2015 across from Warren Lake and the Collindale Golf Course, we offer 55 assisted living, with spacious studio, one-bedroom and two-bedroom floor plans (some over 800 square feet).
Within our Reflections Neighborhood, we also offer 23 suites devoted to the individualized care of those with memory impairment.
I feel called to work with seniors for very personal reasons. In recent years, I journeyed with my mom through an illness that came on suddenly when she was just 60 years old. It left her in a skilled nursing facility, in and out of the hospital, and on trial treatments. The process was devastating. Yet there were a handful of people who walked alongside and helped me through the process, tears and all. Without those loving people, I would have been lost. And now at MorningStar I can attempt to serve families in the very same way.
(Director of Community Relations)
Assisted Living Fort Collins Seniors are Pleased to Call Home
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)
• General Store (featuring sundry items for daily living)
• Salon (for hairstyling, manicures and pedicures)
• Fitness Room
• Spa Bath
• Massage Room
• Fireside Patio
• All-season Porches
• Enclosed Patio and Courtyard for Memory Care
• Wellness Programs & Activities
• 24-hour Care Staff
• Full-time Licensed Nurse
• Scheduled Transportation
Most Favorite Job Ever
I fell in love with everything at MorningStar…mainly, the residents, who are amazing. Mary is our resident ambassador. She walks other ladies back to their suites, always looking out for others, always wanting to be there for others. I’m a better person for having known people like her. (Annabel, Life Enrichment Coordinator)
Executive Chef Edward Gilbert: A Passion for Food
His solid American accent belies the fact, but Edward Gilbert, Executive Chef at MorningStar of Fort Collins, is Brazilian-born. His hometown is the city of Natal on the Northeast coast. “I grew up eating fresh, local bounty: mangos, fish, oranges, nuts and coffee. Farm-to-table wasn’t a trendy philosophy; it was a way of life. In those fertile soils my passion for food was born.”
Both parents being Brazilian, Edward and his sister spoke only Portuguese until they Immigrated to Nebraska when he was six. Despite the family’s frequent visits to Brazil, Edward’s Portuguese carried a definite American flavor. In fair trade, the Gilberts’ Nebraskan kitchen carried a definite Brazilian flavor. “Typical Midwest fare like pot roast and meatloaf was very limited. My mother preserved our heritage with dishes like feijoada, black bean and rice stew with various cuts of pork and linguiça sausage.”
Brazilian cuisine is distinguished not only by beans and rice, but the influence of African spices and techniques. A lot of nutmeg, garlic, and saffron…and with every dish, pimenta malagueta, a hot sauce condiment made from the malagueta chili pepper which is widely used in Brazil and throughout the Caribbean.
“From the time I was an underage dishwasher, I can’t remember a time when I haven’t worked in a restaurant.” Still he gave other pathways a try, only to return to the culinary arts in 2010. “I missed life in a professional kitchen.”
He graduated first from the culinary program at Southeast Community College in Lincoln in 2013. Immediately followed by a Bachelor’s Degree from New England Culinary Institute which required him to photograph every stage of his preparation, cooking and plating, completing the labs either in his own kitchen or in the professional kitchen of his then-employer, a restaurant on Orcas Island, Washington.
The Inn at Ship Bay offered farm-to-table fine dining. “We raised and butchered our own pigs (his meat of choice as a native Brazilian), joking that ours were the best-fed pigs in the Northwest, eating nothing but organic leftovers!”
With housing scarce on the island, the Gilberts sought greener pastures, and found them in Fort Collins. As for connecting with MorningStar, Edward saw the job on Craigslist. “The best thing I ever found on Craigslist! What grabbed my attention was MorningStar’s mission to honor God.” That’s unusual for any type of culinary work, for regrettably the attitude and atmosphere of a modern kitchen is often (paradoxically) unsavory. Contrary to Hollywood preconceptions, Edward attests, “You don’t have to behave badly to prepare amazing food!”
Come spring, come see what Edward has planned for our MorningStar garden. In advance of that, don’t be surprised to see microgreens sprouting under florescent lighting indoors. He’s also eager to begin monthly cooking exhibitions in our Life Enrichment Room.
“I want to present residents with dishes that bring back memories and offer an exceptional dining experience. Ours will not be a kitchen of reheating from cans or the freezer, but a true farm-to-table experience whenever and for whatever I can. I believe in sourcing ingredients locally, seasonally, and sustainably.”
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
• Physical stimulation: bicycle on
scenic routes, Sit & Be Fit class
• Flight simulation
When the time is right, allow us to share with you our passion for serving seniors.
MorningStar of Fort Collins represents the very best in senior living with a mission “to honor, to serve, to invest.” Our foundation is one built upon honoring God, valuing all seniors and selecting team members with a felt calling to serve. We invite you to schedule a tour to discover the finest assisted living and memory care Fort Collins has to offer.