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CUProf November 13, 2016
I am a friend or relative of a current/past resident
If your loved one is completely docile, this is a lovely place. When the staff felt that our parent was becoming difficult, however, the nursing staff insisted that we hire full-time personal caregivers. When our parent became unruly, the staff was not good at controlling the situation; we felt that they over-reacted and were very quick to judge normal dementia behaviors as unruly. Based on our experience, we would suggest that prospective clients read their "Care we provide" document very carefully to learn what care and support they do and do not provide, and what requirements they place on caregiving and communication. For example, that document states that all medical communication must flow through the facility's nursing staff; in our case, that clause was invoked to forbid the medical case managers hired by the family from communicating with doctors. Also, be aware of deceptive wording; for example, most of the meals are cooked by the staff, not created by chefs at the Academy.
Anne Togher, Caregiver Coach June 21, 2011
This is an assisted living facility that offers very high-end memory care. It's a few miles away from The Academy proper. I had a client there and oversaw a team of home care workers that the family had hired to augment care. It's nestled in a nice neighborhood. It's inconspicuous; it looks like a home blended into the neighborhood, just up a tiny, winding road. But parking is scarce. The facility itself is state of the art, with the highest end memory care in Boulder County. There are just 10 rooms, and they're all spacious, with features like radiant floor heating and automatic lights that turn on when you enter the room. There's also a huge, country-style open kitchen. The staff"”three staff to 10 residents"”is well trained, and their demeanor is calm. They're clearly able to handle the stresses of caring for residents who need a lot of individual attention. Like The Academy, it's owned by a group of investors who started it because their families had a need for the kind of care they now offer. Everything is first rate. The food and activities are excellent. And instead of offering tours to interested families, which could seem intrusive to the residents' privacy, they set up occasional social events, which are low-keys ways for everyone to interact.
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The Academy at Bella Vista is an assisted living facility in Boulder, CO that offers residents independent living options and daily support services.for more details on housing, services, and rates.
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