Seven Months of Progress at Cappella of Grand Junction

Enjoy this time-lapse footage of an aerial view of the Cappella of Grand Junction community being built, taken between January and July 2017. It's exciting to see the progress!

For further information on availability at this new community, call Cappella of Grand Junction at 970-840-8024 or visit the Cappella of Grand Junction website.

We’re Growing! Introducing our First Beyond-Colorado Management Engagement

Cappella Living Solutions has partnered with Cedarwood Development Inc. for 72 independent living, 64 assisted-living, and 27 memory care apartments that will be Melody Living, Lake of the Hills a northern suburb of Chicago, IL. The community is expected to open in the Fall/Winter of 2018, and Cappella Living Solutions will provide management services.

The first phase of construction will be a 3-story assisted living community featuring 60 apartment homes as well as 26 memory support apartments.

Phase two will add four stories of independent living apartments which will have options for one, two or three bedroom spaces, all with full kitchens. These upscale apartments are designed for members who are 62 years of age and better. Each will have a balcony, full kitchen, unit controlled heating/cooling, and emergency call system.

Melody Living, Lake of the Hills will boast lounges, a great room, community life room, fitness center, a dining room offering freshly prepared seasonal dishes, a casual café, physical therapy services, a medical office and a spa with amenities for hair, nails and massage. Outdoor areas will showcase patios, walking paths and shaded areas with landscaping for fresh air enjoyment.

Melody Living, Lake of the HIlls is the second partnership between Cappella Living Solutions and Cedarwood Development. Melody Living, Colorado Springs is in construction and is estimated to open in spring of 2018.

To learn more give us a call at 720-684-4600.

Breaking ground

Melody Living Colorado Springs Project Breaks Ground

On Wednesday, October 26th with the breath-taking backdrop of Pikes Peak, the future residential community of Melody Living broke ground. With shovels in hands and hard hats on, the managing team, architects, owner, and contractor all gathered together and put the shovels in the ground!

Red Energy invited all to The Lodge for brunch and celebration after. Camille Burke, President of Cappella Living Solutions and Laura Hester, Vice President of Cedarwood Development both spoke about how Melody Living in Northern Colorado Springs will be a community based on wellness and resident empowerment. The Executive Director of Aging Incentives (an innovative program of the YMCA of the Pikes Peak Region and the City of Colorado Springs) spoke on behalf of Melody Living as well and concluded that this community is more than welcome in Colorado Springs with the incentives of resident freedom, empowerment, and growth.

We’ll keep you posted with more updates as this exciting new community moves forward. Melody Living will be providing assisted living and memory support for older adults in the northern part of Colorado Springs.

Cappella of Grand Junction Update

Cappella of Grand Junction is in the news!

Penny Stine of the Daily Sentinel wrote an article on July 11, 2016 that includes news of our community in Grand Junction. Here’s an excerpt:

Construction is underway for Capella Living Solutions, a 66-unit assisted living and memory care facility that will open at the end of next summer at 628 26 1/2 Road, where Horizon Drive crosses 26 1/2. The assisted living side of the facility will offer studio, one and two-bedroom units.

“We’re taking an interest list,” said Camille Thompson, president of Capella Living Solutions, “so when we’re ready to take deposits, the people on our list will be the first to choose their apartments.”

The facility will offer restaurant-style dining and a bistro in the assisted living side and will have a separate dining area for its memory support clients.

“We expect to employ about 45 people,” Thompson said.

According to Thompson, market studies indicated that there was a demand in Grand Junction for additional assisted living facilities that also offered memory care.


You can read the full article here.

Our Sunny Vista expansion project appeared in Senior Housing News:

Pinkard Construction to Build Colo. Assisted Living, Memory Care Expansion

Construction manager and general contractor Pinkard Construction Company was recently awarded the construction of Sunny Vista Living Center’s new assisted living and memory care expansion in Colorado Springs, Colorado.

The new, $10.5 million building, designed by Lantz-Boggio Architects, will be two stories containing 66 units and over 55,000-square-feet. It will feature a therapy gym, full kitchen and dining room, as well as a secure courtyard.

Construction is slated to begin in spring 2016, following demolition of the project site, which previously housed the site of the community’s original building that operated from 1911 until 2012.

Christian Living Services will provide management and operation services at the new addition.

Sunny Vista
Casey's Pond

Casey’s Pond in the News

Casey’s Pond is a beautiful senior living community in Steamboat Springs, Colorado. CLS will begin managing this vibrant community early in 2016.

Casey’s Pond Board Chair Chuck Parsons remarked, “We’re extremely optimistic. We have a wonderful community and a secure, safe community. We have nothing but high hopes for Casey’s Pond.” -From a December 2, 2015 feature in Steamboat Today. Read more.

Grand Junction Project in the News

Our new assisted living and memory care community project in Grand Junction was featured on Fox 4 on December 3, 2015.

“In addition to helping fill the need for long-term care facilities, officials say they’ll also partner with local schools, colleges and other service groups to create a lively environment of engagement and friendship, by providing services including a state-of-the art fitness center, salon, and educational series room.”

Read more of the story here.

Grand Junction
Sunny Vista

Two Exciting New Developments for CLS in Colorado

CLS is happy to announce the addition of two new senior living community projects for Colorado.

Colorado Springs

Sunny Vista Living Center in Colorado Springs is expanding upon its current skilled nursing community to add an additional 38 assisted living and 28 memory support apartments. The $10.5 million, 55,000 square foot project is designed by Lantz-Boggio Architects and will be built by Pinkard Construction. CLS has assisted in design and will provide management services upon opening. This project is scheduled to break ground Spring 2016.

Grand Junction

CLS has partnered with Confluent Development Group in design and program development for a community with 40 assisted living apartments and 25 memory support apartments in Grand Junction, Colorado. This building is being designed by Rosemann & Associates and will be built by Bradbury Stamm. With the project ready to break ground in Spring 2016, CLS is poised to provide management of the community after its opening in 2017.

An Exciting Partnership – Bella Vita

Christian Living Services (CLS) has a new partnership! As of June 1st, CLS will be the management company for Bella Vita of Aurora – an active adult, 55 and better, rental apartment community with concierge services and several amenities.

Bella Vita is an eight story building with 86 beautiful apartment homes and is located near Havana and Florida at 1470 S. Havana Street in Aurora, Colorado. The community opened in 2013 with one and two bedroom, beautifully appointed apartment homes with rents typically ranging from $1,100-$2,200. The community boasts a nice variety of common space creating a home-like environment. You can learn more about the community by visiting Bella Vita’s website.

CLC’s Director of Sales and Hospitality Jill Hiller, will serve as interim Executive Director – supporting an excellent team.

In her role as the Vice-President of Operations for CLS, Jill Vitale-Aussem will oversee the overall and ongoing operation for the community, as she will for all CLS managed communities.

With this new partnership we are now bringing our mission and values to more older adults in the Denver area.

Top Safety Award

CLS’s sister company CLC recently received Colorado’s top honor for safety in the workplace. Best practices such as these are available to clients we work with, helping you create a safe environment where excellent care and services are delivered daily.

CLC Employees Ernie Fielder, Ray Mannes, Anthony Linan, Gov. John Hickenlooper, Jan Roth and Tony Vultaggio at the Governor’s Mansion (L to R). Photo credit: Nancy Mannes.

Greenwood Village, Colorado – Christian Living Communities (CLC) is the only health care company to receive the state’s top honor for employer safety. Governor John Hickenlooper presented the award to CLC at a ceremony at the Governor’s Mansion on June 24. CLC was one of only six companies from hundreds that were selected for their outstanding commitment to workplace safety and sound management of worker’s compensation costs. The award is not given every year.

Christian Living Communities was nominated by Network Insurance Services, its worker’s compensation broker. As a leader in senior care and services, CLC utilizes exceptional pre-employment screening including strength testing to ensure quality and safety for employees and residents. As part of its safety efforts, CLC also localized its safety committees so that each of its three retirement communities and the home office have a team focused on preventative safety and wellness for all. Of special note is CLC Safety Officer Anthony Linan’s, focus on proactively managing injury claims and stellar modified duties program for injured employees, keeping them meaningfully engaged during recovery. In the period of 2009 to 2013, CLC reduced the cost of on the job injuries by 83%.

“CLC’s Human Resources staff and their amazing management team have done an outstanding job,” said Susan Mishler, Senior Workers Compensation Analyst for Network Insurance Services LLC. “I couldn’t think of a more deserving and worthy organization to receive such a coveted safety award.” Christian Living Communities is a 42-year-old Colorado, faith-based, not-for-profit senior services organization employing more than 600 people who serve nearly 1,000 older adults daily.

Diving with the Sharks

Martha Loats, a 90-year old resident of Clermont Park Retirement Community in Denver, embodies the CLS approach to empowering residents of the communities we work with to fully embrace life.

TaRhonda Thomas of 9News reported on the story. And you can view the video on the 9News website.

Martha Loats diving at the Denver Aquarium

It takes a lot to steal the attention away from three colorful mermaids singing and dancing underwater. But that’s just Martha Loats – a woman worth your attention.

Photographers and tourists alike snapped photos of Loats in the background of the mermaid show at the Denver Downtown Aquarium after finding out that the scuba diver is 90 years old. Martha, on the other hand, didn’t get all the “hoopla.”

“I don’t understand it,” she said. “I’m only going scuba diving.”

Loats would have everyone believe she’s just an ordinary senior citizen. But not many senior citizens have done what she’s done.

On Thursday, Loats became the oldest person to ever scuba dive at the Denver Downtown Aquarium. After getting instructions from the team with A-1 Scuba & Travel Aquatics Center, she jumped in the water with all of the sea creatures. It’s just one of the adventures she’s taken in the past few years. Some of those adventures have been with her fellow residents in the Clermont Park Retirement Community.

“Everyone that lives here, lives,” she said. “We don’t come here to die. We come here to live!”

And Loats is living her life to the fullest. A friend suggested she go scuba diving, since she’s already jumped out of a plane. Loats went skydiving in California on her birthday in March as her family looked on.

“I insisted on going up on my birthday,” she smiled.

The daredevil has also gone up in a hot air balloon, and she’s been ziplining. Loats says she wants to do all she can while she’s able.

“I never thought I’d live to be 90,” she said. “You have a different outlook on life when you live to be that age.”

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