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Senior living centered on care, family and adventure at Palisades at Broadmoor Park

May 29, 2024 07:44PM ● By G. L. Yenne

Making new friends. Savoring a delicious meal with them. Gazing out the windows at the stunning scenery. Feeling safe, secure and cared for. Even jumping from an airplane, if you dare! All these experiences and more await if the Palisades at Broadmoor Park becomes your home. 

Located at 4547 Palisades Park View in Colorado Springs, Palisades has 115 apartments, plus a few with double occupancy. The youngest residents are 62, but the median age is 82.

The facility offers a continuum of care across three levels: independent living for those 62 and older, and needs-based assisted living and memory care, which are typically required when you or a loved one are no longer able to live independently. Assisted living provides support with daily tasks, while memory care caters specifically to individuals with Alzheimer’s and other forms of dementia 

Fran Capritta, the executive director, has been with Palisades since 2018, initially joining as a nurse.

“The average stay for an executive director in this industry is 18 months, but I have been here for five years,” Capritta said. 

This stability is reflected in her team, with some of her 82 employees having served at Palisades for over a decade, offering residents a sense of familiarity.

Capritta and her team strive for excellence, recognizing each resident as an individual with unique needs.

“We want to exceed, not just meet, the expectations of residents and families. We spend as much time with the families as the residents,” Capritta said.

The staff at Palisades is committed to prioritizing the medical needs of its residents with a full-time nurse on-site, ensuring continuous medical oversight. The post-COVID landscape transformed the workforce dynamics at Palisades, leading to the addition of a full-time recruiter dedicated to attracting top talent to the community. 

“My team and the residents are my purpose each day,” Capritta said. “I am no longer physically touching people as a nurse, but as executive director, I can inspire my team to touch every single resident.

MBK, Palisades’ parent company, operates 40 senior living communities in six states. In Colorado alone, Palisades is part of a family that includes a sister community in Denver and two in Loveland.

A core goal for MBK is to provide high-quality service and opportunities for enrichment, which Palisades embodies through a vibrant community atmosphere and an array of active programs. 

Residents can engage in dynamic and adventurous activities such as rock climbing, horseback riding, hot air ballooning, ziplining and even skydiving!

But Palisades prioritizes non-adrenaline junkies, too, with a roster of more relaxed events, including bingo, book clubs, movie nights and exercise classes.

This diverse program ensures that there truly is something for everyone, underscoring the community’s commitment to valuing each individual.

Capritta shared a story highlighting the community’s ability to make a great first impression. 

“A woman brought her best friend’s mother to see if Palisades would be a good fit for her. She fell in love with us and moved in.” 

A few weeks later, the other woman inquired about working there. 

“Now she’s working on our activities team,” said Capritta.

The community among staff and residents alike is found in the joy of sharing life together.

“‘The best classroom in the world is at the feet of an elderly person,’” said Capritta, quoting Andy Rooney. “I learn so much from the residents. In return, I want to provide a sense of purpose for them, even if it just means getting up in the morning, getting dressed and joining the other residents for breakfast or bingo.”

For more information about the Palisades at Broadmoor Park, contact Capritta at 719-778-0810 or Kimberlee Babros at 719-393-2636. 

We’re serious when we say that residents go skydiving! 

Learn more about the Adventurers Club at Palisades at Broadmoor Park.

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