//FAQs about Golden West Senior Living
FAQs about Golden West Senior Living 2017-04-03T17:01:19+00:00

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What types of apartments are available? How large are they? 2017-04-03T17:01:32+00:00

The Mezzanine offers studio apartments that are 307 square feet. Each one has a full wall of windows and a private bathroom with a walk-in shower.

The Towers feature studio, one- and two-bedroom apartments. All have wall-to-wall windows that highlight spectacular Boulder views.

What are the prices? 2017-04-03T17:01:32+00:00

To view prices and floor plans for The Mezzanine, click here. To view prices and floor plans for The Towers, click here.

What does the monthly rate include? 2017-04-03T17:01:32+00:00

For our assisted living residents, we provide all meals and snacks when desired. We take care of all of the cleaning and laundry. We administer all medications and reorder them as needed. We can assist with showering a couple times a week, and provide light assistance with dressing (i.e. socks, buttons). We can provide reminders such as when a meal is beginning, when a program of interest is starting, when a doctor’s appointment is coming up. We can escort people to programs, and set up appointments and transportation for them. We provide several wellness checks throughout the day, including overnight.

All residents benefit from the convenience of only one monthly bill that includes rent, utilities, phone, cable and our service package. We offer many services in-house, including some banking and postal services, onsite dining, exercise programs and physical therapy, foot care, massage therapy and many others.

Is there a laundry service? 2017-04-03T17:01:32+00:00

Residents at The Mezzanine receive weekly personal laundry and linen service, as well as daily bed making. Independent Living residents do not receive laundry service.

Are the apartments furnished? 2015-03-19T16:36:34+00:00

No. You can furnish your apartment to your liking; however, window coverings are provided.

Are meals provided? 2016-01-27T21:22:05+00:00

All meals are provided to assisted living residents as part of our monthly rate. Snacks are also included. Onsite dining is available for independent living residents.

How does the meal plan work? 2016-01-27T21:25:38+00:00

We serve breakfast, lunch, and dinner each day to assisted living residents. The Mezzanine has a dining room on each floor, so it is easily accessible from each apartment.

Our talented dining staff offers a menu of several nutritious choices for each meal. Onsite dining is available for independent living residents.

If I am ill, can meals be brought to my apartment? 2015-03-19T16:32:34+00:00

Yes, our staff can bring your meal on a tray to your apartment by request for a limited time during an illness.

Are you able to cater to special diets? 2015-12-07T21:46:46+00:00

We offer meal options without added sugars or salts. Our dining team can also provide vegetarian and gluten free selections. Each resident will be responsible for ordering food appropriate to his or her dietary needs.

How tall is the building? 2015-03-19T16:31:04+00:00

There are four stories of apartments in The Mezzanine above a lower level with common areas. The Towers are 11 stories.

Is there extra storage for residents? 2015-03-19T16:29:19+00:00

No, we do not have storage other than the space in your apartment.

Are pets allowed? 2015-07-14T20:46:08+00:00

Yes. Pets are allowed for an additional, non-refundable security deposit accompanied by our signed Pet Policy, provided the resident is able to take care of the pet on his/her own.

Are there walking paths nearby? 2015-03-19T16:28:20+00:00

Yes, there are lovely gardens and walking paths off the southeast end of the building. We are also very near an underpass that goes under 28th Street to access the beautiful walking areas on the CU campus, and we are located very close to the Boulder Creek path as well.

Do you have a pool? 2015-12-07T21:45:25+00:00

No. Some good options for swimming include the East Boulder Senior Center, about two miles east of us, and the pool at Scott Carpenter Park, about a mile north of us.

Are there extracurricular activities and programs offered? Are they an extra charge? 2015-03-19T16:22:34+00:00

We have an extensive calendar of fun, creative, educational, wellness, and spiritual programs. All programs open to everyone in The Mezzanine and The Towers. The only time there is a significant charge is for a program presented out of the building (i.e. tickets to a show, admission to a museum, etc.)

Do you organize tours and trips? 2015-03-19T16:20:33+00:00

Yes! We go out regularly to the mountains, museums, concerts, shows, sporting events, etc. All day trips are planned in accordance with the input and interest of residents. We also make the difficulty level known so that the residents can decide if it sounds feasible for them to attend.

Are there recreation and exercise rooms? 2015-03-19T16:20:01+00:00

We have several lounge areas, including a library, throughout The Mezzanine and The Towers buildings. The Wellness Center is run by Medically Based Fitness and is located on the first floor. Anyone can pay a monthly fee there to benefit from an individualized exercise program supervised by an exercise physiologist, and can receive physical therapy under Medicare Part B, if a doctor orders it, with the physical therapist there.

Do you have a beauty salon or barber shop? 2015-03-19T16:19:16+00:00

Yes, we have services for both men and women at a specially designed shop. All services are by appointment and payment is arranged through the salon.

Is transportation available? 2015-03-19T16:18:41+00:00

Residents can use RTD, which stops in front of The Towers, and Special Transit for transportation needs outside of our regularly scheduled trips. Our staff can set up appointments for residents as well as book transportation.

What if my needs change and I need Skilled Nursing? Can you help me? 2015-03-19T16:17:42+00:00

Golden West is not associated with any skilled nursing community. If the need arises, our staff will communicate with the resident and family, and assist in the decision as to which community would be the best fit, as much as requested.

How would I reserve an apartment and begin to move in? 2017-04-03T17:01:32+00:00

If you would like to move to The Mezzanine, you can place a security deposit equal to one month’s rent to reserve an apartment. Our leasing staff will hold the deposit until you have been evaluated by The Mezzanine staff and we receive physician’s orders. Once we have determined that our staff can safely meet your needs, your physician agrees, all of the required documentation has been received, and the apartment is ready for occupancy, we can begin the move-in process.

Contact us if you would like to move in to the Towers and we can see what’s available for you.

Who owns Golden West? 2015-03-19T16:07:11+00:00

Golden West is a not-for-profit corporation that was originally sponsored by First Christian Church in 1965, and now is operated by a Board of Directors composed of members from the Boulder community.

How often do you raise your fees? 2015-03-19T16:06:26+00:00

We typically have rate increases the first of every year.

What type of security and/or emergency response system do you have? 2017-04-03T17:01:32+00:00

There is controlled access to all the buildings through a card that residents scan at each door. Guests must enter by buzzing the apartment they are visiting. In addition, all main entrances are monitored by security cameras 24 hours a day. We also have a system by which residents can alert staff to an emergency 24 hours a day. In The Mezzanine, caregivers are on duty 24 hours a day to respond to emergencies, as well as provide routine checks on residents and handle any requests through the night.

Are the apartments quiet? 2015-03-19T16:04:41+00:00

Yes. The construction is such that insulation between apartments controls the sound.

What type of fire prevention/protection do you have? 2015-03-19T16:03:52+00:00

The building includes a brand new sprinkler system and each apartment is equipped with smoke detectors and sprinklers.

Is there a place for guests to stay? 2015-03-19T16:03:18+00:00

Yes. We have one completely furnished guest apartment in The Towers. Residents will need to check with staff to coordinate availability.

Do you provide medication administration? 2015-12-07T21:43:50+00:00

Yes, assisted living residents will receive an medications they need. All of our caregivers are Qualified Medication Administration Personnel (QMAP) and can dispense medications. They are supervised by a registered nurse (RN) who oversees the medication program, orders medications from the pharmacy, communicates with residents’ physicians, etc.

Do you allow wheelchairs, walkers and electric scooters? 2015-03-19T16:00:05+00:00

Yes. Many of our residents use some sort of device to assist with mobility. We do require residents who use an electric scooter to undergo a safety assessment and sign a safety policy.

Do I need to bring a telephone? 2017-04-03T17:01:32+00:00

We provide telephones with large, easy to use buttons, but you are welcome to bring your own if you prefer. In addition, each resident receives an individual, direct phone number through our phone system.

Is there an age limit? 2015-03-19T15:56:55+00:00

There is a minimum age of 62. There is no maximum age.

Is smoking permitted? 2016-01-28T18:08:33+00:00

Smoking is not permitted in any of the Golden West facilities. Smoking is permitted in outside designated smoking areas only.

Do I need a medical assessment before moving in? 2017-04-03T17:01:32+00:00

The State of Colorado requires residents to have a signed order from their physician authorizing the move, as well as orders for Golden West to handle their medications. In addition, Golden West will conduct an evaluation to make sure we can safely meet the needs of each person who moves in.

Do you offer payment options? 2015-03-19T15:52:15+00:00

The Mezzanine does accept a limited number of residents receiving Medicaid benefits. The Towers offers two following payment options, including Private Pay (You are required to meet income guidelines as set forth by the Department of Housing and Urban Development) and Section 8 vouchers obtained through government programs to assist with the rent portion of the fees.

If you are concerned about running out of money at some point, please talk to us and we can explain more about the policies at Golden West regarding Medicaid.