Proud to be Locally Owned and Operated
Village at Belmar is the premier, award-winning integrated senior living campus situated in western metropolitan Denver, in the heart of the Belmar Shopping Center and amidst an incredible healthcare services corridor in Lakewood. Our community provides a chance for residents to socialize, feel safe at home, and maintain their independence with dignity and security. We are passionate about what we call “Meaningful Connections". We have created and nurtured deep relationships with the University of Colorado’s Anschutz Medical Center and Wellness Institute, and CU Denver campus, Colorado Christian University, and Metropolitan State University.
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A Day in the Life
At Village at Belmar, our residents awake each day to amazing views of the Rocky Mountain foothills, accompanied by the smell of freshly brewed coffee. Get moving with a morning stroll along the Village’s quarter-mile walking trail. Catch up with friends over a game of bocce ball, practice your putting skills on the green, check on your organic herbs at the Village Garden, improve your stamina and balance at any of the four outdoor exercise stations, or relax on a bench or gazebo and read a book. The opportunities are endless at Village at Belmar.
At Village at Belmar, our leadership team is comprised of highly talented, empathetic, and knowledgeable individuals who are passionate about caring for the aging population. Our team’s resume spans four decades, with years of combined experience in working with seniors and families during their exploration of senior living communities. We are educators. We are inspired by the need to encourage seniors and their families to make informed choices and decisions that precipitate the very important move from home to a senior living community, yet we know this can be a difficult change. That’s where we come in.
Sarah Stevenson, BSN, RN
Ascent Living Communities
Ascent Living Communities is a Colorado based senior living owner and operator. Our focus is to provide a first class experience for our residents and their families, and to hire and retain the best associates in the business. We are a hands-on owner, and very involved in the operations of our communities. You will regularly find us at our communities working with our teams to create a more meaningful senior living experience than we believe you will find anywhere else. Our founders’ many years of combined professional backgrounds provide the backbone of our operation. We have celebrated many successes with our residents, their families and our associates, and also worked through many challenges that we continuously learn from. All of this provides a steady foundation for us to build on and improve every day.
Susie (Reimer) Finley
Phil Shapiro, M.H.A., M.S.P.H
Updates from our local founders, owners and management
Thank you for visiting. We appreciate your interest in our exceptional award-winning community, especially at a time when the world is experiencing such dramatic change. The pandemic is affecting us all, albeit in different ways. For you, it may include disruption of your daily routines, favorite pastimes and interactions with loved ones. For us, it includes safeguarding the health of everyone in our community, from residents and family members to the staff, vendors and health care providers we engage with on a daily basis.
First and foremost, you should know that public health, safety and security within our campus continues to be our highest priority. We are taking exceptional precautions to safeguard the health and well-being of everyone on our campus. (See a list of current safety features and protocols here.)
We have robust experience in confronting potential threats — including seasonal influenza, Norovirus, fire safety/evacuation, and other hazards with a focus on prevention, along with smart, expedient problem solving when needs arise. While COVID-19 has posed a unique set of challenges to adapt to, our outstanding Village at Belmar staff has the expertise and commitment to engage with the current Coronavirus challenge with skill, confidence, and compassion.
Being a local, independent ownership/management team (as opposed to a large corporation) allows us to be highly responsive and personally involved in making critical, conscientious changes to our daily operating policies and procedures to adapt promptly to evolving knowledge and CDC guidelines around COVID-19. As a result, we’re able to implement real-time measures to provide our residents and associates with safety and security, while supporting our core values of treating each individual with the greatest measure of service, dignity, and compassion.
We’ve redoubled our commitment to family members, sharing consistent and timely communication to provide timely, transparent information about how operations at Village at Belmar continue to evolve to enhance public health initiatives, resident and staff safety and well-being, family interaction, resident quality of life and staff working environment amidst unprecedented circumstances.
More than five years ago, we began the journey of creating Village at Belmar with an idea. Now, three years since our grand opening, we are proud to say that The Village is home to more than 190 permanent senior residents supported by 125 full- and part-time staff. This extraordinary staff-to-resident ratio is unparalleled in the senior living field.
Last year, the Village at Belmar was awarded the “Best Large Business” by the Jefferson County West Metro Chamber of Commerce. While we’re honored by this distinction, we measure our success by the Meaningful Connections we make every day with our residents, their families, and our staff. The appreciation our staff receives from residents and their families tells a deeper story of the familial nature of this special place. From staff associates to residents to those of us in management roles, we feel a meaningful connection to each other. This bond shapes the day-to-day passion and focus we bring to adapting our operations — in responding to COVID-19, as well as other changes that occur in the world around us. We think, engage and live it together. As a family.
Whether you’re considering a move from your current residence or helping a loved one research a new living situation, please take time to explore the many facets of our thriving community. We encourage you to tour Village at Belmar “virtually,” and talk one-on-one with an associate. We are always here to welcome serve you.
Be well, and be in touch!
Phil Shapiro Tom Finley Susie Finley
Local Founders, Owners and Management