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A message from our Founder and CEO, Michael Schonbrun

This is what happens when you decide to build a place for your own mom.

Although I didn’t know it at the time, I began planning Balfour when I started to research retirement communities when my mother told me she wanted to move closer to family after my father died. I went through the anxiety and confusion so many others have experienced looking for the right place for a parent in their senior years. It inspired me to put my health care knowledge to work (I had been the CEO of National Jewish Hospital for ten years) and build a vibrant community where people can thrive and live life to the fullest.

Along the way I’ve developed a few thoughts about senior communities. As important as a high quality physical environment is, I’ve found the single most important attribute of a successful community is an engaged, energized, well-trained staff of caregivers and conscientious and compassionate managers.

A great team of employees –  that’s at the top of my list. And at Balfour, putting such teams together is our number one priority.

Often there are no clear dividing lines between independent living, assisted living, or even skilled healthcare. So a cornerstone of our approach is offering a continuum of care. This allows aging in place – where residents can maintain relationships with friends and staff members through levels of care without leaving the campus.

And unlike many traditional CCRCs (continuing care retirement communities) that require a large entrance fee, Balfour is a rental community. This distinct advantage allows our residents to preserve their assets and only pay for the services and levels of additional care if and when they actually need them. This is another way Balfour delivers value to its residents.

For me this is quite personal. I think back at what my mother, Madeline, wanted and needed when we brought her here to Colorado. She was a fussy New Yorker. She was all about activities in the evenings and on the weekends. She loved books, she loved art and she loved auditing classes at NYU. She was never much of a cook. Hence, our emphasis on numerous programs and activities, a well stocked library, a remarkable attention to interior design, and a great culinary and dining program. When I ask myself, “what would Madeline want?”, I know she would have been right at home at Balfour.

We look forward to speaking with you and encourage you to visit us and see first hand why Balfour is truly “a new generation in retirement living.”


Michael K. Schonbrun

Founder and CEO


Michael Schonbrun,
Founder and CEO


Michael with his mother, Madeline (the inspiration for Balfour) and father, Arnold.