Casey’s Pond Senior Living community in Steamboat almost ready for hard-hat tours |

Casey’s Pond Senior Living community in Steamboat almost ready for hard-hat tours

When complete in October, Casey's Pond Senior Living community will offer a full-service dining room and wine bistro.

— Construction workers toiled through the weekend of Feb. 9 and 10 to complete the roof on Casey's Pond Senior Living community near the south entrance to the city of Steamboat Springs, and with windows being installed at a brisk pace, the day when the project will be heated is coming near.

"We will soon be able to offer weekend hard-hat tours to the public, hopefully by the end of March," Chief Marketing and Membership Officer Bryna Krauth said.

Casey's Pond is due to be completed in October and will offer four types of senior living including a collection of one- and two-bedroom apartments, or villas, called The Veranda, and more assisted living suites in The Grove.

Monthly rents for independent living residences begin at $4,400 and come with a range of services, meals and activities included.

In addition, the existing skilled nursing facility, the Doak Walker Care Center, will move to Casey's Pond with a name that changes slightly to the Doak Walker House. The Doak Walker House will offer new levels of privacy and a more residential feel than the existing facility at Yampa Valley Medical Center, where the staff has won many awards, Krauth said.

The project is being developed and will be managed by Colorado-based Pearl Senior Living.

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Chuck Parsons, a seven-year resident of Steamboat Springs, is a member of the board of directors of Colorado Senior Residences, the local nonprofit that owns Casey's Pond. He said the living environment at Casey's and the programs there represent a big step up in senior communities.

"I was president of the board at Pine Village Retirement Community in Valparaiso, Ind., during a $10 million renovation," Parsons said. "This is much more state of the art with the four phases of living. We didn't have memory care or assisted living."

Casey's Pond will offer several levels of memory care in private suites with private bathrooms at The Harbor House.

Casey's Pond achieved another significant milestone this week, Krauth said, with the hiring of Dan Shields as the chief executive director for Casey's Pond.

He will relocate to Steamboat from Ohio and begin work March 18. Shields has two decades of experience in administering senior care facilities, including serving as executive director of nonprofit continuing care retirement communities like Casey's Pond, Krauth said. He currently is employed as the treasurer for the American College of Health Care Administrators.

Krauth has been busy hosting informational meetings for prospective Casey's Pond residents, with 60 people turning out for a luncheon meeting earlier this month and more than 20 attending a similar program this week.

Krauth said 32 people have added their names to a waiting list for the 34 villas in The Veranda, Krauth told the gathering Wednesday.

But that doesn't mean people shouldn't continue to add their names to the waiting list, Krauth said. Inevitably, some people already on the list will choose not to move in come October. However, those people will retain a place on the waiting list for a future move as long as they leave their fully refundable $3,500 reservation deposit in place. The same applies to people who sign up in the future, regardless of how many people are ahead of them on the list.

Upon moving in, the $3,500 deposit converts to a one-time membership fee. At that time, residents are required to write a $6,500 check as a security deposit, refundable in full if there is no damage to the home when they move out.

Monthly rental rates at Casey's Pond cover significantly more than the residence, Krauth said, including two meals a day for the first occupant (the add-on for a second resident in a shared villa is $776 a month), the use of a business center, perpetual coffee and teas stations, a full-service mailing center, daily local car shuttle, weekly housekeeping, utilities, cable TV, wireless Internet service and a salon as well as wellness, fitness and nutrition programs.

The monthly rates for the villas vary with the size and apartments. They range in size from 655 square feet to 1,308 square feet, and some homes have fireplaces and walk-in closets for example.

Monthly rents in The Veranda begin at $4,399 a month and go up to $7,499.

Base rents for assisted living are $5,300 to $6,000 a month for a one-bedroom suite, and $6,500 to $7,800 for two-bedroom suites. Those rents include basic care, and rates go up in different tiers depending on the level of assistance residents require. The situation is similar for memory care at The Harbor, where rents begin at $6,500 for a studio suite.

The cost of skilled nursing in a private pay circumstance is $320 per day.

To reach Tom Ross, call 970-871-4205 or email

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