November 19th, 2019 | Press Releases
Legend of Colorado Springs has announced the hiring of Karen Stewart as Residence Director. The senior living residence is owned and operated by Legend Senior Living®, a Wichita-based company with 41 residences in six states.
The Colorado Springs assisted living and memory care residence is the newest residence under construction and its third location in Colorado. The Welcome Center for Legend of Colorado Springs recently opened and is now accepting appointments to tour apartment models. The Welcome Center is open at 2435 Research Parkway, Suite 205. Sales experts are available to assist residents in choosing their preferred apartment. Construction began in early May and the residence will be complete in fall 2020.
Stewart spent more than a decade in hospitality management and chose to make the switch to senior living three years ago for a very personal reason. “My mother had Parkinson’s Disease and dementia; she passed away in October 2011,” she said. “Seeing both the good and the bad of the care she received made me realize I could be a part of ensuring others would never have the ‘bad’ part of the care.
“I feel the culmination of the experiences I have had personally and professionally allow me to be an effective advocate,” she said. “It is an honor for me to be able to serve in this capacity.”
Stewart’s first priorities as Residence Director are assisting in the pre-leasing of apartments, and hiring a leadership team. “She is building relationships, brand recognition, and becoming part of the community,” said Debi Thomas, Vice President of Business Development. “Legend is mission driven, and we want our team to become part of the local community, which includes joining civic organizations and finding ways to give back.”
This is Stewart’s second stint with Legend Senior Living. She served as Regional Director of Operations for Oklahoma for 18 months beginning in 2017. “Being able to work with a company that has a mission and set of values that mirrors your own facilitates a smooth workflow and ability to confidently make business decisions for the betterment of the residents, the team, and the company.
“Legend is a pioneer in the assisted living and memory care industry,” Stewart said. “Its focus on operating with excellence, as opposed to just operating well, is the standard I believe all seniors have earned.”
Legend of Colorado Springs is dedicated to providing the highest levels of personal service and a warm, comfortable, and actively social environment to enrich its residents' lives. It celebrates their unique personalities and lifestyles with services designed especially for their individual needs, so they will thrive in an environment of friendship, family and robust support that values and respects residents' privacy, dignity, and independence.