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Home Care In Arvada, CO

Home Care Arvada, CO

They say that your golden years are the best years of your life. For most older Americans, that's how it should be - a time to relax, reflect, and live life in a familiar place. After all, senior citizens in the U.S. have worked tirelessly to build a better economy, serve their communities, and raise families.

However, as seniors grow older, completing daily tasks like showering and enjoying activities such as visiting the historic Arvada Flour Mill gets harder without someone by their side. Unfortunately, many older Americans aren't able to rely on their adult children for help. The reality in today's world is that family members do not have the skills or time to dedicate to caring for their parents. That's where Always Best Care Senior Services comes in.

Our in-home care services are for people who prefer to stay at home as they grow older but need ongoing care that family or friends cannot provide. More and more older adults prefer to live far away from long-term, institutionalized facilities and closer to the place where they feel most comfortable - their home. Home care in Arvada, CO is a safe, effective way to give your loved ones the care they need when they need it the most.

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The Always Best Care Difference

Since 1996, Always Best Care has provided non-medical in-home care for seniors to help them maintain a healthy lifestyle as they get older. We are proud to have helped more than 25,000 seniors maintain higher levels of dignity and respect. We focus on providing seniors with the highest level of in-home care available so that they may live happily and independently.

Unlike some senior care companies, we genuinely want to be included in our clients' lives. We believe that personalized care is always the better option over a "one size fits all" approach. To make sure our senior clients receive the best care possible, we pair them with compassionate caregivers who understand their unique needs. That way, they may provide care accordingly without compromising their wellbeing.

The Always Best Care difference lies in life's little moments - where compassionate care and trustworthy experience come together to help seniors live a fruitful, healthy life. Whether you are an aging adult that can't quite keep up with life's daily tasks or the child of a senior who needs regular in-home services, Always Best Care is here to help.


“As a social worker for older adults, I have been referring patients/families to ABC for many years based on great experiences. When I moved my grandma to the Colorado area and she was needing some extra support, it was the natural response to utilize Always Best Care for her caregiving needs! We have been clients for 4 months and both my grandma and me feel incredibly supported by their team. Their caregivers are reliable and kind, and if there is a concern the leadership team works to resolve the concern in a quick and professional manner. I am so happy that my grandma gets to feel some extra love from this awesome company.”

Katie S.

“Always best care is a great workplace you meet such wonderful people and have great and positive staff . The office team is wonderful they are reliable and understanding the communication is a plus with this company!”

Destiny G.

“This is my Lady Sue she’s amazing she’s 90 years young she’s been with Always Best Care for 3 years and tells me everyday how thankful she is for our services and that I am her best friend . I came to always best care because I was my Mother’s caregiver and she passed Mother’s Day 2022. I made a career change that is the most rewarding job I have ever had. Always Best Care is the best and I take pride in working for this company. I would definitely recommend our company to care for your loved one.”

Angela O.

“I have been doing in home care for 11 years and this is the best company I have worked for. The office staff is amazing, and I couldn’t ask for anything better. We are all compassionate with each and every client. I would highly recommend their services.”

Amy N.

“Referred here by Cayce we met at a Restaurant. The Lakewood office picked up the phone immediately. We got some help and things are back to normal which we didnt know they ever would be. More changes coming but ABC All The Way.”

C N.

“I cannot say enough good things about about Always Best Care! I have been an employee for almost 6 months and the experience has been professional and rewarding. I have worked with a plethora of clients and have yet to hear any complaints. The front and back office is available (24-7) to help with scheduling, appointments and literally ANY questions or concerns, client or staff related. I am forever grateful for the interpersonal relationships I have with clients and team members alike. I am grateful to serve our community each and everyday. Here are some photos from a beloved client, on her 98th birthday! :) I highly recommend Always Best Care ????”

A A.

“In my moment of need your company was there when I didn’t even knew I needed you. My mother who lived in another state has late onset Alzheimer’s and was being taken care by my brother. I didn’t expect that my brother would pass before my mother but that was the case. Without the care from my brother, I had to find a suitable memory care facility quickly so I could sell her house and move her closer to me because my mother declined quickly after the passing of my brother and my house isn’t suitable for her condition. I knew very little about the options or the processes needed to execute this very challenging decision. The professionalism and caring of your employees was a life boat in a very dire and emotional decision for my family. Mom is now settled and happy in her new surroundings. I can’t thank you enough for the angels (Alyssa and Nancy) in your company.”

Cheryl J.

“Caring and loving staff , am happy to be part of the best care provider in town. Keep the good work .”

Lala G.

“I have been a nurse for over 40 years and my expectations were high. Always Best Care Senior Services provided home care assisting me with my post operative recovery and my expectations were exceeded. Staff was very professional, caring, and most importantly competent and reliable. Highly recommended! Linda RN”

Linda C.

“Anyone that has had to find assisted living for a loved one knows how nerve wracking the experience is, I’m so thankful my family had Nancy to help us during such a fragile time. Thank you for keeping my grandmother comfortable during the rehabilitation process and in home care.”

Katelyn M.

“Our thanks to ABC for the wonderful nursing care and general management and coordination”

Sean R.

“Amazing customer service and follow up regarding services for my mother-in-law”

Jenna F.

“I'm sending this thank u to thank you, not only for being the best company I hold dear but being so individually beautiful!!! You're always the best care!!!!!”

Juliana S.

“I didn't think they could do better than I could on my own. They found a much better, more beautiful place at a much better price for my mom. HUGE THANKS TO NANCY FOR HER HELP !!!!”


“Thank you for the wonderful care you have provided, specifically Simone, for my mom the last 4 years. We couldn't have done this without Simone's assistance. She is truly an angel!!”

Ona D.

“Thank you so much for the coordination of our parents care. Your loveliness and dedication made our parents lives so much better. We are very happy that ABC did every thing possible to let their home run smoothly. We appreciate all the efforts and especially your positive spirit”

Cormac M.

“Thank you to all the caregivers who took care of our mom. We are forever grateful for your kindness towards our mom when we couldn't be there because of covid”

Clar B.

“I am deeply grateful for the love and support you have shown me during this difficult time, especially by sending me beautiful flowers. Thank you so much for your love and sympathy”

Eugenia C.

“HIGHLY RECOMMEND!! If you or anyone in your family is looking for quality, sincere care for yourself or a loved one look no further. Always best care has the sweetest caregivers who go through an intense training course so they know for sure how well they do in certain environments. Erin the owner is the sweetest darn person who has a heart of gold who treats her employees very good so they can focus on doing their job right and enjoy doing it. I have been around the caregiving industry since 2013 and this is by far the best company I have yet seen. Trust me they won’t let you down!!!!!!!”

Carson C.

“I had a wonderful experience working with the company. Very helpful and dedicated to providing caring services to their clients.”

Shayla H.

“Our care giver Evelyn L. was wonderful, and such a great help to our family.”

Barb F.

“I can't find Sarah S, Alyssa, Paula, and the rest of the teams direct emails so please pass on my appreciation and gratitude for them too! Thank you so much for the shout out!! I love reading the newsletter and had no idea I was going to be in it so it was a wonderful surprise! I love this job and I hope I can help out more in the near future instead of just every weekend. Thank you again and I love being part of the Always Best team :) Thank you!”

Katherine S.

“I had a wonderful experience working with the company. Very helpful and dedicated to providing caring services to their clients.”

Shayla E.

“I recommend the services of Always Best Care. The several months I have employed Always Best Care have been very satisfying. The services they have provided for an elderly Alzheimer’s patient has been exceptional. One of the most satisfying aspects of their service is their reliability. They show up, on time , with enthusiasm, and know the patient before entering the home. Also, the scheduling and support staff is accommodating, helpful, and friendly. Anyone that needs help with an elderly Alzheimer’s patient should consider employing Always Best Care. Sincerely, Michael Iverson”

Michael I.

“I am so grateful to have ABC caregiver Erin M. who has changed my life for the best. I would be lost without her care. I now shower more regularly and enjoy good meals at home. I am able to go out and be more active. I am so very blessed to have this care in my life.”

Client B.

What is Non-Medical Senior Care in Arvada, CO?


Home is where the heart is. While that saying can sound a tad cliche, it is especially true for many seniors living in America. When given a choice, older adults most often prefer to grow older at home. An AARP study found that three out of four adults over the age of 50 want to stay in their homes and communities as they age.


When you begin to think about why, it makes sense. Home offers a sense of security, comfort, and familiarity.


The truth is, as we age, we begin to rely on others for help. When a family is too busy or lives too far away to fulfill this role, in-home senior care is often the best solution. Home care services allow seniors to enjoy personal independence while also receiving trustworthy assistance from a trained caregiver.


At Always Best Care, we offer a comprehensive range of home care services to help seniors stay healthy while they get the help they need to remain independent. As your senior loved one gets older, giving them the gift of senior care is one of the best ways to show your love, even if you live far away.

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Types of Elderly Care in Arvada, CO

To give our senior clients the best care possible, we offer a full spectrum of in-home care services:

Personal Care

Personal Care Services

If your senior loved one has specific care needs, our personal care services are a great choice to consider. Personal care includes the standard caregiving duties associated with companion care and includes help with tasks such as dressing and grooming. Personal care can also help individuals with chronic conditions like diabetes.

Common personal care services include assistance with:

  • Eating
  • Mobility Issues
  • Incontinence
  • Bathing
  • Dressing
  • Grooming

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Home Helper

Home Helper Services

Sometimes, seniors need helpful reminders to maintain a high quality of life at home. If you or your senior has trouble with everyday tasks like cooking, our home helper services will be very beneficial.

Common home helper care services include assistance with:

  • Medication Reminders
  • Meal Preparation
  • Pet Care
  • Prescription Refills
  • Morning Wake-Up
  • Walking
  • Reading
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Companionship Services

Companionship Services

Using this kind of care is a fantastic way to make life easier for you or your senior loved one. At Always Best Care, our talented caregivers often fill the role of a companion for seniors. That way, older adults can enjoy their favorite local activities, such as visiting Jack B Tomlinson Park with friends while also receiving the care they need daily or weekly.

Common companionship services include:

  • Grocery Shopping
  • Transportation to Appointments
  • Nutritional Assistance
  • Conversation
  • Planning Outings
  • Completing Errands
  • Transportation to Community
  • Events and Social Outings
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Respite Care

Respite Care Services

According to AARP, more than 53 million adults living in the U.S. provide care to someone over 50 years old. Unfortunately, these caregivers experience stress, exhaustion, and even depression. Our respite care services help family caregivers address urgent obligations, spend time with their children, and enjoy nearby activities. Perhaps more importantly, respite care gives family members time to recharge and regroup. Taking personal time to de-stress reduces the risk of caregiver burnout. So, if you've always wanted to eat at the local Stone Cellar Bistro or visit Arvada Historical Society, don't feel bad. Doing so is great for both you and your loved one.

At the end of the day, our goal is to become a valuable part of your senior's daily routine. That way, we may help give them the highest quality of life possible. We know that staying at home is important for your loved one, and we are here to help make sure that is possible.

If you have been on the fence about non-medical home care, there has never been a better time than now to give your senior the care, assistance, and companionship they deserve.

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Benefits of Home Care in Arvada, CO

Always Best Care in-home services are for older adults who prefer to stay at home but need ongoing care that friends and family cannot provide. In-home care is a safe, effective way for seniors to age gracefully in a familiar place and live independent, non-institutionalized lives. The benefits of non-medical home care are numerous. Here are just a few reasons to consider senior care services from Always Best Care:

Always Best Care offers a full array of care options for patients at all levels of health. With our trusted elderly care services, your loved one will receive the level of care necessary for them to enjoy the highest possible quality of life.

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Aging in Place: The Preferred Choice for Most Seniors

While it's true that some seniors have complicated medical needs that prevent them from staying at home, aging in place is often the best arrangement for seniors and their families. With a trusted caregiver, seniors have the opportunity to live with a sense of dignity and do so as they see fit - something that is unavailable to many older people today.

In-home care makes it possible for millions of seniors to age in place every year. Rather than moving to a strange nursing home, seniors have the chance to stay at home where they feel the happiest and most comfortable.

Here are just a few of the reasons why older men and women prefer to age at home:

How much does a senior's home truly mean to them?

A study published by the American Society on Aging found that more than half of seniors say their home's emotional value means more than how much their home is worth in monetary value. It stands to reason, then, that a senior's home is where they want to grow old.

With the help of elderly care in Arvada, CO, seniors don't have to age in a sterilized care facility. Instead, they can age gracefully in the place they want to be most: their home. In contrast, seniors who move to a long-term care facility must adapt to new environments, new people, and new systems that the facility implements. At this stage in life, this kind of drastic change can be more harmful than helpful.

Institutional care facilities like nursing homes often put large groups of people together to live in one location. On any given day, dozens of staff members and caregivers run in and out of these facilities. Being around so many new people in a relatively small living environment can be dangerous for a seniors' health and wellbeing. When you consider that thousands of seniors passed away in nursing homes during the COVID-19 pandemic, opting for in-home care is often a safer, healthier choice for seniors.

Aging in place has been shown to improve seniors' quality of life, which helps boost physical health and also helps insulate them from viral and bacterial risks found in elderly living facilities.

For many seniors, the ability to live independently with assistance from a caregiver is a priceless option. With in-home care, seniors experience a higher level of independence and freedom - much more so than in other settings like a nursing home. When a senior has the chance to age in place, they get to live life on their own terms, inside the house that they helped make into a home. More independence means more control over their personal lives, too, which leads to increased levels of fulfillment, happiness, and personal gratification. Over time, these positive feelings can manifest into a healthier, longer life.

More independence, a healthier life, and increased comfort are only a few benefits of aging in place. You have to take into consideration the role of cost and convenience. Simply put, it's usually easier and more affordable to help seniors age in place than it is to move them into an institutional care facility. According to the US Department of Housing and Urban Development, seniors who age in the comfort of their homes can save thousands of dollars per month.

In-home care services from Always Best Care, for instance, are often less expensive than long-term solutions, which can cost upwards of six figures per year. To make matters worse, many residential care facilities are reluctant to accept long-term care insurance and other types of payment assistance.

With Always Best Care's home care services, seniors and their families have a greater level of control over their care plans. In-home care gives seniors the chance to form a bond with a trusted caregiver and also receive unmatched care that is catered to their needs. In long-term care facilities, seniors and their loved ones have much less control over their care plan and have less of a say in who provides their care.

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Affordable Care

In-home care is a valuable resource that empowers seniors to age in place on their own terms. However, a big concern for many families and their loved ones is how much in-home care costs. If you're worried that in-home care is too expensive, you may be pleasantly surprised to learn that it is one of the most affordable senior care arrangements available.

Typically, hiring an Always Best Care in-home caregiver for a few hours a week is more affordable than sending your loved one to a long-term care facility. This is true even for seniors with more complex care needs.

At Always Best Care, we will work closely with you and your family to develop a Care Plan that not only meets your care needs, but your budget requirements, too. Once we discover the level of care that you or your senior need, we develop an in-home care plan that you can afford.

In addition to our flexible care options, families should also consider the following resources to help offset potential home care costs:

If your loved one qualifies, Medicaid may help reduce in-home care costs. Review your CO's Medicaid program laws and benefits, and make sure your senior's financial and medical needs meet Medicaid eligibility requirements.
Attendance and aid benefits through military service can cover a portion of the costs associated with in-home care for veterans and their spouses.
Many senior care services like in-home care are included in long-term care insurance options. Research different long-term care solutions to find a plan that provides coverage for senior care.
Home care can be included as part of a senior's private insurance plan. Read over your loved one's insurance policy carefully or speak with their insurance provider to determine if in-home care is covered.
Depending on the life insurance plan, you may be able to apply your policy toward long-term care. You may be able to use long-term-care coverage to help pay for in-home elderly care.
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Compassionate Care. Trusted Caregivers.

When you or your senior loved one needs assistance managing daily tasks at home, finding a qualified caregiver can be challenging. It takes a special kind of person to provide reliable care for your senior loved one. However, a caregiver's role involves more than meal preparation and medication reminders. Many seniors rely on their caregivers for companionship, too.

Our companion care services give seniors the chance to socialize in a safe environment and engage in activities at home. These important efforts boost morale and provide much-needed relief from repetitive daily routines. A one-on-one, engaging conversation can sharpen seniors' minds and give them something in which to be excited.

At Always Best Care, we only hire care providers that we would trust to care for our own loved ones. Our senior caregivers in Arvada, CO understand how important it is to listen and communicate with their seniors. A seemingly small interaction, like a short hug goodbye, can make a major difference in a senior's day. Instead of battling against feelings of isolation, seniors begin to look forward to seeing their caregiver each week.

Understanding the nuances of senior care is just one of the reasons why our care providers are so great at their job.

Unlike some senior care companies, our caregivers must undergo extensive training before they work for Always Best Care. In addition, our caregivers receive ongoing training throughout the year. This training ensures that their standard of care matches up to the high standards we've come to expect. During this training, they will brush up on their communication skills, safety awareness, and symptom spotting. That way, your loved one receives the highest level of non-medical home care from day one.

Assisted Living Referral Services

While it's true that many seniors prefer to age at home, sometimes in-home care isn't the best fit. For those seniors and their families, choosing an assisted living facility makes more sense. Unfortunately, finding the optimal care facility is easier said than done in today's day and age. That's when Always Best Care's assisted living referral services begin to make a lot of sense.

Assisted living is a form of housing intended for seniors who require varying degrees of medical and personal attention. Accommodations may include single rooms, apartments, or shared living arrangements. Assisted living communities are typically designed to resemble a home-like environment and are physically constructed to encourage the independence of residents.

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At assisted living communities, seniors receive help with daily activities such as bathing, dressing, and eating. They may also benefit from coordination of services with outside healthcare providers, and monitoring of resident activities to ensure their health, safety, and well-being. Caregivers who work at assisted living communities can also provide medication administration and personal care services for older adults.

Other services offered within assisted living communities can include some or all of the following:

  • Housekeeping
  • Laundry
  • Recreational Activities
  • Social Outings
  • Emergency Medical Response
  • Medication Monitoring
  • Family Visitation
  • Personal Care
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At Always Best Care, our representatives can match your senior's emotional, physical, and financial needs with viable assisted living communities nearby. Results are based on comparative data, so you can select the best choice for you or your loved one.

Always Best Care works closely with local senior living communities to gain valuable knowledge that we then use to help seniors and their loved ones make informed decisions. This information can include basic care and rent, resident availability, and services provided. Because Always Best Care is compensated by these communities, we provide senior living referral services at no extra cost to you.

Some of the most popular assisted living communities to consider in our area include the following:

  • Gardens on Quail
  • Applewood Our House Assisted Living Memory Care Arvada
  • Gardens Care Senior Living - Majestic View
  • Ralston Creek Neighborhood Assisted Living & Memory Care
  • Assured Senior Living 11 Arvada Blue House
  • Gardens Care Senior Living - Indian Tree
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For many seniors, moving into a senior living community revolves around how and when they want to make a transition to more involved care. Some seniors are more proactive about transitioning to independent living. Others choose to remain home until their care needs or other requirements are satisfied. Remember - our staff is here to help. Contact our office today to learn more about assisted living communities and how we can find a facility that exceeds your expectations.

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Taking the First Step with Always Best Care

The first step in getting quality in-home care starts with a personal consultation with an experienced Always Best Care Care Coordinator. This initial consultation is crucial for our team to learn more about you or your elderly loved one to discover the level of care required. Topics of this consultation typically include:

A discussion of your needs and how our trained caregivers can offer assistance in the most effective way


A draft of your care plan, which includes highly detailed notes and a framework for the care that you or your senior will receive


Discuss payment options and help coordinate billing with your insurance provider


Our caregivers are trained to spot changes that clients exhibit, like mental and physical decline. As your trusted senior care company, we will constantly assess and update your Care Plan to meet any new emotional, intellectual, physical, and emotional needs.

If you have never considered in-home care before, we understand that you and your family may have concerns about your Care Plan and its Care Coordinator. To help give you peace of mind, know that every team member and caregiver must undergo comprehensive training before being assigned to a Care Plan.

At the end of the day, we only hire the best of the best at Always Best Care. Whether you need home care in Arvada, CO 24-hours a day or only need a respite for a couple of hours, we are here to serve you.

When you're ready, we encourage you to contact your local Always Best Care representative to set up a Care Consultation. Our Care Coordinators would be happy to meet with you in person to get to know you better, discuss your needs, and help put together a personalized Care Plan specific to your needs.

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Latest News in Arvada, CO

Guidehouse Partners with Arvada, CO to Implement Workday for ERP Modernization

Guidehouse is your guide for public sector WorkdayWASHINGTON, Dec. 7, 2023 /PRNewswire/ -- Guidehouse, a leading global provider of consulting, digital, and managed services to commercial and public sector clients, has announced that it was selected by the City of Arvada, CO to implement Workday solutions to replace and modernize the city's Enterprise Resource Planning (ER...

Guidehouse is your guide for public sector Workday

WASHINGTON, Dec. 7, 2023 /PRNewswire/ -- Guidehouse, a leading global provider of consulting, digital, and managed services to commercial and public sector clients, has announced that it was selected by the City of Arvada, CO to implement Workday solutions to replace and modernize the city's Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) system.

The scope of the project includes implementation services for Workday Financial Management, Workday Human Capital Management, and Workday Prism Analytics to achieve Arvada's goals including project management, business process analysis, change management, and interface development.

"We are excited to be a part of this exciting modernization project for Arvada," said Collin Lopes, partner at Guidehouse. "Guidehouse offers a distinctive blend of experience deploying Workday with our local and institutional knowledge, providing trusted management and technology consulting services to public sector entities."

This project is one of several recent partnerships Guidehouse has announced that help public agencies implement Workday. Other recent projects include Workday implementations for Oakland Co., MI and Spokane, WA.

"The Guidehouse team provides the extensive expertise needed to help us exceed our objectives for this significant project, and Workday provides simplicity, unification, and flexibility," said Craig Poley of Arvada. "This powerful combination of talent is best suited to optimize Workday for the City of Arvada and enable our internal teams to focus on the mission of delivering superior services to enhance the lives of everyone in the community."

A leading Workday implementation partner for the public sector, Guidehouse experts empower organizations to efficiently manage finances, attract, and retain top talent, and create the workforce of the future. With a deep understanding of the unique challenges faced by public sector clients, Guidehouse combines management consulting techniques and Workday's deployment methodology to ensure a seamless system transformation.

A top 10 consulting firm in the U.S., Guidehouse is the largest consulting firm equally focused on serving the commercial clients operating in highly regulated industries and the public sector clients that regulate those industries. For more than two decades, clients have relied on Guidehouse for pragmatic and right-sized solutions tailored to their needs — whether embarking on a multifaceted transformation, unleashing innovation, remediating deficiencies, or enhancing operations.

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Guidehouse is a leading global provider of consulting services to the public sector and commercial markets, with broad capabilities in management, technology, and risk consulting. By combining our public and private sector expertise, we help clients address their most complex challenges and navigate significant regulatory pressures focusing on transformational change, business resiliency, and technology-driven innovation. Across a range of advisory, consulting, outsourcing, and digital services, we create scalable, innovative solutions that help our clients outwit complexity and position them for future growth and success. The company has more than 17,000 professionals in over 55 locations globally. Guidehouse is led by seasoned professionals with proven and diverse expertise in traditional and emerging technologies, markets, and agenda-setting issues driving national and global economies. For more information, please visit

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Prescient, a Colorado innovator in construction technology, shutting down its Arvada plant

Construction-tech company Prescient, which fabricated components for multi-family buildings, is closing its Arvada factory and laying off 60 employees, according to a letter the company sent to the Colorado Department of Labor and Employment on Thursday.“This action is expected to be permanent, and upon conclusion of the shutdown activities the company would be closed,” Sandra Espiritu-Orte...

Construction-tech company Prescient, which fabricated components for multi-family buildings, is closing its Arvada factory and laying off 60 employees, according to a letter the company sent to the Colorado Department of Labor and Employment on Thursday.

“This action is expected to be permanent, and upon conclusion of the shutdown activities the company would be closed,” Sandra Espiritu-Ortega, the company’s chief human resources officer wrote in a Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification Act letter filed with the state on Aug. 31, the date when layoffs were expected to begin.

John Vanker and Michael Lastowski founded Prescient on Sept. 1, 2012, in a large Broomfield garage, using state-of-the-art technology, including robotic welders, to produce panels, trusses and other components for apartment buildings, hotels, senior centers and student dorms.

The company integrated its design software tightly into the manufacturing process, and turned to designers, engineers and software programmers based in Eastern Europe to help lower costs. Once fabricated, those components were assembled at construction sites, speeding up construction times and saving clients money.

In the summer of 2017, the company moved its headquarters from Arvada, where it employed about 300 people, to Durham, N.C. The Arvada plant, however, remained open and its address is listed as the point of contact in the WARN letter.

Espiritu-Ortega didn’t respond to a request for information on whether the entire company was closing, but that seems likely based on the language in her letter.

Prescient has contributed in the construction of 90 buildings covering 13.2 million square feet to date in Colorado, according to the company’s website. Among its projects are Park 17, Radius Uptown Apartments, Civic Lofts, Alexan Arapahoe Square, Edison Lofts at Rino, a new dormitory at Colorado Christian University and a hotel, the Hyatt House Belmar.

Despite winning numerous contracts in Colorado and across the country, Prescient has struggled in recent years. The company laid off 50 workers at its Arvada plant earlier this year and shut down its North Carolina plant last year. A listing on LoopNet shows its facility at 14401 W. 65th Way in Arvada at 388,489 square feet.

Two days before Prescient filed, Broomfield-based Aktiv Pharma Group informed the state it would be laying off 70 workers at three of its locations in Broomfield and Fort Collins.

“Unfortunately, due to unexpected circumstances, the company must shut down substantially all of its operations,” CEO Amir Genosar wrote in his WARN letter.

Based in Broomfield, Aktiv was an innovator in auto injectors. One of its leading devices contained Atropine, which can be injected to counteract organophosphate poisoning including nerve agents and poisonous mushrooms.

Cleanup company walks away from Jeffco uranium mine, state takes $7.3 million bond

The company charged with keeping uranium-tainted water out of Denver and Arvada’s drinking supply is walking away from cleaning up Jefferson County’s shuttered Schwartzwalder mine, and state officials are taking over a $7.3 million surety bond they say will continue to fund treatment.Without water treatment and other uranium reclamation, the Schwartzwalder mine above Ralston Creek and Ralston Reservoir has leaked tainted water into key city supplies, state reclamation officials said in their stipulated agreement with Color...

The company charged with keeping uranium-tainted water out of Denver and Arvada’s drinking supply is walking away from cleaning up Jefferson County’s shuttered Schwartzwalder mine, and state officials are taking over a $7.3 million surety bond they say will continue to fund treatment.

Without water treatment and other uranium reclamation, the Schwartzwalder mine above Ralston Creek and Ralston Reservoir has leaked tainted water into key city supplies, state reclamation officials said in their stipulated agreement with Colorado Legacy Land. The company’s water treatment plant at the mine has been running May to October in recent years, and the state said Friday the previously posted bond will allow work to continue in 2024.

Colorado officials won’t know until the end of next year’s treatment season how many years the surety bond will last in running the plant, said Michael Cunningham, acting division director for Reclamation, Mining and Safety. Colorado could invest the surety bond and use proceeds to continue treatment, but the state may also have recourse to seek more funding from Colorado Legacy Land, Cunningham said.

The state revoked Colorado Legacy Land’s permit to run mine or cleanup operations at Schwartzwalder as part of the stipulation agreement. The stipulation agreement says no civil fines will be issued as part of the revocation and transition to state control. The latest surety bond agreement was for $7.6 million, but the state is moving to take over about $7.3 million left in the fund.

Community activists who have tried to track the uranium cleanups in both Jefferson County and Cañon City said they were not surprised about CLL’s surrender of the Golden efforts.

The promises were “never going to be enough for the best cleanup possible,” said Carol Dunn, co-chair of Colorado Citizens Against Toxic Waste. “I could not guess where CLL got the highly optimistic idea that there was ‘easy money’ to be made.”

Reporters in the past have not received responses to inquiries at Colorado Legacy Land. A message left with Colorado Legacy Land representative Jim Harrington on Friday was not returned.


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The walkaway agreement signed last week is the latest in a series of failed cleanup sagas for two major Colorado uranium sites once controlled by Colorado Legacy Land, which in turn had taken over the two sites from Cotter Corp.

Schwartzwalder, about 7 miles northwest of Golden, has not produced uranium since 2000, state officials said, and is in the final stages of rock and dirt reclamation. Water treatment at the Jeffco site must go on for years, according to regulators at the reclamation division and the state health department.

Colorado Legacy Land had also taken over and later walked away from the Cotter Mill cleanup, an Environmental Protection Agency Superfund site at Cañon City. Colorado Legacy Land surprised Cañon City residents in February with an insolvency and news it was giving up its share of cleanups at both Cotter Mill and Schwartzwalder.

State action at Schwartzwalder dates at least to 2010, when reclamation officials demanded action from then-owner Cotter Corp. over discharges into surface water. The state’s stipulation agreement last week says that without proper summer water treatment, tainted mine water builds up and then overflows into Ralston Creek, which feeds Ralston Reservoir.

Unless the treatment equipment is turned on again in spring of 2024, the pool of tainted water would begin overflowing in June, state officials said in the stipulation agreement approved by the mining reclamation board on Wednesday.

The land portion of the reclamation has a finite end and will be completed under the surety bond, the state’s Cunningham said. Rock waste is being moved above any water contact on the valley floor, and will be capped with soil to be covered in vegetation, he said.

“The division is going to have a much clearer idea of how long that water can be treated utilizing the financial warranty once we get to the end of the 2024 season,” he said

“The system that’s in place there will ensure that the water that is discharged into Ralston Creek meets water quality standards,” Cunningham said. “This is what Colorado Legacy Land has been doing themselves since taking over this permit. And they’ve been successful in meeting water quality standards up there.”

Arvada water officials said they have been monitoring the discussions about Schwartzwalder and have been advocating “for the protection of Ralston Creek.”

“At this time, we have no concerns about risk to water supply or water quality in Arvada,” said Arvada infrastructure communications manager Katie Patterson. “We are confident that the state and the Mined Land Reclamation Board are committed to continuing to run the water treatment plant in the year ahead and to determining a path for long term management of the site. The city will continue to monitor, support, and engage with the state in the future management of the site to ensure the protection of Ralston Creek.”

Denver Water officials have said in the past that their own water treatment systems for Ralston Reservoir water also keep uranium or other contaminants out of city supplies.

Friday, Denver Water officials said they are “monitoring the situation at the mine and appreciate the leadership of the Division of Reclamation, Mining and Safety in its work to ensure water treatment continues at the site.”

Cunningham said the state has known since early this year that Colorado Legacy Land would be leaving the site. “CLL stated and confirmed it does not presently have the financial capacity to perform its obligations under the permit,” the stipulation says, in part.

“We feel well positioned to take the site over,” Cunningham said.

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‘Beautiful: The Carole King Musical’ weaves a tapestry of classic songs and female empowerment at Arvada Center

The first production of the Arvada Center’s 2023-2024 theatre season traces the story of an American music icon.Carole King wrote the music for an entire generation — Including such classics as "I Feel the Earth Move," "(You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman" and "Beautiful." That last one provides the title track to “...

The first production of the Arvada Center’s 2023-2024 theatre season traces the story of an American music icon.

Carole King wrote the music for an entire generation — Including such classics as "I Feel the Earth Move," "(You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman" and "Beautiful." That last one provides the title track to “Beautiful: The Carole King Musical,” which tells the story of the singer/songwriter’s incredible rise to fame through the songs she’s become known for.

Emily Van Fleet, who plays Carole King in the production, remembers hearing these songs during family road trips.

“I learned about Carole King, I think like a lot of people of my generation, from my parents who grew up with ‘Tapestry’ and kind of came into their own as adults with this soundtrack of Carole King music,” Van Fleet said.

She adds that she loves how the show focuses on King’s earlier years, and the songs she and her husband, Gerry Goffin, wrote for other, more popular artists when they were still “kind of nobodies.”

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Ty-Gabriel Jones returns to the Arvada Center for this show, after appearing in its production of “Damn Yankees” earlier this year. In Beautiful, they play one of The Drifters. The group had a hit with King’s song, “Up on the Roof,” in 1963.

“I think it would be really easy for me to say, this is a nostalgic show, but I think that's really hollow today,” Jones said. “People are writing music that is written to go viral via TikTok. People are writing things for a very specific generation. They know that that's the vehicle that's going to send it where they want it to go. And I think this is tapping back into storytelling outside of the musical theater genre of music.”

Beautiful looks at the music business during a time when hits were coming out of music factories, in King’s case, the storied Brill Building in New York. The central story is a joyous celebration of female empowerment, but it still manages to include the songs that everyone couldn’t stop dancing to.

Choreographer Kelly Van Oosbree took some of her cues from other shows covering this time period, like The Jersey Boys and Ain't Too Proud. Van Oosbree said it was fun to create movement for the Great American Songbook, calling it “some of the best music — best dance music — that's ever been written.”

“So it was super, super fun, not only to research the time period and the types of popular dances that were happening in the late ‘50s, early ‘60s, mid-’70s,” she said, “but (also) these particular artists — the Drifters, the Shirelles, and little Eva for ‘The Locomotion.’ And this particular group of actors (and) dancers are really super talented.”

Though it’s easy to call Beautiful a jukebox musical, Van Fleet thinks that label isn’t big enough for this show. Instead, she sees it as staying true to the essence of King’s life and her journey to discover her own voice, “culminating in this beautiful album of Tapestry that we all know and love.”

“This feels like a play where I get to sing Carole King songs,” Van Fleet said. “For me, personally, it's such a journey that we go on and it's very true to her life and her memoir.”

Jones says they are grateful to be who they are in this time in the theater.

“Because all these stories that we tell in theater, this one very much included, tells another layer of that enchilada,” they said. “What were the things that the advocates and the pioneers in the past did and worked through and schlepped through so that I could be who I am and I could tell their story as a more free individual.”

“Beautiful: The Carole King Musical” launches the Arvada Center's theatre season on Friday, Sept. 8 and runs through Sunday, Oct. 15.

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El Pollo Loco opens second Colorado location

El Pollo Loco previously operated one restaurant in Denver that closed during the Great Recession of the late 2000s.ARVADA, Colo. — El Pollo Loco is continuing its expansion into Colorado with a second location.The fire-grilled chicken chain has opened a new restaurant at 5480 Wadsworth Bypass in Arvada. That's near Interstate 70 and Wadsworth Boulevard.The 3,800-square-foot store is the second El Pollo Loco in Colorado. The first ...

El Pollo Loco previously operated one restaurant in Denver that closed during the Great Recession of the late 2000s.

ARVADA, Colo. — El Pollo Loco is continuing its expansion into Colorado with a second location.

The fire-grilled chicken chain has opened a new restaurant at 5480 Wadsworth Bypass in Arvada. That's near Interstate 70 and Wadsworth Boulevard.

The 3,800-square-foot store is the second El Pollo Loco in Colorado. The first Colorado restaurant at 4698 Peoria St. in Denver opened in November 2022.

“When our team discovered this vibrant spot in the heart of Arvada, we instantly recognized the location as the ideal home for our newest El Pollo Loco,” said Brian Carmichall, Chief Development Officer for El Pollo Loco.

“With a spacious dining room designed to reflect the warm, community-focused spirit of Arvada, we're excited to offer a place where locals can gather and savor their El Pollo Loco favorites as we continue to expand in the Colorado market.”

El Pollo Loco previously operated one restaurant in Denver that closed during the Great Recession of the late 2000s.

The restaurant chain is known for its L.A. Mex food, "an innovative blend of traditional Mexican cuisine and better-for-you eating, that Los Angeles is known for."

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After first announcing plans to enter the Colorado market in March 2021, El Pollo Loco has signed two separate development agreements for eight initial restaurants in the Denver area.

The deals include four restaurants each on the east and west sides of the Denver metro area, according to El Pollo Loco.

El Pollo Loco said the franchise partners are experienced operators:

El Pollo Loco told 9NEWS it plans on opening 10 to 15 restaurants in the Denver metro area and as many as five others in the Colorado Springs area over the next five years. Each Colorado restaurant would employ as many as 50 people.

The restaurant chain said the Colorado expansion is part of a plan to open 140 new locations throughout the western United States by 2026. El Pollo Loco currently operates 478 locations in Arizona, California, Nevada, Texas, Utah, and Louisiana.

The nearly 50-year-old El Pollo Loco said its expansion will be driven by two recently-unveiled prototype designs.

One version has no indoor dining room, instead catering to off-premise sales with a take-out window, a dual drive-thru, parking for curbside pick-up, and patio seating. The second prototype will have a smaller-than-typical dining room that opens up to an expansive patio. This format will also feature a dual drive-thru and curbside pick-up parking spaces.

El Pollo Loco said each of its new prototypes share an enhanced digitized experience – including "Pollo To Go" cubbies for mobile to-go and delivery orders, digital menu boards and GPS-enabled curbside pick-up, all integrated with the company’s dynamic and versatile mobile app.

"This exciting franchise development is a reflection of our Acceleration Agenda, our strategic plan for ongoing national expansion through franchising," said Carmichall. "The success of our better-for-you menu combined with our new L.A. Mex restaurant design has continued to attract experienced multi-unit operators interested in our growing brand."

Of El Pollo Loco's 478 restaurants, 282 are owned and operated by franchisees.

The chain said it is seeking operators to help with its western expansion. The initial investment to own and operate a single unit is estimated between $770,000 and $2,097,000, which includes a franchise fee of $40,000, according to El Pollo Loco.

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