MorningStar Senior Living residents have even more experiences at their disposal now that the Pasadena facility has unveiled its new look.
“We have all of the amenities that you would want in your home and many that you don’t have,” executive director Kevin Taliaferro said.
The faith-based community offers luxury living for those 55 and older who require everything from independent living to memory care. The memory care unit has more than 25 single-occupancy suites, as well as a kitchen, dining room, common area and exercise opportunities five days a week.
The refreshed look was introduced to the public during an Oct. 13 ribbon-cutting ceremony with Mayor Victor Gordo. They saw upgrades to all four floors and the landscaping. Resident suites were brightened with new paint, granite and marble.
He said the 15-month renovation project was guided by an ownership group, which wanted to upgrade the facility to meet luxury living standards of 2022.
A large bistro area was added downstairs with a grand piano, a large television and a bar. Several times a week, the community has live entertainment.
The dining room has been expanded to include private dining spaces. Family members and residents can hold celebrations such as birthday parties in the private dining rooms.
“We can fit up to 24 people in the private dining room to have an expansive menu of your choice, a professional chef, wine pairing,” Taliaferro said.
A refurbished theater seats up 32 people and has movie showings nightly.
The facility also offers an upscale hair and nail salon, a massage parlor, an expanded gym with exercise classes eight times a week, free transportation to doctor’s appointments, shopping transportation, casino and theater trips, a card room with poker tables, transportation to religious services of any discipline, an onsite house of worship with Shabbat and Catholic services, a music room with instruments, an onsite convenience store and a patio with views of Pasadena.
Taliaferro said some existing services, such as meal delivery to rooms, have been enhanced, along with the food menu options.
An onsite physician’s office offers concierge doctor’s services and a podiatrist, who visits once a month.
The community is guided by central values.
“Our core is what we are most proud of. That is respect, goodness, love, kindness, fairness and honesty,” Taliaferro said.
MorningStar is at 100% capacity with a waiting list. Taliaferro said that before the renovations, it was at around 60% capacity.
To help with the additional residents, the community expanded its staff. Many of the employees, however, have worked for MorningStar for a number of years.
“We have a tenured staff here of well over 50% who have seven years or more,” Taliaferro said. “That says something about what we do. We treat our staff really well. If they work here, they get a free hot meal, salmon, whatever you want. We have exercise programs set aside for staff. They are able to use equipment.”
Taliaferro, who has more than 25 years in the industry, said in the community, residents lead active, social lives.
Residents can bring their pets to the community, which has walking paths and walking services.
“We are very, very pet friendly. There are a lot of dogs here, some cats, and a couple of people have birds,” Taliaferro said.
Next year, MorningStar will start construction on 72 more units, beginning around April.
Taliaferro said residents in the new units will have even more amenities at their disposal.
“We are building a building next door. We will be adding a swimming pool, a putting green, subterranean parking. It’s going to have a high-end restaurant,” Taliaferro said.
MorningStar Senior Living
951 S. Fair Oaks Avenue, Pasadena