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With stunning geography and a culture devoted to healthy aging, Denver is home to a booming senior population. Denver’s assisted living facility options are expanding to meet the demand, with luxury, high-rise, and traditional residential communities featuring mountain views among the 48 assisted living facilities inside a 10-mile radius of downtown Denver.
We can help you choose your senior’s new home with this guide to top-rated Denver assisted living. You’ll find information about local communities and details regarding costs and payment, newly expanded facility regulations, Denver activities for seniors, and more.
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We picked this community because of the availability, cost and location. I would recommedn to others.
The people are varied in ages and levels of needs and care, so I think it makes it a little tough for activities. I think they do as best as they can trying to keep everyon active. I think the staff is terrific. The food seems to be homestyle cooking and nutritious. I think you get a little more personal care than with some of the bigger places. I feel like they have tried to work with us. They have a P.A. that stops by, and they take good care of them.
Blue Spruce is a warm, caring and safe place for my 87 year old mother. Adele and her staff are very compassionate toward their patients and provide individual attention to each patients needs. The food choices are varied; and my mother has enjoyed them all! Twenty four hour care has been very important to me; and I worry less and sleep better knowing Adele and her staff have my mothers best interests always in mind. I highly recommend you take a look at Blue Spruce.
2515 E 104Th Avenue, Thornton, CO 80233
It’s a good place, the staff are great and were very helpful getting me into my new home! They made the transition into the community much easier than I expected. I have no complaints at all!
The Villas at Sunny Acres is a continuing care retirement community located on 64 beautiful acres in north metropolitan Denver. The community offers independent living, assisted living and skilled nursing, with Alzheimer's care opening in September 2006. The campus features two lakes, walking...
4901 South Monaco Street, Denver, CO 80237
"Comfortably elegant" describes the atmosphere at EPOCH of Denver. Friendly staff is on hand to greet you and make you welcome. You will first notice how well appointed the furnishings and decorations are. Each floor has a common area with a different purpose. There is a living room, ice cream...
3790 W Quincy Ave, Denver, CO 80236-3644
Denver assisted living costs can fluctuate based on location, amenities, floor plan, and your loved one’s required care level. The average monthly cost in 2022 for families who moved into A Place for Mom partner communities was $4,902. The average starting cost in Denver, without care and extras factored in, is about $4,857 per month.
Paying for assisted living can be done through a variety of means, but families that begin planning early tend to have the most options. Many families use some combination of both private and public sources to fund assisted living. Below, you’ll find a number of options and resources to help pay for assisted living in Denver. Or, for a high-level overview of payment options, visit our complete guide to paying for long-term care.
When making a plan to pay for Denver assisted living, private pay options are typically considered first. These include income sources like savings, Social Security benefits, pensions, and investment returns, as well as any of the following:
Note that some medical expenses and assisted living expenses are tax-deductible on federal tax returns, provided they’re greater than 7.5% of the taxpayer’s adjusted gross income.
Colorado in recent years expanded its assisted living regulations to even better ensure the safety and well-being of residents, including expanding or updating resident rights, fall management, staff training, structure requirements, and more.
The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE) evaluates and regulates assisted living facilities in Denver. Its Health Facilities and Emergency Medical Services Division oversees assisted living and other adult care facilities and performs regular inspections to ensure quality and safety. The public can view all inspection reports for the past five years for any facility licensed by the department.
Regulations are designed to improve the lives of assisted living residents, so it’s important to have an understanding of how Denver and Colorado oversee facilities as you conduct your search.
In addition to state regulations, Denver has zoning requirements for assisted living facilities.
Denver’s assisted living facilities are required to adhere to guidelines to keep residents safe from COVID-19, as the coronavirus poses a risk to the elderly. In keeping with updated federal guidelines, visitors are allowed.
Guidelines for Denver assisted living facilities include:
Vaccinations. COVID-19 vaccines are encouraged for all residents and staff, and shots must be made available to residents.
Masking. Staff must wear masks at all times in the facility, and when in public, staff and residents wear a mask.
Staff safety. Staff must use appropriate personal protective equipment when called for.
Testing and screening. All staff and visitors must be checked for symptoms before being allowed into the facility and residents may be offered regular testing.
Facility cleanliness. Surfaces must be frequently disinfected to prevent the spread of infection.
Number of in-network assisted living facilities in market
Colorado has one of the fastest-growing senior populations in the nation. Colorado’s 65+ population grew by 58.2% between 2010 and 2020 to about 900,000, and it’s estimated that it will grow by another 300,000 individuals by 2030.
This growing senior population poses some challenges for Coloradans. From housing and financial support shortages to concern about access to medical care, Colorado seniors may see cause for worry. However, the Colorado government has taken note of this demographic shift and is taking measures to ensure seniors receive the care they need.
Bills are being passed to encourage an increase in geriatric care and expand social services for seniors. Meanwhile, new senior housing developments are being built and old complexes are being restored or transitioned to help expand the options for seniors in need of assisted living. These preventative steps may ease the pressure facing Colorado seniors as they age.
As you exit the downtown Denver area and step into the sprawling suburbs, your options for senior living only continue to grow.
Broomfield, Colorado, for example, less than 20 miles north of Denver, has a number of facilities that feature modern yet homey interiors, with towering stone fireplaces and warm wooden accents throughout. Most of them offer a range of independent living, assisted living, and memory care. The monthly prices for assisted living in this area start at $2,539. — significantly lower than the average costs in downtown Denver. However they also offer higher-end options that may cost over $5,000 per month.
Of the existing facilities and the ones still under construction, these range from high-end luxury apartments to traditional assisted living communities and subsidized alternative care facilities.
Denver is home to several luxury assisted living communities that feature beautifully designed living spaces, chef-prepared meals, massage therapies, and other resort-style amenities. Many of them are also continuing care retirement communities (CCRCs) offering a full range of independent living, assisted living, skilled nursing, and rehab, so regardless of your loved one’s health, they can receive exactly the care they need. These communities may charge a large one-time entrance fee and monthly costs up to $10,000 per month.
Assisted living communities make up the bulk of senior living options in Denver. These residences can be found all across the Denver metro, some in high-rise buildings, others in sprawling apartment-like complexes with outdoor grounds. They offer daily food service, help with activities of daily living, and personalized care. A 24-hour, on-site staff is also available in addition to other amenities and activities specific to each facility. These communities range in price according to care level and room size, and some include secure memory care units for seniors with cognitive decline.
For seniors who are working within a limited budget, Denver has a number of alternative care facilities that take Medicaid and other government assistance. These facilities offer the same levels of care as traditional assisted living, only they are certified by Health First Colorado. Alternative care facilities provide personal care services, assistance with activities of daily living, and 24-hour protective oversight, among other amenities.
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Number of seniors over the age of 65 currently living in Denver
Percentage of seniors 65 and older within the Denver population
Median annual salary for Denver seniors 65 and older
Denver is home to a number of health care providers, some of them highly rated and skilled in special care offerings.
UCHealth University of Colorado Hospital is ranked No. 1 out of all hospitals in Denver, and is nationally ranked in five specialties, according to U.S. News and World Report. It is affiliated with the University of Colorado School of Medicine, with many of the doctors serving as faculty for the school.
While the downtown area of Denver is certainly walkable, many residents of Denver still own their own vehicles. But other options for getting around town include Denver’s light rail system, taxis, buses, and the 16th Street MallRide, a free hybrid shuttle bus that runs the length of 16th Street. In some neighborhoods you can even hail a pedi-cab or tuk-tuk.
The light rail system, called RTD, consists of 12 rail lines running 113 miles throughout the city, some suburbs, and the airport. Fares are discounted for seniors over 65.
Denver features gorgeous natural views, exciting activities, and unique cultural hubs. There’s always something to do in Denver — from mountainous outdoor parks to museums, concerts, sporting events, and restaurants of all types.
Assisted living communities plan regular outings to these exciting landmarks so residents can experience all that Denver has to offer. For recreation, the Denver Botanic Garden and Denver Mountain Parks provide lovely natural settings where seniors can enjoy the great outdoors.
Seniors with disabilities or physical limitations may prefer to see a show at the Denver Center for the Performing Arts or consider a ball game at Coors Field. Meanwhile, for academics and art lovers, the Denver Art Museum and Denver Museum of Nature and Science are excellent places to expand your mind. And nearby Black Hawk, Colorado, offers over a dozen casinos for seniors who enjoy a day of drinks, food, and gaming.
The average cost of Assisted Living in Denver is 5,152 per month. This cost may vary based on location, amenities, floorplan, level of care and other factors.
A Place for Mom. (2021). A Place for Mom proprietary data.
United States Census Bureau. (2020). Sex by age by veteran status for the civilian population 18 years and over (B21001) [Data Set]. American Community Survey.
Colorado Department of Local Affairs. (2022, January). 2020 population summary.
United States Census Bureau. (2021, July 1). Population estimates (V2021): Denver County [Data set]. QuickFacts.
Colorado New Collaborative. (2022, July 28). Poverty gap for Black and Latino senior citizens grew over last decade. CPR News.
Walk Score. (2022). Living in Denver.
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