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Assisted Living in Colorado

Overview of assisted living in Colorado

Assisted living is a great senior care option for relatively independent seniors who could benefit from assistance with activities of daily living (ADLs) such as bathing, eating, and toileting. In Colorado, many assisted living communities offer residents access and scenic views of the state’s natural landscapes, from flowing grasslands to the billowing Rocky Mountains, which make the state an oasis for any outdoor enthusiast. The cost of A Place for Mom’s partner assisted living communities in Colorado ranges from about $3,000 to $7,200 per month, depending on a range of factors.[01]

Top-rated Assisted Living facilities in Colorado

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Brookdale Longmont

2240 Pratt Street, Longmont, CO 80501
9.8
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32 reviews
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$X,XXX/mo
DM - I'm a loved one of a resident or client

We have been positively touched by the personal care and attention our mom has received at Brookdale Longmont. The staff were very open to suggestions and exuded warmth and hospitality. I whole-heartedly...

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Legacy Village of Castle Pines

535 W Castle Pines Parkway, Castle Pines, CO 80108
9.7
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19 reviews
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$X,XXX/mo
Bryan S - I'm a loved one of a resident or client

The staff at Legacy Village of Castle Pines is caring and attentive to my mom. I would recommend Legacy Village of Castle Pines to a friend.

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Pine Grove Crossing

19160 Cottonwood Dr, Parker, CO 80138
9.7
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20 reviews
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$X,XXX/mo
Shane - I'm a loved one of a resident or client

It's an excellent community that cares for my mom like family. The entire staff is professional and loving and committed to the residents. The nursing staff is exceptional. Given the level of service and...

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Top-rated Assisted Living facilities in Littleton

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The Gardens at Columbine

5130 W. Ken Caryl Avenue, Littleton, CO 80128
9.0
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24 reviews
DS - I'm a loved one of a resident or client

We had an excellent experience. The staff was incredibly kind and patient with us, our situation and our father.We picked the place because it was not overly big, location was good (there were closer...

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Serenity House Assisted Living Hinsdale

3197 E Hinsdale Ave, Centennial, CO 80122
8.5
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4 reviews
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$X,XXX/mo
Anonymous - I'm a loved one of a resident or client

We chose Serenity House because of the cost as well as the feeling/environment when you walk in. The caregivers as well! The staff that work at the home go above and beyond and are wonderful! Highly...

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StoneCreek of Littleton

7800 S Windmere St, Littleton, CO 80120
8.0
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15 reviews
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$X,XXX/mo
Anonymous - I'm a loved one of a resident or client

We would rate everything a 5 except for the meals/dining which we would give a 3 there are many residents (not all) but including my father in law who complain about the food taste/temperature etc. But the...

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Top-rated Assisted Living facilities in Aurora

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Belleview Heights Transitional Assisted Living and Memory Care

14500 E Belleview Ave, Aurora, CO 80015
9.5
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40 reviews
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$X,XXX/mo
Anonymous - I'm a loved one of a resident or client

I would say that you need to address such things as mobile healthcare, how to get simple pain management like Tylenol to your loved one, check to ensure how such mundane orders like "as needed" is addressed...

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Garden Plaza of Aurora

14221 E Evans Ave, Aurora, CO 80014
9.4
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36 reviews
Anonymous - I'm a loved one of a resident or client

What our family likes the most about the Garden Plaza of Aurora is the friendliness of the staff members, the overall cleanliness of the community as well as the affordability. Based on the experience we...

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Five Star Residences of Dayton Place

1950 S Dayton St, Denver, CO 80247
9.2
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28 reviews
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$X,XXX/mo
Linda C - I'm a loved one of a resident or client

My loved one had his own apartment with a separate bedroom and bathroom from the living room. There was also a kitchenette with a refrigerator. He did not have to share a bedroom or bathroom with a stranger...

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Top-rated Assisted Living facilities in Denver

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Brookdale Parkplace

111 Emerson Street, Denver, CO 80218
9.4
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80 reviews
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$X,XXX/mo
Sharon C - I'm a loved one of a resident or client

My mother has lived at Brookdale ParkPlace for over four years and the team is very responsive and diligent in caring for her. This is the perfect residence for my mother.

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Garden Plaza of Aurora

14221 E Evans Ave, Aurora, CO 80014
9.4
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36 reviews
Anonymous - I'm a loved one of a resident or client

What our family likes the most about the Garden Plaza of Aurora is the friendliness of the staff members, the overall cleanliness of the community as well as the affordability. Based on the experience we...

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Brookdale University Park

2020 South Monroe Street, Denver, CO 80210
9.4
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58 reviews
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$X,XXX/mo
AM - I'm a loved one of a resident or client

It's very nice, friendly staff, very accommodating. We picked this community because of the location. I would recommend to others.

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Top-rated Assisted Living facilities in Colorado Springs

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Brookdale Monument Valley Park

10 West Monument Street, Colorado Springs, CO 80903
9.6
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72 reviews
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$X,XXX/mo
Anonymous - I'm a loved one of a resident or client

The caregivers in memory care at Brookdale MVP are patient, kind and have an impressive ability to multitask smoothly. The activities director provides stimulating activities always with a beautiful smile...

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Brookdale Vista Grande

2780 Vickers Drive, Colorado Springs, CO 80918
9.4
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53 reviews
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Anonymous - I live or lived in this community

Have had trouble with call necklace and people coming to help wihtin reasonable time. Issues have been addresses immediately and all is better now. Concerbibg helpful staff around.

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The Retreat at Sunny Vista

2450 E Cache La Poudre St, Colorado Springs, CO 80909
9.4
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20 reviews
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$X,XXX/mo
Anonymous - I'm a loved one of a resident or client

Overall, it's a really nice place and the staff is very welcoming and friendly and it feels like home but the communication with the families could improve and it could be a little cleaner. The main bathroom...

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Cost of assisted living in Colorado

According to A Place for Mom’s proprietary data, the monthly cost of our assisted living communities in Colorado ranges between approximately $3,000 and $7,200, averaging at about $5,300. This is slightly higher than the national average cost of assisted living, which is about $5,100 a month.[01] These prices are reflective of actual costs experienced by seniors referred to their assisted living community by A Place for Mom, and they account for all fees paid, including care, services, and amenities.

Assisted living costs can range for a variety of reasons, including the following:

  • Location. In general, larger cities tend to have higher assisted living costs than smaller towns and cities. For example, in Colorado Springs, where the population is around 480,000, the starting price of a one-bedroom assisted living apartment is about $4,500 per month. However, in Denver, where the population is slightly higher at around 700,000, the starting price for a one-bedroom assisted living apartment is increased to about $5,200 per month.[01] These prices are according to A Place for Mom’s proprietary data on our partner assisted living communities in Colorado.
  • Care level. Assisted living communities often offer their care services at tiered levels. You can typically expect the base price to increase as the care levels become more advanced or specialized. For instance, a care level that only provides personal care in assisted living will likely cost less than a care level that provides advanced dementia care.
  • Pricing model. Many assisted living communities are comprehensive, meaning the base price covers every service and amenity provided. Other communities offer their services based on a tiered or a-la-carte pricing model, which allow residents to pay only for the services they’ll actually need and use. Typically, the more services an assisted living resident opts into, the higher their monthly cost will likely be.
  • Floor plan. As with any rental housing, assisted living communities factor floor plan size into their monthly cost. Assisted living communities often offer one- to three-bedroom apartment-style homes with their costs increasing as the floor plan size increases. However, you can usually reduce the cost you pay by splitting rent and utilities with a roommate or two.

Whatever the price of your or a loved one’s assisted living ends up being, there are a variety of financial aid programs that can help you stay on top of your payment and potentially reduce some costs. Read about Colorado’s options below.

Compare costs of Colorado vs. the national average

Average monthly costs

Colorado

$4,969/mo

US National average

$4,527/mo

Compare costs of assisted living vs. nearby states

Average monthly costs

Colorado

$4,969/mo

Wyoming

$3,941/mo

New Mexico

$4,232/mo

Utah

$3,732/mo

Nebraska

$4,068/mo

Compare costs of assisted living in Colorado vs. nearby cities

Average monthly costs

Colorado

$4,969/mo

Denver, CO

$5,077/mo

Arvada, CO

$5,084/mo

Compare costs of assisted living vs. other senior care types in Colorado

Average monthly costs

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Paying for assisted living in Colorado

Most families pay for long-term care using a combination of payment methods, including personal savings, Medicare, Medicaid, and any applicable veterans benefits. Considering that at least 20% of today’s 65-year-olds will require some form of long-term care for at least five years, it’s critical to start planning ahead for assisted living costs.[02]

From selling your home to leveraging Social Security income, there are a range of private pay options that can help cover the cost of assisted living in Colorado.

Assisted living requirements and regulations in Colorado

In Colorado, Assisted living communities are referred to as Assisted Living Residences (ALRs). The state defines ALRs as residential facilities that house three or more adults who are unrelated to the owner and provides the following:[06]

  • Room and board
  • Assistance with activities of daily living (ADLs) such as dressing and bathing
  • Protective oversight
  • Social care due to impaired capacity to live independently
  • 24-hour supervision

The Department of Public Health and Environment licenses assisted living residences. Specific examples of ALR regulatory requirements in Colorado include the following:[06]

  • All ALRs must complete a comprehensive assessment prior to a senior’s admission that includes the seniors’ physical, mental and social need; cultural and religious needs; and capacity for self-care. Once the resident moves in, they’ll complete a new assessment that includes things like their food and dining preferences, bathroom routines, and sleeping patterns.
  • All ALRs have to comply with the structural standards adopted by the Director of the Division of Fire Prevention and Control at the Colorado Department of Public Safety.
  • There are no staffing ratio requirements, but staffing must be adequate enough to meet residents’ needs.
  • All ALRs have to have an administrator at least age 21 or older with proper training and experience. The administrator is responsible for the overall operation and management of the facility.

You can find and compare any of Colorado’s licensed and state-certified health care providers using the Department of Public Health and Environment’s Health Facility Search Site. You can also use this site to find information on a facility’s vaccination reporting, list of inspections and occurrences within the last five years, and more.

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Ease of access to assisted living records in Colorado

We developed a system to rate each state on how easy — or difficult — it is to find important assisted living records and reports, and we compiled tips to help you in your search.

States with the most transparent records allow you to look up important information about each assisted living facility online, including inspections, complaints, survey results, violations, capacity, and whether the facility accepts Medicaid.

Access to Colorado assisted living records: High

Public access to assisted living records and reports for the state of Colorado is high. Key findings that informed this rating include:

  • Colorado has highly transparent records but suffered in the ranking due to the fact that mandatory inspections are only conducted every three years.
  • Colorado has largely transparent assisted living records and is in the second quartile of states in our ratings.

How to look up Colorado assisted living licenses and records

How we arrived at our Colorado rating

We developed a standard methodology for state data collection and evaluation, and we based our rating primarily on the objective, state-specific accessibility criteria outlined in these questions:

  1. Are licensed assisted living communities listed online in any form? Yes
  2. If Yes to #1, is the information updated frequently? Yes
  3. If Yes to #1, is the list of licensed communities searchable? Yes
  4. Does the state post inspections, complaints, survey results, or violations online? Yes
  5. If Yes to #4, is the information updated frequently (within 90 days)? Yes
  6. If Yes to #2 and #4, is the enforcement information included in the same place as licensed communities? No
  7. If Yes to #4 and No to #6, are violations and inspections searchable at all? Yes or N/A
  8. Is information about special licensing for care shown? Yes
  9. Is capacity shown? Yes
  10. Are payment types shown (e.g., Medicaid, private pay)? Yes
  11. Is the administrator/contact name shown? Yes
  12. Can the state fine a facility? Yes
  13. What is the frequency of inspections? Every 36 months
  14. Does the website include pricing of facilities? No

References

  1. A Place for Mom. (2023). A Place for Mom proprietary data.

  2. U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. (2020, February 18). How much care will you need? Administration for Community Living (ACL).

  3. Colorado Department of Health Care Policy and Financing. Home and community-based services waivers.

  4. Colorado Department of Health Care Policy and Financing. Medicare Savings Programs (MSP).

  5. National Center for Assisted Living (NCAL). (2022). Assisted living state regulatory review.

Top cities in Colorado for assisted living

8.4
Fort Collins, CO
19 facilities
8.1
8.0
Aurora, CO
39 facilities
7.6
Littleton, CO
97 facilities
7.3
Denver, CO
79 facilities
7.2
Grand Junction, CO
19 facilities

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