Care Homes in Colorado

“Colorful Colorado,” as it is often called by the locals, is home to gorgeous natural landscapes, ranging from the Great Plains in the east to the majestic Rocky Mountains, which tower over much of the state. Denver, known as the Mile High City, is the state’s capital and offers all of the comforts and conveniences of a major metropolitan city. Outside of its more urban areas, Colorado is a mountainous paradise filled with beautiful sights to see and explore – an excellent retirement setting with endless opportunities for activity.

The median monthly cost of a care home in Colorado is about $4,000. However, the cost of living in a care home depends largely on location. Since the homes are private residences, costs are tied to real estate value and therefore may vary greatly.

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Colorado Care Home Regulations

Each state regulates senior living communities differently. Because care homes operate similarly to assisted living communities, states may regulate care homes within their guidelines for assisted living. You can use APFM’s guide to assisted living regulations to learn more about access to community records in Colorado.

In Colorado, care homes — sometimes called residential care homes, board and care homes, group homes, or personal care homes — are often houses in residential neighborhoods that are adapted, equipped, and staffed to care for a small number of residents, usually 10 or less. Similar to assisted living but in a smaller, more residential setting, these homes provide supervision, organized events, and assistance with activities of daily living (ADLs). This means care homes can help with everyday routines but typically do not provide 24-hour skilled nursing assistance.

Cost of Living

Overall, the cost of living in Colorado is considered to be less affordable than the national average. Colorado has some of the most beautiful real estate in the country, which is also some of the most expensive. Because of this, the state has a high housing index rating. One of the most expensive places to live in the United States is Summit County, Colorado, which is home to a number of world class ski resorts. All index scores are based on a scale with the national average set at 100.

Price Indexes

  • Cost of Living: 106
  • Groceries: 103
  • Housing: 119
  • Utilities: 88
  • Transportation: 101

Demographics

16% of Colorado’s population are over the age of 65. In the 2016 presidential election, Colorado leaned considerably liberal. Many of Colorado’s citizens care deeply about the outdoors, and outdoor recreation is the most popular pastime in the state. Locals and tourists alike enjoy Colorado for its skiing, rock climbing, rafting, and hiking.

2016 Presidential Election

  • Voted Democratic: 48%
  • Voted Republican: 43%
  • Voted third party: 9%

Population

  • Median age: 37
  • Over the age of 55: 27%
  • 2018 population: 5,695,564
  • 2020 population: 5,858,294
  • Estimated 2025 population: 6,285,752

Miscellaneous

  • 30% regularly attend a religious service
  • 45% consider themselves atheist, agnostic, or a non-believer
  • The state has a total of 4,188 congregations
  • There are 148 Masonic lodges in the state

Climate and Weather

Colorado’s climate varies drastically depending on what part of the state you are in. The eastern part of the state is classified as having a cold semi-arid climate, which means that the summers are pleasant and dry while the winters tend to be cold and snowy. The more mountainous parts of the state have climates that range from continental to subarctic, depending on the elevation. Colorado receives lots of snowfall each year, especially in the mountainous regions.

Humidity and Precipitation

  • Average air quality index rating: 44 (Good)
  • Average maximum air quality rating: 62 in July (Moderate)

Air Quality

  • Average air quality index rating: 44 (Good)
  • Average maximum air quality rating: 62 in July (Moderate)

Moderate air quality means that those who are sensitive to particulates in the air should limit the amount of time they spend on outdoor exertion.

Seasonal Temperatures

  • Average temperature: 46°F
  • Average summer temperature: 66°F
  • Typical summer high: 96°F (July)
  • Typical summer low: 31°F (June)
  • Average winter temperature: 26°F
  • Typical winter high:53°F (February)
  • Typical winter low: -8°F (January)

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