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Colorado’s capital lives by its nickname: “Mile High City” — with Rocky Mountain views in a large city sitting one mile above sea level. So, whether you are looking for city skylines or natural beauty, independent living in Denver, Colorado, combines the benefits of both into one by offering all-inclusive, resort-like amenities and stimulating activities within eyesight of natural wonders. Seniors have a variety of independent living facilities to choose from in both the city and surrounding suburbs. A Place for Mom has 30 independent living partner communities within 10 miles of the Denver city center. This radius includes the surrounding suburbs of Lakewood, Littleton, and Centennial.
Independent living is for seniors who can live without personal or nursing care. In this guide, you’ll learn more about independent living in Denver, including ways to pay, local regulations, typical services and amenities, and an overview of the city of Denver.
Types of care available in Denver, CO
What our family likes the most about the Lakeview Senior Living community is the working staff team as well as the overall value for cost. Based on the experience we have had so far, we have already recommended the Lakeview Senior Living community to other families and will continue to do so.
From the minute we toured MorningStar Boulder we knew this was the right fit for my dad. My mom was so scared to move him, and the staff here made all the difference. They understand his needs and really make him feel at home. My mom is happy to visit him and see how well he is doing here.
I have moved in to Westhaven Apartment Homes, and I really like it so far. I like that I can still maintain an independent lifestyle here, but that it is also a very active and social retirement facility. The staff is great, and they have a lot of activities like Bingo, movies, crafts, story time; there’s a gym, too. It’s an older building, but it’s clean, and they do a good job keeping it up. I also like that it is cost efficient, and I would recommend it to others looking to keep up an independent lifestyle.
8505 Lowry Boulevard, Denver, CO 80230
She needs more people of their staff. They have nice activities, but ny cousin is in her 60ies, but there is nobody less than 70 and they are not easy to let anyone new in. They also don't celebrate all the...
Welcome to Lowry Park!We are Lowry’s most affordable retirement community!Whether you are looking for retirement living, or assisted living services, Lowry Park can accommodate your needs!Safe, affordable and conveniently located, Lowry Park is adjacent to 40 acres of parks and recreational...
4205 E. 10th Avenue, Denver, CO 80220
From the first moments I spoke with [name removed], the sales specialist at Overture 9th & CO, I knew my father would have a special new place to call home. I was uncertain of the move-in process amidst the...
NOW OPEN! MOVE IN TODAY! Your life is on track. Now’s the time to experience a carefree lifestyle that lets you do what you really want, when you want. That’s the true spirit of independence at Overture. Here, you can focus on your passions, discover new interests, bond with new friends and so...
1640 S Quebec Way, Denver, CO 80231
So far mom is doing fine at this community, The staff are nice and helpful. She has made friends. The food is ok and she likes to participate in some of the activities. The community is clean and they have...
Enjoy Every Minute of RetirementWe don’t like to brag, but we do think our assisted living community is one of the best in Colorado. But it isn’t just because we have a great location in downtown Denver or a beautiful building with spacious and elegantly-decorated common rooms. The men and women...
8133 E 29th Pl, Denver, CO 80238
I chose Overture Central Park because it is closer to the hospital that my doctors are on staff at. The apartment sizes here are really good. They have a wonderful dog park if you have pets right in the...
With so much going on in the heart of Stapleton, you’re smart enough to know where to look first. To seek out a worry-free apartment that serves as a starting point for your life, rather than filling your days with the tasks of ownership and maintenance. To focus on everything that matters most,...
2980 N Syracuse St, Denver, CO 80238
The community is neat and clean and the staff is very friendly. They have lots of activities including lectures, games and crafts for the residence. I would recommend this community to others based on my...
Come home to your best life. Everleigh Central Park is a 55+ Active Adult apartment home community located in East Denver. Enjoy all the pleasures of resort-style living, while exploring all of the activities, cultural events, parks and gardens around Denver. We're conveniently located close to a...
1860 S Potomac St, Aurora, CO 80012
My loved one was a resident at Cadence Aurora for a little over a month. Some of the staff was excellent while others not so good. I do not think her room was ever cleaned while she was there. Some of her...
This Is The Good LifeWe may be an assisted living and memory care community in Aurora, Colorado. But we’re also a family. When you gather around the fireplace with your new friends to exchange stories, share a meal in the dining room, and participate in community events and activities together,...
2440 S Wabash St, Denver, CO 80231
I would rate each category with a 5. My mom is so well cared for and loved by the staff at Modena. She is happy, always dressed well and clean. I can't praise Modena enough for all they do for my mom! My...
2500 S Roslyn St, Denver, CO 80231
They've been great. There have been just a couple little things here and there. For instance, we wish his bathroom was kept a little cleaner. But it's been great overall. They provided us with a lot of...
The Life You’ve Always WantedWhat does it mean to pursue a life of purpose and meaning? When you are a resident here at our assisted living, memory care and skilled nursing and rehabilitation community in Denver, Colorado, you have ample opportunity to find out. Our seniors enjoy a host of...
1500 Little Raven St, Denver, CO 80202
My parents live in Independent Living here. Beautiful community and amazing care! The restaurants are also great with a chef and friendly staff. Highly recommend!
Balfour Interiors teamed with Robert A.M. Stern Architects, LLP (RAMSA) to bring Balfour at Riverfront Park to life. For personal pampering, there’s a heated saltwater pool, steam room, and a full-service salon and spa with fully appointed lounges for men and women.Balfour at Riverfront Park...
3777 West 26th Ave, Denver, CO 80211
Everything is working out very well for my father in law here at this community. We are pleased with all they have done for us. He is very pleased with the meals, the food is good. There are nice activities...
Welcome to Dayspring Villa! Dayspring Villa is an assisted living community of 70 private apartments. We offer many amenities that support our residents in being as independent as possible in their daily lives. Dayspring is a vibrant, friendly place that values diversity, dignity, respect and...
4115 W 38th Ave, Denver, CO 80212
A great community. And the rooms and grounds are well kept up and the staff is on top of things. The food is great and a variety. My mom loves the many activities she participates in, and a great choice of...
A history rich in caring for the Denver community first started in 1872 when the Ladies Relief Society established a home for the elderly. Their foresight and determination to serve the community is exemplified today in how The Argyle Senior Living Community continues to meet the changing...
4901 East Kentucky Circle, Denver, CO 80246
I love our beautiful natural setting .... with mowed green grass in summer ... large trees, decorative plantings, colorful summer flowers. Wonderful place for walks - w/walking group or solo - on our...
Shade trees lining the curved street, beautiful gardens and courtyards interspersed among thirty-one buildings on eight and a half acres of land in central Denver – add in a feeling of friendliness and caring and you know you're at Kentucky Circle Village. Original buildings built in 1959, near...
22000 E Quincy Ave, Aurora, CO 80015
They are extremely friendly and have so many things and groups to do. All you have to pay is rent. All utilities included including TV/cable and internet. Having a garden to grow your vegetables is...
we’ve created a new kind of 62+ lifestyle community for people who are ambitious about the years ahead and aren’t willing to compromise their freedom.Rent includes everything: utilities, WiFi, expanded television services, swimming pool, hot tub, community garden, dog park, workout facilities,...
8133 east 29th place, Denver, CO 80238
1744 Boston St, Aurora, CO 80010
7401 East 26th Avenue, Denver, CO 80238
Appts were nice. Price was a little high. Area was close to shopping and that was nice.
Clyburn at Stapleton Clyburn at Stapleton is a senior housing community located in spectacular Denver, CO. In Denver, we wake up to breath-taking Rocky Mountain views every morning. Better yet, this mountain hideaway gets 300 days of sunshine. Colorado's state capital also boasts a thriving arts...
10675 E Colfax Ave # 27, Aurora, CO 80010
1401 Emporia St, Aurora, CO 80010
1570 Joliet St # D7, Aurora, CO 80010
12000 E 16th Ave # 103, Aurora, CO 80010
5150 E 34th Ave, Denver, CO 80207
1901 Eudora St, Denver, CO 80220
12150 Andrews Dr, Denver, CO 80239
833 N Jersey Street, Denver, CO 80220
651 Potomac St, Aurora, CO 80011
Within 10 miles of the Denver city center, the cost of living in a partner independent living community is $3,883, according to A Place for Mom’s proprietary data. This figure includes rent and any add-on fees. This cost is also what seniors actually pay per month. Independent living costs can vary depending on the facility’s unit sizes, amenities, services, and location. Depending on the community, there may also be entrance fees or an all-inclusive rate.
Independent living costs include rent and multiple conveniences that allow seniors to live independently without homeowner responsibilities like maintenance, repairs, lawn care, etc. Depending on the community, baseline monthly costs for independent living may include access to the following types of on-site amenities, ranked from most common to most luxe:
Additionally, the cost for an independent living community may vary depending on the types of add-on services a senior chooses, such as:
The following figures are average baseline costs for independent living in Denver. This cost does not include add-on fees.
Medicare, long-term insurance policies, and Colorado’s Medicaid program — Health First Colorado — do not cover independent living costs because independent living communities are not care facilities. These programs, however, can help cover in-home health care services. If future care is ever needed, seniors may be able to use these resources to help pay for health care at their community of choice.
Most seniors pay for independent living using their private resources. Here, you can find information on private pay options and local public assistance resources for seniors, including housing assistance, VA benefits, Medicare, and Medicaid.
Since long-term care insurance does not cover independent living costs, seniors must find other ways to pay rent. Many seniors use savings, Social Security benefits, pensions, and investment returns to pay for independent living costs. Below are other commonly used ways to privately pay for independent living costs:
Since independent living communities do not offer personal care or health care services, they are not regulated like traditional assisted living or skilled nursing communities. However, 21 out of 30 of our Denver independent living partners also offer assisted living care on the same campus. So, these communities are regulated like any individual assisted living facility. If you would like to check out the Denver regulations for assisted living communities, see our guide to Denver Assisted Living.
Stand-alone independent living communities do not follow assisted living facility guidelines. They typically follow rental regulations and inspections common to the landlord-tenant laws of the state. Besides local rental guidelines, independent living communities typically have their own restrictions, such as an age requirement. Most independent living facilities require residents to be at least 55 or 62 years old. These requirements can typically be found on the independent living community’s website.
As of Jan. 1, 2023, Denver launched its residential rental licensing program, which requires apartment rentals to be licensed. This license must be renewed every four years. Additionally, apartment buildings must undergo and pass an inspection to receive a license. The residential rental property licensing program looks at 10% of the apartments on the property. In these inspections, the third-party inspector may check the following conditions:
Independent living communities also need to follow traditional apartment guidelines. These guidelines have specific regulations for apartment owners and occupants. Under Colorado law, owners of rental properties have to abide by the following guidelines:
While landlords have their own regulations to follow, so do tenants. Occupants in every apartment complex must adhere to the following:
Besides these laws and regulations, Colorado law aims to provide tenants with safe living accommodations thanks to an extensive list of tenant rights. Tenants are protected through the following rights:
In addition to these rights, the Colorado Antidiscrimination Act prohibits discriminating against occupants based on age, sex, race, sexual orientation, disability status, sources of income, etc. Additionally, the Immigrant Tenant Protection Act prevents landlords from discriminating against or threatening tenants based on their immigration status.
If you believe your tenant rights are not being met, you can dial 3-1-1 to contact the local Department of Public Health and Environment.
Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment
4300 Cherry Creek South Drive
Denver, CO 80246
Denver independent living communities do not have any specific COVID-19 regulations or guidelines to follow and typically function like any rental community.
However, if the community offers additional care types like assisted living, the facility must follow additional COVID-19 guidelines. Because 21 of 30 of our independent living partners in Denver have assisted living on the same campus, we provided those additional assisted living guidelines here.
The following COVID-19 regulations are for Colorado senior living communities that also offer assisted living services.
Vaccinations. Vaccinations are recommended for staff and residents. The facility must have vaccinations accessible to residents and staff.
Masking. Masks are encouraged, and supplies must be available throughout the community.
Facility cleanliness. At least one staff member must be in charge of cleaning and disinfecting the community with Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)-approved, hospital-grade disinfectant.
Staff safety. The facility should have personal protective equipment (PPE) accessible to staff members.
Social distancing. Social distancing is encouraged.
Quarantining. If a resident or staff member tests positive or suspects COVID-19 infection, facilities are encouraged to follow the CDC’s isolation guidelines. This includes isolating for at least five days from testing positive. Self-isolation can stop after five days if the infected person has been fever-free for 24 hours.
Number of in-network assisted living facilities in market
Seniors in Denver can experience nearly year-round sunshine in the bustle of city living or laid-back suburbs with resort-like amenities and activities at our independent living partners’ facilities. Below you’ll learn more about the different types of independent living Denver has to offer.
While there are many independent living communities within the city itself, senior living is booming in nearby suburban areas like Lakewood, Arvada, and Littleton. Seniors aged 65 and older are approximately 12% of Denver’s population. However, many suburbs within the 10-mile radius of downtown Denver see an increase in senior population. Some suburbs, like Arvada, see up to 18% of its population consisting of seniors age 65 and older, according to the U.S. Census Bureau. Seniors may gravitate to the surrounding suburbs because of the location, cost, and lack of traffic.
Heading farther out from the Denver city center increases the number of A Place for Mom independent living partners in the area to 54 independent living facilities. These facilities are located in surrounding suburbs like Highlands Ranch, Louisville, Broomfield, Parker, Lone Tree, Castle Pines, Brighton, Boulder, and Thornton. While some of these areas do not see a dramatic increase in senior population, there is a slight increase in cost. The average cost raises to $4,084 when including these suburban areas. Over half of these independent living communities include additional care types like assisted living or memory care.
Independent living communities in Denver emphasize the importance of active living. Over 85% of our Denver independent living partners offer at least one of the following resort-like features:
In addition to all-inclusive amenities, many independent senior living communities also host activities and events for their residents. Some facilities have an on-site activity and event coordinator, while others have resident-run groups. The following are some activities and events common to independent senior living communities:
Denver independent living facilities also encourage socialization among residents with community-based clubs, such as the following:
While stand-alone independent living communities do not specifically offer personal care, many include health care services. Approximately 66% of our independent living partners in Denver offer access to an on-site home care agency, according to A Place for Mom’s proprietary data. This allows seniors to experience exceptional care while enjoying the freedom of independent living. If an in-home care agency is not available on-site, many independent living communities offer additional health care services. In fact, 90% of our independent living partners in Denver offer in-home appointments from visiting medical professionals like dentists, nurses, physical therapists, and podiatrists.
Only nine out of 30 of our independent living partners in Denver are stand-alone independent living communities. Our other partners in Denver add on another care type, such as adult day care, memory care, or assisted living. Exactly half of our partners are continuing care retirement communities (CCRCs) with care services for independent living, assisted living, and memory care on the same campus. Since care needs are ever-changing, a continuum of care on the same campus helps seniors age in place. If you do not like moving around and expect your needs to change, a CCRC may be a better option for a longer period of time.
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Percentage of seniors 65 and older within the Denver population, according to the U.S. Census Bureau
Percentage of seniors 65 and older with retirement account income, per U.S. Census Bureau
Denver offers a variety of health care providers. However, two hospitals receive higher rankings with national recognition and outstanding ratings for geriatric care.
Among all the health care systems in Denver, UCHealth University of Colorado Hospital ranks No. 1. This hospital has national recognition for five adult specialties and is within the top 10% for geriatric care, according to U.S. News and World Report.
Approximately 98% of A Place for Mom’s independent living partners in Denver include complimentary transportation services for residents. In addition to these services, Denver features multiple transportation options, making the city accessible.
Besides Denver’s buses and taxis, Denver has RTD, a light rail system that covers 113 miles across the city and suburbs. RTD provides a discount and accessibility options for seniors 65 and over. However, if money is an issue, Denver has a free hybrid shuttle bus known as the 16th Street Mall Ride that travels through 16th street in downtown Denver. The free Mall Ride travels from Denver Civic Center Station to Denver Union Station with a stop along each road in between. This provides easy access to the 16th Street Mall, the Colorado Convention Center, restaurants, local tourist attractions, and theatres.
The following ratings, each out of 100, were compiled according to transportation accessibility in Denver, per Walk Score.
Denver is a large city surrounded by mountain views and offering a seamless balance between beautiful natural settings and interesting indoor activities. Whether you’re looking for local restaurants, hiking paths, accessible museums, or active living programs specifically for seniors, Denver has something for everyone.
From outdoor walking trails to fishing sites, Denver Mountain Parks offer over a dozen outdoor areas where Colorado residents can enjoy the state’s beauty up close. One of the most well-known outdoor areas is the renowned Red Rocks Amphitheater, where Colorado residents and their visiting families can explore hiking trails or experience an outdoor concert. Other parks are also known for various activities:
The urban area of Denver houses a wide range of museums, from fine art to miniature toys. Seniors can experience the following museums:
While seniors may enjoy these historical and art museums, they may not be enticing for their visiting grandchildren. Seniors can take their families to these local specialty or interactive museums:
Denver is the home of two professional sports stadiums. In the heart of downtown Denver rests Coors Field, where you can enjoy watching Major League Baseball’s Colorado Rockies. When the home field is unoccupied, Denver sports fans can take a look behind the scenes through stadium tours. Approximately 5 miles away is Empire Field at Mile High, where Denver Broncos fans can be heard cheering for their home National Football League team. When football is in the off-season, this stadium also hosts a variety of events, from dirt bike competitions like Supercross to live concerts.
Denver is home to numerous food and drink options, including various restaurants, wineries, breweries, and distilleries. Many restaurants in Denver are award-winning or staff an award-winning chef. Denver residents can explore their palette with local foods like homemade ice cream, French pastries, Indian Tandoori dishes, and American diner food.
The downtown Denver area offers an array of food scenes, such as a British pub, a café-style French restaurant, and a historic venue with upscale food and live music. Besides year-round access to local food and drinks, Denver celebrates this foodie culture with annual festivals like the Great American Beer Festival and A Taste of Colorado.
Besides the various activities around Denver, the city encourages active living for seniors through Denver’s Active Older Adults (AOA) programs. These programs provide a variety of indoor and outdoor hobbies for seniors in Denver. Denver seniors age 60 and older can sign up for a My Denver PRIME membership. This membership offers free access to Denver’s recreation centers, pools, parks, and recreation facilities.
The average cost of Independent Living in Denver is 3,728 per month. This cost may vary based on location, amenities, floorplan, level of care and other factors.
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