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If you’re considering moving your loved one into a Denver nursing home, our senior living advisors can help. The term “nursing home” is often used interchangeably with assisted living or other senior housing options; but a nursing home is a skilled nursing facility for individuals with serious, debilitating short- or long-term health issues. So even the best nursing homes in Denver, CO may not be right for seniors who don’t require round-the-clock care.
We can help you determine if a skilled nursing facility in Denver or another care type is right for you. Browse 93 senior living options near you to see the variety available, or contact us to learn more about elderly homes in Denver.
We are also serving Nursing Homes facilities in surrounding neighborhoods like Gateway, Cherry Creek and Capitol Hill.
You may also consider nearby communities such as Aurora, Lakewood or Magee.
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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 like the size of community and the attention to all the residents and how quickly they came to recognize our loved one, to welcome her, and encourage her to get involved. They were very thoughtful during the height of the pandemic and even when they had to deliver meals they did a phenomenal job. They were so eager to get the dinning room set up correctly so the residents could come back and eat their meals comfortably. The executive director is so thoughtful an caring, and the entire staff team is amazing.
We love the staff and living situation for my 2 elderly parents at Golden Orchard, Finding this lovely group home was a Blessing for us. My Dad and Mom are well taken care of in every way. Such a huge difference in how well my parents are doing in this very caring group home environment!. Food is great, staff is loving and helpful...my parent's feel so loved and cared for here. I highly recommend if you have elderly parent's or loved ones needing one on one special loving care as they go through the challenges of aging....check out Golden Orchard group homes you will be so happy that you did... Thank you for all you do,... [Name removed] (Daughter)
10200 E Harvard Ave, Denver, CO 80231
Live at Harvard Square Retirement Community in Southeast Denver, and you will experience service beyond the expected. Way beyond in fact. Our friendly, experienced staff really goes the extra mile (or two, or twenty) whenever needed. You'll find examples of this in every area. So not only do we...
They offer activities, but mom didn't participate. Housekeeping was good and community was clean. My only issue was we had to move mom out because they didn't have the level of care that she needed after she...
14555 E Hampden Ave, Aurora, CO 80014
"Committed to helping you live a vibrant, carefree lifestyle." At Cherry Creek, we are dedicated to providing our residents with five-star service, elegant amenities and the freedom to maintain an active lifestyle. Our caring professional staff is here to lavish you with attention while...
I would recommend the facility both for independent and assisted living. They are short staffed which is causing some service issues, but nothing serious- just inconvenient. They have music and other...
2020 South Monroe Street, Denver, CO 80210
Tucked between Englewood and Glendale on Denver’s southern edge, the independent and assisted living seniors at our community have decided to trade in the responsibilities of home maintenance for the retirement of their dreams. If you’re ready to give up your chores and let someone else take care...
Chef [name removed] and team make healthy gourmet meals that never cease to impress...we visited lots of other sr living locations in metro Denver and no place came close to the incredible great food,...
2835 W 32nd Ave, Denver, CO 80211
The Gardens at St. Elizabeth Senior Living Community is located in historic northwest Denver, convenient to many of Denver's cultural attractions. The Gardens' on-site Christ the King Chapel was built in 1897, and offers daily Mass and Rosary plus a weekly non-denominational service. Many of...
The Gardens at St. Elizabeth has been really nice, and my mom is really happy. I think they give personalized care, and they're really friendly. It just has very good energy. I think they could use a lot...
14221 E Evans Ave, Aurora, CO 80014
We offer a resort style worry free lifestyle. Complete with all day dining, events, concerts, educational programs, 24 hour staff and security, transportation, weekly housekeeping, basic cable, wifi, and phone service with free long distance. Our apartments range from studios up to two...
I would say that the faculty and staff end up being like extended family. Which is basically good but can also be not so good. They are friendly without that desperation that some others had. The facility...
6800 Leetsdale Drive, Denver, CO 80224
Springbrooke Retirement and Assisted Living has a bold, updated look without sacrificing old fashioned values. LOCAL OWNERSHIP allows us to deliver first-class services and amenities at an affordable monthly fee! Offering 90 Independent Living, 37 Assisted Living and 15 secure Memory Care...
It's delightful. They offer lots of activities. The food is mediocre to excellent. Extremely clean. Great staff. Convenient location. It's non corporate, and privately owned. Transport is available to...
1950 S Dayton St, Denver, CO 80247
Whether you're looking for independent or assisted living, DAYTON PLACE is one of Denver's finest retirement communities. We offer a gracious lifestyle, with a wide range of services and programs designed to enhance the health, comfort, and security of our residents. Since 1987, DAYTON PLACE has...
My mom is so happy at Five Star Residences of Dayton Place. The staff is welcoming and accommodating. The housekeeping is dependable and consistent. Communication with the family is fabulous. They've also...
2979 Uinta Street, Denver, CO 80238
The Balfour at Stapleton community incorporates all we have learned from our nearly 20 years of developing and operating senior housing in Colorado. Offering assisted living and memory care accommodations, found in all Balfour’s retirement communities in Denver, CO, paired with our signature...
Balfour at Central Park is a great place. I was very impressed with everything. Wonderful caring facility. Many staff there to talk and work with the residents. Would definitely have my dad stay there...
150 Quebec Street, Denver, CO 80230
Savor a Rich and Full LifeIf you’re looking for an assisted living and memory care community in Denver, Colorado, look no further. Nestled in the Lowry Air Force Base area, our community is convenient to the grocery stores, banks, the public library and VA hospital. But even though we’re in a...
My loved one seems to enjoy the food. They raised the rates, so it's expensive for the care. They need to be more assertive with my loved one. We are paying for the services, so they should be able to...
22 S Adams St, Denver, CO 80209
Kavod Senior Life (Kavod) is a place to call home. We have 26 spacious Assisted Living apartments, where our residents and care partners become like a second family. Kavod has been in operation since 1971. Our residents come from all faiths, traditions and backgrounds. We are an inclusive and...
Kavod senior life is a gem to me, it has been my grandparents and my mothers home for over 20 years. Kavod means much more to me than just a senior life apartments. It has provided a good home for my family...
3790 West Quincy Avenue, Denver, CO 80236
A Life Well LivedRegardless of where your family member is on life’s journey, they deserve to enjoy the same wonderful quality of life as everyone else. At our memory care community in Denver, Colorado, each senior experiences the love and kindness of a care team member who gently guides them...
Overall, our family has been very pleased with the care my father is getting in the skilled nursing facility. The high-level staff is very responsive and accommodating, from nursing to the social worker to...
5195 West Quincy Avenue, Denver, CO 80236
Located just minutes from a lovely country club and golf course, Sunrise at Pinehurst is five minutes from a shopping center in a nice, residential setting. We pride ourselves in our excellent ability to care for a wide array of care needs in an environment that is warm and homey. Step into...
We really enjoy the people there, the staff members are very caring and the administrative staff team has been wonderful. Most of the care givers have been great and we do feel that our loved one is well...
13801 E Yale Ave, Aurora, CO 80014
St. Andrew’s Village is a pet-friendly independent living and assisted living community for seniors age 62 and over in the Denver metropolitan area. We offer private one-bedroom, two-bedroom and three-bedroom apartments along with the security of knowing that our staff is available 24 hours a...
What stood out to me about this facility is the culture promoted.....it's just fantastic. The staff and residents were all sincere, friendly and helpful -both to my loved one and myself. Cost was a factor...
111 Emerson Street, Denver, CO 80218
Excellent Quality of LifeWith all the perks and conveniences of a resort, the seniors who call our community home enjoy a vast array of services while savoring the peace of mind that comes from knowing we provide a continuum of care. Whether you’re looking for an independent or assisted living...
It's a very nice facility. The staff is very friendly and accommodating. We are very pleased with the staff. They have nice apartments, which include; Studios, one, and two bedrooms. They offer any amenity...
4855 S Niagara St, Denver, CO 80237
The Carillon at Belleview Station has everything you would expect from a senior care community and more. Yes, we have assisted living, but it's a bit more personalized and flexible. And yes, we have memory care, but it's a bit more comprehensive and thoughtful. But to really see who we are, it's...
The building is a lovely place. It's cheerful. The apartments are spacious, with new kitchens. The maintenance team is very responsive if there are any issues. The people are very friendly. The staff...
14500 E Belleview Ave, Aurora, CO 80015
Belleview Heights is a warm and welcoming senior community that offers transitional assisted living and memory care for those experiencing memory challenges, Alzheimer’s, or other dementias. Our comprehensive, Person-Centered Care approach is based upon Montessori principles to tend to your loved...
Overall we are very pleased with the Belleview Heights Transitional community. Their kindness that is shown to the residents and family is something we like most about them. They are always ready to help and...
11901 East Mississippi Avenue, Aurora, CO 80012
Our community is purposefully built for individuals with Alzheimer's disease and related Dementias. Our Wellspring Memory Care program offers a life-affirming, theraputic environment where we emphasize strengths and support wellness. Home to approximately 52 individuals. Each house opens on to...
The community is clean and maintained well. The staff is pleasant, and the food is acceptable. The staff makes sure to include visitors if they are there (especially for events)
3555 S Clarkson St, Englewood, CO 80113
Conveniently located downtown near the Museum of Outdoor Arts and adjacent to the Swedish Medical Center, The Belleview is a vibrant community designed to help older people enjoy the benefits of an active lifestyle – and experience greater well-being.This inviting residence offers a selection of...
The facility has a great staff, and there are always activities. It is very clean and feels more like an extended stay hotel than assisted living. The view from the dining room is amazing and all residents I...
3455 South Corona Street, Englewood, CO 80113
Our team stands out by having a continued personal and emotional investment in our community, residents and staff.' Offering breathtaking mountain vistas and panoramic views of the city of Denver, The Meridian is conveniently located adjacent to Swedish Medical Center, off Hamden Avenue and...
We chose this community because of the big bay windows, it brings so much natural sunlight. We love the square kitchen in our apartment, it has very large storage. The hallways, doors going into the rooms...
14055 E Quincy Avenue, Aurora, CO 80015
Located in Aurora, Colorado, Chelsea Place is an Anthem Memory Care community. Anthem Memory Care is a company committed to addressing the needs of seniors afflicted by Alzheimer's and other dementias through focused and specialized care. Each Anthem Memory Care communities is strategically...
We cannot comment on the meals because we have not seen the prepared meals yet. What we like most about the community is the services versus the costs. We would recommend Chelsea Place Memory Care to other...
251 South Colorado Boulevard, Denver, CO 80246
Sunrise at Cherry Creek sits in the heart of the Cherry Creek neighborhood. We pride ourselves in our Reminiscence neighborhood for the memory impaired and our assisted living programs. Step into a Sunrise Assisted Living community and you can't help but feel at home. We stop at nothing to...
This is a nice community where the seniors that live there seem to be fairly active. The nursing staff are nice. The building is a bit dated, but they seem to repair and fix anything that comes up quickly. I...
5353 East Yale Avenue, Denver, CO 80222
Aspen Siesta is a non institution setting offering 34 private suites in a home like environment. At Aspen Siesta, we see our residents, their loved ones, and employees as a family. Each suite is private, catering to our resident’s individual lifestyles. Private bathrooms, temperature controlled...
My mother has been in Aspen Siesta for 1 month. We toured numerous high skill level care facilites and found Aspen Siesta to have the best atmosphere and the best attentive care of all of them. They do not...
6383 E. Girard Place, Denver, CO 80222
Welcome to HighPointe Assisted Living & Memory Care, a warm, welcoming retirement community with 94 senior apartments located in southeast Denver, CO. Here you or your loved one will receive help with daily living and any needed support for dementia—along with chef-prepared meals, concierge...
They've been short staffed because they're having trouble hiring people. Although there is a lack of staffing, the people that work there are good. I would suggest for others check out HighPointe Assisted...
2440 S Wabash St, Denver, CO 80231
We can't say enough good things. Mom is receiving wonderful care. The staff enjoys their job, and they love the residents. I feel so blessed that we found this facility. My mom is well cared for, and they do...
3777 West 26th Ave, Denver, CO 80211
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...
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...
Nursing homes, also sometimes known as skilled nursing facilities, have an average cost of $8,669 monthly in Denver. This steep cost is due to the high level of round-the-clock medical care these facilities provide.
Seniors who require less medical assistance and only need help with activities of daily living (ADLs) usually opt for a more affordable assisted living community instead. Assisted living facilities average around $4,875 per month in Denver, which includes the cost of rent plus care and any fees. Seniors with dementia or other cognitive issues may require a memory care facility, which is slightly more than assisted living at an average of $4,966 per month, including rent, care, and fees.
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There are a number of ways to pay for nursing homes and other forms of senior care, but most families end up using a combination of private and public sources. Here we’ll cover some of the top ways to pay for a nursing home or skilled nursing facility. If your loved one does not need the 24/7 medical care and supervision of a skilled nursing facility, please visit our guide to Denver assisted living or our guide to Denver memory care.
When making a payment plan for senior care in Denver, first consider your private pay options:
In Denver, some medical expenses are tax-deductible on federal tax returns, provided they’re greater than 7.5% of the taxpayer’s adjusted gross income (AGI). If you’re paying for a loved one’s care and want to know more about whether their care costs are tax deductible, check with a certified public accountant or other tax expert.
Standalone nursing homes or skilled nursing facilities are required to follow federal regulations put in place by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services. At the local level, Colorado nursing homes and other long-term care facilities, like assisted living, are licensed and regulated by the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (also known as the CDPHE). Skilled nursing facilities and assisted living communities that receive reimbursements from Medicaid and Medicare are required to follow both state and federal regulations for nursing homes, but private assisted living facilities that do not accept Medicaid or Medicare are only required to adhere to state standards.
The Health Facilities and Emergency Medical Services Division of the CDPHE is responsible for performing inspections to ensure nursing homes in Colorado meet state and federal standards. This division issues operating licenses that must be renewed on an annual basis.
Regulations for Colorado nursing homes are extensive and include provisions for the following:
Regulatory compliance is audited via unannounced visits every nine to 15 months (every 12 months on average), but complaints or reports of noncompliance are investigated when they occur.
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200 W. 14th Ave., #2732
Denver, CO 80204
Nursing homes in Denver must adhere to both the Center for Disease Control’s (CDC) recommendations for COVID-19 prevention and the guidelines in place from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services.
Read the CDC’s current COVID-19 guidelines for nursing homes.
Read the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment’s current COVID-19 guidelines for nursing homes.
In keeping up with updated federal guidelines, visitors are allowed in skilled nursing and assisted living facilities, but precautions should always be taken to ensure resident safety.
Denver’s guidelines include the following:
Vaccinations. COVID-19 vaccines are highly encouraged, and vaccinations must be made available to all consenting staff and residents.
Masking. Although masks are no longer mandatory, they are encouraged for both staff and patients if transmission rates are high or if an individual is exhibiting symptoms of COVID-19.
Staff safety. Staff must use appropriate personal protective equipment when necessary and wear masks when COVID-19 transmission rates are high.
Facility cleanliness. At least one staff member should be assigned to oversee infection prevention control, and a supply of hospital-grade disinfectants and alcohol-based hand sanitizers must be maintained.
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In Denver, skilled nursing most often takes place in dedicated nursing facilities, but there are a few Continuing Care Retirement Communities (CCRCs) and assisted living communities that also provide 24/7 skilled nursing on-site.
To qualify for admission to a skilled nursing unit in Denver, a person must be deemed to have a medical condition that requires round-the-clock medical care. This could be due to a chronic medical condition, rehabilitative care after an illness or surgery, or the need for hospice. Skilled nursing facilities in Denver have amenities and services for both short-term and long-term stays.
Skilled nursing in Denver is the most expensive type of care due to the high level of 24/7 medical care provided. However, many seniors in Denver do not require this level of care and instead opt for assisted living communities.
Assisted living communities provide help with activities of daily living (ADLs), daily food service, personalized care, and a variety of other amenities and activities. In Denver, assisted living facilities can range from resort-style luxury communities to budget-friendly, homelike complexes.
The majority of assisted living in Denver is focused on the outskirts of the city and in the broader suburban area. This is partially due to the fact that the downtown area tends to be more expensive and partially because it is difficult to access — and loved ones prefer to be able to reach their senior loved ones easily and quickly, if possible.
For seniors experiencing dementia, Alzheimer’s, or other forms of cognitive decline, they have the choice of entering a standalone memory care facility or an assisted living facility with memory care on-site. Within a 25-mile radius of downtown, there are 106 facilities that have dedicated memory care services. These communities include amenities and services typical to assisted living facilities but also provide specialized dementia care, such as 24/7 oversight, secured entrances, and person-centered therapies designed to reduce agitation and confusion.
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Percentage of the senior Denver population aged 65+, according to the U.S. Census Bureau
Percentage of Denver seniors 75+ with a disability, according to the U.S. Census Bureau
Percentage of Denver seniors 75+ who have mobility difficulties, according to the U.S. Census Bureau
A number of outstanding health care providers reside in Denver, some of which are highly rated and skilled in special senior care offerings.
UCHealth University of Colorado Hospital ranks No. 1 out of all hospitals in Denver and is nationally ranked in several cancer and heart specialties, according to U.S. News and World Report.
SCL Health St. Joseph Hospital ranks No. 2 out of all hospitals in Denver and No. 3 across the state of Colorado, according to U.S. News and World Report. It also has high ratings in geriatric specialties.
About 70% of A Place for Mom’s senior community partners offer complimentary transportation for residents. There are plenty of other options for navigating Denver, as well.
Most Denver residents choose to get around the city using their own vehicles, but for seniors looking for alternatives, Denver offers taxis, buses, a light rail system, and the 16th Street MallRide — a free hybrid shuttle bus that runs the length of 16th Street.
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 65+, and there are additional services for seniors with mobility issues.
Designated senior transportation services and other support services are also provided by the local nonprofit Seniors’ Resource Center. This nonprofit offers transportation services to Denver seniors with disabilities as well as their families and caregivers.
Denver features gorgeous natural views, exciting activities and landmarks, and unique cultural hubs. And most senior communities plan regular outings, so residents can partake in all that Denver has to offer.
For outdoor recreation, Denver Mountain Parks provide lovely natural settings where seniors can enjoy the great outdoors, with walking trails, picnic areas, fishing sites, and other activities that appeal to seniors of various physical and cognitive abilities.
Outings to restaurants and shopping centers are also common and make for easy day trips. Larger community outings make for special occasions and might consist of a show at the Denver Center for the Performing Arts, a ball game at Coors Field, or any other events of interest to residents.
For seniors who prefer more introspective activities, the Denver Art Museum and Denver Museum of Nature and Science are excellent places to expand the mind — and both are wheelchair accessible. Plus, nearby Black Hawk, Colorado, offers over a dozen casinos for seniors to enjoy a day of drinks, food, and gaming.
Brookdale Longmont, Brookdale Brighton and Belleview Heights Transitional Assisted Living and Memory Care are the top-rated Nursing Homes facilities near Denver, CO. These Nursing Homes facilities received the highest rankings based on verified family reviews. See full list of communities.
The average cost of Nursing Homes in Denver is 5,544 per month. This cost may vary based on location, amenities, floorplan, level of care and other factors.
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