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10 Best Nursing Homes in Denver, CO

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The mountainous, vibrant city of Denver has a rapidly growing number of seniors, and an expanding number of senior living facilities to accommodate them. If you’re seeking a Denver nursing home or senior care facility for your loved one, this guide can help you find the right fit.

The term “nursing home” is often used as a blanket term to describe all senior living options, including assisted living and memory care. However, nursing homes are technically facilities that provide skilled nursing services to people with debilitating health conditions who require round-the-clock medical care. This guide is designed to help you choose the right care type for your loved one’s specific needs, with top-rated assisted living, memory care, and other senior care facilities in Denver.

A Place for Mom has 71 assisted living and memory care facilities within a 10-mile radius of the Denver city center, and seven of those facilities offer skilled nursing on site. The breadth of care options in Denver combined with the senior-friendly environment make the Mile High City an ideal senior living option for your loved one.

Nursing homes facilities near Denver, CO

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Provides: Nursing Homes
Care types provided by this community
Nursing Homes: Nursing homes provide short-and long-term care for seniors who have physical or mental health conditions that require 24-hour nursing and personal care.
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Provides: Assisted Living
Care types provided by this community
Assisted Living: Assisted living facilities offer housing and care for active seniors who may need support with activities of daily living, like bathing, dressing, and medication management.
Provides: Assisted Living
Care types provided by this community
Assisted Living: Assisted living facilities offer housing and care for active seniors who may need support with activities of daily living, like bathing, dressing, and medication management.
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Provides: Assisted Living, Memory Care
Care types provided by this community
Assisted Living: Assisted living facilities offer housing and care for active seniors who may need support with activities of daily living, like bathing, dressing, and medication management.
Memory Care: Memory care facilities provide housing, care, and therapies for seniors who have Alzheimer’s disease or other forms of dementia in an environment designed to reduce confusion and prevent wandering.
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Provides: Assisted Living
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Assisted Living: Assisted living facilities offer housing and care for active seniors who may need support with activities of daily living, like bathing, dressing, and medication management.
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Provides: Nursing Homes
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Nursing Homes: Nursing homes provide short-and long-term care for seniors who have physical or mental health conditions that require 24-hour nursing and personal care.
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Provides: Assisted Living, Independent Living
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Assisted Living: Assisted living facilities offer housing and care for active seniors who may need support with activities of daily living, like bathing, dressing, and medication management.
Independent Living: Independent living facilities offer convenient, hassle-free living in a social environment for seniors who are active, healthy, and able to live on their own.
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Provides: Assisted Living, Memory Care, Independent Living
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Assisted Living: Assisted living facilities offer housing and care for active seniors who may need support with activities of daily living, like bathing, dressing, and medication management.
Memory Care: Memory care facilities provide housing, care, and therapies for seniors who have Alzheimer’s disease or other forms of dementia in an environment designed to reduce confusion and prevent wandering.
Independent Living: Independent living facilities offer convenient, hassle-free living in a social environment for seniors who are active, healthy, and able to live on their own.
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Provides: Memory Care, Independent Living, Nursing Homes
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Memory Care: Memory care facilities provide housing, care, and therapies for seniors who have Alzheimer’s disease or other forms of dementia in an environment designed to reduce confusion and prevent wandering.
Independent Living: Independent living facilities offer convenient, hassle-free living in a social environment for seniors who are active, healthy, and able to live on their own.
Nursing Homes: Nursing homes provide short-and long-term care for seniors who have physical or mental health conditions that require 24-hour nursing and personal care.
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Provides: Nursing Homes
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Nursing Homes: Nursing homes provide short-and long-term care for seniors who have physical or mental health conditions that require 24-hour nursing and personal care.
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Provides: Assisted Living
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Assisted Living: Assisted living facilities offer housing and care for active seniors who may need support with activities of daily living, like bathing, dressing, and medication management.
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Provides: Assisted Living, Memory Care
Care types provided by this community
Assisted Living: Assisted living facilities offer housing and care for active seniors who may need support with activities of daily living, like bathing, dressing, and medication management.
Memory Care: Memory care facilities provide housing, care, and therapies for seniors who have Alzheimer’s disease or other forms of dementia in an environment designed to reduce confusion and prevent wandering.
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Provides: Nursing Homes
Care types provided by this community
Nursing Homes: Nursing homes provide short-and long-term care for seniors who have physical or mental health conditions that require 24-hour nursing and personal care.
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Provides: Assisted Living
Care types provided by this community
Assisted Living: Assisted living facilities offer housing and care for active seniors who may need support with activities of daily living, like bathing, dressing, and medication management.
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Provides: Assisted Living
Care types provided by this community
Assisted Living: Assisted living facilities offer housing and care for active seniors who may need support with activities of daily living, like bathing, dressing, and medication management.
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Provides: Nursing Homes
Care types provided by this community
Nursing Homes: Nursing homes provide short-and long-term care for seniors who have physical or mental health conditions that require 24-hour nursing and personal care.
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Provides: Nursing Homes
Care types provided by this community
Nursing Homes: Nursing homes provide short-and long-term care for seniors who have physical or mental health conditions that require 24-hour nursing and personal care.
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Provides: Nursing Homes
Care types provided by this community
Nursing Homes: Nursing homes provide short-and long-term care for seniors who have physical or mental health conditions that require 24-hour nursing and personal care.
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Provides: Nursing Homes
Care types provided by this community
Nursing Homes: Nursing homes provide short-and long-term care for seniors who have physical or mental health conditions that require 24-hour nursing and personal care.
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Provides: Nursing Homes
Care types provided by this community
Nursing Homes: Nursing homes provide short-and long-term care for seniors who have physical or mental health conditions that require 24-hour nursing and personal care.
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Provides: Nursing Homes
Care types provided by this community
Nursing Homes: Nursing homes provide short-and long-term care for seniors who have physical or mental health conditions that require 24-hour nursing and personal care.
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Provides: Assisted Living
Care types provided by this community
Assisted Living: Assisted living facilities offer housing and care for active seniors who may need support with activities of daily living, like bathing, dressing, and medication management.
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Provides: Nursing Homes
Care types provided by this community
Nursing Homes: Nursing homes provide short-and long-term care for seniors who have physical or mental health conditions that require 24-hour nursing and personal care.
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Provides: Assisted Living
Care types provided by this community
Assisted Living: Assisted living facilities offer housing and care for active seniors who may need support with activities of daily living, like bathing, dressing, and medication management.
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Provides: Memory Care, Nursing Homes
Care types provided by this community
Memory Care: Memory care facilities provide housing, care, and therapies for seniors who have Alzheimer’s disease or other forms of dementia in an environment designed to reduce confusion and prevent wandering.
Nursing Homes: Nursing homes provide short-and long-term care for seniors who have physical or mental health conditions that require 24-hour nursing and personal care.

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What families are saying about nursing homes in Denver

Recent reviews for nursing homes in Denver

Golden Lodge Assisted Living

3.4
We picked this community, because of the price, straight forward agreement- no extra fees, newness, and it was close to home/convenience. I would tell friends/family that I like that it's new and updated so my loved one doesn't feel like she got stuck in an "old folks home". The agreement/fees ...
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Golden Orchard III in Wheat Ridge, CO

5.0
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 ...
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Brookdale Littleton

4.5
I would recommend this facility. The only things I would comment on are; 1) l think they were a little under staffed, especially on weekends; and 2) they need to figure out a better system to handle laundry (my mom's laundry was lost). Overall, my experience at Brookdale Littleton was pretty ...
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Costs of nursing homes in the Denver area

Nursing homes, also sometimes known as skilled nursing facilities, have an average cost of $8,669 monthly in Denver.[01] 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.[02] 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.[02]

Average monthly cost of Nursing Homes in Denver, CO vs. nearby cities

Denver, CO
$5,376/mo
$5,296/mo

Average monthly cost of Nursing Homes in Denver, CO vs. the state and national average

Denver, CO
$5,376/mo
U.S. national average
$4,886/mo

Average monthly cost of Nursing Homes in Denver vs. other types of senior living

$5,378/mo
Nursing Homes
$5,376/mo

Median monthly costs of Nursing Homes in Denver, CO by room type

Semi-Private
$5,409/mo
Studio
$5,528/mo
1 Bedroom
$5,347/mo
2 Bedroom
$6,447/mo
Detached Cottage/Bungalow
$4,300/mo

Average cost of Nursing Homes in Denver over time

Denver, COCO stateNational

How people pay for a nursing home in Denver

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.

Private pay methods for nursing homes in Denver, Colorado

When making a payment plan for senior care in Denver, first consider your private pay options:

  • Traditional income. This can include savings, Social Security benefits, pensions, and investment returns.
  • Selling a house. If your loved one is making a permanent move to senior living, selling their current home may be a good way to pay for care while eliminating the burden of a mortgage and home maintenance.
  • Reverse mortgage. Reverse mortgages allow you to access funds from your home equity without selling the home.
  • Health savings accounts. Health savings accounts (also known as HSAs) can help cover medical costs associated with long-term care.
  • Life insurance. Depending on what type of policy your loved one has, life insurance may provide some cash benefits that may be used to help cover long-term care costs.
  • Long-term care insurance. Long-term care insurance policies are specifically designed to pay for long-term care costs. Check with your loved one’s specific policy provider to see what it will cover.

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.

Veterans benefits for nursing homes in Denver

For aging veterans who need 24-hour medical care, there are a number of Veteran Affairs (also known as VA) benefits for nursing home or skilled nursing care.

The VA has its own skilled nursing facilities called Community Living Centers where veterans can receive 24-hour care on a short-term or long-term basis. Care at these facilities may be covered fully or in part, depending on the senior’s eligibility. In Denver, the Veterans Community Living Center at Fitzsimmons provides individualized skilled nursing care and has even been rated the top nursing facility in Colorado by Newsweek.[04]

In addition to its own nursing facilities, the VA also partners with local community nursing homes or skilled nursing facilities to provide round-the-clock care to veterans in need. As part of the VA’s contracts with these local community nursing homes, the VA covers care either in part or in whole for qualifying veterans in these Denver facilities.

VA benefits for assisted living and memory care

For veterans that don’t require a skilled nursing level of care, the Aid and Attendance benefit provides a monthly payment to disabled veterans and their spouses in addition to the veteran’s pension. Eligible veterans or their spouses can use pension and benefit income to help pay for long-term care as well as room and board in an assisted living or memory care community.

Denver veteran support

The Denver Veteran Services office employs Veteran Services Officers (VSOs) who can help elderly veterans file for VA benefits. These Veteran Services Officers provide free one-on-one case management, so senior veterans can receive the help they need. VSOs are also available to help veterans find housing, public benefits, and other resources.

25900

Approximately 25,900 veterans live in Denver, according to the U.S. Census Bureau.

About 25% of those veterans are over the age of 75.

Additional resources for Denver veterans

Volunteers of America Bill Daniels Veteran Services Center
1247 Santa Fe Drive
Denver, CO 80204
Phone: 720-944-3500
Hours: Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. – 4 p.m.

U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs Denver Regional Office

155 Van Gordon St.
Lakewood, CO 80228
Phone: 800-827-1000
Hours: Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Denver Medicaid for nursing homes

The Colorado Medicaid program, Health First Colorado (also known as HFC), includes coverage for skilled nursing in a nursing facility. To qualify, the senior must fall below a certain income threshold and have been diagnosed with an illness or injury that requires skilled nursing care.

Health First Colorado also offers a program called Hospital Back-Up (or HBU), which provides hospital-level care within HBU-approved skilled nursing facilities. You can determine your loved one’s eligibility or fill out an application at the Colorado Department of Health Care Policy and Financing — Nursing Facility page.

Seniors with less complex health needs who need help with activities of daily living (also known as ADLs) or memory care can use the Health First Colorado’s Elderly, Blind, and Disabled (EBD) waiver to cover costs of assisted living or memory care. The EBD waiver also covers skilled nursing within an assisted living setting, so seniors with acute illnesses or injuries that require skilled nursing can use this waiver to pay for those costs. Learn more about eligibility or how to apply on the Elderly, Blind, and Disabled Waiver web page.

Denver resident Medicaid resources

Health First Colorado office

1570 Grant St.
Denver, CO 80203
Phone: 800-221-3943
Hours: Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Denver Human Services offices (for assistance with the Medicaid application process)
  • 2929 W. 10th Ave.
    Denver, CO 80204
  • 3815 Steele St.
    Denver, CO 80205
  • 4685 Peoria St.
    Denver, CO 80239
  • Phone: 720-944-4347
Medicare nursing home coverage in Denver

Medicare is a federal program with several parts. Part A may cover care in a skilled nursing facility, but only for a short-term basis after a qualifying inpatient hospital stay.

Coverage for skilled nursing facilities under Medicare is as follows:

  • For a stay of 20 days or less, you pay nothing.
  • For a nursing home stay that is 21-100 days, a $200 per day copay applies.
  • Starting at 101 days, you are responsible for all costs.

Medicare does not pay for those that don’t need medically necessary skilled nursing and only need an assisted living or memory care level of care. However, it can pay for some medical costs such as prescriptions, medical equipment, and hospital stays. Colorado Medicare Savings Programs help low-income seniors by paying some of the coinsurance and deductible costs associated with Medicare.

For patient advocacy, the Colorado State Health Insurance Assistance Program (SHIP) aids seniors navigating Medicare enrollment and benefits. The program also offers counseling to make sure seniors receive the right coverage for their level of care.

For more information on what Denver Medicare will cover, dial 2-1-1 or visit the federal Medicare website. You can also find help at your local Social Security Administration office.

Additional Denver resident Medicare resources

Colorado SHIP contact information

Phone: 888-696-7213

1001 17th Street, Suite 700
Denver, CO 80202
Phone: 303-455-1000

Denver Regional Council of Governments’ (DRCOG) Ombudsman Program

Options counseling: 303-480-6700

Long-term care ombudsman: 303-480-6734

Understand Colorado laws and regulations for nursing home facilities

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:

  • Staffing requirements
  • Mandatory reporting
  • Resident care and quality of life
  • Accident prevention
  • Care planning
  • Medical and nursing care

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.

Regulatory resources

Read Colorado’s full regulations for nursing homes
Read Colorado’s full regulations for assisted living facilities
Look up Denver nursing home inspection records
Nursing home resident rights

Colorado Department of Health contact information

200 W. 14th Ave., #2732
Denver, CO 80204
Phone: 720-913-1311

COVID-19 regulations for Denver nursing home facilities

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:

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Vaccinations. COVID-19 vaccines are highly encouraged, and vaccinations must be made available to all consenting staff and residents.

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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.

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Staff safety. Staff must use appropriate personal protective equipment when necessary and wear masks when COVID-19 transmission rates are high.

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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.

Types of nursing homes in Denver

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 in Denver has options

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.[05]

Memory care options in Denver are plentiful

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.[02] 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.

Denver nursing homes services and amenities

These charts highlight some of the many care, dining, and entertainment offerings available in Denver nursing homes communities. They don’t represent all possible services and amenities available at assisted living communities in Denver, but support comparisons against nationwide offerings. Our Senior Living Advisors can help you find communities that fit your preferences.

Availability of select care services in Denver nursing homes

Nursing homes communities offer a variety of care services and visiting health care providers to meet seniors’ health needs. The chart below shows the percentage of nursing homes partners in Denver that offer these care services compared to the percentage of partners that offer them nationally.
Denver, CONational
Full medication management
Full medication management
47.2%
2.4%
Doctor on call
Doctor on call
30.3%
9.5%
24-Hour awake staff
24-Hour awake staff
65.2%
26%
Diabetic care
Diabetic care
73%
26.6%
*Visiting health care professionals
*Visiting health care professionals
47.2%
9.8%
Home care agency on-site
Home care agency on-site
31.5%
0.8%
Non-ambulatory care
Non-ambulatory care
67.4%
22.8%
Respite or short term stays
Respite or short term stays
39.3%
7%
Hospice available on-site
Hospice available on-site
49.4%
17.3%
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*Including nurse, dentist, OT, PT, speech or podiatrist

Availability of select dementia care services in Denver nursing homes

Our community partners provide many services to keep residents with dementia or other memory concerns safe and engaged. Below, take a look at what percentage of Denver Nursing Homes partners offer the selected dementia care services compared to the percentage of partners nationally.
Denver, CONational
Dementia behaviors care
Dementia behaviors care
40.4%
3.8%
Specialized memory care training for staff
Specialized memory care training for staff
28.1%
0.2%
Secured community and/or wander guard
Secured community and/or wander guard
32.6%
5.4%
Memory care only community
Memory care only community
12.4%
1.2%
0.0%20.0%40.0%60.0%80.0%100%

Availability of select dietary accommodations in Denver nursing homes

Nursing homes communities help seniors maintain a balanced diet by accommodating their health needs, allergies, and other restrictions. Below you’ll find the percentage of Denver partners making specific dietary accommodations for seniors compared to the percentage of assisted living partners making those accommodations nationally.
Denver, CONational
Nutritionist / dietician
Nutritionist / dietician
18%
0.5%
Low / no sodium
Low / no sodium
31.5%
1.4%
No sugar
No sugar
29.2%
1.4%
Vegetarian
Vegetarian
31.5%
3.5%
0.0%20.0%40.0%60.0%80.0%100%

Availability of select dining options in Denver nursing homes

Our nursing homes communities know that seniors want top-quality meals and options for how they dine. The chart below indicates the percentage of Denver communities that offer dining options to their discerning residents compared to our partners nationally.
Denver, CONational
Professional chef
Professional chef
32.6%
0.2%
Restaurant style dining
Restaurant style dining
36%
0.5%
Room service
Room service
33.7%
0.4%
Anytime dining
Anytime dining
19.1%
0.7%
0.0%20.0%40.0%60.0%80.0%100%

Availability of select programs and activities in Denver nursing homes

Senior living communities offer a variety of programming to keep seniors socially, mentally, and physically vibrant. The chart below shows what percentage of partnered nursing homes communities in Denver offer the selected activities, amenities, and programs compared to the percentage of partners nationwide.
Denver, CONational
Activity director
Activity director
38.2%
0.4%
Pet-focused programs
Pet-focused programs
28.1%
0.2%
Community service programs
Community service programs
28.1%
0.3%
Devotional activities on-site
Devotional activities on-site
42.7%
6.4%
Parties / BBQs / happy hour
Parties / BBQs / happy hour
42.7%
0.4%
Outings / off-site activities
Outings / off-site activities
46.1%
6.5%
Piano or organ
Piano or organ
39.3%
0.4%
Arts and crafts center
Arts and crafts center
34.8%
0.2%
Educational speakers / life long learning
Educational speakers / life long learning
36%
0.3%
Clubs / games / karaoke
Clubs / games / karaoke
41.6%
0.4%
Live performances
Live performances
42.7%
0.4%
Dances
Dances
30.3%
0.2%
Fitness center
Fitness center
29.2%
0.3%
Fitness classes
Fitness classes
39.3%
0.4%
0.0%20.0%40.0%60.0%80.0%100%

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Unfamiliar with Denver? Highlights for seniors

87000

Approximate number of seniors over the age of 65 currently living in Denver, according to the U.S. Census Bureau

12%

Percentage of the senior Denver population aged 65+, according to the U.S. Census Bureau

46%

Percentage of Denver seniors 75+ with a disability, according to the U.S. Census Bureau

28%

Percentage of Denver seniors 75+ who have mobility difficulties, according to the U.S. Census Bureau

Health care for seniors in Denver

A number of outstanding health care providers reside in Denver, some of which are highly rated and skilled in special senior care offerings.

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UCHealth University of Colorado Hospital

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.

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SCL Health St. Joseph Hospital

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.

Transportation for seniors in Denver

About 70% of A Place for Mom’s senior community partners offer complimentary transportation for residents.[02] 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.

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Senior activities in Denver

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.

Frequently Asked Questions

Legacy Village of Castle Pines, Brookdale Greenwood Village and Brookdale Brighton 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 $5,376 per month. This cost may vary based on location, amenities, floorplan, level of care and other factors.

References

  1. Genworth. (2021). Cost of Care Survey.

  2. A Place for Mom. (2022). A Place for Mom proprietary data.

  3. United States Census Bureau. (2021). Veteran status (S2101) [Data set]. American Community Survey.

  4. Colorado Department of Human Services. (2022, August 15). Veterans Community Living Center at Fitzsimons ranked No. 1 by Newsweek.

  5. Elliott, R. (2022, October 11). Personal communication [Zoom interview].

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1.

Genworth. (2021). Cost of Care Survey.

2.

A Place for Mom. (2022). A Place for Mom proprietary data.

3.

United States Census Bureau. (2021). Veteran status (S2101) [Data set]. American Community Survey.

4.

Colorado Department of Human Services. (2022, August 15). Veterans Community Living Center at Fitzsimons ranked No. 1 by Newsweek.

5.

Elliott, R. (2022, October 11). Personal communication [Zoom interview].