Senior Living Options In The Denver Metro Area
Finding the best fit – the right level of care, in the right setting, at the right time – and doing it quickly and easily, well, that’s what this website is all about.
We’ve compiled and organized information on hundreds of senior living options in the Denver metro area, including:
- independent living communities
- large assisted living facilities
- small assisted living facilities (often referred to as “board and care” or “residential care facilities”)
- memory care facilities
- nursing homes
- multi-level care communities
- continuing care retirement communities (often referred to as “life care communities”)
- respite care
- short-term stays
- in-home care agencies and companies
- hospice care
We’ve separated that information by types of facilities for seniors, areas of Denver, price ranges, and features and criteria. All of the information is available to you, including pricing and specific costs, without having to give your e-mail address or be contacted by a “senior advisor.”
Making the decision – as a senior or for a senior – to bring in supportive care, leave home, or change facilities can be wrenching. And often, because the decision is brought on by a crisis, there’s not adequate time to thoroughly explore a wide range of options.
We can’t take away the pain that often accompanies these life-changing decisions, but it’s our mission to provide the information and resources that can help you make the best decision possible, whatever your circumstances.
You can click through the website, on your own and at a time that’s convenient for you, and narrow down your options. You can also print out a PDF for each facility, and take those pages with you for quick reference whenever you visit a facility.
Start clicking around today, and you’ll see how easy it is to find what you need and compare choices!
More About Independent Living, Assisted Living, and Memory Care In Denver
Below, you’ll find additional information about independent living, assisted living, memory care, and other levels of care that are available for seniors in the Denver metro area.
Check Out Annual Health Ratings And Reports: The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE) licenses and regulates all of the assisted living facilities and nursing homes (skilled nursing facilities) in Colorado. The CDPHE conducts annual health surveys of the facilities and tracks occurrences and complaints, and this information is available to the public.
Independent Living in Denver: Indoor skydiving outings. Virtual reality headsets. Bocce courts. Outdoor fireplaces and rooftop dining. Many of the independent living complexes in the Denver metro area today seem more like resorts than the “old folks homes” of years past. And better yet, most of them are offering assisted living and memory care options – within the same community – so that seniors can age in place.
Assisted Living in Denver: There are more assisted living options available in the Denver metro area than ever before (including an abundance of residential care homes). Many of the assisted living complexes in Denver provide varying levels of services or “a la carte services” that can be added for an extra fee. These tiered pricing structures in assisted living allow seniors to never pay for more than what they need, but also to have additional services available at a moment’s notice.
Residential Care Facilities in Denver: Also known as “board and care,” residential care facilities provide care for 6-10 residents in a residential home. These homes are located throughout the Denver metro area, in all types of neighborhoods. The state of Colorado, which refers to these facilities as “Personal Care Boarding Homes” (PCBHs) licenses them and regulates them.
Memory Care in Denver: In years gone by, memory care was largely provided in a facility or wing of a facility that was dedicated exclusively to caring for seniors with Alzheimer’s and severe dementia. Today, with more and more seniors experiencing some degree of memory loss (from mild to severe), many assisted living and residential care facilities have adapted by integrating memory care into their services.
Respite Care in Denver: For caregivers who are helping a senior, respite care can be extremely beneficial. Many assisted living, residential care homes, and memory care facilities have respite care available, which they also sometimes refer to as “short-term stays.”
Skilled Nursing Facilities in Denver: Also known as nursing homes, skilled nursing facilities are often the last resort for seniors, as a “permanent” home choice. Thankfully, many independent living, assisted living, and memory care communities offer skilled nursing services in-house, or residents can contract with a home health agency to come in and provide wound care, diabetes management, and more.
Hospice Care in Denver: Seniors today have an array of hospice choices. There are stand-alone hospices, hospices located inside hospitals, and hospice care and palliative care that can be brought into independent living, assisted living, memory care, and skilled nursing facilities (nursing homes).
Continuing Care Retirement Communities in Denver: Also known as “life care communities,” continuing care retirement communities are springing up all across the Denver metro area. The concept is simple: Pay a hefty upfront fee, then be guaranteed care for life at a predictable monthly fee. CCRCs offer independent living, assisted living, memory care, and skilled nursing care all within the same complex. When seniors move into continuing care retirement communities, they never have to leave (as long as they can afford the monthly fee), no matter what happens with their health.
Multi-Levels of Care Communities in Denver: In the Denver metro area, some of the larger complexes offer independent living, assisted living, memory care (and sometimes even skilled nursing) within the same building or on the same campus. Unlike the continuing care retirement communities, there’s no hefty fee required upfront for these types of communities. But there’s also no fixed monthly fee that’s guaranteed. As seniors require more care – or a move to another section of the building or complex – the monthly fee increases.
Senior Advisors in Denver: Qualified, experienced senior advisors can be extremely helpful for seniors and their families. Senior advisors can vet communities and facilities, and narrow down the choices based on exact specifications. Senior advisors can even set appointments and tour the facilities with seniors and their families, helping to ensure that the community or facility that’s selected is a good fit – not only for today, but for many years to come.
Facilities That Accept Medicaid in Denver: Independent living facilities don’t accept Medicaid, but some offer Section 8 housing for low-income seniors. A small percentage of assisted living, residential care homes, and memory care facilities in the Denver metro area accept Medicaid outright. Others require a private pay spend-down period or will accept Medicaid on a case-by-case basis. The majority of assisted living, residential care homes, and memory care facilities don’t accept Medicaid at all.
Criteria For Choosing A Facility: When it comes to choosing the best independent living, assisted living, residential care home, or memory care facility, it can be helpful for seniors and their families to make a list of the top 5 criteria that’s wanted or needed. This could include: price point for monthly costs, pets allowed, individual and group transportation provided, smoking allowed, beautiful outdoor areas, lots of amenities on-site, types of activities, multiple levels of care offered, and more. Once the list has been made, it’s a good idea to choose the one or two items on it that are “deal breakers” – things that are absolutely required, and start the search there.
Deficiency-Free Ratings: Nursing homes, assisted living facilities, memory care facilities, and residential care homes in the Denver metro area are all licensed, regulated, and inspected by the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE). As might be expected, most facilities have something that gets flagged during the annual survey. A select number of facilities, however, have achieved a “deficiency-free” rating from the CDPHE, which is a rare and extraordinary achievement.
Individual And Group Transportation: Most of the large independent living and assisted living facilities in the Denver metro area provide individual transportation (for medical appointments, scheduled in advance) as well as group transportation for shopping, outings, activities, and events. Transportation is also provided, or can be arranged, at some of the residential care homes as well.
Make A Short List Of Communities To Visit
You can use this website to compile a short list of 3-5 senior communities or facilities you’d like to initially visit. By keeping the list short (of your top choices), it’ll help keep you from becoming overwhelmed with the process.
Level Of Care That’s Right For You
When you’re trying to choose the right level of care for yourself (or someone you love), it can be helpful to consider not only your needs today, but also what they might be tomorrow.
How To Choose The Best Community Or Facility In The Denver Area
Choosing the best community or facility in the Denver area comes down to what’s best for you. Once you clarify what you want, what you need, and what you anticipate your future needs might be, it becomes easier to narrow down your senior living options.
Projected Growth In Assisted Living: In 2017, there were an estimated 23,000 “beds” in assisted living in Colorado. By the year 2030, experts estimate that 100,000 beds will be needed.