MARYCREST ASSISTED LIVING
Assisted Living in Denver
Marycrest Assisted Living is a very unique facility in two regards. First, it’s one of the few assisted living facilities in the Denver metro area that accepts Medicaid and has earned the designation of “deficiency-free” in the Colorado State Health Department’s 2019 survey.
Marycrest is also exceptional in that it has two assisted living facilities, side by side on the same grounds in Northwest Denver (just across Federal Boulevard from Regis University). The Serenity building is for seniors, ages 55 and over. The Harmony building is for residents ages 18-55, and it’s the only assisted living facility of its kind in Colorado for younger adults.
There are 90 units in the Serenity building and 48 units in the Harmony building, for a total of 138 units. Each assisted living building has its own staff and dining rooms, but the residents of Serenity and Harmony often come together for shared activities and outings.
Each unit at Marycrest Assisted Living is a private, 300-square-foot studio, which includes a small kitchen (refrigerator and microwave included) and a large private bath. Lunch and dinner are served “restaurant-style,” with six options available daily, including New Horizons healthy choice meals. Snacks and beverages are available 24-7.
Originally founded by the Sisters of St. Francis, Marycrest Assisted Living remains true to its core values of service and compassion, by offering affordable housing for seniors who can no longer live independently. A Catholic mass is held at Marycrest once a month, as well as weekly rosary services. Every Sunday, group transportation is provided to a non-denominational service.
Please note: Marycrest Assisted Living accepts Medicaid, after a one-year, private pay spend-down.
Name of Facility or Community: Marycrest Assisted Living
Type of Facility: Assisted Living
Phone: (303) 433-0282
Location: Northwest Denver, in the Highlands neighborhood (just across the street from Regis University).
Address: 2850 Columbine Road, Denver, Colorado, 80221
Nearby Major Cross-Streets: I-70 and Federal Boulevard
Cost: The cost at Marycrest is $3,260, $3,640, or $4,180 per month, depending on the level of care provided. In an intake interview, Marycrest will determine the level of care required for the resident.
Types of Units: 300 square foot studios with private, large bathrooms and small kitchen areas (with microwaves and refrigerators). Heating and air conditioning are individually controlled in the units by the residents.
Size of Facility: Marycrest has two separate buildings as part of its assisted living facility. Serenity is for seniors and Harmony is for residents under the age of 55. In the Serenity building, there are 90 units. In the Harmony building, there are 48 units. Marycrest has a total of 138 units.
Ratio of Staff to Residents: In the Serenity building, from 6 am – 10 pm, the ratio is 1 staff member to 15 residents; from 10 pm – 6 am, the ratio is 1 staff member to 30 residents.
Meals and Dining Options: Three meals a day are served. There are six meal options for lunch and dinner, which are served “restaurant-style” in a community dining room. New Horizons meal options, which are healthy choices, are always available. Snacks and beverages are available 24/7.
Amenities: Outdoor sitting areas
Regularly Scheduled Activities: There’s a slate of scheduled activities at Marycrest every month, including fitness classes, pet visits, live music, cooking classes, arts and crafts, and outings to shopping, restaurants, and casinos.
Individual Transportation: None
Group Transportation: Scheduled group transportation is available for activities and shopping (grocery stores, Target, Walmart, ), with sign-up required.
On-Site Services: A hairdresser comes in weekly. Two GP doctors and a podiatrist also visit on a regular basis.
Pet Policies: Yes, pets are allowed at Marycrest (but only birds and fish).
Smoking: Yes, smoking is permitted at Marycrest.
Smoking Policies: Smoking is allowed only in outdoor, designated areas.
Religious Affiliation and Options: Catholic Mass is offered at Marycrest on the first Tuesday of every month. The Rosary is offered every Monday morning at 10 am. And group transportation is provided to a non-denominational service every Sunday.
Emergency Call System: Yes, there’s an emergency response system in every unit.
Assistance With Medications: Yes, assistance with medications is provided.
Memory Care: Some memory care support is provided at Marycrest. Residents with memory issues at the early stages are welcome. An assessment is required.
Incontinence Care: Yes, incontinence care is provided, for an additional $250 monthly fee.
Wound Care: Residents must bring in their own home health agency to handle wound care.
Diabetic Care: Residents with diabetes must be able to administer their own insulin injections or bring in a home health agency.
Therapy Services: Physical therapy, occupational therapy, and speech therapy services can be brought in, and therapy can be conducted in the health and wellness center.
Skilled Nursing Services: No, skilled nursing services aren’t provided.
Hospice and Palliative Care: Yes, hospice care and palliative care can be brought in.
Secured Environment: No, the environment at Marycrest isn’t secured.
Year Built/Opened: Marycrest was built in 1998, and as the assisted living apartments become available, they’re refreshed.
Lease Terms: The lease terms at Marycrest are month-to-month. The facility or the resident can terminate the lease at any point, with 30 days notice.
Age Restrictions: In the Serenity building, residents must be over the age of 55. In the Harmony building, residents must be ages 18-55. Harmony has the distinction of being the only assisted living facility in Colorado for younger adults.
Accepts Medicaid: Yes, Marycrest accepts Medicaid, after a one-year, private pay spend-down requirement.
Other Details: Marycrest was designated as “deficiency-free” in the Colorado State Health Department’s 2019 survey of facilities. This means that Marycrest received a “perfect score” in more than 150 regulatory categories that encompass care and service.