THE GARDENS AT ST. ELIZABETH

The Details

Name of Facility or Community: The Gardens at St. Elizabeth

Type of Facility: Independent Living and Assisted Living

Phone:  (303) 964-2000

Location: Denver

Address: 2835 West 32nd Avenue, Denver, Colorado, 80211

Nearby Major Cross-Streets: 32nd Avenue and Federal Boulevard

Cost: Independent Living at The Gardens at St. Elizabeth costs $2,730-$4,400 per month. Assisted Living costs $2,668-$4,108 per month (with an additional charge of $400 for a second person, if he/she doesn’t need care).

Types of Units: In Independent Living at The Gardens at St. Elizabeth, there are 1-bedroom and 2-bedroom apartments, all of which have full kitchens. In Assisted Living at The Gardens at St. Elizabeth, there are studio, efficiency, and 1-bedroom apartments. The efficiencies and 1-bedrooms have kitchenettes.

Size Of Facility: In Independent Living, there are 132 apartments, and Assisted Living has 56 apartments. The Gardens at St. Elizabeth has a total of 188 units.

Ratio of Care Staff to Residents: In Assisted Living, during the day and evening, the ratio is 1 staff member to 7-8 residents. Overnight, the ratio is 1 staff member to 11-12 residents.

Meals and Dining Options: At The Gardens at St. Elizabeth, Independent Living includes one meal per day, with the option of purchasing more meals. In Assisted Living, three meals per day and snacks are included. There are three dining options at The Gardens: a main dining room, a 14th floor restaurant and pub, and a coffee bar bistro.

Amenities: The Gardens at St. Elizabeth is a faith-based community with a 122-year-old chapel, weekly inter-denominational services, and daily Catholic mass. The high-rise building is located in the heart of the Highlands neighborhood, with restaurants and shops nearby. There are amazing views from the 14th floor restaurant and pub (which also has a patio). The fitness studio, game room, and multi-purpose rooms also have incredible views. At The Gardens, there are two libraries, a movie theater, a salon and spa, walking paths, a sun porch, and a community garden and English garden.

Regularly Scheduled Activities: At The Gardens at St. Elizabeth, Friday afternoons are the time for special entertainment events, including steel drum band performances, Irish step dancers, Cinco de Mayo dancers, and a comedian/magician who sings opera. Throughout the month, there are outings and activities including an aromatherapy class, health talks, and a walking club that circles Sloan’s Lake.

Individual Transportation: Individual car transportation can be scheduled daily during open drive time.

Group Transportation: There’s scheduled group transportation daily for trips to the bank, shopping, scenic drives, and outings.

On-Site Services: At The Garden at St. Elizabeth, doctors make house calls as needed. There’s also a foot clinic run by a nurse, a blood pressure clinic, and a hearing aid clinic. On-site, there’s a hair salon and spa, and a dentist and dental hygienist also come in on a regular basis.

Pet Policies: Yes, dogs, cats, and birds are allowed in Independent Living and Assisted Living at The Gardens at St. Elizabeth. Dogs must be leash-trained and weigh less than 40 pounds. All pets are allowed only based on management approval. There’s a one-time non-refundable $500 pet fee, but no additional monthly charge for pets.

Smoking: No, The Gardens at St. Elizabeth is a non-smoking community.

Religious Affiliation/Options: Owned by Catholic Health Initiatives (CHI), The Gardens at St. Elizabeth is a faith-based community with a daily Catholic mass and weekly inter-denominational service. There’s an interfaith chapel at The Gardens at St. Elizabeth.

Emergency Call System: In Independent Living at The Gardens, there are pull cords in all of the bathrooms, as well as the option to use an emergency pedant or wrist band. In Assisted Living at The Gardens, there are emergency pull cords in all of the bathrooms and bedrooms.

Assistance With Medications: Yes, in Assisted Living, assistance with medications is included in the monthly fee.

Memory Care: Yes, in Assisted Living, non-wandering memory care is provided.

Incontinence Care: Yes, in Assisted Living, incontinence care is included at the level of care that’s needed.

Wound Care: Simple, short-term wounds can be taken care of by the staff. For complicated, long-term wounds that need attention more than once a week or wound vacs, residents must bring in their own home health agencies.

Diabetic Care: Residents with diabetes must be able to administer their own insulin injections (set dosage, no sliding scale). If residents can’t draw-up insulin, their families must pre-load syringes or get an order for an insulin pen. If residents have an insulin pen, staff at The Gardens can dial-up the dosage and put the needle in the pin. But residents must administer their own insulin injections. If residents can’t do this, then they must bring in their own home health agencies.

Therapy Services: Physical therapy, occupational therapy, and speech therapy can be brought in.

Skilled Nursing Services: No, but home health agencies can provide skilled nursing services as needed.

Hospice and Palliative Care: Yes, hospice care and palliative care can be brought in.

Secured Environment: No, the environment at The Gardens at St. Elizabeth isn’t secured.

Year Built/Opened: The chapel at The Gardens at St. Elizabeth was built in 1897, and The Gardens has been providing senior care since 1954. Assisted Living opened in 1974, and Independent Living opened in 1987. In 2019, more than $10 million was spent remodeling The Gardens at St. Elizabeth.

Lease Terms: In Independent Living and Assisted Living at The Gardens at St. Elizabeth, the lease terms are month-to-month. The lease  may be terminated at any point, with 30 days notice.

Age Restrictions: At The Gardens at St. Elizabeth, residents must be over the age of 55.

Accepts Medicaid: No, Medicaid isn’t accepted.

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