What’s Included In Continuing Care Retirement Communities In Denver

Continuing care retirement communities (CCRCs) in the Denver metro area offer the full continuum of care for seniors, including independent living, assisted living, memory care, and skilled nursing care – all on the same campus. Also known as “life care communities” and “life plan communities,” CCRCs are a great option for seniors who can afford the entrance fee and want to plan for future needs.

On this website, we’re categorizing senior living communities as “continuing care communities” if they require a large entrance fee or membership fee, with predictable monthly costs, no matter what level of care you need. As an example, for one person, in a 1-bedroom apartment, in a continuing care retirement community in Denver, the entrance fee might be $250,000, with a monthly “all-inclusive” cost of $4,000, regardless of the level of care you receive.

On this website, we’re categorizing senior living communities as “multi-level care communities,” if they offer different levels of care within the same building, complex, or campus, but don’t require a large entrance fee or membership fee. Instead, as you move to higher levels of care (from independent living to assisted living, for example), your monthly costs go up. For instance, for one person in a multi-level community in Denver, there wouldn’t be an entrance fee, but independent living may cost $3,000 per month, assisted living might cost $4,500 per month, memory care might cost $8,000 per month, and skilled nursing care might cost $8,000+ per month.

In general, here’s what could be included in continuing retirement communities throughout the Denver metro area:

Independent Living In Continuing Retirement Communities (CCRCs)
Most independent living settings in continuing retirement communities include meal plans, with meals served in a community dining room (often restaurant-style). Amenities and activities vary wildly from one CCRC to another.

Assisted Living In Continuing Retirement Communities (CCRCs)
In assisted living in continuing retirement communities, you’ll typically get assistance with dressing, grooming, bathing, medications, and incontinence. Housekeeping and laundry are also included.

Memory Care In Continuing Retirement Communities (CCRCs)
Memory care in continuing retirement communities is usually located in a separate wing, floor, or building. The environment in memory care is usually locked and secured. In addition to assistance with all aspects of daily living, all meals are provided, and cognitive therapy is sometimes integrated into daily activities that are offered in memory care.

Skilled Nursing Care In Continuing Retirement Communities (CCRCs)
Similar to what you’d receive in a standalone nursing home, everything is included in a skilled nursing wing or building inside a continuing retirement community, including 24/7 medical care.

If you are interested in other senior living options in the Denver metro area, see also:
What’s Included In Independent Living In Denver
What’s Included In Assisted Living In Denver
What’s Included In Memory Care In Denver
What’s Included In Residential Care Facilities In Denver
What’s Included In Multi-Level Care Communities In Denver