What Are Nursing Homes ~ Options In Denver, Colorado

Click here for a list of nursing homes in the Denver metro area.

Nursing homes provide skilled nursing care 24/7, on a short-term or long-term basis. For seniors recovering from injuries, illnesses, or surgeries, nursing homes provide a short-term option until they’re well enough to move home or to an assisted living facility. For seniors with acute and/or chronic medical issues, nursing homes represent a long-term housing and care solution.

What Is A Nursing Home
Also known as “skilled nursing facilities,” nursing homes are designed for seniors who need 24-hour care. Most nursing homes are comprised of rooms (not apartments), which can be shared or private.

In nursing homes, assistance with every aspect of daily living, as well as medical care, is provided, including:

  • administration of medications
  • assistance with dressing
  • assistance with bathing
  • assistance with using the toilet and/or incontinence care
  • memory care
  • wound care
  • diabetic care
  • therapy services (physical therapy, occupational therapy, and speech therapy)
  • hospice and palliative care

Nursing homes in Denver, and throughout Colorado, are licensed and regulated through the state, overseen by the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPE).

How To Compare Nursing Homes In Denver
When choosing a nursing home (for yourself or someone you love), here are some of the criteria you can compare:

  • cost
  • private pay or Medicaid
  • private rooms or shared rooms
  • location in the Denver metro area
  • activities for residents
  • staff to resident ratio
  • rehabilitative services
  • secured units (for people with Alzheimer’s, dementia, or memory issues)
  • ratings with the Colorado Department of Environmental Health

Nursing Homes vs Assisted Living Facilities In Denver
Because of their high cost, nursing homes are often the last resort for seniors as a long-term housing option. But for seniors who are recovering from an illness, surgery, or medical emergency, nursing homes can offer a “stop-gap” solution that provides the care they need until they’re able to return home or transition to an assisted living facility or residential care facility.

In general, seniors only choose nursing homes when their medical and/or daily living needs exceed what can be provided at an assisted living or residential care facility.

Click to read about the top 10 reasons to move into a nursing home.

Other Resources For Senior Living In Denver
Below are resources that describe other senior living options:
What Is Independent Living
What Is Assisted Living
What Are Residential Care Facilities
What Is Memory Care
What Are Multi-Level Care Communities
What Are Continuing Care Retirement Communities (CCRCs)
What Is Hospice Care
What Are In-Home Care Agencies
What Are Senior Advisors