Types of Independent Living For Seniors In Denver

In the Denver metro area, there’s a large selection of independent living options for seniors.

Most independent living options throughout the Denver metro area are large complexes, with 100+ residents, and they’re designed for seniors who can live without assistance.

Seniors live independently in their own apartments (which they rent for a monthly fee), but they can gather for meals, activities, and outings. There are typically emergency call systems in the independent living apartments and/or daily check-ins, which offers a level of safety and security.

In independent living, you don’t need to worry about maintenance or upkeep – you simply call the front desk if something goes wrong in your apartment.

Apartments in independent living in the Denver area range from studios to 3-bedroom apartments, all of which include full bathrooms and kitchens or kitchenettes. Many independent living communities allow pets (cats, dogs, birds, and fish).

Services that are typically found in independent living include the following:

  • meals (which are served in a dining room and/or can be ordered off a menu)
  • daily activities
  • individual transportation to medical appointments
  • group transportation for shopping, outings, and events
  • on-site hair salons
  • periodic visits from doctors, podiatrists, dentists, and other healthcare professionals

The main types of independent living choices in Denver include the following:

Independent Living Communities
Independent living communities in the Denver metro area offer apartments for seniors who would like to have meals, transportation, and activities provided, for a set monthly fee. These complexes are typically made up of apartments (not townhomes or single-family homes), and they have leases that can range from month-to-month to 1-year or 2-year terms.

Multi-Level Care Communities That Include Independent Living
Independent living choices can be found in multi-level care communities in the Denver metro area, which also offer assisted living and memory care in the same complex. Typically, the different living options are in different buildings or in different parts of a building (e.g. independent living is on one floor and assisted living is on another floor). Multi-level care communities can be a great choice, because they allow you to stay in the same community, even if your healthcare needs change.

Some multi-level care communities also offer a number of assisted living services for people who have apartments in independent living. This can be helpful if you’re recovering from an illness or injury, or if your daily needs change slightly.

Continuing Care Retirement Communities That Include Independent Living
Independent living apartments are included in all of the continuing care retirement communities (CCRCs) in the Denver metro area. In fact, many of the CCRCs require that seniors start out in independent living. CCRCs offer independent living, assisted living, memory care, and skilled nursing care in the same building or within the same complex. You pay a high “community fee” to move in (typically upwards of $200,000), but then are able to receive whatever level of care you need, for a predictable monthly cost, for the rest of your life.

Other Types Of Living For Seniors
Please make note: People sometimes confuse independent living with age-restricted apartments, age-restricted condo complexes, and age-restricted housing developments, but offerings are very different. They might have social activities and shared amenities (such as pools or clubhouses), but they’re really just housing complexes where all of the residents are over the age of 55.

If you’re interested in other senior living options in the Denver metro area, see also:
Types Of Assisted Living In Denver
Types Of Residential Care Facilities In Denver
Types Of Memory Care In Denver
Types Of Continuing Care Retirement Communities In Denver
Types Of Multi-Level Care Communities In Denver