What’s Included In Independent Living In Denver

To schedule a free consultation with a Senior Advisor, please call Marnie Biln, (303) 222-5281 or e-mail marnie@seniorgevity.com. The consultation is free to seniors and their families, and the senior advisement, and placement services are also free.

If you’re looking for an independent living community in the Denver area that would be a great place for you, you’ll what to know what’s included in your monthly fee.

In general, here’s what may be included in an independent living community in the Denver area:

Choice Of Units Or Floor Plans In Independent Living
Independent living communities in Denver offer a range of living options, including:

  • flats
  • studio apartments
  • 1-bedroom apartments
  • 1-bedroom apartments with dens
  • 2-bedroom apartments
  • 2-bedroom apartments with dens
  • 3-bedroom apartments
  • cottages
  • single-family homes

Kitchens And Bathrooms In Independent Living
Most independent living apartments and homes have kitchens and bathrooms, but the size of these can vary. Often, smaller independent living units will only have small kitchens or kitchenettes, and they might not have full baths (with showers and tubs).

Meals In Independent Living
Independent living communities typically offer some meals to residents – included in the monthly cost. But the meal plans and options vary – in the number of meals included in the monthly fee, in the number of choices at each meal, in the quality and type of the food, and in the community dining arrangements.

Housekeeping / Laundry Services In Independent Living
Housekeeping and laundry services might be included in independent living communities, but typically there’s an extra charge for these. Independent living units might have washers and dryers in them, or there might be a community laundry area in the building.

Utilities, Cable, Phone, and WiFi In Independent Living
Utilities (heat, air conditioning, and water) are usually included in the monthly cost for independent living apartments, but cable, phone and WiFi could be extra.

Emergency Call Systems In Independent Living
Many independent living apartments have emergency call systems built into the units (pull cords), and some communities also have neck pendants that residents can wear.

Amenities In Independent Living
Amenities in independent living communities vary wildly – with some communities having few amenities and others resembling high-end hotels or spas. Below are some of the amenities that might be included in the larger (and more expensive) independent living communities:

  • landscaped grounds and/or courtyards
  • fitness centers
  • on-site beauty salons
  • libraries
  • billiards rooms
  • great rooms with fireplaces
  • activities rooms
  • movie theaters or media rooms (with computers)
  • swimming pools
  • outdoor BBQ areas
  • outdoor firepits
  • parking garages or covered parking

Activities In Independent Living
Independent living complexes often offer a variety of activities, most of which are geared toward active seniors. These could include on-site classes, entertainment and events, as well as outings for shopping, dining, and cultural events. The on-site activities in independent living are generally free or low-cost.

Assisted Living Services In Independent Living
Assisted living services aren’t generally included in independent living, but some communities offer these services on an “a la carte” basis, for an additional fee. You also always have the option of bringing in and privately paying for an in-home care agency if you feel like you need a little extra help.

Pet Options In Independent Living
Some independent living communities don’t allow any pets, while others allow cats, dogs, birds, and/or fish. The community may have restrictions on the types and sizes of pets (and charge a pet deposit), but there isn’t usually an extra monthly fee for pets.

Lease Terms In Independent Living
Some independent living communities offer month-to-month leases, while others require a 1-year or 2-year lease. Before you move in, be sure to understand the terms of your lease and what the penalties (if any) might be applied if you leave before your lease is up.

Move-In Fees, Administration, Community Fees, and Deposits In Independent Living
It’s common practice for independent living communities in the Denver area to require a one-time move in fee, administration fee, and/or community fee, on top of a security deposit. These fees can range from a few hundred dollars to significantly more. Check with the community to see how much these fees are, so you know what you’re getting into upfront.

Contact A Senior Advisor For Help In Finding The Right Community Or Facility
If you would like help finding the right community or facility for yourself or a loved one, please contact Senior Advisor, Marnie Biln, (303) 222-5281. Her senior advisement and placement services are free.

Marnie helps seniors and their families find communities and facilities in the Denver metro area and Front Range, including: Denver, Aurora, Littleton, Englewood, Centennial, Highlands Ranch, Denver Tech Center, Lone Tree, Parker, Castle Rock, Lakewood, Arvada, Wheat Ridge, Golden, Thornton, Northglenn, Brighton, Commerce City, Westminster, Louisville, Longmont, Lafayette, Boulder, Fort Collins, and Colorado Springs.

If you’re interested in other senior living options in the Denver metro area, see also:
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
What’s Included In Continuing Care Retirement Communities (CCRCs) In Denver