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The 10 Best Assisted Living Facilities in Aurora, CO

Aurora is a large suburb situated east of Denver and the state of Colorado’s third-largest city. It’s known for its stunning natural beauty, eclectic art, culture and culinary scene and abundant opportunities for outdoor recreation. Residents of Aurora experience a classic Colorado four-season climate, with warm midsummer temperatures in the high 80s and average winter lows in the high teens. Although Aurora gets far less rain than the national average, it receives significantly more snow, making it an ideal retirement destination for active seniors who enjoy snow sports or who simply like sitting by the fire with a good book or a circle of friends while falling snow turns their view from the window into a winter wonderland.  Summer activities include golfing, hiking, birdwatching or simply relaxing under the trees in a gorgeous outdoor setting. 

Note: Information for Aurora was not available, so data from the nearest city, Denver, was used.

Please check out our list of top 10 assisted living facilities in Aurora to see if any are a good match for your personal needs and preferences. Additionally, find out more about the cost of assisted living in Aurora and what financial assistance programs are available.

St. Andrew's Village

Situated in the heart of Aurora and designed with luxury living in mind, St. Andrew's Village provides a fun, friendly atmosphere featuring gourmet quality on-site dining, engaging classes and activities, customized care plans and floor plans ranging from studios to one-, two- and three-bedroom apartments. All units have large living spaces, spacious bathrooms and modern kitchens or kitchenettes. Companion suites are also available, and furry friends are welcome. With a resident capacity of just 58, this facility offers an intimate living experience. There is a big room for crafts and art projects, a heated swimming pool and beautifully kept grounds with walking trails. 

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Garden Plaza of Aurora

Residents of Garden Plaza of Aurora have access to customized personal care services, an on-site beauty salon and barbershop and on-site restaurant-style dining. Residents can also host private celebrations with family and friends in the designated party space or private dining room with customized catered food and beverage service. The on-site putting green and exercise classes provide plenty of opportunities to enjoy physical activities, and the massage suite and jacuzzi is a perfect way for residents to relax at the end of the day. This pet-friendly community offers studio, one-, two- and three-bedroom apartments as well as standalone cottages.

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Features
  • Medication management and skilled nursing available
  • On-site ice cream parlor

Five Star Residences of Dayton Place

Residents of Five Star Residences of Dayton Place enjoy gracious living with amenities and programs designed to promote an optimal quality of life. There is an indoor swimming pool, an exercise room and a number of outdoor walking trails through well-landscaped grounds to help residents stay in shape. In-room kitchens and kitchenettes provide the opportunity to enjoy private snacks and meals, and residents also have the option of eating with friends in the facility's restaurant-style dining room. 

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Brookdale Lowry

This pet-friendly facility offers a wide range of amenities and services designed to provide each resident with a customized assisted living experience. This facility offers a choice of studio, one- and two-bedroom apartments equipped with kitchenettes. Besides preparing a meal or snack in their apartment, residents can visit the on-site restaurant-style dining room and share a delicious nutritionally balanced meal with friends. There is also a private dining room available for personal celebrations. Medication management is available, and there is a nurse on duty 24 hours per day.

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Sunrise at Orchard

We included Sunrise at Orchard on our top 10 list because of its whole-person centered, individualistic approach to care. Residents receive personalized programs designed to maximize their quality of life. All units are pet friendly and have kitchens or kitchenettes. The dining room serves three meals per day and offers a wide selection of menu items. There is a large wrap-around front porch equipped with comfortable seating areas where residents and their guests can sit and visit or simply relax with a good book. There is also an on-site library, a crafts room and an on-site chapel. 

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Brookdale University Park

Brookdale University Park is conveniently situated near numerous community amenities, including a theater, natural grocery stores, restaurants and retail shopping options. The on-site dining room offers all-day dining featuring a varied menu, daily specials and desserts that are prepared in-house. Special meals are served on holidays, and there is a private dining room and party space where residents can enjoy personal celebrations with friends and family. Physical and occupational therapy are available at this facility, and there is a nurse on staff at all times. 

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Montage Hills

Montage Hills made our list of top 10 assisted living facilities in Aurora because of its wide range of amenities and activities. This facility offers studio and one-bedroom apartments with easy-to-navigate floor plans, emergency call systems and kitchenettes. On-site activities include tai chi, book clubs, yoga, arts and crafts, music and games. Guests are welcome at meals and overnight, and there are designated guest parking spaces for convenience. Small pets are welcome at this facility. 

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Sunrise at Cherry Creek

Residents of Sunrise at Cherry Creek enjoy professionally prepared meals three times per day as well as around-the-clock snacks, fresh fruit and beverages. The skilled kitchen staff happily accommodates dietary restrictions as well as religious and personal preferences. Meals can be enjoyed with friends in the dining room, or residents can choose to have room service. There is a private dining room available for personal festivities. Other amenities include an on-site beauty parlor and barbershop, a library and well-tended garden and patio areas.

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Springbrooke Retirement & Assisted Living

Springbrooke Retirement & Assisted Living offers a resort-style ambiance that offers numerous amenities such as an on-site health and wellness center, activity rooms, on-site convenience store and complimentary laundry machines on every floor. Where this facility really shines, however, is in its outdoor living spaces where residents can enjoy the natural beauty of Colorado embellished by expert landscaping. The grounds feature mountain views, a pond surrounded by lush vegetation and a comfortable patio area and walking trails.

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Brookdale Parkplace

Surrounded by hiking trails, relaxing patio areas and lush gardens in the middle of a vibrant urban environment, Brookdale Parkplace offers a seamless combination of natural beauty and elegant amenities. The tastefully designed on-site dining room serves delicious and nutritious fare crafted by skilled culinary professionals, and residents can also choose to have meals delivered to their rooms or prepare something in their in-room kitchen or kitchenette. All units are equipped with Wi-Fi, cable and state-of-the-art emergency response systems. Brookdale Parkplace is pet-friendly and has studio, one- and two-bedroom apartments. 

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The Cost of Senior Living and Care in Aurora

Aurora, a Denver suburb, has higher costs associated with assisted living and nursing home care facilities than the state average, according to the Genworth 2018 Cost of Care Survey. Aurora seniors can expect to pay $700 more than the state average for assisted living and $473 more for nursing home care. Home health services and adult day care both match the state average to the dollar at $4,767 and $1,625, respectively. 

NoteSenior care cost data wasn’t available for Aurora, so the data for the closest city, Denver, was used.

How much does Assisted Living Cost in Aurora?

Aurora seniors can expect to pay $4,700 per month for assisted living which is among the most expensive options and $700 more than the state average. Aurora assisted living costs are comparable to other major cities like Boulder and Colorado Springs, where costs average $5,000 and $4,875, respectively. 

Smaller Colorado towns tend to have significantly lower costs, with Grand Junction offering the most affordable option for assisted living with an average of $3,350. In general, costs average between $3,350-$4,000 in less populated areas like Greeley and Pueblo.

How much does Home Care Cost in Aurora?

Home health and homemaker services in Aurora are right in line with the state average at $4,676 per month. Boulder seniors can expect to pay $572 more per month than Aurora with an average of $5,339. For Collins and Greeley are comparable at $4,887 and $4,624 respectively. Both fall within $150 of Aurora averages.

Colorado Springs is the most affordable major city in Colorado with average costs of $4,576, $100 less than the state average, though Pueblo takes the top spot for most affordable at $4,195.

How much does Adult Day Care Cost in Aurora?

Adult day care costs in Aurora are $1,625, which is fairly standard for the state as a whole. Most areas fall between $1,400 and $1,750, with the notable exception of Pueblo. While Pueblo may be significantly less expensive for other types of seniors services, adult day care costs average $1,950 — $325 more than in Aurora.

How much does Nursing Home Costs in Aurora?

Round-the-clock skilled nursing care is the most expensive type of senior care, and Aurora seniors can expect bills to average $8,365 per month during a nursing home stay. While Boulder is almost $1,000 more at $9,343, Aurora is one of the more expensive areas for nursing home care. Grand Junction, Colorado Springs and Pueblo all average between $7,600 and $7,800.

Financial Assistance Programs in Aurora

Medicaid Program in Aurora

As an entitlement program, Colorado’s state Medicaid program, Health First Colorado, is available to all applicants that meet the income requirements and eligibility guidelines. Under Aurora Medicaid, seniors gain access to a variety of services, including: 

  • Mental and behavioral health
  • Dental care
  • Emergency services
  • Hospitalization
  • Laboratory tests
  • Outpatient care and preventive care services
  • Rehabilitative services
  • Primary care visits
  • Prescription drug coverage 

Aurora seniors may also qualify for financial assistance with nursing home stays, in-home health services or personal care assistance. Home-bound seniors may access care via telemedicine to minimize their need to leave their primary residence. Vision care is also part of the package, including corrective eyewear. In general, home health services are limited to 60 days, as are some covered mental health options.

In certain circumstances, Medicaid may even help pay for assisted living costs, provided the facility is Medicaid certified by the state. Not all registered facilities accept Medicaid reimbursement levels, and those that do usually have a limited number of Medicaid beds saved for Aurora seniors. It is often best to contact a facility directly to determine their Medicaid availability. 

Aurora residents applying for Medicaid fall into one of two categories: institutional or at-home care. Some seniors already residing in a nursing home may receive free services in an institutional setting. As part of regular Medicaid, this financial assistance is an entitlement program and there are no caps or waiting lists before benefits activate. However, free institutional/nursing home Medicaid services are only available in a nursing home setting.

Regular Medicaid offered to those who live in their own home provides many of the same services but may also include adult day care services. All eligible Aurora residents receive financial assistance with covered services.

Qualifying for Health First Colorado means meeting both income and asset guidelines. All income, including payments from wages, alimony, pensions, Social Security and Social Security Disability Income, along with IRA withdrawals or stock dividends, count toward the maximum earning limits imposed by the state for Medicaid eligibility. 

For married couples where only one spouse is applying, their individual income is the only amount considered. The income cap for an individual is $771 per month, the current Federal Benefit Rate. For a married couple where both parties apply the income cap is $1,157. Institutional/Nursing Home Medicaid imposes an income cap of $2,231 or $4,626 for a married couple applying jointly. 

Asset limits apply to both cash and investment resources with a few exceptions. An individual must have no more than $2,000 in assets, while a married couple caps out at $3,000. A primary residence, a personal vehicle, household furnishings and personal belongings are excluded from asset calculations. 

Aurora residents can apply at their local Department of Human Services office, online, through the mail or by phone at 1-800-221-3943.

Other Financial Assistance Programs in Aurora

Home and Community-Based Services (HCBS) Medicaid Waiver

The Home and Community-Based Services (HCBS) Medicaid Waiver is the only Medicaid-funded waiver available to Aurora residents. It’s designed to assist those who don’t qualify for the regular Health First Colorado Medicaid insurance and is sometimes referred to as the Elderly, Blind and Disabled (EBD) waiver. The services offered under this program are intended to help seniors remain in their homes for as long as possible and may cover assistance services like: 

  • Personal care and help with activities of daily living
  • Homemaker services including housekeeping and meal preparation
  • Adult day care
  • Transportation, both medical and non-medical
  • Respite care offered in-home or at an offsite facility
  • Home modifications like wheelchair ramps or handrails
  • Assisted living facility costs

Like Medicaid, this program has an income cap. Seniors must earn no more than 300% of the Federal Poverty Level, which works out to $3,122.50 per month for an individual. Nursing home residents are ineligible unless the individual plans to transition back to independent living in the community. All services under HCBS are designed to be delivered in-home. Self-directed care is an option under the HCBS waiver, and non-spousal family members may be designated as the primary caregiver. However, to employ a family member, that person must gain employment and agree to supervision from a home health agency. For more information about eligibility and how to apply, click here

Old Age Pension (OAP)

Aurora residents aged 60 years and older may apply for the Old-Age Pension program. It is funded through the state and offers supplemental income to those who earn less than $771 per month. This program brings a senior’s income up to $758 per month. Those considering the OAP program may want to first apply for Social Security if eligible. A determination of SS benefits may be part of the application process for OAP. More information about the OAP can be found here

Program of All-Inclusive Care for the Elderly (PACE)

PACE takes a holistic approach to senior care that delivers all services through a single provider. This is a federally regulated program available to some Aurora residents. Currently, PACE is available in Arapahoe and Adams Counties through Innovage Greater Colorado PACE. For all Medicaid participants, PACE services are supplied at no cost, though discounted private-pay options may be available to Medicare-enrolled seniors.  Applicants must be at least 55 and require an institutional level of care. For more information or to apply, call 888-992-4464.

Colorado Adult Foster Care 

Seniors who need the services offered at an assisted living facility but would prefer a more home-like setting might consider the Colorado Adult Foster Care program. This program offers low-income seniors the opportunity to live in an Elderly Group Home in a communal environment that allows some independence. Typical services offered in an Elderly Group Home include some basic healthcare services, accessible living spaces, meal preparation and assistance with ADLs.  For information about enrollment opportunities, click here

Home Care Allowance (HCA) Program 

Aurora seniors who wish to continue aging at home may opt to apply for the Home Care Allowance Program as an alternative to transferring to a nursing home. Under this program, seniors can self-direct care from a non-spousal caretaker. Chore services and home modifications may be available, but the HCA program is not an entitlement, and waiting lists may apply. More information can be found here.

More Senior Living Resources in Aurora

Resource

Phone Number

Description

Peoria Crossing (720) 251-2100 This private new development offers affordable housing options in a centrally located building near rail lines and Sand Creek Park. Income limits apply, with applicants required to earn no more than 60% of the area median income, which is $39,000 per year for an individual. 
Village at Westerly Creek III (720) 251-2069 This affordable housing option serves seniors aged 62 and older who earn no more than 60% of the Aurora AMI. There are 24 one-bedroom units in the development, and new applicants may be waitlisted pending a vacancy. 
Colorado Property Tax/Rent/Heat Rebate (303) 333-3482 Seniors who paid property taxes, rent or a heating bill may be eligible for a rebate up to a maximum of $792 per year. To qualify, seniors must present documentation of the paid bill and break out specific expenses like heating costs from a general utility bill. 


For additional information and planning, please read our comprehensive guide to paying for senior care in Colorado.