Set at the foothills of the Rocky Mountains, Boulder, Colorado is a city of natural wonders located just 30 minutes from Denver. Its mix of picturesque scenery, outdoor recreation and dynamic arts and culture make it an enjoyable destination for retirees.
With over 150 miles of hiking trails, extensive bike paths and over 60 urban parks, Boulder is the perfect destination for seniors who love the outdoors. Despite its heavy snowfall, winters are relatively mild and summers are sunny, so residents can enjoy getting active year-round. Boulder is also known for having some of the region's best restaurants, many of which can be found in the city's vibrant downtown area, which is also home to a variety of arts and entertainment venues. A low rate of crime, access to leading healthcare facilities and tax-friendliness towards retirees, allow seniors to feel a sense of safety and comfort in their daily lives.
At $5,000 per month, the cost of assisted living in Boulder is more expensive than in the average city in Colorado. Overall living costs are also high compared to statewide and national averages, though there are several programs in place across the state to offer seniors financial support.
If Boulder sounds like the retirement destination for you, check out this list of the top 8 assisted living facilities in the area.
Sunrise of Boulder
3955 28th Street
Boulder, CO 80301
Accommodations for seniors at Sunrise of Boulder assisted living facility are designed to feel like home. From companion suites to individual cottages, there are several options to choose from. Many apartments have kitchenettes, allowing residents to cook in their own homes, although the community dining room also provides three nutritious meals each day for a more social dining aspect. Housekeeping and linen services, as well as laundry facilities, are included. Help with daily living and medication management are available and a certified nurse is on staff during business hours. For resident safety, each unit is equipped with an emergency call system. Socialization is encouraged through planned group activities or quiet time sent in the facility's common living areas.
Brookdale North Boulder
3350 30th Street
Boulder, CO 80301
For seniors who need extra assistance with daily living tasks, medication supervision and reminders or redirection, the staff at Brookdale North Boulder helps with care and dignity. Accommodations in studio, one and two-bedroom apartments are available, and some units have kitchenettes inside allowing residents to cook their own meals. For those who wish to eat communally, the facility's dining room prepares three nutritious meals each day and dietary needs such as low-sodium or diabetic-friendly are accommodated. Group events and outings are arranged by Brookdale to encourage socialization and help residents keep their wits sharp. For physical fitness, residents may enjoy the community exercise room or partake in gentle walking on the grounds.
Brookdale Boulder Creek
3375 34th Street
Boulder, CO 80301
Residents of Brookdale Boulder Creek have several options for accommodations. There are studios and one or two-bedroom apartments, many with a private kitchenette for residents to cook their own meals. The facility's dining room serves three nutritious meals each day, as well as snacks. Housekeeping and linen services are included with each apartment and there are laundry facilities available as well. Games and activities are planned on a regular basis. For less formal socialization, Brookdale has a computer room, TV room and spa. Each resident has a personalized care plan with medication management, nurse supervision and even hospice care where necessary. Transportation to religious services, group outings, shopping trips and medical appointments is provided.
The Mary Sandoe House
1244 Gillaspie Drive
Boulder, CO 80305
Located in a residential neighborhood in Boulder, Colorado, The Mary Sandoe House treats residents to a breathtaking view of the Flatirons. The facility is equipped with many safety and security features, including an emergency call system in each of the private rooms, a fire sprinkler and alarm, wheelchair accessibility and a live-in staff for overnight emergencies. Cable and internet-enabled rooms provide private entertainment, while engaging activities such as games, gardening, cooking, arts and crafts, and off-site trips keep the seniors busy and socially active. Fans of the outdoors can take walks in the private yard or at a nearby park.
The Carillon at Boulder Creek
2525 Taft Drive
Boulder, CO 80302
Resort-style living in The Carillon at Boulder Creek frees seniors from the worries of aging. This pet-friendly senior living community is located within the University of Colorado campus and just 5 minutes from Foothills Hospital and various commercial amenities in Central Boulder. It boasts spacious, fully-equipped, contemporary one-bedroom and two-bedroom apartments, and the integrated setting allows independent and assisted living residents to live together in the same apartment. Various lifestyle amenities include Brookfield's Restaurant, a salon and spa, indoor pool and full-service bar, while exclusive services such as the PrimeFit program and Travel by Leisure Care revitalize seniors. Residents also enjoy various activities including games, foreign languages, meditation, movies, nature walks and concerts.
Flatirons Terrace Retirement Community
930 28th Street
Boulder, CO 80303
Flatirons Terrace Retirement Community offers a relaxed, independent lifestyle with a little extra support. Residents can choose between one- and two-bedroom apartments with multiple spacious floorplans. Each unit has a full kitchen for seniors who prefer to prepare their own meals, or residents can enjoy fresh, chef-prepared meals at the restaurant-like dining room. The friendly staff takes care of housekeeping, maintenance and security, and regular social outings and daily community activities help residents stay connected. Flatirons Terrace offers transportation services to accommodate seniors who no longer drive, as well as garage parking for residents who do. All utilities except telephones are included for added convenience.
Brookdale Meridian Boulder
801 Gillaspie Drive
Boulder, CO 80305
Brookdale Meridian Boulder offers plenty of amenities to keep its residents entertained and to encourage socialization, with a monthly calendar filled with events. Housing options are either a one or two-bedroom apartment, and pets are welcomed. The professional culinary staff prepares three nutritious meals each day, served in the community dining room, or residents may choose to cook in their own kitchens. Parking for visitors and for residents who still drive is provided, and overnight guests are allowed to stay with residents. The outdoor courtyard boasts a koi pond as well as a garden for residents to plant vegetables or flowers. Offsite transportation for medical appointments, shopping excursions and group outings is also provided.
Golden West Senior Residence
1055 Adams Circle
Boulder, CO 80303
Golden West Senior Residence is a not-for-profit community for seniors 62+. It accepts Section 8 vouchers for independent living, Medicaid for assisted living, as well as private pay. This pet-friendly facility is within the residential area east of the University of Colorado and is conveniently minutes from Central Boulder's commercial establishments. The Mezzanine is the dedicated four-story building for assisted living, each floor having a common dining area for added convenience. Golden West offers acupuncture treatments biweekly and a variety of enriching activities including art classes, game nights, root beer float socials, movies and Wii bowling. Residents are also free to join theater groups, book clubs, outdoor excursions and resident council meetings.