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Page Reviewed / Updated – October 13, 2020

The 10 Best Assisted Living Facilities in Centennial, CO

Nestled at the base of the Rocky Mountain Front Range, Centennial is less than 16 miles southeast of Denver and part of the Denver metro. Formed in 2001, it’s a relatively new city but already the 10th most populous city in Colorado.

Centennial sees significant snowfall nine months of the year with an average of 73 inches of snow annually. This doesn’t stop outdoorsy seniors from enjoying the 2,500 acres of open space and parks the city has to offer, including the award-winning Center Park.

Although Centennial’s cost of living is 34.5% higher than the national average, its health costs are slightly lower. Violent and property crime rates are significantly lower than the national average with Centennial previously appearing on safest cities lists.

Note: Information for Centennial wasn’t available, so data from the Denver area was used.

See our list of the top 10 assisted living communities in Centennial to see if one is right for you. Additionally, find out more about the cost of assisted living in Centennial and what financial assistance programs are available.

Peakview Assisted Living & Memory Care

Peakview Assisted Living has a picturesque location with expansive views of the Rocky Mountains and nearby Cherry Creek State Park and Aurora Reservoir. It offers a wide array of activities, volunteer groups, classes and community events for residents to stay as busy as they’d like. Assisted living services ensure residents can enjoy new experiences with the support they need to maintain their independence. Other amenities and services include a fitness center, exercise classes, housekeeping and laundry services, scheduled transportation, an on-site beauty salon, outdoor gathering spaces and a cozy lounge with fireplace.

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Features
  • Pet-friendly community with studio and one-bedroom apartments of various sizes
  • At Your Service® dining program gives residents the flexibility to dine on their time

Sunrise at Cherry Creek

We included Sunrise at Cherry Creek in our top 10 for its Sunrise Live With Purpose™ programming that delivers a robust schedule of success-oriented activities designed to encourage brain health and social engagement. Located 16 miles northwest of Centennial in Denver, Sunrise displays a charming elegance with its comfortable sunroom and fireplace lounges. Friendly, fully trained staff members are available 24/7 and provide many physical, social, educational, creative and spiritual activities, including Zumba classes, live musical performances and scheduled group trips. A licensed on-staff nurse provides monthly wellness visits.

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Features
  • Pet friendly community with weekly housekeeping and personal laundry services
  • Medical support provided by St. Joseph Hospital, Rose Medical and National Jewish Hospital

Brookdale Lowry

Denver's Brookdale Lowry supplies a myriad of amenities and services, making it convenient for residents to remain on campus. Some of its many services include concierge service, postal services, meeting rooms, guest suites and WiFi access throughout the facility. On-site amenities include a beauty salon/barbershop, fitness center, arts and crafts studio, wellness center, business center, chapel, theater, game room, therapy room café/bistro, library and private dining room. The pet friendly community also caters to the unique interests and hobbies of its residents with a wide variety of assisted living activities and programs.

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Features
  • Caregivers assist with activities of daily living as necessary
  • Studio, one-bedroom and two-bedroom apartments feature private bathrooms, ample closet space and emergency response systems

Rose of Sharon Valentia

Rose of Sharon Valentia provides licensed assisted living care using a personal, individualized approach. Live-in caregivers assist with daily activities of living, medication management and administration and vitals monitoring, including weight, temperature, blood pressure and pulse oximetry. Residents choose private or semi-private rooms with private or shared bathrooms. All meals and snacks are provided daily. Light housekeeping and individualized laundry and linen service with noted allergies are included. The facility also supplies staff escorted transports for outings, engaging daily activities and fun weekly entertainment.

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Features
  • Physician and clinician oversight available with in-home visits provided
  • Alternative care includes Foley catheter care, blood glucose checks and ostomy care

Springbrooke Retirement & Assisted Living

Springbrooke Retirement & Assisted Living in central Denver made our list for its personalized approach to dining plans, housekeeping and clinical support that allows residents to only request what they need. Locally owned and managed and completely remodeled in 2008, the 40-apartment assisted living community provides a safe supportive and stimulating environment to residents aged 62 and older. Springbrooke customizes services and programs to meet individual needs and has a full calendar of senior activities, fitness classes, educational events, crafts, outings and social hours to give residents something fun to look forward to every day.

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Features
  • Studio and one-bedroom apartments include large closets, private balconies, full kitchens and 24/7 emergency call systems
  • Rounding physicians and on-site physical, occupational and speech therapy

Vi at Highlands Ranch

Located eight miles southwest of Centennial, Vi at Highlands Ranch made our top 10 list because it’s a Life Plan Community with Living Well programming that encourages all-around wellness in body, mind and spirit. It offers nearly 300 programs each month to ensure residents find activities that help them feel engaged and healthy, including fitness classes, lectures, day trips and resident-led clubs. Assisted living apartments include one-bedroom and two-bedroom layouts designed to feel spacious and inviting with private bathrooms, individual climate controls, wall-to-wall carpeting and emergency call systems. Caregivers staff the facility 24/7 under the supervision of a licensed nurse.

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Features
  • Weekly light housekeeping and linen services provided
  • Additional fee-based services include pharmaceutical, transportation, dry cleaning, salon and barbershop services

Brookdale University Park

Brookdale University Park is a pet friendly assisted living community on the southern edge of Denver, about eight miles north of Centennial. Residents enjoy private studio apartment residences and a full range of activities that change daily. Care staff are available on campus 24/7 and residents also take advantage of concierge service. Residents are encouraged to spend time outdoors with beautifully landscaped grounds that include a courtyard, walking paths and a garden. Other amenities include a putting green, woodworking shop, fitness center, café/bistro, theater, arts and crafts studio and beauty salon/barbershop.

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Features
  • 24-hour security system with keypad entry
  • Carport and surface parking available for visitors’ and residents’ vehicles

Montage Hills

We recommend the family-owned and operated Montage Hills in Denver because every employee is an experienced professional whose licensed and certified in their field. Residents enjoy spacious living options, including studio and one-bedroom apartments, and a variety of community amenities and regular social events that keep them active and engaged. Amenities and services include community kitchen, private dining room, special dietary menus, community excursions, transportation to appointments, emergency response systems in every room, library, arts and crafts studio, garden area, gardening activities, walking paths and beauty salon/barbershop.

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Features
  • Access to multiple outdoor and indoor courtyards and patios
  • Therapy room, wellness center and 24/7 care staff on-site

Brookdale Parkplace

Brookdale Parkplace makes our top 10 because it features all the amenities of a fine resort hotel and a diverse continuum of care designed to provide residents with the ideal blend of wellness and independence. Its 24/7 care team assists with activities of daily living and medication management. Private residences range from cozy studios to spacious two-bedroom apartments with ample closet space, natural light, wall-to-wall carpeting and housekeeping. Services and amenities include fine dining, café/bistro, indoor pool, whirlpool, hot tub, pub/sports bar, garage and carport parking, postal services, bank, clinic, therapy room and wellness center.

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Features
  • Pet friendly community
  • Daily check-in system with 24-hour security and emergency alert systems

Sunrise at Orchard

Located 15 miles northwest of Centennial, Sunrise at Orchard in Littleton offers various conveniences close to home with its location next to the Koelbel Library and across from a supermarket and shopping center. The pet friendly community boasts senior-friendly living spaces designed for safety and comfort. Residents have their choice of spacious apartments with full bathrooms and emergency call response systems. Programs and activities include physical, social, educational, creative and spiritual opportunities to engage, learn and enjoy each day. Restaurant-style dining featuring from-scratch cooking and fresh fruit, snacks and beverages are always available at the bistro.

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Features
  • Medical support provided by nearby Kaiser Permanente and Littleton Adventist Hospital
  • Over 65 types of fruits and vegetables featured on community menus every month

The Cost of Senior Living and Care in Centennial

The cost of senior living in Centennial tends to be the same as the state median or above it, according to the 2018 Genworth Cost of Care Survey. All types of senior living costs in Centennial are higher than the national average.

Centennial seniors should expect to pay around $4,700 per month to reside in an assisted living facility. This is $700 per month higher than the state and national average of $4,000.

Home care costs in Centennial, which average $4,767, are on par with the state median but higher than the national average of $4,004. Average monthly adult day care costs in Centennial are also the same as the state average, at $1,625 per month, but $65 more per month than the national average.

At $8,365, average monthly nursing home costs in Centennial are higher than both the state and national median. The Colorado state average for monthly assisted living costs is $7,892, which is $473 month less than Centennial’s average, and the national median for monthly nursing home care costs is $7,441, which is $924 less than Centennial’s monthly average.Note: Senior care cost data wasn’t available for Centennial, so the data for the closest city, Denver, was used.

How much does Assisted Living Cost in Centennial?

Seniors who need regular help with their normal activities of daily living might want to consider assisted living. Before making that decision, it’s important to know that at $4,700 per month, Centennial’s average cost of assisted living is one of the highest in the state. In fact, only Boulder, with assisted living costs averaging $5,000 per month, and Colorado Springs, with monthly assisted living costs averaging $4,875, are higher.

Pueblo’s monthly average assisted living costs are $700 per month less than those in Centennial and are on par with the state average. Fort Collins has a monthly average assisted living cost of $3,950, which is $750 per month less than Centennial. Greeley and Grand Junction have the lowest average monthly assisted living costs in the state. Both have averages that are more than $1,000 per month less than Centennial. 

How much does Home Care Cost in Centennial?

Home care costs in Centennial are comparable with the state median at $4,767 per month. Boulder has the highest average monthly home care cost at $5,339, and Fort Collins is right below that at $4,887 per month — $120 per month more than Centennial’s average. Greely’s average monthly home care costs are also slightly less than Centennial’s at $4,624 per month.

Pueblo has the lowest average monthly cost of home care in the state at $4,195, which is $572 per month lower than the average in Centennial. Colorado Springs and Grand Junction have average monthly home care costs that fall between Pueblo’s and Centennial’s at $4,567 and $4,528 respectively.

How much does Adult Day Care Cost in Centennial?

Centennial’s average monthly cost for adult day care matches the state average of $1,625. This is $325 per month less than Pueblo’s average monthly cost of $1,950 and $98 per month less than the $1,723 monthly average in Colorado Springs.

Grand Junction has the lowest average monthly adult day care costs in the state at $1,408, which is $217 per month less than the average in Centennial. Boulder comes in just above that at $1,463 per month on average, and Fort Collins average monthly cost of adult day care is $1,560, which is $65 per month less than the average in Centennial.

How much does Nursing Home Costs in Centennial?

Even though Centennial’s average monthly cost of nursing home care, which is $8,365, is $473 more than the state average, it isn’t the highest average in Colorado. At $9,343 per month on average, the cost of nursing home care in Boulder is the most expensive — $978 per month more than the Centennial average. Greely’s average cost of nursing home care is also higher than Centennial’s at $8,578 per month.

Fort Collins has an average monthly nursing home care cost of $8,197, only slightly lower than that in Centennial, and the average cost of nursing home care in Grand Junction and Colorado Springs come right behind that at $7,740 and $7,772 respectively. Pueblo’s average monthly cost of nursing home care is the lowest in the state, at $7,605, $760 per month less than the monthly average in Centennial.

Financial Assistance Programs in Centennial

Medicaid Program in Centennial

Medicaid in Centennial is referred to as Health First Colorado. Funded by both the state and the federal government, Medicaid is an entitlement program. This means that any Centennial senior who meets the program’s eligibility requirements is entitled to receive program benefits.

Health First Colorado covers the cost of nursing home care. It also includes the cost of some personal care services for seniors residing in assisted living facilities and those who need home health care services or adult day care.

To qualify for Health First Colorado, seniors age 65 and older must have a monthly income that doesn’t exceed $2,500. Married seniors who are applying individually for Health First Colorado aren’t required to disclose their spouse’s income. In fact, if a senior’s income exceeds the monthly income limits set by the state, they can transfer a portion of their monthly income to their spouse to ensure they qualify for benefits.

Centennial area seniors who meet Health First Colorado’s financial requirements can apply:

Other Financial Assistance Programs in Centennial

Elderly, Blind and Disabled Waiver

Seniors who have physical or neurological impairments and need assistance paying for the cost of assisted living, home health care or adult day care can apply for the Elderly, Blind and Disabled Waiver — one of several Home and Community-Based Waivers for Centennial residents. Seniors in Centennial who want to apply for this waiver program are required to have a monthly income that’s less than three times the current Federal Supplemental Security Income  (SSI) limit, be a recipient of Health First Colorado benefits and have assets totaling less than $2,000 in value ($3,000 for married couples). Qualified seniors who want to apply for the Elderly, Blind and Disabled Waiver program online or by calling (800) 221-3943.

Adult Foster Care (AFC) Program

Seniors who need help covering the cost of additional services so they can reside in an adult foster care home instead of a nursing home can apply for the Adult Foster Care program. In addition to housing, the Adult Foster Care program provides 24-hour supervision, transportation, meals, medication assistance and personal care services. This is an entitlement program, so all seniors who meet the program’s eligibility requirements can receive the program’s benefits. 

Eligible seniors must:

  • Be receiving either OAP or SSI income
  • Need 24-hour supervision
  • Have a monthly income that doesn’t exceed $788 for OAP recipients or $750 for SSI recipients
  • Assets that aren’t valued at over $2,000 for individual seniors or $3,000 for married couples

Seniors interested in applying for the Adult Foster Care program can learn more about the application process here.

Old Age Pension (OAP)

The Old Age Pension plan provides financial assistance to seniors between the ages of 60 and 64 who have assets valued at $2,000 or less and a monthly income less than $788. Married couples can still qualify for the program as long as they have assets that aren’t valued at more than $3,000. 

The OAP has a maximum monthly payout of $788, but the amount varies depending on the total monthly amount of the senior’s SSI or veterans benefits. Because of this, seniors who qualify for this program aren’t simply awarded a lump sum each month. The amount each senior receives varies because it’s the difference between the acceptable annual minimum income for the year and the senior’s annual income.

The Old Age Pension plan also has the OAP Health and Medical Care plan for eligible seniors who don’t qualify for Health First Colorado. Centennial seniors can learn more about applying for the OAP plan here.

Home Care Allowance (HCA) Program

The Home Care Allowance program provides Centennial seniors with financial assistance to cover the cost of services needed to prevent placement in a nursing home. Benefits received through this program can be used to pay for:

  • Laundry assistance
  • Help with household chores
  • Assistance with basic mobility
  • Help with dressing, grooming and bathing

In order for Centennial seniors to qualify for the Home Care Allowance program, they must either be receiving Supplemental Social Security (SSI) income or be enrolled in the Colorado Aid to the Needy Disabled program. Additionally, individual seniors who have more than $2,000 in assets don’t qualify for the HCA program. Married couples can have assets valued up to $3,000 and still qualify.

Keep in mind that the HCA program isn’t an entitlement program. This means there may be an annual cap on the number of participants, resulting in a waiting list for the program. Seniors interested in the HCA program can learn more about it, including how to apply, here.

More Senior Living Resources in Centennial

Resource

Phone Number

Description

Denver Housing Authority  (720) 932-3020 The Denver Housing Authority offers a subsidized housing program for seniors in the Centennial area. This includes apartment complexes that are for seniors only, including Barney Ford, North Lincoln Park Mid-Rise and Walsh Manor. The organization also runs the area’s Section 8 program, which provides monthly rent vouchers to program participants. These programs are not entitlement programs, so seniors should expect to be placed on a waiting list when they apply.
Program of All-Inclusive Care For the Elderly (PACE)  (888) 992-4464 The Program of All-Inclusive Care For the Elderly offers a personal needs allowance to Centennial area seniors who need help covering the out-of-pocket expenses associated with services an items not covered by Health First Colorado. InnovAge runs the PACE program in the Centennial/Denver area. It also has two affordable senior housing communities: Thornton Senior Housing and Pinewood Housing Community.
Denver Human Services  (720) 944-4347 The Denver Human Services department has a property tax relief program that helps seniors remain in their homes. The program doesn’t lower seniors’ property taxes, but it does provide a partial refund on property taxes for seniors age 65 or older who meet the program’s income requirements.
Low-Income Home Energy Assistance (LIHEAP)  (720) 944-4347 The Denver County Department of Human Services handles LIHEAP applications for Centennial area seniors. LIHEAP helps low-income households cover the cost of some of their utility bills. Participants must meet the program’s income requirements for the season, which can change each November.


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