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With its stunning views of the Rocky Mountains and a vibrant atmosphere, Denver, CO, has become a popular place for seniors to retire. The city operates seven public golf courses, and there are world-class private courses scattered throughout the area. Art lovers can enjoy amazing works in the city's two art districts, Denver's Art District on Santa Fe and the River North Art District. The downtown area is also home to a vibrant music and cultural scene.
One of the major draws of Denver is the lovely weather. Although winters can be cold and snowy, many days are sunny and rise above freezing. Summers are mild and cool, with average highs in the upper 80s. This makes it easy for seniors to enjoy golf, walking and other outdoor activities all year.
Read our list of the top 10 assisted living facilities in Denver so you can find the right fit for your senior loved one. Additionally, find out more about the cost of assisted living in Denver and what financial assistance programs are available.
251 S. Colorado Boulevard
Denver, CO 80246
Sunrise at Cherry Creek is located in the upscale Cherry Creek neighborhood, with easy access to shopping and dining. All residents receive weekly housekeeping and laundry services, and a registered nurse visits each month to ensure their needs are being met. We included this facility on our list for its active social calendar, which includes daily fitness classes, spiritual activities and social events, as well as regular off-site excursions. Residents can also sponsor their own clubs and activities.
2451 S. Wabash Street
Denver, CO 80231
Modena Cherry Creek is an upscale, full-service facility offering assisted living and memory care. We included it on our list due to its resort-like atmosphere and numerous amenities, including the Elevation Terrace, a third-floor patio with a fire pit and a stunning view of the Front Range. Residents also enjoy spending time at the Creekside Club, an on-site piano bar and lounge, and relaxing at the full-service Front Range Spa. Concierge services and complimentary transportation are also provided.
2500 South Roslyn Street
Denver, CO 80231
Montage Hills is an upscale, relaxed senior living facility that offers assisted living, memory care and skilled nursing services. The spacious campus includes a pub and sports bar, an ice cream parlor, a theater and a coffee shop, among other amenities. Wi-Fi access is available throughout the facility to help residents and guests stay connected. Residents can show off their green thumbs at the on-site gardens and greenhouse and shoot a game of pool in the billiards room. Montage Hills also prioritizes resident safety with a daily check-in system, in-room emergency call system and 24-hour security.
2020 South Monroe Street
Denver, CO 80210
Brookdale University Park offers a comfortable, carefree lifestyle in an upscale setting. Seniors can have all of their needs met on-site with the library, fitness center, pub and bistro, and they can take advantage of regularly scheduled trips into the community for a change of scenery. The beautifully manicured grounds include well-maintained walking paths, comfortably furnished patios and sunrooms and lovely gardens. Residents can enjoy delicious, freshly prepared meals in the restaurant-style dining area, and menu requests and special needs can be accommodated by the chefs.
111 Emerson Street
Denver, CO 80218
Brookdale Parkplace offers 24/7 staffing and support in an upscale, resort-like setting designed to help seniors enjoy their retirement years. Assisted living residents enjoy weekly housekeeping and laundry services to help free up their time, and concierge and transportation services are available to help them stay active in the Denver community. If they prefer to stay on campus, the busy activities calendar offers daily options ranging from fitness classes to arts and crafts groups. This is a pet-friendly community, so seniors can bring their four-legged friends with them. The 24-hour security system and daily check-ins help ensure resident safety.
5195 West Quincy Avenue
Denver, CO 80236
Located close to the charming town of Morrison, Sunrise of Pinehurst has a comfortable, timeless feel while offering plenty of modern amenities. We included this facility on our list due to its excellent location, which is just minutes away from a world-class golf course, a YMCA with a vibrant Silver Sneakers program and numerous dining, shopping and entertainment options. Seniors who prefer to stay on campus can take advantage of the full activities calendar, which includes fitness classes, creative workshops and social and educational events. Weekly housekeeping and laundry services are provided, and the staff is available 24 hours a day to assist with any needs.
1640 South Quebec Way
Denver, CO 80231
Montage Heights is located close to Highline Canal Trail, which provides plenty of outdoor opportunities for active seniors. Well-maintained walking paths are also available on-site for residents who prefer a shorter stroll, and they can also relax on the comfortable porch and patio areas. During the winter, seniors can warm up in the cozy fireside living room or get together with friends in the community game room. The community chapel has a variety of worship services for religious residents, and the fully outfitted wellness center encourages a healthy, active lifestyle. Computer access is available, and residents and guests can use their own devices to access free Wi-Fi throughout the community.
8101 East Mississippi Avenue
Denver, CO 80247
The Courtyards at Mountain View has an upscale yet comfortably casual atmosphere designed to feel like home. We included it on our list due to its amazing dining options, which include gourmet, chef-prepared dishes served in a restaurant-style setting. Outdoor seating is also available during nice weather. Staff are available 24 hours a day to help with activities of daily living and other needs, and assisted living residents can choose to take advantage of the comprehensive medication management services. Mobility assistance is also available in the form of assisted transfers. The staff provides weekly housekeeping and laundry services, as well as daily bed-making.
150 Quebec Street
Denver, CO 80230
Brookdale Lowry is located in a vibrant area of Denver close to shopping, dining, entertainment and medical facilities. Residents can take advantage of a full calendar of activities, which includes everything from happy hour accompanied by live piano music to learning how to make their own jewelry. Regular trips to shopping centers, local casinos and other fun destinations are also available. The fitness center helps encourage full-body wellness, and walking paths wind throughout the campus to encourage an active lifestyle. There's also a lovely fireside living room for residents to enjoy on chilly days. A beauty salon and bistro are available on-site.
2337 South Forest Drive
Denver, CO 80222
Serenity House provides high-quality assisted living services in a cozy, home-like environment. We included this community due to its high ratio of staff to residents, which helps ensure one-on-one assistance. It is also locally owned and operated, which helps ensure a personal touch. This company has also been awarded the state health department's "Best Practice" award due to its focus on resident safety and dignity. The residential-style home has been fully renovated to be accessible to people who use wheelchairs and walkers, and mobility assistance is available. More specialized services, such as incontinence care and catheter management, are also available in this community.
The cost of senior living in Denver is relatively average when compared with other major cities throughout the state. In fact, according to the Genworth Cost of Care Survey 2018, the costs of both home care and adult day care sit exactly at the state averages. But when looking at other levels of care, costs in Denver are slightly below what's seen in some of Colorado's largest cities.
The average monthly cost of assisted living in Denver is $4,700, which is $700 above the state median and among the highest cost in the state. Costs in Boulder and Colorado Springs are slightly higher, and in Fort Collins, a city that's only slightly smaller than Denver, the cost is considerably lower at $3,950. In smaller cities such as Pueblo, Greeley, and Grand Junction, the average cost of assisted living is far more affordable.
For more information about the best affordable assisted living facilities in Denver visit our Denver Assisted Living page.
Assuming a senior receives 44 hours of care per week, the average monthly cost of home care in Denver is $4,767. When compared to other cities in the state, Denver's costs are on the higher end of the spectrum. While Denver is considerably less expensive than Boulder and Fort Collins, other major cities across the state, including Colorado Springs, have average home care costs that are less expensive.
In Denver, the average cost of adult day care is $1,625 per month, which is right in line with the state median. While the cost in Denver is higher than in Boulder, Fort Collins and Grand Junction, the difference is minimal. When compared to Pueblo, where the average monthly cost of adult day care is $1,950, Denver is quite affordable.
The average monthly cost of nursing home care in Denver is $8,365, which is $473 above the state median. While nursing home costs in Denver are high, In Boulder, the average cost of nursing home care is $9,343, which is nearly $1,000 higher than in Denver and nearly $1,500 higher than the state median. In smaller cities, such as Colorado Springs, Grand Junction and Pueblo, nursing home costs are slightly lower.
Health First Colorado is a long-term care Medicaid state plan that helps eligible seniors in Denver to pay for the cost of senior care. It covers some personal assistance services as well as nursing home care. For seniors who prefer to remain in their home, a Home and Community Based Services (HCBS) waiver plan is available. This plan is designated for elderly and/or disabled individuals who require assistance while living independently.
Both Health First Colorado and the state's HCBS waiver program consider an individual's income, marital status and assets when determining eligibility for assistance. To be eligible, seniors must have an income of $2,250 per month or less and have $2,000 or less in assets. Married applicants who are applying alone are not required to consider spousal income and may transfer a portion of their income to their spouse if necessary. You can apply for Health First Colorado online, in person at a local county office or application assistance site, or by phoning 1-800-221-3943.
Home and Community Based Services Waiver (HCBS)
The HCBS Waiver for the Elderly, Blind and Disabled is for eligible seniors who live independently either at home or in a care facility. It provides assistance with home modifications and personal emergency response systems, as well as adult day care, respite care, and transportation. An option to this waiver called Consumer Directed Attendant Support Services (CDASS) provides seniors with the option to choose a care provider outside of the healthcare industry, such as a close friend or family member. As of 2018, this Medicaid waiver had no enrollment cap or waiting list.
Old Age Pension Program (OAP)
The Old Age Pension (OAP) Program is available to seniors aged 60 to 64 who have a monthly income totaling $788 or less and resources totaling $2,000 or less. Married couples may have resources totaling up to $3,000. Financial assistance is provided to increase income to a minimally acceptable level; therefore, payouts may vary depending on a variety of factors including a senior's monthly income fluctuations and the amount that the state determines to be an acceptable monthly income.
The maximum monthly benefit is $788, and this amount may be reduced as a result of Social Security, Supplemental Security Income (SSI), or Veteran's Benefits. In addition to financial assistance, this program may provide other benefits that include dental and health coverage to seniors who do not qualify for the Health First Colorado Medicaid program. More information can be foundhere.
Adult Foster Care Program (AFC)
The Adult Foster Care Program provides housing and assistance for low-income seniors who require 24-hour non-medical supervision. Living arrangements under the AFC program are similar to assisted living, but facilities are typically smaller homes with a family-type environment. In addition to housing, these programs provide seniors with meals, personal care, transportation, 24-hour supervision, light recreation and medication assistance.
Seniors can apply for this program by visiting their local county's Department of Human Services. Seniors who are enrolled in the HCBS waiver program or receive a Home Care Allowance are not eligible for the AFC program. More information can be found here.
Home Care Allowance Program (HCA)
The Home Care Allowance (HCA) Program provides eligible seniors with additional income to pay for unskilled services that allow them to continue living independently and avoid nursing care. Benefits received under this program can be used to pay any person over the age of 18, including friends, neighbors or family members, for performing basic services and assistance with Activities of Daily Living (ADLs), including things like:
The program is designed to allow seniors to remain living in their home as long as possible and is consumer-directed, which means that participants can allocate the funds however they see fit, provided that benefits are spent within the parameters of the program.
Eligibility is not age-dependent. To qualify for this program, an assessment of the senior's ability to perform ADLs is required. Additionally, their income must not exceed $750 monthly, and assets must not exceed $2,000 or $3,000 for married couples. If the senior owns the home he or she resides in, its total value must not exceed $572,000. Seniors receiving benefits under the HCBS waiver program or the AFC program are not eligible for this benefit.
The Colorado Respite Coalition (CRC) provides education to families and caregivers in the Denver area with the intention of improving respite care for local seniors. The CRC awards grants to families and caregivers to assist in providing quality respite care.
InnovAge PACE provides low-cost or no-cost nursing and memory care to eligible seniors in the Denver area. Seniors enrolled in the program are provided with a team of medical experts and a personal care program.
The Denver Elderly or Disabled Refund Program provides eligible seniors with a partial property tax refund. Eligibility is based on age and income.
The Colorado Department of Revenue offers eligible seniors a quarterly rebate on property tax, rent, and heating costs. Eligibility is based on age and income.
The Colorado Energy Office aids seniors who receive SSI or OAP benefits in reducing energy and increasing the efficiency of their home by providing financial assistance with weatherization, including window replacement and furnace repair.
For additional information and planning, please read our comprehensive guide to paying for senior care in Colorado.