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The 10 Best Assisted Living Facilities in Lakewood, CO

Located less than 10 miles from downtown Denver, Lakewood is a burgeoning suburb that has become a destination unto itself. This vibrant community is home to 160,000 residents, including 25,100 seniors, which makes it the fifth-largest city in the Centennial State. It’s also the most populous city in senior-oriented Jefferson County, which is a member of AARP’s national Network of Age-Friendly States and Communities

Older adults in Lakewood enjoy a prime location between downtown Denver and the Rocky Mountain foothills.  The community ranks well for its overall livability. In fact, as part of the Denver area, it’s one of the nation’s top three cities for a healthy retirement. Residents enjoy 247 days of sunshine and pleasant summers that are ideal for spending time on the golf course or exploring the scenic surroundings. Additionally, the community has two top-performing hospitals and more than a dozen assisted living facilities.

According to Genworth Financial, the 2019 average cost of assisted living in metro Denver, including Lakewood and Aurora, is $4,500 per month, which is just 10% higher than the state and national averages. Seniors who want to learn more about their options will find detailed information about 10 of the area’s best assisted living communities in this guide.

Additionally, find out more about the cost of assisted living in Lakewood and what financial assistance programs are available.

Brookdale Lakewood

Offering assisted living and memory care, Brookdale Lakewood is conveniently located in the southern corner of the city near shops, restaurants and the scenic Bear Creek Greenbelt. The community features a complete selection of amenities, including a greenhouse, salon and business center. Residents can curl up with a book in the library, mingle with friends in the spacious dining hall or relax in the fireside living room, which features a piano and flatscreen TV. Brookdale's culinary team develops tasty meals featuring favorites like grilled fish and barbecue chicken, and staff members organize a host of enriching activities, including ice cream socials, midday matinees, B-Fit exercise classes and Friday happy hours.

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Features
  • Four unique floor plans, including companion suites
  • Advanced 24-hour security features for enhanced safety

Rocky Mountain Assisted Living Lakewood

Modeled after a traditional family home, Rocky Mountain Assisted Living Lakewood provides personalized, progressive care in an authentic residential setting between Addenbrooke Park and Belmar. A gourmet communal kitchen, cozy living room and family-style dining area are at the heart of this assisted living home, and residents have access to specially designed accommodations with accessible bathrooms and walk-in tubs. The community offers three nutritious meals, on-site physical therapy and an array of activities and outings.

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Features
  • Thoughtfully designed indoor and outdoor living spaces
  • Personalized care to accommodate changing needs

Brookdale Parkplace

Brookdale Parkplace is a large-scale assisted living facility offering a full continuum of care in a convenient location near Speer Boulevard, Hungarian Freedom Park and the Denver Country Club. Seniors at this pet-friendly community have access to more than 40 amenities, including a coffee shop, library, salon, fitness center and indoor pool. Residents can relax on the shaded patio, borrow a book from the well-stocked library or chat with friends and family in one of the elegant common areas. Additionally, Brookdale Parkplace offers an impressive selection of Optimum Life activities built around six pillars of wellness.

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Features
  • Excellent amenities, including a theater and sports bar
  • Covered garage and carport parking

Lakewood Reserve, A Juniper Senior Living Community

Lakewood Reserve offers assisted living and related services for individuals who prefer to live independently or need extra help managing dementia and cognitive challenges. This centrally located community is in the heart of the city's popular Belmar neighborhood. Residents have access to shops, restaurants, neighborhood parks and a wealth of amenities, including a fitness center, spa and off-site pool. The community has been recognized as a Certified Great Place to Work and a top-performing retirement community, which is why we've included it on this guide to Lakewood's 10 best assisted living facilities.

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Features
  • Extensive activities, including tai chi, gardening and book clubs
  • On-staff nurses and physical therapists offering skilled care

Montage Ridge

Located off West Alameda Parkway, Montage Ridge offers assisted living, memory care and skilled nursing in a convenient setting between the top-performing St. Anthony Hospital and scenic Green Mountain natural area. Residents at this pet-friendly, family-owned community benefit from 24-hour nurse staffing and advanced security features, including in-room emergency response systems. Montage Ridge features an almost endless list of amenities, including a sunroom, library, game room, craft studio and café. The community also employs skilled nurses and physical therapists to protect residents' health and well-being.

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Features
  • Diverse apartment-style floor plans with walk-in closets
  • Cable, internet and integrated Wi-Fi for optimal connectivity

The Granville Assisted Living Center

The Granville Assisted Living Center is located in the heart of Lakewood near Wadsworth Boulevard and West Colfax Avenue. This independently owned community offers a rich array of amenities, including a library, formal cloister-style garden and cozy sitting areas. Residents can choose from a selection of efficient floor plans featuring plush carpeting, private bathrooms and covered balconies. This community stands out for its long-time staff and focus on serving low- to moderate-income seniors, which is why we've featured it on this guide to Lakewood's 10 best assisted living communities.

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Features
  • Robust activities, including games, parties and local trips
  • Convenient location steps from the Wadsworth light rail station

Sunrise of Pinehurst

This Bronze-level National Quality Award winner offers assisted living, respite stays and multiple levels of memory care in a storybook Victorian-style manor surrounded by walking paths and carefully tended grounds. Accommodations at Sunrise of Pinehurst feature kitchenettes, accessible bathrooms and oversize windows that let in the Colorado sunshine. Residents have access to a formal dining room, a rocking-chair porch, comfortable fireside sitting areas and well-equipped activity spaces for crafts, baking parties, games and live music. The community also has a book club and discussion groups for residents who enjoy good conversation.

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Features
  • Special dietary options to accommodate medical needs and personal preferences
  • Advanced medical services available through community partners

The Homestead at Lakewood

The Homestead at Lakewood is conveniently located off Wadsworth Boulevard near several popular shopping areas. Ranked as one of the area's top senior living providers by Denver's 5280 magazine, this facility offers independent and assisted living, including options for low-income seniors. Housed in a Spanish-style villa, the community features well-manicured grounds with outdoor living areas, walking paths and colorful gardens. Seniors can choose from a selection of thoughtfully designed studio and one- or two-bedroom floor plans featuring spacious closets, efficient kitchenettes, accessible bathrooms and individual temperature controls. Residents also have access to a TV room, pool table and patios.

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Features
  • Personal care, including meal preparation assistance
  • Weekly laundry and housekeeping

Gardens on Quail

Gardens on Quail is a state-of-the-art senior living community offering a full continuum of care ranging from independent living and rehabilitation to skilled nursing. This community has a five-star rating from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, and its advanced care team, which includes on-site physicians, has earned it recognition as one of the best assisted living facilities near Lakewood. Residents are treated to a wealth of amenities, including a putting green, heated walking paths, spa room and gourmet restaurant. Staff members organize weekly activities and special events, including live music, art therapy, men's club meetings, summer luaus and Friday happy hours to keep residents active and socially engaged.

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Features
  • Move-in ready, fully furnished studios and companion suites
  • Exceptional amenities, including a greenhouse and retro diner

Sunrise at Cherry Creek

Situated in Denver's popular Cherry Creek neighborhood, this Sunrise Senior Living Community offers assisted living and memory care in a convenient location minutes from shops, restaurants and the area's iconic 40-mile greenway. This four-story community features an array of well-appointed common areas, including a fireside living area, cheery bistro and sunlit activities room with an upright piano. Residents take part in a diverse selection of daily and weekly activities, including fitness classes, religious services, craft projects, games and off-site excursions.

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Features
  • Monthly wellness checks from the community's nursing team
  • Success-driven Sunrise Live With Purpose activities

The Cost of Senior Living and Care in Lakewood

Lakewood, a suburb of Denver, has a higher cost for assisted living and nursing home care for seniors than the rest of the state, according to the Genworth 2018 Cost of Care Survey. Assisted living and nursing home care are the most expensive options for Lakewood seniors. Adult day care and homemaker services, billed at an hourly rate, are the lowest costing senior care both in Lakewood and across Colorado. 

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

How much does Assisted Living Cost in Lakewood?

Assisted living costs in Lakewood are among the highest in the state, at $4,700 per month, comparable to the other large metro areas of Boulder and Colorado Springs, averaging $5,000 and $4,875, respectively. Smaller towns such as Grand Junction, Greeley and Fort Collins all have assisted living costs notably lower than Lakewood, averaging between $3,350 and $3,950 per month.   

How much does Home Care Cost in Lakewood?

Homemaker services, non-medical care for seniors living in their own homes, average $25 per hour in Lakewood. The Colorado state median for these services is also $25 per hour.

Assuming an average of 44 hours per week, homemaker services in Lakewood will cost an average of $4,767 per month, comparable to several other cities in Colorado. Colorado Springs, Fort Collins and Greeley all average between $4,500 and $4,900 monthly for homemaker care. Boulder, again, is notably higher than Lakewood, with homemaker services averaging $5,339 per month.

How much does Adult Day Care Cost in Lakewood?

Adult day care costs are the least expensive senior care choice for Lakewood residents and all of Colorado. With an average of just $1,625 per month, Lakewood senior day care affords respite for caregivers and opportunities for seniors to socialize. Average costs for major Colorado cities are all within a few  hundred dollars per month of Lakewood, with the exception of Pueblo, notably higher at $1,950. 

How much does Nursing Home Costs in Lakewood?

Nursing home care in Lakewood averages $8,365 for a semi-private room, falling in the middle of the Colorado average for larger metro areas. Smaller towns, such as Pueblo and Grand Junction, are notably lower, at $7,604 and $7,740, respectively. Boulder’s costs are much higher than Lakewood, nearly $1,000 more per month for a semi-private room. Private rooms in a skilled nursing facility will be higher than other types of care for Lakewood and all of Colorado.

Financial Assistance Programs in Lakewood

Medicaid Program in Lakewood

All Colorado residents are eligible for Health First Colorado, the state’s Medicaid program, if they meet certain income requirements and eligibility guidelines. Individuals who are blind, aged 65 and older, or have a qualifying disability, are eligible. Lakewood Medicaid recipients receive coverage for a wide range of services, including: 

  • Behavioral health
  • Dental services
  • Emergency care
  • Hospitalization
  • Laboratory services
  • Outpatient care
  • Prescription drugs
  • Preventive and wellness services
  • Primary care
  • Rehabilitative services

Elderly Lakewood residents may also receive coverage for nursing home care or in-home health and personal care services. Other benefits may include telemedicine, for those with difficulty leaving their homes, and vision coverage, including eye exams and necessary eyewear. Home health services for up to 60 days are also covered, as are some mental health services. 

Lakewood seniors may be eligible for financial assistance with assisted living costs through their Medicaid benefits. The facility must be Medicaid certified by the state of Colorado. Not all assisted living facilities are Medicaid certified, and not all facilities accept Medicaid payment. Those facilities that are certified and accept Medicaid payment may have restrictions on the number of Medicaid beds available. The number varies for each individual facility. 

There are two different levels of Medicaid services available for Lakewood residents. Those who reside in nursing home facilities may receive free Institutional/Nursing Home Medicaid services. This is an entitlement program, which means no caps, although the benefits are only provided in nursing home facilities. Regular Medicaid, including Medicaid for seniors and the blind or disabled, offers benefits to those living in their own homes or those that participate in adult day care. This is an entitlement program, as well. All eligible Lakewood residents will receive assistance. 

Eligibility for Health First Colorado is determined by income and assets. Income includes monies derived from employment wages, alimony, pensions, Social Security and Social Security Disability Income, Veteran’s benefits, railroad retirement annuities, IRA withdrawals, other retirement income and stock dividends. For married couples, only the applicant spouses’ income is considered. Assets, including bank accounts, cash and real estate (besides the applicant’s primary residence) are also considered. More information may be found here. 

Individuals applying for Medicaid in Lakewood have an income threshold of $771 per month, while married couples, jointly applying, have an income cap of $1,157. For those applying for Institutional/Nursing Home Medicaid, the individual income limit is $2,231 per month, while married couples applying jointly have a monthly income limit of $4626. 

Lakewood residents may apply for Medicaid in person at 900 Jefferson County Parkway, Golden, CO 80401, or online here

Other Financial Assistance Programs

Home and Community-Based Services (HCBS) Medicaid Waiver

This is the only Medicaid-funded waiver for Lakewood residents. It’s intended for those who are unable to qualify for Health First Colorado basic Medicaid insurance. When in the context of the elderly, seniors aged 65 and older, this waiver is also referred to as the Elderly, Blind and Disabled (EBD) waiver program. Services are for those who would otherwise need nursing home care and include: 

  • Personal care services for activities of daily living
  • Homemaker services
  • Adult day care
  • Transportation
  • Respite care for caregivers
  • Home modifications or electronics for independence, including TTY
  • Assisted living facility accommodations
  • Community transition services

Eligibility is determined by the Options for Long Term Care agency. The program has an income cap of 300 percent of the Federal Poverty Level. In addition, individuals may not be residents of a nursing home to qualify, as the program is designed for in-home care services. The program allows all recipients to determine their own home healthcare aide, including non-spousal family members; however, family members must be employed and supervised by a home health agency. More information about eligibility and how to apply may be found here

Old Age Pension (OAP)

Lakewood seniors aged 60 years and older may qualify for the Old-Age Pension program, which is funded through the state of Colorado. Those with incomes less than $771 per month may receive supplemental money that brings their total monthly income to $758 per month. Income is defined as retirement income, Social Security benefits, pensions and alimony. Those applying may be asked to apply for Social Security if they are eligible. More information about the OAP, including how to apply, may be found here

Colorado Adult Foster Care 

This program is intended for low-income elderly residents of Lakewood and is similar to an assisted living facility but in a less formal, more intimate setting. Foster homes, also known as Elderly Group Homes, allow seniors to live in a communal environment and retain a measure of independence. Some healthcare services are provided, as well as home modifications, meal preparation and assistance with daily living tasks. To read more and find information about enrollment opportunities, click here

Home Care Allowance (HCA) Program 

Lakewood residents who wish to remain in their own homes instead of enrolling in nursing home care may be eligible for this non-entitlement program. Financial assistance is provided for non-medical care, allowing seniors to remain in their own homes with modified independence. Chore services, as well as limited home modification and upkeep, are also provided.  With the financial assistance rendered, seniors may also choose their own in-home caretakers, excluding spouses. More information, including eligibility guidelines and how to apply, may be found here.

More Senior Living Resources in Lakewood

Resource

Phone Number

Description

Jefferson County Housing Authority

(303)422-8600

The Jefferson County Housing Authority provides rent assistance for Lakewood residents through the Section 8 assistance program. This is funded through the Housing and Urban Development Department and will pay a portion of the housing bill for those who qualify. Applicants are to pay 30 percent of their monthly income as rent, and HUD will fund the balance. This program has a waiting list; applicants are considered on a first come, first served basis.

Property Tax/Rent/Heat/Fuel Rebates Assistance

(303) 333-3482

Seniors who meet certain income guidelines may be eligible for property tax, rent or home heating cost rebates. Income caps vary each year, although the requirements typically average less than $13,000 for an individual and $18,000 for a married couple. To receive this benefit, those applying must submit proof that they have paid the rent, property tax or fuel bill. A portion of that payment will be rebated to the individual. Seniors can apply at the Colorado Department of Revenue.



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