There are 572 assisted living facilities in Colorado. These agencies provide nonmedical services for seniors, including medication reminders, daily meals and snacks and help with daily living activities such as bathing, dressing and eating. They also have social and recreational activities such as fitness classes, resident-led clubs and arts and crafts to help residents stay active and build friendships.

The Cost of Assisted Living in Colorado

In Colorado, seniors pay $4,750 per month for assisted living. This is a little high compared to the national norm of $4,500 as well as care costs in bordering states. Seniors may save a couple hundred dollars monthly by opting for assisted living services in Kansas or New Mexico, where respective rates average $4,580 and $4,498. In Wyoming and Nebraska, fees are lower at $4,169 and $4,076, and in Utah, rates are over $1,000 per month cheaper than in Colorado at $3,500.

While Colorado’s average cost is high compared to national norms, fees in major cities vary considerably. Seniors in Pueblo pay the lowest rates in the state of $3,800. In Fort Collins and Grand Junction, rates are similarly affordable at $4,000 and $4,250. In Colorado Springs, seniors pay $4,663 for care, and in the capital city of Denver, seniors pay higher rates of $5,500. Boulder is the costliest Colorado city for care, with residents paying $6,275 per month.

Choosing Between Assisted Living and Home Care

Assisted living and home care offer similar scopes of service, and both are ideal for seniors with limited care needs. For most seniors, the best option comes down to cost and lifestyle preferences. In Colorado, home care is relatively expensive, with seniors paying $6,387 per month for full-time care. This is in addition to living expenses such as housing, utilities and food. Assisted living is considerably more affordable at $4,750 per month. Along with personal care, assisted living includes housing, meals and recreational activities and, in many facilities, it also covers utility expenses.

Home care may be a good fit for those who want to remain in the comfort and privacy of their own homes, as well as those who want to hire their own caregivers. However, assisted living is a better option for those who want freedom from the responsibilities of homeownership, as well as those who are at risk of social isolation.

Who Should Consider Assisted Living?

Assisted living is ideal for older adults who don’t have extensive medical needs but are having difficulty with day-to-day activities such as housekeeping and meal preparation. Residential care may also be a consideration for those who are seeking social opportunities and access to amenities they may not have at home, such as libraries, swimming pools and exercise equipment.