Assisted Living in Colorado

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Families looking for assisted living in Colorado (CO) have a wide array of communities to choose from, since it's estimated that there are more than 30,000 assisted living communities serving seniors across the U.S., and over 444 statewide. The state is also home to a rapidly growing number of senior citizens, with adults over 65 making up an estimated 14 percent of the population. A resident in an assisted living community in Colorado will pay $3,850 per month on average.

Average Monthly Costs

States near Colorado

$4,978.00 Kansas
$4,627.00 Wyoming
$4,370.00 Colorado
$4,200.00 Nebraska
$4,152.00 Arizona
$4,000.00 US
$3,660.00 Utah
$3,633.00 Oklahoma
Genworth lists the average cost of a private, one bedroom unit in an assisted living community in Colorado as $4,370. This places Colorado on the higher end of the scale at about $400 over the national average, and about $200 higher than the median cost of assisted living in nearby states.

Compare Monthly Care Costs

When it comes to care options, assisted living is just one of several choices available to seniors. Some care options, like part-time in-home care or independent living, may cost less, while others like memory care or skilled nursing are likely to cost significantly more. Seniors can speak with their medical practitioners to receive guidance on what level of care will best suit their needs and abilities.

Nursing Home Care


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Average Monthly Costs

Cities in Colorado

$5,463.00 Boulder
$5,327.00 Colorado Springs
$5,135.00 Denver, Aurora, Lakewood
$4,370.00 Pueblo
$4,316.00 Fort Collins
$4,097.00 Rest Of State
$4,010.00 Greeley
$3,660.00 Grand Junction
When estimating the cost of assisted living, it's important to know that average prices can differ significantly between various parts of Colorado. For example, assisted living rates in areas such as Boulder are at least $1,000 more than the state average of $4,370, but in areas like Greeley, you're saving on average $400. The most affordable region in Colorado for assisted living is Grand Junction at $3,660.

What You Should Know About Assisted Living in Colorado

In Colorado, assisted living facilities are officially known as assisted living residences. Some types of assisted living facilities accept payment from Medicaid. These facilities are called alternative care facilities.

Financial Assistance for Assisted Living in Colorado

Colorado offers several Medicaid and non-Medicaid programs that can help seniors pay for assisted living.

Old Age Pension Program

The Old Age Pension Program delivers financial aid to low-income seniors who are 60 years of age or older to help them attain a minimum monthly income. The cash benefit that this program pays out varies based on a senior’s current income and what the minimum level of accepted income is for a given year. This program may also provide dental and health care benefits to seniors who don't qualify for Medicaid.

Who Is Eligible?

To qualify for this program, an applicant must be at least 60 years of age, a citizen or legal alien of the United States and a resident of Colorado. The length of the applicant’s state residency is not a factor; even those who have recently moved to Colorado may be eligible for this program.

An individual may have up to $2,000 in countable resources and a monthly income of up to 788.

To qualify for dental and medical care, an applicant must be between ages 60 and 64 and must receive the Old Age Pension. Applicants who are eligible for Supplemental Security Income but don't currently receive benefits may be required to sign up for them.

How to Apply

To apply for Old Age Pension, seniors can visit their local Social Security office.

More Ways to Finance Assisted Living

While many families use their own funds or personal assets to pay for assisted living, there are plenty of additional options to cover these costs. Visit our 9 Ways to Pay for Assisted Living page for more information.

Free Assisted Living Resources in Colorado

Colorado offers several free resources for seniors and their families who are researching their long-term care and financing options.

Colorado Area Agencies on Aging

Colorado has numerous local aging programs that provide information and services to seniors and their family members. Some services include mobility assistance programs, meal delivery and respite care. Find out more about Colorado’s Area Agencies on Aging at these regional offices.

Alpine Area Agency on Aging

249 Warren Avenue, P.O. Box 2308, Silverthorne, CO 80498
(970) 468-0295

Boulder County Area Agency on Aging

3482 Broadway St., Boulder, CO 80304
(303) 441-3570

Denver Regional Council of Governments

1290 Broadway, Suite 100, Denver, CO 80203
(303) 480-6700

East Central Colorado Area Agency on Aging

128 Colorado Avenue, Stratton, CO 80836
(719) 348-5562

Larimer County Office on Aging

2601 Midpoint Drive, Suite 112, Fort Collins, CO 80525
(970) 498-7750

Lower Arkansas Valley Area Agency on Aging

13 West 3rd, La Junta, CO 81050
(719) 383-3166

Northeastern Colorado Area Agency on Aging

231 Main Street, Suite 211, Fort Morgan, CO 80701
(970) 867-9409

Northwest Colorado Area Agency on Aging

510 29 1/2 Road, P.O. Box 20000, Grand Junction, CO 81502
(970) 248-2717

Pikes Peak Area Council of Governments/ Pikes Peak Area Agency on Aging

15 South 7th Street, Colorado Springs, CO 80905
(719) 955-0742

Pueblo Area Agency on Aging

2631 East 4th Street, Pueblo, CO 81001
(719) 583-6120

Region 10 Area Agency on Aging

300 N Cascade, Suite 1, Montrose, CO 81401
(970) 249-2436

San Juan Basin Area Agency on Aging

451 Hot Springs Blvd., Pagosa Springs, CO 81147
(970) 264-0501

South Central Colorado Seniors, Inc

1116 3rd Street, PO Box 420, Alamosa, CO 81101
(719) 589-4511

South Central Council of Governments Area Agency on Aging

300 S. Bonaventure Avenue, Trinidad, CO 81082
(719) 845-1133

Upper Arkansas Area Agency on Aging

139 East 3rd Street, Salida, CO 81201
(877) 610-3341; (719) 539-3341

Weld County Area Agency on Aging

315 N. 11th Ave, Bldg. C, Greeley, CO 80631
(970) 346-6950

Assisted Living Laws and Regulations in Colorado

Assisted Living Service Plan Requirements

Assisted living facilities in Colorado are required to have a written care plan for each resident that is reviewed at least annually. These plans must be based on a complete assessment that evaluates health, behavioral, social and physical needs and strengths. Care plans should also outline whether a senior:

  • self-administers medication or needs help from staff
  • needs assistance with any activities of daily living
  • has activity restrictions ordered by their doctor
  • has any dietary needs or restrictions

Assisted Living Admission Requirements

Assisted living facilities in Colorado cannot admit residents who are consistently and completely incontinent unless the resident or the facility’s staff can ensure that it doesn’t become a health hazard for other residents. Facilities cannot admit residents who are entirely bedridden with limited potential for improvement, require 24-hour skilled nursing care, have an acute substance abuse problem, have a communicable disease or are in need of restraints.

If a current resident becomes bedridden, they may continue living in the community if there are enough staff members trained in meeting the needs of bedridden residents, a licensed hospice of home health service ensures that the resident's physical, social and emotional needs are met, and a physician outlines the care services the resident needs.

An assisted living facility cannot admit a resident who needs hospice care. However, long-term residents may receive hospice care in an assisted living facility if the community’s staff have been trained to provide hospice care and doing so will not compromise the care that the other residents receive.

Assisted Living Scope of Care

Assisted living facilities in Colorado are required to provide supervision and protective oversight for residents in a safe and sanitary environment. The facilities must offer assistance with the activities of daily living, transportation and opportunities for socializing and recreation.

Facilities are required to deliver three meals and between-meal snacks every day. Residents should be encouraged to help with meal planning. Therapeutic diets may be offered if a physician has ordered them.

Assisted Living Medicaid Policy

In Colorado, assisted living facilities that accept Medicaid are called alternative care facilities, or ACFs. The state provides assisted living service under two Medicaid Waiver programs:

  • Home and Community-Based Services Waiver for Community Mental Health Supports, which is for seniors, adults with physical or mental disabilities or illnesses and those with AIDS or HIV
  • Elderly, Blind and Disabled Waiver

Assisted Living Facility Requirements

In Colorado, facilities are not required to offer apartment-style units. Facilities built after July 1, 1986, can have a maximum of two occupants per bedroom. There must be one full bathroom for every six residents. Cooking is not allowed in the bedrooms, so in facilities that do not have apartment-style units, a food preparation area for heating and reheating food or making hot beverages have to be provided. Access and use of the food preparation area are subject to the facility’s rules, and only residents who can cook safely are permitted to do so.

Medication Management Regulations

Staff members who assist with administering medication must pass an approved medication course given by a licensed nurse, physician, physician’s assistant or pharmacist, or they have to pass an approved competency test for administering medications. A qualified medication administration person, or QMAP, may administer prescribed and over-the-counter medications, but they may not administer medications via a syringe for injection under the skin or into the bloodstream.

Assisted living facilities are required to keep a copy of the QMAP certificate in the employee’s file. A person who is certified as a QMAP must take a competency test every five years.

Staffing Requirements

Every assisted living facility in Colorado must have a full-time administrator who oversees day-to-day operations and staffing. There has to be at least one QMAP and at least one staff member who has a current certification in adult first aid on site at all times.

While the state has no minimum staffing ratios for facilities that do not accept Medicaid as payment, each assisted living facility should have its own method of determining how many staff members it needs on duty. This includes whether or not the facility has an awake staff 24 hours a day. The expectation is that there will be enough staff members on duty to provide adequate care for residents’ scheduled and unscheduled needs.

Staff Training Requirements

Administrators are required to complete 30 hours of training: fifteen hours covering topics such as residents’ rights, fire safety, emergency procedures, nutrition, and identifying and addressing challenging situations and behaviors, and an additional 15 hours of training covering the personal, social and emotional needs of residents, including medication management, chronic illnesses, the use of community resources and end-of-life care.

Staff members must be given on-the-job training or have relevant job experience for the duties assigned to them. Before staff members can provide direct care for residents, they have to receive training on residents’ rights, first aid and injury response, the facility’s medication administration program and other needs specific to the facility’s residents.

Within one month of employment, staff members must receive training on assessment skills, health emergency response, and identifying and handling difficult situations.

Background Checks for ALR Staff in Colorado

Owners and administrators must undergo a fingerprint background check. Owners are responsible for conducting criminal background checks on administrators to ensure they have never been convicted of a felony that could pose a risk to the safety and well-being of residents. All staff must have criminal background checks, including permanent staff, volunteers and contract staff.

Requirements for Reporting Abuse

In Colorado, everyone who is employed by an assisted living facility in any capacity is a mandated reporter. This means they are required by law to report any abuse, neglect or exploitation they see or have reason to suspect. All reports should be made to their local law enforcement agency.

Assisted Living Facilities in Colorado



Top-Rated Caring Stars Winners in Colorado’s Caring Stars award program recognizes the best assisted living facilities across the U.S. based on reviews from family caregivers and older adults. This award is meant to help older adults and their loved ones find the best assisted living or in-home care option in their area. The list below shows up to 10 listings that have won the most Caring Stars annual awards in their state, sorted by their current overall average rating. For a complete list of Caring Stars winners for each year, please visit our Caring Stars info center.


Keystone Place at Legacy Ridge

Westminster, CO $$$

37 reviews


Brookdale Littleton

Littleton, CO $$

17 reviews


Garden Square of Greeley

Greeley, CO Cost Levels

17 reviews


Lincoln Meadows Senior Living

Parker, CO Cost Levels

14 reviews


The Inn at Greenwood Village

Greenwood Village, CO $$$

17 reviews


New Day Cottages Inc

Colorado Springs, CO Cost Levels

8 reviews


Bear Creek Senior Living

Colorado Springs, CO $$

28 reviews


Brookdale University Park

Denver, CO $$$$

11 reviews


Liberty Heights

Colorado Springs, CO $$$

16 reviews


Brookdale Broadmoor

Colorado Springs, CO $$$

19 reviews