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The 10 Best Assisted Living Facilities in Denver, CO for 2024

Our comprehensive listings and authentic reviews in Denver, CO below include 103 Assisted Living facilities with 1073 reviews. On average in Denver, residents and their loved ones rate Assisted Living options 4.06 out of 5 stars.

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What to Consider About Assisted Living in Denver

The Colorado Department of Public Health & Environment issues licenses and certifications to assisted living facilities in Denver and the rest of the state. To earn their license, each facility must offer room and board, 24-hour supervision, medication management, scheduled activities, arranged transportation and assistance with daily living tasks. Residences undergo a separate process to become Medicaid certified.

Benefits and Drawbacks of Assisted Living in Denver

  • Seniors can request transportation for essential visits, such as doctor's appointments. Denver provides this service for seniors who can't drive or take public transportation for disability reasons, allowing them to maintain their freedom.
  • While Denver's cost of living is 11% higher than the U.S. average, utility costs are 13% lower than the U.S. average, helping seniors offset some expenses. Additionally, groceries cost 6% less than the average.
  • Denver has a fluctuating climate that can reach temperatures of 88° F in the summer but averages 60 inches of snow in the winter, over twice the national average. The city has about 83 rainy days and receives 17 inches of precipitation a year.
  • For health care services and emergency treatment, Denver offers several highly ranked hospitals, including SCL Health St. Joseph Hospital. Some provide specialized care for cancer, diabetes, gastroenterology and other conditions.
  • Denver's Seniors' Resource Center provides free and affordable assistance. Seniors can contact the center to discuss care options, get advice and learn about their social programs, including specialized services for dementia patients.
  • Entertainment options for seniors include parks, zoos, museums, restaurants and theaters. Denver's population allows seniors to experience the city lifestyle while forming close-knit communities.

 

Paying for Assisted Living in Denver, CO

When trying to decide how to pay for assisted living, one of the first questions that comes up is "How much does it cost?" With the impact of inflation, it's more important than ever to have up-to-date information when making a financial plan for senior living. To help shed light on real senior living prices, Caring.com has compiled proprietary cost data from its network of more than 75,000 senior living providers to provide insight into the average cost of assisted living in Denver and 22 other cities in Colorado.

Inflation's Impact on the Cost of Assisted Living in Denver, CO

Inflation and other factors have influenced the price of assisted living in Denver, CO. Costs for this service have gone up by 9.56% in Denver, rising from $3,304 in 2022 to $3,620 in 2023. Fortunately, this increase is similar to the national average of 9.55% but higher than the state average of 5.41%. Average state prices grew from $4,392 to $4,630 in the same period. Increases for Colorado Springs (9.56%), Aurora (9.54%), and Fort Collins (9.55%) are similar to Denver. With such an even rise in costs, seniors can pick a favorable location for assisted living.

Location2022 Cost (Historical)2023 Cost (Current)2024 Cost (Estimated)
Denver$3,304$3,620$3,898
U.S. Average$4,070$4,459$4,802
Colorado$4,392$4,630$5,063
Colorado Springs$4,693$5,142$5,538
Aurora$4,577$5,014$5,400
Fort Collins$4,782$5,239$5,642

Cities in Colorado

Arvada

$4,628

Westminster

$4,511

Lakewood

$4,465

US

$4,000

Englewood

$3,923

Wheat Ridge

$3,922

Denver

$3,640

Aurora

$3,322

Financial Assistance for Assisted Living in Denver

Health First Colorado (the state Medicaid program) provides many waiver programs, although most don't apply to assisted living. The Elderly, Blind or Disabled waiver (EBD) may provide benefits to eligible residents. Assisted living facilities must accept Medicaid to qualify for any waiver; these Medicaid facilities are sometimes referred to as Alternative Care Facilities (ACFs). Colorado's PEAK system can also be used to find out which other nonmedical benefits may apply.

Learn more about these programs, plus who’s eligible, on our Assisted Living in Colorado page.

Financial Assistance in Colorado

More Ways to Pay for 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. Some additional ways to finance assisted living costs include:

  • Veterans Benefits
  • Life Insurance Policy
  • Long-Term Care Insurance
  • Reverse Mortgage

For more information about different ways to finance assisted living, visit our Assisted Living in Colorado page.

Free and Low-Cost Resources for Seniors in Denver,CO

There are many resources in Denver,CO that assist seniors in their retirement. Caring.com has compiled information on local organizations, programs and agencies and categorized them into care types for easy reference.

For information about statewide resources and those in nearby cities, go to Caring’s Colorado state page.

Area Agency on Aging

Retirees can find support and advice on various senior-related issues from their local Area Agency on Aging. The agency provides advice on topics such as financial assistance programs, in-home care and long-term care planning. It also connects seniors and caregivers with community-based resources.

Program NamePhone NumberDescription
Denver Regional Council of Governments (DRCOG) Area Agency on Aging303-480-6700The Area Agencies on Aging in Colorado provide information on local resources and programs for older adults throughout the state. The aim of the agencies is to help seniors remain as independent as possible while receiving the assistance they need to live purposeful lives. Services provided by the AAAs include case management, transportation and health screenings. AAAs offer multiple programs depending on the specific needs of individuals, including adult day programs and congregate and home-delivered meals.

Financial Assistance for Senior Care

Denver seniors wishing to remain in their own homes can find financial assistance from several local resources. These programs and organizations help retirees cover the cost of services such as home care, property modifications and utilities.

Program NamePhone NumberDescription
A Little Help720-242-9032A Little Help is a non-profit organization offering services to seniors in need. Services include transportation to medical appointments, running errands and intergenerational activities. Activities include book clubs, yoga classes and foreign language classes. Seniors can also attend events such as holiday parties and educational lectures.
Colorado Brothers Redevelopment303-202-6340This non-profit organization assists seniors by helping them to apply federal and social benefits. They can also help with financial planning, reverse mortgages and creating living wills. Additionally, members of the group volunteer to help seniors with housework, yard work, home repairs and running errands. All of these services are aimed at helping seniors to successfully age in place. There is no charge for the services.

Food Assistance Programs

Local organizations help ensure elderly citizens have a balanced diet and receive essential vitamins and minerals to remain healthy. Through nutrition programs, congregate meals, home-delivered meals and food pantries, these programs help Denver seniors afford the nutritious food they need.

Program NamePhone NumberDescription
Colorado Volunteers of America Meals on Wheels720-501-3367Meals on Wheels is a national organization that's delivered thousands of meals to seniors in Colorado who are unable to prepare or obtain their own food. In addition to serving the nutritional needs of countless older adults in the state, volunteers provide a valuable service by checking in on the health and well-being of isolated seniors.
Project Angel Heart - Denver Office & Kitchen303-830-0202Project Angel Heart is a Denver Office and Kitchen food assistance program. It provides meal delivery to eligible homebound seniors with severe illnesses to ensure they get the nutrition they need for optimal wellness. Volunteers focus on tasty, medically tailored meals made from scratch with high-quality, fresh ingredients for critically ill residents. The organization serves seniors in the delivery area with diverse needs, such as individuals with diabetes or on a renal, allergy, unseasoned, vegetarian or heart-healthy diet.
Food Bank of the Rockies303-371-9250Seniors who are having trouble affording groceries at their neighborhood market can get the food they need for free or at a very low cost at food pantries across the state. These distribution centers rely on government funding and donations from the community.

Free Used Medical Equipment

Due to the high cost of purchasing new medical equipment, several organizations in Denver collect lightly used medical devices such as wheelchairs, ramps and walkers and distribute them to local seniors and residents in need.

Program NamePhone NumberDescription
Colorado Hospital Equipment Lending Program720-598-6126The Assistance League of Denver loans wheelchairs, bath benches, walkers and other medical equipment to those in need at no cost to the borrower. You are expected to return all equipment once you're finished using it.

Many organizations offer free or low-cost legal services to Denver seniors. Older adults can access advice on issues such as estate planning, living wills and power of attorney. Some firms also act as long-term care ombudsmen, advocating for the rights of seniors in senior living communities.

Program NamePhone NumberDescription
Colorado Long-Term Care Ombudsman Program719-471-2096The Colorado Long-Term Care Ombudsman Program assists seniors living in long-term care communities such as assisted living facilities. They serve as advocates who regularly visit residents and investigate any complaints and claims of abuse, neglect or inadequate care.
Colorado Legal Services - Denver303-837-1313Colorado Legal Services offers free legal advice to low-income residents, including seniors. It assists with civil law issues, such housing, benefits, elder abuse, consumer rights and estate planning. Seniors can apply for legal support online. Demand is high, and the service has limited resources, so clients are considered on a case-by-case basis. Those not eligible for legal help may still benefit from free legal clinics and other informational services the organization provides.
Long-Term Care Ombudsman - Denver303-480-6734The Denver Regional Council of Governments' Ombudsman Program provides advocacy for Englewood seniors. Local Ombudsman offices respond to reports of senior abuse and neglect in long-term care facilities, such as assisted living. Seniors, family members and caregivers can contact their local ombudsman to report concerns related to senior care. The Ombudsman's office also provides community education on topics related to aging and the senior population.

Home Repair and Modifications

Seniors and those with disabilities can access a variety of local resources to help them pay for home repairs and modifications. Programs in Denver have different eligibility criteria and often assist retirees by providing grants or loans.

Program NamePhone NumberDescription
Safety of Seniors Handyman Program - Denver303-297-0408This free program provides installations and repairs for seniors so that they can continue living at home safely and comfortably. Services include accessibility modifications, electrical and plumbing repairs, energy efficiency adaptations, and installing and replacing smoke and carbon monoxide detectors.
Weatherization Assistance Program (WAP) - Denver720-236-1321Your local weatherization provider can help you save money on your heating and cooling bills by providing free energy conservation solutions. Experts will perform an energy audit at your property and then recommend services at no cost, including infiltration sealing, furnace repair, LED light installation, solar energy and air source heat pumps.

Senior Centers

Senior centers in Denver bring together residents through recreational activities and events. Many also offer advice and support on senior issues, run wellness and nutrition programs, and connect older adults with other resources in the local area.

Program NamePhone NumberDescription
Senior Support Services Day Shelter303-832-1622Senior Support Services assist hungry, homeless and low-income seniors in the Denver area. It operates a day center where seniors can safely spend time, socialize and participate in a range of activities. The center provides access to basic medical care and health screenings. A daily hot meal is provided for all seniors at the center. The seniors there have access to transportation and computers with internet access.
Mulroy Senior Center303-892-1540Catholic Charities runs the Mulroy Senior Center in Denver, CO. The center is open Monday through Thursday between 9 a.m. and 2 p.m. The aim of the center is to prevent loneliness and isolation by providing a range of social and educational activities, including puzzles, tai chi, yoga and board games. A free nutritious meal is served at lunch each day for those attending activities at the center.
Southwest Family YMCA Programs for Active Older Adults720-524-2759The Southwest Family YMCA Programs for Active Older Adults offers a wide range of programming for seniors. From fitness classes and aquatic exercises to health initiatives, such as diabetes prevention and blood pressure monitoring, older adults can choose the options which are best suited to their interests and needs. Multigenerational events hosted here help bring teens and older adults together. The YMCA also accepts Silver Sneaker, Silver & Fit and Renew Active programs, which can help reduce costs.

Senior Engagement

Senior engagement resources and programs in Denver help older adults remain active and ensure they contribute to the community. Resources include wellness programs, volunteer opportunities, support groups and organizations that help residents connect with the community to live fulfilling lives.

Program NamePhone NumberDescription
Older Adult Refugees and Friends Program303-455-1000Offered at the Aurora Center for Active Adults through a partnership between the Denver Regional Council of Governments Area Agency on Aging and the Colorado African Organization, the Older Adult Refugees and Friends Program offers seniors in refugee communities aged 60 and older assistance with finding and applying for senior programs. Nutrition classes, social opportunities and recreation classes are also available.
Retired Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP) - Denver303-297-0408The RSVP program is a nationally run program that connects older adults over the age of 55 with meaningful local volunteer opportunities for nonprofit partners. Seniors can get involved in a wide variety of programs, such as tutoring children in schools, delivering meals to seniors, working with veterans and gardening.

Social Security Offices

Social Security offices in Denver help seniors and disabled people access the benefits they're entitled to. Older adults can contact their local office for information about receiving retirement benefits, disability allowance and Supplemental Security Income.

Program NamePhone NumberDescription
Denver Social Security Office800-772-1213Social Security is a source of income available to retirees and people who can no longer work because of a disability. The money for Social Security comes from a payroll tax levied on employers, employees and self-employed individuals. When you retire, you'll receive monthly payments based on how much you earned when you were working.

Transportation Assistance

Assistance is available for seniors unable to access or use private transportation. These community resources help elderly and disabled residents make journeys in and around Denver, allowing them to run errands and attend appointments in the local area.

Program NamePhone NumberDescription
SeniorRide303-299-6503SeniorRide provides transportation services to seniors. Seniors aged 65 and older receive discounted fares on trips. A senior shopper program can also take seniors who can't drive out shopping. The service is available on weekdays only and doesn't operate on holidays.

Veteran's Services

Denver retirees who have served in the U.S. military can find support from local veteran services. These offices and organizations help vets access the benefits they're eligible for and provide advice and information on a variety of issues.

Program NamePhone NumberDescription
Denver Vet Center303-326-0645The Denver Vet Center offers confidential mental health services for veterans, service members and their families. The comfortable location provides a wide range of services for those experiencing PTSD, depression, the effects of military sexual trauma and grief and bereavement. Additional help is available for returning service members transitioning back to civilian life. The center offers individual, couples, family and group counseling in person and through telehealth appointments. This center provides a supportive environment and guidance through life's challenges.

Assisted Living Laws and Regulations in Denver

Denver-area assisted living communities must adhere to the comprehensive set of state laws and regulations that all assisted living communities in Colorado are required to follow. Visit our Assisted Living in Colorado page for more information about these laws.

Assisted Living Laws and Regulations in Colorado

Frequently Asked Questions About Assisted Living in Denver, CO

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Review of Harvard Square Retirement and Senior Living

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Review of Eastern Star Masonic Retirement Campus

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