Fort Collins doubles as the northern anchor of the Front Range urban corridor and the home of Colorado State University. As the fourth-largest city in Colorado, Fort Collins is home to 169,810 residents, 10.6% of whom are seniors ages 65 and up. The city’s senior population is substantially smaller than the national average of 16.5%. Fort Collins’ mountain-studded horizons, enjoyable summer weather and wealth of natural beauty make it an ideal retirement destination for seniors.

Assisted living facilities are ideal for seniors who struggle to age in place, needing day-to-day assistance with daily living activities such as grooming, housekeeping and transportation. They’re good for seniors who need extra assistance but don’t need the around-the-clock, advanced level of care provided by nursing homes. Seniors living in Fort Collins pay an average of $4,000 per month for assisted living care, $750 less than the statewide average ($4,750) and $500 less than the U.S. average ($4,500).

This guide covers the basics of assisted living in Fort Collins. Keep reading to learn more about average assisted living rates in nearby cities, benefits and drawbacks of retiring in Fort Collins and resources for seniors living in assisted living communities.

Directory of Assisted Living Facilities in Fort Collins, CO

Collinwood Assisted Living and Memory Care

5055 S. Lemay Ave., Fort Collins, CO, 80525

Collinwood Assisted Living and Memory care is nestled in Fort Collins, Colorado next to the beautiful Fossil Creek Park and Harmony Medical Campus. Residents are delighted by the facility’s spacious r … (read more)
Collinwood Assisted Living and Memory care is nestled in Fort Collins, Colorado next to the beautiful Fossil Creek Park and Harmony Medical Campus. Residents are delighted by the facility’s spacious r … (read more)

Brookdale Fort Collins Assisted Living

1002 Rule Drive, Fort Collins, CO, 80525

Brookdale Fort Collins is an assisted living facility located near route 287 in Fort Collins, Colorado. This facility prides itself in offering personalized care to residents to ensure that they recei … (read more)
Brookdale Fort Collins is an assisted living facility located near route 287 in Fort Collins, Colorado. This facility prides itself in offering personalized care to residents to ensure that they recei … (read more)

2019

MacKenzie Place Fort Collins

4750 Pleasant Oak Drive, Fort Collins, CO, 80525

Across from KinderCare, surrounded by shopping and restaurants, and minutes from the nearest hospital, MacKenzie Place Fort Collins is an assisted and independent living and memory care facility in Fo … (read more)
Across from KinderCare, surrounded by shopping and restaurants, and minutes from the nearest hospital, MacKenzie Place Fort Collins is an assisted and independent living and memory care facility in Fo … (read more)

Eagles Nest Assisted Living LLC

1026 Salmon Run, Fort Collins, CO, 80524

Eagles Nest Assisted Living LLC is situated in Fort Collins, Colorado. Residents and their loved ones give this senior facility high marks for the warmth and professionalism of the staff, the family-l … (read more)
Eagles Nest Assisted Living LLC is situated in Fort Collins, Colorado. Residents and their loved ones give this senior facility high marks for the warmth and professionalism of the staff, the family-l … (read more)

Fox Meadows Assisted Living

4021 Spruce Drive, Fort Collins, CO, 80526

Fox Meadows Assisted Living in Fort Collins, Colorado, is a small facility loved for its cozy atmosphere, country charm and personalized service. Loved ones appreciate the high level of care given to … (read more)
Fox Meadows Assisted Living in Fort Collins, Colorado, is a small facility loved for its cozy atmosphere, country charm and personalized service. Loved ones appreciate the high level of care given to … (read more)

Residence at Oakridge

4750 Wheaton Dr, Fort Collins, CO, 80525

After my father had a near fatal accident living in his home at the age of 92 we had to find a safe and caring place for him to reside. After checking out all the current facilities available we de … (read more)
After my father had a near fatal accident living in his home at the age of 92 we had to find a safe and caring place for him to reside. After checking out all the current facilities available we de … (read more)

Good Samaritan Society – Fort Collins Village

508 W Trilby Road, Fort Collins, CO, 80525

Good Samaritan Society – Fort Collins is an assisted living facility nestled between route 287 and the Colina Mariposa Natural Area. This facility has a nursing home on campus, so if independent resid … (read more)
Good Samaritan Society – Fort Collins is an assisted living facility nestled between route 287 and the Colina Mariposa Natural Area. This facility has a nursing home on campus, so if independent resid … (read more)

New Mercer Commons

900 CENTRE AVENUE, Fort Collins, CO, 80526

New Mercer Commons is an assisted living facility located near Colorado State University in Fort Collins, Colorado. Family and residents give the facility high marks for the skilled and attentive staf … (read more)
New Mercer Commons is an assisted living facility located near Colorado State University in Fort Collins, Colorado. Family and residents give the facility high marks for the skilled and attentive staf … (read more)

Spring Creek Health Care Center

1000 East Stuart Street, Fort Collins, CO, 80525


Meadowlark Assisted Living

1214 Catalpa Place, Fort Collins, CO, 80521

Meadowlark Assisted Living is located in a quiet, beautiful neighborhood near the Maxwell Natural Area in Fort Collins, Colorado. Family and residents give this facility high marks for the home-like a … (read more)
Meadowlark Assisted Living is located in a quiet, beautiful neighborhood near the Maxwell Natural Area in Fort Collins, Colorado. Family and residents give this facility high marks for the home-like a … (read more)

MorningStar Assisted Living & Memory Care of Fort Collins

3509 Lochwood Dr., Fort Collins, CO, 80525

Morning Star is located just south of downtown Fort Collins, directly across the street from Warren Park. Its location offers easy access to Warren Lake, and the facility is served by a bus stop, conn … (read more)
Morning Star is located just south of downtown Fort Collins, directly across the street from Warren Park. Its location offers easy access to Warren Lake, and the facility is served by a bus stop, conn … (read more)

Barlow Assisted Living Inc

2320 W Prospect Rd, Fort Collins, CO, 80526


Live to Assist

2914 W Prospect Rd, Fort Collins, CO, 80526


Terry Lake Assisted Living Inc

3629 WOODRIDGE ROAD, Fort Collins, CO, 80524


Turnberry Place Assisted Living

2401 Turnberry Road, Fort Collins, CO, 80524


A Friend Of The Family LLC

875 Crabapple Drive, Loveland, CO, 80538


Wellington Assisted Living

8126 5th Street Po Box 173, Wellington, CO, 80549


COVID-19 Rules for Assisted Living in Fort Collins

Since most COVID-19 rules for Assisted Living Communities and other Senior Living Facilities are set at the state level, you can view the specific rules for your state on our Guide to Assisted Living in Colorado. Keep in mind that every community has specific policies that they put in place to protect their residents, so you should contact your local community for more information. Additionally, you can contact your local Area Agency on Aging to learn more – find contact information here.

What to Consider About Assisted Living in Fort Collins

The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment’s Health Facilities and Emergency Medical Services Division oversees and licenses assisted living facilities in the Centennial State. The state agency hosts numerous resources for consumers, including an assisted living facility search tool complete with facilities’ inspection reports and citations; other information provided includes each facility’s bed count, administrator, facility type and more.

Benefits and Drawbacks of Assisted Living in Fort Collins

  • While Fort Collins, like the rest of Colorado, is home to beautiful natural sights, it’s also home to considerably cold winters. With nine months of the year receiving significant snowfall, Fort Collins (48 inches) receives nearly twice as much snow as the U.S. average (28 inches) and hits an average January low of 15.3 degrees Fahrenheit, 2.1 degrees warmer than Colorado’s state average. On the bright side, Fort Collins experiences mild summers and receives 237 days of sunlight per year, considerably more than the national average of 205 days.
  • Fort Collins has a low median age of 29.3, significantly younger than the U.S. median (37.4), thanks in large part to Colorado State University, the second-largest college in Colorado by enrollment. The city is nationally renowned for its pleasant college town atmosphere, having been ranked the No. 9 Best College Town in America in 2017. Seniors may enjoy the town’s diversity, making Fort Collins an interesting place to live. 
  • Although Fort Collins’ overall cost of living is 2.8% below Colorado’s state average, it’s 18.3% above the national average, making it an expensive place to live. The median home price here is $487,800, more than two-thirds the national median of $291,700 despite being $800 cheaper than the statewide average. Although housing is expensive, health care (–3.6%), utility (–8.7%) and transportation (–12.6%) costs are all considerably below U.S. averages.
  • Fort Collins plays host to numerous parks, open spaces and government-protected natural areas. The city’s western horizon features views of snow-capped mountains, making for a beautiful backdrop that’s no further than a glance away.
  • Seniors interested in bringing their families to Fort Collins may appreciate the city’s future job growth prospects, with its job market expected to grow 51.8% over the next decade. This rate is significantly greater than the U.S. average of 33.5%. 

Paying for Assisted Living in Fort Collins

According to Genworth’s 2021 Cost of Care Survey, seniors living in Fort Collins pay an average of $4,000 per month for assisted living care. This rate is $750 below Colorado’s statewide average ($4,750) and $500 below the U.S. average ($4,500).

The Cost of Assisted Living in Nearby Cities

Other major cities in Colorado charge anywhere from $3,800 (Pueblo) to $6,275 per month (Boulder) for assisted living care, making Fort Collins one of the most affordable cities for senior care in Colorado. Seniors living in Denver, which doubles as the most populated city in Colorado and the state’s capital, pay an average of $5,500 per month for assisted living care. On average, assisted living facilities in Colorado Springs, the second most populated city in the state, charge $4,663 per month. 

$4000

Fort Collins

$4750

Colorado

$4500

The United States

$6275

Boulder

$5500

Denver

$4663

Colorado Springs

$3800

Pueblo

The Cost of Other Types of Senior Care

Assisted living is one of the most affordable senior care options in Fort Collins. Adult daycare, which only provides weekday care, costs just $2,773 per month. Assisted living is next up, averaging $4,000 per month. Home care and home health care, which provide in-home living assistance to seniors who struggle to live independently, both cost $6,101 per month. Nursing home care averages between $9,079 for semiprivate rooms and $9,785 per month for private rooms. 

$6101

Home Care

$6101

Home Health Care

$2773

Adult Daycare

$4000

Assisted Living

$9079

Nursing Home Facility (semiprivate room)

$9785

Nursing Home Facility (private room)

Financial Assistance for Assisted Living in Fort Collins

There are several options available to help you pay for assisted living in Fort Collins, including Supplemental Security Income Category G.   State programs include Health First Colorado and the Colorado Old Age Pension.

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

Paying for Assisted Living Facilities 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 Assisted Living Resources in Fort Collins

Fort Collins is home to many free resources for seniors who live in assisted living communities. Nonprofit organizations and local government agencies provide a range of supports and services to assisted living residents, including long-term care ombudsman, civil legal assistance, mental health counseling and voucher programs.

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Contact

Service

(970) 498-7750

Colorado is home to 16 area agencies on aging that serve the state's senior population. The Fort Collins area is represented by the Larimer County Office on Aging, which provides senior supports including dental and vision services, transportation and family caregiver support. The Larimer County Office on Aging also offers several voucher programs and options counseling for seniors currently living at home. 

(970) 493-2891

Colorado Legal Services is a nonprofit organization that offers free legal advice, provides in-court representation and holds legal clinics on a wide range of civil legal matters. CLS assists seniors with estate planning, assisted living facility complaints, public benefit applications, family law and more. The organization's website is filled with informative resources such as explanations of court processes and self-help guides for responding to denied disability benefit applications.

(303) 862-3524

The Colorado State Long-Term Care Ombudsman Program strongly advocates for residents of assisted living facilities throughout the Centennial State. Dozens of staff and volunteer long-term care ombudsman promote and protect residents' state and federal rights. They primarily operate by visiting assisted living facilities and building relationships with residents, ensuring their rights are being upheld. Relatives, friends, employees, administrators and community members can all contact the long-term care ombudsman.

(970) 221-5176

The Fort Collins Vet Center, run by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, offers confidential help to active-duty military members, veterans and their family members in a non-medical setting. Licensed, experienced counselors frequently help clients with depression, post-traumatic stress disorder and other mental health diagnoses. Other types of counseling offered include family and grief and bereavement counseling. The Fort Collins Vet Center also holds biweekly creative arts therapy and game groups. 

(970) 484-7498

The Colorado Volunteer Income Tax Assistance program, which has five locations in Fort Collins, helps seniors file their annual income tax returns. Colorado VITA locations also frequently offer Tax Counseling for the Elderly. TCE provides participating seniors with helpful information regarding the basics of tax returns, tax filing requirements and resources. 

Assisted Living Laws and Regulations in Fort Collins

Fort Collins Assisted Living Communities must adhere to the comprehensive set of state laws and regulations that all Assisted Living Facilities 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