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

Located just southwest of Denver, Lakewood, CO, is a bustling town of over 155,000 residents, nearly 17% of whom are aged 65 and older. The city offers beautiful views of the Rocky Mountains and a wealth of entertainment options by way of restaurants, shopping venues and activities. Plus, the additional metropolitan offerings of Denver are just a stone’s throw away. Lakewood is home to 41 assisted living facilities, offering a wide variety of care and lifestyle options.

Assisted living offers seniors a balance of homelike comforts and independence with around-the-clock access to the extra care they may need. Older adults who can no longer live in their own homes safely can benefit from on-site assistance while still enjoying private apartments, regular activities, social opportunities and excursions. While total care costs can vary by facility, the median cost of assisted living in Lakewood, CO, is $5,500—slightly higher than the median costs for Colorado and the United States as a whole.

This guide is designed to inform seniors about assisted living options and costs, helping them to compare alternatives within the Lakewood and broader Colorado areas. A list of resources, including agencies and programs that serve seniors, is also included.

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What to Consider About Assisted Living in Lakewood

Assisted living facilities in Lakewood and the rest of Colorado are overseen by the Department of Public Health and Environment, Health Facilities and Emergency Medical Services Division. The department is in charge of licensing and inspecting all state facilities, as well as creating and enforcing the policies and procedures relevant to assisted living care.

Benefits and Drawbacks of Assisted Living in Lakewood

  • In addition to more than 40 assisted living centers, Lakewood is home to an abundance of health care facilities, including the highly rated St. Anthony’s Hospital, which houses a Level I trauma center and a comprehensive stroke center.
  • The city’s Lakewood Rides program offers no-cost transportation on request to all residents aged 60 or older, as well as disabled residents of any age. This program offers transportation for dining, grocery trips and individual appointments.
  • The cost of living in Lakewood, CO, is higher than the U.S. average. However, much of this figure is influenced by the higher-than-average home costs. The costs of health care and utilities, by contrast, are below the national average. The city has also been enjoying both population and job growth in recent years.
  • Average air quality in Lakewood is rated as moderate, and the area enjoys four distinct seasons with plenty of sunshine. In fact, Lakewood averages just 18 inches of rain per year—compared to a U.S. average of 38 inches—and sees 247 sunny days annually. However, with a yearly average of 65 inches of snow, winters in Lakewood may be difficult for some residents.
  • Since 2019, Jefferson County, CO, has been a member of the AARP Network of Age-Friendly Communities, a network of cities, counties and states where government workers have joined forces with AARP to bring the best resources to planning and policy-making for seniors. 
  • Lakewood is home to a thriving arts and entertainment scene, with a variety of programming available to suit all interests. The community activity catalog boasts a large range of recreation options aimed specifically at older residents.

Paying for Assisted Living in Lakewood

The median monthly cost of assisted living facilities in Lakewood, CO, is $5,500, though costs and fees can vary from one facility to another.

The Cost of Assisted Living in Nearby Cities

The cost of assisted living in Lakewood is higher than the average in Colorado and the nation as a whole. Specifically, the national median cost of assisted living care is $4,500 per month, while the cost in Colorado runs slightly higher at a median rate of $4,750 per month. Among the larger cities in Colorado, however, Lakewood hits a middle-of-the-road price point. While Colorado Springs and Fort Collins offer cheaper monthly costs of $4,663 and $4,000, respectively, the monthly price of assisted living in Boulder is higher at $6,275 per month.

Loveland

$5,500

Colorado

$4,750

United States

$4,500

Colorado Springs

$4,663

Boulder

$6,275

Fort Collins

$4,000

The Cost of Other Types of Senior Care

Other types of senior care cost notably more than assisted living. In the Lakewood, CO, area, in-home care and home health care are more expensive, at $6,769 and $6,864, respectively. Residence in a semiprivate room in a nursing home facility costs much more, at $8,669 per month. The only less expensive option is adult day health care, which costs an average of $2,275 monthly in Lakewood.

In-Home Care

$6,769

Home Health Care

$6,864

Adult Day Health Care

$2,275

Assisted Living Facility

$5,500

Nursing Home (semiprivate room)

$8,669

Note: Data for Lakewood, CO, was unavailable, so data for the nearest city, Denver, CO, was used instead.

Financial Assistance for Assisted Living in Lakewood

Colorado’s state Medicaid plan, Health First Colorado, helps pay assisted living costs for qualified seniors. Medicaid offers several waivers for eligible individuals. In addition, there are several non-state funded programs available to seniors in need. 

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

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 Lakewood

Older adults living in the Lakewood, CO, area have access to a wide variety of resources to make their lives more comfortable. Through the following resources, seniors can find helpful information on counseling, advocacy services, veterans’ affairs, recreational programs and durable medical equipment loans.

ResourceContactService
Agency on Aging(303) 480-6700As the Agency on Aging for an eight-county region, the Denver Regional Council of Government offers services for older adults and people with disabilities, including counseling, elder abuse prevention, case management and more.
Ombudsman(303) 480-6734This is a federally mandated advocacy service that protects the rights of residents in assisted living facilities and nursing homes. The services are free to all residents in the metro Denver area.
Lakewood Vet Center(732) 905-0327Part of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, the Lakewood Vet Center provides free non-medical services to veterans and their families, including counseling for trauma and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).
Lakewood Older Adult Services(303) 987-4820The city of Lakewood offers a wealth of resources for older adults in the community, including access to the community center, recreation activities, transportation services, wellness initiatives, travel opportunities and more.
South Metro Medical Equipment Loan Closet(720) 443-2013The South Metro Medical Equipment Loan Closet (SMMELC) provides no-cost, short-term (up to 3 months) loans of durable medical equipment to adults 18 years and older. They accept donated equipment and also offer some equipment on a permanent basis.

Assisted Living Laws and Regulations in Lakewood

Lakewood 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.

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Review of The Granville Assisted Living Center

I am giving The Granville 3 stars for the following reasons. I am a relative of a former resident. Mom lived at the Granville for several years and I THOUGHT is was a great place. The facility is...

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Anthea

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Review of Lakewood Reserve

Lakewood Reserve was a very nice facility. It was newly remodeled. I felt like it was too far from where I wanted my mom to be. I thought that the person who gave me the tour was great. She was...

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Katie

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Review of Cadence Lakewood

I toured Cadence Lakewood. It's very nice. We saw the rooms and the meeting rooms inside. We didn't have a meal, but we liked what we saw. The layout of the place stood out for me. We saw a studio...

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Hello Katie! Than you so much for touring our community. We're so glad you enjoyed it! If we can answer any questions or help you further, please let us know! - Cadence Lakewood

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