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

Parker is a small, affluent town near Denver, Colorado, with a rapidly growing population. According to census estimates, the population has increased by 27.2% since 2010 and is now home to 4,385 people aged 65 or older. The town was ranked as the second-best place to live in the entire United States by Money.com in 2020. Many factors make Parker a desirable location, including its natural beauty, clean water and air, low crime rates and community spirit.

Seniors in Parker who require help managing day-to-day activities may need to live in an assisted living community, in which caregivers are available around the clock to help with the activities of daily living. These facilities also provide medication management, help grooming and prepare meals, as well as opportunities to socialize. The average cost of assisted living in Parker is $4,850 per month, according to the Genworth Financial 2020 Cost of Care Survey.

Locals and other seniors considering a move to the area can use this guide to assess the pros and cons, compare the costs and view a list of available resources.

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What to Consider About Assisted Living in Parker

Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE) is responsible for the oversight of assisted living facilities in Parker and the state as a whole. CDPHE staff certify and routinely inspect all such facilities to ensure the safety and well-being of residents.

Benefits and Drawbacks of Assisted Living in Parker

  • Parker has exceptionally good water quality — it has a perfect score of 100 in the BestPlaces Water Quality Index as of 2021, which is far higher than the national average of 55.
  • The city ranks significantly higher than the U.S. overall for its air quality, based on EPA measurements of air pollutants, with a rating of 72 compared to the national average of 58. The cleaner air results in a lower risk level for respiratory illnesses and cancers.
  • Parker is a safe area to live with very low rates of violent and property crimes. The violent crime rate is 12.4 out of 100, and the property crime rate is 20.5. The U.S. averages for these two categories are significantly higher, at 22.7 and 35.4, respectively.
  • Colorado is relatively tax-friendly for older residents, particularly those aged 65 and over, who can take advantage of the $24,000 state tax deduction on all retirement income. This includes income from Social Security, 401(k)s and IRAs. Groceries and medicine are not subject to sales tax in the state, with the latter being most beneficial to seniors in assisted living.
  • Parker’s overall cost of living is very high — 38.4% above average for the U.S. and 17.3% above the Colorado average. The cost of buying a home is the most significant negative element of the city’s cost of living, and assisted living facilities are similarly more expensive. However, health care is 8.6% cheaper than the national average and 4.4% below the state average.

Paying for Assisted Living in Parker

According to the Genworth Financial 2020 Cost of Care Survey, assisted living has a monthly average cost of $4,850 in Parker. Colorado’s monthly average is lower by $275, and the national average is lower by $550.

The Cost of Assisted Living in Nearby Cities

Assisted living is significantly more expensive than some other surveyed areas of Colorado, such as Greeley and Fort Collins, where the costs are $3,515 and $4,118 per month, respectively. Boulder and Colorado Springs are more expensive, however, with monthly averages of $5,100 and $5,340, respectively.

Parker

$4,850

Colorado

$4,575

The United States

$4,300

Boulder

$5,100

Colorado Springs

$5,340

Greeley

$3,515

Fort Collins

$4,118

The Cost of Other Types of Senior Care

Both homemaker services and home health aides in Parker share a monthly cost of $5,720, which is considerably higher than that of full-time care in an assisted living facility. Adult day health care costs roughly one-third of what seniors pay for assisted living, at $1,625 per month. The most expensive option for senior care is a nursing home, averaging between $9,064 and $10,139 depending on room type, although it’s also much easier to qualify for financial assistance in this type of care.

Homemaker Services

$5,720

Home Health Aide

$5,720

Adult Day Health Care

$1,625

Assisted Living Facility

$4,850

Nursing Home Facility (semiprivate room)

$9,064

Nursing Home Facility (private room)

$10,139

Financial Assistance for Assisted Living in Parker

In addition to Medicaid, Colorado provides financial assistance to seniors through an Old Age Pension (OAP) system and offers several other plans aimed at maximizing senior independence, such as an adult foster care (AFC) program administered by counties.

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 Assisted Living Resources in Parker

Parker’s older residents and those with disabilities are served by several nonprofit organizations that are growing alongside the population. Seniors in assisted living or thinking of making the transition to an assisted living community can use the resources below to help clear up any unanswered questions.

ResourceContactService
DRCOG Area Agency on Aging(303) 480-6700The Denver Regional Council of Government (DRCOG) provides many useful services to seniors and people with disabilities in Parker, Douglas County and the wider region. Residents aged 60 and above and their caregivers can seek answers to aging-related questions and concerns, such as long-term care options, insurance, transportation, case management, and publicly-funded programs mandated by the Older Americans Act.
Parker Senior Center(303) 841-5370Parker has a senior activity center located near the center of town that’s open from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. every weekday that hosts senior-friendly exercise classes, activities, social events and learning opportunities for the 50+ population. Annual memberships cost $48, and a schedule of activities and events is available on the website.
Aging Resources of Douglas County(303) 814-4300ARDC provides wide-ranging assistance and outreach for residents aged 60 or older in Parker and the county as a whole. Its goal is to create and maintain a community-based safety net to support the town’s aging population, and it’s largely funded via local donations. Volunteer opportunities for people of all ages are also available, such as helping seniors access the internet, connecting rural residents with needed services and providing general outreach and companionship.

Assisted Living Laws and Regulations in Parker

Parker-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

Reviews of Communities Nearby

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Dan

I am a friend or relative of a current/past resident

Review of Pine Grove Crossing

My father is in Pine Grove Crossing. We got it from my wife's boss, whose dad's in there. The staff is A-plus, very caring, and very informative. I get calls all the time if my dad's condition...

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Steve

I am a friend or relative of a current/past resident

Review of MorningStar Senior Living of Parker

My mother-in-law has moved into MorningStar Senior Living of Parker. I like the amenities and the proximity to our home. The staff is very good and knowledgeable and do a great job. They will...

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Kim

I am a friend or relative of a current/past resident

Review of MorningStar Senior Living of Parker

My mom was at the MorningStar Senior Living of Parker. Their medical care was probably fine for residents that didn't have underlying health issues. My mother has COPD real bad, and she was on...

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