Thornton is a city located just ten miles north of Denver in Colorado. It’s part of Adams and Weld counties and is known for its vast open spaces and beautiful foothills. There are 1,000 acres of developed park and recreation centers in the city. According to the 2019 U.S. Census estimates, the city has a population of 141,464, of which 9.3% are aged 65 or older. Thornton’s beautiful scenery and rich art and culture scene make it a popular retirement destination for active seniors.

Assisted living facilities help seniors who are generally healthy and active stay independent for longer by providing a safe, home-like environment where they can receive assistance with personal care, housekeeping, meals and the activities of daily living. These services are aimed at seniors who struggle to remain in their own homes but don’t require full-time nursing home care. Thornton seniors can expect to pay $4,850 per month for assisted living, $275 a month more than the state average.

This guide explores assisted living and other senior care options in Thornton. Also, it provides some links to services that help seniors access support and information to help them choose their care options.

Directory of Assisted Living Facilities in Thornton, CO

Park Regency Assisted Living and Memory Care, Thornton

12610 Hudson St., Thornton, CO, 80241

The Park Regency Assisted Living and Memory Care facility in Thornton, Colorado, is a large, active senior community located in the north Denver suburbs. Highly regarded among residents, their familie … (read more)
The Park Regency Assisted Living and Memory Care facility in Thornton, Colorado, is a large, active senior community located in the north Denver suburbs. Highly regarded among residents, their familie … (read more)

Bonaventure of Thornton

12281 Washington Center Parkway, Thornton, CO, 80241

Bonaventure of Thornton has really gone down hill in the nearly 2.5 years they’ve been open. Once a premier facility with top notch employees, they currently run so short staffed and tend to hire e … (read more)
Bonaventure of Thornton has really gone down hill in the nearly 2.5 years they’ve been open. Once a premier facility with top notch employees, they currently run so short staffed and tend to hire e … (read more)

Karambi Assisted Living Home

12951 Clarkson Circle,, Thornton, CO, 80241

For the past few years, I had been helping my aunt who lived 6 states away. During COVID she had been alone in her room and was mentally, physically, and emotionally deteriorating. I brought her to … (read more)
For the past few years, I had been helping my aunt who lived 6 states away. During COVID she had been alone in her room and was mentally, physically, and emotionally deteriorating. I brought her to … (read more)

Arcadia Glenn

3897 E 133rd Ct, Thornton, CO, 80241

Located in northwestern Thorton, just outside Boulder, Colorado, is Arcadia Glenn, a small assisted living community nestled in an active residential neighborhood. Home-cooked meals delivered to resid … (read more)
Located in northwestern Thorton, just outside Boulder, Colorado, is Arcadia Glenn, a small assisted living community nestled in an active residential neighborhood. Home-cooked meals delivered to resid … (read more)

Rocky Mountain Assisted Living Thornton

3331 E 120th Avenue, Thornton, CO, 80233

My relative is a resident of Rocky Mountain Assisted Living & Memory Care-Thornton. It’s nice and the help is good. He has his own room, they wash his clothes every day, make his bed, and I’m happ … (read more)
My relative is a resident of Rocky Mountain Assisted Living & Memory Care-Thornton. It’s nice and the help is good. He has his own room, they wash his clothes every day, make his bed, and I’m happ … (read more)

The Villas at Sunny Acres

2501 East 104th Avenue,, Thornton, CO, 80233

The Villas at Sunny Acres are tucked away peacefully in Thornton, Colorado, which is easily accessible from E 104th Avenue. The Villas lie within the stunning 64-acre landscape, which acts as a proper … (read more)
The Villas at Sunny Acres are tucked away peacefully in Thornton, Colorado, which is easily accessible from E 104th Avenue. The Villas lie within the stunning 64-acre landscape, which acts as a proper … (read more)

Lit’l Patch of Heaven Inc

8330 Clarkson St, Thornton, CO, 80229

Lit’l Patch of Heaven, Inc., is conveniently located in a thriving community in Denver. The facility is a smaller one and as a result, it has a higher staff-to-patient ratio. This means that each resi … (read more)
Lit’l Patch of Heaven, Inc., is conveniently located in a thriving community in Denver. The facility is a smaller one and as a result, it has a higher staff-to-patient ratio. This means that each resi … (read more)

2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2018

Keystone Place at Legacy Ridge

11180 Irving Drive, Westminster, CO, 80031

Keystone Place at Legacy Ridge is located in Westminster, Colorado, adjacent to Big Dry Creek. Visitors are amazed by the facility’s amenities, including a billiards room, fitness center, beauty parlo … (read more)
Keystone Place at Legacy Ridge is located in Westminster, Colorado, adjacent to Big Dry Creek. Visitors are amazed by the facility’s amenities, including a billiards room, fitness center, beauty parlo … (read more)

2015

Sunrise of Westminster

10280 North Sheridan Boulevard, Westminster, CO, 80020

Sunrise of Westminster is a cottage-style senior living community located in Westminster, Colorado, just a short drive from Denver. Located on six acres of gorgeous land, this facility is touted by re … (read more)
Sunrise of Westminster is a cottage-style senior living community located in Westminster, Colorado, just a short drive from Denver. Located on six acres of gorgeous land, this facility is touted by re … (read more)

2015, 2016

Northglenn Heights Assisted Living Community

11475 Pearl Street, Northglenn, CO, 80233

Northglenn Heights Assisted Living Community is nestled alongside a river in Northglenn, Colorado. Residents have access to an exercise room, arts and crafts classes and professional haircuts at the s … (read more)
Northglenn Heights Assisted Living Community is nestled alongside a river in Northglenn, Colorado. Residents have access to an exercise room, arts and crafts classes and professional haircuts at the s … (read more)

Brookdale Arvada

7720 Allison Street, Arvada, CO, 80005

Brookdale Arvada is a senior care home in Thornton, Colorado. The grounds are home to luxury apartments and dining areas with a village-like feel. Seniors enjoy having full access to a gym to keep act … (read more)
Brookdale Arvada is a senior care home in Thornton, Colorado. The grounds are home to luxury apartments and dining areas with a village-like feel. Seniors enjoy having full access to a gym to keep act … (read more)

The Gardens at St. Elizabeth

2835 West 32nd Avenue, Denver, CO, 80211

I visited Gardens at St. Elizabeth and would love to go there, but I am not sure I can afford it. I have eaten good meals there. They do different kinds of activities and had anything you could want, … (read more)
I visited Gardens at St. Elizabeth and would love to go there, but I am not sure I can afford it. I have eaten good meals there. They do different kinds of activities and had anything you could want, … (read more)

2015

The Argyle

4115 W. 38th Avenue, Denver, CO, 80212

The Argyle is an older place but it’s satisfactory. The staff seem friendly and cooperative. The layout is fine and dandy; but then again, it’s an older facility and it lacks air conditioning. The mea … (read more)
The Argyle is an older place but it’s satisfactory. The staff seem friendly and cooperative. The layout is fine and dandy; but then again, it’s an older facility and it lacks air conditioning. The mea … (read more)

Arbor View Senior Living

8001 W 71st Avenue, Arvada, CO, 80004

My wife is staying in Arbor View Senior Living. She’s happy where she’s at now. It’s pretty nice. She likes it. She’s got some neighbors she hangs out with and they do daily activities. She’s pretty h … (read more)
My wife is staying in Arbor View Senior Living. She’s happy where she’s at now. It’s pretty nice. She likes it. She’s got some neighbors she hangs out with and they do daily activities. She’s pretty h … (read more)

Atria Westminster (Now Open)

9560 Sheridan Boulevard, Westminster, CO, 80031

My husband has only been in Atria Westminster for several weeks. I don’t have any complaints, the food is good, which was his complaint with where he was previously. It’s a nice place and I think the … (read more)
My husband has only been in Atria Westminster for several weeks. I don’t have any complaints, the food is good, which was his complaint with where he was previously. It’s a nice place and I think the … (read more)

Legend of Broomfield

12600 Lowell Blvd , Broomfield, CO, 80634

Legend of Broomfield was very, very nice. Spencer, their director of sales, still reaches out to me to assist us in any way possible. They had lovely amenities, like a really nice dining room and a re … (read more)
Legend of Broomfield was very, very nice. Spencer, their director of sales, still reaches out to me to assist us in any way possible. They had lovely amenities, like a really nice dining room and a re … (read more)

Sunnyslope Estate Senior Living

11255 – 11275 Grant Drive, Northglenn, CO, 80233

Located in Northglenn, Colorado, Sunnyslope Estate Senior Living is just a few minutes away from Northglenn Marketplace, Charles C. Winburn Park and Legacy Ridge Golf Course. Loved ones are impressed … (read more)
Located in Northglenn, Colorado, Sunnyslope Estate Senior Living is just a few minutes away from Northglenn Marketplace, Charles C. Winburn Park and Legacy Ridge Golf Course. Loved ones are impressed … (read more)


Gentle Hearts 1

10185 West 71st, Arvada, CO, 80004

On a peaceful cul-de-sac in charming Arvada, Colorado, a memory care facility called Gentle Hearts 1 certainly lives up to its name. The experienced staff provides continual care to ensure the safety … (read more)
On a peaceful cul-de-sac in charming Arvada, Colorado, a memory care facility called Gentle Hearts 1 certainly lives up to its name. The experienced staff provides continual care to ensure the safety … (read more)

The Retreat at Church Ranch

10190 Wadsworth Blvd, Westminster, CO, 80021

The Retreat at Church Ranch is located in Westminster, Colorado, with convenient access to the Denver Boulder Turnpike and a short drive from the Butterfly Pavilion and Shops at Walnut Creek. Relative … (read more)
The Retreat at Church Ranch is located in Westminster, Colorado, with convenient access to the Denver Boulder Turnpike and a short drive from the Butterfly Pavilion and Shops at Walnut Creek. Relative … (read more)

What to Consider About Assisted Living in Thornton

In Colorado, assisted living facilities are regulated by the Department of Public Health and Environment, Health Facilities and Emergency Medical Services Division. Facilities are required to meet certain standards regarding staffing, care provided, health and safety and other issues. Facilities may be subject to regular inspections to ensure they are operating in compliance with state requirements.

Benefits and Drawbacks of Assisted Living in Thornton

  • The cost of living in Thornton is 22.8% higher than the national average. Assisted living facilities offer room and board as a part of their fee, making it easy for seniors to manage their budgets. Seniors who enjoy the stunning scenery and open spaces may feel the higher cost of living is worthwhile.
  • Colorado is a reasonably senior-friendly state when it comes to taxes. Groceries and medicines are tax-exempt, and the state income tax system offers seniors large deductions on their retirement incomes.
  • Violent crime rates in Thornton are lower than the state and national averages, but property crime rates are slightly above average. Seniors can feel safe while out in the community and feel confident at home, too, since assisted living facilities usually have security measures in place to give residents peace of mind.
  • Colorado has a reasonably comfortable climate, with warm summers and mild winters, but some snow. Thornton has an average of 245 sunny days, 40 more than the national average. The city also sees less rain than many other parts of the United States.
  • Seniors should find it easy to access quality medical care. The North Suburban Medical Center is a highly rated hospital with an on-site emergency department and a Medical Surgical ICU. The Vibra Hospital of Denver is also located in Thornton.
  • The air quality in Thornton is considered good according to the Air Quality Index. This has not always been the case, but in recent years there have been some significant efforts to reduce harmful emissions, making the city a more appealing retirement choice for those with respiratory issues.

Paying for Assisted Living in Thornton

According to the Genworth Financial Cost of Care Survey, the average monthly cost of assisted living in Thornton is $4,850. This is above the state average of $4,575 and the national average of $4,300.

The Cost of Assisted Living in Nearby Cities

Assisted living in Thornton is more expensive than most other parts of Colorado. Greely is the most affordable city in the state, with fees of $3,515 per month. Nearby Fort Collins also has comparatively low fees, at $4,118. To the east in Grand Junction, fees are $3,995, and to the south in Pueblo, costs are similar at $3,900.

$4850

Thornton

$4575

Colorado

$4300

The United States

$4118

Fort Collins

$3515

Greely

$3900

Pueblo

$3995

Grand Junction

The Cost of Other Types of Senior Care

Assisted living is one of many care options available in Thornton. Seniors who require only limited daytime care may find adult day health care a suitable option, costing just $1,625 per month. Homemaker services and home health aides deliver services in the senior’s own home, each for an average of $5,720 per month. Nursing home facilities charge the highest fees, at $9,064 for a semiprivate room or $10,139 for a private room.

$5720

Homemaker Services

$5720

Home Health Aide

$1625

Adult Day Health Care

$4850

Assisted Living Facility

$9064

Nursing Home Facility (semiprivate room)

$10139

Nursing Home Facility (private room)

Note: Care cost data for Thornton was not available, so data for the Denver area was used instead.

Financial Assistance for Assisted Living in Thornton

Colorado provides Thornton residents with two waiver programs to support seniors in paying for their care in assisted living facilities: the Supported Living Services Waiver and the Elderly, Blind and Disabled Waiver.

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

Financial Assistance for Assisted Living in Thornton

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 Thornton

There are many free resources available for seniors living in or considering moving to Thornton. Nonprofit organizations and local government agencies both offer various services, information and support to help seniors retain their independence and access the care they need.

ResourceContact Service
Adams County Aging Network(303) 818-7232The Adams County Aging Network is a collection of community organizations that work with seniors in the local area. Together, they provide a voice for seniors and their caregivers, help older adults stay engaged in the local community and deliver services to support seniors in retaining as much independence as possible. It hosts regular meetings to bring seniors and service providers together and has a large network of resources to help seniors with varying needs.
DRCOG Area Agency on Aging(303) 480-6700The Denver Regional Council of Governments Area Agency on Aging serves those aged 60 and over in Denver and the surrounding areas. It provides various services, including help with long-term care, transportation, legal services and recreation. The agency also maintains a directory of other support organizations and service providers, which can be accessed online.
Adams County Veterans Services Office(720) 523-2772The Veterans Services Office for Adams County helps veterans and their widows or dependents to access benefits from the Veterans Administration. It can assist with service-connected disability benefits, compensation claims, survivor’s benefits and other financial aid. The VSO is trained to assist veterans with completing claim forms and also appealing if a benefits claim is denied. These services are provided at no charge.

Assisted Living Laws and Regulations in Thornton

Thornton-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 Thornton