Alzheimer’s disease is the sixth-leading cause of death in Colorado, and in Aurora, local trends reflect this statewide public health crisis. While seniors only account for about 11% of the city’s population of 390,000 people, Alzheimer’s deaths are becoming more prevalent. The CDC shows that there were 211 Alzheimer’s-related deaths in the region in 2014, accounting for a little over 8% of all fatalities in the county that year. In 2018, the number of deaths from Alzheimer’s increased by over 40% to 298 occurrences. That year, over 10% of deaths were linked to this disease.  

To help combat this trend, Aurora has several memory care facilities. These residential care facilities provide around-the-clock monitoring and specialized services for those with dementia. Many have open floor plans to reduce confusion and support residents’ independence, and they offer dementia-informed recreational programs to create an engaging environment. In this guide, we provide comprehensive information on what memory care costs in Aurora and how local rates compare to costs statewide. It also highlights financial assistance options and free memory care resources for those in the Aurora area.   

Memory Care Facilities in Aurora, CO

2016, 2017, 2018

Chelsea Place Memory Care

14055 E. Quincy Ave., Aurora, CO, 80015

The tour I had of Chelsea Place Memory Care was OK, but there was a situation. When we walked down to the first hall, a lady came running out of her room saying there was someone in her bed; someone e … (read more)
The tour I had of Chelsea Place Memory Care was OK, but there was a situation. When we walked down to the first hall, a lady came running out of her room saying there was someone in her bed; someone e … (read more)

Juniper Village at Aurora

11901 East Mississippi Avenue, Aurora, CO, 80012

I am so extremely satisfied with Juniper Village @ Aurora! My father is very happy to be there dealing with his Alzheimers! The staff and caretakers are very attentive and cater to his every need! … (read more)
I am so extremely satisfied with Juniper Village @ Aurora! My father is very happy to be there dealing with his Alzheimers! The staff and caretakers are very attentive and cater to his every need! … (read more)

Belleview Heights

14500 Belleview Ave., Aurora, CO, 80015

Belleview Heights is a community specifically designed for people with dementia. They can wander and look at interesting things and be safe. My dad moved in there and it looks like they have a lot of … (read more)
Belleview Heights is a community specifically designed for people with dementia. They can wander and look at interesting things and be safe. My dad moved in there and it looks like they have a lot of … (read more)

2012

Renew Saddle Rock Memory Care

7475 S Shawnee St, Aurora, CO, 80016

My mother was in Renew Saddle Rock Memory Care before she passed. They were very nice, very accommodating, and talked with me. We had to confer about medications, they were really upfront, but she fel … (read more)
My mother was in Renew Saddle Rock Memory Care before she passed. They were very nice, very accommodating, and talked with me. We had to confer about medications, they were really upfront, but she fel … (read more)

Cadence Aurora

1820 South Potomac St., Aurora, CO, 80012

I visited Cadence Aurora, and we talked to the person who coordinated things there. She was very informative and determined what my father-in-law’s needs were. She helped direct us to other facilities … (read more)
I visited Cadence Aurora, and we talked to the person who coordinated things there. She was very informative and determined what my father-in-law’s needs were. She helped direct us to other facilities … (read more)

Ashley Manor at Carson

4056 S Carson Way, Aurora, CO, 80014

I visited Ashley Manor Memory Care in Aurora. They said they did not really go by level of care. They went to assess my mom, and that’s when they got the call that she had COVID. We had to put everyth … (read more)
I visited Ashley Manor Memory Care in Aurora. They said they did not really go by level of care. They went to assess my mom, and that’s when they got the call that she had COVID. We had to put everyth … (read more)

Five Star Residences of Dayton Place

1950 South Dayton Street, Aurora, CO, 80247


Brookdale Lowry

150 Quebec Street, Denver, CO, 80230

Situated in one of Denver’s most lively neighborhoods is the Brookdale Lowry senior living facility. This exclusive community offers access to restaurants, banking facilities, physician’s offices and … (read more)
Situated in one of Denver’s most lively neighborhoods is the Brookdale Lowry senior living facility. This exclusive community offers access to restaurants, banking facilities, physician’s offices and … (read more)

Harvard Square Retirement and Senior Living

10200 East Harvard Avenue, Denver, CO, 80231

Harvard Square Retirement and Senior Living did not have that many amenities. As far as memory care goes, it would probably be for somebody that was a little bit more self-sufficient. The staff did an … (read more)
Harvard Square Retirement and Senior Living did not have that many amenities. As far as memory care goes, it would probably be for somebody that was a little bit more self-sufficient. The staff did an … (read more)

Brookdale Meridian Englewood

3455 South Corona Street, Englewood, CO, 80113

Brookdale Meridian Englewood is very good and they are nice. But their doctors are a little too laid back; they’re a little too relaxed. The doctor decided all of a sudden that my husband needed thera … (read more)
Brookdale Meridian Englewood is very good and they are nice. But their doctors are a little too laid back; they’re a little too relaxed. The doctor decided all of a sudden that my husband needed thera … (read more)

2016

Sunrise at Orchard

5975 South Holly Street, Littleton, CO, 80121

Sunrise at Orchard is located in Littleton, Colorado, near Heritage Place Shopping Center and Koelbel Library. Visitors praise the assisted living facility’s well-maintained grounds, and note that res … (read more)
Sunrise at Orchard is located in Littleton, Colorado, near Heritage Place Shopping Center and Koelbel Library. Visitors praise the assisted living facility’s well-maintained grounds, and note that res … (read more)

Montage Hills

2500 South Roslyn Street, Denver, CO, 80231


Brookdale Greenwood Village

6450 South Boston St., Greenwood Village, CO, 80111

My mother-in-law is in Brookdale Greenwood Village. So far, they seem to be doing a good job. It’s a little dated. It could be a little spruced up, but I think their care is fine. Currently, she’s in … (read more)
My mother-in-law is in Brookdale Greenwood Village. So far, they seem to be doing a good job. It’s a little dated. It could be a little spruced up, but I think their care is fine. Currently, she’s in … (read more)

2016

Sunrise at Cherry Creek

251 S. Colorado Boulevard, Denver, CO, 80246

Sunrise at Cherry Creek sits in the heart of the Cherry Creek neighborhood, with close proximity to the Botanical Gardens, Denver Zoo and the downtown area. Visitors are impressed with the well-balanc … (read more)
Sunrise at Cherry Creek sits in the heart of the Cherry Creek neighborhood, with close proximity to the Botanical Gardens, Denver Zoo and the downtown area. Visitors are impressed with the well-balanc … (read more)

Brookdale Parkplace

111 Emerson St., Denver, CO, 80218

Brookdale Parkplace is located in the heart of Denver, Colorado. The high-rise building consists of a mix of assisted care rooms including memory care and independent living apartments with views of t … (read more)
Brookdale Parkplace is located in the heart of Denver, Colorado. The high-rise building consists of a mix of assisted care rooms including memory care and independent living apartments with views of t … (read more)

Springbrooke Retirement & Assisted Living

6800 Leetsdale Drive, Denver, CO, 80224

Springbrooke Retirement & Assisted Living is located in Denver, Colorado, minutes from the Cherry Creek shopping district. Residents of this serene facility enjoy a view of the state’s mountains, … (read more)
Springbrooke Retirement & Assisted Living is located in Denver, Colorado, minutes from the Cherry Creek shopping district. Residents of this serene facility enjoy a view of the state’s mountains, … (read more)

Atria Englewood

3555 South Clarkson Street, Englewood, CO, 80113

I visited Atria for my spouse who has Alzheimer’s Disease. This is a difficult decision on the family and the staff at Atria made us feel there are others out there to help us and support us through … (read more)
I visited Atria for my spouse who has Alzheimer’s Disease. This is a difficult decision on the family and the staff at Atria made us feel there are others out there to help us and support us through … (read more)

Serenity House, E. Hunters Hill Drive

8352 E. Hunters Hill Drive, Centennial, CO, 80112

My mom is in Serenity House Assisted Living. They also do memory care, which is what my mom is receiving. I like the one-on-one care that she gets. She broke her back at another facility and they jus … (read more)
My mom is in Serenity House Assisted Living. They also do memory care, which is what my mom is receiving. I like the one-on-one care that she gets. She broke her back at another facility and they jus … (read more)

Serenity House, South Forest Drive

2337 South Forest Drive, Denver, CO, 80222


Serenity House, S. Kearney Street

3068 S. Kearney Street, Denver, CO, 80222

My mother is in Serenity House. It’s a home in a regular residential neighborhood, which was modified to meet state requirements for physical safety, like sprinkler systems, alarm systems, etc. They h … (read more)
My mother is in Serenity House. It’s a home in a regular residential neighborhood, which was modified to meet state requirements for physical safety, like sprinkler systems, alarm systems, etc. They h … (read more)

COVID-19 Rules for Memory Care in Aurora

Since most COVID-19 rules for Memory Care 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 Memory Care 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 Memory Care in Aurora

In Aurora and the rest of the state, the Colorado Department of Health and Environment oversees memory care facilities, which are licensed as assisted living residences. This department also publishes resources for consumers, including a list of regulations facilities comply with, inspection and occurrence findings and steps for filing concerns and complaints.  

Benefits and Drawbacks of Memory Care in Aurora

  • There are approximately 267 doctors per 100,000 people in Aurora compared to the national rate of 210, and the region is home to high-performing hospitals such as UCHealth University of Colorado Hospital. Local health care costs are slightly lower than the national average, which may leave more money in the budget for long-term care services.  
  • On a 10-point comfort index, Aurora’s weather is rated 8.9 versus the national score of 7.8, indicating a generally comfortable climate throughout the year. Summers are warm, with temperatures in the upper-80s during the hottest months, and winters are chilly with nighttime temperatures around 18 degrees. Many memory care facilities have individual climate controls in residents’ rooms to ensure year-round comfort.  
  • Crime is slightly more common in Aurora than in the typical U.S. city, which may make memory care a good alternative to living alone for those with mild-to-moderate dementia. On a scale that rates crime frequency with a score of 1-100, with a higher score indicating more crime, Aurora’s violent crime is rated 29.6 compared to 22.7 nationally, and property crime is about seven points higher than the national average at 43.5.  
  • The cost of living in Aurora is about 17% higher than the U.S. median but 4% lower than the statewide average, which may make it an affordable option for those with strict long-term care budgets. Transportation and housing costs are high, but seniors with dementia may be able to minimize these expenses by living in a memory care facility.
  • Colorado provides a large tax deduction on retirement income, and groceries and medications are tax-exempt. This may help seniors put more money toward residential care costs.  

Paying for Memory Care in Aurora

Seniors in Aurora obtain residential dementia services in assisted living facilities that meet additional requirements for care planning, staff training and safety. On average, memory care costs 20-30% more than standard assisted living. Because there are no reliable memory care cost databases, we estimated the following rates by adding 25% to assisted living fees in the Genworth 2021 Cost of Care Survey.  

The Cost of Memory Care in Nearby Cities 

Nationally, memory care communities charge $5,625 per month for services, and in Colorado, rates are a little higher at $5,938. Aurora seniors pay $6,875, while Pueblo has the state’s cheapest care costs at $4,750 per month. In Grand Junction, fees average $5,313, and Boulder is the most expensive surveyed city with average fees of $7,844.  

$6875

Aurora

$5938

Colorado

$5625

The United States

$4750

Pueblo

$5313

Grand Junction

$7844

Boulder

The Cost of Other Types of Senior Care 

At $2,275, adult day health care is the cheapest senior care option in Aurora. Assisted living costs $5,500 per month, and older adults pay $6,769 for home care and $6,864 for home health care. Residential memory services cost roughly the same at $6,875. Nursing homes provide the highest level of care and have the highest rates. Residents in shared rooms pay $8,669 and those in private rooms pay $10,053.  

$6875

Memory Care

$6769

Home Care

$6864

Home Health Care

$2275

Adult Day Health Care

$5500

Assisted Living

$8669

Nursing Home (semiprivate)

$10053

Nursing Home (private)

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

Financial Assistance for Memory Care in Aurora

In Ashland, there are options for seniors who need financial assistance paying for Memory Care. For more information about other options, who qualifies, and how to apply, Memory Care in Colorado page.

More ways to pay for memory care in CO

More Ways to Pay for Memory Care

While many families use their own funds or personal assets to pay for memory care, there are plenty of additional options to cover these costs. Some additional ways to finance memory care costs include:

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

For more information about different ways to finance memory care, visit our Memory Care in Colorado page.

Free Memory Care Resources in Aurora

In Aurora, seniors and families affected by dementia can connect with a range of local organizations and programs that provide free and low-cost services and supports. The following resource table lists local agencies and organizations that offer dementia-informed financial and legal counseling, access to support groups and long-term care options counseling.  

Resource

Contact 

Description 

(303) 813-1669 

The Alzheimer’s Association is a nonprofit organization that provides free informational and educational resources, support and guidance for seniors and families. Through the Colorado chapter, families can find support groups in the Aurora region, as well as in-person and virtual workshops and seminars and early-stage engagement programs.

(303) 724-7670

The University of Colorado Alzheimer’s and Cognition Center conducts research and provides clinical services and support for seniors with dementia. It hosts events for the public, including the Rocky Mountain Conference on Dementia, dementia caregiver classes and support groups. It also operates the Neurobehavior and Memory Disorders Clinic, which has a multidisciplinary team and provides the latest dementia treatments. Through this clinic, seniors can participate in clinical trials and observational studies.

(866) 959-3017 

The local Area Agency on Aging has information and referral specialists who help seniors and families connect with dementia resources in their communities including support groups, early-stage engagement programs and memory cafes. The agency also has health insurance options counselors who help seniors and families understand Medicare benefits, available private Medicare options that may cover memory care expenses and eligibility requirements for Medicaid.

(303) 837-1313 

Colorado Legal Services is a statewide nonprofit organization that offers free civil legal assistance to those aged 60 and over. Through the local office, seniors and families can get help with drafting wills and assigning guardianship for those with dementia. The office can also help families understand memory care contracts and access public benefits that may help pay for their loved ones’ care.

(303) 480-6734 

The state’s Long-Term Care Ombudsman Program advocates for those in memory care facilities. Families can contact the ombudsman for help with researching local facilities and determining options for paying for long-term care. The ombudsman can also investigate concerns regarding abuse, neglect or exploitation in memory care communities.

Memory Care Laws and Regulations in Aurora

Ashland Memory Care Communities must adhere to the comprehensive set of state laws and regulations that all Memory Care Facilities in Oregon are required to follow. Visit our Memory Care in Colorado page for more information about these laws.

Laws and regulations for memory care in Colorado