627 Assisted Living Communities in Colorado
The Bridge at Greeley
Gardens At Columbine
Arbors Of San Marino
The Bridge at Colorado Springs
Garden Square At Westlake
Winslow Court Retirement Community
The Homestead At Montrose
Retreat At Church Ranch
MorningStar Assisted Living Of Littleton
Residence At Grand Mesa
Brookdale Pinehurst Park
Keystone Place At Legacy Ridge Assisted Living
Colorado is known as the Centennial State due to its inclusion in the Union in 1876, 100 years after the Declaration of Independence. From the expansion views available on Pike's Peak and Mount Elbert to thrilling scenery and adventure available on the Colorado River, Arkansas River, Rio Grande and South Platte River, Colorado offers something of interest to all seniors.
Those who wish to explore the state's flora and fauna can check out the Rocky Mountain columbine, the state flower, discovered on Pike's Peak in 1820. This lovely aromatic flower attracts bees, hummingbirds and butterflies. The striking male lark bunting, the state bird, is black with white striped wings during the mating season.
From cosmopolitan Denver to the laid-back ski towns of Vail or Mead, Colorado is a great place for seniors, whether they like urban hustle and bustle or quiet towns full of friendly locals.
What Is Assisted Living?
Assisted living communities in Colorado provide room and board and 24-hour nonmedical care to seniors. These facilities offer assistance with the activities of daily living (ADLs), such as dressing and meal prep.
What Does Assisted Living Cost in Colorado?
In Colorado, the average monthly cost of assisted living is $4,000, according to the 2018 Genworth Cost of Care Survey
In the Denver area, the average monthly cost is $4,700, while the Colorado Springs area has an average monthly cost of $4,875. Colorado has a population of 5.6 million people, 13.8 percent of whom are 65 or older. This is an increase over the 10.4 percent of citizens who were seniors as of the 2010 census.
How Is Assisted Living Regulated in Colorado?
In Colorado, assisted living facilities are licensed and regulated by the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment. The department receives complaints and publishes inspection reports and consumer information.
The Long-Term Care Ombudsman Program in Colorado has long-term care ombudsmen that advocate for you or your loved one in a long-term care facility, such as an assisted living facility.
How Is Assisted Living in Colorado Affected by Laws and Taxes?
Colorado is tax-friendly toward aging citizens, although Social Security income and withdrawals for retirement accounts are partially taxed. Wages are taxed at normal rates, and the state tax rate is 4.63 percent. Fortunately, Colorado’s income tax system offers a large deduction on retirement income. Property taxes are among the lowest in the country, and many seniors are exempt. Groceries and medicine are tax-exempt.
Politics in Colorado
The state government derives from three sources: the U.S. Constitution, the Colorado State Constitution and published laws of the state. As in most states, the governor heads up the executive branch and is elected for a four-year term. The Colorado General Assembly is bicameral with a House of Representatives and a senate. The General Assembly passes laws to raise money for the state government and its programs, including those that support aging citizens in this Rocky Mountain state.
Colorado is currently a blue state, and it has voted for Democratic presidents in the last three elections. Its nine electoral votes went to Bush in 2004, however.
Like most states, Colorado has a mix of representatives in its legislature. On a local level, the state tends vote slightly more Republicans in, but it tends to vote for Democrat governors.
- If you would love to chuck a snowball and hit someone in the face at a distance, come to Colorado. The air here makes objects fly further, which is bad news for you if your target is a quick thinker with a good arm, but it comes in handy for seniors on the golf course.
- Due to the altitude, you get bluer skies in Colorado than anywhere else in the U.S. That's because there's less water vapor in the atmosphere. You can do this just about anywhere in Colorado and get a fabulous view, such as the panoramic mountainscapes surrounding Pike's Peak.
- At 14,107 feet in altitude, Pike's Peak is just 332 feet shorter than Mount Elbert, the state's tallest peak at 14,439 feet. This popular tourist spot host a marathon each year, and even the best runners are challenged by the lack of oxygen at such high altitudes. For seniors, scenic drives to milder hiking trails is a great way to enjoy Pike's Peak. Senior history buffs and patriotic song enthusiasts will be interested to learn that Katherine Lee Bates wrote America the Beautiful while visiting the mountain.