189 assisted living communities near Denver
Brookdale Pinehurst Park
Balfour At Riverfront Park
Sunrise At Cherry Creek
Marycrest Assisted Living
Assisted Living At Eaton Senior Communities
Village At Lowry
Brookdale Mountain View
Highpointe Assisted Living & Memory Care
Brookdale Lakewood Colorado
MorningStar at Dayton
Sunrise At Pinehurst
What is Assisted Living?
The term assisted living applies to a community that offers a residential environment with 24-hour nonmedical care. These communities can be anything from large complexes to single homes or a small group of apartments. They'll generally provide seniors with personal care, also known as support with activities of daily living (ADLs), along with occasional nursing support, room and board, social engagement and planned activities.
Services Available in Assisted Living Communities in Denver
The state of Colorado expects assisted living residences have licensed staff routinely on site and to provide at minimum:
- Room and board
- 24-hour availability of supervision
- Help with ADLs, including dressing, bathing and laundry
- Management of medication
- Planned recreation
- Transportation arrangements
Colorado doesn't rank or otherwise define assisted living facilities beyond this. Other services vary by facility.
Getting Ready to Move to Assisted Living in Denver
Moving is always a chore, but making a move into long-term care can be doubly stressful. There are several ways to make it as painless as possible:
- Take a tour of any prospective community before you move. It's important to see directly how the staff operates a facility, how they interact with residents, the standards of food care, housekeeping, emergency preparedness and security that prevail, and so on. This can alert you to potential problems early.
- Get pre-assessed by your doctor and a qualified assessor from the candidate community. This gives you a clear picture of medical and personal care needs that need to be met.
- Start planning early and divide the move into discrete tasks. You can go room by room, and take it week by week to make those difficult decisions about how to downsize. If you start more than a month ahead of time, this will lighten the emotional load of the move as well as alleviating a lot of physical stress.
- Don't be shy about rallying support. The more friends and family you can get to pitch in, the easier moving day itself will be. Don't forget that senior move managers specialise in precisely this kind of move and can be a major help.
Costs Associated with Assisted Living in Denver
The Genworth Cost of Care survey identifies the monthly cost of assisted living in Denver as $4,500, above the national average of $3,700. Colorado offers access through Medicaid and certain waivers to an Alternative Care Facilities program.
When you work with our Seniorly Guides to find a home to love, this is always a free service for families. The Seniorly Guide is compensated directly from the community you eventually select in Denver.
Assisted Living vs. Other Types of Senior Care
Different kinds of care are appropriate for different types and levels of need. Getting familiar with the alternatives to assisted living will help you decide if it's the best path for you.
One popular alternative that's well-supported in Denver is in-home care, which involves caregivers visiting seniors in their homes to offer various kinds of needed support. The In-Home Support Services program facilitates various kinds of in-home care through the Medicaid program Health First Colorado.
Nursing homes are at the other side of the care spectrum, providing round-the-clock nursing coverage. Some nursing homes are designated as "skilled" facilities and provide additional skilled nursing care along with rehabilitation services. Others provide secured units with close supervision for those who have dementia.
Adult foster care is similar to assisted living and is typically provided in a smaller, group-home type of environment. This is the type of care also known as an alternative care facility.
Independent living carries many different names in Colorado, including congregate living and retirement communities. On the whole, it's for seniors whose health and alertness is sufficient to live with minimal care and supervision.
When a home has everything from independent and assisted living through to nursing home care in one facility, it's called a continuing care retirement community. The idea is to provide progressive levels of care for individuals at various levels of need as they age, all conveniently located in the same place.
Helpful Apps and Websites for Assisted Living in Denver
No matter how supportive your assisted living arrangement, extra help can always come in handy with the areas of life they'll leave to resident's discretion. Seniorly has compiled a collection of useful apps for Denver's aging citizens. Here's a small sampling:
Out-U-Go! connects you to a network of experienced pet care providers.
Dispatch Health provides urgent care in your home on-demand.
Curb Mobility lets you book cab service based on its proximity to you.
Resources for Caregivers in Denver
Caregivers in Denver provide support for their loved ones but often need support of their own. Seniorly has compiled a list of resources designed to help care for caregivers. A few of the options include:
The National Family Caregiver Support Program, a federally funded program, which provides counselling, training and other kinds of aid.
The Kinship Caregiver Program is a Catholic charity program that supports caregivers of any cultural and faith background with monthly support groups, family events, resource referrals and more.
The Department of Veterans Affairs provides tips, tools, mentoring and a support line for caregivers.
Government Resources for Seniors in Denver
The Long-Term Care Ombudsman of Colorado protects the the health, safety, welfare and rights of long-term care facility residents.
The Denver Regional Council of Governments is the Denver region's Area Agency on Aging, running a comprehensive and coordinated set of services for aging citizens.
The City and County of Denver provides a wide range of senior services.
The state of Colorado has become a destination for seniors, with one of the fastest-growing shares anywhere of annual growth in the 65 and over population. Denver's population of over 550,000 reflects this trend, featuring the highest percentage of baby boomers in any American city at 32.8 percent. The city is diverse, highly educated and known for its active culture that keeps the obesity rate under 20 percent.
Located just east of the Rocky Mountains, Denver's climate is arid, with 300 days of sunshine and only 8 to 15 inches of rain a year. The weather is mild year round, with highs in winter of 45 degrees Fahrenheit and the ever-present possibility of Chinook winds raising the temperature to 60 degrees.
Transportation In and Around Denver
The Denver International Airport is one of the most advanced ever built, created with room to grow, covering a staggering 53 square miles and servicing 19 airlines. The city has a bus and light rail system, car-sharing and car rental services, and buses, shuttles and charter services to the nearby Rocky Mountains. Aurora, Lakewood, Littleton and Thornton are all easy to access from the center of Denver.
Fun Facts About Denver
Denver is a culturally vibrant city with a diverse range of neighborhoods and attractions. These include:
- The Art District on Santa Fe, Colorado's largest art gallery district
- Capitol Hill and Golden Triangle, where eight of Denver's museums can be found
- The premier shopping and dining of Cherry Creek
- The hip and historic Downtown
- The entertainment mecca that is the East Colfax section of the USA's longest commercial street
- The culturally rich Five Points
- The trendy Highlands district
- The urban charm and urban renewals of the River North Art District
- The quirky vibe of South Broadway
- The down-to-earth South Federal
- The idyllic suburban locales of Stapleton, Lowry and Northfield
- Uptown Denver, where Restaurant Row and the Denver Zoo can be found
Consult the comprehensive neighborhood guide for more detail.
Other fun facts about Denver:
Denver is intimately connected with the history of beer. Alphonse Coors founded the great Coors Brewery here in 1873. His beer was so popular it acquired the nickname "the Miner's Banquet."
The city has a rich African-American heritage and history and landmarks today like the Black American West Museum and a house museum dedicated to the famous Barney Ford.
Denver was founded by prospectors who followed rumors of a gold rush.The gold rush itself never materialized, but the city thrived anyway.