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COVID-19 Rules for Assisted Living in Denver

For assisted living communities, COVID-19 rules and regulations are typically set at the state level. You can view specific rules on our guide to assisted living in CO. These rules change often, and many communities have policies in place that go above and beyond what’s required by the state, so you should contact your local community for more information. Additionally, you can contact your local Area Agency on Aging to learn more.

How to Pay for Assisted Living in Denver

In Denver, older adults pay $5,500 per month for assisted living services, which is $1,000 higher than the national median of $4,500 and $750 higher than the state average of $4,750.

Assisted Living in Denver vs. Nearby Cities 

Several nearby cities have more affordable care options than Denver, including Colorado Springs, where rates come in at $4,663, and Fort Collins, where older adults pay $4,000. In Pueblo, rates are among the most affordable in the state at $3,800, and in Boulder, fees exceed Denver’s median at $6,275.

  • Denver: $5,500
  • Colorado: $4,750
  • United States: $4,500
  • Colorado Springs: $4,663
  • Pueblo: $3,800
  • Boulder: $6,275
  • Fort Collins: $4,000

Assisted Living vs. Other Types of Care in Denver, CO

Assisted living is the second-most affordable senior care option in Denver, with rates averaging $5,500 per month. Older adults seeking more affordable care may save money by living in their own home and attending adult day health care, which costs $2,275 per month. Those who want to obtain care services through an agency pay $6,769 for basic homemaker services and $6,864 for skilled home health aide services. Nursing homes charge about $3,000 more than assisted living facilities, with residents in semiprivate rooms paying $8,669 per month.

  • Homemaker Services: $6,769
  • Home Health Aide: $6,864
  • Adult Day Health Care: $2,275
  • Assisted Living: $5,500
  • Nursing Home: $8,669

Financial Assistance for Assisted Living in Denver

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Other Ways to Pay for Assisted Living in Denver

Since not everyone can afford to pay for assisted living out-of-pocket, it’s important to find alternative methods to help make assisted living more affordable. Some of these options include:

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

For more information about your options for making assisted living more affordable, visit our guide to Assisted Living in Denver.

Free and Low-Cost Assisted Living Resources for Seniors in Denver

Seniors in Denver can contact several nonprofit agencies for one-on-one help with understanding their long-term care options, finding ways to pay for assisted living and connecting with community-based services. The following table features the top resources in the Denver region.

Resource Contact Description
Denver Regional Council of Governments (303) 480-6700 The Denver Regional Council of Governments houses the Area Agency on Aging, an independent nonprofit organization that provides services to those aged 60 and over. Through the AAA, seniors in the Denver region can enroll in prescription drug assistance programs and obtain benefits screenings, which can help them determine whether they qualify for public benefits that may help them pay for assisted living. It also operates the State Health Insurance Assistance Program, which provides free Medicare counseling for beneficiaries.
Denver Vet Center (303) 326-0645 The Denver Vet Center is staffed by trained agents who help older veterans determine their eligibility and apply for state and federal benefits, such as tax assistance, financial assistance and Aid and Attendance, which may help cover long-term care expenses. The office can also help individuals determine eligibility for placement in one of the state’s veterans’ homes.
Seniors’ Resource Center (303) 238-8151 The Senior Resource Center is the largest nonprofit organization in Denver that’s dedicated to serving older adults. Through this organization, seniors can get one-on-one assistance with researching local long-term care options and ways to pay for assisted living.
Active Older Adults Program (720) 865-0603 Denver’s Active Older Adults Program provides social and recreational activities for those aged 50 and over. Programming includes day trips to local points of interest, luncheons, clubs and art classes. It can also help older adults enroll in MY Denver PRIME, a free program for those aged 60 and over that provides access to 30 recreation centers, over 30 indoor and outdoor pools and 200 weekly drop-in clubs and classes at recreation centers throughout the city.
Denver SeniorCorps –RSVP (303) 297-0408 Denver SeniorCorps provides exclusive volunteer activities via over 50 partner agencies in the region. Through this program, seniors can participate in volunteer activities, such as providing GED training, helping veterans understand the benefits available to them, tutoring and mentoring children in school and serving as a knitting or crocheting instructor.

Assisted Living Laws and Regulations in Denver

Assisted Living Communities in Denver are required to follow a set of rules and regulations that are determined by the state. For more specific information, talk with your local community or Area Agency on Aging.

Laws and regulations for assisted living in Colorado

The Top Assisted Living Communities in the Denver Area

In order to find the top assisted living communities in the Denver area, our team of researchers:

  • Sorted through 100 communities using our unique methodology
  • Spent over 33 hours researching assisted living communities in Denver
  • Read more than 800 reviews left by residents and their family members

After filtering out facilities that didn’t meet our high standards, we were left with 22 assisted living communities that earned our seal of approval. Through this process we discovered that the average cost of assisted living in the city of Denver is $5,500, which is higher than the state average of $4,750 and considerably higher than the national average of $4,500.

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Christina Drumm-Boyd
Certified Senior Advisor (CSA) and Geriatric Care Manager (GCM)
Christina Drumm-Boyd
Certified Senior Advisor (CSA) and Geriatric Care Manager (GCM)

Christina is a Certified Senior Advisor (CSA) and Geriatric Care Manager (GCM) who is passionate about seniors and their families. Along with her staff, Christina works hands-on with each client to find the best solutions for the challenges that often come with aging.

Read on for in-depth information about the top assisted living facilities in Denver, a brief dive into our methodology for determining the best assisted living communities, and a searchable directory of 100 communities in the Denver area.

Our Methodology

It’s not what we research, but the way we research that makes stand out. We start by identifying problems and challenges in the senior care industry by gaining insight from conversations with industry professionals, older adults, and those that care for them. Next, our research team led by industry experts apply our data-driven research techniques to understand the magnitude of the challenge and how to overcome it. Finally, we present our findings in easy-to-understand guides and studies and share our actionable results with influencers and caregivers, as well as the general public.

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Facility Features (40%)

Facility Health Services Graded on health services provided
on the facility including, but not
limited to, on-site nursing,
pharmacy, skilled nursing,
medicine administration, etc

Facility Amenities Graded on the available

Affordability Financial assistance acceptance
and overall costs and value.

Residential Quality (40%)

Resident Satisfaction Polling & survey of overall facility satisfaction.

Facility Complaint and Violations Number of complaints and violations the facility had. Taking into account improvement over time.

Online Reviews Aggregated verified online reviews.

Location (20%)

Location-Based Benefits Including, but not limited to, proximity to
hospitals, ambulance response times, senior
resources available, and state and city
financial assistance.

Location Quality Local crime rates, incidents against older
adults, air quality, climate.

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