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Senior Housing & Assisted Living in Colorado

Colorado is home to many majestic mountains, gorgeous hiking trails, and bright blue lakes. But, there's a lot more to admire about the state, especially if you are considering retirement here. Not only does Colorado offer a variety of cultural activities and a lower-than-average tax burden, many people who retire here have shared that they feel a renewed sense of well-being living here.

Wondering what Colorado's senior living costs, facilities, and benefits are like? We are here to provide you with valuable information about Colorado's senior living options, from independent living facilities to assisted care choices. Discover a wealth of information about the different types of support systems and amenities that each has to offer here. If you're trying to get an idea of senior living options in a particular city, such as the Denver and Boulder areas, we have put together a handy list of cities in Colorado for you to explore.

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Colorado's Best Senior Living Communities

We know that it can be a challenge to find the perfect living facility for yourself or an aging loved one. To help make your search easier, we've put together a list of the best senior living communities in the state. Check it out below!

Chelsea Place Memory Care

type of care

Memory Care

Brookdale North Boulder

type of care

Independent Living

Palisades At Broadmoor Park

type of care

Assisted Living, Independent Living, Memory Care

Highline Place

type of care

Memory Care

Hillcrest of Loveland

type of care

Assisted Living, Independent Living, Memory Care

Seven Lakes Memory Care

type of care

Memory Care

Greeley Place

type of care

Independent Living

Brookdale Mariana Butte

type of care

Assisted Living, Memory Care

Juniper Village at Louisville

type of care

Memory Care

Aspen House

type of care

Memory Care

Colorado's Senior Living Costs

Living in Colorado is not the cheapest place to live, but it's also not the most expensive compared to the national average. The average home health care costs are approximately $4,572 a month. This fee ensures that seniors can live well in their own homes while receiving some help to keep the house clean and run day to day errands.

Seniors in the state needing adult day care can expect to pay about $1,495 per month to stay at a supervised facility and participate in social activities to stay busy while their caregivers are busy or away.

If you or your loved one needs more help with day to day tasks, it's worth looking into an assisted living facility in Colorado. For an average monthly cost of $3,850 a month, elders are able to receive health services and personal care here.

Finally, nursing homes are available throughout the state for those who need 24/7 supervision and care. The cost for a semi-private room is roughly $7,663 a month, while a private room is about $8,547 a month. All nursing homes provide residents with personal care, medication, housing, supervision, skilled nursing care during the day and night, and therapies and rehabilitation.

Advantages of Spending the Golden Years in Colorado

With so much to see and do, it's no surprise that there are a lot of advantages of retiring in Colorado. Below are just some of the great perks of living out the golden years in this state!

Climate of Four Seasons

Not every state offers four distinct, beautiful seasons for its residents to enjoy. Colorado is one of the states in the country that does. Colorado summers are sunny and warm, while winters are snowy. In the fall, it can get pretty dry but you'll be able to appreciate Colorado's beautiful foliage and signature golden aspen trees.

Fun Activities & Delicious Food

Colorado is very art and culture-rich, providing a wide variety of attractions for retirees to enjoy. Boulder alone has 30 art galleries, 4 museums, and 32 theatres! Seniors who like to spend time outdoors will likely love the Rocky Mountains, which has been labeled to have “a mountain for everyone.” There is a plethora of famous resorts and skiing locations here for people of all ages and skill levels. The state also offers a variety of restaurants from high-end gourmet dining to outdoor country BBQ joints and burger counters — perfect for all the foodies out there!

Low Taxes

While the overall cost of living in Colorado is higher than the national average, taxes in this state are actually lower. State and local taxes are more consumer-friendly. The tax burden is at 9.02%, while the average sits at 10%. Additionally, Colorado doesn't impose taxes on Social Security and pension income up to $20,000 for retirees under 65 years of age, or for the first $24,000, for those who are 65 and up. Wealthier seniors are not responsible for paying inheritance or estate taxes.

Active & Healthy Lifestyle

A majority of Colorado residents love the great outdoors and as a result exercise more regularly and live happy lives. The state actually ranks #8 in the nation for overall good health. Compared to other states in the country, Coloradans have low obesity and diabetes rates.

Colorado's Living Options for Seniors

The senior living options in Colorado are plentiful. Retirees can pick between independent living, assisted living, memory care, or nursing home care depending on their needs. Read more about each one below and determine which one best suits your lifestyle.

Independent Living

Colorado is home to more than 170 independent living communities throughout the state. The average cost of independent living here ranges from $963 – $4,785 a month depending on a variety of factors like location. For example, retirees in the metropolitan areas can expect to pay more than those who live in the suburban areas. Seniors who are healthy and active, and don't require round the clock nursing care will do well with independent living.

Apartment living choices for seniors are plentiful in Colorado. The apartments provide everything needed to live a carefree, vibrant life. Senior communities here are typically located close to shopping, pharmacies, hospitals, etc. Every community will offer different amenities, but some popular ones include fitness centers, walking trails, clubhouse, meeting rooms, and more for residents to enjoy.

Assisted Living

A plethora of assisted living facilities are available throughout Colorado to provide seniors with attentive caregivers, healthcare, access to local activities, and other social opportunities to help them feel at home. Similar to senior apartments, amenities will vary from place to place. However, residents can expect to receive help with housekeeping duties, laundry, transportation, meal services, and 24-hour safety surveillance.

The average cost of assisted living facilities in the state range from $1,752 to $8,700 per month. The most expensive assisted living facilities are located in the Colorado Springs metropolitan area, where prices range from $2,205 – $6,385 a month. On the other hand, the more affordable facilities are found in the Pueblo area, where prices range between $2,200 – $3,725 a month.

Memory Care

There are more than 300 memory care facilities in Colorado. Seniors dealing with Alzheimer's, dementia, and other ailments that affect their memory benefit from memory care. At memory care facilities, healthcare professionals work to identify and assess patient issues and provide customized care to help each patient get through the day. These facilities are monitored 24/7 to prevent patients from wandering and getting lost. Memory care costs in Colorado range from $2,540 to $12,615 a month.

Nursing Homes

In 2014 seniors over the age of 65 made up 13.2% of the states population, and projected to increase to 15.2% by 2020.  The annual number of retirees is projected to go up by 74% between 2010 and 2025. The national average is only 27%. Currently, Colorado boasts over 840 senior living providers for the rapidly increasing senior population.

For a monthly fee of roughly $1,495 a month, Colorado seniors are able to take advantage of day care facilities where they'll be engaged physically, emotionally, and mentally. Staff are there to help the elderly get their daily walks in, try challenging puzzles, and participate in art therapy, to name a few. Activities will vary from one facility to another.

Terminally ill seniors can find peace and care at one of Colorado's 305 hospice facilities. Patients at a hospice will find trained staff who will help lessen their physical pain through medication and activities, and provide various types of therapy for coping with grief. Social workers, chaplains, and other support staff are provided to help patients and their families go through this difficult time with tranquility.

Lastly, Colorado has 327 respite care facilities to help provide relief to family caregivers. The average cost is $79,025 per year of care at a respite care facility. Respite care facilities go a long way in making life easier and more enjoyable for all involved with a loved one in their senior years.

Resources for Seniors in Colorado

Colorado Department of Human Services – Find information on a variety of useful topics for seniors including adult protective services, caregiver support, legal assistance, nutritional services, and more.

Choose Colorado – Get more insight on cost of living in Colorado and how it ranks compared to other states in the nation.

Colorado Department of Health Care Policy & Financing – Colorado has an All-Inclusive Care for the Elderly program. Find out if you qualify, how to apply, its costs, and what kind of services it includes.

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