About Assisted Living in the Denver Metropolitan Area

The elder population in Colorado is an important and growing segment of its population. Though Colorado has a lower share among states of its population over the age 65, between 2000 and 2010 its population 65 and over grew by 32% (133,552) compared to the state as a whole which grew by 17%. Though Denver County’s growth was flat of those over the age of 65, both Arapahoe County and Douglas County experienced significant growth of the elderly, with Arapahoe growing 37.3% and Douglas County seeing a 177.8% increase. The aging of the younger population, especially the “Baby Boomers” born between 1946 and 1964 is forecast to increase the population over 65 by 150% between 2010 and 2030. This report describes the population age groups in Colorado, focusing primarily on the over 65 population.*
*Report based on U.S. Census Bureau data

Independent Living Communities – Independent Living Communities in the Denver area include senior housing or senior communities whose residents are at least 55-60 of age and older. Most locations offer meals, laundry, housekeeping and social activities. These locations are not licensed for care and would require assistance from an in-home care agency or caregiver.

Assisted Living – There are nearly 1,000 licensed, Assisted Living locations in Denver alone which range from smaller homes with 4-6 residents to larger locations with over 100 residents. These locations provide companionship, meal planning, housekeeping, social activities and transportation as well as assistance with activities of daily living (ADL’s) including bathing, hygiene, transfers, eating assistance, managing medications and more.

Memory Care – There are many people with short-term memory issues that have been diagnosed with Mild Cognitive Impairment (MCI), dementia or various forms of dementia such as Alzheimer’s, Lewy-Body, Frontotemporal and Vascular. In Denver, there are locations that specialize in supervising and caring for individuals with these conditions and other types of dementia including stand-alone locations, smaller residential care homes or those that may be part of an assisted living community.

Nursing Homes – These facilities are often called Skilled Nursing Facilities (SNF), Convalescent Centers, Rehabilitation and Post Acute Care. Nursing Home patients require constant medical care, but at a lower level than a hospital. Nursing home patients usually require more medical care than residents in an assisted living facility, residential care home or memory care location.

In-Home Care – This type of service ranges from non-medical care ranging from companionship, conversation, meal planning, housekeeping, errands, transportation and assistance with activities of daily living including bathing, hygiene, walking and eating assistance.

Below are some links to learn more:

The 3 C’s of In-home Care and Assisted Living

Assisted Living…What You Need to Know

Questions to Ask About Assisted Living