There are many Senior Care/Senior Living options in the Denver Metro Area. Below is an overview of the types of Assisted Living Facilities, communities and senior living options. You may call us even if you are not yet ready to have your loved one move to a care facility. We can discuss your situation and help you understand what might be the most appropriate option when you decide the time is right.
Years ago the owner of Stacy’s Helping Hand understood she needed to find Assisted Living for her uncle. She searched Assisted Living Denver CO and quickly became overwhelmed. Even though she understood the type of care option she needed, there were well over ten websites listing dozens of facilities. You may not even be sure what type of care options your loved one needs.
Once again, below we have provided you with an overview of the types of facilities, communities and senior living options. You can call us even if you are not quite ready to have your loved one move to a care facility. We can discuss your situation and help you understand what might be the most appropriate option when you are ready.
Senior Care/Senior Living Options in Denver Metro Area
Below is a brief description of each Senior Living option.
Assisted Living Facilities
An Assisted Living Facility is a good option if your loved one needs long-term assistance with Activities of Daily Living (ADL) such as meals, showering, and dressing. Your loved one may like this option as they can still maintain their independence. These communities come in all sizes, are socially oriented models, and some can provide a high level of care and a resident can age in place. There are facilities that have apartment settings while others are in a smaller residential setting. Many families ask us to help them find a facility that will accept Medicaid should their loved one spend all their assets and still require care. Over 200 licensed Assisted Living Facilities are located in the Denver metro area.
Memory Care Facilities
Alzheimer’s Care and Dementia Assisted Living Facilities are for residents with cognitive memory impairments. The facilities are secured. This type of care would be a good option, if your loved one is at risk for wandering or may have behaviors that need staff specifically trained in caring for someone with dementia. The majority of Memory Care Facilities are smaller in size (8-16 residents). The Memory Care Facilities that are larger in size (20-60 residents) are generally divided into smaller settings within the community. There are over 80 secured Memory Care Assisted Living Facilities in the Denver metro area.
Independent living communities are a good option if you or your loved one is capable of living independently, but does not want to own a home or have too many responsibilities of everyday life. All Independent Living Communities offer meal programs and social programs. Most will offer transportation and many will accept small pets. There are over 60 independent living communities in the Denver metro area.
These communities have an array of social activities that are meant to be enjoyable to the resident. If you are seeking an independent living community, you or your loved one likely wants to live in a senior community with others of the same interests and age. The communities vary greatly in ascetics, social activities, meal options and overall personality. There are high rises, one, two and three-story communities, and stand-alone cottages. Independent living community staff cannot assist you or your loved one with personal care, but residents can bring in-home care assistance to their apartment.
Skilled Nursing Care
Skilled nursing care, also called nursing homes, are appropriate if your loved one requires 24-hour attention and oversite from a doctor or nurse because of specific medical issues or needs.
Many skilled care facilities also function as rehabilitative communities following surgeries or injuries. There are over 100 skilled facilities in the Denver Metro area. The facilities range in size from 30 to 240 residents.
Continuum of Care
The next Senior Care or senior living Denver option is Continuing Care Retirement Communities (CCRCs) which aren’t independent living communities, Assisted Living Communities or nursing homes. They are combinations of all of these residential and care options staffed to provide “continuum of care” for residents. Many CCRCs have Assisted Living and nursing home components intended for use only by CCRC residents from the independent living apartments, but this is not always the case. There are less than a dozen Continuing Care Retirement Communities (CCRC’s) in the Denver Metro area. Some communities are limited CCRCs and do not have skilled care or do not have an Alzheimer’s/Dementia care unit.
Home care is appropriate for seniors who need clinical services and personal services in their home or residence. This may be a good option for your loved one, if they need some assistance and want to stay in their home. Although home care is available 24/7, it is quite expensive. Home care companies can provide companion care all the way up to nursing care depending on their license. Personal assistance services, such as housekeeping or assisted shopping, can allow a senior to live independently in their home. Non-medical services are generally not covered by Medicare or supplemental insurance. If your loved one is on Medicaid and has been approved for the Home and Community Based Services waiver, the program will pay for them to receive non-medical services in their home. There are well over 150 home health care and non-medical home care companies in the Denver metro area.
Adult Day Care
Another Senior Care or senior living Denver option is the Adult day care centers, which are a good option for those, who needs supervision or extra support during the day. There are over 30 Adult Day Care Centers in the Denver Metro area. Adult Day Centers can provide a much needed break for spouses or children who are the 24/7 caregiver.
Many small and large Assisted Living Denver CO communities will also provide day care for a senior to come and visit during the day. This can be a good option to see if your loved one does well with the staff at a facility.
Respite care is usually referring to a short-term care option at Senior Care Facilities. This type of care is given to those who need some daily care services and daily social interaction and engagement in activities. Those seeking Respite care services typically are placed in an Assisted Living or Memory Care Community. Many small and large Assisted Living Denver CO communities in the Metro area can provide daytime respite care. Most Assisted Living Facilities will not consider 24/7 respite care unless the senior will be staying at the facility for 2 weeks or more. The facility is required to do a “full” paperwork admission which is time consuming and many times it is the most difficult time period in getting a senior adjusted to their new home. Respite care for less than two weeks is generally best with a home care company.