Colorado Assisted Living
Colorado assisted living is defined as a residential facility that provides room and board, personal services, social care and protective oversight to adults who cannot live independently but do not require 24-hour skilled nursing care. Private pay is the general term used for an assisted living residence. Medicaid-certified residences are known as alternative care facilities, and residential treatment facilities are for adults with severe and persistent mental illness.
In Colorado there are 319 Assisted Living Facilities. We can help you find the best matches for your needs. The average cost of Assisted Living in Colorado is $3,520 per month.
Colorado Assisted Living Facilities by RegionBack to top
Other Areas in ColoradoBoulder, Canon City, Colorado Springs, Durango, Fort Collins, Fort Morgan, Grand Junction, Greeley, Montrose, Pueblo, Sterling
Map of Colorado Assisted Living FacilitiesBack to top
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Cost of Assisted Living in ColoradoBack to top
The average cost of Assisted Living in Colorado is $3,520. Assisted Living costs range from $1,900 to $6,293 depending on location and other factors.
The cost of assisted living in Colorado may fluctuate depending on whether or not the facility is licensed as an assisted living residence or an alternative care facility. Stays at assisted living residences are paid for privately by the resident or a family member.
However, an alternative care facility will accept a Medicaid home and community-based services waiver to help pay for care. In order to qualify for this option, adults must meet the program’s medical and financial criteria. The resident’s income must be less than $1,986 per month with countable resources equaling no more than $2,000 for a single person or $3,000 for a couple. Finally, applicants must be in need of and willing to receive services and assistance from assisted living facilities in Colorado.
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Overview of Colorado Assisted LivingBack to top
Colorado is known for its strikingly vivid landscape of mesas, plains, canyons and mountains. Coloradans have a myriad of outdoor activities at their fingertips, and are proud to have the lowest rates of obesity of any state in the country. The Centennial State is home to The Rocky Mountains, a very popular tourist destination for hiking, climbing, skiing, fishing and snowboarding. Residents who choose assisted living in Colorado have over 500 facilities to choose from, and a variety of activities within their reach. If you’re a sports nut, the Denver Broncos and the Colorado Rockies will keep you entertained all season long. If tranquility and relaxation are what you’re after, Colorado has six national monuments, 11 national forests, a selection of natural hot springs and one geyser to calm your spirit.
Assisted Living in Colorado DefinedBack to top
The state of Colorado defines an assisted living facility as a residential facility that provides room and board, personal services, social care and protective oversight to adults who cannot live independently but do not require 24-hour skilled nursing care. Facilities may be home to as little as three or as many as 200 beds, and the most common reasons for admission to Colorado assisted living communities are to provide medication management, supervision, protection and bathing and dressing assistance. There are three types of assisted living facilities in Colorado:
- Private pay (or assisted living residence)
- Alternative care facilities
- Residential treatment facilities
Regulation of Colorado Assisted Living FacilitiesBack to top
The Colorado Department of Health and Environment (CDPHE) oversees licensing of Colorado assisted living facilities on behalf of the State Department of Health Care and Financing. All facilities, whether private pay, alternative care or residential treatment, that administer and provide for more than three adults must be licensed. Once a facility has met the licensing requirements and has paid all fees, the CDPHE will perform unannounced annual inspections to make sure that they are in compliance with state regulations. More frequent inspections are done on facilities who demonstrate non-compliance with license requirements or that have resident complaints. Training for caregivers and administrators of assisted living communities in Colorado must include a 30-hour program approved by the CDPHE. According to the CDPHE:
“15 hours of this training must include training in residents’ rights, environment and fire safety, emergency procedures and first aid, assessment skills, identifying and dealing with difficult situations and behaviors, and nutrition. The other 15 hours of training focuses on meeting the personal, social and emotional needs of the resident population served.”
Legislation of Colorado Assisted Living FacilitiesBack to top On April 12, 2012, Colorado Governor Hickenlooper signed into law Senate Bill 23, which revised the language of the Program of All-Inclusive Care for the Elderly (PACE). This bill now allows for increased education of the PACE program to eligible seniors and provides the option of switching from their current enrollment in a Medicaid program, such as an Accountable Care Collective (ACC), into PACE.
To demystify language of the PACE legislation, here are a few helpful terms.
- Managed Care describes a health care system that consolidates medical providers, such as hospitals, doctors or dentists, into one group to streamline costs and access to health care services for patients.
- PACE is an example of a managed care system that is funded by Medicare/Medicaid and provides health care and services to people who meet specific criteria, including being 55 years or older and need nursing facility level of care.
- Accountable Care Collaborative is a recent Medicaid program that is designed to also reduce costs and their client’s health. Clients belong to a Regional Care Collaborative Organization.
- An Enrollment Broker assists people in navigating Medicare/Medicaid to find the health plan that fits their needs and eligibility.