Dementia, and specifically Alzheimer's, is a serious, growing problem. In fact, 1 out of every 10 adults over the age of 65 has Alzheimer’s dementia. As Colorado Springs’s senior population continues to grow (20.7% growth between 2013 and 2017), so does the concern about aging and the risk of cognitive impairment.
In Colorado Springs, the number of deaths for those 65 and older caused or partly caused by Alzheimer’s disease rose 65.6% between 2013 and 2017. To put that in perspective, the number of deaths from all causes for that same age group only increased by 15%, showing that Alzheimer’s is a growing concern in the region. Overall, the percentage of seniors’ deaths related to Alzheimer’s is higher than the rest of the nation (6.92% in Colorado Springs vs. 6.46% in the U.S.).
In order to help families and caregivers of those with Alzheimer's find the support and care that their loved ones need, we've compiled information below about the cost of Memory Care, how to get financial assistance to help make care more affordable, free resources, etc. Also included are reviews of the best memory care facilities in the area, which cover pricing, types of care provided, residents' reviews, and more.
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For memory care facilities, COVID-19 rules and regulations are typically set at the state level. You can view specific rules on our guide to memory care in Colorado. 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.
Note: Memory care is typically provided in communities licensed as assisted living facilities, and in general, costs 20-30% more than standard assisted living services. No authoritative cost data is available for this type of care, so we estimated memory care rates by adding 25% to assisted living fees in the Genworth 2021 Cost of Care Survey.
Colorado Springs' estimated monthly cost for memory care is $5,829, a figure that's within $305 of both state and national costs.
While Colorado Springs' average monthly costs are higher than the average national cost of $5,625, they're also lower than the Colorado state average of $5,938. Prices jump significantly in the state capital of Denver, where seniors can expect to pay an average of $6,875 for memory care. Even more expensive is Boulder, which is home to the state's highest memory care costs at an estimated $7,844 per month. Meanwhile, at $5,313, Grand Junction's costs are approximately $400 below those of Colorado Springs. Pueblo residents see even lower prices at $3,800 per month.
Most options for long-term care in Colorado Springs are less expensive than memory support. Some seniors prefer to age in place. In-home care and home health care, both of which average $5,738 per month in Colorado Springs, offer this level of support. At $4,663, assisted living care is roughly $1,150 cheaper than memory care, while adult day health care is only $1,733.. Nursing home care is the most expensive option, with a semiprivate room costing $8,669 per month.
Since not everyone can afford to pay for memory care out-of-pocket, it's important to find alternative methods to help make memory care more affordable. Some of these options include:
For more information about your options for making assisted living more affordable, visit our guide to Memory Care in Colorado Springs.
Colorado Springs seniors who are living with Alzheimer's and dementia may make use of community resources in the area. Administered by private nonprofits and government agencies at local, state and national levels, these programs connect seniors to financial support, social opportunities, legal aid and continuing education.
|Colorado Springs Senior Center||719-955-3400||Operated as a partnership of the YMCA and city government, this centrally located senior center is a hub for technology education, group discussions, counseling services, low-impact group exercise such as yoga and Pilates and movie nights. Its Silver Key Connections Cafe congregate meals program is open to seniors 60 and older.|
|University of Colorado Colorado Springs Aging Center||719-255-8002||This nonprofit offers mental health services to older members of the Colorado Springs community. Its licensed medical professionals can provide complex cognitive assessments, with all costs determined on an income-based sliding scale. Individual and group therapy, as well as caregiver support, is also available.|
|Colorado Legal Services||719-471-0380||Low-income seniors can take advantage of CLS' pro bono assistance with various legal issues that often impact older adults, including transferring guardianship, updating living wills and navigating issues with government benefit programs. The organization also runs free, weekly educational seminars on senior law topics, such as end-of-life planning and establishing trusts.|
|Rocky Mountain PACE||719-314-2327||The Program of All-Inclusive Care for the Elderly is aimed primarily at seniors receiving home care and can be particularly useful for those who are in the early stages of dementia but do not require a nursing-home level of care. PACE's services for Colorado Springs seniors include physical therapy, respite care and transportation to and from treatment locations.|
|Pikes Peak Elder Abuse Coalition||719- 444-5755||The PPEAC protects older adults in the Pikes Peak region from potential financial, emotional or physical mistreatment. Its services include an emergency shelter program that offers at-risk elders safe places to stay. Any concerned party may contact PPEAC with detailed and specific information regarding mistreatment allegations.|
According to the Alzheimer’s Association, 83% of all caregivers are unpaid family members, relatives, or other friends, and nearly half of all care is for older adults with some form of dementia. Caregiving, especially when it involves Alzheimer’s or dementia, is extremely exhausting and time-consuming, leading many caregivers to feel isolated and overwhelmed.
As a loved one continues to progress through the stages of dementia and his or her cognitive abilities continue to decline, behavioral problems, safety, and general care often become more than one caregiver can handle. This is when it’s important to find extra help, and residential facilities that have specialized memory care programs are often the best solution.
In addition to providing a safe environment, memory care programs seek to delay or halt cognitive decline while providing the opportunity for a social, independent lifestyle.
To choose the best memory care facilities in Colorado Springs, our team of researchers started by using our unique methodology to develop a list of contenders. We further refined the list in the next phase of our process by completing hands-on research for each one of the companies that we developed. Finally, we compiled online reviews from residents and families and wrote summaries of each facility that made it through our selection process.
Overall, our team:
The Bonaventure Senior Living in Colorado Springs, Colorado, strives to provide an exceptional lifestyle for its residents, creating a Retirement Perfected way of living. Constantly finding ways to impress, it has continuously brought in innovative services that made the community different from ten or five years ago. Knowing that not everyone’s idea of perfection is the same, its team boasts agility and flexibility to quickly respond to residents’ needs and expectations, allowing the community to evolve. State-of-the-art memory care treatment techniques are in place, and the staff undergoes continuing education to better support the residents. There are special memory care activities to nourish the mind and body, such as various types of therapies, special entertainment and live performances. Believing that caring for loved ones with memory loss is a difficult process, the facility also offers education and support groups for families.
The community’s wide range of activities received praises on online reviews, with one reviewer saying, “The seniors seemed very happy as you walk through, and there was a lot going on.” Families also appreciate the responsive staff as a husband expressed, “Every request I made was met quickly and with great care.”
Nestled in a quiet residential area of Colorado Springs, Colorado, residents of Lark Springs have a beautiful view of the sandstone bluffs of Palmer Park. This senior living community is set up into four separate neighborhoods, offering a safe and homelike environment for seniors in need of memory care services. The nonprofit facility features a community kitchen and wellness center along with a beauty salon and arts and crafts studio. Residents can enjoy the large courtyard area with walking paths that's fully secured in a park-like setting, or visit with family members in the beautifully landscaped garden. A piano is also provided in the community room that family members can utilize.
One family member said in an online review, "My mother has been in Brookdale Palmer Park for a couple of weeks now. We like the place and the staff that we've met is great. They have church services, gardening, cooking, bingo, brain games, ice cream socials, and exercises. She likes the food and she seems to be eating well so far. This particular place is just for dementia/Alzheimer's/memory care."
New Dawn Memory Care in Colorado Springs offers the Transitions program to meet the changing needs of residents as they progress from the early stages of memory loss to the advanced stages. The community has a 1:4 staff-to-resident ratio, ensuring individualized attention and tailored personal services, including hospice care. Of special note, New Dawn has 24/7 skilled nursing available for residents with special needs – providing the care needed for many families to avoid moving their loved to a Skilled Nursing Facility. New Dawn residents live in spacious, private studio apartments with private bathrooms. The facility is located in a beautiful residential setting with plentiful outdoor space and common areas that create a family-homelike atmosphere. Small pets are welcome at New Dawn, and the facility’s Healthy Living life enrichment programs provide residents with a variety of activities and events to stimulate the mind, body and spirit. In addition, the facility offers discounted rates to veterans and are willing and available to assist any interested veterans with the application process for applying for veteran aid.
The superior staff receives frequent praise. One reviewer shared, “My dear mother has been lovingly cared for by the kind, attentive staff at New Dawn for almost a year. I stop in to see mom almost daily and have a clear, constant picture of the staff, their attentiveness, the level of understanding they have for the residents' dementia, and their responsiveness to each of them as individuals.”
Sunrise at University Park in Colorado Springs is a small community that provides assisted living, memory care and respite stays. Residents live in Reminiscence Neighborhoods that are specially designed for people dealing with memory loss. A designated Life Enrichment Manager trained in Validation Therapy is assigned to each resident to act as a source of constant support while learning each of the resident’s personal preferences. These likes and dislikes become the foundation of the Individualized Service Plan, which includes eight activities or programs that provide opportunities to Live With Purpose. Living spaces at Sunrise promote as much independence as possible while still maintaining a safe, secure environment. Private rooms and companion suites adjoin community areas for easy navigation. There’s a strong emphasis here on letting residents live comfortably on their own terms, including welcoming their beloved pets to Sunrise.
Reviewers often comment on the caring staff here. One shared, “I went to Sunrise for my dad. It was one of my favorites. They were playing bingo the first time I went, and it seemed like there was a lot going on. There were vans coming back with people that had been out of the community.”
The Palisades at Broadmoor Park is a senior living facility offering independent living, assisted living and memory care. The memory care neighborhood at this community is called Connections for Living and is focused on relationship-based care and strengthening relationships between residents and their families as well as residents and care staff. The memory care program at this community is focused on four cornerstones of wellness to meet residents’ physical and emotional needs in a comfortable, homelike environment.
“I visited The Palisades. The food was really stupendous. I was very fond of it. It was probably gourmet-level food,” says one online reviewer. Another reviewer commends the “genuine feeling of care and compassion” at this community. Reviewers also praise the facility’s cleanliness, with one stating, “Property is very clean, and residents are happy and well taken care of.”
The Retreat at Sunny Vista offers assisted living and memory care in 66 well-appointed apartments and suites. An elevated dining program lets assisted living residents choose between two mealtime venues, while memory care residents can help prep meals in the Country Kitchen. Pet-friendly memory care apartments include private studio and bath options and two-bedroom companion suites with shared bath. The specialized care professionals support residents with Rhythms Dementia Services, learning each person’s natural rhythm of life and adapting to it. The Retreat has made a large investment in resident-centered technology, including the Bwell & Move testing platform for reducing falls and improving balance, mobility and strength. Coro Health music therapy reduces agitation, while the Assist2Hear system reduces background noise for those with hearing loss. A secured courtyard enables relaxed time in the Colorado Springs sunshine, and memory games played on a large touchscreen computer keep residents engaged.
Reviewers appreciate the beautiful, well-kept facility and the all-inclusive pricing. One husband of a resident wrote, “Other facilities have a tiered care system that costs more as a resident requires more care. Sunny Vista has one single Room and Board charge that includes whatever level of care is needed.”
ViewPointe is located in Colorado Springs, Colorado, and offers assisted living, independent living and memory care services for seniors. The pet-friendly facility offers restaurant-style dining, catering for family, special events and a private dining room for special parties. Residents can participate in fitness programs and sing-alongs. They can embark on group outings to local attractions or attend religious services in the on-site chapel. Along with plenty of lounging areas stocked with books and magazines, a billiard table is also available for seniors to enjoy. ViewPointe offers a variety of alternative therapies to help ease any anxieties or other behaviors residents may experience, including pet therapy, life skills stations and a multisensory Snoezelen lounge, which offers water features, low lighting and soothing sounds and scents.
Family members and visitors give high marks to the facility for the number of activities available to residents and the quality staff members. One online reviewer said, “Viewpointe was a great community. It had a great environment and atmosphere, and the staff was very helpful. There were always activities going on.”