Assisted Living in Thornton, Colorado
Thornton is just outside of the Denver city center and considered part of the metro area. This part of the state combines the best of two worlds, breathtaking mountains with plenty of opportunities for fishing, hiking, or skiing and the robust cultural scene of Denver. Closer to home, seniors here may choose to take in a concert by the Aurora Symphony Orchestra, visit the Hills Harvest farmers market in the summer and fall months, or simply stroll downtown and have a cup of coffee or shop in a local boutique. Thornton has cold, snowy winters, but the spring, summer and fall are pleasant and warm. Although Thornton has a cost of living slightly higher than the national average, Colorado does offer some tax breaks on retirement income, which may benefit some seniors.
The average monthly cost for assisted living in Thornton is $4,500, although the cost for individual facilities will vary.
Note: Data for Thornton was unavailable, so data for the nearest city, Denver, was used instead.
Paying for Assisted Living in Thornton, Colorado
The Cost of Assisted Living in Thornton
Thornton’s assisted living fees average $4,500 per month, which is several hundred dollars more than both the overall average for Colorado ($4,095) and the national average ($4,051). Colorado nearly matches New Mexico’s average assisted living fees ($4,100), although Kansas, to the east, is a few hundred dollars higher, at $4,473. Utah and Wyoming, Colorado’s other neighbors, are both lower, at $3,400 and $3,780, respectively.
Comparing Thornton to other major Colorado cities, it has some of the highest monthly assisted living fees. Grand Junction ($4,699) and Boulder ($4,750) are a bit higher than Thornton, while Fort Collins, Pueblo, Greeley and Colorado Springs are all several hundred dollars lower, averaging $3,848, $3,800, $3,988 and $4,000, respectively.
Thornton Assisted Living Financial Assistance
Health First Colorado, Colorado’s Medicaid program, administers an assisted living waiver for recipients of Medicaid. This grant may be used to pay for an in-home caregiver or health care services or to pay for room and board in assisted living. Seniors who receive this waiver must select from assisted living facilities that accept Medicaid, or home care providers who do.
Learn more about this program and its eligibility guidelines on our Assisted Living in Colorado page.
Thornton Assisted Living Resources
|Denver Regional Council of Governments Agency on Aging||(303) 480-6700||The Agency on Aging advocates for the interests of elderly residents in the greater Denver area, including Thornton. Agents from the AAA propose laws and regulations to improve conditions in assisted living communities, fund initiatives and programs that help the elderly age in place and offer assistance to seniors who are applying for benefits from the federal and state governments. Other programs include caregiver training and support or respite help.|
|Colorado Department of Human Services Long-Term Care Ombudsman||(303) 480-6734||Ombudsman representatives protect residents of Colorado long-term care communities. Representatives of this agency investigate complaints from residents, or complaints filed on behalf of residents (such as those in memory care) by families or caregivers. Other operations of the Ombudsman office include working with the state government to provide greater oversight and stricter regulations of long-term care homes.|
|Veterans Affairs Commission – City of Aurora||(303) 739-7087||Thornton military veterans and surviving spouses may receive help obtaining benefits and medical care from the Department of Veterans Affairs at the local veterans’ center. This agency also sponsors programs to address concerns specific to veterans, such as PTSD, grief and mental health care. Some transportation to the VA Center or the VA Medical Center may be provided.|
|Thornton Senior Center||(303) 255-7850||Members of the Thornton Senior Center have access to many different activities and plenty of opportunities to socialize. Fitness classes are geared towards the elderly, such as Silver Sneakers or chair yoga. Games, including bridge and bingo tournaments, are popular, as are crafting classes and book clubs. Lunches are served during the week and different educational seminars are hosted, including financial planning, technology and guidance for long-term care choices.|
|South Metro Medical Equipment Loan Closet||(720) 443-2013||The Loan Closet offers loans of durable medical equipment including blood pressure cuffs and TTY equipment, toileting and shower chairs and mobility aids, including wheelchairs, walkers and canes. The loan closet relies on donations, so the inventory can vary.|
|Colorado Legal Services||(303) 837-1313||Local Denver attorneys offer free legal consultation for seniors who meet income eligibility. These services can include drafting legal documents, representation in civil matters or filing divorces or bankruptcies. No criminal matters are handled by this agency. |
|Regional District Transportation (RTD)||(303) 299-6000||The RTD is a fixed route bus system, public transportation that serves the greater Denver area. The RTD also has limited service to Colorado Springs and Boulder. Seniors may receive reduced-fare passes, and handicapped transit is open to those who qualify.|
Thornton Assisted Living Laws and Regulations
Assisted living communities in Thornton, as in all of Colorado, are licensed and regulated by the Colorado Department of Public Health. This agency inspects each facility for overall cleanliness and liveability as well as ensuring the proper training and certifications of employees. Visit our Assisted Living in Colorado page for more information about these laws.