Colorado Assisted Living Research Guide

David Besnette

By David Besnette


My home state of Colorado offers some really great ways to research assisted living and senior care communities statewide – bypassing commercial-type sites that are ad-heavy, often-times inaccurate or infrequently updated, and in some cases intentionally misleading.

That’s why the research guides that we create here on SeniorLiving FAQ highlight only those sites, databases and other resources that are backed by State Organizations and Agencies.   We want those resources to be at the forefront so you may research safely and with confidence.

In this post you’ll learn how to:

  • Find assisted living, hospice, nursing homes and other long-term care options statewide, anywhere in Colorado, by city or county.
  • View inspections and occurrence findings and reports for facilities in Colorado
  • Find Medicaid-approved facilities
  • Learn about Colorado’s Assisted Living Regulations

Find Facilities in Colorado by City or County

The State of Colorado’s Department of Public Health & Environment provides a Facility Directory for many types/categories of senior care.  This facility directory includes:

  • Assisted Living Facilities in Colorado
  • Nursing Homes
  • Hospice
  • Home Care Agencies
  • Residential Care
  • & many more

The main directory page looks like this:

Facility Directory Colorado

You can access this main facility directory here:  https://www.colorado.gov/pacific/cdphe/facility-directory-city-and-county.

From there, finding a facility in Colorado is pretty straightforward.   You can select, for example, Assisted Living Residences / Facility directory, and you’ll get a page where you can filter by City, County and payment options.

Finding Assisted Living Care that Accepts Medicaid in Colorado

 

We’ll pause here, as this is an important feature that the State of Colorado offers – something that most other state databases do not.  

You can filter your results by those that accept/work with Medicaid.

Find Medicaid Facilities Colorado

Additionally, when you get to a facility list page, it will indicate payment types accepted, including whether Medicaid is accepted.    

Facility lists, once you chose your city or county, are very straightforward and include helpful information including:

  • Facility Location
  • Administrator/Owner Name and direct contact
  • Payment form accepted (including Medicaid)
  • Licensed Beds
  • Secured Beds
  • Profit Status (for, or not-for-profit)
  • Ownership type (aka Limited Liability)
  • Ombudsman Phone

The directory results look like this:

Directory Results for Colorado

How To Find Inspections, Complaints and Occurrence Findings

On the main directory page, again, find your category, such as Assisted Living, and you’ll see a link for Inspections and Occurrence findings.  

The inspections search page looks similar to the main search page.   However, once you choose a city or county, you’ll then see a page that looks like this:

Inspections page

Choosing a facility then brings up inspections reports, facility data, investigative reports, licensure surveys, life safety code surveys and more!  The information page will look something like this:

 

Inspections Surveys Colorado

From there, if you select a survey or report, you’ll see even further details and information about the specific incident or investigation.  

Survey

You can access the Assisted Living Inspections page here:

http://www.hfemsd2.dphe.state.co.us/hfd2003/homebase.aspx?Ftype=pcbhpp&Do=srch

Colorado’s Assisted Living Regulations

You can access a very detailed .pdf document that outlines Colorado’s Assisted Living Rules and Regulations.   This document is large, and covers a lot of information.

I believe that every resident of a senior living community, as well as their family members, should have easy access to these rules and regulations so that they may understand what to expect from the care they are receiving.

Additionally, I believe every staff member of an assisted living or senior care facility should have a working understanding of all of these rules and regulations so that they may deliver the highest quality of care that is in accordance with these regulations.

The document main page looks like this:

Regulations Colorado

One important item that is covered near the beginning of the Rules and Regulations document is the ‘Definitions’ section.  Here, you will learn specifically how the State of Colorado defines terms relevant to all aspects of Assisted Living and Long Term Care.

The Definition for Assisted Living Residence is as follows:

Assisted Living Definition Colorado

You can access the full document of Assisted Living Rules and Regulations here:

http://www.hpm.umn.edu/nhregsplus/ALF%20by%20State/Colorado%20ALF.pdf

This Senior Living research guide for Colorado offers solid, non-commercial ways for you to research assisted living options in any part of the State of Colorado.   You should be able to confidently narrow down your search to facilities that match your needs and what you are looking for.    

 

 

 

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