Assisted Living Facilities FAQ's

The potential for creating assisted living facilities in your neighborhood just increased on January 26, 2009 when City Council voted to pass an ordinance which allows the development of assisted living facilities in more neighborhoods within the City and County of Denver.
 
 
 
 
If you are interested in obtaining a permit you will need to contact the Zoning Department at www.denvergov.org/Zoning_Permits or:
 
Permit Center
201 W. Colfax Avenue
Dept. 205, 2nd Floor
Denver, CO  80202
Phone # 720,865.3000
 
Owners of assisted living facilties also need to obtain a license from the:
Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment
4300 Cherry Creek Drive South
Denver, CO 80246-1530


 Who do I contact to get more information? 

The potential for creating assisted living facilities in your neighborhood just increased on January 26, 2009 when City Council voted to pass an ordinance which allows the development of assisted living facilities in more neighborhoods within the City and County of Denver. Contact the Zoning Office at 201 West Colfax Ave. 2nd floor or call 720.865.3000. Visit http://www.denvergov.org/Aging under the Age Matters Initiative webpage to see a map [Map 2] which sets out the zoning districts where assisted living facilities which house more than 8 adults will be permitted or considered after special review by the Zoning Administrator.

 

What is an assisted living facility?

The typical assisted living facility provides room and board to people who are not able to attend to their activities of daily living due to impaired capacity. The ideal assisted living facility should become a person’s home within a community setting. Any assisted living facility which provides board and room to more than 3 adults must be licensed through the City and County of Denver and the State of Colorado. Contact   Department of Excise and Licensing at 201 West Colfax Ave. 1st Floor or call 720.865.5373. Contact the State at Health Facilities and Emergency Medical Services Division by Email at: health.facilities@state.co.us or call 303.692.2800. An assisted living facility receiving Medicaid dollars must comply with the State of Colorado’s regulations for alternative care facilities.

 

Why should we want more assisted living facilities within the City and County of Denver?

Nationally, according to a report issued by AARP, people facing the harsh reality of having to deal with the impaired capacity of loved ones or themselves, are requesting that services be delivered in their homes or in a more home-like community setting such as assisted living homes. More specifically, Denver residents would prefer to receive these services in their neighborhood, where they can continue to live, play and contribute. Mayor Hickenlooper, who continues to support the Age Matters Initiative adds, “The convenience and comfort of being closer to loved ones will make an important difference in your life and theirs.” A good resource for choosing an assisted living facility is http://www.drcog.org/. To see a facility located in your neighborhood visit  http://www.denvergov.org/Aging [Map 1].

 

In a difficult economy how will the passage of this ordinance improve the lives of the residents of the City and County of Denver?

If the opportunity for the building or creating of assisted living facilities arises, there is potential for great small business endeavors. Families will no longer need to travel outside the City and County of Denver to see their loved ones. You will be saving on the cost of gasoline and your time spent on the road. You have improved you and your loved one’s quality of life and you reduced your carbon foot print. In addition, your dollars and your loved one’s dollars stayed where you wanted them to stay — in your community!

Where can I find the regulations that apply to assisted living facilities?

The regulations for the City and County of Denver and the State of Colorado can be found at denvergov.org/Public Health Inspections Regulations. The City and County Regulations are referred to as “Denver Board and Care Boarding Home Regulations” and the State’s are designated “Chapter XII Assisted Living Residences.” These regulations apply to all assisted living facilities which service 3 or more adults living in a facility which provides board and care.

How was the Age Matters Initiative Task Force involved?

Carol Boigon, Councilwoman At-large, and member of the Task Force, sponsored the bill collaborated with
Lucía Guzmán, the Director of the Agency for Human Rights and Community Relations, to ensure the passage of a comprehensive ordinance which would potentially benefit every resident of the City! Members of the Task Force reviewed, analyzed, supported or provided technical assistance for the proposed ordinance. Dolores Martinez Hernandez, a member of the Task Force, reviewed every state’s assisted living statute and worked with the City Attorney’s Office and the Office of Governmental Information Systems (GIS) to create a visual map of the proposed ordinance. The Task Force relied on ingenuity, the hard work of its members and the availability of present resources to implement concrete solutions.

Assisted Living Resources

Map 1 - Existing Assisted Living Facilities City & County of Denver and how they correlate with the newly formed zoning districts where assisted living facilities will be permitted (yellow) or considered after special review by the Zoning Administrator (red). [Municipal Code, Chapter 59].
 
In addition, the following data is referenced concerning existing assisted living facilities: address; zone designation; and number of licensed beds.
 
Map 2 - Newly Formed Zoning Districts within the City & County of Denver where assisted living facilties will be permitted (yellow) or cosidered after special review by the Zoning Administrator (red). [Municipal Code, Chapter 59].
 
(Public Health Inspection Regulations)
 
The Ombudsman Guide to Choosing a Good Assisted Living Residence by Denver Council of Regional Government (DRCOG/Area Agency on Aging.
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