Resources for choosing a nursing home

1) Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment
4300 Cherry Creek Drive South
Denver, CO 80246
Our Health Facilities and Emergency Medical Services Division provides:
  • Facility files.
  • Survey results.
  • Summaries of reported occurrences and complaint investigations.
  • Lists of all nursing homes by city, county or alphabetical.
  • Information on filing health care complaints.
2) Colorado Long Term Care Ombudsman
The Legal Center
455 Sherman St.
Denver, CO 80203
303-722-0300 or 1-800-288-1376
  • Books and other printed information.
  • Lists of local ombudsmen.
  • Advocacy assistance.
  • "Here's Help" series on various nursing home topics.
3) Local ombudsman, area offices on aging, county departments of social services
4) Books:
  • “The Consumer's Guide to Colorado Nursing Homes,”
    Second edition, by Maria Arellano, Nancy Schwalm, Richard Schwalm, 1997.
    Copies can be ordered from:

    Action HealthCare Services Inc.
    2348 Senator Court

    Louisville, CO 80027

  • “Nursing Homes: Getting Good Care There,”
    by Sarah Green Burger, Virginia Fraser, Sara Hunt, Barbara Frank.

    A consumer action manual prepared by the National Citizens' Coalition for Nursing Home Reform. 1996. Available at bookstores.

  • “Caregiver Handbook: A Local Guide for Caregivers of Elders in the Denver Metropolitan Region,”
    by Denver Regional Council of Governments, 1997, Aging Services Division.


5) Professional associations:
  • Colorado Health Care Association
    225 E. 16th Ave., Suite 1100

    Denver, CO 80203

  • Colorado Association of Homes and Services for the Aging
    1888 Sherman St., Suite 610

    Denver, CO 80203