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About Us

Finding a senior living community that feels like home is crucial.

Our experienced and well-trained team is dedicated to offering personalized support for each resident, empowering them to live their most fulfilling lives throughout every phase of their senior care journey.

The Gardens at Columbine Retirement Community is a locally and independently owned senior living community in Littleton, Colorado.

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Many of the base staff have been there for many years so the residents always have familiar faces.  Food its good (food is the #1 complaint of any AL, MC, Senior care) with many options.  Grounds are second to none.

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Our Commitment to You

The Gardens at Columbine is a welcoming community, thoughtfully designed to help residents thrive with exceptional care, engaging activities, and delectable restaurant-style dining options.

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Tailored Care for Your Changing Needs

Your needs may change over time, but rest assured, you can maintain the same cherished address.

At The Gardens at Columbine, we're dedicated to making your transition here the final move, providing you and your loved ones with the right care when your physical or cognitive needs evolve.

Our comprehensive support services offer community-wide access to concierge physicians, rehabilitation facilities and more for your convenience and peace of mind.

Captivating Activities for All

Our greatest reward is seeing the smiles on our happy residents' faces, the gratitude of relieved families, and the renewed enthusiasm of engaged community members.

We offer a variety of community-wide events, such as Happy Hour Fridays, Family Brunches, Holiday Celebrations, Spa Days, and other special occasions, ensuring there's always something engaging and enjoyable for everyone.

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Our Life Enrichment Program's top priorities are enhancing the quality of life and crafting unforgettable experiences within each of our events,

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Christa Walkowiak
Life Enrichment Director

Meet Our Directors

Our devoted leadership team and staff are focused on ensuring that our residents have a comfortable and inviting environment they're proud to call home.

Ben Chandler
Executive Director
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Marnie McKissack
Health & Wellness Director
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Chaz Osen
Marketing Director
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Marci Gerke
Director Of Memory Care Services
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Megan Dobson
Director of Onboarding
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Rich Thomas
Director of Maintenance
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Christa Walkowiak
Director of Life Enrichment
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The Community

Our facility is split between Assisted Living and our Memory Care. Each of these has its own courtyards and patios, gardens, and dining facilities. This helps to facilitate neighbor interactions while also creating a large number of communal areas to interact in.

Assisted Living

Receive the care and support you need, exactly when you need it, and embrace a worry-free lifestyle.
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Memory Care

Our approach centers on each resident's existing abilities, rather than their dementia, ensuring the highest quality of personalized care.
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A Remarkable Setting

Explore our inviting courtyards and walking paths, where you can stay active and engage with our raised bed plants and gardens.

Wellness & Entertainment

Enjoy access to our on-site fitness and rehab center, library, and a variety of other amenities designed for your health and entertainment needs.

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Delicious Dining Options

Seeking a seamless move-in experience with daily meal service? Our assisted living units provide an array of restaraunt style meal choices in our dining room.

If you prefer dining in, simply place an order and savor a freshly prepared meal delivered right to your doorstep.

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Where is The Gardens at Columbine located?
(Map Link) Our 122-unit apartment community (96 Assisted Living and 26 Memory Care) is located in Littleton where West Ken Caryl and West Mineral change names at S Platte Canyon Rd.

Our location is convenient to shopping, medical services, churches, and just a few miles from Downtown Littleton (approximately 10 minute drive) and 15 miles from Downtown Denver.

Close proximity to Chatfield reservoir near C-470 and Santa Fe drive means you can quickly access our facility from almost anywhere along the Denver Metro and Front Range area.

Our community features beautiful landscaping with well-manicured gardens, courtyards, and walking trails.
Where is Littleton, Colorado located?
Littleton, Colorado, is a charming suburban city nestled along the picturesque Front Range of the Rocky Mountains. As the county seat of Arapahoe County, Littleton boasts a rich history, diverse cultural attractions, and a welcoming community spirit. Residents and visitors alike can enjoy a vibrant downtown area, scenic parks, and various recreational activities, all while being surrounded by the natural beauty of the region.

Conveniently located just 10 miles south of Denver, Littleton offers the perfect balance of small-town appeal and big-city access. With its close proximity to the Front Range, outdoor enthusiasts can easily explore nearby mountain trails, ski resorts, and national parks including Chatfield Reservoir and the Platte River
How long has The Gardens at Columbine been open?
The Gardens at Columbine opened its doors to residents in the year 2000. Darrel Schmidt, our founder, created a place where exceptional care would be provided to our Littleton senior community in a welcoming environment with a stunning acreage of botanic gardens.

After 20 years, The Gardens continues to offer the warm and hospitable environment upon which its reputation was built and remains locally family-owned and operated.
What sort of apartments and amenities are available at The Gardens at Columbine?
The Gardens at Columbine Assisted Living features studio, one-bedroom, and two-bedroom apartments each with a kitchenette, private bath, individually controlled heating and cooling, and 24-hour emergency response.

All residents have access to the community center as well as planned activities, transportation and amenities such as dining, beauty salon and barbershop, library, computer center, activity and recreation rooms, cable TV, and the 3 acre garden and courtyard areas.
Unfortunately we do not offer this at this time.
What if my health changes and I need personal assistance?
At The Gardens at Columbine Assisted Living, we cater to residents who need personal care assistance, which may encompass medication monitoring, grooming and bathing help, continuous well-being checks, personal laundry services, and stand-by or hands-on support with daily activities.

We prioritize comfort and safety, providing 24-hour staffing and an emergency response system.

Our basic services in assisted living feature three daily meals, weekly housekeeping and linen services, an array of planned activities, and scheduled transportation. Additionally, we offer a specialized unit dedicated to residents with memory impairments, ensuring a compassionate and tailored care experience.
What are The Gardens at Columbine's lease terms and financial arrangements?

All apartments are rented under a month-to-month rental agreement, but you have the right to cancel at any time with a 30-day notice.
How do I become a The Gardens at Columbine resident?
We would like to invite you to tour our community and enjoy a complimentary lunch in the dining room. Simply call 303-973-5115 or send an email to to schedule a time that works best for you.

You are always welcome to stop by our Marketing office at 5130 West Ken Caryl Avenue, Littleton, Colorado 80128 for a presentation of the community, to inquire about availability, or to select your apartment style.

Your Search for a Secure and Nurturing Home ends here. Take the next steps to make it yours.

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