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Costs of Assisted Living in Arizona

The cost for an Assisted Living Facility in Arizona averages about $3,500 per month ($42,000 per year), although the costs increase depending on the services required. This is comparable to the national average of $3,293 per month. The cost may also increase for residents with dementia or Alzheimer's disease. Assisted living costs in Arizona are considerably lower than the cost of an Arizona nursing home, where semi-private rooms cost $79,555 and a private room is almost $93,075 per year.

Assisted Living in Arizona costs more than Adult Day Health Care, which averages around $21,800 per year. Arizona Assisted Living Facilities are cheaper than hiring a Home Health Aide which costs, on average $48,000 a year. It is estimated that by the year 2030, Assisted Living in Arizona will cost $63,529 per year – an increase of over $41,000.

Looking at city-by-city costs, Arizona's cities have the following monthly assisted living costs:

  • Lake Havasu City, AZ - $3,150 per month
  • Tucson, AZ - $3,325 per month
  • Yuma, AZ - $3,375 per month
  • Phoenix, AZ - $3,470 per month
  • Sierra Vista, AZ - $3,572 per month
  • Prescott, AZ - $3,830 per month
  • Flagstaff, AZ - $4,005 per month

Lake Havasu is the most affordable city in Arizona when it comes to assisted living. Flagstaff is the most expensive - with a monthly price of $850+ more than Lake Havasu, AZ.

Arizona has been a destination for seniors and retirees for many years. Del Webb opened his Sun City retirement community in Maricopa County near Phoenix on January 1, 1960. With the numerous assisted living facilities and senior living communities in Arizona, as well as a plethory of services available to aging individuals, it may just be one of the best states for a senior looking to retire.

Services for a senior living in Arizona

Arizona has a vast array of services for older adults, some of which we will discuss here, but most are handled by the Area Agency on Aging, which is a good resource to have for seniors living in Arizona no matter the case.

Arizona Senior LivingArizona’s Area Agencies on Aging (AAA) helps older Arizonans through its various senior programs and services. Its main purpose is to advocate for senior citizens and to provide information on programs for seniors who live in Arizona. It also provides community support for the elderly in Arizona.

Arizona also has a Long Term Care Ombudsman, as do many other states, whose primary objective is to identify, investigate, and resolve complaints of residents of facilities – including Assisted Living facilities in Arizona and Arizona Nursing Facilities. It is recommended that you contact your local Area Agency on Aging in Arizona to get in touch with your local Ombudsman.

There are nutrition programs available – both congregate and delivered, that are available for eligible Arizona seniors. More information on that can be found by contacting the Area Agency on Aging in your area.

The Mature Worker Services for Arizonians is a program for those that, for whatever reason, work past the age of 50. It helps connect individuals to employment, find volunteer opportunities, and find education and training programs. There is also a Senior Community Service Employment Program (SCSEP), which provides useful part-time, work-based training options for low-income Arizona seniors who are 55 years old or older. This program covers older Arizonians who are not working and do not have good employment choices and are looking for something to fill their time with.

Those Arizona seniors who are eligible and who participate in SCSEP get assessed for needs training, supportive services, and potential for employment. The participating seniors are paid either the state or federal minimum wage – whichever is higher. Other job-related training skills that the elderly acquire include: advancing or updating current job skills, some educational opportunities, employment counseling and help both finding and keeping a job. Those who participate in these programs are helped with finding employment at the end of the training.

Home and Community Based Services (HCBS) is a program which helps Arizona residents with daily activities, thus allowing them to live in their home. The services include: Adult Day Health Care, home-delivered meals and meals at senior centers, housekeeping, personal care, respite care, transportation, and visiting nurse. This program is only available to Arizona seniors who are eligible, which includes:

  • 60 years old or older;
  • 18-60 years old with a disability; and
  • Those who are impaired and therefore not able to perform ADLs (bathing, dressing, toileting, transferring, etc).

Who pays for Assisted Living Care in Arizona?

Most Assisted Living care in Arizona is paid for privately by either the Arizona seniors or their families. In Arizona, Medicaid is referred to as the Arizona Health Care Cost Containment System (AHCCCS). It is a managed care system and operates much like a Health Maintenance Organization (HMO) does. There is also a separate part for elderly and/or disabled Arizona residents, called the Arizona Long Term Care System (ALTCS.) In Arizona, the ALTCS is the part of Medicaid that would help pay for senior care in an Assisted Living Facility. There are two options under the ALTCS program:

  • Aging With Choice (AWC)/Community First Choice (CFC) Option – this is Arizona’s newest option that lets seniors receiving care to hire, train and fire the caregiver of their choosing. This options allows seniors to hire family members to be their primary care providers if they choose. To be eligible, residents of Arizona must meet both functional and financial eligibility requirements which are performed by caseworkers via assessments. The eligibility requirements include a $2,000 monthly resource cap for an individual or $3,000 for a couple, must be at least 65 years old, and have a disability which qualifies or they require assisted care. There is also a monthly income cap which varies based on marital status and their living situation, but those with a monthly income under $2,199 should be eligible for some assistance; and
  • Self-Directed Attendant Care (SDAC) Option – allows those needing assistance to serve as the legal employer of their caregiver, including a family member. Any resident of Arizona who is eligible for Medicaid qualifies for this option.

Pros and Cons of Senior Living in Arizona

Arizona is a diverse state and it is only getting more diverse racially. It has deserts, mountains, and even snowy parts. When seniors are considering where they should live in Arizona, they should consider all of their options.

Here are some things to consider when choosing where to live and retire in Arizona:

  • Weather – with more than 300 days of sunshine a year, there should be plenty for seniors to do in the state of Arizona. There are two months in the summer that are extraordinarily hot, but compared to other places, the great weather days outnumber the bad for seniors living in Arizona. The climate of Arizona is so different in different parts of the state because of where the state is located geographically and the variations in elevation. In the parts of Arizona that are lower in elevation, the climate is considered as desert with soft winters and very hot summers, although between the periods of late fall and early spring the weather is mostly mild – with an average of at least 60° F. The coldest months are November through February when the temperatures range from 40° F to 75° F and it does frost occasionally The months of June through September are hot, but it is a dry heat which is easier to handle for seniors than humid air. However, the temperatures range from 90° F to 120° F - making the heat unbearable for many seniors living in Arizona, and forcing them to stay indoors during the hottest summer days. If you are a senior who is looking for a state with a wide variety of temperatures, then Arizona may be the state for you!
  • Cost of living –the median home value in Arizona is around $190,000 which is above the national median, but the areas of Tucson, Mesa, and Phoenix all have median home values that are lower than the national median;
  • Arizona Retirement Communities – if you choose to live in an age-segregated retirement community, Arizona is the state for you. There are over 80 55+ retirement communities in Arizona, in locations from Sun City, Tucson, Mesa, Surprise and more;
  • Golfing – if you are a senior who loves golfing, then Arizona may be your state. There are numerous golf courses in this state, both attached and not attached to retirement communities, one being the PebbleCreek community in Goodyear, Arizona;
  • Crime rate – although the overall crime rate in Arizona is above the average nationally, there are communities where it is significantly less. It’s just a matter of doing your research.

Some Places to Consider for Arizona Senior living

  • Tucson, Arizona – located in, and the county seat of, Pima County, Arizona. Tucson is home to many annual cultural events and fairs that seniors can enjoy, such as the Tucson Gem and Mineral Show; the Tucson Festival of Books; Tucson Folk Festival; Fourth Avenue Street Fair; The Tucson Rodeo; All Souls Procession Weekend. Also, there is the Arizona Historical Society; The Fremont House; Fort Lowell Museum; Mission San Xavier del Bac; Tucson Museum of Art; The University of Arizona Museum of Art; DeGrazia Gallery in the Sun; Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum; Pima County Fair; and Museum of the Horse Soldier. The population is approximately 535,000 people, with around 12% age 65 or older. Last year, Tucson ranked #9 of 223 of the “Best Cities to Retire in America,” #58 of 223 of the “Healthiest Cities in America,” and #35 of 223 of the “Most Diverse Cities in America;”
  • Nogales, Arizona – located in, and the county seat of, Santa Cruz County which borders the city of Nogales, Sonora, Mexico. Nogales and the county where it's located have 200 properties that are part of the National Register of Historic Sites that the Arizona elderly can visit, including Old Nogales City Hall, Tumacacori National Monument, Old Tubac Schoolhouse, Santa Cruz County Courthouse, and Patagonia Railroad Depot. The population of Nogales is around 21,000 people, of which around 11% are seniors age 65 or older. Last year, Nogales ranked #38 of 95 of the “Healthiest Places to Live in Arizona,” #15 of 35 of the “Safest Places to Live in Arizona,” and #77 out of 95 of the “Best Places to Retire in Arizona;”
  • Yuma, Arizona – located in, and the county seat of Yuma County, Arizona. The city of Yuma has the widely known Yuma Territorial Prison, the Yuma Quartermaster Depot State Historic Park as well as a historic area known as the downtown. Nearby are the Kofa Mountain Range as well as Martinez and Mittry Lakes, wildlife refuge, and the Algodones Dunes. On the north and west sides of the town runs the Colorado River, which serves as the border between Arizona and California. The population is estimated to be around 95,000 with around 14% senior citizens age 65 or older. Last year, Yuma ranked #15 of 97 of the “Most Diverse Places to Live in Arizona,” #36 out of 95 of the “Best Places to Retire in Arizona,” and #54 of 97 of the “Best Places to Live in Arizona;”
  • Prescott Valley, Arizona – located in Yavapai County, Arizona. A suburb of Prescott, Prescott Valley is only 10 minutes away from the Prescott National Forest where there are lakes, fishing, hiking and camping. The population is estimated to be around 43,000 with approximately 26% of residents 65 years of age or older. Last year, Prescott Valley ranked #13 of 35 of the “Safest Places to Live in Arizona” and #63 of 95 of the “Best Places to Retire in Arizona;”
  • Scottsdale, Arizona – in Maricopa County, Arizona. Scottsdale is known for the “Scottsdale Museum of Art,” the “Scottsdale Artwalk,” “Scottsdale Arabian Horse Show” and the “Barrett-Jackson Auto Show.” The population of Scottsdale is estimated to be over 240,000 with almost 20% age 65 or older. Last year, Scottsdale ranked #1 of 223 of the “Best Places to Retire in America,” #36 of 223 of the “Best Cities to Live in America,” and #54 of 223 of the “Healthiest Cities in America;”
  • Sun City, Arizona – located in Maricopa County, Arizona. The population is around 40,000 of which almost 80% are aged 65 or older, although the median age is 75 years of age. This is the original Del Webb “Sun City” that opened on January 1, 1960. There are eight golf courses located in Sun City, Arizona. Last year, Sun City ranked #2 of 95 of the “Best Places to Retire in Arizona,” #23 of 95 of the “Healthiest Places to Live in Arizona,” and #17 of 40 of the “Best Suburbs to Live in Phoenix Metro;”
  • Benson, Arizona – located in Cochise County, Arizona, Benson was originally created as a rail terminal and is still working as such. It is known today as the home of the Kartchner Caverns State Park and the Singing Wind Bookshop which specializes in books about the Southwestern part of America. The population of Benson has been hovering around 5,000 since the year 2000, and of those almost 30% are age 65 or older. Last year, Benson ranked #12 of 95 of the “Best Places to Retire in Arizona,” #32 of 97 of the “Best Places to Buy a House in Arizona,” and #38 of 97 of the “Best Places to Live in Arizona;”
  • Wickenburg, Arizona – located mainly in Maricopa County, Arizona with a part in the neighboring county of Yavapai. It got its name from a German prospector who discovered the Vulture Mine and more than $30 million worth of gold has been removed from the mine. Wickenburg is also the “Dude Ranch Capital of the World.” The population is estimated to be around 7,000 with around 28% of retirement age. Last year, Wickenburg was ranked #14 of 95 of the “Best Places to Retire in Arizona,” and #6 of 18 of the “Safest Suburbs in Arizona;”
  • Sedona, Arizona – located in both Coconino and Yavapai counties in Arizona. Sedona is home to the “Sedona International Film Festival,” the “Sedona Solstice Festival,” and the “Illuminate Film Festival.” The population is approximately 10,500 of whom over 25% are 65 years or older. Last year, Sedona ranked #18 of 95 of the “Best Places to Retire in Arizona” and #32 of 95 of the “Healthiest Places to Live in Arizona;” and
  • Globe, Arizona – located in, and the county seat of Gila County, Arizona. The Globe Downtown Historic District is on the National Register of Historic Places. The population of Globe has been hovering around 7,500 residents since 2000 and is currently approximately 7,400 with around 16% seniors living there who are age 65 or older. Last year, Globe ranked #8 of 97 of the “Most Diverse Places to Live in Arizona,” #20 of 95 of the “Best Places to Retire in Arizona,” and #23 of 97 of the “Best Places to Live in Arizona.”

Common Questions About Assisted Living in Arizona

1. What is assisted living and how does it work?

Assisted living is a residential option for seniors who require some assistance with daily activities while maintaining their independence. Residents live in private or semi-private apartments and receive support with tasks like bathing, dressing, and medication management. In Arizona, well-known assisted living facilities include Desert Bloom Senior Living in Phoenix and Sunrise of Scottsdale in Scottsdale.

2. What are the costs associated with assisted living in Arizona?

The cost of assisted living in Arizona varies based on factors such as location, amenities, and level of care. On average, the monthly cost ranges from $2,500 to $5,500. Cities like Phoenix and Tucson might have slightly higher costs due to their urban nature. You can find affordable options like Park Senior Villas in Mesa and The Garnet of Casa Grande in Casa Grande.

3. Are there any financial assistance programs for assisted living in Arizona?

Yes, Arizona offers the Arizona Long-Term Care System (ALTCS), which provides financial assistance for seniors who require long-term care, including assisted living. Eligibility is based on income, assets, and medical need. You can apply for ALTCS to help cover costs at facilities such as Brookdale North Tucson in Tucson and Brookdale Arrowhead Ranch in Glendale.

4. What amenities are typically offered in Arizona assisted living communities?

Assisted living communities in Arizona offer various amenities to enhance the quality of life for residents. These can include communal dining areas, fitness centers, organized activities, transportation services, and landscaped outdoor spaces to enjoy the state's pleasant climate. Notable facilities like Granite Gate Senior Living in Prescott and The Palazzo in Phoenix provide a range of amenities for their residents.

5. What types of medical care are available at Arizona assisted living homes?

Assisted living homes in Arizona offer a level of medical care that typically includes assistance with medication management, health monitoring, and coordination of medical services. While they are not equipped to provide the same level of medical care as nursing homes, they ensure that residents receive proper attention. Facilities like Sierra Winds in Peoria and Ashton Gardens in Mesa have trained staff to address residents' medical needs.

6. How does Arizona regulate assisted living facilities?

Assisted living facilities in Arizona are regulated by the Arizona Department of Health Services (ADHS). The department enforces regulations related to safety, staff qualifications, resident care, and facility maintenance. The regulations help ensure that residents receive proper care and support. Facilities like The Stratford in Phoenix and Copper Canyon Alzheimer's Special Care Center in Tucson adhere to these regulations to maintain their licensing.

7. What are some popular assisted living facilities in Phoenix, Arizona?

Phoenix, being the capital of Arizona, has several prominent assisted living facilities. Notable options include Beatitudes Campus offering a continuum of care, and The Madison which focuses on personalized assistance. These facilities take advantage of Phoenix's warm climate to provide residents with outdoor recreational opportunities and comfortable living environments.

8. What is the retirement community scene like in Scottsdale, Arizona?

Scottsdale, known for its upscale living, offers a vibrant retirement community scene. Assisted living facilities like Vi at Grayhawk and The Gardens of Scottsdale provide luxurious accommodations and a range of amenities. Scottsdale's cultural attractions, golf courses, and desert landscapes make it an attractive location for retirees seeking an active lifestyle.

9. Can I bring my pet to an assisted living facility in Arizona?

Many assisted living facilities in Arizona recognize the benefits of pets for residents' well-being. Some facilities have pet-friendly policies, allowing residents to bring their small pets with them. Facilities like McDowell Village in Scottsdale and The Legacy at Prescott Lakes in Prescott provide pet-friendly accommodations and even offer pet care services.

10. What recreational opportunities are available for seniors in Arizona?

Arizona offers a wide range of recreational activities for seniors. The state's warm climate is perfect for outdoor pursuits like golfing, hiking, and swimming. Many assisted living facilities organize outings to local attractions such as the Grand Canyon, Sedona's red rocks, and cultural events in cities like Tucson. Facilities like Pasadena at Parkwood Ranch in Mesa and Amber Lights in Tucson ensure that residents stay active and engaged.

11. How does the weather in Arizona impact seniors in assisted living?

Arizona's climate, characterized by warm temperatures and abundant sunshine, can be beneficial for seniors in assisted living. The moderate winters and dry heat are often preferred by older adults seeking relief from harsher climates. Facilities like The Oaks in Green Valley and Solterra Senior Living in Chandler ensure that residents enjoy comfortable indoor environments and take advantage of outdoor spaces during milder seasons.

12. What cultural and social opportunities are available for seniors in Arizona?

Seniors in Arizona's assisted living facilities have access to a rich array of cultural and social activities. Cities like Tucson and Phoenix offer museums, theaters, art galleries, and music venues. Facilities like The Forum at Desert Harbor in Peoria and Mountain Park Senior Living in Phoenix organize on-site cultural events, guest lectures, and outings to cultural destinations, allowing residents to stay engaged and connected.

13. Are there specialized assisted living facilities for memory care in Arizona?

Yes, Arizona offers specialized assisted living facilities that focus on memory care for seniors with Alzheimer's disease and other forms of dementia. These facilities provide a safe and supportive environment with trained staff who understand the unique needs of residents with memory impairments. Notable memory care facilities include Golden Memories in Chandler and Heritage Lane Behavioral & Memory Care in Mesa.

14. How can I involve my loved ones in choosing an assisted living facility in Arizona?

Involving loved ones in the decision-making process for an assisted living facility in Arizona is important. Discuss preferences, needs, and expectations with family members to ensure everyone's input is considered. Visit potential facilities together and take advantage of virtual tours and online resources. Facilities like Mariposa Point at Algodón Center in Phoenix and The Enclave at Anthem Senior Living in Anthem welcome family involvement and provide information to help with the decision.

15. How do I choose the best assisted living facility in Arizona?

Choosing the right assisted living facility in Arizona involves considering factors such as location, services offered, cost, staff qualifications, and resident reviews. Research facilities like The Heritage Tradition in Sun City West and The Stratford in Phoenix. Visit the facilities, ask questions, and gather information to make an informed decision that suits your needs or those of your loved ones.

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