Situated in the East Valley section of the Phoenix Metro Area, Mesa offers a suburban lifestyle combined with close proximity to big-city amenities. Nearly nonstop sunshine and a senior-friendly tax climate make Tempe attractive to retirees. Approximately 16.6% of Mesa’s population of slightly over 504,000 are aged 65 and over.
Assisted living communities provide lifestyle support for seniors who need some help with daily activities of living but don’t require a nursing home level of care. Typical services in assisted living facilities include housework, laundry and personal care. Meals are included and common amenities include fitness centers, on-site beauty parlors and barbershops and attractively landscaped outdoor areas with walking paths and comfortable seating areas. Although Mesa’s overall cost of living is slightly higher than the national average, the average cost of assisted living in Mesa is less than both the national and the Arizona average at $3,975 per month.
This guide explores issues related to assisted living in Mesa: COVID-19 restrictions, cost of assisted living in Mesa compared to the state, nation, and other cities in the state, free and low-cost resources available and information about the rules and regulations assisted living facilities in Arizona have to follow.
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COVID-19 Rules and Restrictions for Assisted Living in Mesa
COVID-19 restrictions and rules for Assisted Living Facilities are typically set by the state – to see the rules in your state, you can read our guide to Assisted Living in Arizona. Keep in mind that there may be other policies that communities put in place to protect their residents, so you should contact your local community for more information. Additionally, you can contact your local Area Agency on Aging to learn more – find contact information here.
Paying For Assisted Living in Mesa
Assisted living in Mesa costs an average of $3,975 per month, although prices of individual facilities vary depending on location and the quality of their amenities, services and accommodations.
The Cost of Assisted Living in Mesa
Assisted living in Mesa is slightly lower than the overall average for Arizona of $4,000 and several hundred dollars lower than the national average of $4,500.
The United States
The average monthly costs of assisted living throughout Arizona range from a low in Yuma in the southwestern part of the state of $3,800 to a high of $5,000 in Flagstaff in Northern Arizona. Residents of assisted living facilities in Lake Havasu City pay an average of $4,700, while their counterparts in Prescott pay $4,500. Costs in the southern Arizona cities of Tucson and Sierra Vista are $4,050 and $4,150, respectively.
Lake Havasu City
Note: Data for Mesa was unavailable, so data for the nearest city, Phoenix, was used instead.
How to Get Financial Assistance for Assisted Living in Mesa
More Ways to Pay for Assisted Living
Since not everyone can afford to pay for assisted living out-of-pocket, it’s important to find alternative methods to help make assisted living more affordable. Some of these options include:
Life Insurance Policy
Long-Term Care Insurance
For more information about your options for making assisted living more affordable, visit our guide to Assisted Living in Arizona.
Residents of Mesa aged 60 and over, their families and caregivers can access direct services and referrals from the Area Agency on Aging, Region One. Services include case management, fall prevention workshops, health and wellness screenings and Healthy Living workshops on a variety of topics relevant to aging. The agency also publishes a resource guide of local programs and services for seniors.
Those aged 60 and over can join others for congregate meals, movies, group outings, card and board games, exercise classes, support groups or simply sit in a comfortable chair and socialize over a cup of tea or coffee. The center also serves hot, nutritious lunches at 11:30 a.m. on weekdays as part of the Senior Nutrition Program.
Seniors and their loved ones can access information on a variety of relevant topics from the 24-Hour Senior Helpline. Staff is trained to answer questions about long-term care options, legal resources available to seniors, senior centers and a range of other topics.
Arizona seniors aged 65 and over who meet income guidelines and other requirements may be eligible for help paying for some of the costs of long-term care. Applicants must require a nursing home level of care and may choose to remain in their own homes or in an assisted living facility rather than entering a nursing home.
AZ Care Check provides a convenient way for seniors and their families to research long-term care facilities online. The searchable database includes information on violations and deficiencies in licensed facilities.
Mesa Assisted Living Laws and Regulations
Assisted Living Facilities in the Mesa area are required to follow a set of rules and regulations that are determined at the state level. For an overview of those rules and regulations, see the information below. For more specific information, talk with your local community or Area Agency on Aging.