Arizona is the second most popular state in the U.S. for retirees to relocate to, and many seniors choose to make their new home in Phoenix. Around 10% of the city’s 1.6 million residents are aged 65 and over, and the city’s warm winters and low health care costs help make it an appealing option. As the largest city in Arizona and the fifth-largest in the United States there are also plenty of amenities for seniors, including world-class health care, great shopping and restaurant options that range from Sonoran hot dogs to fine dining. Phoenix is known for its outside pursuits, and many older adults enjoy exploring the city’s hiking trails and golf courses, while sports fans can get involved with the excitement of spring training.
Assisted living provides supportive care in a residential setting for seniors who can’t live independently. Caregivers assist residents with tasks such as dressing, dining and transferring, and everyday responsibilities, such as domestic chores and meal preparation, are included. Assisted living doesn’t include full-time medical care. You can expect to pay the reasonable rate of $3,975 per month for assisted living in Phoenix, AZ.
We’ve compared costs of assisted living around Arizona and compiled a list of useful resources to help you as you age. This guide also covers funding options and an overview of relevant laws.
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COVID-19 Rules and Restrictions for Assisted Living in Phoenix
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 Phoenix, AZ
Genworth’s 2021 Cost of Care Survey provides that the median cost of assisted living in Phoenix is $3,975 per month.
The Cost of Assisted Living in Phoenix
The average monthly assisted living cost in Phoenix is slightly lower than the Arizona norm of $4,000. It’s also more affordable than the national average of $4,500.
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South of Phoenix, the median monthly cost of assisted living rises to $4,050 in Tucson and $4,150 in Sierra Vista. Meanwhile, to the east in Yuma, the average price of $3,800 is among the lowest in the state. North in Prescott, the cost increases to $4,500, which is in line with the national average. Rates continue to increase in northern Arizona, with respective monthly averages of $4,700 and $5,000 in Lake Havasu and Flagstaff. Indeed, seniors in Flagstaff generally experience the highest assisted living costs in the state, paying around $1,025 more than those in the state capital of Phoenix.
How to Get Financial Assistance for Assisted Living in Phoenix
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.
The Area Agency on Aging in Phoenix has a variety of programs available to help adults aged 60 and over. It also runs a 24-hour help line to provide information about services, benefits, housing options and more to seniors and their caregivers.
Phoenix’s Human Services Department runs 15 senior centers around the city, which offer social, educational and recreational opportunities to older adults. They also provide information on programs and services available for seniors. In addition, the department has meal and housing programs aimed at senior residents.
Phoenix has a number of alternative transport options available for older adults. The Senior Ride program is available for all Phoenix residents aged 65 and over. It provides subsidized transport, and seniors using it can travel wherever they choose. The Senior Center Shuttle is also available to transport seniors between their personal residence and the nearest senior center.
Maricopa County runs the Senior Adult Independent Living program. This is a case management program that works with seniors aged 60 and over as well as younger adults with a diagnosed disability. Case managers conduct evaluations to determine the needs of the senior. Referrals are made to programs, and the case manager can also coordinate services.
The JFCS has a range of programs available to support senior members of the community. The Center for Senior Enrichment is available to the entire senior community and has opportunities for classes, health and wellness programs, discussion groups and social activities. Senior Concierge Services connects older adults with programs and services that can help them remain healthy, safe and active. JFCS also runs Memory Cafe, which allows people with mild cognitive impairment and their care partners to meet together in a relaxing environment and engage in meaningful activities.
Phoenix Assisted Living Laws and Regulations
Assisted Living Facilities in the Phoenix 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.