Located on the northeastern edge of Arizona’s capital Phoenix, Scottsdale is home to 241,361 people. This desert city is a particularly good choice for seniors who prefer warm-to-hot temperatures. Even in the coldest months of the winter, average highs here remain in the mid-60s, and average lows are well above freezing. Judging by the findings of the 2020 U.S. Census, those traits help to make Scottsdale a popular retirement destination as 24.4% of its residents are 65 or older.
Many aging adults turn to assisted living communities when they find that they need some help with the basic activities of day-to-day life, such as bathing, eating and taking their medications. Scottsdale’s seniors pay an average of $3,975 a month for assisted living care, a figure that’s just under Arizona’s statewide average but roughly $500 cheaper than the national average.
This guide to assisted living in Scottsdale lists some of the local low-cost resources that can help older adults make the most of their retirement years. It also examines the average cost of assisted living in the area and how it compares to other parts of Arizona and the nation.
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1. Atria Park of Sierra Pointe
14500 N. Frank Lloyd Wright Blvd., Scottsdale, AZ, 85260
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COVID-19 Rules and Restrictions for Assisted Living in Scottsdale
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 Scottsdale
The cost of assisted living in Scottsdale is $3,975 per month.
The Cost of Assisted Living in Scottsdale
The statewide average cost for assisted living in Arizona is $4,000, just a few dollars over Scottsdale’s cost. Nationally, seniors pay an average of $4,500 for such care.
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Scottsdale is located in one of only two Arizona metropolitan areas where the average monthly cost of assisted living is under $4,000; Yuma, the other member of that club, has the lowest reported costs in the state at $3,800. At $5,000, Flagstaff has the state’s highest reported costs, a full $1,000 more than the state average. Lake Havasu City at $4,700 and Prescott Valley at $4,500 are also on the higher end for Arizona. The cities of Tucson at $4,050 and Sierra Vista at $4,150 are closer to the state median.
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Note: Data for Scottsdale was unavailable, so data for the nearest city, Phoenix, was used instead.
How to Get Financial Assistance for Assisted Living in Scottsdale
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.
This AAA covers Maricopa County by providing information relevant to older adults in the area. Its ElderVention program focuses on supporting mental health for seniors, while its other healthy living initiatives include diabetes and chronic condition self-management programs.
Volunteer lawyers with the ASCLP offer free legal advice to older Arizonans. While the organization’s scope includes only civil cases, its staffers can help seniors resolve legal issues involving transfers of guardianship and disputes regarding government benefits. Attorneys also help seniors draw up wills and other legal documents.
LTC ombudsmen work to ensure that the residents of community living facilities are receiving the proper level of care. In addition to looking into complaints and concerns about such facilities from residents and their loved ones, ombudsmen can help provide relevant information to seniors who are preparing to transfer between facilities or move into one for the first time.
The SMP is tasked with helping seniors understand and avoid the dangers of health care fraud. Its staff offers training on recognizing common scams involving overcharging or unnecessary services. They can also help seniors file reports with investigative authorities when necessary.
Scottsdale’s seniors have an array of social, educational and fitness activities available to them at this center. In addition to hosting discussion groups regarding current events and running social clubs for popular board and card games, this senior center also provides low-impact exercise opportunities through table tennis tournaments and line dancing events.
Scottsdale Assisted Living Laws and Regulations
Assisted Living Facilities in the Scottsdale 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.