Yuma is nestled in the southwest corner of Arizona, near the Mexico and California borders. This city of approximately 98,000 people — about 15,000 of whom are aged 65 and older — is conveniently situated about halfway between Phoenix and San Diego, near the scenic Colorado River. The city boasts a dry, sunny climate, with hot summers and warm winters, and a low cost of living. Yuma is ideal for retirees who enjoy hiking, golfing, year-round gardening and other outdoor pursuits. The city also hosts an impressive array of entertainment and events, including annual Senior Games, Heritage Festivals in the historic downtown, performances and exhibits at the Yuma Art Center and a well-rounded calendar of senior-centric activities offered through the Parks and Recreation Department.
Assisted living is a housing alternative for seniors who need assistance with routine tasks and activities but don’t need a nursing home level of care. The average cost of assisted living in Yuma, AZ, is $3,800 per month, according to Genworth’s 2021 Cost of Care Survey.
This guide is designed to provide information to those interested in exploring assisted living in Yuma. Read on to learn more about the cost of assisted living in Yuma, ways to pay for it and a list of community-based resources designed to help older adults enjoy a good quality of life.
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COVID-19 Rules and Restrictions for Assisted Living in Yuma
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 Yuma, Arizona
Monthly assisted living costs average $3,800 in Yuma.
The Cost of Assisted Living in Yuma
At $3,800 on average, assisted living in Yuma costs $700 less than the national rate of $4,500, and $200 less than the Arizona rate of $4,000.
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Yuma has more affordable assisted living rates than other Arizona communities. At $3,975 per month, those in Phoenix pay slightly more than their counterparts in Yuma, while costs in Tucson are an average of $250 per month higher than in Yuma at a monthly average of $4,050. In northern Arizona, Flagstaff residents pay a monthly average of $5,000 per month, which is $1,200 higher than in Yuma, while those in the southeastern corner of the state in Sierra Vista pay approximately $350 more than those in Yuma at an average of $4,150 per month. In Arizona’s northwestern corner, Lake Havasu City residents pay an average of $4,700 per month for assisted living.
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How to Get Financial Assistance for Assisted Living in Yuma
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 Western Arizona Council of Governments is the designated Area Agency on Aging serving Yuma and the surrounding counties. The agency operates a 24-hour helpline and oversees a variety of programs and services to help residents aged 60 and older maintain their independence and quality of life. By calling the helpline, seniors can learn about and get referrals to health and wellness programs, government benefits enrollment counseling, health insurance and Medicare counseling, nutrition education and community service employment training.
Veteran Benefits Counselors on staff at the Arizona Department Of Veterans Services office in Yuma are available to assist seniors veterans in obtaining state and federal benefits related to their service. VBCs can request military service records, certify claim documents, file compensation and pension applications, file appeals regarding VA decisions and assist with completing and filing applications for VA Aid and Attendance and Housebound Allowance benefits. The office is open from 8:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., Monday through Friday, and calling ahead to schedule an appointment is recommended.
Helping Hands of Yuma offers opportunities for seniors to give back to their peers and the community through a variety of volunteer positions. Seniors can use their existing skills or learn new ones, and the organization provides all necessary training. Volunteers can contribute as many hours a week as they wish in areas such as medical transportation, shopping assistance, social events and activities, senior encouragement and office work.
Yuma County Area Transit’s YCAT OnCall service provides door-to-door rides for senior residents who cannot access a fixed-route bus stop or use the regular bus service due to infirmity or disability. YCAT also works in cooperation with the WACOG to offer subsidized fares so eligible Yuma seniors aged 60 and older can attend medical appointments and dialysis treatments, visit the local senior center and make essential shopping and pharmacy trips. Interested seniors must complete an initial telephone screening and submit an application.
Local, trained volunteers working with the Arizona Long-Term Care Ombudsman Program monitor conditions in Yuma assisted living facilities and advise residents about their rights. Ombudsmen also advocate for residents to resolve complaints about deficiencies in care or living conditions in long-term care facilities. These services are confidential and provided free of charge.
The Arizona Legal Assistance Program provides Yuma residents aged 60 and older with access to advice, assistance and advocacy on civil legal matters. Some of the services offered through the program include assistance with legal guardianship and the creation of wills and advance directives. The ALA program was established under the Older Americans Act and is administered by the WACOG.
Yuma Assisted Living Laws and Regulations
Assisted Living Facilities in the Yuma 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.