Assisted Living Facilities in Arizona
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Official name: Assisted Living Homes (10 or fewer residents, owner not a resident); and Assisted Living Centers (11 or more residents)
Common name: Assisted living facilities
What Assisted Living Facilities in Arizona Offer
- Individual living units (single rooms to multiroom apartments with kitchen; some facilities have shared living units)
- All meals, usually in a common dining area
- Medication management
- 24-hour on-call assistance
- Personal care services (three levels):
- Supervisory care services. Only general supervision and intervention in a crisis, plus help with monitoring and administering medications
- Personal care services. Includes general supervision and assistance with one or more activities of daily living (ADLs) such as eating, dressing, bathing and occasional nursing services as needed
- Directed care services. Includes close supervision and assistance with ADLs for people who are unable to make basic care decisions or to summon assistance on their own (such as those with Alzheimer's or other forms of dementia)
- Social and exercise activities
Note: Some facilities also offer respite care and other special services.
Cost for Assisted Living in Arizona
Median monthly fees: $3,000 (higher for residents requiring memory care)
State of Arizona Requirements for Assisted Living Facilities
- Residents are permitted to receive nursing or other healthcare services from an outside home health agency, hospice agency, or private duty nurse.
- Must provide an initial assessment of each resident's capacities and service needs upon moving in. Service plan updated every three months for direct care residents, every six months for personal care residents, and annually for supervisory care residents, or any time with resident's change of condition.
- Residents in special Alzheimer's/dementia unit must be provided with "directed care" (see above) level of services.
State of Arizona Oversight of Assisted Living Facilities
The Arizona Department of Health Services, Division of Assurance and Licensure, Office of Assisted Living Licensure 602-364-2639) inspects and licenses facilities, registers and may act on resident complaints.
How to Resolve Problems or Offer Feedback
- File a complaint online (identity protected) with the Office of Assisted Living Licensure.
- Phone the Office of Assisted Living Licensure at 602-364-2639).
- Call a long-term care ombudsman (no charge) at the Office of the Arizona Long-Term Care Ombudsman; 602-542-4446).
- Rate and review assisted living facilities.
How to Pay for Assisted Living
- Most assisted living is paid for privately, by the resident and/or his or her family.
- For certain low-income residents, the Arizona Long-Term Care System (ALTCS) has a program that caps the facility's fees. The program pays for most of those capped fees, with the resident paying a share. To be eligible, a resident must have income and assets low enough to qualify for the state's Medicaid program. Not all assisted living facilities participate in this reduced-fee program, and even those facilities that participate usually limit the number of participating residents.
- Low-income veterans or surviving spouses of veterans may be eligible for Aid and Attendance or other payments from the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), which can help pay for assisted living.
- Some assisted living facilities offer sliding scale fees, making a higher level of care available to families that might not otherwise be able to afford it. Be sure to ask -- or ask a social worker or geriatric care manager in the area if he or she knows which facilities offer sliding scale fees.
Help Finding and Choosing Assisted Living
- Use the form at the top of this page to start your search for assisted living in Arizona.
- Call (866) 824-8174 to speak to a Family Advisor to get (free) help with your search.
- Hire a geriatric care manager (most have extensive local knowledge about assisted living facilities in a particular geographic area, including space availability, resident needs assessments, sliding scale fees, and resident satisfaction). To find a geriatric care manager, see Caring.com's Geriatric Care Manager Directory.
- To compare assisted living to board and care, skilled nursing, and other long-term residential care communities, see Residential Care Options: How to Decide.
- For details about assisted living facilities in other U.S. states, see Assisted Living Regulations.