Assisted Living in Arizona

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Families looking for assisted living in Arizona (AZ) have a wide array of communities to choose from, since estimated that there are more than 30,000 assisted living communities serving seniors across the U.S., and over 651 statewide. The state is also home to a rapidly growing number of senior citizens, with adults over 65 making up an estimated 17 percent of the population. A resident in an assisted living community in Arizona will pay $3,800 per month on average.

Average Monthly Costs

States near Arizona

$4,917.00 California
$4,152.00 Arizona
$4,000.00 US
$3,824.00 Nevada
$3,660.00 Utah
Genworth lists the average cost of a private, one bedroom unit in an assisted living community in Arizona as $4,152. This places Arizona on the higher end of the scale at about $200 over the national average, and about $200 higher than the median cost of assisted living in nearby states.

Compare Monthly Care Costs

When it comes to care options, assisted living is just one of several choices available to seniors. Some care options, like part-time in-home care or independent living, may cost less, while others like memory care or skilled nursing are likely to cost significantly more. Seniors can speak with their medical practitioners to receive guidance on what level of care will best suit their needs and abilities.

Nursing Home Care


In-Home Care


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Average Monthly Costs

Cities in Arizona

$5,570.00 Flagstaff
$4,418.00 Tucson
$4,207.00 Phoenix, Mesa, Scottsdale
$4,152.00 Sierra Vista, Douglas
$4,125.00 Prescott
$3,961.00 Yuma
$3,824.00 Lake Havasu City, Kingman
$3,715.00 Rest Of State
When estimating the cost of assisted living, it's important to know that average prices can differ significantly between various parts of Arizona. For example, assisted living rates in areas such as Flagstaff are at least $1,400 more than the state average of $4,152, but in areas like Lake Havasu City, Kingman, you're saving on average $300. The most affordable region in Arizona for assisted living is Rest of State at $3,715.

What You Should Know About Assisted Living in Arizona

Arizona's Department of Health Services defines assisted living as residential care that provides continuous supervision, personal and directed care. It recognizes several types of AL communities based on scale:

  • Adult foster care homes provide care for up to four residents.
  • Assisted living homes provide care for up to 10 residents.
  • Assisted living centers provide care for 11 or more residents.

With 300 days of sunshine a year, Arizona affords plenty of opportunities for elderly residents to be as active as their health and circumstances allow, but the extreme heat of summer months warrants caution — and close attention to an AL community's air conditioning resources.

Cost of living is reasonable through much of the state, and while certain cities have a reputation for high crime rates, that's a highly localized phenomenon. Research any community you choose carefully to ensure you're comfortable with these variables.

Financial Assistance for Assisted Living in Arizona

Arizona Long-Term Care Services

The Arizona Long-Term Care Services is the division of Arizona's Medicaid that services elderly and disabled applicants. It supports various forms of long-term care, including care-related services for assisted living.

Who Is Eligible?

Applicants need to meet certain asset limits and functionality requirements. There is a $2,000 resource cap for individuals and a $3,000 cap for couples.

How to Apply

To get more details about eligibility requirements and start an application, contact your local ALTCS office.

More Ways to Finance Assisted Living

While many families use their own funds or personal assets to pay for assisted living, there are plenty of additional options to cover these costs. Some additional ways to finance assisted living costs include:

  • Veteran Benefits
  • Life Insurance Policy
  • Long-Term Care Insurance
  • Reverse Mortgage

More information about key ways to pay for assisted living can be found here.

Free Assisted Living Resources in Arizona

Nonprofit and governmental organizations found across Arizona may offer free assistance for the elderly and their families in the process of seeking long-term care. These organizations can provide an excellent starting point in understanding your rights and options.

Area Agencies on Aging

Area Agencies on Aging (AAA) is a network of hundreds of nonprofit organizations across America that provide federally funded services to adults over 60 in their local areas.

Arizona has many Area Agencies on Aging that offer comprehensive information on various kinds of programs and community supports for seniors.

Area Agency on Aging, Region One (Maricopa County)

1366 East Thomas Road, Suite 108, Phoenix, AZ 85014-5739
(602) 264-2255

Area Agency on Aging, Region Two (Pima County)

8467 East Broadway Blvd, Tucson, AZ 85710-4009
(520) 790-7262

Area Agency on Aging, Region Three (Coconino County, Yavapai County and non-reservation residents in Apache and Navajo Counties)

43 South San Francisco Street, Flagstaff, AZ 86001-5296
(928) 213-5215 or (877) 521-3500

Area Agency on Aging, Region Four (La Paz, Mojave and Yuma Counties)

1235 S Redondo Center Dr., Yuma, AZ 85365
(928) 217-7714

Area Agency on Aging, Region Five (Pinal and Gila Counties)

8969 W. McCartney Road, Casa Grande, AZ 85294-7432
(520) 836-2758

Area Agency on Aging, Region Six (Cochise, Graham, Greenlee and Santa Cruz Counties)

300 Collins Road, Bisbee, AZ 85603
(520) 432-2528

Area Agency on Aging, Region Seven (the Navajo Nation)

P.O. Box Drawer 1390, Window Rock, AZ 86515-1390
(928) 871-6868

Area Agency on Aging, Region Eight (Inter-Tribal Council of Arizona)

2214 N. Central Ave., #100, Phoenix, AZ 85004-1448
(602) 258-4822

White Mountain Apache Tribe

P.O. Box 700, White River, AZ 85941
(928) 338-2553

Pascua Yaqui Tribe

7601 S. Camino Benem, Tucson, AZ 85757
(520) 879-5530

Assisted Living Laws and Regulations in Arizona

Arizona's Department of Health Services enforces comprehensive regulations for assisted living communities in the state. These regulations cover the following topics, among many other things:

Assisted Living Service Plan Requirements

A written service plan must be developed between the resident, the resident’s representative (if applicable) and the administrator or manager.

The plan must include:

  • a description of the resident’s medical conditions, including any physical, cognitive or behavioral impairments.
  • the level and scope of services the resident receives.
  • the type of services and how often the resident receives them.

Any residents who receive behavioral care must have goals and strategies included in their service plan and the plan must be looked over by a physician or behavioral healthcare provider. If the plan involves recurrent medication administration or other skilled nursing services, a nurse or medical practitioner must go over the plan.

Assisted Living Admission Requirements

Assisted living communities in Arizona cannot accept any resident who is not capable of directing their own self-care. Additionally, communities cannot admit a resident who requires round-the-clock medical care or nursing services, behavioral health treatment or restraints of any kind. Properties are not allowed to admit a resident who is bedfast, has advanced pressure sores, or requires continuous nursing services, unless the resident is receiving care from a licensed hospice agency or a privately hired visiting nurse is providing the care.

Assisted Living Scope of Care

There are three types of services provided at assisted living communities in Arizona: supervisory care services, personal care services and directed care services. Supervisory care refers to daily observation of residents’ needs and capabilities, general looking after and assisting residents with self-administration of medication. Personal care refers to assistance with day-to-day activities, like grooming and dressing, along with medication administration and nursing services as needed. Directed care refers to services for individuals who are unable to make their own basic care decisions, call for help or understand dangerous situations.

Assisted living communities are required to define the scope of services it provides to residents in writing. It’s important for you to discuss the scope of care your loved one requires with any assisted living community you consider to determine whether or not they are able to meet your needs.

Assisted Living Medicaid Policy

Residents may find help with cost coverage through the Arizona Long-Term Care System (ALTCS) program, which Arizona seniors may obtain through a Medicaid 1115 demonstration waiver. For Arizona seniors who reside in an assisted living community, ALTCS pays for medical and care related services, but does not cover expenses for room & board.

Assisted Living Facility Requirements

Assisted living communities in Arizona may provide residences that are apartment-style or bedrooms which offer single- or double-occupancy. Every unit is required to have a door that locks with a key, a bathroom, a thermostat which the resident can adjust and a kitchen area that includes a sink, a cooking appliance and counter space to make meals.

Medication Management Regulations

Residents may administer their own medication as long as a doctor deems them mentally and physically able to do so. Staff can open bottles, read labels, check dosages and observe residents taking their medication. If residents cannot self-administer their medications, then an RN can give it to them.

Staffing Requirements

While staff-to-patient ratios are not mandated, ALRs are expected to provide enough staff to fulfill services identified in residents’ care plans. An RN must be available to provide nursing services. At all times when residents are present in the community, a minimum of one manager or caregiver must be on-site and awake to assist residents. All staff, which includes managers, caregivers and assistant caregivers, must be able to perform assisted living services for residents and behavioral care, behavioral health services and support services needed by AL residents.

Staff Training Requirements

Managers of assisted living communities must provide orientation and in-service training sessions for volunteers and employees. Caregivers and assistant caregivers receive orientation instruction that is pertinent to the duties they perform. All staff must complete first aid training and CPR certification. The staff is required to complete continuing education each year: managers 20 hours per year and staff 20 hours of in-service training per year.

Background Checks for Assisting Living

Within 20 days of being hired, all staff members and volunteers at an assisted living community must obtain a fingerprint clearance card from the Department of Health Services. Any person that is denied a clearance card is not eligible to work or volunteer at an assisted living community.

Requirements for Reporting Abuse

There is an online complaint form available through the Arizona Department of Health Services to conveniently and anonymously register concerns about a community.

Assisted Living Facilities in Arizona



Top-Rated Caring Stars Winners in Arizona’s Caring Stars award program recognizes the best assisted living facilities across the U.S. based on reviews from family caregivers and older adults. This award is meant to help older adults and their loved ones find the best assisted living or in-home care option in their area. The list below shows up to 10 listings that have won the most Caring Stars annual awards in their state, sorted by their current overall average rating. For a complete list of Caring Stars winners for each year, please visit our Caring Stars info center.


The Garnet of Casa Grande

Casa Grande, AZ Cost Levels

23 reviews

Highgate at Prescott Lakes

Prescott, AZ Cost Levels

17 reviews


Atria Campana Del Rio

Tucson, AZ $$

33 reviews


Pacifica Senior Living Paradise Valley

Phoenix, AZ $$$

1 review


Sunrise of Chandler

Chandler, AZ $$$$

15 reviews

Fellowship Square

Mesa, AZ Cost Levels

18 reviews


Brookdale East Tucson

Tucson, AZ $$$

27 reviews


The Fountains at La Cholla

Tucson, AZ Cost Levels

23 reviews


The Montecito

Peoria, AZ $$$

26 reviews

Solterra Senior Living at Chandler

Chandler, AZ Cost Levels

18 reviews