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The 3 Best Assisted Living Facilities in Bullhead City, AZ for 2024

Bullhead City’s population is pushing 41,000 and over 12,000 residents are aged 65 and older. Located in the northwestern corner of Arizona along the Colorado River in Mohave County, Bullhead City is a popular retirement destination. It offers affordability in a vibrant community with amazing natural beauty, consistently warm weather and a blend of small-town comfort and big-city living. Bullhead City has a surprising number of activities to keep retirees and their visitors entertained, and its easy accessibility to major highways makes it a short drive to fun-filled cities such as Phoenix, Las Vegas and Los Angeles.

Assisted living provides seniors with personalized supportive care in a residential setting without taking away their independence. Seniors pay an average of $3,650 per month for assisted living in Bullhead City, which is considerably less than the national average. It’s also below the state average and the cost in many nearby cities.

This guide contains information about assisted living in Bullhead City, including the local cost and comparisons with other Arizona cities and alternative senior care options. It also covers the benefits and drawbacks of retiring in Bullhead City and offers a list of free senior resources.

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What to Consider About Assisted Living in Bullhead City

The Arizona Department of Health Services, Department of Licensing Services oversees the regulation of assisted living facilities in Bullhead City and throughout the state. This includes licensing and monitoring these facilities through inspections, on-site surveys and investigations of any complaints received to ensure quality care, safety and adherence to performance standards on facility operation and maintenance.

Benefits and Drawbacks of Assisted Living in Bullhead City

  • The air quality in Bullhead City is primarily rated as good. Residents frequently enjoy an air quality index well below 50, meaning the air quality is usually satisfactory and any recorded air pollution poses little or no risk.
  • The low cost of living in Bullhead City is one of its biggest draws. While Arizona’s cost of living is about 2% higher than the U.S. average, Bullhead City’s is about 9% lower  and over 11% below the statewide average. Housing and transportation are much cheaper than the state and national averages, but healthcare costs are higher.
  • Bullhead City has a relatively low violent crime rate, which is below the national average and much lower than the state average. The nation’s average violent crime rate is 22.7 and Arizona’s is 27.9, but Bullhead City’s is 16.4. However, the city’s property crime is higher than the state and national averages.
  • Retirees who don’t like rain, snow, ice or freezing temperatures appreciate living in Bullhead City, which has a very warm, dry climate. The city gets an average of six inches of rain annually and no snow, but the July high averages around 111 degrees. Bullhead City is one of the hottest places in Arizona, but days with noticeable humidity are rare year-round.
  • Arizona is only moderately tax-friendly toward retirees. While seniors won’t pay state tax on Social Security income, they will pay taxes on distributions from IRAs or 401(k)s. However, income from some public and private pensions is only partially taxed. Sales taxes can be relatively high. However, groceries and prescriptions aren’t taxed by the state and both can be major expenses for seniors.
  • Bullhead City has its own hospital, saving residents from driving to nearby cities for medical and surgical services. Western Arizona Regional Medical Center has a medical surgical ICU and on-site emergency department. It was also rated high-performing for the treatment of COPD and pneumonia.

Paying for Assisted Living in Bullhead City

The average cost of assisted living in Bullhead City per Genworth’s Cost of Care Survey is $3,650 per month. This is $250 less per month compared to the statewide average ($3,900) and $650 less than the national median of $4,300.

The Cost of Assisted Living in Nearby Cities

Bullhead City’s average cost of assisted living is also lower than what seniors pay in many other cities across Arizona. Compared to costs in the state capital, Phoenix, assisted living in Bullhead City is only $50 less. However, it’s $375 lower than Yuma, $800 cheaper than Prescott Valley and $1,225 less than Flagstaff.

Bullhead City

$3,650

Arizona

$3,900

The United States

$4,300

Phoenix

$3,700

Yuma

$4,025

Prescott Valley

$4,450

Flagstaff

$4,875

The Cost of Other Types of Senior Care

At $3,650, assisted living is one of the most affordable seniors care options in Bullhead City. Adult day health care is generally the least expensive, but local cost data for this service isn’t available. However, the average statewide cost is $1,842, so seniors in Bullhead City can expect to pay around this amount. Seniors seeking at-home services will pay a monthly average of $4,385 for homemaker services and $4,576 for home health aides. Those needing the specialized care provided in a nursing home facility have the highest costs. Semiprivate rooms cost an average of $7,437, while private rooms cost $12,775 per month.

Homemaker Services

$4,385

Home Health Aide

$4,576

Assisted Living Facility

$3,650

Nursing Home Facility (semiprivate room)

$7,437

Nursing Home (private room)

$12,775

Note: Data for Bullhead City was unavailable, so data for the nearest city, Lake Havasu City, was used instead.

Financial Assistance for Assisted Living in Bullhead City

Learn more about these programs, plus who’s eligible, on our Assisted Living in Arizona page.

Paying for Assisted Living Facilities in Arizona

More Ways to Pay for 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:

  • Veterans Benefits
  • Life Insurance Policy
  • Long-term Care Insurance
  • Reverse Mortgage

Free Assisted Living Resources in Bullhead City

Seniors who need extra assistance to remain healthy, safe and living more independently will find various free resources in Bullhead City. Government entities and nonprofit organizations offer supportive services to assist seniors with a variety of needs from safe transportation to nutritious meals.

ResourceContactService
Western Arizona Council of Governments Area Agency on Aging(928) 753-6247 or (800) 782-1886WACOG operates the AAA in the Bullhead City region. It serves adults aged 60 or older and those with disabilities and provides information and referrals to local resources. The AAA also operates a benefits enrollment center where seniors can receive counseling about their Medicare options and assistance applying for benefit programs that may help reduce their healthcare costs.
Arizona Long-Term Care Ombudsman Program(928) 217-7114The LTCOP addresses reported concerns from residents of long-term care facilities. It identifies, investigates and resolves complaints against assisted living facilities, nursing homes and adult foster care homes. The LTCOP also educates residents on LTC services, advocates for residents’ rights and assists residents in getting needed services.
Senior Transportation Program(928) 704-2287Bullhead City and the River Valley Seniors Association ensure elderly and disabled residents have access to suitable transportation services. Destinations often include medical appointments, pharmacies, shopping and the local senior center. Transportation services are available Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Bullhead City Senior Center(928) 763-0193The Bullhead City Senior Center provides a place for active seniors to gather and socialize with their peers, participate in health screenings and get information on available local resources. Seniors can also participate in an array of activities, including bingo, card games, exercise programs, crafting, dance classes, ice cream socials, pot lucks, karaoke, support groups and more. The Senior Center is open Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Assisted Living Laws and Regulations in Bullhead City

Bullhead City-area assisted living communities must adhere to the comprehensive set of state laws and regulations that all assisted living communities in Arizona are required to follow. Visit our Assisted Living in Arizona page for more information about these laws.

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