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What to Consider About Assisted Living in Phoenix

The overall responsibility for ensuring assisted living communities maintain standards falls to the Arizona Department of Health Services. The bulk of the work is taken on by its Bureau of Residential Facilities Licensing, which has the power to issue licenses and revoke them if the facility continually violates standards.

Benefits and Drawbacks of Assisted Living in Phoenix

  • Seniors in Phoenix have easy access to some of the best medical facilities in the country. There are more than 20 hospitals within the city limits and the surrounding area. These include the Mayo Clinic-Phoenix, ranked #1 in the state and #16 in the country by U.S. News & World Report. 
  • According to Sperling’s Best Places, the cost of living in Phoenix is above the national average. If 100 is the average, Phoenix comes in at 103.7, which is also slightly above the state average. The city’s score is likely due to transportation costs. When other necessities of life are calculated, such as groceries and health, Phoenix outperforms the national averages.
  • To counter the above-average travel costs for seniors and the disabled, the City of Phoenix offers several transportation subsidy programs. There’s Dial-a-Ride, which enables disabled Phoenix residents to get around for $4 per trip. Adults aged 65 and over can use Senior Ride to get anywhere in the city, and members of senior centers can use the Senior Center Shuttle, which can bring them from their homes to the center and back again.
  • Crime statistics, particularly for major cities, never make good reading. However, it’s always worth remembering that seniors are less likely to be victims of violent crime than any other age group and that property crime tends to target areas, not individuals. According to Neighborhood Scout, the national median for violent crime is 4 per 1,000 residents, while the figure for Phoenix is 7.02. For property crime, the national median is 21, while it is 33.3 in Phoenix. The city, like all cities, has its safer areas. These tend to be congregated to the north, towards Scottsdale and Sun City West, and to the south in the direction of Chandler. Assisted living facilities also keep this in mind, and many have security measures in place to ensure residents’ safety.
  • Sperling’s gives Phoenix a score of 46/100 for air quality. However, it gets a score of 65/100 for water quality. The U.S. average is  55.

Paying for Assisted Living in Phoenix, AZ

When trying to decide how to pay for assisted living, one of the first questions that comes up is "How much does it cost?" With the impact of inflation, it's more important than ever to have up-to-date information when making a financial plan for senior living. To help shed light on real senior living prices, Caring.com has compiled proprietary cost data from its network of more than 75,000 senior living providers to provide insight into the average cost of assisted living in Phoenix and 22 other cities in Arizona.

Inflation's Impact on the Cost of Assisted Living in Phoenix, AZ

Due to inflation, assisted living costs have steadily risen in Phoenix. Costs increased 9.6% from $4,630 to $5,073 between 2022 and 2023. Prices are expected to rise to $5,463 by 2024. Between 2022 and 2024, the overall increase is estimated at 18%. In 2023, fees in Phoenix are higher than the respective state and national averages of $4,420 and $4,459. From 2022 to 2024, costs are expected to increase from $3,891 to $4,591 in Tucson, from $3,763 to $4,440 in Mesa and from $3,884 to $4,582 in Scottsdale.

Location2022 Cost (Historical)2023 Cost (Current)2024 Cost (Estimated)
Phoenix$4,630$5,073$5,463
U.S. Average$4,070$4,459$4,802
Arizona$4,008$4,420$4,962
Tucson$3,891$4,263$4,591
Mesa$3,763$4,123$4,440
Scottsdale$3,884$4,255$4,582

The Cost of Assisted Living in Nearby Cities

With the exception of Lake Havasu City’s monthly costs of $3,650, seniors in Phoenix paying in the region of $3,700 have the most affordable assisted living costs in the state. On average, they pay $200 less than other Arizonans and $600 less than other Americans. In Yuma, typical costs rise to $4,025, while they go up another $50 to $4,075 in Tucson. The least affordable city in the region is Prescott Valley, with costs averaging at $4,450.

Phoenix

$3,700

Arizona

$3,900

The United States

$4,300

Prescott Valley

$4,450

Yuma

$4,025

Tucson

$4,075

Lake Havasu City

$3,650

The Costs of Other Types of Senior Living

Long-term care costs depend on factors such as the type of care needed, services and programs, facility amenities and staff training and certification. Assisted living runs $5,073 per month in Phoenix. Independent living, which includes fewer support services and is appropriate for those with minimal care needs, costs $2,965. Memory care provides specialized services to support seniors with dementia and therefore is pricier than assisted living, running $6,725 per month.

Assisted Living

$5,073

Memory Care

$6,725

Independent Living

$2,965

Financial Assistance for Assisted Living in Phoenix

Arizona has a variety of resources for senior citizens, some of which may help make the cost of assisted living more affordable. The AHCCCS may also have programs that provide financial help to seniors seeking assisted living.

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

Financial Assistance for Assisted Living in Phoenix

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

For more information about different ways to finance assisted living, visit our Assisted Living in Arizona page.

Free and Low-Cost Resources for Seniors in Phoenix,AZ

There are many resources in Phoenix,AZ that assist seniors in their retirement. caring.com has compiled information on local organizations, programs and agencies and categorized them into care types for easy reference.

For information about statewide resources and those in nearby cities, go to Caring’s Arizona state page.

Area Agency on Aging

Retirees can find support and advice on various senior-related issues from their local Area Agency on Aging. The agency provides advice on topics such as financial assistance programs, in-home care and long-term care planning. It also connects seniors and caregivers with community-based resources.

Program NamePhone NumberDescription
Area Agency on Agining Region One, Incorporated602-264-2255Arizona's Area Agencies on Aging provide support and advocacy for older residents, empowering them to remain in their homes where desirable. Accessible remotely and at a selection of statewide locations, they connect senior Arizonans, along with families and caregivers, to a range of support services. These include home-delivered meals and assistance with self-managing chronic health conditions. A 24-hour accessible senior helpline is also available at (888)-783-7500.
Inter Tribal Council of Arizona, Inc.602-258-4822Arizona's Area Agencies on Aging provide support and advocacy for older residents, empowering them to remain in their homes where desirable. Accessible remotely and at a selection of statewide locations, they connect senior Arizonans, along with families and caregivers, to a range of support services. These include home-delivered meals and assistance with self-managing chronic health conditions. A 24-hour accessible senior helpline is also available at (888)-783-7500.

Financial Assistance for Senior Care

Phoenix seniors wishing to remain in their own homes can find financial assistance from several local resources. These programs and organizations help retirees cover the cost of services such as home care, property modifications and utilities.

Program NamePhone NumberDescription
Senior Adult Independent Living (SAIL) - Maricopa County602-506-3011Maricopa County runs the Senior Adult Independent Living program, a case management service that helps people coordinate assistance. People aged 60 and over can access the program, as can younger adults with a diagnosed disability. Evaluations are conducted and case managers also monitor the changing needs of participants to determine the services needed. The program also refers participants to other programs and agencies that can provide support.

Food Assistance Programs

Local organizations help ensure elderly citizens have a balanced diet and receive essential vitamins and minerals to remain healthy. Through nutrition programs, congregate meals, home-delivered meals and food pantries, these programs help Phoenix seniors afford the nutritious food they need.

Program NamePhone NumberDescription
Arizona The Emergency Food Assistance Program (TEFAP)The Emergency Food Assistance Program (TEFAP) is a federally supported program that provides free emergency food packages to low-income individuals and seniors in times of need. In each monthly food box, seniors receive shelf-stable foods, including canned or dried fruits, vegetables, pasta, bread and bottled juices. Seniors must have a total household income of less than 185% of the federal poverty line to be eligible for emergency food assistance, and they can find many participating distributors across Arizona.
Commodity Supplemental Food Program (CSFP) - Phoenix602-343-3106The Commodity Supplemental Food Program supplements the diets of individuals and older adults with a month's worth of healthy food at no cost. Each grocery box is packed with various foods, such as dry milk, oats, pasta, canned meat and rice. To qualify for this food program, seniors must live in Arizona, be at least 60 years old and have an overall household income lower than 130% of the federal poverty line.
NourishPHX480-213-3145NourishPHX is a food and clothing bank servicing seniors and families in Phoenix who need additional healthy food options to supplement their diets. It's open weekdays from 9 a.m. until 11 a.m., and seniors simply need to show a photo ID or other proof of address to be able to get food from the pantry. Food delivery is also possible for home-bound seniors.
LSM Food Bank & Clothing Alliance/St. Mary's Food Bank Alliance623-255-1905The LSM Food Bank & Clothing Alliance/St. Mary's Food Bank Alliance is part of Lisa Schexneider Ministries in Phoenix, where it offers free food parcels and personal and household items to needy seniors and families. The program partners with food trucks in West Valley and Gilbert to deliver freshly prepared meals. No registration is required, and the LSM food bank is open to all people in need who live in zip code 85021.
Olive Branch Community of Hope Food Closet602-832-3738The Olive Branch Community of Hope operates a food closet to help community members who have limited access to nutritious food. The distribution center is located at Mount of Olives Lutheran Church in Phoenix, AZ. Food boxes are packed with items such as rice, beans, pasta, soup, canned tuna, crackers, and canned fruits and vegetables. Seniors who wish to receive a monthly supply of groceries can visit the food closet on Thursdays between 12:30 and 3:30 p.m.
Phoenix Human Services Home Delivered Meals602-264-4357Phoenix Human Services Home Delivered Meals program, operated by the City of Phoenix, offers no-cost nutritional support to seniors and people with disabilities. Interested individuals may apply for daily meal deliveries, which include a check-in service by volunteers with local nonprofit agencies. Seniors can apply online or by phone, and a voluntary contribution for meals is requested but not required. The program delivers fresh meals Tuesdays through Fridays between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m.
Rio Vista Center Farmers Market602-243-1866Rio Vista Center Farmers Market offers a mix of fresh food that includes locally sourced fruit, vegetables, bakery items and frozen meat. Area grocery stores donate most of these items. The market is open to the public on Saturdays from 9 to 10:30 a.m. Seniors and low-income families can request up to one free box of food per month, along with necessary nonfood items, such as clothing and personal hygiene products. Volunteers on site also help seniors apply for SNAP.
Senior Farmers Markets Nutrition Program (SFMNP) - Phoenix877-600-2722Through the Senior Farmers Market Nutrition Program, older adults in Arizona receive vouchers to purchase fresh, locally grown produce at authorized farmers markets and roadside stands. In some locations, seniors may receive Community Supported Agriculture boxes containing Arizona-grown fruits, vegetables and herbs instead of vouchers. Operated on a first-come, first-served basis, this program is open to adults age 60 and older whose income is at or below 185% of annual poverty income guidelines.
St Mary's Food Bank - Phoenix602-242-3663Founded in 1967, St. Mary's Food Bank – Phoenix serves as the first food bank in the world. It provides food boxes to low-income residents in the greater Phoenix area and manages food banks in Phoenix and Surprise with food distribution hours Monday through Friday from 7:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Interested parties should call ahead to ensure distribution hours and availability and bring their government ID card. Home delivery services are available for homebound seniors by calling (602) 334-4124.
United Food Bank – Phoenix480-926-4897United Food Bank – Phoenix partners with 145 food pantries throughout the East Valley and eastern Arizona. Through these partnerships, it offers hot meals, food and emergency food boxes to residents in need. It also manages the Commodity Senior Food Program, which provides monthly food boxes to seniors aged 60 and over. Seniors must show ID and proof of Arizona residency as well as meet eligibility requirements to qualify for services.

Free Used Medical Equipment

Due to the high cost of purchasing new medical equipment, several organizations in Phoenix collect lightly used medical devices such as wheelchairs, ramps and walkers and distribute them to local seniors and residents in need.

Program NamePhone NumberDescription
Arizona Loans for Assistive Technology (AZLAT)800-477-9921Operated by Northern Arizona University, this assistive technology program stocks approximately 4,000 AT and AT-related products, including items that help with hearing and vision loss and functional needs.

Many organizations offer free or low-cost legal services to Phoenix seniors. Older adults can access advice on issues such as estate planning, living wills and power of attorney. Some firms also act as long-term care ombudsmen, advocating for the rights of seniors in senior living communities.

Program NamePhone NumberDescription
Legal Services Assistance - Maricopa County602-264-2255Arizona seniors can receive help with their legal needs through the Legal Assistance Program. Available to any seniors age 60 or older, this program helps with the creation of wills, advanced directives or guardianship documents that are necessary for seniors to live at home and ensure their caregivers respect their desires.
Long-Term Care Ombudsman Program - Maricopa County602-264-2255The Long-Term Care Ombudsman is a combined initiative of state and federal governments designed to prevent the abuse and neglect of elder citizens in long-term care and to ensure the adherence of any such care to regulatory standards. The ombudsman is charged with making every reasonable effort to identify, investigate and resolve complaints regarding these issues in all care facilities in the state, including assisted living facilities or ALFs.
Arizona Community Legal Services602-258-3434Seniors and low-income adults can access advice and representation for legal issues here. On a pro-bono basis, attorneys with this agency can help seniors resolve tax issues with the IRS and access health care and public benefits. This organization also runs a resource center with self-help information and forms.

Home Repair and Modifications

Seniors and those with disabilities can access a variety of local resources to help them pay for home repairs and modifications. Programs in Phoenix have different eligibility criteria and often assist retirees by providing grants or loans.

Program NamePhone NumberDescription
Ability360 Home Modifications - Phoenix602-256-2245Ability360 helps Phoenix area residents with various repairs and accessibility modifications, such as building ramps, installing grab bars, widening doors, and updating bathrooms.
Weatherization Assistance Program - Phoenix602-534-4444The Weatherization Assistance Program covers the cost of energy-efficient upgrades and home improvements.
City of Phoenix Housing Programs602-262-3111Seniors can access loan and grant programs through the City of Phoenix Housing Programs to repair or modify their homes. The Weatherization Assistance Program offers help with making a home more eco-friendly to protect against intense heat, while the Emergency Home Repair and Hardship Assistance programs provide money to improve the home's functionality for seniors.

Senior Centers

Senior centers in Phoenix bring together residents through recreational activities and events. Many also offer advice and support on senior issues, run wellness and nutrition programs, and connect older adults with other resources in the local area.

Program NamePhone NumberDescription
Paradise Valley Senior Center602-495-3785Paradise Valley Senior Center in Phoenix, AZ, is open to all senior residents for an annual membership fee. The center is open Monday-Friday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., with free transportation available to eligible members. On-site, seniors can find varying opportunities to stay active and social, with fitness options including aerobics, line dancing, chair yoga, tai chi and walking groups. Older adults can also try activities such as trivia, poker, bingo and table games.
Deer Valley Senior Center602-495-3714Phoenix Deer Valley Senior Center offers stimulating programming and events for adults ages 60+. Optional annual membership fees are discounted for local residents, with membership providing free access to all activities. Daily classes in yoga, chair exercise, Zumba and line dancing help seniors stay strong, while bingo, movies and informational classes enrich their minds. Nutritious lunches are served daily, and the center hosts Memory Cafe meetings to support brain health.
Maricopa County Senior & Adult Services Division (SASD)602-506-5911Maricopa County Senior & Adult Services Division coordinates community-based services for seniors and disabled adults throughout the county. Through SASD, seniors can get help to apply for Social Security or accessing local assistance programs designed to help them live independently at home. SASD partners with the Senior Adult Independent Living program to provide referrals to these services while also providing case management services.

Senior Engagement

Senior engagement resources and programs in Phoenix help older adults remain active and ensure they contribute to the community. Resources include wellness programs, volunteer opportunities, support groups and organizations that help residents connect with the community to live fulfilling lives.

Program NamePhone NumberDescription
Living Well Program602-331-5833The Living Well Program is a project of HonorHealth Desert Mission, one of several the mission offers for seniors in Phoenix, AZ. Volunteers at this senior-focused financial coaching service help patrons identify realistic financial goals, develop saving and spending plans, and get the most out of financial products such as banking services and credit. The no-cost program for Phoenix residents requires registration on its website.

Social Security Offices

Social Security offices in Phoenix help seniors and disabled people access the benefits they're entitled to. Older adults can contact their local office for information about receiving retirement benefits, disability allowance and Supplemental Security Income.

Program NamePhone NumberDescription
Phoenix Social Security Offices800-772-1213Social Security is a source of income available to retirees and people who can no longer work because of a disability. The money for Social Security comes from a payroll tax levied on employers, employees and self-employed individuals. When you retire, you'll receive monthly payments based on how much you earned when you were working.

Tax Assistance

Seniors can apply for tax assistance from several Phoenix resources. Elderly residents and those with disabilities could be eligible for tax exemptions on medical expenses, reductions on property tax and other tax assistance programs.

Program NamePhone NumberDescription
Senior Valuation Freeze - Phoenix602-506-3406The Arizona Department of Revenue allows seniors to request a property valuation protection option on their primary residence. This program will freeze the assessed value of a senior's home for three years. Tax rates may fluctuate based on local regulations. Applications are processed by your County Assessor.

Utility & Energy Bill Assistance

Low-income seniors who are struggling to meet the costs of maintaining their homes can find support from organizations that offer assistance with utility and energy bills. Phoenix retirees could also qualify for emergency funding programs if they're in danger of losing utility services due to unpaid invoices.

Program NamePhone NumberDescription
Arizona Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP)866-494-1981LIHEAP provides one payment per 12-month period to income-eligible families. Funds can help with unpaid energy bills, deposits and some energy-efficient energy bills, deposits and some energy-efficient.

Veteran's Services

Phoenix retirees who have served in the U.S. military can find support from local veteran services. These offices and organizations help vets access the benefits they're eligible for and provide advice and information on a variety of issues.

Program NamePhone NumberDescription
Paralyzed Veterans of America Arizona Chapter - Phoenix602-244-9168Paralyzed Veterans of America operates one of the largest lending closets in the state. The organization provides a wide array of items, including mobility scooters, Hoyer lifts, beds, ramps, hearing technology and vehicle accessories.
Phoenix Vet Center602-640-2981The Phoenix Vet Center provides no-cost mental health services for service members, veterans and their families in the Phoenix, AZ, area. The center's services can help veterans struggling with depression, PTSD, grief and the effects of military sexual trauma. Individual and group counseling are available along with family therapy. The Phoenix Vet Center can also make referrals for those needing suicide prevention and addiction services and can provide guidance for those filing for medical, education and burial benefits.

Assisted Living Laws and Regulations in Phoenix

Phoenix-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.

Assisted Living Laws and Regulations in Phoenix

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