165 Assisted Living Facilities near Scottsdale, AZ
With an average cost of $3,603 in Scottsdale, it’s often difficult to find assisted living communities that provide high-quality care at an affordable price. At Caring.com, our mission is to make this process as smooth and painless as possible, and we’ve helped many families along the way.
This guide provides everything you need to quickly compare communities and narrow your search, including 258 unique reviews from residents and our comprehensive database that gives pricing, amenity information, photos and more on the 63 facilities in Scottsdale.
Top 10 Assisted Living Facilities in Scottsdale, AZ
What to Consider About Assisted Living in Scottsdale
Scottsdale, Arizona, located in the Sonoran Desert, boasts many fun things to do from arts and cultural activities to outdoor adventures. Seniors make up 22 percent of the population, estimated close to 250,000. Those in need of help with daily tasks will find a wide selection of options, as the city is home to 58 facilities.
Assisted living facilities (ALFs) in Arizona provide three levels of care: general supervision, personal care and assistance with activities of daily living. The assisted living homes serve up to 10 residents, while assisted living centers serve 11 or more.
Benefits and Drawbacks of Assisted Living in Scottsdale
- Scottsdale offers a warm climate during the winter, with daytime averages in the 60s, but the summer heat can be stifling. The daytime average high in July is 104 degrees Fahrenheit.
- The air quality in Scottsdale is slightly better than the national average. However, the American Lung Association ranks Scottsdale as the 8th city most polluted by ozone in the U.S. The risk of developing a respiratory disease is higher in Scottsdale than the state and national averages. Paired with the heat, the air quality may not be suitable for seniors with certain health conditions.
- The overall cost of living in Scottsdale is higher than the state and national averages, but groceries and health care costs are slightly lower than average. The biggest cost difference is housing, which is more than double the typical cost of housing in Arizona.
- Residents of Scottsdale pay lower income taxes than the average U.S. citizen, with rates at 3.4 percent and 4.6 percent respectively. Sales tax is 8 percent in Scottsdale, versus the U.S. average of 6 percent.
- Scottsdale offers an extensive public transit system, which includes a regional bus system, a paratransit service and free trolley routes. Seniors pay reduced fares.
- Scottsdale has an array of community resources for seniors, including the "All Things Senior" Expo, an annual event offering entertainment and resources designed for people 50 and older, as well as the Granite Reef and Via Linda senior centers, where seniors enjoy fitness facilities, art programs, recreation classes and a softball league with weekly practice and games.
Paying for Assisted Living in Scottsdale
Average Monthly Costs
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Assisted Living costs in Scottsdale start around $3,575 per month on average, while the nationwide average cost of assisted living is $4,000 per month, according to the latest figures from Genworth’s Cost of Care Survey.
It’s important to note that assisted living rates in Scottsdale and the surrounding suburbs can vary widely based on factors such as location, the level of care needed, apartment size and the types of amenities offered at each community.
Financial Assistance for Assisted Living in Scottsdale
Seniors who qualify for long-term care can receive financial help for assisted living through the Arizona Health Care Cost Containment System (AHCCCS). The Arizona Long-Term Care System (ALTCS) assigns a case manager to help coordinate plans. Financial assistance may be offered through a health plan similar to an HMO or through a Medicaid demonstration waiver. Residents may be required to pay the room and board expenses out of pocket.
Learn more about these programs, plus who’s eligible, on our Assisted Living in Arizona page.
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 Assisted Living Resources in Scottsdale
Scottsdale and the surrounding area are home to numerous government agencies and non-profit organizations offering help for seniors searching for or currently residing in an assisted living community. These organizations can also provide assistance in a number of other eldercare services such as geriatric care management, elder law advice, estate planning, finding home care and health and wellness programs.
To see a list of free assisted living resources in Scottsdale, please visit our Assisted Living in Arizona page.
Assisted Living Laws and Regulations in Scottsdale
Scottsdale-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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Recent Reviews of Assisted Living in Scottsdale
Review of Andara A Cadence Community
The food used to be adequate, but under the new management it is quite awful. My mother complains constantly to deaf ears. I felt it was time to let others know that the food is quite dreadful. May... Read more
Review of Legacy Comfort Homes
Had to place my uncle in a group home that could care for him post kidney surgery and his ongoing Parkinson's. This will be a long term placement. The staff and facility are outstanding and very ... Read more
Review of The Ranch Estates at Scottsdale
Quality of care has greatly diminished since ownership changed in 2019 and with Shawn's leaving in fall of 2019. High staff turnover rate which impacts the level of care as longer serving staff wh... Read more
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How much is the average cost of living in Scottsdale?
MIT’s Living Wage Calculator says that the required annual income before taxes that a resident in the Phoenix-Mesa-Scottsdale metropolitan area needs to be able to afford basic expenses is $24,757. For context within the state of Arizona, this required income is higher than what’s needed for life in Tucson but lower than what’s needed for life in Flagstaff.
How much does assisted living cost in Scottsdale?
According to Genworth Financial, the average monthly cost of assisted living is $3,500 in Scottsdale. This cost is 15.7% lower than the national average. It’s also slightly lower than the Arizona state average of $3,750 per month. These low costs, along with other perks like mild winters and a high senior population, make Scottsdale an attractive choice for many retirees.
What are the demographics in Scottsdale?
Perhaps the most unique demographic of Scottsdale is that it has an extremely high amount of seniors. According to the US Census, those 65 and over account for 23% of the population, which may be about twice the percentage of seniors found in many other communities. Demographic data indicate that Scottsdale is an affluent place. The median household income in this city is $80,306, or roughly $30,000 more than both the national and state median household income.
Who qualifies for assisted living?
There are some minimum health requirements for those who want to enter an assisted living facility in Arizona. Most importantly, assisted living requires residents to be able to leave their beds. You also must not need 24-hour skilled nursing. Would-be residents must also be competent to plan their own care. In some cases, those who need skilled nursing on a regular basis can be admitted if they hire a private nurse to visit them.
What does assisted living include?
According to Arizona regulations, assisted living facilities in Scottsdale can offer supervisory care (minimal assistance and observation), personal care (assistance with activities of daily living), or directed care (care for those with very limited physical and mental capabilities). These facilities have private units that have locking doors, bathrooms, kitchenettes, and thermostats that the residents are in control of. Regular social activities are always a part of assisted living.