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The 10 Best Assisted Living Facilities in Sun City, AZ for 2024

Sun City is northwest of Phoenix and part of the Phoenix metropolitan area, but the city’s claim to fame lies in being America’s oldest active retirement community. Out of 39,931 residents, 86% are seniors 60 and older, making Sun City indeed a dedicated retirement community. The Del Webb Development Company completed the first model homes in Sun City, proposing a society as a whole for active adults, and, after more than 50 years, the city is still a Mecca for seniors. In fact, residents don’t have to leave the city limits to find services, including excellent health care.

Sun City also offers assisted living options for those who can no longer remain in their homes. Assisted living communities provide 24/7 staff to help with daily living needs, housekeeping, medication management and transportation. Seniors have choices through assisted living when they don’t need the 24/7 medical care of a nursing home. The average monthly cost of assisted living is $3,975, only a $25 difference from the Arizona average of $4,000

If you’re considering retiring in Sun City, this guide provides much more information about assisted living, average costs for long-term care and the benefits and drawbacks of living in this retirement haven. A list of free resources for seniors is included.

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What to Consider About Assisted Living in Sun City

Arizona’s Department of Health Services administers the licensing of assisted living facilities in Sun City. The Division of Licensing Services Bureau of Long-Term Care Licensing also performs regular inspections at these facilities to ensure compliance with the state rules and regulations of long-term care.

Benefits and Drawbacks of Assisted Living in Sun City

  • With seniors in mind, Sun City offers almost a dozen recreational centers to meet the social and activity needs of the city’s residents. Each center provides exercise opportunities, programs and resources pertaining to seniors.
  • One of the draws of living in Sun City is the Southwest climate and weather. In January, Sun City averages a low winter temperature of 43 degrees Fahrenheit but a summer high of 106 degrees Fahrenheit in July. The area averages 9 inches of rain a year, and no snow falls in this warm, dry climate. The sun shines 293 days of the year, allowing seniors to participate in many outdoor activities. When the sun shines high in the sky with above 100 degree temperatures, seniors can move their activities inside at one of the many recreation centers, including a swim in one of the indoor pools.
  • In line with creating a community for seniors, the cost of living in Sun City is 94.9, which is lower than Arizona’s overall cost of living of 102.2 and the national average of 100. With a city sales tax of only 6.3% and a low income tax of 3.4%, Sun City lets seniors breathe easier knowing their money will go further.
  • Arizona is a moderately retiree tax-friendly state. Social Security income is not taxed. However, withdrawals from retirement accounts are taxed at the full rate, and public and private pension income are subject to partial taxation. Distributions from a 401(k) or IRA are taxed at the same rate as wages.
  • Part of the Del Webb Development Company’s plan for Sun City was to have all the services and resources seniors needed in one community, and that included health care. The city offers numerous doctors, dentists, eye care options, hearing and other specialists, and a top-rated medical center. The Banner Boswell Medical Center provides health care in a wide array of areas and is a designated Nurses Improving Care for Health System Elders hospital, catering to the needs of the senior population in Sun City.

Paying for Assisted Living in Sun City

The average monthly cost for assisted living in Sun City is $3,975 as per the 2021 Genworth Cost of Care Survey. Arizona’s state average is $4,000. 

The Cost of Assisted Living in Nearby Cities

Sun City’s average assisted living cost of $3,975 is lower than Tucson’s monthly average of $4,050 and significantly lower than the Prescott Valley average of $4,500. However, on the southern border of California, Yuma costs an average of $3,800. Some of the highest costs for assisted living are found in Flagstaff on the northern border of Arizona and Utah, averaging $5,000 monthly.

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The Cost of Other Types of Senior Care

Besides assisted living, Sun City includes additional long-term living options. Seniors who remain living at home but need weekday care and supervision pay an average of $2,167 a month for adult day health care. Homemaker services and home health aide services, which provide additional care, both average $5,958. When seniors require more medical care 24/7, a nursing home averages $6,418 a month for a semiprivate room and $7,908 for a private room.

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Financial Assistance for Assisted Living in Sun City

Arizona’s Medicaid agency, called Arizona Health Care Cost Containment System (AHCCCS), can help subsidize the cost of an assisted living facility. 

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

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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 Sun City

State and local agencies and nonprofit organizations in Sun City offer free resources for seniors, including benefits counseling, wellness assistance, activities and a chance to gather with their peers. 

Senior Planning(855) 460-2131Senior Planning offers services to help seniors prepare for long-term care and living options. Staff members answer questions, provide resources and counsel seniors about their benefits. Medicaid eligibility information and choices for veterans who need long-term care are available.
Arizona Department of Economic Security Long-Term Care Ombudsman(602) 264-2255The Long-term Care Ombudsman Program is available for seniors living in long-term care facilities. Ombudsmen assist, advocate and intervene for residents in these facilities when issues arise, such as quality of care, food services and problems with staff members. All ombudsmen maintain the resident's confidentiality and only get involved with their permission. Ombudsmen are trained to educate residents, family members and staff at facilities concerning long-term care rights and expectations. Volunteers also visit communities to speak with residents, provide friendship and respond to their needs.
Arizona Department of Health Services(602) 542-1025The Arizona Department of Health Services offers information for seniors to help them remain healthy in their golden years. The agency provides health screenings and health services, including immunizations, preventive care checklists, education on disease and injury prevention, macular degeneration, Alzheimer's and prevention of falls.
Banner Olive Branch Senior Center(623) 465-6000The Banner Olive Branch Senior Center is a place for seniors to visit, partake in social and educational activities and enjoy a meal with their peers. Seniors can take advantage of blood pressure checks, exercise classes, legal assistance, health screenings and various activities, local area trips and entertainment.

Assisted Living Laws and Regulations in Sun City

Sun City Assisted Living Communities must adhere to the comprehensive set of state laws and regulations that all Assisted Living Facilities in Arizona are required to follow. Visit our Assisted Living in Arizona page for more information about these laws.

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Review of The Woodmark at Sun City

My father is a resident of Woodmark and has been for two years. Woodmark is clean and very well taken care of. The rooms are spacious and inviting. The dining room is well staffed and the food...

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Hi Rana, your wonderful feedback and 5-star rating mean a lot to us. Thank you for taking the time to leave praise and kind comments for our The Woodmark at Sun City team! Take care, we hope to see...

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Review of Arizuma Horizons Assisted Living

I went to Arizuma Horizons Assisted Living. They're very nice people. It was a good place. The least thing that I liked least about it was that you have to wind around inside of this maze of...

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Review of The Woodmark at Sun City

I toured The Woodmark at Sun City. They were very open to anything that would be helpful to me. They're very friendly. They showed me two apartments. I think they had bigger rooms available, but...

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Hi Valerie, thank you for leaving this detailed review about your experience with our community! We always strive to provide top quality service and are pleased to hear that you enjoyed your...

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