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.

Directory of Assisted Living Facilities in Sun City, AZ

2015

The Woodmark at Sun City

17207 Boswell Blvd., Sun City, AZ, 85373

We toured The Woodmark at Sun City. That was a very nice community. I really couldn’t complain about anything about it because it was very nice, very clean, and the staff was amazing. Our biggest prob … (read more)
We toured The Woodmark at Sun City. That was a very nice community. I really couldn’t complain about anything about it because it was very nice, very clean, and the staff was amazing. Our biggest prob … (read more)

2015, 2016

The Palms at Sun City

10101 W. Palmeras Drive, Sun City, AZ, 85373

The Palms at Sun City was recommended to us, and we are very happy. It’s been absolutely great. The nursing staff is all friendly and efficient. The people are friendly, the food is good, and the plac … (read more)
The Palms at Sun City was recommended to us, and we are very happy. It’s been absolutely great. The nursing staff is all friendly and efficient. The people are friendly, the food is good, and the plac … (read more)

Arizuma Horizons Assisted Living

23221 North 121st Dr., Sun City, AZ, 85373

The care is the best offered by well qualified personnel, they inspiring a positive , friendly interaction among residents. The rooms, are very clean , the food is very good home made and the manage … (read more)
The care is the best offered by well qualified personnel, they inspiring a positive , friendly interaction among residents. The rooms, are very clean , the food is very good home made and the manage … (read more)

The Gardens of Sun City

17225 N Boswell Blvd, Sun City, AZ, 85373

The staff are very caring, the food is very good, the facility is very nice. Mom is doing great there
The staff are very caring, the food is very good, the facility is very nice. Mom is doing great there

2012

The Illingworth Assisted Living Center at Royal Oaks

10015 W. Royal Oak Road, Sun City, AZ, 85351

We visited friends at Royal Oaks, and it was very good. It has 2-stories, and when you walk out, you have a pond, a lawn, grass, and trees. The staff was very nice, and the food was good the few times … (read more)
We visited friends at Royal Oaks, and it was very good. It has 2-stories, and when you walk out, you have a pond, a lawn, grass, and trees. The staff was very nice, and the food was good the few times … (read more)

Meadow Assisted Living Care

16610 N Meadow Park Dr, Sun City, AZ, 85351

My husband is in a group home called Meadow Assisted Living Care. It’s very good, excellent care, and very nice cordial people to work with. Every day I come in and they always acknowledge and talk to … (read more)
My husband is in a group home called Meadow Assisted Living Care. It’s very good, excellent care, and very nice cordial people to work with. Every day I come in and they always acknowledge and talk to … (read more)

Sun Valley Lodge

12415 North 103rd Ave., Sun City, AZ, 85351

LACKING IN SECURITY. Guests, and residents, can come and go at any time. A resident suffering from dementia just up and left in the middle of the night. Very scary for the family members, who trus … (read more)
LACKING IN SECURITY. Guests, and residents, can come and go at any time. A resident suffering from dementia just up and left in the middle of the night. Very scary for the family members, who trus … (read more)

The Heritage Legacy

13813 West Woodside Drive, Sun City, AZ, 85375

The Heritage Legacy was very well organized. The residents seemed happy there. I think the people that need assistance were being cared for. It’s very positive from that standpoint. The staff members … (read more)
The Heritage Legacy was very well organized. The residents seemed happy there. I think the people that need assistance were being cared for. It’s very positive from that standpoint. The staff members … (read more)

Orange Garden Assisted Living

10858 West Carlota Lane, Sun City, AZ, 85373

We like Orange Garden Assisted Living because they help my mom. What we didn’t like is them raising by over $1000 a month. They’re very caring and very nice people. It’s a very small group home. There … (read more)
We like Orange Garden Assisted Living because they help my mom. What we didn’t like is them raising by over $1000 a month. They’re very caring and very nice people. It’s a very small group home. There … (read more)

2012

Glencroft Center for Modern Aging

8611 N 67th Avenue, Glendale, AZ, 85302

We did the grand tour at Glencroft Center for Modern Aging. What I like the best is the fact that it seemed like everybody had their living area, and it was more like an apartment than a hospital room … (read more)
We did the grand tour at Glencroft Center for Modern Aging. What I like the best is the fact that it seemed like everybody had their living area, and it was more like an apartment than a hospital room … (read more)

2015, 2018

Thunderbird Senior Living

5401 W Dailey St, Glendale, AZ, 85306

Thunderbird Senior Living is located in Glendale, Arizona, just a few blocks away from Thunderbird Paseo Park and Banner Thunderbird Medical Center. Residents and their loved ones agree that the facil … (read more)
Thunderbird Senior Living is located in Glendale, Arizona, just a few blocks away from Thunderbird Paseo Park and Banner Thunderbird Medical Center. Residents and their loved ones agree that the facil … (read more)

2016

Hacienda Del Rey

12917 West Las Cruces Drive, Litchfield Park, AZ, 85340

Across from a grocery store and dining options, Hacienda Del Rey is an assisted living and memory care facility in a residential community of Lichfield Park, Arizona. Residents and visitors comment on … (read more)
Across from a grocery store and dining options, Hacienda Del Rey is an assisted living and memory care facility in a residential community of Lichfield Park, Arizona. Residents and visitors comment on … (read more)

2015

Brookdale Peoria

8989 West Greenbrian Drive, Peoria, AZ, 85382

A welcoming community and clean, comfortable living quarters are two of the elements that both visitors and residents alike say they enjoy about the Brookdale Peoria home in Peoria, Arizona. This assi … (read more)
A welcoming community and clean, comfortable living quarters are two of the elements that both visitors and residents alike say they enjoy about the Brookdale Peoria home in Peoria, Arizona. This assi … (read more)

LifeStream at Youngtown

11315 W Peoria Ave, Youngtown, AZ, 85363

I visited LifeStream Senior Living. It is a small community, and I like that it is out of the way. I liked the landscaping; it has trees and grass instead of cactus and gravel. The staff was pleasant. … (read more)
I visited LifeStream Senior Living. It is a small community, and I like that it is out of the way. I liked the landscaping; it has trees and grass instead of cactus and gravel. The staff was pleasant. … (read more)

Solana at The Park

14581 W. Parkwood Dr., Surprise, AZ, 85374

We went and looked at Solana at The Park. The community not only looks very welcoming, but it feels very welcoming. Everything was neat and in order, and people were sitting around talking and enjoyin … (read more)
We went and looked at Solana at The Park. The community not only looks very welcoming, but it feels very welcoming. Everything was neat and in order, and people were sitting around talking and enjoyin … (read more)

Orchard Pointe at Surprise

15048 W. Young Street, Surprise, AZ, 85374

Orchard Pointe at Surprise just felt very nice walking in. The people were very friendly and they seemed to cater to your needs. I liked it. They provide everything. They have the full-sized refrigera … (read more)
Orchard Pointe at Surprise just felt very nice walking in. The people were very friendly and they seemed to cater to your needs. I liked it. They provide everything. They have the full-sized refrigera … (read more)

Kingswood Place

15155 W. Mondell Rd., Surprise, AZ, 85374

I like Kingswood Place because it was a small facility, and I was impressed with it. I thought it had a nice layout. I enjoyed the interview I had with them, and I was very impressed with the director … (read more)
I like Kingswood Place because it was a small facility, and I was impressed with it. I thought it had a nice layout. I enjoyed the interview I had with them, and I was very impressed with the director … (read more)

2016

D & L Adult Care Home

14952 N 78th Avenue,, Peoria, AZ, 85381

D & L Adult Care Home is located near the Agua Fria Freeway in Peoria, Arizona. With a maximum of 10 residents, the staff is able to give each senior expert care. Family and residents give this fa … (read more)
D & L Adult Care Home is located near the Agua Fria Freeway in Peoria, Arizona. With a maximum of 10 residents, the staff is able to give each senior expert care. Family and residents give this fa … (read more)

Ana & David Assisted Living

9632 W. Runion Dr., Peoria, AZ, 85382

Ana & David Assisted Living is located in beautiful Peoria, Arizona. The residents are given quality care 24/7, and the low 2:5 staff-to-resident ratio is one of the best in the area. Families giv … (read more)
Ana & David Assisted Living is located in beautiful Peoria, Arizona. The residents are given quality care 24/7, and the low 2:5 staff-to-resident ratio is one of the best in the area. Families giv … (read more)

Orchard Pointe at Arrowhead

17200 N. 67th Ave., Glendale, AZ, 85308

Dad is at Orchard Pointe at Arrowhead. We chose this community because it was small, very cozy, and personalized. So, it didn’t feel like a number. You feel more like a part of a family. It’s gorgeous … (read more)
Dad is at Orchard Pointe at Arrowhead. We chose this community because it was small, very cozy, and personalized. So, it didn’t feel like a number. You feel more like a part of a family. It’s gorgeous … (read more)

COVID-19 Rules for Assisted Living in Sun City

Since most COVID-19 rules for Assisted Living Communities and other Senior Living Facilities are set at the state level, you can view the specific rules for your state on our Guide to Assisted Living in Arizona. Keep in mind that every community has specific policies that they put in place to protect their residents, so you should contact your local community for more information. Additionally, you can contact your local Area Agency on Aging to learn more – find contact information here.

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.

$3975

Sun City

$4000

Arizona

$4500

The United States

$3975

Tucson

$4500

Prescott Valley

$3800

Yuma

$5000

Flagstaff

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.

$2167

Adult Day Health Care

$5958

Homemaker Services

$5958

Home Health Aide

$3975

Assisted Living Facility

$6418

Nursing Home Care (semiprivate room)

$7908

Nursing Home Care (private room)

Note: Data for Sun City was unavailable, so data for the nearest city, Phoenix, was used instead

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.

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

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. 

Resource

Contact

Service

(855) 460-2131

Senior 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. 

(602) 264-2255

The 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. 

(602) 542-1025

The 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.

(623) 465-6000

The 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.

Assisted Living Laws and Regulations in Arizona