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

Sun City West is a golf retirement community with about 26,000 residents and a large senior population that makes up nearly nine out of 10 people. The community is designed with a focus on a comfortable retirement and features amenities such as four senior centers and a beautifully maintained golf course. The weather is warm throughout the year, appealing to older adults who enjoy spending time outside, and crime is relatively uncommon. The region also has a safe, easy-to-use public transportation system, making regional amenities accessible to those who don’t drive.

Sun City West seniors have several assisted living facilities to choose from. These facilities promote worry-free living with comfortable housing, housekeeping and linen services, daily meals and recreation. Some facilities have on-site amenities, such as swimming pools and full-service salons and spas, and many accommodate pets. On average, seniors in the Sun City West region pay $3,975 per month for assisted living, which is comparable to the state norm of $4,000 and lower than the national average of $4,500.

This guide highlights rules these facilities follow to ensure a high standard of care, and it provides an overview of top resources in the region for seniors.

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Assisted Living Facilities in Sun City West, Arizona

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What to Consider About Assisted Living in Sun City West

The Arizona Department of Health Services licenses and monitors assisted living facilities in Sun City West, as well as in the rest of the state. The department enforces guidelines for housing requirements, nutrition and medication services, recreational activities and care planning. It has an online complaint form individuals can use to report suspected violations of residents’ rights.

Benefits and Drawbacks of Assisted Living in Sun City West

  • Sun City West seniors can obtain transportation services through Northwest Valley Connect, which operates bus services throughout the region. Its fixed routes include stops at area destinations, such as senior centers, medical facilities and shopping centers, giving seniors an alternative to transportation services through their assisted living facilities.
  • Seniors in Sun City West pay state income taxes on most types of retirement income, including their withdrawals from retirement accounts, dividends from investments and pensions. However, the state doesn’t tax Social Security benefits, which may benefit seniors who rely primarily on this type of income.
  • Based on regional crime statistics, Sun City West rates 11.0 for violent crime and 29.5 for property crime on a 100-point index. This is lower than national scores of 22.7 and 35.4 and may appeal to older adults seeking a safe retirement community. To help residents stay safe, assisted living facilities have security features, such as surveillance cameras and alarm systems.
  • Sun City West’s overall cost of living is consistent with the state norm and about 6% higher than the national average. Residents of this community typically pay more for transportation, utilities and housing than people living in a typical U.S. city, but assisted living residents may be able to avoid some of these expenses.
  • Sun City West has very warm weather, with daytime temperatures ranging from 105 degrees in the summer to 64 in the winter. Humidity levels are generally low, and the city gets about 10 inches of rain annually and no snow. Assisted living residents can enjoy indoor activities throughout the year, and many have individual climate controls in their rooms, supporting year-round comfort.
  • There are about 201 doctors per capita in Sun City West, and the city is home to Banner Del E. Webb Medical Center, promoting access to medical services for older adults. Health care costs in this city are consistent with national norms. Along with visiting community medical facilities, residents in many assisted living facilities can use telehealth services or schedule appointments with visiting primary care providers and specialists.  

Paying for Assisted Living in Sun City West

In Sun City West, assisted living facilities charge average monthly rates of $3,957.

The Cost of Assisted Living in Nearby Cities

Assisted living rates in Sun City West average $3,975 per month, which is consistent with the Arizona average of $4,000 and several hundred dollars below the national median of $4,500. In Prescott Valley, rates are considerably higher than in Sun City West at $4,500, and in Tucson and Sierra Vista, care costs are comparable at $4,150 and $4,050, respectively. Seniors may save money by choosing assisted living in Yuma, where average rates come in at $3,800.

Sun City West

$3,975

Arizona

$4,000

United States

$4,500

Yuma

$3,800

Prescott Valley

$4,500

Tucson

$4,050

Sierra Vista

$4,150

The Cost of Other Types of Senior Care

Assisted living is an affordable long-term care option for Sun City West seniors, with monthly fees coming in at $3,975. Only adult day health care, which doesn’t include housing, is more economically priced at $2,167. In-home care and home health care are much costlier than assisted living at $5,958, and nursing home residents pay even higher monthly rates of $6,418.

In-Home Care

$5,958

Home Health Care

$5,958

Adult Day Health Care

$2,167

Assisted Living Facility

$3,975

Nursing Home Facility (semiprivate room)

$6,418

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

Financial Assistance for Assisted Living in Sun City West

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 West

Sun City West seniors have access to options counseling, financial and legal assistance and social and recreational programs through numerous programs and organizations in the city. This table includes top resources for older adults in the region and can help those seeking local assisted living services to navigate the system and find the best care options for their needs.

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Recreation Centers(623) 544-6114Sun City West is home to four recreation centers with a variety of amenities for residents, including swimming pools, bowling, golf and art studios. These centers also have fitness centers, gardens and greenhouses, clubrooms and walking paths to help seniors maintain an active lifestyle.
Area Agency on Aging, Region One(602) 264-4357The Area Agency on Aging provides information and referrals for local resources, including financial and legal advisors, benefits specialists and long-term care options counselors, giving seniors the information they need to make informed long-term care decisions. The agency also provides transportation services to supplement what seniors get through assisted living.
Arizona Senior Citizens Law Project(602) 252-6710The Arizona Senior Citizens Law Project provides civil legal information and assistance to older adults in the Sun City West region and can help them apply for public and veterans’ benefits. The office also specializes in helping older adults navigate age-related issues such as wills and understanding power of attorney laws.
Long-Term Care Ombudsman(602) 264-2255Seniors can contact the local long-term care ombudsman for help with comparing prices and amenities across assisted living facilities in the region and finding ways to pay for services. The ombudsman can also represent residents’ interests in cases such as inadequate or excessive care services or bills for undisclosed charges.
VA Phoenix Regional Benefits Office(800) 698-2411The Phoenix Regional Benefits Office is located about 25 miles from Sun City West and provides in-person and over-the-phone benefits counseling and application assistance. Through this office, older veterans can be screened for eligibility for VA medical care, Aid and Attendance benefits and veterans’ home placement.

Assisted Living Laws and Regulations in Sun City West

Sun City West 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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DeeDee

I am a friend or relative of a current/past resident

Review of Sun City West

Sun City West Assisted Living is not all its cracked up to be. Looks good on the outside, but the care on the inside in not what they say it is going to be. And if we complain, they act like we are...

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Teresa

I am a friend or relative of a current/past resident

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My dad was at Sun City West. We toured it pretty quickly, and then we just placed my dad because we just had to get him in somewhere. My first impression was that everything was nice. The residents...

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pette

I am a friend or relative of a current/past resident

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My Aunt lives at Sun City West assisted Living and loves her apartment ! The leasing team and the Executive Director were very helpful. The wellness staff made my Aunt very comfortable . All the...

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