Assisted Living in Utah

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Families looking for assisted living in Utah (UT) have a wide array of communities to choose from, since estimated that there are more than 30,000 assisted living communities serving seniors across the U.S., and over 172 statewide. The state is also home to a rapidly growing number of senior citizens, with adults over 65 making up an estimated 11 percent of the population. A resident in an assisted living community in Utah will pay $3,350 per month on average.

Average Monthly Costs

States near Utah

$4,000.00 US
$3,824.00 Nevada
$3,797.00 Idaho
$3,660.00 Utah
Genworth lists the average cost of a private, one bedroom unit in an assisted living community in Utah as $3,660. This places Utah on the lower end of the scale at about $300 under the national average, and about $200 lower than the median cost of assisted living in nearby states.

Compare Monthly Care Costs

When it comes to care options, assisted living is just one of several choices available to seniors. Some care options, like part-time in-home care or independent living, may cost less, while others like memory care or skilled nursing are likely to cost significantly more. Seniors can speak with their medical practitioners to receive guidance on what level of care will best suit their needs and abilities.

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Average Monthly Costs

Cities in Utah

$4,253.00 Ogden, Clearfield
$3,933.00 Salt Lake City
$3,824.00 St. George
$3,412.00 Rest Of State
$3,223.00 Logan
$3,166.00 Provo, Orem
When estimating the cost of assisted living, it's important to know that average prices can differ significantly between various parts of Utah. For example, assisted living rates in areas such as Ogden, Clearfield are at least $500 more than the state average of $3,660, but in areas like Logan, you're saving on average $400. The most affordable region in Utah for assisted living is Provo, Orem at $3,166.

What You Should Know About Assisted Living in Utah

Assisted living in Utah is overseen by the Department of Health, Facility Licensing and Certification, which licenses two types of assisted living facilities (ALFs) in the state. These ALFs are classified as residences where the elderly can receive 24-hour care that maximizes their independence, dignity, choice, privacy and individuality.

An assisted living facility type I is an ALF that provides care and assistance with the activities of daily living to two or more residents who have retained enough mobility that they are able to leave the facility without help.

An assisted living facility type II is an ALF that delivers coordinated personal and health care services 24 hours per day to residents who may suffer from a cognitive impairment or a physical disability but do not require the assistance of more than one person to exit the facility.

Financial Assistance for Assisted Living in Utah

In Utah, the state provides Medicaid assistance for seniors living in ALFs under the New Choices Waiver program.

New Choices Waiver Program

The New Choices Waiver Program offers Medicaid support to eligible seniors who are currently living in an ALF, nursing home or other care facilities. The program has only a designated number of slots, most of which are reserved for those wishing to move from a skilled nursing facility into a new community or those who have been receiving services in another waiver program and are ready for immediate admission to a new facility.

The program covers a full range of services for seniors or disabled adults who require access to care in their home or in a specialized facility.

Who Is Eligible?

In Utah, any senior over 65 years of age who is receiving social security disability benefits or supplemental security income is eligible for waiver programs. To be eligible for the New Choices Waiver Program, applicants must meet length-of-stay criteria and be an active resident of an approved facility. These requirements are updated periodically; seniors or caregivers interested in a full list of eligibility criteria are encouraged to contact the New Choices Waiver program office at (800)662-9651, option 6.

How to Apply

Due to the frequent updating of eligibility criteria for this waiver program, applicants must contact the New Choices Waiver program office at (800)66-9651, option 6, to apply.

More Ways to Finance 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. Visit our 9 Ways to Pay for Assisted Living page for more information.

Free Assisted Living Resources in Utah

In Utah, several nonprofit and government-funded agencies are in place to offer support to seniors and their caregivers in a number of ways. These places assist in finding appropriate long-term care and may also help in other areas of support, including financing advice, counseling and referrals to programs and services that may benefit the senior or their caregiver.

Utah Area Agencies on Aging

The Area Agencies on Aging is a network of more than 600 federally funded services available to seniors across the United States. In Utah, 12 locations provide seniors and their caregivers with a range of support services that include information and referrals for long-term care, case management, family caregiver support programs, social programs, money management advice and free transportation or meals. Check below for regional locations.

Bear River Area Agency on Aging

170 North Main St., Logan, UT 84321

Weber Human Services

237 26th St, Ogden, UT 84401

Salt Lake City Services

2001 South State Street S1-600, Salt Lake City, UT 84190-4575

Davis Council County Aging

22 South State Street, 3rd Floor, Clearfield, Utah 84015

Tooele County Division of Aging and Adult Services

47 S Main St, Tooele, UT 84074
435-843-3100 or 435-882-2870

Mountainland Department of Aging and Family Services

586 East 800 North, Orem, Utah 84097
801-229-3800 or 801-229-3804

Six County Area Agency on Aging

250 North Main Street, P.O. Box 820, Richfield, UT 84701
435-893-0721 or 435-896-9222

Five County Area Agency on Aging

1060 West 1700 South, Building B, PO Box 1550, Saint George, UT 84770
435-673-3548 (St. George) or 435-586-2975 (Cedar City)

Unitah Basin Area Agency on Aging

330 East 100, South Roosevelt, UT 84066

Uintah County Area Agency on Aging

330 Aggie Blvd, Vernal, UT 84078

Southern Utah Area Agency on Aging

375 South Carbon Avenue, PO Box 1106, Price, UT 84501

San Juan County Area Agency on Aging

117 South Main Street, PO Box 9, Monticello, UT 84535

Assisted Living Laws and Regulations in Utah

Assisted Living Service Plan Requirements

In Utah, ALFs must perform an assessment before a new resident moves in, and again every six months during their residency. The assessment must be signed by a licensed health care professional. Within seven days of moving in, the assisted living facility must write an individualized service plan based on their assessment. This service plan should meet the resident's cognitive, medical, physical and social needs and is intended to describe which services must be delivered, and who, when, how often and by whom they'll be provided. This service plan is updated whenever needs or conditions change.

Assisted Living Admission Requirements

Type I ALFs must admit residents who are mobile and capable of evacuating without assistance in the case of an emergency. Residents in type I ALFs must not need daily care beyond limited help with a maximum of two activities of daily living. The residents must arrange any regular medical care they require with a third party.

Type II ALFs may admit residents who are independent or semi-independent and who need assistance with any amount of activities of daily living, provided the facility can meet the medical and service needs of the resident.

Neither facility is allowed to admit a resident who requires skilled nursing care or hospital care, or anyone who is a danger to themselves, staff or residents. Residents may not have active tuberculosis or any other communicable disease unless it can be adequately treated in the ALF or on an outpatient basis by a third party.

If residents need hospice care, they may be admitted only if they meet all other laws and regulations of that facility. In the event that a type I or type II ALF is no longer able to meet the resident's needs, they may release them and recommend care in a more advanced facility.

Assisted Living Scope of Care

Both type I and type II ALFs are required to offer personal care, housekeeping, laundry, maintenance, activity programs, medication administration and assistance in arranging medical and dental care. Facilities may employ nursing staff who provide assessment, health monitoring and medication administration.

Type II ALFs are mandated to provide residents with substantial support with activities of daily living, nursing services and additional supervision or coordination. Residents in type II ALFs must receive a services plan that includes specified intermittent nursing service and support services that promote independence and self-sufficiency. These ALFs must employ or contract a registered nurse who is responsible for supervising assessments, performing general health monitoring and delegating routine nursing tasks.

Assisted Living Medicaid Policy

ALFs in Utah accept Medicaid to pay for services delivered to residents via the New Choices Waiver Program. The waiver program only provides coverage for seniors:

  • Over the age of 65 who have been previously covered by another Medicaid waiver program
  • Have been covered by Medicaid and living in a nursing home for at least 90 days and want to relocate to an ALF
  • Have been residing in an ALF for at least 180 days

Utah does not provide a Supplemental Security Income payment to residents of ALFs. However, room-and-board costs may be negotiated privately with residents, and family supplementation is allowed.

Assisted Living Facility Requirements

Residents of both type I and type II ALFs are required to have their own private unit unless they have requested in writing to share with another resident. In the event that a resident wishes to share a unit, that unit must not be shared by more than two individuals.

Units must have a living space, sleeping space and optional kitchen space. In type I ALFs, there must be one toilet for every six residents and one shower or bathtub for every 10 residents if the units do not have private bathrooms. In type II ALFs without a private bathroom, a toilet and sink must be available for every four residents and a bathtub or shower for every 10 residents. If residential units don't have a private bathroom, there must be one bathroom per floor that has enough space to allow staff to assist and is fully equipped with a shower or tub, sink and toilet.

Medicaid waiver participants must be offered apartment-style units.

Medication Management Regulations

A licensed health professional is required to assess all residents upon move-in to determine their need for medication assistance and categorize them into one of the following:

  • The resident may self-administer medications
  • The resident may self-administer medications with assistance (reminders, help opening containers, reminders to refill prescriptions)
  • Family members may administer medications
  • Facility staff may administer medications

Staff administering medications must be licensed and under the delegation and supervision of a licensed health care professional. Medications must be reviewed by a pharmacist or other licensed health care professional at least once every six months.

Family members or a designated caregiver who is assisting with medications must sign a waiver that indicates they are willing to assume the responsibility of filling prescriptions, administering medications and documenting the administration.

Staffing Requirements

In a type I ALF, a registered nurse must be available as needed to oversee the administration of medications for residents who are unable to self-administer. Additionally, the assisted living facility must employ an administrator who is responsible for recruiting, hiring and training an appropriate number of licensed and unlicensed staff, including direct care staff and a licensed nurse (either employed or contracted). The administrator is required to be on the premises for a sufficient number of hours to effectively manage staff and must designate, in writing, another employee aged 21 or older to act in the administrator's absence. There are no minimum staff ratios in type I ALFs.

Type II assisted living facilities are subject to the same staffing requirements as type I ALFs, and in addition, they must employ certified nurse aids, one of whom must be on duty 24 hours per day. A licensed nurse must also be contracted or on staff to delegate and oversee nursing duties. There are no minimum staff ratios in type II ALFs.

Staff Training Requirements

Both type I and type II ALFs must provide all staff with an orientation that includes the following:

  • Job descriptions
  • Ethics
  • Confidentiality
  • Resident's rights
  • Fire and disaster plans
  • Policies and procedures
  • Reporting responsibility for abuse, neglect and exploitation

In-service training must also be offered and must be tailored to meet the specific subjects that are relevant to the employee's job. Training may include:

  • Nutrition and food preparation
  • Housekeeping standards
  • Personal and social care
  • Medication assistance
  • Accident prevention
  • Communication skills that enhance residents' dignity
  • First aid
  • Residents' rights and reporting requirements
  • Needs of residents with Alzheimer's disease or other dementia

Background Checks for ALR Staff in Utah

All staff at both type I and type II are required to undergo criminal background checks.

Requirements for Reporting Abuse

Utah is concerned about elder abuse and the Department of Human Services Aging and Adult Services Division has a 24 hour online reporting tool or you may call 1-800-371-7897 during business hours. You may also file a specific complaint against a facility at the Utah Department of Health Licensing Bureau.

Assisted Living Facilities in Utah



Top-Rated Caring Stars Winners in Utah’s Caring Stars award program recognizes the best assisted living facilities across the U.S. based on reviews from family caregivers and older adults. This award is meant to help older adults and their loved ones find the best assisted living or in-home care option in their area. The list below shows up to 10 listings that have won the most Caring Stars annual awards in their state, sorted by their current overall average rating. For a complete list of Caring Stars winners for each year, please visit our Caring Stars info center.


Pacifica Senior Living Millcreek

Salt Lake City, UT $$

19 reviews


Chancellor Gardens

Clearfield, UT $$

27 reviews


Southgate Senior Living

Saint George, UT $$

12 reviews


Legacy House of Bountiful

Bountiful, UT $$

22 reviews


Truewood by Merrill, Taylorsville

Taylorsville, UT Cost Levels

53 reviews


Highland Glen

American Fork, UT $$

16 reviews


Cedarwood at Sandy

Sandy, UT $

12 reviews


Fairfield Village of Layton

Layton, UT $$

21 reviews