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The 10 Best Memory Care Facilities in Scottsdale, AZ for 2024

The dementia-friendly community of Scottsdale offers a range of Alzheimer’s-informed programs and services for residents, providing a supportive environment for those living with this disease. This city has a large senior community that accounts for nearly a quarter of its 240,000 residents, and statistically, one in nine of these individuals has Alzheimer’s. Even so, deaths related to this condition are trending downward. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention shows that while the total death rate in the region increased by almost 34% between 2016 and 2020, Alzheimer’s-related deaths went up by less than 9%.

Currently, there’s no cure for Alzheimer’s, but many seniors enjoy an improved quality of life through residential dementia care. Memory care facilities are staffed with trained caregivers who provide one-on-one care and companionship, and they have dementia-friendly recreational programs that help residents maintain motor skills and remain engaged.

This guide highlights the benefits of obtaining memory care in Scottsdale and gives an overview of some resources that help seniors and families find services and care.

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What to Consider About Memory Care in Scottsdale

The Bureau of Residential Facilities Licensing, a division of the Arizona Department of Health Services, oversees, regulates and licenses assisted living facilities in Scottsdale that offer memory care services. The BRFL provides numerous resources to memory care facility residents, family members, caregivers and the public at large, including a comprehensive directory of memory care facilities in Arizona.

Benefits and Drawbacks of Memory Care in Scottsdale

  • Seniors thinking about moving to Scottsdale should factor the city’s high cost of living into their decision, as Scottsdale’s overall cost of living is 33.2% higher than the national median and 31% more expensive than Arizona’s statewide average. Homes are remarkably expensive in Scottsdale, with the median home price ($673,400) being more than double the U.S. median ($291,700).
  • Scottsdale is one of the safest areas in the Phoenix metropolitan area. On a scale of 1 to 100, where 1 indicates less crime, Scottsdale’s violent crime rating is 11, less than half the national average of 22.7. The city’s property crime rating is 35.1, slightly below the U.S. average of 35.4. 
  • Although summers in Scottsdale get quite warm, the city has some of the most pleasant winters in the country. Averaging 0 inches of snowfall per year, the average January low temperature is 42.4 degrees Fahrenheit, 20.7 degrees higher than the national average of 21.7 degrees. Scottsdale also averages 299 sunny days per year, blowing the national average of 205 days out of the proverbial water. 
  • Scottsdale has a substantial senior population, with 24.3% of its 241,000+ residents being seniors aged 65 and up. The city’s proportion of seniors is much greater than the national average of 16.5%. Thanks to the city’s considerable share of seniors, those who plan on moving to Scottsdale should have little trouble finding others to befriend.
  • Scottsdale has slightly fewer physicians per capita, 201 per 100,000 residents, than the U.S. average of 210 per 100,000 residents. And although Scottsdale has no renowned hospitals of its own, it’s just 12 miles east of Phoenix, which is home to three of the top five hospitals in Arizona. Ultimately, seniors living in Scottsdale have better access to high-quality health care than most Americans.

Paying for Memory Care in Scottsdale

Select assisted living facilities offer memory care as a standalone, add-on service, usually charging 20-30% more for memory care than standard assisted living care. Since there aren’t any authoritative resources on memory care costs in the United States, we’ve estimated memory care costs in Scottsdale, Arizona and nearby cities by pulling assisted living costs from Genworth’s 2021 Cost of Care Survey and adding 25%.

The Cost of Memory Care in Nearby Cities

On average, memory care facilities in Scottsdale charge $4,969 per month. This rate is $31 below Arizona’s statewide average ($5,000) and $656 below the national average ($5,625). Across Arizona, citywide memory care costs range anywhere from $6,250 (Flagstaff) to $4,750 per month (Yuma). In Lake Havasu City, memory care providers charge around $5,875 per month. On average, facilities in Tucson charge $5,063 per month.





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The Cost of Other Types of Senior Care

Adult day care ($2,167) is the most affordable senior care option in Scottsdale. Assisted living costs $3,975 per month. Home care and home health care providers both charge around $5,958. Nursing homes are the costliest senior care providers in Scottsdale, with rates ranging from $6,418 for a semiprivate room and $7,908 for a private room. 

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

Financial Assistance for Memory Care in Scottsdale

In Scottsdale, there are options for seniors who need financial assistance paying for Memory Care. For more information about other options, who qualifies, and how to apply, Memory Care in Arizona page.

More ways to pay for memory care in AZ

More Ways to Pay for Memory Care

While many families use their own funds or personal assets to pay for memory care, there are plenty of additional options to cover these costs. Some additional ways to finance memory care costs include:

  • Veterans Benefits
  • Life Insurance Policy
  • Long-Term Care Insurance
  • Reverse Mortgage

For more information about different ways to finance memory care, visit our Memory Care in Arizona page.

Free Memory Care Resources in Scottsdale

Right next door to Phoenix, the largest city in Arizona, Scottsdale is home to tons of resources, supports and services for seniors who live in memory care facilities. Local government agencies and nonprofit organizations offer a wide range of services to seniors in Scottsdale, including health insurance assistance, civil legal representation, Medicare fraud education and mental health counseling.

State Health Insurance Assistance Program(800) 432-4040Arizona's State Health Insurance Program, a service of the state's Department of Economic Security, helps seniors, their family members and caregivers better understand Medicare and other health insurance options. Trained SHIP counselors field calls from participants, listen to their concerns, offer answers to callers' questions and provide individualized insight into seniors' health insurance situations. SHIP counselors have an extensive understanding of available Medicare, Medigap, Medicare Advantage and long-term care insurance options, ultimately empowering seniors to make better health insurance decisions.
Legal Assistance Program(602) 264-HELPAnother service of the Arizona Department of Economic Security, Arizona's Legal Assistance Program is funded by the federal Older Americans Act with the goal of preserving seniors' independence, dignity, autonomy and financial independence. Skilled, experienced attorneys answer seniors' questions in plain language, assess complicated legal situations, provide individualized recommendations and, if needed, represent seniors in court or out-of-court negotiations.
Senior Medicare Patrol(800) 432-4040The Senior Medicare Patrol is a group of well-trained staff and volunteers who empower senior Medicare beneficiaries to protect, detect and report Medicare and health care fraud and abuse. SMP achieves this goal by reaching out to seniors, counseling them and providing education about the ins and outs of Medicare fraud.
Phoenix Vet Center(602) 640-2981The Phoenix Vet Center, run by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, provides non-medical counseling services to veterans and their spouses. Trained counselors offer a diverse range of counseling services, including grief and bereavement counseling, couples and family counseling and general mental health care. The Phoenix Vet Center refers seniors to helpful local resource providers and frequently hosts support groups and community engagement opportunities for veterans.
Area Agency on Aging, Region One(888) 264-2258The Area Agency on Aging, Region One is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that provides a broad body of services and supports to seniors in Scottsdale. The Agency operates the 24-hour Senior HELP Line, provides family caregiver support, runs a long-term care ombudsman program and offers healthy living classes.

Memory Care Laws and Regulations in Scottsdale

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

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Review of Legacy Village of Salt River

Legacy Village of Salt River is very nice. It is very clean and well taken care of. Kris toured me around and she was great. The facility has a little better setup. The memory section is a very...

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Review of Scottsdale Village Square, A Pacifica Senior Living Community

Scottsdale Village Square, A Pacifica Senior Living Community is older. My mother was there 30-some years ago, and they hardly changed it. Another downer was the smell of the place. We smelled...

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Review of A Better Choice Assisted Living, LLC

The most caring and loving staff I have found during this journey to find a home for my active 92 year old father. They have exceeded all expectations. I’m kept well informed, and am always...

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Thank you so much for your kind words and great review. We are happy to care for your dad, he is now part of our family too.

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