1868 Assisted Living Communities in Arizona
Royal Oaks Assisted Living Center
Brookdale North Scottsdale
Joshua Springs Senior Living
Renaissance Luxury Retirement Living
Arroyo Gardens Independent & Assisted Living
Generations At Agritopia
Chandler Memory Care
Granite Gate Senior Living
Prestige Assisted Living At Lake Havasu
Prestige Assisted Living At Green Valley
Arizona calls itself "the Grand Canyon State," which is a direct reference to the natural splendor of the state's stunning landscapes. Hot and dry across almost all of its area, Arizona has become one of the most popular places in America for retired seniors to find a home. Very mild winters and more than 300 sunny days a year encourage lots of outdoor activities, and the broad, open territory and exotic desert wildlife turn routine hikes and camping trips into unforgettable experiences.
The open desert colors almost everything that's unique about Arizona. The state flower, for example, is the saguaro cactus blossom, and the state bird is the cactus wren. The state's two major cities, Phoenix and Tucson, both sit in the heart of massive urban areas, where smaller towns, such as Scottsdale and Glendale, link up into unbroken outposts of civilization in the yellow-and-red landscapes. Much of Arizona's land is under the direction of 21 federally recognized Native American nations, many of whom keep their land undeveloped on purpose and conduct government-to-government relations with the United States. They're always glad to welcome visitors from outside for a rodeo, which is one of the chief industries on the reservations and a popular stop for day trips from local assisted living communities.
What Is Assisted Living?
Assisted living is one of the more popular levels of care in Arizona. Aging citizens who need some extra help with grooming, dressing and other activities of daily life (ADLs) can get 24-hour care in assisted living communities while preserving as much of their privacy and independence as possible.
Assisted Living Arizona Statistics
Phoenix and Tucson are Arizona's most popular cities for assisted living — and for everything else, for that matter. Inside their vast metro areas, all the comforts of modern life can be found, as can hundreds of communities that house tens of thousands of seniors between them. Other parts of the state are much less developed than these areas, and only 17 percent of Arizona's land is in private hands. This is the lowest figure for private ownership for any state.
What Does Assisted Living Cost in Arizona?
In Arizona, the average monthly cost of assisted living is $3,418, according to the 2018 Genworth Cost of Care Survey.
Assisted living is somewhat more affordable in Arizona than in the rest of the country. According to the 2015 Genworth Financial cost of care survey, seniors pay an average of $3,418 a month for entry-level residential care in the state. This is less than the national median of $3,750, and it's considerably less than in more urbanized and pricey states, such as California and New York.
Arizona has been popular with seniors since the years after World War II, but lately, the over-65 share of the population has boomed. In 2010, around 14 percent of Arizonans were aging citizens. That's about 900,000 people, but even that number is expected to jump by nearly 175 percent, to 2.4 million, by 2050.
Assisted Living Arizona Laws, Taxes and Other Facts
Seniors in Arizona are protected under the law by a long-term care ombudsman, whose office is responsible for regulating and monitoring the state's assisted living and other residential care facilities. This office takes calls from seniors and their families, hears concerns and complaints and assists aging citizens with finding needed services.
Arizona's property taxes are high by national standards, but this is less of a concern for seniors who opt for assisted living. One nice feature of Arizona's tax laws is the absence of income tax charged for Social Security benefits. Other states often treat this monthly income like any other kind of revenue, as if the Social Security check was a normal paycheck, but in Arizona, most of the money seniors earn as part of a government pension is exempt.
That Social Security stipend goes further in Arizona than in most states, as well, thanks to the state's many senior discounts and reduced-cost programs. Most of the public transit authorities in Arizona offer senior discounts for over-65 riders, for example. Depending on where you're at, you might also be able to take advantage of steep discounts on retail goods. The city of Phoenix, for example, organizes Senior Discount Days among local retailers. This event sees one-day sales of between 10 and 15 percent off at Banana Republic, Big Lots, Safeway and many other stores. Walgreen's participates in the program, which can drastically cut the cost of some prescriptions and durable medical supplies, and here and there, various shopping malls offer blanket discounts on all goods from all of their stores.
Politics in Arizona
Arizona is an eclectic blend of liberal and conservative influences. The high senior population is overwhelmingly Republican-leaning, which goes a long way toward explaining why the state's senators tend to be moderate conservatives. The large first- and second-generation immigrant population, however, leans Democrat. This shift is expressed in the steady gains that younger, more liberal House candidates have made in the state's nine Congressional districts.
Constitutionally, Arizona is a typical state. The structure of the government mirrors the Executive-Legislative-Judicial divisions of the federal government in Washington D.C., though the legislature is far smaller than the U.S. Congress, with only 30 senators and 60 representatives. Before 1950, this body had so little to do, it only met once every two years, but now, members sit in annual sessions lasting several months.
Fun Facts About Arizona
- It can take a saguaro cactus up to 100 years to grow an arm in places where rainfall is low. Cutting down one of these protected trees can earn up to a year in jail, though it's hard to imagine why anybody would do that; their sap is poisonous to humans.
- Arizona is huge. You could fit all of New England inside the state and still have room left over for Pennsylvania. Most of that land area is sparsely populated, if at all, and gets less rain than some parts of the Sahara Desert. Nearly a quarter of the state is under the jurisdiction of the local Indian reservations, one of which has its own time zone.
- Phoenix' premiere hotel, the Arizona Biltmore Resort and Spa, has hosted every U.S. president since Herbert Hoover for at least one night during his term. To date, the only exception to this tradition has been President Obama, who spent his time in Arizona sleeping at Pointe Hilton Squaw Peak, which is also in Phoenix.