Assisted Living in Arizona

Assisted Living in Arizona

Costs and Local Resources

Get ready to fall in love with the Valentine State when you explore assisted living services and options in Arizona. This beautiful region gained its nickname when it joined the Union and became a state on Valentine’s Day, 1912, but the breathtaking vistas of the state sure do live up to it. Say goodbye to shoveling snow and hello to desert living. Whether you choose a cozy assisted-living casita or luxury accommodations in a major metropolitan area, there’s something for everyone who chooses Arizona for their assisted living services search.

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Cost of assisted living in Arizona vs. nearby states

Cost of assisted living in a selection of Arizona cities

We noticed people seem to be searching for assisted living in these Arizona cities more frequently than others: Phoenix, Prescott, Scottsdale, and Tucson. We've provided their pricing here.

The cost of assisted living in Arizona

Seniorly 2021 data shows that the average cost of assisted living in Arizona is $3,529 per month. The national average monthly cost is $4,057. The average Arizona cost may be less than the national average, but keep in mind as you start your senior living search that some areas (particularly those where the cost of living is high) will be more expensive than others. Explore our assisted living listings to start comparing properties, or get in touch with one of our local advisors to get expert advice on what you can afford in the areas in which you’re interested.

Assisted living communities can provide the peace of mind that comes from not worrying about home maintenance, chores, or errands, as well as help with personal care like grooming, eating, and other activities of daily living seniors might have trouble with. However, if your loved one requires nursing care, or has diagnosed Alzheimer's or dementia that has progressed to a certain point, they might need a skilled nursing facility/home health care, or memory care community instead. These types of care providers (and for that matter, in-home care) might cost more in Arizona than assisted living facilities, but the important thing is that your loved one’s needs are cared for in order to provide them with the best quality of life.

If your loved one currently lives in a retirement community, ask whether it is a Continuing Care Retirement Community: these senior living properties are generally designed for residents to age in place. Seniors can get the different levels of care they need, from independent living to memory care, without having to move to a different community altogether.

Overall cost of living in Arizona

Arizona is below average when it comes to cost of living. Behind Wisconsin and Florida, Arizona’s cost of living index is 97, where the US national average is 104.63. Interestingly, though, housing and utilities costs in Arizona are higher than the national average.

Financial assistance for assisted living in Arizona

Medicaid options for Arizona seniors

According to, to be eligible for Arizona Medicaid, you must be a resident of the state of Arizona, a U.S. national, citizen, permanent resident, or legal alien, in need of health care/insurance assistance, whose financial situation would be characterized as low income or very low income. You must also be one of the following:

  • Pregnant, or
  • Be responsible for a child 18 years of age or younger, or
  • Blind, or
  • Have a disability or a family member in your household with a disability, or
  • Be 65 years of age or older.

Arizona's Medicaid health care program is called Arizona Health Care Cost Containment System (written as AHCCCS and pronounced “access”). It pays for medical care for children and adults with limited income and resources and is supported by State and Federal funding. This version of the state’s Medicaid program was founded in 1982.

Several AHCCCS programs can help Arizona seniors get the care options they need, such as the Arizona Long Term Care System (ALTCS, pronounced ALL-Tecs), which provides coverage for and access to long-term care facilities for those who need them. There is also help available for paying Medicare costs.

Non-Medicaid State assistance programs

There are a few non-Medicaid assistance programs in Arizona, some of which are administered by the Arizona Department of Economic Security. These include nutrition support, chronic illness care management, and home- and community-based care services and resources. For more ways to find assisted living help, check the “Free assisted living resources in Arizona” section below.

More ways to finance assisted living in Arizona

There are several options available to finance assisted living for yourself or a loved one. Long-term care can be financed several ways:

  • Life insurance - Some life insurance policies have a provision for long-term care benefits.
  • Long-term care insurance - This type of insurance is intended to cover long-term health care needs by covering costs for assisted living or long-term care communities.
  • Pensions, 401K, and IRA - If you have a pension, 401k, or an IRA to fall back upon this would be a great benefit in paying for assisted living costs.
  • Real Estate - Having a home is a great source of income. When it is time to move into assisted living the sale proceeds from your home can cover the costs.
  • Veteran’s benefits - While the VA will not directly cover the costs of assisted living, you can obtain help from the VA under the Veterans Aid & Attendance benefits. The Aid & Attendance benefits helps eligible veterans and their surviving spouses to pay for assistance for assistance of daily living (ADLs) activities. Aid & Attendance benefits are often referred to by other names such as “improved pension,” “VA assisted living benefit,” or “veterans elder care benefits.”

Free assisted living resources in Arizona

Arizona residents can explore state resources that can help answer your questions about eligibility for certain types of benefits and how they might apply to assisted living.

Find your local Area Agency on Aging. There are multiple agencies per state, enter your ZIP code or city to find the one closest to you.

The Arizona Department of Veterans' Services may be able to help you determine if your loved one is eligible for VA benefits.

Find Arizona Social Security offices where you can understand your benefits and get answers to your questions about claims.

Assisted living communities by Arizona city

Anthem Assisted LivingApache Junction Assisted LivingAvondale Assisted LivingBuckeye Assisted Living
Bullhead City Assisted LivingCamp Verde Assisted LivingCarefree Assisted LivingCasa Grande Assisted Living
Cave Creek Assisted LivingChandler Assisted LivingChandler Heights Assisted LivingChino Valley Assisted Living
Clarkdale Assisted LivingCornville Assisted LivingCottonwood Assisted LivingDewey Assisted Living
East Flagstaff Assisted LivingEl Mirage Assisted LivingEleven Mile Corner Assisted LivingFlagstaff Assisted Living
Fort Mohave Assisted LivingFountain Hills Assisted LivingGilbert Assisted LivingGlendale Assisted Living
Globe Assisted LivingGold Canyon Assisted LivingGoodyear Assisted LivingGreen Valley Assisted Living
Hereford Assisted LivingHigley Assisted LivingKingman Assisted LivingLake Havasu Assisted Living
Lake Havasu City Assisted LivingLaveen Assisted LivingLitchfield Park Assisted LivingMarana Assisted Living
Maricopa Assisted LivingMesa Assisted LivingMobile Assisted LivingOro Valley Assisted Living
Paradise Valley Assisted LivingPayson Assisted LivingPeoria Assisted LivingPhoenix Assisted Living
Prescott Assisted LivingPrescott Valley Assisted LivingQueen Creek Assisted LivingRimrock Assisted Living
Rio Verde Assisted LivingSacaton Assisted LivingSahuarita Assisted LivingSan Tan Valley Assisted Living
Scottsdale Assisted LivingSierra Vista Assisted LivingSun City Assisted LivingSun City West Assisted Living
Sun Lakes Assisted LivingSurprise Assisted LivingTempe Assisted LivingTolleson Assisted Living
Tucson Assisted LivingWaddell Assisted LivingWittmann Assisted LivingYoungtown Assisted Living
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Top Advisors in Arizona

A Better Solution for Senior Living, AZ (Rita McBride)
Rita McBride - Carefree, AZ
Rita McBride graduated cum laude from San Jose State University in Recreation and Leisure Studies. After 20 years in the travel and hospitality industry, including managing a civic center in Virginia, she was recruited into the healthcare arena. Her concentration in the field includes developing both sides of helping seniors during times of transition. First, with a non-medical home care agency whose mission was to allow seniors to age safely in their own home. Then, over the last 18 years, she has helped families when it became necessary to move to assistance outside their homes. She is the owner of A Better Solution for Senior Living, LLC, a placement agency dedicated to finding the ideal living solution for each individual. She is one of the original founders of Arizona’s Professional Association of Senior Referral Specialists (PASRS), having seen the value for an association of professional peers to address best practices and a vision for the industry. She is co-chair of the Public and Professional Education committee with Maricopa Elder Abuse Prevention Alliance (MEAPA) and serves on the Memory Alliance Committee (MAC) through the Arizona chapter of Assisted Living Federation of America (ALFA). Rita McBride partnered with Seniorly in 2019.
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Assisted Living Locators Glendale, AZ (Lori Sears)
Lori Sears - El Mirage, AZ
Lori Sears is the Owner/CEO of Assisted Living Locators, West Valley. Lori is a Registered Nurse and was born in Northwest Missouri. She has been in the health and wellness industry for more than 20 years, with most of that time spent working in the skilled nursing business as a clinical liaison, working for a nationally known acute rehab hospital, and was instrumental in the opening of two new skilled nursing facilities in the Phoenix metro area prior to beginning her current business. She is happily married to Steve who is a State Farm insurance agent in Tempe, AZ. Lori and Steve have five children and a 3-year-old granddaughter. Lori is passionate about her work and the families she represents. She loves lending her personal touch to help her clients find the best fit in Independent and memory care settings and Assisted Living homes and communities. Lori Sears partnered with Seniorly in 2018.
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Encore Senior Resources, AZ (Jim Humphrey)
Jim Humphrey - Ajo, AZ
Jim Humphrey believes that becoming his parent's parents has been one of the most challenging jobs he has ever faced. He recalls that many life experiences did not prepare him when his mother fought their dementia. It taught him the values of honor, respect, dignity, and compassion. These moments helped drive him to help others who face similar challenges. Jim also knows that sons and husbands often become reluctant caregivers, and need support to weather the storm. Making the decision to place a loved one in someone else’s care can be eased with the hand of someone, like Jim, who knows the options for a successful change in lifestyle. Jim Humphrey partnered with Seniorly in 2018.
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