When people picture an ideal retirement scenario, Arizona is often what comes to mind. “The Grand Canyon State” has an abundance of warm, dry weather — which means anyone who suffers from seasonal allergies or asthma will find relief in Arizona’s desert climate — and its almost otherworldly natural landscapes provide countless opportunities for outdoor activities, exercise, and serenity. The trails throughout national parks like Saguaro and Petrified Forest capture the rugged mystique of the Southwest, and don’t worry, there’s no shortage of golf courses. Plus, considering the state doesn’t tax residents on social security income, it’s clear why so many Americans find peace of mind — and body — while retiring in Arizona.
As you consider options for assisted living, Arizona deserves to be at the top of the list. Currently, A Place for Mom partners with more than 1,100 senior living communities in Arizona that provide assisted living.
The median monthly cost of assisted living in Arizona is about $3,900.
Assisted living communities are regulated by the Arizona Department of Health Services, Division of Licensing Service. Public access to assisted living records and violations history in Arizona is rated as high. You can use the state’s facility locator to research the violation history of an assisted living community.
In Arizona, the term assisted living facility represents multiple levels of care and licensed facilities. A residential care institution provides personal care services, directed care services, or supervisory care services on a continuing basis. Personal care services include assistance with activities of daily living (ADLs), such as bathing, dressing, eating, walking, and physical transfer. Directed care services are programs and services — including personal care services — provided to persons who are incapable of recognizing danger, summoning assistance, expressing need, or making basic care decisions. Supervisory care services include general supervision, including daily awareness of resident functioning and continuing needs, the ability to intervene in a crisis, and assistance in the self-administration of prescribed medications. These services may be performed by persons without professional skills or professional training, and they include coordination of intermittent nursing services and the administration of medications and treatments by a licensed nurse.
Overall, the cost of living in Arizona is considered to be slightly more affordable than the national average. All index scores are based on a scale with the national average set at 100.
About 18% of Arizona’s population are seniors. In the 2016 presidential election, Arizona leaned slightly conservative. However, many of its counties with larger cities, like the Tucson area, tend to be more progressive.
Because of the changes in elevation across the state, Arizona has many different climate classifications. Most of Arizona gets less annual precipitation than the rest of the country and therefore is classified as having either an arid or semi-arid climate. In the southern regions of the state, where Phoenix is located, the climate classification is hot desert, which means very warm summers and mild winters. In the more mountainous northern regions of the state, however, cities like Flagstaff and Sedona have cooler climates.
Moderate air quality means that those who are sensitive to particulates in the air should limit the amount of time they spend on outdoor exertion.