An Independent Living Community provides residents the ability to live their active lives while ensuring their care requirements have been met. Basic chores such as meal preparation and housekeeping are handled by staff and a calendar of recreational and leisure activities is maintained, allowing residents an opportunity to use their time as they choose, free from daily responsibilities. Along with their daily needs being met, residents can enjoy an opportunity to be among peers, in a community with others of similar ages and backgrounds. Typically comprised of a private living area and a full kitchen, these communities offer homes with many of the amenities of apartment life but without the hassle. Guests can be invited over and entertained, and there will be more time to spend with them with the basic maintenance of daily tasks out of the way. While policies differ between locations, many residences allow pets as well. Nursing and health care services can always be arranged for with independent care providers as desired. There are a variety of expenses and advantages to consider while determining an independent living community. It is important to figure out if these services are included in the care plan: move-in fee, parking, field trips, Waiting list deposit, transportation, utilities, meals, and housekeeping. The benefits and amenities that pertain to independent living include security guards, golf course, healthcare center, laundry service, transportation, concierge services, beauty salon & barber shop, and restaurant-style dining hall.
Cost of Living
The community in which a care community is based can have a huge effect on the total cost. The total cost of living can be a big influence in selecting which location works for you or your loved one’s needs. The rent burden for Flagstaff is about 18.1% of the average monthly income. The median home value in Flagstaff is about $294,858 and the median cost for rent is around $1,250 a month.
Demographics and Values
Racially, the population of Flagstaff is 8.6% Native American, 19.4% Hispanic, 77.3% white, 0.2% Pacific Islander or Native Hawaiian, 2.7% Asian, 2.5% black, 4.6% mixed race, and 4.1% other or not specified. In Flagstaff, 4.9% of the people are veterans of the United States military. Based on gender, 50.6% are female and 49.4% are male. The median age of Flagstaff is 25 years old. Of the population of Flagstaff 19.0% have a graduate degree, 45.2% have a college degree, and 16.1% have a high-school diploma. Flagstaff has a population density of 420 people per square mile. Out of the total population of Flagstaff, 9.1% have some form of disability, 13.1% do not have health insurance, 67.5% participate in the labor force, and 2.1% are widows.
An overview of Arizona
In terms of resources, Arizona has a cost of living index of 97.7, a grocery index rating of 96.9, and a housing index rating of 91.7. These index ratings are based on a system where 100 is considered the national average and anything below 100 is considered less expensive than the national average. Overall, Arizona ranks 34th in quality of life and 23rd in healthcare compared to other US states. The natural beauty of Arizona is ranked 33rd in the nation. The state of Arizona has 96 hospitals and 153 health centers, providing care to a population of 7,296,554. The top three hospitals in the state are considered to be Verde Valley Medical Center, Flagstaff Medical Center, and Mayo Clinic Hospital.
Social demographics of the state
In terms of diversity, Arizona ranks 11th in the nation and is considered LGBTQ friendly. The state has a median age of 38 and 30% of its population being over the age of 55. In Arizona, 34% of the population attend some form of religious service and there are 4,673 different congregations. The top three Christian denominations in the state are Evangelical Protestant-26%, Mainline Protestant-12%, and Historically Black Protestant-1%. The top three non-Christian denominations in the state are Jewish-2%, Muslim-<1%, and Buddhist-<1%. In Arizona there are 67 masonic lodges. In the most recent presidential election, 49% of Arizona residents voted Republican and 45% voted Democrat.
State-wide weather information
On average, Arizona has an air quality index rating of around 49.9 AQI. The highest seasonal air quality index rating occurs in the month of April with a rating of 65.5 AQI. The average monthly precipitation for the state of Arizona is around 1.04 inches. The average amount of precipitation peaks during the month of July at around 4.92 inches. During the summer, the average temperature in Arizona is around 81F. The average high summer temperature is around 112F in the month of July. In the summer, the average low temperature drops to around 34F during the month of June. During the winter, the average temperature in Arizona drops to around 46F. The average high winter temperature is around 75F in the month of February. The average low temperature during the winter drops to around 11F in the month of December. The average humidity across the state is 39%. Humidity levels tend to reach their peak in the month of January at around 61%. While residents of Arizona mostly enjoy pleasant conditions, it’s important to be aware of inclement weather as well, which in Arizona can include earthquakes (moderate) and floods.
Wildlife to be found in Arizona
The state of Arizona has a diverse array of plant and animal life. Local plant life can consist of spruce, fir, juniper, and desert flowers. While venturing throughout the state, you might see animals such as the badger, the chuckwalla, the a single jaguar (called el jefe) that migrated to Arizona from Mexico, or the black-tailed jackrabbit. The state animal of Arizona is the the ringtail cat.