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Discover unique independent living amenities, social activities, dining, and more independent living benefits. With 163 independent living facilities in Phoenix, A Place for Mom makes it easier to find your new, maintenance-free home.
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This is an excellent community and experience for me. Overall attitude of everyone here has made it an excellent experience for me. This is a smaller community. The meals are from very good to excellent. The meals served are lunch and dinner. There are minimal activities outdoor due to it being a smaller community on smaller grounds. The staff communication is excellent. There is a full kitchen and washer and dryer in the apartment.
The staff are friendly and always willing to take a call, and I think the community is worth taking a look at. I would recommend this community to others.
I chose The Enclave because I saw it being built when I would drive by and it looked like a nice property. I have an apartment on the top floor and it overlooks the pool which is nice. I have a 2 bedroom apartment but it is a little on the smaller side. They do not cater to restricted diets. They are starting to add more activities in since the pandemic and hired an activities director. They do have trouble keeping a maintenance man so it takes a while for things to get done. I would possibly recommend to others looking.
8611 N 67th Ave, Glendale, AZ 85302
Glencroft is an assisted living community located in the city of Glendale, Arizona in the county of Maricopa. Glendale is a city that is absolutely filled with both natural and architectural beauty. Glendale homes magnify the natural beauty of the desert landscape that surrounds the area. Nearby...
Very courteous and knowledgeable employees! The food was great! Good communication! I would recommend the community to others for their loved ones.
6735 W Golden Ln, Peoria, AZ 85345
I love that I have my own garage and washer and dryer, that is a huge plus. I do understand the struggles with the staffing shortages so it is not entirely their fault, but they could work to improve on the...
7370 East Gold Dust Avenue, Scottsdale, AZ 85258
Step into a Sunrise Assisted Living community and you can't help but feel at home. We stop at nothing to make your experience warm and inviting, from our homelike exterior architecture, to our comfortable community areas and choice of suites to our exceptional outdoor gardens and landscaping....
Things that stand out to us about this facility: Safety/Security (front door is secured with alarm) and all guests sign in and get name tags, friendliness, feels like a family, pleasantly decorated, Holiday...
4475 East Knox Road, Phoenix, AZ 85044
Mountain Park Senior Living is the premier senior living community in Ahwatukee, Arizona. We offer independent living, assisted living and Dementia/Memory Care in Ahwatukee, a suburb of Phoenix, Arizona.Mountain Park Senior Living puts a new level of affordable luxury within your reach -...
I love it here. I'm very comfortable, and I feel secure. It's very friendly. The food is pretty good but could be better. They have a lot of activities, and I like the water aerobics. I'm content here.
2577 W Greenway Rd, Phoenix, AZ 85023
We give this community such high remarks there is nothing about Park Terrace that we can complain about. Everything about this community has made it such a great experience. The staff are so easy to work...
1739 W Myrtle Ave, Phoenix, AZ 85021
At Avamere at Phoenix we're here to help you feel comfortable so you can focus on what's most important in your life. As part of the Avamere family of companies, we proudly offer assisted living and memory care services as we have more than 25 years. Many of our team members have been with us for...
We chose Avamere at Phoenix mainly because of the staff members, they seemed to be very friendly and caring and oriented towards the residents. The room sizes at the facility are super nice, we have the 2...
15436 North 64th Street, Scottsdale, AZ 85254
Home Sweet HomeAre you ready to redefine independence? If so, our assisted living and memory care community in Scottsdale, Arizona is ready to welcome you with open arms. You’ll find that once you let go of the cumbersome chores like home maintenance and cleaning, you will have ample time to...
I like it! It's nice and comfortable with good people
2002 W Sunnyside Dr, Phoenix, AZ 85029
At Fellowship Square Phoenix, we offer the full continuum of senior living options, all on one campus: Independent and Assisted Living, Memory Care, and Skilled Nursing. We also provide Supportive Services, Medicare-certified Home Health, Outpatient Rehab, and Physical Therapy. Our Outpatient...
The staff is like family. They are wonderful - from management, to housekeeping, to maintenance, to the kitchen staff and servers. Everybody acts like we belong to them. The food could use little bit of...
2802 East Juniper Ave, Phoenix, AZ 85032
Arizona Desert Falls is where your family is our family. We specialize in providing the best care available for those individuals on a fixed income or budget. We encourage you to visit our facebook page @azdesertfallsassistedliving to see pictures of different events we have put on for our...
Great place and take very good care of our father. Great food and staff and outstanding price for our father that does not have a lot of money. Very clean and communicates with us very well if any issues...
13840 N Desert Harbor Dr, Peoria, AZ 85381
The Forum at Desert Harbor is located on the shore of Desert Harbor Lake, with beautiful views of the surrounding waterfront. We are just around the corner from picturesque Sun City, and minutes from the 101 Loop access to Phoenix and the airport. We pride ourselves in our continued effort to...
They have lots of activities. We picked this community because, everything is one building, it's a beautiful place with a lake. They have really good meals, compared to restaurant food. The staff that gave...
20240 N 78th Ave, Glendale, AZ 85308
Inspira Arrowhead will be a state of the art senior living community with Independent Living, Assisted Living and Memory Care resident options. Inspira Arrowhead will be located in a campus environment including restaurants such as Kneader’s Bakery and Starbucks, The Church of Joy and a future...
Inspira Arrowhead is excellent, we have been very pleased with our experience. The staff are extremely compassionate. It has been a great fit for my father-in-law. He loves the food, he says that has been...
1610 W Glendale Ave, Phoenix, AZ 85021
We are just approaching our fourth year here at Beatitudes. We were going to wait another two years before moving in, but I am glad we moved in now. I was very sedentary before moving in. Since I've moved...
302 E. Maryland Ave, Phoenix, AZ 85018
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Paradise Living Centers opened its newly built North Central Phoenix group home in April 2016. This is the second location for Paradise Living Centers, which is a locally owned and operated. Featuring 10 - bedroom and private bath suites and spacious living spaces for residents to enjoy.
On [date removed] My wife and I were given the seemingly impossible task of finding a place for dad. We were lost at sea! [name removed] became our guiding light and heroically stepped up and showed us how...
13825 N. Cave Creek Road, Phoenix, AZ 85022
In the spirit of love, Bethesda Adult Communities provides an environment where vintage lives blossom. We strive to cultivate a vibrant, active and healthy community. Bethesda Adult Communities are apart of a non-profit Christian based organization that have been caring for seniors for over 50...
The facility is absolutely incredible. 3 meals a day, they make sure she get to the dining room (Complete with linens, and crystal at every meals.), they get her involved in the activities, she attends...
5861 West Beverly Lane, Glendale, AZ 85306
Home Sweet HomeOur assisted living and memory care community in Glendale, Arizona doesn’t require you to choose between independence and assistance. We think you deserve both, which is our community is made up of offer cozy apartment homes that give you the freedom of independent living combined...
My family thought it was a nice facility. The front office was always helpful and courteous. The staff was caring and kind to my mom and dad . I would recommend this facility to those families who need...
5528 E Calle Tuberia Dr, Phoenix, AZ 85018
At Vista Living we have a different philosophy, we identify intellectual, emotional and experiential strengths that go beyond someone’s health conditions. We believe community is both internal and external, that is to help residents stay connected to their outside community as well as their...
This is a fantastic place for your loved one. The staff are friendly to work with. The staff will cook everything fresh for the residents meals. Some of the care includes bathing and dressing assistance,...
4050 East Bluefield Avenue, Phoenix, AZ 85032
These Are The Best YearsThe seniors you see here may be part of our assisted living and memory care community in Phoenix, but we like to think of them as family. Each and every person who walks through our door is an individual with a unique story and background, and a host of personal interests....
Our loved one was there for a short stay due to increasing health issues. But I Thought the community was very supportive and helpful. The process was very easy, and they made it convenient for us. And...
5560 E Deer Valley Dr, Phoenix, AZ 85054
I felt very comfortable leaving my loved one here. The staff are very kind and friendly. My loved one is very happy here. The Manor will deliver meals to the residents per their request. They have...
15815 S 50th St, Phoenix, AZ 85048
Clearwater Ahwatukee offers you a warm and welcoming senior living experience with luxurious services and amenities that put it a cut above the rest. You’ll feel at home right away with our friendly staff and residents, bright and spacious apartments, and community perks like a saltwater pool and...
Every facility has issues but when it's important the staff does an excellent job. During the covid19 pandemic the staff quickly implemented safeguards to protect the Seniors. I know this for a fact because...
4555 E. Mayo Blvd, Phoenix, AZ 85050
Sagewood Acacia Healthcare is managed by Life Care Services®, An LCS® Company. Life Care Services ranked highest in customer satisfaction in the J.D. Power 2019 Senior Living Study and achieved the highest score in all seven study factors: resident services and activities; community staff; food...
16621 North 38th Street, Phoenix, AZ 85032
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We offer a distinctive approach to specialized memory care and assisted living, which builds on already more than ten years of dedicated service. Our grounds are beautifully manicured and maintained with walking paths, shaded seating areas, and views for enjoying the outdoors and seating areas...
In July, I unexpectedly was thrown into the world of memory care assisted living, and for those people who have had to experience this, it can be greatly overwhelming from the hospital to the behavioral...
5401 W Dailey St, Glendale, AZ 85306
When you think of retirement living, what do you see? If cookie-cutter apartments, quiet hallways, bland food and stereotypical activities come to mind, then think again. Over twenty years of experience have taught us that today's seniors want more choices and are leading a more active lifestyle...
The community is more geared for assisted living and memory care residents rather than Independent Living. The dining wasn’t appealing and the menu wasn’t what we were looking for. The facility was clean,...
6250 North 19th Avenue, Phoenix, AZ 85015
The Palazzo is a full Continuing Care Community offering Independent Living, Assisted Living, Memory Care and Skilled Nursing. At The Palazzo, we are able to cater to your needs whether you are looking for independence in an environment with social activities, wonderful meals, housekeeping and...
The best part about The Palazzo is the staff. I think the location is suitable for the people who are staying there. It's close to a lot of things that are of interest to those in the community. Overall,...
7090 E Mescal St, Scottsdale, AZ 85254
Nestled in the heart of an established, quiet neighborhood on a 22-acre campus in North Scottsdale, Pueblo Norte Senior Living Community offers a unique blend of residential and health care services that have provided a continuum of care to area seniors for almost 30 years. A large number of our...
I have no complaints of how things are going for my self since I have moved into this community. The staff have been helpful and attentive to all my needs. I like the different activities they have for all...
5529 E Calle Tuberia, Phoenix, AZ 85018
Each independent living community has slightly different costs, payment options, and plans, so it’s important to ask communities directly about their costs before choosing. Every Phoenix independent living community should be able to give you a clear picture of how much it costs to live there.
Independent living costs tend to have two parts: monthly fees and a one-time admission fee.
Monthly fees for independent living
Senior residents of independent living communities in Phoenix paid an average of $3,206 a month in total, including all extra fees, according to A Place for Mom’s proprietary data. The cost figures in the chart below are the baseline rental fees that area residents of independent living communities pay before adding fees for care and amenities.
These figures are slightly lower than monthly costs in other top independent living markets in the nation but more expensive than most rental apartments in Phoenix — due to the added services and amenities available to residents of independent living communities. The monthly independent living community fee often includes the following:
One-time admission fee for independent living
Not all independent living communities have an admission fee. Admission fees are more common in senior living communities known as Continuing Care Retirement Communities (CCRCs). These communities have all senior care types on one site, with independent living, assisted living, and skilled nursing areas. The admission fee is a way to offset future expenses as your care needs increase due to aging. Depending on the community, the one-time move-in fee varies from $100,000 to over $1 million, based on how much care the community can provide. Often, a higher move-in fee causes monthly payments to be lower. Many retirees use the equity from their house to pay. However, some independent living communities in Phoenix have Return of Capital plans (ROCs), which means the community may return up to 80% of the move-in fee back to the resident or the resident’s heirs if they choose to leave or pass away without the need of long-term care.
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Most retirees pay for independent living with private funds. Because standalone independent living does not provide health services or personal care, it’s not covered by Medicare, Medicaid, or long-term care insurance.
Many retirees fund their independent living through the sale of a family home. Read on for further tips on the common ways people privately pay for independent living:
Independent living communities don’t provide personal care or health care, so they are not regulated in the same way as assisted living communities. However, some independent living communities have assisted living and skilled nursing wings on site. These wings are regulated in the same way as stand-alone assisted living communities and nursing homes.
Independent living communities often have age and health requirements. Most require residents to be over 55 or 62 and won’t accept residents who are bedbound. Aside from these requirements, independent living communities go through similar, if not identical, inspections as traditional apartment complexes. Independent living residents can expect the independent living community to handle all of the maintenance and repairs, as well as keep the apartment or villa in a livable condition. Residents are also expected to keep their dwelling in a good condition and to not alter the apartment without consent from the community.
Arizona doesn’t have an agency to enforce any disputes between an independent living community and residents, so any problems are dealt with as private matters.
Phoenix independent living communities must follow the same COVID-19 guidance as traditional apartment complexes. This means they follow state and city guidelines for mitigating the spread of COVID-19. Phoenix follows the Arizona Together program, which recommends that residents mask when sick and test for COVID-19 when exposed.
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Independent living in Phoenix can be a senior retiree’s dream.
Phoenix is currently booming, but retirees have flocked to the Valley of the Sun for decades. The year-round sunshine and a local preoccupation with golf brings in plenty of snowbirds. But these delights are only part of the story why so many seniors choose to nest in Phoenix permanently.
Phoenix has a growing economy, so many retirees follow a child whose job brought them to the city. Some seniors are attracted to the strong medical infrastructure, and others are simply drawn to Phoenix for the sheer number of senior living options available.
In Phoenix, 7.7% of the population is over 70, but in the suburbs like Paradise Valley, 23% of the population is over 70.Because of the persistently high number of seniors, Phoenix has one of the highest concentrations of senior living options in the United States. This means that most retirees can find a senior living option that suits them in Phoenix.
With all this buzz, independent living costs in Phoenix are higher now than in the past. However, the cost of Phoenix’s independent living communities are still cheaper than the other top five senior living markets in the country, except for Dallas. As one of the most popular forms of senior living, and as one of the most profitable, independent living contractors continue to build these communities — making room for a new wave of seniors looking for a fresh lifestyle.
Independent living in Phoenix attracts active seniors who can take care of themselves but want simplicity and a richer social life. Most of Phoenix’s independent living communities offer a resort-like atmosphere, so living there feels like a forever vacation. On-site amenities often include pools, gyms, luxuriously designed interiors and common areas, and landscaped grounds.
Depending on the community, residents can live in an apartment, a townhome, or in some cases a stand-alone cottage within an age-restricted neighborhood. Many of these communities also provide concierge services. For example, wellness concierges can help residents develop a wellness plan, schedule fitness classes, and coordinate appointments with local health care providers.
Some Phoenix independent living communities have assisted living and skilled nursing wings on site. While they may be connected to or near the independent living community, these wings are licensed and registered differently. However, as part of their fees, many independent living communities can include provisions for future long-term care at these assisted living or skilled nursing wings.
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Phoenix has two hospitals that are nationally ranked in geriatric care.
The Mayo Clinic – Phoenix is rated No. 1 in the Phoenix metro area and ranked in 10 specialties nationally, according to U.S. News and World Report. It’s ranked 13th in the nation for geriatric care.
St. Joseph’s Hospital and Medical Center is nationally ranked in geriatrics, neurology, and neurosurgery.
Residents generally need a car to get around Phoenix, as the urban sprawl can make it difficult to do otherwise. This is why many independent living communities have a transportation concierge arrange rides for residents, either as an a la carte service or included in the monthly fees. About 91% of independent living communities in Phoenix offer some form of transportation to their residents, usually included as part of their monthly amenity fees.
For public transportation options, the Valley Metro Transit System is the city’s train system and it operates throughout most of the day and night. Though, the train is not so reliable, as wait times can sometimes exceed 20 minutes. Another option for seniors is Dial-a-Ride, which provides transportation to and from appointments. Uber and Lyft are also some reliable options for transportation around Phoenix, depending on the traffic and the time of day.
WalkScore gave Phoenix the following ratings, each out of 100, based on public data about the city’s transportation infrastructure.
Phoenix is an exciting place for active, retired seniors.
Phoenix and the surrounding suburbs are home to many casinos, which several senior living communities organize shuttles and day trips to. The largest is Talking Stick Resort, which has a luxury hotel, a theater, a spa, a museum of Native American art, and an expansive game space. Casino Arizona and Gila River Casino also offer transportation to and from areas in Scottsdale.
Day spas are another part of the Phoenix culture. While most hotels in the area have excellent spas, there are plenty of stand-alone lodges that offer an immersive wellness experience. Many, like the Tierra Luna Spa on the Arizona Biltmore Resort, have magnificent views and enough options to keep you there all day.
Phoenix also has a great sporting culture, with the Footprint Center, State Farm Stadium, and the Chase Field. While they no longer offer senior discounts, the cherished local teams — the Arizona Suns, the Arizona Cardinals, and the Arizona Diamondbacks — bring the team spirit every time. Attending a home game is a popular activity for any age, including many seniors who plan their own day trips to see their favorite team. Casino Arizona also hosts Showtime Championship Boxing for serious Phoenix boxing fans to watch ringside.
For nature enthusiasts, there are plenty of natural landmarks in the surrounding desert and mountain landscape that bring people from around the world. For example, the Desert Botanical Garden is one of the best places to see unique desert flora, and it offers adult classes on landscaping, gardening, cooking, and art.
For architectural enthusiasts, tours are available at Taliesin West, the personal home of architect Frank Lloyd Wright. Phoenix also has an excellent musical instrument museum. Nearby is the Heard Museum, which has a nationally celebrated exhibition of Native American art.
Golf is a common hobby in Phoenix, and plenty of people visit for the golf scene specifically. Of the many golf courses to choose from, most have peaceful views of the Sonoran Mountain range and can be played all year because of the warm climate. Papago Golf Course is one of the most popular courses because of its scenic backdrop of the Papago Buttes and renowned bar and grill.
Along with everything else about Phoenix, the food scene is vibrant and expanding. While Mexican restaurants and steak houses have been Phoenix staples for years, the city is starting to be a food capital of the United States. From street tacos to fine dining, Phoenix has exceptional food for any taste and any budget.
Atria Chandler Villas, MorningStar Assisted Living & Memory Care of Fountain Hills and Las Palomas Senior Living are the top-rated Independent Living facilities near Phoenix, AZ. These Independent Living facilities received the highest rankings based on verified family reviews. See full list of communities.
The average cost of Independent Living in Phoenix is 3,209 per month. This cost may vary based on location, amenities, floorplan, level of care and other factors.
A Place for Mom. (2022). A Place for Mom proprietary data.
United States Census Bureau. (2021). Age and Sex (S0101): Phoenix City [Data set]. American Community Survey.
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United States Census Bureau. (2021). Population 65 years and over in the United States (S0103): Phoenix City [Data set]. American Community Survey.
WalkScore. 2022. Living in Phoenix.
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