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202 Independent Living Facilities near Phoenix, AZ

If you’re looking for independent living in the Phoenix area, our local senior living advisors can help you each step of the way. From affordable independent living for seniors to luxury options, we’ll work with you to understand the cost of independent living in Phoenix. From there, we’ll show you the best independent living communities for your lifestyle, interests, and budget.

Discover unique independent living amenities, social activities, dining, and more independent living benefits. With 202 independent living facilities in Phoenix, A Place for Mom makes it easier to find your new, maintenance-free home.

We are also serving Independent Living facilities in surrounding neighborhoods like Biltmore, Grand and Ahwatukee.
You may also consider nearby communities such as Glendale, El Mirage or Paradise Valley.

Phoenix Independent Living Facilities | 805 Reviews

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Independent Living

Average starting price $3,162/month
Average starting price $4,111/month
Average starting price $4,575/month
Average starting price $4,232/month
Average starting price $2,880/month
Average starting price $1,205/month
Recent reviews of Independent Living in Phoenix, AZ
Tuscany at McCormick Ranch in Scottsdale, AZ
3.9

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.

Brookdale Peoria
4.2

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.

Immanuel Campus of Care in Peoria, AZ
5.0

They have have been great. They have a really friendly staff, one even came and brought me a new microwave. If I get a package they will even offer to bring it to me. Before I moved in I heard that they had a bad reputation, I am not sure why. I know that they recently acquired new management, maybe that has helped. I am in the independent living, and from my perspective, everything has been going great and the other residents are very friendly and happy. I would give them a good recommendation. The food is pretty decent, there have been a few things I didn't like, but there are always alternatives.

Glencroft

8611 N 67th Ave, Glendale, AZ 85302

Starting at$X,XXX+ monthly
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Provides: Independent Living, Assisted Living, Memory Care

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...

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Beauty Salon
Enclosed Courtyard
4.7(20 reviews)

Very courteous and knowledgeable employees! The food was great! Good communication! I would recommend the community to others for their loved ones.

Holiday Westgate Village

8847 W Glendale Ave, Glendale, AZ 85305

Starting at$X,XXX+ monthly
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Provides: Independent Living

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Experience the best of the Arizona lifestyle with Westgate Village. Conveniently located in Glendale, Westgate Village offers year-round sunshine and resort-like amenities, all within 30 minutes of downtown Phoenix. This brand new independent senior living community is close to the Westgate...

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Beauty Salon
Guest meals
4.4(22 reviews)

I really liked this community but my mother needed extra care. I would have gone here but things changes they also had a lot of amenities.

Fellowship Square Phoenix (a Life Plan Community)

2002 W Sunnyside Dr, Phoenix, AZ 85029

Starting at$X,XXX+ monthly
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Provides: Independent Living, Assisted Living, Memory Care

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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...

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Beauty Salon
Special Dining Programs
4.4(20 reviews)

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...

MorningStar Assisted Living and Memory Care at Arcadia

3200 E Glenrosa Avenue, Phoenix, AZ 85018

Starting at$X,XXX+ monthly
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Provides: Assisted Living, Memory Care

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Assisted Living For our Assisted Living residents, MorningStar offers four levels of help with the activities of daily living: minimal; moderate; more frequent and intensive; and extensive. In all cases, around-the-clock Care Managers ensure your safety and meet your needs. It is our staff's...

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Beauty Salon
Enclosed Courtyard
4.3(23 reviews)

This has been a positive experience for my loved one and family. The way the staff care for my loved one, ambiance, and the food have made it a good experience for us. I'm not seeing my loved one...

Park Terrace Senior Living

2577 W Greenway Rd, Phoenix, AZ 85023

Starting at$X,XXX+ monthly
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Provides: Independent Living

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Beauty Salon
Guest meals
4.4(19 reviews)

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...

Pacifica Senior Living Paradise Valley

16621 North 38th Street, Phoenix, AZ 85032

Starting at$X,XXX+ monthly
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Provides: Assisted Living, Memory Care

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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...

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Beauty Salon
Enclosed Courtyard
4.8(61 reviews)

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...

MorningStar Senior Living at Golden Ridge

6735 W Golden Ln, Peoria, AZ 85345

Starting at$X,XXX+ monthly
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Provides: Independent Living, Assisted Living, Memory Care

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Beauty Salon
Enclosed Courtyard
4.0(28 reviews)

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...

Ridge at The Stratford

1739 W Myrtle Ave, Phoenix, AZ 85021

Starting at$X,XXX+ monthly
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Provides: Assisted Living, Memory Care

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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...

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Beauty Salon
Enclosed Courtyard
4.0(41 reviews)

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...

Holiday Madison Meadows

7211 North 7th Street, Phoenix, AZ 85020

Starting at$X,XXX+ monthly
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Provides: Independent Living

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Madison Meadows provides a fulfilling, independent lifestyle in a welcoming environment. Located in the heart of Phoenix, Madison Meadows is conveniently accessible to shopping, healthcare, museums and theaters, and we're just down the street from the VA Hospital. Our all-inclusive...

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Beauty Salon
Guest meals
3.9(74 reviews)

I actually have told people that this is the best place they could move into. It's fun, it's clean, the staff are phenomenal and the food is actually really good.

Brookdale Central Paradise Valley

13240 North Tatum Boulevard, Phoenix, AZ 85032

Starting at$X,XXX+ monthly
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Provides: Assisted Living, Memory Care

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At our independent, assisted living and memory care community in Phoenix, Arizona, you can enjoy all the comforts of retirement without the burdens of home ownership, cleaning, cooking, and more. Instead of wasting your energy on the responsibilities you’ve carried for decades, you can wake up...

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Beauty Salon
Enclosed Courtyard
3.8(83 reviews)

My loved one loves it here, and enjoys the staff and feels valued. They can do better with the billing system/invoicing. Overall, I would recommend to other famlies.

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Arizona Desert Falls

2802 East Juniper Ave, Phoenix, AZ 85032

Starting at$X,XXX+ monthly
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Provides: Assisted Living

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...

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Enclosed Courtyard
Guest meals
4.3(6 reviews)

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...

The Palazzo

6250 North 19th Avenue, Phoenix, AZ 85015

Starting at$X,XXX+ monthly
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Pricing promotion expiring soon

Provides: Independent Living, Assisted Living, Memory Care

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...

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Beauty Salon
Enclosed Courtyard
4.0(101 reviews)

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,...

Inspira Arrowhead

20240 N 78th Ave, Glendale, AZ 85308

Starting at$X,XXX+ monthly
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Provides: Independent Living, Assisted Living, Memory Care

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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...

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Beauty Salon
Enclosed Courtyard
4.4(10 reviews)

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...

The Forum at Desert Harbor

13840 N Desert Harbor Dr, Peoria, AZ 85381

Starting at$X,XXX+ monthly
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Provides: Independent Living, Assisted Living

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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...

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Guest meals
Private Dining Room
4.5(4 reviews)

We chose The Forum at Desert Harbor because of the affordability and I just really liked the people and the way they seemed to care, it was not just all about the money. I really like staff members who are...

Paradise Living Centers - Central Phoenix

302 E. Maryland Ave, Phoenix, AZ 85018

Starting at$X,XXX+ monthly
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Provides: Assisted Living

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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.

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Beauty Salon
Enclosed Courtyard
5.0(2 reviews)

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...

Beatitudes Campus, a CCRC

1610 W Glendale Ave, Phoenix, AZ 85021

Starting at$X,XXX+ monthly
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Provides: Independent Living

Beauty Salon
Guest meals
3.9(20 reviews)

I recommend it and talk about this place all the time to my friends and family. I love it. They offer that a choir as part of their activities. There is about 30 members. We have penuckle. They do a good job...

Bethesda Gardens

13825 N. Cave Creek Road, Phoenix, AZ 85022

Starting at$X,XXX+ monthly
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Provides: Assisted Living, Memory Care

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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...

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Beauty Salon
Enclosed Courtyard
4.0(9 reviews)

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...

Brookdale Arrowhead Ranch

5861 West Beverly Lane, Glendale, AZ 85306

Starting at$X,XXX+ monthly
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Provides: Assisted Living, Memory Care

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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...

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Beauty Salon
Enclosed Courtyard
3.6(36 reviews)

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...

Brookdale Desert Ridge

4050 East Bluefield Avenue, Phoenix, AZ 85032

Starting at$X,XXX+ monthly
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Provides: Assisted Living, Memory Care

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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....

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Beauty Salon
Enclosed Courtyard
4.1(27 reviews)

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...

Sagewood Desert Willow AL & MC

4555 E. Mayo Blvd, Phoenix, AZ 85050

Starting at$X,XXX+ monthly
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Provides: Assisted Living, Memory Care

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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...

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Enclosed Courtyard
1.0(1 review)

Thunderbird Senior Living

5401 W Dailey St, Glendale, AZ 85306

Starting at$X,XXX+ monthly
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Provides: Independent Living, Assisted Living, Memory Care

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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...

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Beauty Salon
Enclosed Courtyard
4.1(118 reviews)

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,...

Pueblo Norte Senior Living Community

7090 E Mescal St, Scottsdale, AZ 85254

Starting at$X,XXX+ monthly
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Provides: Independent Living, Assisted Living

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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...

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Beauty Salon
Guest meals
4.0(26 reviews)

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...

Sunrise of Scottsdale

7370 East Gold Dust Avenue, Scottsdale, AZ 85258

Starting at$X,XXX+ monthly
1
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19
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4 Floor plans available

Provides: Assisted Living, Memory Care

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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....

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Beauty Salon
Special Dining Programs
4.1(43 reviews)

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...

Vista Living Arcadia

5529 E Calle Tuberia, Phoenix, AZ 85018

Starting at$X,XXX+ monthly

Provides: Assisted Living, Memory Care

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Barton House I and II

7001 E Mountain View Rd, Scottsdale, AZ 85253

Starting at$X,XXX+ monthly
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Provides: Assisted Living, Memory Care

Barton House is an Alzheimer's memory care community located in Scottsdale, Arizona in Maricopa county. Seniors that enjoy golf love living at Barton House, due to Orange Tree Golf Resort, Gainey Ranch Golf Club, and McCormick Ranch Golf Club all being within a short distance of the community....

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Beauty Salon
Enclosed Courtyard
4.5(11 reviews)

Questions about operation of 2nd shift and weekend when management is not around. On the whole, staff is very efficient with residents, kitchen is clean as are the restrooms. I'm very fond of management as...

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Costs of independent living in the Phoenix area

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.[01] 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:

  • Rent for an apartment, townhome, or detached house
  • Utilities
  • A meal plan in a restaurant-style dining room
  • Maintenance and landscaping
  • Housekeeping, including laundry services
  • Access to an in-house gym and exercise classes
  • Access to in-house recreational amenities (pools, hot tubs, salons, movie theaters, cocktail lounges, computer rooms, craft rooms, libraries, outdoor grills, dog parks, and more)
  • Social activities
  • Transportation
  • High-tech security systems
  • In-house wellness concierge

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.[01] 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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How to pay for independent living in Phoenix

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.

Private pay methods in Phoenix, Arizona

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:

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Understand Arizona laws and regulations for independent living communities

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.

COVID-19 regulations for Phoenix independent living communities

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.

Get to know independent living in Phoenix

202

Number of independent living communities A Place for Mom partners with within a 10-mile radius from Phoenix city center

4.0/5.0 Average in-network rating
86% of independent living communities in Phoenix have a beauty salon and barbershop
86% of Phoenix independent living communities have a swimming pool
81% of independent living facilities in Phoenix have a fitness center
90% of Phoenix independent living communities provide complimentary transportation

5902

Number of people referred to partner Phoenix independent living facilities in the past year

76

The average age of people referred to Phoenix’s independent living communities

What to know about independent living in Phoenix

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 senior living is growing

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, [02]but in the suburbs like Paradise Valley, 23% of the population is over 70.[03]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.

Phoenix senior living is laid-back

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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Unfamiliar with Phoenix? Highlights for seniors

125,457

Number of Phoenix residents over 70

23%

Percentage of Paradise Valley residents over 70

32%

Percentage of Phoenix residents over 65 with a disability

20%

Percentage of Phoenix seniors 65+ who are employed

68

The average high temperature in Phoenix in January

Health care for seniors in Phoenix

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.

Transportation for seniors in Phoenix

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.[01]

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.

41

Walk Score

56

Bike Score

36

Transit Score

Senior activities in Phoenix

Phoenix is an exciting place for active, retired seniors.

Gaming

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.

Spas

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.

Sports

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.

Nature and art

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

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.

Food

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.

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  5. WalkScore. 2022. Living in Phoenix.

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