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“Residential Care Institution” is a term used by the state of Arizona encompassing senior care homes within the state of Arizona. A residential care institution is defined as a health care institution that is neither a hospital or nursing care home that provides residential units, supervisory care, personal care service, directed care services or health-related services for those who do not need inpatient nursing care.
Assisted living care can also be described as personal care service. Further synonymous terms describing senior assisted living under Arizona state law are as follows:
There are currently 729 assisted living communities operating in Arizona.
|City||Monthly Minimum||Monthly Maximum||Monthly Median|
|Lake Havasu City||$2,250||$4,650||$3,400|
The average cost of assisted living in Arizona is $3,418 per month, which is slightly higher than the national average costs for assisted living or personal care services. Compared to surrounding states. Arizona offers moderately less expensive assisted living services. Within the state of Arizona, prices for assisted home care vary greatly depending on the location and the population of the area. Cities with higher populations and more private senior assisted living competition tend to offer a wider variety of prices including many less expensive senior care communities.
For more information about assisted living costs in Arizona, check out Genworth’s 2015 Cost of Care Survey.
With endless canyons and wide-open skies, Arizona offers a myriad of caverns, caves, and grottos filled with history to explore. The famous Grand Canyon, Saguaro National Park, and the Petrified Forest National Park provides majestic scenes, unique Arizonian plant life, hiking, rafting and walking trails for the public to enjoy the glorious natural environment of Arizona.
Historical and heritage museums, such as the Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum, the Heard Museum, and the Old Tucson Studios, highlight Arizona’s diverse past of indigenous peoples and the bygone era of the wild west. The Arizonian desert furnishes the perfect atmosphere for observing our vastly beautiful universe at the Lowell Observatory. For city dwellers, urban Arizona provides endless sports and artistic entertainment with seasonal Arizona Diamond Backs games at Chase field and performances on the revolving stage at Celebrity Theatre.
Arizona’s southwestern culture is due to the influence of several different populations including natives, Latin Americans, and Hispanics. Arizona is an emerging tech hub in the United States with more major tech companies building headquarters in the Phoenix area.
Arizona is distinctly known for its desert and mountainous terrain. This type of environment is accompanied by endless days of sunshine and varying seasons. Across the state of Arizona, little precipitation falls. In the desert, rain gathers less than an inch yearly. In this type of climate, seasonal temperatures have little variance in the desert.
Winters are fairly mild with temperatures rarely falling below 40 degrees Fahrenheit. During the summer, temperatures reach a scorching 100 degrees as in a typical desert climate. The mountains of Arizona experience only an inch or two more of precipitation than the Arizonian desert yearly. The variance of seasonal temperatures is typical in the Arizonian Mountains. Winters in the mountains of Arizona can produce average temperatures falling between 20 and 30 degrees Fahrenheit. Summers can heat up quickly with average temperatures staying the 80 to 90 degree Fahrenheit range.
Arizona assisted living communities are licensed by the Arizona Department of Health Services Bureau of Residential Facilities Licensing. They are also responsible for inspecting the assisted living centers on an annual basis and when a complaint is lodged against them. If an assisted living home completes an inspection with no deficiencies, they will not receive another inspection for two years.
The Arizona Board of Examiners of Nursing Care Institution Administrators and Assisted Living Facility Managers oversees manager and caregiver training programs. Managers are required to receive a minimum of 40 hours of instruction and must pass a comprehensive exam. Caregivers are required to receive training on various topics including 6 hours of infection control, 5 hours of fire and safety, and 12 hours of basic caregiver skills.
When moving to a new community, it is important to take note of your surroundings and make sure you choose a safe place to live. Arizona ranks on par with the national crime averages, so there are communities you may enjoy living in. Listed below are some of the safest communities in the state.
|Location||Violent Crimes Per 1,000 Residents||Property Crimes Per 1,000 Residents|
For those looking for financial assistance to pay for residential care institutions providing personal care services, Arizona provides state Medicaid assisted living benefits through the Arizona Long Term Care System (ALTCS). The ALTCS is offered to residents over 65, blind or disabled to receive financial assistance for residential care institutions. To find if you are eligible for this program, follow the link - Long-Term Care System (ALTCS).
Alternate payment options are available. Families can apply for an assisted living family loan. This provides temporary or long-term financial assistance when paying for assisted senior care. The program allows multiple people to contribute to payment.
Just because you become a resident in an Arizona assisted living community does not mean that you lose the rights afforded to you as a citizen or resident of the United States. You have the right to be treated with dignity and respect and receive adequate, appropriate care. You have the right to exercise your rights, including filing complaints without fear of discrimination or reprisal. You also have the right to be fully informed of your health condition, as well as make decisions regarding your care plan.
Assisted living homes in Arizona are required to provide any type of heath services that are ordered by an attending physician, as well as keep all medical information confidential, accurate, and complete. All medical records must be kept at least 5 years from the date of discharge.
Residents have access to their medical records and can request a copy of all or a portion of their medical records, and access them within 24 hours. They can also request a copy of some or all of the information at a cost not to exceed the community standard for photocopies.