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The rolling plains, plateaus, and canyons of Arizona make this state one of the most sought after retirement destinations in the whole country. Nursing homes in Arizona are tailored to seniors who need 24/7 monitoring services and comprehensive medical assistance. Staff members are present to aid residents with severe diseases or those recovering from previous injuries and ailments.
In 2014, there was a total of 138 Medicaid or Medicare certified skilled nursing communities in Arizona. This state has a particularly strict licensing process for their nursing homes since there is a considerable amount of people seeking long-term care options.
|City||Monthly Minimum||Monthly Maximum||Monthly Median|
|Lake Havasu City||$5,110||$5,170||$5,140|
The median costs of nursing homes in Arizona check in at $192 a day for semi-private rooms, and $233 for private rooms, averaging out annually to be $70,080 and $85,045 respectively. Some of the most popular retirement cities in Arizona include Tucson, Prescott Valley, and Yuma.
Finding a nursing home within your price range and locational preference is the key to choosing a proper long-term care option. For more information on nursing home care costs in Arizona, check out: Genworth's 2015 Cost of Care Survey - Arizona.
You can't think about visiting or living in Arizona without talking about one of the biggest attractions in the state and in the league: The Grand Canyon. You can hike down or take a helicopter flight over and through the canyon, viewing rock walls in reds, oranges, and yellows. On the Havasupai Indian Reservation are the Havasu Falls, standing 100-feet larger. The pools at the base of the falls are known for their bluish green tint. There are about 450 Havasupai natives living traditionally in the region.
One of the world's greatest engineering marvels, the Hoover Dam, is located in Arizona. It stands 726 feet high and is 1,244 feet long, holding back the largest artificial lake in the U.S., Lake Mead. While you're there, you should check out the Lake Mead National Recreation Area, spanning 177 miles of the Colorado River. It includes Lake Mead and Lake Mohave. In the region you can participate in boating and water sports, camping facilities, fishing, and hiking.
Arizona is characterized by their southwestern culture, influenced by several different populations, including natives, Latin Americans, and Hispanics. More recently, Arizona is an emerging tech hub in the United States, with many major tech companies building their headquarters there.
Arizona has an extremely dry climate, totaling an average of just 8 inches of rain per year. The northern and mountainous regions of the state tend to have cooler temperatures than southern regions that are warm year round. Temperatures around the state can vary differently. In the southern regions, you may see summer daily averages ranging between 80 and 100 degrees Fahrenheit, and winter daily temperatures averages around 50 degrees. In the central region of the state, you can expect summer temperature averages to be in the 60 to 80-degree range with winter temperatures in the 30 to 40-degree range.
Skilled nursing homes in Arizona, as well as the nursing home administrators, are required under state law to be licensed by the state and meet requirements. Some of these include an annual inspection to make sure that residents are provided a safe and clean home with the freedom from hazards. These unannounced visits are also to ensure that the rights of the residents are being respected, and include interviews with residents and family members to gain insight into life in the home.
Arizona’s crime rates are on par with the national average in terms of violent and property crimes committed per square mile. Major cities like Phoenix or Tucson may find greater rates just based on the size of their populations. Finding a safe location in Arizona should be a main consideration when planning your long-term care future. Listed below are some of the safest cities found throughout the state:
|Location||Violent Crimes Per 1,000 Residents||Property Crimes Per 1,000 Residents|
Skilled nursing communities and nursing homes in Arizona can be quite expensive for most families to pay out of pocket. Since Medicare and private insurance policies rarely cover long-term care options, many turn to Medicaid for assistance. In order to qualify in Arizona, single applicants must make no more than $990 a month and have less than $2,000 in countable assets. Additionally, nursing home care must be deemed medically necessary in order to retain coverage. Since every state is different it is wise to read up on the specifics and how they apply.
As a resident of an Arizona nursing home, residents have the following basic rights:
Residents also have the right to be informed, in a language they can understand both written and oral, all the rights afforded to them. The nursing home must inform residents of all regulations and rules of living in the community. You have the right to apply for Medicare and Medicaid, and the right to the information for applying to those programs. The nursing home cannot ask residents for a security deposit if they are Medicare or Medicaid beneficiaries.
Residents receiving any type of medical attention in Arizona are entitled to a comprehensive and accurate record of their diagnosis and treatment. State and federal laws provide that residents have access to their records and health information, as well as the right to know when disclosures have been made. Otherwise, these records are to remain confidential for up to 7 years and can be accessed by submitting a request and providing a small fee.
Arizona skilled nursing home residents have the right to participate in the plan of his or her care and treatment. Residents have the right to refuse any plan of care, treatment, experimental research, or procedure, as well as the right to choose their own personal physician.