Our beloved elderly citizens make up around 12% of Arizona’s total population, and to know that so many of them have lived long enough to enter their golden years is a wonderful thing. However, some of them are no longer able to take care of themselves on their own. Often, family members are unable to meet their daily needs because they have their own active lives, which is why people are now more than ever searching for quality assisted living homes.
Luckily, there are numerous facilities that specialize in assisted living in Scottsdale. Which is why this type of care has now become a viable solution for many families struggling to provide full attention and care for elderly parents or loved ones.
Although some seniors are still able to perform basic daily tasks (like dressing, washing up, cooking, cleaning), assisted living facilities can be helpful in many ways.
Types of Assisted Living Facilities
As for assisted living facilities, Scottsdale offers several types of homes that provide care services for older adults. These services (like bathing, grooming or supervision) are provided in classified as assisted living homes or assisted living centers.
Arizona Revised Statute 36-401 defines an assisted living facility as: “a residential care institute that provides or contracts supervisory care services, personal care services or directed care services on a continuous basis.”
- Assisted living centers are assisted living facilities that provide resident rooms or units to 11 or more residents.
- Assisted living homes provide resident rooms for 10 or fewer residents.
Requirements to obtain an Assisted Living License
Although choosing an assisted living care for your loved one (or yourself) can indeed be hard and feel overwhelming, it is something we all may face at some point in our lives. This is when we should rely on accurate and up-to-date information to find safe, comfortable and quality assisted living care for our loved one.
Requirements required to obtain an Assisted Living Home or Center license include:
- owner information
- the proposed scope of services
- site plan for the facility
- requested licensed capacity
The Department of Health Services (DHS) regulates requirements for safety and cleanliness in assisted living facilities Scottsdale (and throughout Arizona), while inspections take place annually and are filed with the DHS. Reports are available to the public upon request.
Facilities are also required to meet:
- fire codes
- zoning requirements
- building codes
As far as private and shared bedrooms are concerned, they must meet minimum space requirements, with a two resident maximum per shared bedroom.
Violation and Resident Protection
Licensed assisted living communities in Arizona are listed in a searchable form on the Department of Health Service’s website. This data is updated on a regular basis, and it also includes: information about special licensing, violations, survey results, complaints, and inspections.
Although, some info is not available via this website, including facility capacity, contact name, pricing information and acceptable payment types, the state of Arizona is forthcoming with the frequency of inspections and is able to fine assisted living communities.
Other Useful Info
The state of Arizona also offers free transportation to the elderly for activities that include shopping, doctor’s appointments, grave visitation, and other similar endeavors vital to the wellbeing of any senior resident.
According to latest surveys, the average cost per individual for assisted living Scottsdale (and Arizona in general) is around $2800 per month, while the costs can range anywhere from $1,100 to $6,000 per month – depending on the facility, optional services, and additional provisions.
At most assisted living facilities, the staff is trained in basic medical assistance, which means they are able to provide professional assistance in the event of a medical problem.
All in all, when it comes to assisted living, Scottsdale is definitely a nice city to grow old in. Arizona takes good care of its elderly.