Because of the specialized staff training and resources required to provide high-quality memory care, memory care typically costs more than other types of residential care. On average, memory care will cost 20-30% more than assisted living.
In Arizona, the average monthly cost of assisted living is $3,750, which is about $300 below the national average of $4,051. Assuming that memory care costs, on average, 25% more than assisted living, seniors should expect to pay approximately $4,688 per month for residential memory care in Arizona.
The cost of memory can vary quite a bit from city to city, even within the same state. For example, the average cost of assisted living in Phoenix is $3,500 per month, while in Tucson the cost is significantly higher at $4,695. Farther north, the cost in Lake Havasu City averages $4,000, which is mid-range when compared with the cities discussed above. It is important to keep in mind that the prices mentioned are for standard assisted living, and memory care may cost between $1,000 and $2,000 more per month, depending on the facility and its location.
The Arizona Long-Term Care System is the branch of Medicaid, known as the Arizona Health Care Cost Containment System (AHCCCS), that provides care for elderly and disabled individuals. ALTCS operates using a managed care model, providing a caseworker who helps determine which health care services a participant requires and ensures they receive the best long-term care for their needs. It covers memory care and assisted living when required, as well as other long-term care types such as nursing care, home care, and adult foster care. ALTCS is an entitlement program, meaning there is no cap on the number of members who may be enrolled at any one time.
The NMHCBS program is funded by the state of Arizona and provides care services to seniors who require assistance with at least three activities of daily living. The program is focused on providing non-medical care to those who remain in their own homes. These services may include housekeeping, personal care, or meal support. Upon enrollment, each participant or a representative such as a family member works with the program’s caseworker to determine the exact care services that are required.
While this benefit does not provide financial support, it is an excellent resource for family caregivers who are providing memory and personal care in their own homes or in the home of a loved one. The program connects caregivers with appropriate services such as caregiver training, counseling, respite care and supplemental services such as in-home nursing care, nutritional and housekeeping services.
In addition to the state programs mentioned above, those looking for resources to finance memory care may consider:
In Arizona, all assisted living facilities, including those that provide memory care services, are licensed by the Division of Public Health Licensing Services, Bureau of Residential Facilities Licensing. To provide behavioral health services, these facilities are required to submit supplemental applications for approval. All facilities are inspected prior to licensing and are subject to annual renewal inspections. In cases where inspections do not uncover deficiencies, facilities may be able to renew licensing for a period of two years.
Assisted living and memory care facilities may provide supervisory care, personal care, directed care, behavioral health services, and ancillary services. Each facility is required to provide a detailed outline of the services it offers when applying for licensing. In addition to personal care, assisted living and memory care facilities are required to provide three healthy meals each day as well as snacks. These meals must meet the dietary needs of each resident.
The table below provides details about who may or may not be admitted to memory care programs in Arizona.
|Residents Who May Be Admitted||Older adults and people with:|
|Residents Who May NOT Be Admitted||Those who:|
All assisted living facilities in Arizona are required to provide a written service plan for each resident within 14 days of acceptance. This care plan must outline the resident’s medical conditions, including cognitive, physical, behavioral, or functional impairments, as well as their need for medication assistance and administration. Additionally, the written service plan must provide a detailed description of the services the resident will receive.
In any case where nursing services or medication administration are provided to a resident, a nurse or other medical practitioner is required to review and sign off on the service plan. These plans must be updated as follows:
Assisted living facilities in Arizona are permitted to provide medication administration, as well as assistance or monitoring of self-administration and medication procurement. However, all medication administration must be carried out by a licensed nurse, while medication assistance may be carried out by a trained caregiver or certified assisted living manager. Facilities that provide administration assistance are required to store medications on behalf of residents.
In Arizona, memory care and assisted living residents may be provided with either single- or double-occupancy bedrooms. Each residential unit must be equipped with a keyed entry, as well as a resident-controlled thermostat, a bathroom and kitchen area.
In assisted living and memory care facilities with 10 residents or less, sleeping areas must be situated on the ground floor, and each facility must have at least one toilet, sink and shower per every eight residents.
All staff members providing care in a memory care or assisted living facility in Arizona must be capable of providing all services that the facility offers. While there is no minimum staff-to-resident ratio, there must be sufficient staff on duty at all times to provide services as needed by the facility’s residents. Additionally, at least one manager or trained caregiver must be awake and on duty at all times when residents are on the premises.
All staff who are responsible for providing care in a memory care or assisted living facility are required to undergo an orientation and in-service education, which must be provided by the facility manager. This training must be specific to the duties that they are expected to perform. All staff must also have first-aid and cardiopulmonary resuscitation training.
Arizona’s Medicaid plan, the Arizona Health Care Costs Containment System, does not cover the cost of room and board in memory care facilities. However, financial assistance may be available to cover the cost of memory care services under the Arizona Long-Term Care System.
Arizona’s Long-Term Care Ombudsman investigates claims regarding the quality of care or treatment of residents in long-term care facilities throughout the state. Complaints and concerns can be reported to county offices or can be made by calling the state office at 602-542-6454.
|Alzheimer’s Association Arizona Chapter||602-528-0545||The Alzheimer’s Association Arizona Chapter provides support services and resources for seniors living with Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of dementia and their caregivers.|
|Alzheimer’s Task Force||602-542-4710||The Alzheimer’s Task Force is a state-funded program that promotes dementia awareness and aims to provide enhanced supports for those living with Alzheimer’s disease and their caregivers.|
|Alzheimer’s Caregiver Coalition||888-737-7494||The Alzheimer’s Caregiver Coalition helps caregivers in Arizona by providing respite grants and free education, including first aid and CPR courses.|
|Banner’s Alzheimer’s Institute||602-839-6900||Banner Alzheimer’s Institute in Phoenix, AZ, is a state-of-the-art research facility that provides a broad range of programming for seniors with Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of dementia. Some of the programs it offers include memory studies, memory screenings and support groups.|