At the time of this writing there are 2,078 licensed assisted living providers in the state of Arizona. In just Maricopa county there are 1,529 licensed providers. Of the 2,078 total providers in Arizona, 300 assisted living facilities are licensed as “Centers” with the remaining 1,778 licensed as “Homes”.
From a licensing and regulatory perspective there is only one difference between an Assisted Living Center and an Assisted Living Home. An Assisted Living Center is licensed for 10+ residents at their facility and an Assisted Living Home is licensed for 10 or fewer.
Assisted Living Centers tend to be on large campuses. The living units are like apartments, generally setup like a studio apartment, but can be multi-bedroom apartments. The average number of residents these centers are licensed for is 82. The large number of residents creates more opportunity for socialization among residents. The average cost of care at these facilities runs from $3,000/month to $10,000+/month. Generally, each resident has their own private room, but this may not always be the case, many times residents who use ALTCS to pay for their care may have a shared room.
Assisted Living Homes are almost always in single family homes in residential neighborhoods. The average number of residents these homes are licensed for is 8. The smaller number of residents lends itself to higher caregiver-to-resident ratios. While a center may have one caregiver for every 10 to 15 residents. A home may have one caregiver for every 4-5 residents. The higher caregiver to resident ratio of homes makes them an ideal choice for those needing a higher level of care. Typically, each resident has their own room, but depending on budget may share a room with another residents. The average cost of care at these facilities runs from $1,500/month to $5,000+/month.
Assisted Living Centers and Homes provide their residents with assistance in their Activities of Daily Living (ADL’s) and their Instrumental Activities of Daily Living (IADL’s).
ADL’s are generally understood to be:
- Functional Mobility
- Personal Hygiene
- Showering and/or Bathing
IADL’s include, but are not limited to:
- Housekeeping, laundry and other home chores
- Money Management
- Meal Preparation
- Moving/Changing Residences
- Shopping for groceries and other necessities
- Medication management (note: Most independent living communities will require residents to contract out to third parties for medication management services)
- Using the telephone or computer
Below is truncated check-list our Care Advocates go through when helping you select the best Assisted Living facility.
Initial Care Needs Assessment
Screen For Financial Benefits
Present Initial Findings
Review Initial Findings and Select 3 Top Picks
Tour Top Pics with Client or Client Representative
Assist with Move Into Final Selection
While receiving in-home care is preferred by many, the need for 24/7 care or financial limitations don’t allow for in-home care as an option. In those cases, Assisted Living is a great option for many.
If you are unclear on which Assisted Living setting is best, speak with your Care Advocate.