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Cost of Assisted Living in Chandler, Arizona

Page Reviewed / Updated - May 22, 2019

This guide contains valuable information regarding the cost of senior care in Chandler, Arizona. In addition to specific details on the cost of assisted living and other senior care options, readers will find information on financial assistance programs offered by government agencies, such as low-income senior housing programs. To access further information on the costs of senior living or to find additional financial assistance programs available in Arizona, please refer to the guide on paying for senior care in Arizona.

The Cost of Senior Living and Care in Chandler

Senior care in the Chandler area is relatively affordable when compared to the state and national averages for most types of care. For example, the Genworth 2018 Cost of Care Survey shows that the national monthly average for assisted living is $4,000 per month, while the state median for the same care costs $3,800 and $3,850 in Chandler. 

Cost of assisted living care and nursing home care in Chandler is within $50 of the state average while the adult day care difference is a bit more in Chandler at $170. The greatest difference between state and city costs is in Home Care where residents of Chandler will pay $439 more per month. 

Note: Senior care costs for Chandler were not available, so the data for the Phoenix metropolitan area was used.

How much does Assisted Living Cost in Chandler?

Assisted living communities in Chandler average $3,850 per month, which is marginally higher than the Arizona average of $3,800 and lower than the national average of $4,000. Compared to other major population centers in the state, Chandler's assisted living cost is affordable. Both Tucson and Flagstaff have higher monthly rates for assisted living.

The average monthly cost for assisted living in other areas of the state range from $3,500 to $5,100, with Flagstaff having the highest cost and Lake Havasu City with the lowest cost.

How much does Home Care Cost in Chandler?

The cost of home health care services in Chandler is $4,767 per month and is higher than both the national average of $4,004 and the state average of $4,328 for this type of care.

Chandler’s home health care services are the most expensive in the state. On average, the monthly cost of home health service in Chandler is almost $1,000 more than other cities and regions in Arizona, with only Tucson's monthly average of $4,576 coming close to that.

How much does Adult Day Care Cost in Chandler?

Chandler adult day care services are almost on par with statewide costs in Arizona, but they are much higher than the national average in the U.S. Adult day care in Chandler averages $2,167 per month compared to $1,560 nationally and $2,004 statewide. 

In fact, most of the other cities and regions in Arizona have monthly adult day care costs that are closer to the national average, and, in many cases, they are below the state average. The range of adult day care costs outside of Chandler runs from $1,625 to $1,740.

How much does Nursing Home Costs in Chandler?

Nursing home care is among the most affordable senior care options in Chandler. While the national average for nursing home care is $7,441 per month for a semi-private room and the statewide average in Arizona is $6,494, Chandler comes in well below the national average at $6,540. 

Chandler's nursing home care costs are comfortably in the middle of the statewide range across Arizona, which runs from a low of $6,083 in Lake Havasu City to a high of $7,832 in Flagstaff.

Financial Assistance Programs in Chandler

Medicaid Program in Chandler

The state of Arizona's Medicaid program is known as the Arizona Health Care Cost Containment System 1115 Demonstration. It is a managed care system that operates as a Health Maintenance Organization (HMO). Medicaid programs in Chandler help cover the costs of long-term care for seniors. This includes assistance with the cost of in-home care, nursing home care or senior care in an assisted living facility. 

Seniors in Chandler have a specialized option for Medicaid assistance designed for elderly and disabled residents known as the Arizona Long Term Care System (ALTCS). The ALTCS system in Chandler provides financial support to local seniors for long-term care provided at home, in an adult foster care center or in a nursing home. ALTCS also pays for related senior care services, such as in-home nurses, meal deliveries and durable medical equipment. There is no enrollment cap in this program, so any Chandler seniors who are eligible can receive these services.

ALTCS services are provided through one of two options. One is Agency with Choice (AWC)/Community First Choice Option (CFC), which puts Chandler seniors in control of their own care. Seniors receiving care in their home can hire and dismiss the personal caregiver of their choosing. This comes with the option to hire family members, including spouses, to fulfill the caregiver role. Services covered in the AWC program include assistance with:

  • Activities of Daily Living (mobility, bathroom use, eating, hygiene and grooming)
  • Housekeeping and laundry assistance
  • Personal emergency response
  • Meal delivery

To qualify for AWC services, Chandler seniors must:

  • Require a level of care offered in a nursing home and that without such services they would be forced to reside in such a facility
  • Meet income caps of $2,313/month for singles or $4,626/month for couples

AWC is an entitlement option, meaning that all eligible applicants to Medicaid may choose this option to receive assistance with Chandler’s senior care costs. There is no waitlist and seniors can enroll at an Arizona Long Term Care System Office.

An alternative option exists in the form of the Self-Directed Attendant Care (SDAC) program. This program allows Chandler seniors to serve as the legal employer of a personal care provider, including a family member. In addition to paying for personal care, this program covers costs for equipment that promotes independence. The SDAC program is designed to allow Chandler seniors the flexibility to select the services that best suit their individual needs.

Services included with the SDAC program are:

  • Assistance with Activities of Daily Living
  • Shopping for essentials
  • Meal preparation
  • Installation of shower chairs and grab bars
  • Basic skill nursing tasks (glucose monitoring or non-sterile wound care)

To qualify for SDAC, Chandler seniors must require a level of care matching that of a nursing home and opt to instead receive that care in their own home. Income eligibility requirements exist ($2,313/month for singles or $4,626/month for couples). Seniors can apply for SDAC at Arizona Long Term Care System Offices, but should be aware that there may be a wait list for some services.

Medicaid Waivers in Chandler

Other Financial Assistance Programs in Chandler

Chandler residents can also benefit from the Non-Medical, Home and Community Based Services (NMHCBS) program, a non-Medicaid assistance option in Arizona. This program is specifically designed for Chandler seniors who require assistance with three or more Activities of Daily Living. Services through the program can be provided in a senior's home or in the home of a relative. Eligibility requirements include:

  • A proven need for assistance with at least three Activities of Daily Living
  • Residents must be 60 years or older

There are no set income caps to receive assistance through this program; however, those Chandler seniors who already qualify for Medicaid assistance are not eligible for this program.

More Senior Living Resources in Chandler

Resource Phone Number Description
City of Phoenix Senior Housing (602) 534-1974 The government of the City of Phoenix operates five Senior Housing Program apartment communities. The city owns the apartment complexes and offers 55+, 62+ and disabled senior community settings. The apartments are scattered throughout the city, located near bus routes near shopping centers and local senior centers. The city controls the cost of housing in these communities. To qualify for residence, seniors must have an income less than $37,000/individual or $42,400 as a couple. 
Energy Assistance Program

(602) 542-4791 The energy assistance program contracts with local Community Action Programs through the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program to help seniors pay for energy costs. The program offers help paying current and past due energy bills, utility deposits and energy efficiency updates to reduce future costs. Assistance priority is given to low-income seniors over 60.
Adultcare Assistance (602) 455-1118 Adultcare Assistance is an in-home healthcare option for Chandler seniors who want to remain independent but still require some assistance around the house. Most of these senior services are free, while some come with nominal costs associated. Caregivers are available 24/7, and a caregiver manager is always available to provide emergency assistance to local seniors.