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Page Reviewed / Updated – July 03, 2020

The 10 Best Assisted Living Facilities in Scottsdale, AZ

Scottsdale is part of the greater Phoenix, AZ, metro area, adjacent to the Tonto National Forest. It’s an area popular for retirees, as 23% of the population is aged 65 and older. 

Seniors living in Scottsdale may choose to explore Old Town Scottsdale, a walkable district known for local eateries and shopping. Golfers may find Scottsdale particularly exciting due to its challenging, professionally designed courses. For individuals with health conditions affected by cold weather, the year-round warmth and dry air of Scottsdale may bring welcome relief. 

Note: Figures for Scottsdale were not available, so the averages for Phoenix, the nearest city, were used. 

We’ve put together a list of the 10 best assisted living facilities in Scottsdale to help you choose the right one. Additionally, find out more about the cost of assisted living in Scottsdale and what financial assistance programs are available.

The Cost of Senior Living and Care in Scottsdale

In Scottsdale and metro Phoenix, the average cost of senior care, including assisted living, adult day care and skilled nursing, is close to the state median according to Genworth’s 2018 Cost of Care Survey. One exception is home care, which is 20 percent more expensive than the national average and 10 percent more expensive than Arizona as a whole. While smaller cities like Prescott, Yuma and Lake Havasu City tend to be slightly to moderately more affordable, Scottsdale offers a good overall value, especially in contrast to Flagstaff, which has higher average expenses. Here’s how local costs compare.

NoteDue to Scottsdale’s suburban location, data is based on the cost of senior care across metropolitan Phoenix.

How much does Assisted Living Cost in Scottsdale?

In the Scottsdale area, the average monthly cost of assisted living is $3,850, which is very close to the state median of $3,800 and slightly below the national average of $4,000. Based on the average cost of assisted living, Scottsdale is substantially more affordable than Flagstaff and moderately more affordable than Tucson. The local average is comparable to Sierra Vista and nearby Prescott. However, it’s also slightly higher than the smaller cities of Yuma and Lake Havasu City, where average costs are $3,625 and $3,500 respectively. 

How much does Home Care Cost in Scottsdale?

Seniors in Scottsdale pay substantially more for homemaker services and home health aides than other Arizona residents. Local costs are about $760 more per month than the national average of $4,004, which adds up to $9,000 more per year. Compared to Prescott, Yuma and Lake Havasu where residents enjoy lower than average costs, seniors in Scottsdale pay 28 percent more for home care. Scottsdale is even 4 percent more expensive than Tucson, which is Arizona’s second most costly metropolitan area.

How much does Adult Day Care Cost in Scottsdale?

In general, adult day care programs are among the most affordable types of senior care, but Scottsdale residents pay much more than average for these services. Although local costs are very close to the median for Arizona, they’re between 25 and 33 percent higher than Yuma, Tucson and Prescott, which are some of the most affordable areas for these services. Additionally, the cost of adult day care in Scottsdale is almost 40 percent higher than the national average of $1,560. However, data was not collected from all major cities.

How much does Nursing Home Costs in Scottsdale?

The average monthly cost of skilled nursing facilities in Scottsdale is $6,540 per month. This number is within $50 of the state’s median and about 12 percent lower than the national average. Compared to other metropolitan areas in Arizona, Scottsdale is 16 percent cheaper than Flagstaff, which was one of the most expensive communities surveyed, and about 7.5 percent more expensive than Lake Havasu City, which is one of the most affordable areas. Local rates are similar to Tucson, Prescott and Sierra Vista.

Financial Assistance Programs in Scottsdale

Medicaid Program in Scottsdale

The Arizona Health Care Cost Containment System manages two Medicaid programs. One offers comprehensive health care coverage to Scottsdale residents who are elderly or disabled, and the other serves low-income adults who earn less than $1,041 per month individually or less than $1,410 if applying as a couple. The state may also assist with the cost of Medicare Part B premiums for applicants who earn up to $1,406 per month individually or up to $1,903 as a couple. You can learn more about the AHCCCS, verify your eligibility or submit an application by visiting Health-E- Arizona Plus or by calling 855-432-7587.

The Arizona Long Term Care System (ALTCS) serves adults who are aged 65 or over, blind or disabled and require ongoing nursing-level care. This Medicaid program has slightly higher income limits. To qualify, applicants must earn less than $2,313 per month and have less than $2,000 in countable assets or have an irrevocable Miller trust. The ALTCS provides benefits to adults who are institutionalized as well as those who live in the community. It also covers the cost of personal care provided within an assisted living facility, excluding room and board. To apply for benefits through the Arizona Long Term Care System, visit the Phoenix ALTCS office, or call 602-417-6600. You can find additional information about this program in our ALTCS guide.

Other Financial Assistance Programs

ALTCS Member-Directed Care

Scottsdale residents who are eligible for benefits through the ALTCS can enroll in one of two additional programs that cover certain types of senior care, including in-home services. Self-Directed Attendant Care allows Medicaid members to screen, hire and supervise their own paid caregivers. Agency With Choice is an alternative program where Medicaid members and home care agencies work together to hire and manage paid caregivers. These programs are open to Medicaid members who receive ALTCS benefits because they require nursing-level care.

Home and Community-Based Services (HCBS)

In Scottsdale, home and community-based services are provided by Area Agencies on Aging in partnership with the Arizona Department of Economic Security. Maricopa County’s Senior Adult Independent Living program (SAIL) allows individuals to remain in their own homes or in the community as opposed to living in a nursing home and health care facility.

SAIL assists with the cost of adult day care, delivered meals, home health aides, respite care and transportation. To qualify, individuals must be disabled or aged 60 or over and be unable to perform activities of daily living. Scottsdale residents can learn more or apply for benefits by calling the Area Agency on Aging, Region One Inc. at 888-264-2258. Our HCBS guide includes additional information about these services. There is a waiting list for this program. Applicants with the greatest social and economic needs are given priority.

National Family Caregiver Support Program (NFCSP)

Scottsdale residents who care for a friend or loved one may be eligible for in-home respite services through the Family Caregiver Support Program. This federal program is administered by the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services and Area Agencies on Aging. It covers the cost of adult day health care and in-home services. It also connects caregivers with support groups and free training. Scottsdale residents can apply for respite care by contacting the Area Agency on Aging, Region One at 888-264-2258. Additional information about this program is available in our caregiver support guide. Applicants may be added to a waiting list depending on the availability of funds.

More Senior Living Resources in Scottsdale


Phone Number


Foundation for Senior Living 

(602) 285-1800

FSL is a faith-based charity that provides affordable housing and community-based care to adults in Scottsdale and Maricopa County. The organization also offers caregiver workshops and related resources.

City of Scottsdale – Housing Agency 

(480) 312-7717

This agency provides Housing Choice Vouchers, also known as Section 8, to households who have low or very low income. This program is subject to a waiting list. However, seniors and disabled adults receive priority consideration.

Christian Care 

(877) 969-3023

This faith-based nonprofit provides subsidized housing and ALTCS-approved assisted living services to seniors across the Phoenix area. To qualify, applicants must be 62 or older and have a very low household income according to HUD standards.

Arizona Caregiver Coalition

(888) 737-7494

The ACC offers no-cost respite care at a number of adult day health centers in the Phoenix area. This organization serves caregivers who do not receive federal benefits through programs like the NFCSP.

Duet Arizona 

(602) 274-5022

This volunteer organization provides free services to caregivers and disabled or homebound adults, including transportation, respite care, home repairs and assistance with household chores or errands.

For additional information and planning, please read our comprehensive guide to paying for senior care in Arizona.

McDowell Village

Seniors at McDowell Village live in a vibrant community and spend their golden years without the burdens of homeownership. Housekeeping, linen service and apartment maintenance are included with fees. On campus, many different amenities contribute to an enjoyable living experience, such as a gym with a full-time fitness instructor, a movie theater complete with a popcorn machine and an outdoor swimming pool and hot tub. Outdoors, a private garden is available for residents. For the elderly who need a little extra help with daily living, staff are present to give a hand with mobility or lend discreet personal care assistance. 

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  • Skilled nursing staff present every day
  • Located just steps away from Granite Reef Senior Center

Brookdale North Scottsdale

We love the Brookdale properties because of the high level of professionalism from the staff, and the North Scottsdale facility is no exception. Guests are always welcome here, whether sharing a meal prepared by professional chefs or staying overnight. Other welcome companions include furry friends, such as a dog or cat. Outdoors, community walking paths are a peaceful place to enjoy fresh air, while indoors, cozy common areas are a popular place to gather for conversation or play a board game. Professional caretakers, staffed day and night, lend assistance for personal care and mobility, and individualized monitoring from a skilled nurse helps residents stay secure and healthy. 

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Sunrise of Scottsdale

Sunrise of Scottsdale is a lovely assisted living community with the capability for residents to age in place, with service that changes if seniors develop memory conditions or dementia. Attentive staff and care from an on-site nurse ensures residents are tended to and receive help with personal needs, including wellness checks and help with tasks of daily living. For health issues, medical support is provided by HonorHealth - Scottsdale Shea Medical Center. Nutrition is important, and to ensure that residents are eating well, the culinary staff at Sunrise prepares balanced meals with fresh ingredients. A full library has plenty of selections of books and movies. 

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The Retreat at Desert Cove

Retreat at Desert Cove deserves a spot on our list because of its luxurious common areas and beautiful private apartments that are specially designed for the needs of the elderly. The TV lounge features state-of-the-art audiovisual equipment, and each apartment has a flat-panel TV for private entertainment.  For residents who need help with reminders or personal care, discreet assistance is available from trained caregivers. The community restaurant serves meals three times daily with snacks available anytime. For fun, The Retreat offers many different activities, including fitness classes and book clubs. 

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  • Private bedrooms with en suite baths
  • Garden for residents to plant flowers and herbs

Andara A Cadence Community

There's a commitment to helping residents enjoy their best life at Andara, and it begins with the positive, thoughtful staff, which is why this assisted living is part of our top 10. Mealtime is a favorite part of the day here with seasonal dishes and a regular menu of hearty favorites. Health for the elderly doesn't stop with nutrition. Fitness classes in the community gym and a large outdoor patio for walks help residents retain their mobility. Fun activities, such as arts and crafts, bingo or happy hour, at Josephine’s Piano Lounge and Patio, facilitate socialization and relationship building. 

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The Springs of Scottsdale

This assisted living facility is on our list because of the smart, easily-navigated design of each private apartment and on-site amenities that enhance each resident's life. Seniors have the option to join a morning water aerobics class or participate in a chair-yoga class or workout solo. The all-day-dining community restaurant has plenty of options to choose from to appeal to various tastes. Social programs, including devotional services, book clubs and Wii sports, are scheduled throughout the day. This is an all-inclusive facility, with housekeeping services and laundry provided. 

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  • Large pool with grab bars for resident safety
  • Located in the heart of Historic Downtown Scottsdale

Belmont Village Scottsdale

Belmont Village is a luxurious, apartment-style living community for seniors, centering around a pool and courtyard with a covered patio, which is an inviting space to take in the warm Scottsdale sun. Each apartment is equipped with a kitchenette, and housekeeping and maintenance are included. Licensed caregivers are staffed 24/7 to help residents with medication, mobility and personal care tasks. Guests are welcome to join a loved one to enjoy a freshly prepared meal in the dining room. Regularly scheduled transportation is provided. 

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  • On-site beauty and barbershop help residents to look their best without leaving home
  • Party space available for private celebrations

Modern Care Assisted Living

Seniors at Modern Care receive full-time caregiver support and access to an on-call licensed nurse or doctor, and the high caregiver to resident ratio ensures that each person's needs are met quickly. Everyone here has a personal care plan that can include physical or occupational therapy, medication management and insulin supervision. The culinary team plans meals intended to be both nutritious and delicious. The building is located in a quiet residential area with sidewalks for strolling with friends, and different activities are planned each day to enhance the lives of each resident and encourage socialization. The common areas are furnished to allow those with mobility limitations ease of access. 

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  • Apartments tailored for assisted living
  • Cable TV and internet access in each dwelling

Oakmont Assisted Living

Oakmont, a luxurious senior care home, is included on our top-10 list because of its small, intimate setting and homelike qualities. Each private apartment or companion suite is spacious, with large windows and bathrooms designed with safety in mind. The private courtyard has shady seating, a peaceful fountain and a spacious area to relax or play with a pet. The cozy TV lounge is a popular spot for movie marathons. Personal care plans are tailored to each individual's needs and wants right down to favorite dishes and personal care assistance needed. Seniors here can age in place with adjustments to their supervision if they need memory care. 

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Desert Flower Assisted Living

Residents at Desert Flower can choose to fill their days with many different activities, including fitness classes, live music and group performances, attending lectures or discussions and taking cooking classes. For those who wish to simply relax in solitude, there are plenty of inviting spaces, from a patio and garden to comfortable easy chairs. Three meals are served in the dining room each day, or residents may choose to prepare their own food in their apartment kitchenettes. Resident parking is provided as well as transportation for errands or medical appointments. Guests are welcome to stay overnight and enjoy a meal with their loved ones. 

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