Arizona has over 100 nursing homes, senior care, and skilled nursing facilities located throughout the state. The average cost of long-term care in a nursing home is slightly less than the national average. It would cost a nursing home resident an average of $7,087/month for a private room in the facility, compared to the national average of $7,604/month. While the average cost of these facilities is expensive, most long-term care facilities accept Medicare and Medicaid as payment.
Medicare and Medicaid Services
Individuals searching for long-term care and skilled nursing facilities that accept Medicare and Medicaid should visit the Medicare Nursing Home Compare site, which filters centers by their services offered. Families and individuals accessing the site are also able to compare information on the quality of staff, security, and services offered at various care centers. Family members researching facilities for loved ones can explore multiple types of assistance and staff members at each location and see residents' reviews before deciding which is the best fit. The range of long-term care facilities that accept Medicare and Medicaid varies across the state. Phoenix has 61 facilities that accept Medicaid Services, while Glendale has 46.
COVID-19 and Arizona Senior Care
While over half of Arizona's fatal COVID-19 cases have been linked to senior care facilities, it is unclear how many individuals in each location have been impacted. In May of 2020, a state judge ordered that the COVID-19 records in each facility were not required to be made public after several local news agencies filed a lawsuit. The judge emphasized Arizona's commitment to privacy and patient confidentiality. The rise in cases among staff and residents alike has resulted in raised precautions against visitors and additional personnel in nursing homes nationwide. For more information on required measures, visit the CDC website.