When you or a loved one gets to the point in your life when you need to decide when there is going to be a move to an assisted living home, there is quite a few different things to think about. Not all assisted living homes are alike. They generally serve the same population and support the same general goals, but they vary by size, culture, specialties, cost, perks and dining. Here are some things to consider when you are searching for an assisted living facility in Arizona.


Why Choose Assisted Living Homes in Arizona?

Often, your objective is to simply remain in the local area or be close to your loved ones. The location may determine the price, the size of the community, the culture, and what specialties the assisted living facility may offer. Looking into the available amenities, such as shopping, restaurants, libraries, located around the assisted living home is also important. More and more individuals are choosing to move to Arizona for assisted living homes. The weather is great, even though the summers can get hot, the low humidity makes it easier to enjoy. With the rest of the year being mild, you never have to worry about shoveling snow in the Phoenix area.


What Size of an Assisted Living Facility Should You Choose?

Assisted living facilities can be as small as only having 4 licensed beds. The largest can get to be as large as 500 licensed beds. Size can matter is different ways to different people. One thing to think about is staff-to-resident ratio, as well as the general attitude of the staff. Does their work seem to make them happy, or do they simply clock in and clock out? Size also affects the types of services offered. Larger assisted living homes in Arizona may offer amenities like movie theaters, swimming pools, and specialized units for memory care.


What Types of Services is my Loved One Needing?

Some assisted living facilities provide tailored services based on specific health needs. A community like Heritage Lane Behavioral Assisted Living, offers mental health services built inside an assisted living community in Mesa, Arizona. Typical assisted living facilities offers dining services, housekeeping, exercise and wellness programs, and medication support. Look into communities that offer the specific services that your loved one is needing. Are they needing Alzheimer’s or dementia support, medication support, behavioral care? Facilities can also invest in programs that enhance quality of life. Services like art, pet therapy, computer libraries, and community outings.


What is in my Budget?

Most assisted living residents are paying through personal finances. The average cost for assisted living facilities in Arizona are between $2,000 and $6,000. The average cost for assisted living facilities in Mesa, Arizona is around $3000 a month. The cost is based on the services that are provided and what area the home may be in. Some residents will pay with long-term care insurance, benefits for veterans, state aid, or combining resources. Assisted living homes differ how you pay for their services too. Some are upfront cost, monthly rent or an all-inclusive price, a la carte service or a tiered system.


Is this the Right Environment for my Loved One?

It is hard to know what it’s like to live in an assisted living facility until you do it. When you visit the website, speak with staff and visit the community, you can get a good understanding of what the community offers. Information on the website should give you a good understanding as to how the program and community is run. The website could also give you some good tools for your search. Touring the community is important to be able to see if your loved one is appropriate for that facility.

An assisted living facility can be a haven of personal growth, healing and assist with lasting change for residents who are committed to learning healthy coping and management skills for their challenges. Heritage Lane Behavioral Assisted Living is a mental health clinic inside of an assisted living community. We specialize in long term stabilization for those who are in need of mental health care.

Interested in getting help for your loved one? Contact us here, or, call us today to talk about how Heritage Lane can help, (480) 999-0511.

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