If you want to practically bypass cold weather altogether, consider retiring to Arizona, where it rarely dips below 43 degrees Fahrenheit, even in the bitterest of winters. In fact, with an average of 3832 hours of sunshine annually, Arizona is America’s sunniest state. What’s more, the state won’t tax your Social Security check, which can make all the difference to your income.
So, if Arizona’s on your retirement radar, how do you pick the best assisted living facility for you? There are hundreds of retirement communities in the state, and not all of them are created equal. To help you pick a quality place to spend your golden years, we’ve compiled this list of the top 10 assisted living facilities in Arizona. You’ll find them listed below, in no particular order.
1. Park Wood Retirement Community
14581 W. Parkwood Drive,
Surprise, AZ 85374
Part of the Sunshine Retirement Living group, Park Wood Retirement Community is a busy and vibrant pet-friendly community that offers both independent living and assisted living. Accommodation is in your very own studio, one bedroom or two bedroom apartment and costs are inclusive of meals, bills, housekeeping and a concierge service. There are excellent facilities onsite, including a movie theater, ice cream parlor, bistro, fitness center and computer lab. You can even take advantage of the travel program that lets you take a holiday at any other Sunshine retirement community.
2. Sedona Winds Retirement Community
475 Jacks Canyon
Sedona, AZ 86351
At the Sedona Winds Retirement Community, you’ll have your own spacious studio or one bedroom apartment in a fun and vibrant community a stone’s throw from shops, restaurants, golf courses and more. Of course, there’s a rich program of activities at the facility, too, including book clubs, yoga, movie nights and bingo. With daily housekeeping and a weekly laundry service, you won’t have to think about much more than relaxing and enjoying yourself.
3. Fellowship Square Historic Mesa
35 West Brown Rd
Mesa, AZ 85201
Fellowship Square, Historic Mesa is part of a non-profit Christian faith-based care community. As well as help with personal care, residents have full housekeeping and laundry services provided to them in their own studio or one bedroom apartments. Top-notch meals are served in an elegant dining room, and there are plenty of facilities to enjoy, such as two swimming pools, a bocce ball court, a couple of fenced dog parks for residents’ pets, a craft center and a woodworking shop. There’s always plenty going on in the community, but it’s also located just a mile and a half from Downtown Mesa.
4. Royal Oaks
10015 W. Royal Oak Road
Sun City, AZ 85351
Set in 38 acres of mature landscaped gardens, Royal Oaks certainly has a luxurious and upscale feel to it. You’ll find a range of private apartments and even garden homes to choose from, whether you just want to join a retirement community or you need more help with day to day tasks. There’s always something happening at Royal Oaks, from in-house concerts to ice cream socials to cultural outings, and much more in between, so you can choose to do as little or as much as you want. There’s a fitness center with activities to suit people of all abilities, and you can dine whenever you decide in one of three eateries.
5. Silver Creek
1670 Highway 95
Bullhead City, AZ 86442-8530
Silver Creek is designed to be a home-like environment for seniors who need a little extra help tackling daily tasks. This assisted living facility prides itself on providing care with compassion, respect and integrity. As well as having an on-site hair salon, games room and library, which can be used at your leisure, there are also a wealth of organized activities for residents, from field trips and lunches out to exercise classes and live entertainment.
6. Thunderbird Senior Living
5401 W. Dailey Street
Glendale, AZ 85306
Offering both assisted living and independent living in your own apartment, Thunderbird Senior Living is warm and caring place to make your home, whether you need help with personal care or you just want to join a community of like-minded seniors. There’s both a cafe and a full dining room that serves a huge variety of delicious meals, including some stunning vegetarian options. Some of the facility’s many amenities include a heated outdoor pool and spa, a theater, a beauty salon and barber shop, barbecue areas and a billiards room.
7. Kivel Campus of Care
3020 N. 36th St.
Phoenix, AZ 85018
Jewish seniors will find a fun and welcoming atmosphere at this faith-based assisted living facility. Kivel Campus of Care offers studio and one bedroom apartments with full housekeeping services, so you can spend your time doing things you enjoy. All kinds of activities are available to help keep you engaged and active, including bingo, Wii video games, monthly birthday parties for residents, exercise classes, lunch outings, casino trips, religious services and more.
8. Brookdale Central Paradise Valley
13240 North Tatum Boulevard
Phoenix, AZ 85032
At Brookdale Central Paradise Valley, you can enjoy luxury hotel-style amenities with the privacy of your own apartment and all the extra care that you need. With facilities such as an outdoor pool, a billiards room, an art and craft studio, beautiful grounds and a game room, it’s hard to get bored. There’s a focus on community at Brookdale and there’s always something going on from workout classes to dominos and a whole lot more.
9. Mountain Park Senior Living
4475 East Knox Road
Phoenix, AZ 85044
You get the best of both worlds at Mountain Park. Each resident has their own pet-friendly studio, one bedroom or two bedroom apartment — so you get to retain your independence — but with housekeeping and assisted living services, where needed, you get the extra help you need so you can get on with enjoying your retirement. You’ll find chef-prepared restaurant-style dining, with food available at flexible times. Keep active at the fitness center or with a gentle swim in the pool, or relax in the lounge or theater. You’ll also find activities abound, including Kinect bowling, knitting club, group excursions, movie nights and live entertainment.
10. Beatitudes Campus
1610 W. Glendale Ave.
Phoenix, AZ 85021
At Beatitudes Campus, assisted living is available in private studio apartments with a full bath and a comprehensive housekeeping service. On-site amenities include five restaurants and cafes from casual to fine dining, a thrift store, a heated swimming pool and hot tub, a beauty parlor and barber shop, a ceramics studio, a fitness club and a woodworking shop. Beatitudes is located right in Phoenix, so more able residents can also go out and about to enjoy all the city has to offer.
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