I. What You Should Know About Home Care in Scottsdale, AZ

Located in eastern Maricopa County within the greater Phoenix area, Scottsdale’s exceptionally sunny, warm year-round weather makes it a popular retirement destination. One in four residents of Scottsdale are seniors aged 65 and older.

The City of Scottsdale’s Senior Services department operates two senior centers, Granite Reef, and the Via Linda Senior Center where you can socialize with other retirees, enjoy a low-cost communal lunch, and join fun and engaging activities. These multipurpose centers are open Monday through Friday, and programming includes organized games, fitness classes, holiday parties and free health screening clinics.

If you’re a nature-lover, there are plenty of public parks to explore in Scottsdale, including the 71-acre Vista del Camino Park, which features a dog park, three ramadas and two lakes for fishing and boating. You’ll also want to visit the McCormick-Stillman Railroad Park, a unique 30-acre city park complete with a working carousel and railroad, museum, shop and a stunning 10,000 square-foot model railroad building that’s home to four model railroad clubs.

II. What You Should Expect to Pay for Home Care in Scottsdale, AZ

Genworth’s 2020 Cost of Care Survey shows that you can expect to pay around $5,148 per month for homemaker services in Scottsdale. Home health care services, which include some medical care such as chronic disease management, costs slightly more at $5,243 per month.

The costs listed by Genworth are based on full-time care, which is 44 hours per week. You can get an idea of what your actual in-home care costs will be by multiplying the hourly rate by the number of hours of care you expect you’ll need. For homemaker services, the average hourly rate is $29.25, while home care costs an average of $30 per hour.

The Cost of Home Care & Home Health Care in Nearby Cities

Hiring a homemaker or home health care aide in Scottsdale costs more than this type of care costs in many other cities within Arizona. In Tucson, either type of in-home care costs an average of $5,053 per month, while in Flagstaff, seniors pay around $4,957 per month for home care or home health care. Rates for both types of care are much lower in Yuma, where the average monthly rate is $4,290.

The Cost of Home Care Compared to Other Senior Living Options

In-home care is just one of the many long-term care options available in Scottsdale. The lowest-priced option is adult day care, which costs around $867 per month, while nursing home care is by far the most expensive option at $9,247 for placement in a semiprivate room. Assisted living care costs about $3,700 per month.

Note: Data for Scottsdale was unavailable, so data for the nearest city, Phoenix, was used instead.

III. How to Find Home Care in Scottsdale, AZ

Finding a home care provider for yourself or a loved one can be a daunting task, but it doesn’t have to be. Below, we explain the process of how to find a home care provider in 5 simple steps. Use the infographic below to help guide your search for in-home care in Scottsdale, AZ.

An infographic giving steps to finding a home care provider

Remember that there’s not necessarily a right or wrong choice – it comes down to choosing a provider that you feel comfortable with and who’s capable of meeting your specific needs. No matter which provider you choose, you should always have a formal arrangement with your expectations and the payment rate in writing. Doing so will prevent confusion or potential disagreements down the line so that the focus remains on helping the person receiving care.

IV. Home Care Resources for Seniors in Scottsdale, AZ

Habitat for Humanity Aging in Place

What You Should Know|
Volunteers with Habitat for Humanity of Central Arizona can help you remain safe in your own home by completing up to $15,000 worth of essential home repairs and accessibility upgrades. Volunteers can install handrails, grab bars, wheelchair ramps and no-step door thresholds. They can improve the lighting in your home, clean up your yard and eliminate tripping hazards such as raised floorboards and loose carpeting.

You can also ask for repairs that make your home more secure, such as better door locks and locking windows, as well as energy-saving upgrades such as extra insulation in your walls and roof and weatherstripping around doors and windows.

Who is Eligible?
To qualify for free home repairs through the Aging in Place program, you need to own and occupy your own home anywhere in Maricopa or Pinal County. Your income must fall between 30% and 80% of the area median income. If you’re a veteran or survivor, your income can be up to 120% of the area median income.

If your application for assistance is accepted, you’ll be asked to contribute eight hours of volunteer work, known as sweat equity. You can either help out with the work at your home, or volunteer with another Habitat for Humanity project in the community.

How to Get Started
For more information about the Aging in Place program and to request an application form, call Habitat for Humanity Central Arizona at (602) 268-9022.

Scottsdale Cab Connection

Cab Connection is a low-cost transportation program available to Scottsdale seniors aged 65 and older, as well as to adults with qualifying temporary or permanent disabilities. Participants can book trips with participating taxi companies to run errands and attend non-emergency medical appointments throughout Scottsdale 24/7.

What You Should Know
When you enroll in the program, you’ll receive a monthly supply of subsidized taxi vouchers that you can use to purchase one-way, multi-stop or round-trip taxi rides throughout Scottsdale. The City of Scottsdale covers 80% of the cost of each trip you take using a voucher, and you are responsible for the balance of the fare plus the tip.

Who is Eligible?
To qualify for subsidized taxi vouchers through the Cab Connection program, you must be a Scottsdale senior age 65 or older. If you’re under the age of 65, and you are certified as disabled by the Valley Metro Mobility Center, you’re also eligible.

How to Get Started
To learn more about Cab Connection and other public transit programs in Scottsdale and Maricopa County, call (480) 312-8747.

City of Scottsdale Social Services & Case Management

What You Should Know
The City of Scottsdale offers free case management services to seniors who need information on local resources, assistance securing in-home supports and government benefits, and referrals to programs that can help older adults retain their independence.

Graduate social workers are available by appointment Monday through Friday to meet with seniors and their loved ones. Meetings usually occur at one of the two city seniors’ centers, but the social workers can also offer home visits to those who are housebound.

Who is Eligible?
As a senior living in Scottsdale, you’re eligible for free social work and case management services through this program.

How to Get Started
To book an appointment with the social worker at the Granite Reef Senior Center call (480) 312-1700, or call (480) 312-5810 to speak with the social worker based at the Via Linda Senior Center.

Area Agency on Aging, Region One

What You Should Know
The Area Agency on Aging is a federally mandated nonprofit organization that is responsible for designing and overseeing programs and services for seniors in Scottsdale and the surrounding area. The Agency works with local service providers to offer resources such as adult day health care, legal assistance for seniors, Medicare counseling services and the regional long-term care ombudsman.

Who is Eligible?
As a senior living in Scottsdale, you can contact the Area Agency on Aging to find free and low-cost services that can help you remain independent as you age.

How to Get Started
To contact the Area Agency on Aging, call the 24 hour senior helpline at (602) 264-4357.

Senior Adult Independent Living 

What You Should Know
The Senior Adult Independent Living, or SAIL, program, is designed to help seniors aged 60 and older, as well as adults with qualifying physical disabilities, to safely age in place in the comfort of their own home.

SAIL services include case management, home-delivered meals and in-home support from a homemaker or home health care provider.

Who is Eligible?
To qualify as a SAIL participant, you need to be a senior age 60 or older or an adult with a qualifying physical disability living in Maricopa County.

How to Get Started
To learn more about the SAIL program, call (602) 264-4357.