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How to Choose an Emergency Placement in Arizona

When individuals can no longer care for themselves and need assistance with activities of daily living, their families face the difficult decision of finding an assisted living facility. Unfortunately, there are many instances when an individual may need to be placed in an assisted living facility on an emergency basis. This is often due to a sudden decline in health or a change in circumstances such as the death of a caregiver. If you find yourself in this situation, it is important to know how to choose an emergency placement in Arizona. 

The first step is to contact the Arizona Department of Health Services (DHS). They will be able to provide you with a list of licensed assisted living facilities in your area. Once you have narrowed down your options, you should tour the facilities to get a feel for the environment and the level of care offered. It is also important to speak with the staff members to get an idea of their experience and training. 

Prior to making a decision, you should also consider the cost of each facility. Some assisted living facilities accept private insurance, while others only accept Medicaid. You will also need to determine if there are any available beds at the time of your inquiry. While cost and availability are important factors, ultimately the decision should be based on which facility can best meet the needs of your loved one. 

Emergency placement for dementia patients is a process by which an individual with dementia is placed in a short-term care facility, typically for a period of one to three months. The individual may be placed in the facility due to an acute crisis, such as a hospitalization, or due to the need for respite care. Emergency placement for dementia patients can also be used as a way to transition an individual from their home to a long-term care facility. In some cases, emergency placement for dementia patients may be the only option available when there are no other resources or support systems in place. Emergency placement for dementia patients can be a difficult decision for families and caregivers, but it is often the best course of action when all other options have been exhausted.

Emergency nursing home placement is a process whereby an individual who requires a nursing home level of care is placed in a nursing home on a temporary basis. This usually occurs when there are no beds available in the usual facility or when the individual requires a higher level of care than what can be provided at their usual facility. Emergency nursing home placement can also occur when an individual is discharged from the hospital but still requires skilled nursing care and there are no available beds in the usual facility. Emergency nursing home placement is generally short-term, lasting no more than 30 days, but can be extended if necessary. Emergency nursing home placement can be stressful for both the individual and their family, but it is often the best way to ensure that the individual receives the care they or need.

Emergency placement for the elderly refers to the process of finding a temporary living arrangement for an elderly person in the event of an emergency, such as the death of a caregiver or a natural disaster. Emergency placements can be either short-term, lasting for a few weeks or months, or long-term, lasting for several years. Placements may also be either voluntary, meaning the elderly person agrees to the arrangement, or involuntary, meaning the arrangement is imposed by a court order. Emergency placement for the elderly is often arranged through social service agencies, with the specific placement determined based on the individual needs of the elderly person. In some cases, emergency placement may be provided by family members or friends. However, it is important to note that not all emergency placements are appropriate for all elders; some may require special care or accommodations that cannot be provided in a traditional home setting. As such, it is important to consult with an experienced social worker or other professional before making any decisions about emergency placement.


Choosing an emergency placement for a loved one can be a daunting task. However, by following these simple steps, you can be confident that you are making the best decision for their care. If you have any questions or need assistance during this process, do not hesitate to contact DHS for guidance.

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