The Arizona Pioneers’ Home is a continuing care retirement home operated and funded by the State of Arizona. The Home provides care and services to residents living independently, as well as to those requiring personal, assisted living, intermediate and skilled care; qualifications for admission are defined in state statute.
The Arizona Pioneers’ Home began as the brainchild of three prominent Prescott citizens, A.J. Doran, Frank M. Murphy and Johnny Duke, to repay the faithful and longtime Arizona residents who helped pioneer and build the state. A.J. Doran sponsored a bill to create the Pioneers’ Home in Arizona’s Territorial Legislature in 1907. The initial bill failed, but it gained the full support of both houses two years later, and was signed into law by then Territorial Governor Joseph H. Kibbey, on March 11, 1909.
Frank M. Murphy donated four and a half acres in southwest Prescott as the building site, and later T.G. Norris donated adjacent land to the North. The original red brick three story building with porticos was designed by local Prescott architect, W.S. Elliot and built for $25,000. The Pioneers’ Home opened its doors on February 1, 1911, situated atop a granite promontory overlooking the City of Prescott, Arizona. A.J. Doran was named the first Superintendent and served from February, 1911 to August, 1912.
Initially the home was built to house 40 men, but in 1916, pursuant to the benevolent donation from W.S. Parsons, an addition of a women’s wing was completed to provide for 20 women. Later, in 1929, the home was again expanded to include Arizona’s Hospital for Disabled Miners.
Today the Home can care for up to 110 residents, and operates via appropriations through state land trusts, a miners’ hospital fund, state charitable funds and the general fund. The current population of residents includes individuals from throughout the State of Arizona. Residents of the Pioneers’ Home pay a portion of their care based on their income, which is deposited back into the general fund.
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Our Administrative Services Officer (ASO) coordinates admission of new residents, calculates payment for care annually (PFC) and assists residents with certain financial items related to PFC; develops and revises policies and procedures; and assists residents with medical insurance.
Our Food Service department coordinates the menus, meals and specific dietary services provided to residents, visitors and staff. In this, the dietary technician monitors and recommends resident specific dietary related care and services.
Our Housekeeping department coordinates the cleaning of common areas, resident rooms, restrooms and office areas of the building. The Home's linens are laundered and stocked on site and Housekeeping coordinates outsourced laundry services for the residents.
Our Human Resource department oversees the recruiting, interviewing, and hiring of new staff; consults on strategic planning, makes sure policies are in place and are being followed, and are available for any and everything employee related like benefits, leaves, training, performance, and motivation and morale. Human Resources also serves as a link between the Pioneers' Home management and its employees.
Our Life Enrichment department develops, plans and implements internal and external activities for the residents of the Home through coordinated efforts with other departments.
Our Medical Records department coordinates and maintains the medical record for each resident, and coordinates the flow and release of medical records and protected health information.
Our Nursing department coordinates and oversees the medical care, medication administration and service needs of each resident, including activities of daily living such as bathing, eating, dressing etc.
Our Plant Management/Maintenance department handles life safety regulation and compliance, in addition to maintenance operations on the building, grounds and equipment. They also manage all APH Cemetery sales, planning and coordination.
Our Resident Services department advocates and coordinates the psychosocial care and services of each resident, maintains residents valuables placed in their charge, coordinates temporary storage area availability, roommate coordination and coordinates resident shopping.