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COVID-19 Rules for Assisted Living in Tucson

For assisted living communities, COVID-19 rules and regulations are typically set at the state level. You can view specific rules on our guide to assisted living in AZ. These rules change often, and many communities have policies in place that go above and beyond what’s required by the state, so you should contact your local community for more information. Additionally, you can contact your local Area Agency on Aging to learn more.

How to Pay for Assisted Living in Tucson

In Tucson, assisted living fees come in at $4,050, which is on par with the state median of $4,000 and several hundred dollars lower than the national median of $4,500.

Assisted Living in Tucson vs. Nearby Cities 

Tucson seniors pay $4,050 per month for assisted living, which is moderate compared to other surveyed cities in Arizona. Rates in Yuma are a little lower at $3,800, and in Phoenix, rates are comparable to Tucson’s average at $3,975. In Sierra Vista, assisted living residents pay $4,150, and in Flagstaff, care costs are among the highest in the state at $5,000. 

  • Tucson: $4,050 
  • Arizona: $4,000 
  • United States: $4,500 
  • Sierra Vista: $4,150 
  • Phoenix: $3,975 
  • Yuma: $3,800 
  • Flagstaff: $5,000 

Assisted Living vs. Other Types of Care in Tucson, AZ 

Assisted living is among the cheapest senior care options in Tucson, with fees averaging $4,050 per month. The only long-term care type that’s cheaper is adult day health care, which costs $2,058 per month. Older adults who arrange home-based care pay $5,434 for homemaker services and $5,482 for specialized home health care. Nursing home care costs about $2,600 more than assisted living at $6,601 per month. 

  • Homemaker Services: $5,434 
  • Home Health Care: $5,482 
  • Adult Day Health Care: $2,058 
  • Assisted Living: $4,050 
  • Nursing Home: $6,601 

Financial Assistance for Assisted Living in Tucson

Other Ways to Pay for Assisted Living in Tucson

Since not everyone can afford to pay for assisted living out-of-pocket, it’s important to find alternative methods to help make assisted living more affordable. Some of these options include:

  • Veterans Benefits
  • Life Insurance Policy
  • Long-Term Care Insurance
  • Reverse Mortgage

For more information about your options for making assisted living more affordable, visit our guide to Assisted Living in Tucson.

Free and Low-Cost Assisted Living Resources for Seniors in Tucson

Seniors in Tucson have a support system made up of information and referral specialists, options counselors and financial and legal advisors, helping them make decisions about their current and future care needs. The following table highlights the top resources for seniors in the Tucson region.

Resource 

Contact 

Service 

Ellie Towne Flowing Wells Community Center 

(520) 724-5360 

The local community center has a full calendar of events and hosts several special interest classes, promoting life-long learning for members. In addition to its general programs and services, it has special programming for seniors three days per week. Older adults can participate in activities, such as Coffee and Conversation sessions, movie mornings, trips to local points of interest and games. To help members track upcoming programs, the center publishes a monthly newsletter. 

Pima Council on Aging 

(520) 790-7262 

The Pima Council on Aging helps seniors navigate age-related issues by working with a network of community partners and programs. It operates a helpline that older adults can call for personalized assistance with locating resources in the community, such as legal and financial assistance, health insurance options counseling, advocacy services and end-of-life care planning. The council also provides volunteer opportunities for older adults.

Senior Corps at Interfaith Community Services 

(520) 526-9308 

AmeriCorps Seniors is a nonprofit organization that provides volunteer opportunities for those aged 55 and over. Through this program, individuals can donate up to 40 hours of their time per week to various partners in the community. Volunteers receive free training and placement assistance, mileage reimbursement and invitations to recognition events. 

City of Tucson Senior Programs 

(520) 791-4873 

Tucson seniors have access to three dedicated city-funded senior centers where they have access to amenities, such as full kitchens, fitness centers, social lounge areas and computer labs. Through these centers, individuals aged 50 and over can purchase Senior Activity Cards, which provide access to services, day trips, educational opportunities, computer access and programs throughout the year.

Tucson Vet Center 

(520) 882-0333 

The Tucson Vet Center provides confidential information and assistance to older veterans in the region, helping them enroll in VA benefits to meet their social and financial needs. Through this office, qualifying seniors can connect with counseling services, social clubs, medical care and community-based services. They also get help with applying for Aid and Attendance, which may help cover long-term care expenses.

Assisted Living Laws and Regulations in Tucson

Assisted Living Communities in Tucson are required to follow a set of rules and regulations that are determined by the state. For more specific information, talk with your local community or Area Agency on Aging.

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The Top Assisted Living Communities in the Tucson Area

In order to find the top assisted living communities in the Tucson area, our team of researchers:

  • Sorted through 103 communities using our unique methodology
  • Spent over 30 hours researching assisted living communities in Tucson
  • Read more than 820 reviews left by residents and their family members

After filtering out facilities that didn’t meet our high standards, we were left with 20 assisted living communities that earned our seal of approval. Through this process we discovered that the average cost of assisted living in the city of Tucson is $4,050, which is slightly higher than the state average of $4,000 and lower than the national average of $4,500.

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Christina Drumm-Boyd
Certified Senior Advisor (CSA) and Geriatric Care Manager (GCM)
Christina Drumm-Boyd
Certified Senior Advisor (CSA) and Geriatric Care Manager (GCM)

Christina is a Certified Senior Advisor (CSA) and Geriatric Care Manager (GCM) who is passionate about seniors and their families. Along with her staff, Christina works hands-on with each client to find the best solutions for the challenges that often come with aging.

Read on for in-depth information about the top assisted living facilities in Tucson, a brief dive into our methodology for determining the best assisted living communities, and a searchable directory of 103 communities in the Tucson area.

AssistedLiving.org Trusted Communities

AssistedLiving.org spent dozens of hours researching the top assisted living communities in the Tucson area to allow seniors and their families to find the community that’s right for them. Click through the facilities listed below to read in-depth reviews, what residents are saying, and details such as base pricing, room types, and more.

Academy Villas
14
Studios, Companion Suites
Assisted Living
$3,880
Academy Villas is an assisted living community in a quiet suburban neighborhood of Southeast Tucson. The property is located just a few minutes from the vast Saguaro National Park, which features a number of hiking trails and sweeping views of desert and woodland landscapes. This smaller facility is an ideal choice for seniors who are seeking a tight-knit, loving environment with a high level of personal care. The caregiving staff is available 24/7 and includes registered nurses who can provide basic medical assistance. In addition, the community provides therapeutic massage, pilates classes, pedicures and hairdressing services. Academy Villas prepares nutritious, balanced meals and light snacks throughout the day. Residents receive help with household maintenance, laundry and transportation to medical appointments. Additionally, the property features attractive landscaped grounds with walking trails and a large community swimming pool.
What Residents are Saying:
Reviewers make positive mention of the friendly and professional staff. One family member says, \"Small, comfortable, safe, in a spectacular setting and with many amenities, the Academy Villas is staffed by warm and highly experienced caregivers. The caregiver/resident ratio is very good; and the cost is reasonable.\"
4.95 out of 5
(17) Reviews
13775 E. Langtry Ln.,
Tucson, AZ 85747
Atria Campana Del Rio
Broadway Proper Retirement Community
Brookdale North Tucson
Cascades of Tucson
Elmcroft of River Centre
Fellowship Square at Tucson
Foothills Place
Handmaker Jewish Services for the Aging
Mountain View Retirement Village
Sage Desert Assisted Living & Memory Care
Sherwood Village Assisted Living & Memory Care
Sierra Del Sol Senior Living
Sunrise at River Road
The Country Club of La Cholla
The Forum at Tucson
The Hacienda at The River
The Villas at Houghton
The Villas at La Canada
Via Eleganté, Tucson Foothills

Our Methodology

It’s not what we research, but the way we research that makes AssistedLiving.org stand out. We start by identifying problems and challenges in the senior care industry by gaining insight from conversations with industry professionals, older adults, and those that care for them. Next, our research team led by industry experts apply our data-driven research techniques to understand the magnitude of the challenge and how to overcome it. Finally, we present our findings in easy-to-understand guides and studies and share our actionable results with influencers and caregivers, as well as the general public.

Facility Features (40%)

Facility Health Services Graded on health services provided
on the facility including, but not
limited to, on-site nursing,
pharmacy, skilled nursing,
medicine administration, etc

Facility Amenities Graded on the available
amenities.

Affordability Financial assistance acceptance
and overall costs and value.

Residential Quality (40%)

Resident Satisfaction Polling & survey of overall facility satisfaction.

Facility Complaint and Violations Number of complaints and violations the facility had. Taking into account improvement over time.

Online Reviews Aggregated verified online reviews.

Location (20%)

Location-Based Benefits Including, but not limited to, proximity to
hospitals, ambulance response times, senior
resources available, and state and city
financial assistance.

Location Quality Local crime rates, incidents against older
adults, air quality, climate.