Brookdale East Tucson

Offers Assisted Living

27 Reviews
8468 East Speedway Boulevard, Tucson, AZ 85710
Call (800) 385-2527
Brookdale East Tucson (800) 385-2527

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Assisted Living Reviews for Brookdale East Tucson

December 16, 2015

By Susan117049650

I visited this facility

Brookdale East Tucson is exactly what we are looking for -- a smaller community, under 50 units, one floor, cozy, comfortable, non-medicinal smelling, not like a nursing home. It’s fairly new, and I really like the staff. I met some of the residents, and they impressed me because there’s nothing wrong with them; they just want to live there, which is something unusual. The price was right where we needed it to be. We’re putting my mom in a smaller studio unit, which is perfect for her because she is almost completely blind. The furnishings, the whole community, the culture, the feel are very cozy, and homey. I was told by my brother that Brookdale has one of the best reputations for assisted living facilities.

June 30, 2015

By Anonymous113198850

I visited this facility

The gentleman that was at Sterling House on East Speedway was very nice. He showed us around. He was the one who suggested that we go to the three-level facility that we haven’t visited yet.

April 07, 2015

By Anonymous103730050

I visited this facility

When we went to Brookdale East Tucson, the gentleman was very nice and showed us around, but he said, "You two, I would say, you are probably not ready for our facility here." So we left on good terms, and he was the one who suggested that we go to the three-level that we haven't visited yet. I liked his straightforwardness, and that is why I give them a three.

Provider Response

Thank you for taking the time to visit and share your feedback. We are happy to hear our associate was able to assist you and provide you options for other Brookdale communities.

November 28, 2014

By P Jensen

I am/was a resident of this facility

We so appreciate the care and the wonderful employees at Sterling House. All is so fine -- food, activities, management, and more so doubly appreciated since my mom was temporarily away after a fall. She's 29 days away from 91 today (October 2014). Thank you!

November 05, 2014

By Lovely Lady 02145269

I visited this facility

Sterling House is a very nice facility. We have a couple of friends that are residents there. The rooms were very nice. They have a very nice dining room and recreation. They have movies, entertainment, exercise classes, and physical therapy.

September 30, 2014

By Angie14

I am a friend or relative of a resident

Sterling House is a caring facility and is close to us. The staff is very caring, friendly, and they get to know my mother-in-law. I have eaten there and the food is wonderful. The rooms are so well-maintained. They have music, bingo, and movies.

July 31, 2014

By Lawrence13

I visited this facility

Sterling house was smaller. The staff was excellent and I had a nice briefing from the lady that was there. She was tied up when I arrived, so they sat me down gave me some water and offered coffee. The rooms were nice, though it was a bit older.

April 11, 2014

By Caring74837250

I visited this facility

The people over at Sterling House seemed happy. The rooms were nice. I thought everything was good. The staff was good. They can go inside the patio. They also had a TV room and a little library. For me, it was the location and the security because it's a big, round circle. Everything was safe. People can't come in, people can't go out. There is a nursing home across the street. It's in a nice, little location. I like the place. We didn't have any bad experience or anything negative.

March 28, 2014

By M.I.H

I am a friend or relative of a resident

I really enjoy the people at Brookdale Sterling house East Speedway. It's always clean and residents are happy. They have activities for residents.

March 28, 2014

By Karen88759150

I am a friend or relative of a resident

Mother has always received wonderful care for the 7 years she has been at Sterling House. Everyone here have been outstanding.

March 21, 2014

By Francy1

I am a friend or relative of a resident

The service is very good. All the people working here are patient and loving with residents. Thank you for your service and understanding.

January 08, 2014

By Emmee

I am a friend or relative of resident

My mother has lived at Sterling House for several years now. I have many good things to say about this facility. The staff is friendly, helpful, and caring. My mother likes the food there. (They have frequent meetings for the residents to be able to talk to the cooks about their likes and dislikes. The cooks are good about paying attention to the resident's needs and likes.) The facility is beautiful and clean with nice spacious halls and community areas. (And it smells good when you walk in!) They have an activity schedule that changes weekly. It is a nice size facility- not too many residents and not too small. I think they have 40-something residents there. The only thing I would like differently is to have a few more parking places. Overall, my mother and I are both very satisfied with Sterling House.

November 27, 2013

By Caring75501150

I visited this facility

I enjoyed my visit at the Sterling House. It was very pleasant. It looked like the people were caring and pleasant. The rooms were small but adequate. I know that they had games and crafts, but I didn't had a change see them. However, I thought it was a little more than what my mother needed.

September 05, 2013

By rpmgrace

I am a friend or relative of a resident

My mother has been living as Sterling House on Speedway in Tucson for three months. Before this, my husband's mother lived here for over two years. We visit twice a week. The facility is clean and well attended. We have found the caregivers to be thoughtful, compassionate, and honest in all ways. This is a happy place to live with many activities and multiple choices. My mother gets a shower twice a week, good meals three times a day, many daily activities to attend, and a safe, private room. She has taken physical therapy at Sterling House which is improving her walk; she spends a great deal of time walking around the facility, stronger and happier. Thanks to all the caregivers and residents at the eastside Sterling House in Tucson.

August 10, 2013

By MaryEllen1

I visited this facility

We went to Sterling House on East Speedway and the facility was really nice. We had lunch there and the food was good. The staff was very nice, but we are not ready for that yet.

June 14, 2013

By Betty25

I am a friend or relative of a resident

Sterling House on East Speedway is a very nice facility. It's a fairly large facility. She got a pretty good size room. The staff are very nice. I have a very good feeling with the people that worked there. They are always available and they keep track things for me. They would always let me know what is going on and call me if they need me for something. The food seems to be soothing her free will. My friend is somebody who needs special kind of food because she is allergic to all milk content products and she manages to get down all her meals three times a day. I think she has adjusted every well and that would be because of the way I think they help her and takes care of her. They seemed to be there to meet her needs very well.

May 25, 2012

By Physical Therapy

I visited this facility

This is a fairly new facility, it was clean and had lots of areas or separate rooms for people to gather. I saw a nice pool, a small café or coffee bar in the lobby too. The rooms came in different sizes but the sizes were just adequate. The staff was really helpful, accommodating and friendly. They facilitated activities for their residents like different exercises, movie nights, virtual exercises and provides transportation as well. This place is really nice, I can't think of anything more for this place to improve.

May 10, 2012

By mairzeydoats

I am a friend or relative of a resident

Superior physical plant, e.g. cheerful sunny brightly lit wide hallways, physical therapy room/whirlpool on site, services of a geriatric nurse practitioner available if desired, well-designed floor plans, well-staffed professionally with caring compassionate personnel attentive to the residents' needs/care/ and life-enhancing activities. Close cooperation with relatives of residents.

September 26, 2011

By caregiver222

I visited this facility

The Sterling House on east speedway could take a bit of common-sense advice. I noticed that when the cleaning staff would make their rounds, they would use the same mop and water for several rooms. I have seen hospitals use large "Swiffer" type wet mops with easily removable rectangular mop cloths, and use only one per room in each ward. That way, they could control the possible spread of microbes on the floor. It would at least be safer if they used a steam mop, in my opinion. The menu could use a little revamping, as it had the same fare for breakfast whenever I would visit, and the lunch and dinner meals were rather unspectacular as well. I noticed a tiny break room for the help, and though there was a designated smoking area far from the building, I noticed a staff nurse smoking on the patio just outside the dining room door. They have games and other activities, as well as a paid singer who visits regularly, and tours around town when the weather permits. There is a central courtyard with few amenities-no pool or hot tub, just a few chairs and tables. They do have some nice artwork on their walls, and a Wii video game console in the activity room, where they have regular ice-cream socials, and movies. It is not exactly a bad place to live, and I noticed a lot of healthy happy residents, but I have seen better.

Provider Response

Thank you for your review of our community. Since your visit back in 2011, there have been numerous changes. I started as the Executive Director in March 2012. Since starting my role, the community common areas and resident rooms are kept clean and tidy. As far as the caregiver smoking outside the dining room , this is actually a caregiver that was hired by a particular family member and we have addressed this issue with the particular agency. The menu for breakfast was changed on a regular basis per Brookdale policy, however, we always offered eggs and an accompanying meat plus toast and fruit to those who chose this instead of the pancakes, French toast, etc. The cereal, either hot or cold, was an additional part of the breakfast. Also, we customize the breakfast offerings dependent on the individual preferences of the residents. Some of our residents have very specific breakfast routines and we do our best to honor their preferences. The courtyard is enclosed and lush now and is safe for wandering residents who enjoy it daily. We have multiple entertainers that visit the community including singers, dancers and classical piano players. Our management team has an open door policy and families are welcome to bring suggestions and ideas to better the quality of life our residents. We have a wonderful team that is dedicated to serve our residents. We feel that the necessary changes have been made and many families see the positive changes. Most of the year, we have been 100% occupied and we often work from a small wait list. I want to personally invite you back to the community to have lunch so we can go over the changes we have made and seek an opportunity to update your review.

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Questions about Brookdale East Tucson

What programs or activities does Brookdale East Tucson offer to enrich residents' well-being?

We know that every resident has unique dreams and passions that continue to grow throughout life. That is why we work to create a place that goes well beyond physical support-to a socially connected community with opportunities to challenge the mind, lift the spirits, revitalize purpose and nurture the heart. We call this Optimum Life and believe it provides the ultimate in senior health & wellness. And, everyone can live one-regardless of challenges that may come with age. Our award winning, evidence-based programs provide a customized, integrated pallet of opportunities designed to support the pursuit of living well. At its foundation is the ability to maximize functional abilities. Our Brookdale B-Fit exercise program is designed with that as the goal. This cutting edge program encompasses the latest research & guidelines for seniors to provide a fun, holistic and stimulating exercise experience that we customize to accommodate the needs and challenges of each resident’s abilities.

What places are near Brookdale East Tucson or within walking distance for assisted living residents to enjoy?

We are near a farmer’s market, where the residents can enjoy fresh fruits and veggies. Also nearby are churches and Udall park Senior Center.

What transportation services does Brookdale East Tucson offer to assisted living residents?

Transport to and from doctor’s appointments, as well as trips to grocery stores, pharmacies, and planned activities.

What makes the chef or dining program at Brookdale East Tucson exceptional? What kind of menu can assisted living residents expect?

A great meal is one of life’s simple pleasures. At Brookdale, we believe dining well is part of living well. You'll enjoy restaurant-style dining with chef-prepared meals in an elegant dining room. Each day features a three course meal with an appetizer, main course and dessert, along with a variety of menu options that changes daily. Brookdale's Culinary Arts Institute is a professional development program designed to enhance the food preparation and presentation skills of our dining and culinary arts team at our senior living facilities. To encourage socialization regardless of our seniors abilities, we support the needs of the residents through the assignment of resident care assistants if needed.

What safety features or security measures does Brookdale East Tucson offer to assisted living residents?

We are a secured assisted living and all access doors are alarmed. This means we can take greater measures to keep our residents safe as well as support those with dementia.

How does Brookdale East Tucson keep residents' families informed about their loved ones?

We hold regularly scheduled care conferences to verify that the resident is receiving the care and services they want and need. Our community leadership team coordinates individualized wellness needs in collaboration with the residents additional care providers.

If Brookdale East Tucson accepts dogs or cats, what indoor/outdoor areas can they enjoy?

We absolutely love to accommodate our residents furry family members and have services available to support their care needs as well. Pets living with us appreciate the enclosed courtyard with beautiful grassy area where they can roam and play.

What ongoing senior care training does the staff receive?

Our staff is very involved in the day-to-day lives of our residents, with the aim of providing an enriching and caring experience for them. Each member of our staff is always willing to go above and beyond for residents. For our associates, this opportunity to serve others is more than a job — it’s a passion.

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Services and Amenities of Brookdale East Tucson


  • Rent Plus Care Fees
  • Fee Structure Extra: We Offer A Month To Month Rental
  • Assisted Living Starting At: $4805/month

Room and housing options

  • 1-bedroom apartments
  • Companion Suites: We Do Not Offer Companion Suites
  • Studio Apartments

Dining options

  • In Room Kitchenette
  • In Room Kitchens
  • Dining Room Shared Meals
  • Room Service For Meals


  • Beauty Barber Shop
  • Resident Transportation
  • Party Space
  • Tv Room
  • Garden And Patio
  • Resident Parking
  • Spa
  • Features Extra: Library, Secure Community With Key Pad Entry

Cleaning services

  • Laundry For Linens
  • Private Cleaning Services
  • Housekeeping
  • Laundry For Clothing

Technology and entertainment

  • Cable In Rooms
  • Wifi
  • Technology Extra: Emergency Call System

Health services

  • Medication Management
  • Physical Therapy
  • Pharma


  • Offsite Activities
  • Music
  • Games
  • Stories
  • Religious Services
  • Lectures Discussions
  • Wii Sports
  • Fitness Room
  • Arts And Crafts

Guest services

  • Guest Parking
  • Guests At Mealtime


  • English


  • Resident Capacity: 46
  • Staff Patient Ratio: 1 To 8
  • Minimum Age: 65
  • Pets: Yes

Range of services

  • Physical Therapy


  • Licenses: DIrected Care Licensure
  • State Licenses: AL2150C
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About Brookdale East Tucson

Brookdale East Tucson provides assisted living residents with lifestyles, housing, and services in comfortable surroundings combined with exceptional amenities, programs, and care. Through Brookdale's signature Personalized Assisted Living, we customize our care offerings for the individual. This allows each resident at our community the freedom and opportunity to make choices that will ease their lifestyle transitions. Residents enjoy life with the support they need, coupled with the appropriate accommodations as their needs change.

We promise Respect for Individual Preferences by offering personalized care needs and providing an atmosphere that encourages each assisted living resident to live in health and longevity. We also offer special housing and care options for those who require assistance with the activities of daily living such as dressing, bathing and assistance with medication. We offer graduated levels of care based upon the individual need of residents, as determined by our continual assessment process. We are dedicated to enriching the lives of residents every day with signature services for those who value their freedom and independence, but desire or need services providing them with the highest level of quality, care, and value.

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