Once home to the Native American Hohokam tribe, Oro Valley is now a suburb of Tuscon, Arizona, with a population of more than 45,000 people. A relatively high percentage of residents, 17.4%, are aged 65 and over, likely due to the area’s warm climate, outdoor recreation and low cost of living. Popular destinations for older adults include Tohono Chul and the National Parks Store, a beautiful gateway to the region’s abundant natural treasures.

Assisted living facilities are for seniors in Oro Valley who require some level of help with daily activities. These can be anything from light housekeeping and meal preparation to transportation and medication reminders. These communities are a good choice for seniors who want to maintain their independence but can no longer live in their own homes. The average monthly cost for assisted living in Oro Valley is $4,075, $175 more than the Arizona state average of $3,900.

Seniors and families looking for assisted living options in Oro Valley can benefit from this guide. It lists detailed information about senior care costs and links to free resources available in the area. 

Directory of Assisted Living Facilities in Oro Valley, AZ

2016

Fairwinds – Desert Point

10701 N. La Reserve Dr., Oro Valley, AZ, 85737

Fairwinds-Desert Point is nestled in the foothills of the Santa Catalina Mountain Range in Oro Valley, Arizona, near a selection of restaurants and stores. Visitors to the facility remark that the res … (read more)
Fairwinds-Desert Point is nestled in the foothills of the Santa Catalina Mountain Range in Oro Valley, Arizona, near a selection of restaurants and stores. Visitors to the facility remark that the res … (read more)

The Watermark at Oro Valley

9005 N. Oracle Road, Oro Valley, AZ, 85704

The Watermark at Oro Valley was very welcoming and open. The rooms were beautiful. The staff was beautiful. We had food there and it was wonderful. They just got a wonderful program for the food like … (read more)
The Watermark at Oro Valley was very welcoming and open. The rooms were beautiful. The staff was beautiful. We had food there and it was wonderful. They just got a wonderful program for the food like … (read more)

2014, 2015, 2016, 2018

Atria Campana Del Rio

1550 East River Road, Tucson, AZ, 85718

Atria Campana Del Rio is nice. My mom has dementia and she struggled a little bit at first, but she’s learning it. The staff is very friendly and very helpful. The food is really good. I have eaten th … (read more)
Atria Campana Del Rio is nice. My mom has dementia and she struggled a little bit at first, but she’s learning it. The staff is very friendly and very helpful. The food is really good. I have eaten th … (read more)

2013, 2014

Brookdale Santa Catalina

7500 North Calle Sin Envidia, Tucson, AZ, 85718

Located at the foot of Mount Lemmon in the Catalina Foothills of Tucson, Arizona, and minutes from many coffee shops and restaurants, Brookdale Santa Catalina is an assisted living facility with a 125 … (read more)
Located at the foot of Mount Lemmon in the Catalina Foothills of Tucson, Arizona, and minutes from many coffee shops and restaurants, Brookdale Santa Catalina is an assisted living facility with a 125 … (read more)

Sunrise at River Road

4975 North 1st Avenue, Tucson, AZ, 85718

Tucson, Arizona is home to Sunrise at River Road, offering both assisted living and memory care in a variety of room sizes. Modern rooms boast cable, WiFi, and an emergency call system. Residents may … (read more)
Tucson, Arizona is home to Sunrise at River Road, offering both assisted living and memory care in a variety of room sizes. Modern rooms boast cable, WiFi, and an emergency call system. Residents may … (read more)

2021

The Country Club of La Cholla

8700 N. La Cholla Blvd., Tucson, AZ, 85742

This was on my list for the top two facilities we toured for my parents. Location is fantastic and quiet. Staff was very knowledgeable of all the places we visited. Prices are reasonable for the serv … (read more)
This was on my list for the top two facilities we toured for my parents. Location is fantastic and quiet. Staff was very knowledgeable of all the places we visited. Prices are reasonable for the serv … (read more)

Park Senior Villas – La Canada

6899 N. La Canada Drive , Tucson, AZ, 85704

Facility grounds are well kept, rooms are spacious and clean, staff is professional and caring. Management team is very supportive. Food is stove top to table
Facility grounds are well kept, rooms are spacious and clean, staff is professional and caring. Management team is very supportive. Food is stove top to table

The Ranch Estates of Tucson

2365 W Orange Grove Rd., Tucson, AZ, 85741

My mom is here and it was beautiful. They did a wonderful job designing it. Everybody was very friendly, and they answered all my questions. It was just a great experience overall visiting them and th … (read more)
My mom is here and it was beautiful. They did a wonderful job designing it. Everybody was very friendly, and they answered all my questions. It was just a great experience overall visiting them and th … (read more)

Brookdale North Tucson

2650 West Ina Road, Tucson, AZ, 85741

Nestled in the foothills near the town of Marana, Brookdale North Tucson is located on the north side of Tuscon, Arizona, home to the University of Arizona. The facility is described by residents and … (read more)
Nestled in the foothills near the town of Marana, Brookdale North Tucson is located on the north side of Tuscon, Arizona, home to the University of Arizona. The facility is described by residents and … (read more)

Amber Lights

6231 North Montebella Road, Tucson, AZ, 85704

I went to Amber Lights. They’re friendly, warm, and clean. The room was larger than the other place I looked at. It’s a one-bedroom plus a den and it’s available now. The salesperson was very friendly … (read more)
I went to Amber Lights. They’re friendly, warm, and clean. The room was larger than the other place I looked at. It’s a one-bedroom plus a den and it’s available now. The salesperson was very friendly … (read more)

Crossroads Adult Care Community

5821 N. Escondido Lane, Tucson, AZ, 85704

Crossroads Adult Care Community is an assisted living facility located in Tuscon, Arizona, just off US Route 10, approximately 2 miles from the Northwest Medical Center. The facility’s staff receive p … (read more)
Crossroads Adult Care Community is an assisted living facility located in Tuscon, Arizona, just off US Route 10, approximately 2 miles from the Northwest Medical Center. The facility’s staff receive p … (read more)

The Gardens at San Carlos

4553 E San Carlos Place S, Tucson, AZ, 85712

The Gardens at San Carlos is a 10-person adult homecare assisted living. It’s been great. The staff has been very helpful and very caring. My relative needs 24-hour care. Her room is super comfortable … (read more)
The Gardens at San Carlos is a 10-person adult homecare assisted living. It’s been great. The staff has been very helpful and very caring. My relative needs 24-hour care. Her room is super comfortable … (read more)

2014, 2016

Foothills Place

3701 North Swan Road, Tucson, AZ, 85718

Very nice to look at, staff talked a wonderful game to get you to sign and then the professional help was absent. My husband was only in there for the month of July till Aug 9. Took FOREVER to get t … (read more)
Very nice to look at, staff talked a wonderful game to get you to sign and then the professional help was absent. My husband was only in there for the month of July till Aug 9. Took FOREVER to get t … (read more)

Inspirations of River Centre

5665 East River Road, Tucson, AZ, 85750

<p>Residents of Inspirations of River Centre are proud of the independence they maintain and enjoy the security of 24-hour personalized assistance. While we offer a helping hand with day-to-day tasks … (read more)
<p>Residents of Inspirations of River Centre are proud of the independence they maintain and enjoy the security of 24-hour personalized assistance. While we offer a helping hand with day-to-day tasks … (read more)

Crossroads Adult Care Community

5242 N. Genemata Drive, Tucson, AZ, 85704

Crossroads Adult Care Community is located in Tucson, Arizona, just a short drive from the Rillito River and the Tucson Mall. Visitors appreciate the facility’s large rooms, which have full-size telev … (read more)
Crossroads Adult Care Community is located in Tucson, Arizona, just a short drive from the Rillito River and the Tucson Mall. Visitors appreciate the facility’s large rooms, which have full-size telev … (read more)

Oak Haven Assisted Living

7163 North Pomona Road, Tucson, AZ, 85704

Oak Haven Assisted Living was a care home, and they had a lovely yard area and living room. The bedrooms seemed nice. It was open, light, and clean. I liked it. The person I spoke to was great.
Oak Haven Assisted Living was a care home, and they had a lovely yard area and living room. The bedrooms seemed nice. It was open, light, and clean. I liked it. The person I spoke to was great.

Crossroads Adult Care Community

5825 N. Escondido Lane, Tucson, AZ, 85704


Crossroads Adult Care Community

5833 N. Escondido Lane, Tucson, AZ, 85704


2013, 2014, 2018

The Forum at Tucson

2500 North Rosemont Boulevard, Tucson, AZ, 85712

The Forum at Tucson is clean. The rooms are big, as far as I can tell. Everybody is really friendly. We tried the food a couple of times, and it was really good. I think it was like restaurant quality … (read more)
The Forum at Tucson is clean. The rooms are big, as far as I can tell. Everybody is really friendly. We tried the food a couple of times, and it was really good. I think it was like restaurant quality … (read more)

2013, 2015, 2016

The Fountains at La Cholla

2001 West Rudasill Road, Tucson, AZ, 85741

This was on my list for the top two facilities we toured for my parents. Location is fantastic and quiet. Staff was the friendliest of all the places we visited. Prices are reasonable for the service … (read more)
This was on my list for the top two facilities we toured for my parents. Location is fantastic and quiet. Staff was the friendliest of all the places we visited. Prices are reasonable for the service … (read more)

What to Consider About Assisted Living in Oro Valley

To ensure the health and safety of older adults, The Bureau of Residential Facilities Licensing oversees the operations of assisted living facilities in Oro Valley and the rest of Arizona. The bureau is under the Arizona Department of Health Services. In addition to licensing and inspections, the state offers training to facilities that need it. 

Benefits and Drawbacks of Assisted Living in Oro Valley

  • Seniors in Oro Valley enjoy a warm climate with very mild summers and hot summers. Active adults can take advantage of an average of 279 days of sunshine per year, which is more than 70 days above the national average. Oro Valley gets less than 14 inches of precipitation per year on average. 
  • The American Lung Association gives Pima County a passing grade for particle pollution, making it safe for seniors to breathe outside most of the time. While the area gets a failing grade for ozone pollution, assisted living communities offer plenty of protected indoor activities when levels are high. 
  • Rates of both property crime and violent crime are significantly lower in Oro Valley than the Greater Tuscon Area and the state of Arizona as a whole. Families who seek even more peace of mind can find assisted living communities with security features, such as controlled access points, video surveillance and alarms. 
  • While the overall cost of living in Oro Valley is 9.1% higher than the national average, healthcare costs are significantly lower. According to cost data from hospital stays, doctor visits and dental checkups in the area, seniors in Oro Valley pay 18.5% less for healthcare costs compared to the national average. 
  • Seniors in Oro Valley without their own vehicle can use Sun Tran to get to many locations throughout the Tuscon area. Curb-to-curb services may be available for some residents who need to go directly to medical appointments and other important destinations. As of the summer of 2021, all trips on Sun Tran, Sun Link and Sun Express are free. 

Paying for Assisted Living in Oro Valley

According to data from Genworth’s Cost of Care Survey 2020, the average cost for assisted living in Oro Valley is $4,075 per month. The average cost for Arizona is $3,900 per month, and the national average is $4,300 per month.

The Cost of Assisted Living in Nearby Cities

Assisted living in Oro Valley is a bit more expensive than other cities in the southern part of Arizona. The state capital, Phoenix, has some of the lowest costs, with a monthly average of $3,700. In the mountains near the border with Mexico, Sierra Vista has similar costs to Oro Valley at $4,000 per month. Yuma is also similarly priced at $4,025. 

$4075

Oro Valley

$3900

Arizona

$4300

The United States

$3700

Phoenix

$4000

Sierra Vista

$4025

Yuma

The Cost of Other Types of Senior Care

Families can expect to pay less for assisted living than every other type of care in Oro Valley except adult day health care, which has an estimated cost of just $1,842 per month. Due to the high level of care, nursing homes are the most expensive option at $6,565 for a semiprivate room and $7,604 for a private room. Seniors who still live at home but need assistance can expect to pay about $5,053 per month for homemaker services or a home health aide. 

$5053

Homemaker Services

$5053

Home Health Aide

$1842

Adult Day Health Care

$4075

Assisted Living Facility

$6565

Nursing Home Facility (semiprivate room)

$7604

Nursing Home Facility (private room)

Note: Care cost data for Oro Valley was not available, so data for the closest city, Tuscon, was used instead.

Financial Assistance for Assisted Living in Oro Valley

Low-income seniors residing in Oro Valley have access to three programs that could help pay for assisted living, including Arizona Non-Medical, Home and Community Based ServicesSupplemental Security Income and Arizona Health Care Cost Containment System, which is Arizona’s Medicaid program. 

Learn more about these programs, plus who’s eligible, on our Assisted Living in Arizona page.

Financial Assistance for Assisted Living in Oro Valley

More Ways to Pay for Assisted Living

While many families use their own funds or personal assets to pay for assisted living, there are plenty of additional options to cover these costs. Some additional ways to finance assisted living costs include:

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

For more information about different ways to finance assisted living, visit our Assisted Living in Arizona page.

Free Assisted Living Resources in Oro Valley

Seniors in assisted living or considering moving into an assisted living community in the Oro Valley have several resources available to them. Local and government agencies and organizations provide free services, including health and nutrition information, transportation options and benefits counseling.

ResourceContactService
Pima Council on Aging (PCOA)(520) 790-7262The PCOA runs several programs and services in Oro Valley to help seniors looking for assisted living or who already live in an assisted living community. One of these services is the Long-Term Care Ombudsman, which is made up of volunteers who advocate for the rights of seniors. PCOA also offers legal assistance, end-of-life care planning and the senior companion program. 
Tuscon Vet Center(520) 882-0333Veterans and surviving spouses can find out if VA benefits will help pay for assisted living by contacting the Tuscon Vet Center. Beneficiaries who meet certain financial and clinical requirements may also take advantage of Aid & Attendance benefits, which provide additional money for long-term care services on top of existing pension payments. Counselors also help coordinate care options across a variety of public and private institutions. 
Interfaith Community Services (ICS)(520) 297-6049 ICS is a nonprofit organization that strives to enhance seniors’ independence and quality of life throughout Oro Valley and Greater Tuscon. They offer tax assistance, emergency financial aid, mobile meals, healthcare advocacy and even companionship. ICS also offers loans for durable medical equipment so that seniors with financial limitations can remain healthy and mobile. Senior volunteers are responsible for delivering many of these services. 
Pima County Community Centers(520) 724-5360In addition to communal lunches and food distribution, several community centers in Pima Valley offer senior programs. Activities include casino meetups, movie nights, embroidery and games. Some centers have fitness classes and martial arts. The closest free center to Oro Valley is the Ellie Towne Flowing Wells Community Center on Ruthrauff Road. They offer free computer use in their senior lounge. 

Assisted Living Laws and Regulations in Oro Valley

Oro Valley-area assisted living communities must adhere to the comprehensive set of state laws and regulations that all assisted living communities in Arizona are required to follow. Visit our Assisted Living in Arizona page for more information about these laws.

Assisted Living Laws and Regulations in Oro Valley