93 Assisted Living Facilities near Tucson, AZ
Seniors that love natural beauty and dry desert air enjoy will enjoy retirement in Tucson, a city famous for its natural attractions as well as the gorgeous golf courses, fabulous cuisine, and thriving local culture. To help seniors in Tucson find the assisted living community that’s right for their family, we’ve researched and compiled in-depth information about the cost of care, how to pay for care, and important local laws and regulations involving senior care and assisted living.
With an average cost of $3,256 in Tucson, it’s often difficult to find assisted living communities that provide high-quality care at an affordable price. At Caring.com, our mission is to make this process as smooth and painless as possible, and we’ve helped many families along the way.
This guide provides everything you need to quickly compare communities and narrow your search, including 484 unique reviews from residents and our comprehensive database that gives pricing, amenity information, photos and more on the 92 facilities in Tucson.
Top 10 Assisted Living Facilities in Tucson, AZ
What to Consider About Assisted Living in Tucson
A sprawling city that sees over 300 days of sunshine per year, Tucson, Arizona, draws many retirees to its warm, desert climate and affordable housing. In fact, the city is home to almost 62,000 seniors, some of whom may require assisted living care. To accommodate these seniors, there are 89 assisted living facilities located within the city limits. In Tucson, as in all of Arizona, assisted living facilities (ALFs) are licensed and governed by the state's Division of Public Health Licensing Services.
Benefits and Drawbacks of Assisted Living in Tucson
- Tucson holds membership in the AARP Network of Age-Friendly Communities, meaning that its elected leadership "has made the commitment to actively work toward making their town, city or county a great place for people of all ages," according to AARP.
- Arizona seniors are not taxed on social security benefits, although they are partially taxed on pensions and retirement savings account withdrawals are fully taxed. Tucson seniors may find that these tax benefits result in more money for their assisted living budgets.
- The cost of living in Tucson is 99.4, slightly below the national average of 100. Healthcare also ranks lower than the average at 84, making the city an affordable place for seniors to live.
- The air quality in Tucson is ranked at 49 on a scale where 100 represents the areas with the cleanest air, slightly below the U.S. average of 58. Seniors with respiratory conditions might find it difficult to breathe in the city.
- Tucson has a warm, dry climate with temperatures reaching 100 degrees in the summer and dropping to 39 during the winter months. Seniors who do not enjoy extreme heat might not like living in Tucson.
- Tucson has a high crime rate. On a scale where 100 represents the areas with the most crime, Tucson ranks 37.5 for violent crime and 83.2 for property crime, both significantly higher than the national averages of 22.7 and 35.4, respectively. Seniors in assisted living facilities are generally protected by on-site staff, cameras, and alarm systems.
Paying for Assisted Living in Tucson
Average Monthly Costs
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Assisted Living costs in Tucson start around $3,242 per month on average, while the nationwide average cost of assisted living is $4,000 per month, according to the latest figures from Genworth’s Cost of Care Survey.
It’s important to note that assisted living rates in Tucson and the surrounding suburbs can vary widely based on factors such as location, the level of care needed, apartment size and the types of amenities offered at each community.
Financial Assistance for Assisted Living in Tucson
Eligible seniors who require financial assistance to help pay for assisted living may apply to the Arizona Long-Term Care System (ALTCS) program, which operates under a Medicaid 1115 demonstration waiver.
Learn more about these programs, plus who’s eligible, on our Assisted Living in Arizona page.
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 Tucson
Tucson and the surrounding area are home to numerous government agencies and non-profit organizations offering help for seniors searching for or currently residing in an assisted living community. These organizations can also provide assistance in a number of other eldercare services such as geriatric care management, elder law advice, estate planning, finding home care and health and wellness programs.
To see a list of free assisted living resources in Tucson, please visit our Assisted Living in Arizona page.
Assisted Living Laws and Regulations in Tucson
Tucson-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.
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Recent Reviews of Assisted Living in Tucson
Review of Brookdale East Tucson
We really like Brookdale East Tucson. It's really nice. They're very friendly, they communicate a lot and they're really nice. My dad's apartment is very functional, and the window is very large, s... Read more
Review of Sage Desert Assisted Living & Memory Care
We just recently moved in to Sage Desert and we're satisfied with what we have here, and the most important thing is my husband can get the care that he needs. It's a place that's only been opened ... Read more
Review of Heavenly Acres Assisted Living Home
I really felt blessed to have found this facility for my mom. It's small, family-based and not at all "institutional". The grandkids were there to keep my mom company, which she delighted in, the c... Read more
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How much is the average cost of living in Tucson?
To cover typical costs of living in Tucson, Arizona, the average adult needs a minimum of $22,856 in income. For those that work, this translates to a “living wage” of less than $11 per hour. Many major metropolitan areas on the west coast have a living wage of $15 or more. The low living wage in Tucson demonstrates that the cost of living is appealingly low.
How much does assisted living cost in Tucson?
Assisted living in Tucson costs an average of $4,695 per month, according to Genworth Financial. Compared to the average costs of many other areas, this is surprisingly high. For example, for the whole state of Arizona, the average monthly assisted living cost is $3,750. This almost $1,000 price difference between the state and the city average may make living in Tucson difficult for some even though the average cost of living in Tucson is low.
What are the demographics in Tucson?
According to the US Census Bureau, 13.6% of Tucson residents are age 65 and older. The majority of residents identify as white, and there’s also a very significant Hispanic population. The annual per capita income in Tucson in 2017 was $21,684, about $10,000 less than the United States average.
Who qualifies for assisted living?
Seniors who are interested in entering an assisted living facility in Tucson need to be able to leave their beds and direct their own care. They will not be accepted for admission if they need 24/7 skilled nursing or if they need consistent nursing care but can’t hire a private nurse. However, those who need some help with activities of daily living and those who have mild or moderate dementia will be eligible in many cases.
Can Social Security pay for assisted living?
Basic Social Security checks can be spent on anything the recipient deems necessary, so in that sense, yes. However, these basic funds will not cover the full amount of assisted living costs. In some cases, such as in the case of disability, seniors may be eligible for additional SSI funds or even for a state-funded supplement to Social Security. To understand your benefits, it’s best to explore the official Social Security website or reach out to your local Social Security office for more information.