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If you’re considering moving your loved one into a Tucson nursing home, our senior living advisors can help. The term “nursing home” is often used interchangeably with assisted living or other senior housing options; but a nursing home is a skilled nursing facility for individuals with serious, debilitating short- or long-term health issues. So even the best nursing homes in Tucson, AZ may not be right for seniors who don’t require round-the-clock care.
We can help you determine if a skilled nursing facility in Tucson or another care type is right for you. Browse 86 senior living options near you to see the variety available, or contact us to learn more about elderly homes in Tucson.
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The staff and facility exceeded all expectations. The staff are wonderful. Overall, although so sad and stressful, the experience has been great.
I have lived in other communities in Arizona. I will highly recommend this one to anyone who would be looking for a retirement home.
The key is that the staff are caring and compassionate. The community is kept very neat and clean and they have lots of activities for the residents. I would recommend this community to others based on my experience.
2675 N Wyatt Drive, Tucson, AZ 85712
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Situated in vibrant Tucson, Arizona, our community is specialized in Memory Care for individuals with Alzheimer's, dementia, and memory loss issues. Our community creates a customized service and assistance plan for each resident with a variety of therapies and life enrichment activities....
The staff and facility exceeded, all expectations. The staff are wonders. Overall, though so very sad an dstressful, the experience has been great.
1550 East River Road, Tucson, AZ 85718
At Atria Campana del Rio, you'll discover a welcoming senior community nestled in the bucolic foothills of the Santa Catalina Mountains in Tucson. The area's Spanish-style architecture is reflected in the red-tile roofs and soft desert colors throughout each spacious apartment and townhome....
My 90 year old mother had a shoulder replacement repair on [date removed], after which she was placed in a substandard rehab (using the term *rehab* VERY loosely) on 12/7. Her muscle tone was poor, and she...
400 S. Broadway Place, Tucson, AZ 85710
Broadway Proper Retirement Community offers the beauty and serenity of a desert oasis in the heart of East Tucson. We are located near Udall Park, the Ott Family YMCA, Hilton East, St. Joseph's Hospital, Carondelet Health Network, and both Park Place Mall and Elcon Mall.Along with the warmth of...
Broadway Proper is a virtual oasis in the desert tucked away in Tucson's fashionable Eastside. Upon entering, guests are treated to the friendly smiles of residents and staff. Decide to stay for lunch and...
1615 N Norton Ave, Tucson, AZ 85719
The Gardens at Blenman Elm is a newly renovated, sun-filled home in central Tucson. Our core values support active, compassionate, excellent, and responsive care and the living space is perfect for those values. Inside the home we have an inner courtyard, a high-end kitchen, and stunning open...
Overall I had no problems with the Gardens. it met our needs very well. We only moved my mom so that she could be in the same facility as my dad (who is in independent living).
4975 North 1st Avenue, Tucson, AZ 85718
Since 2008 Sunrise at River Road as been providing outstanding assisted living and memory care services to Tucson. Located at River Road and North 1st Avenue we are centrally located, are a warm and inviting, homelike environment complete with pets, fresh flowers, southwest landscaping and...
My mom seems to be happy. She does complain about the wait time in the dining room though. However based on our experience so far we would recommend this community to other families.
2500 N Rosemont Blvd, Tucson, AZ 85712
The Forum at Tucson is for seniors who want to maintain their rich and rewarding life without the responsibilities of running a household. It is ideal if you are an active senior who wants to focus on the things you enjoy most in life, but yet have assistance available should you need it. With...
They did a great job for us. They worked really well with us to help and get my sister in law to progress. She had a tendency to want to hold back and not do much for herself and they were really wonderful...
8468 East Speedway Boulevard, Tucson, AZ 85710
Live With EnthusiasmNestled in the beautiful city of Tucson, Arizona, you will find an assisted living community that gives you more than personal care. This is a place where you can savor restaurant-style dining, spacious and private accommodations, a variety of common rooms for socializing and...
It's a very good fit for our family. My loved one is really happy there, and really appreciated being introduced to the other residents. It's a smaller community, wihich offers a freindly service. Everyones...
7500 North Calle Sin Envidia, Tucson, AZ 85718
Are you ready for fewer chores and more adventures?Come see if our continuing care retirement community, or CCRC, with independent living, assisted living, memory care and skilled nursing all on one campus is the right fit for you. We’re a rental CCRC. That means you’ll pay a monthly rental fee...
I have recommended the community to others. The only issue we have right now is the community is short staff and which leads to not being able to get things done in time. However other than that my loved one...
6899 N. LaCanada Road, Tucson, AZ 85704
The Villas at La Canada is an affordable assisted living community and memory care provider located in northwest Tucson, Pima County, Arizona. Uniquely placed in a beautiful residential setting, The Villas at La Canada is a warm, supportive place to call home, and a wonderful place for friends...
My husband needed memory care placement from hospitalization. I was referred to multiple facilities, when I visited Park Senior Villas, it was different experience, it felt like will give us and my husband ...
3701 N Swan Rd, Tucson, AZ 85718
Foothills Place is a pet friendly senior living community in Tucson, AZ, where we provide residents with quality care and assistance with their daily routine when needed, while promoting independence as long as possible. We develop individual care plans to meet the needs of each resident, and a...
I think it is a really good mid-sized facility. It is not too big and it is not too small. They have lots of activities going on every afternoon. Mom says they keep them super busy and she is tired by the...
9050 East Tanque Verde Road, Tucson, AZ 85749
A Life Well LivedTucked in a cozy nook at the base of the beautiful Catalina Foothills, your loved one has a wonderful opportunity to enjoy all the comforts of home here in our friendly and life-giving memory care community. Whether they want to engage with their fellow neighbors in the many...
Brookdale is a great place. I made the decision to place my loved one here - which should tell you all that you need to know.
844 N. Houghton Rd, Tucson, AZ 85748
The Villas at Houghton The Villas at Houghton is an assisted living community located in Tucson, Pima County, Arizona that provides quality care for those dealing with dementia or Alzheimer's. This community provides a safe place to live in a location that is great. Guests of the residents of...
There is no complaints about the food. They have a lot of activites, which looks pretty goo. They have movies, wheel of fortune, arts, crafts, and exercising. It was the best value for the money. We picked...
5901 N La Cholla Blvd, Tucson, AZ 85741
Located just north of the Rillito River, Copper Canyon is not just a memory care facility, we are a memory care community. It is a warm, welcoming senior community for those in need of assisted living, transitional assisted living, or memory care. Copper Canyon combines Person-Centered Care with...
This is an amazing community for your loved one. I have no complaints at all. They have activities like daily memory exercises and then activities depending on the month of the year. This month they will be...
2720 E River Rd, Tucson, AZ 85718
Tucson’s Premier Senior Living CommunityThe Hacienda at the River heralds a new era in senior care. A 7.5-acre senior living community in the Catalina Foothills of Tucson, The Hacienda is a unique community for individuals seeking exceptional Independent Living, Assisted Living and Memory Care....
We are so pleased with this community and the care that my mother-in-law is receiving. Her room in the memory care is very nice, spacious and there are currently 10 residents but they are set up for 20. ...
5660 N Kolb Rd, Tucson, AZ 85750
We are happy to announce that Tucson Place at Ventana Canyon is now recognized as a U.S. News & World Report 2022-23 Best Assisted Living community! Tucson Place is located in the beautiful Catalina Foothills of Tucson, Arizona, and offers personalized assisted living facilities and Alzheimer's...
The sales lady [name removed] was incredibly friendly from the moment our family met her. We visited other communities and they turned our loved one away immediately and Tucson Place accepted her immediately...
8111 E. Broadway, Tucson, AZ 85710
We chose Fellowship Square because I really liked the place from the moment we walked in, I got a great feeling. Super friendly and helpful staff. The location is also very close for me which is nice. It is...
8151 East Speedway Boulevard, Tucson, AZ 85710
We offer a home like setting and cheerful smiles from our professional staff who greet you everyday. Our caring staff offers the assistance you need while respecting your independence. Our peaceful setting, restaurant style dining experience, activities and beautiful setting combine to create a...
We love it here. We chose Sierra Del Sol because of the cleanliness of the facility and the friendliness of the staff members. The staff have all been very attentive, my mother in law feels very supported by...
1020 N Woodland Ave, Tucson, AZ 85711
You will have an opportunity to make your contribution to our family, which makes Woodland Palms Memory Care the distinctive place that it is in Tucson, AZ. It is people that make a community. We recognize that people make all the difference. Treating people well – with respect, trust, care, and...
They're working out great so far. My loved one was pretty far along in her Alzheimer's, but she went in and made friends right away. She's had a really good experience. The staff have been great to work...
8700 N La Cholla Blvd, Tucson, AZ 85742
Snowbird Stays from $150 per day!The Country Club of La Cholla offers luxury retirement living for the young at heart.You can relax in the classic country club setting of the Catalina Foothills and make yourself comfortable in one of our bright and spacious apartment homes. Your calendar will be...
I moved here three years ago from the midwest. I chose Country Club due to the closeness of my children here in Tucson. It was the best decision of my retired life. The residents and staff here are so...
2650 West Ina Road, Tucson, AZ 85741
COMMUNITY VISITS HAPPENING DAILYTucked away in the northwest side of Tucson in the foothills close to Marana, you will discover a warm and welcoming assisted living community that operates more like a family than a traditional senior living home. You will feel right at home as soon as you walk...
The staff at Brookdale North Tucson are very helpful. They tried really hard to accommodate our family's needs. And there are lots of activities and things to do if you want to do them. I would highly...
5665 E River Rd, Tucson, AZ 85750
Inspirations of River Centre, providing Assisted Living to the Tucson area.
I really can't say anything bad about Elmcroft. But my mom complains that the activities could be revised. She has given some suggestions, but hasn't made any changes. They could have a driver available...
2365 W Orange Grove Rd, Tucson, AZ 85741
The Ranch Estates of Tucson is senior living at its finest. We are located in the beautiful Casas Adobes area of Tucson, near Oro Valley. Our community includes assisted living and memory care services and amenities catered to the individual. The Ranch Estates of Tucson is much more than senior...
We thought it was a really nice community and we would recommend this community to other families. The only reason we did not give them a 5 star overall is that we had trouble scheduling transportation to...
5821 N Escondido Ln, Tucson, AZ 85704
Crossroads Adult Care III is located in Pima county, Tucson AZ. It is a caring residential care home with loving caregivers assisting residents in a group home setting. Historical, cultural, recreational, natural and educational attractions bring many people to perpetually sunny Tucson. Enveloped...
2221 N Rosemont Blvd, Tucson, AZ 85712
The Handmaker community offers Assisted Living and Health Care services for every stage of the aging. Residents and families can feel confident that, as needs change, quality, caring staff and programs will be there to meet those needs. In addition to the apartment settings, Handmaker offers...
My loved one has only been here a short time. She is just here for rehab. She loves the people, and they are very responsive. If she squeezes for assistance they are there immediately. They have been working...
4553 E San Carlos Pl S, Tucson, AZ 85712
The Gardens is a renovated, sun-filled home in central Tucson. Our core values support Compassionate, Active, Responsive, and Excellent care and the living space is responsive to those values. Inside the home we have soaring ceilings, a high-end kitchen, and stunning open spaces for socializing....
Skilled nursing care is considerably more expensive than other types of senior care, regardless of whether a senior receives it in a nursing home or a senior living facility. Because skilled nursing requires a higher level of medical care and oversight, it comes with a higher price tag. According to Genworth’s Cost of Care Survey, a Tucson nursing home costs about $6,601 a month. This is slightly under the national average and includes room and board as well as care.
Seniors who don’t need 24/7 medical care will pay a lower fee for their senior living. Assisted living in Tucson is almost half the cost of skilled nursing care, at an average of $3,737 a month. Memory care is similar at $4,333 a month for room, board, and care services. The costs of all senior care types in Tucson, including skilled nursing care, are below national averages and maintain Tucson’s reputation as a more affordable option for senior care.
The figures in the charts below are the average costs for senior care homes in Tucson, before any additional fees for amenities or care services. These figures are meant to be a helpful comparison between senior care homes in Tucson and the surrounding areas.
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Because some skilled nursing services can be covered with public assistance, most families look to pay for their skilled nursing care with a mix of public assistance and private funds. Medicaid, Medicare, and veterans benefits can help cover some of the costs of skilled nursing care, but most families need to use some private funds as well.
We know that careful planning is one step towards keeping the right senior living communities within grasp, so we’ve gathered information about how to use private funds, veterans benefits, Medicaid, and Medicare to pay for your or your loved one’s nursing home or senior care needs.
Retirement accounts are a common way to pay for senior living but certainly aren’t the only private method. Many families also ask if life insurance can be used to pay for senior living. While it depends on the policy, individuals may be able to cash out their life insurance plan and use those funds to pay. Read on to learn about some other ways that families keep senior living affordable.
Arizona nursing homes and other senior care types maintain resident freedoms and are required to provide a high quality of care. Caregivers in Arizona’s nursing homes go through certified training programs, and the facilities themselves go through yearly inspections to retain licensure. As in many states, caregivers must be over 18 (and caregiver aides must be over 16), and all workers must pass a background check.
In 2022, Arizona strengthened requirements for caregivers at skilled nursing facilities and assisted living communities. According to this new law, people with felonies due to violence or fraud are not permitted to work in any Arizona nursing home or long-term care facility.
Nursing homes or skilled nursing facilities are regulated by the federal government. Many of the services offered in skilled nursing facilities can be paid for with federal programs, like Medicare and Medicaid, which is why the government takes a greater responsibility in their oversight. The Code of Federal Regulations for Long-Term Care Facilities outlines the basic requirements for skilled nursing units, including the following:
The nursing home search tool on Medicare.gov provides a public report card for every skilled nursing facility in the country. You can find the results of their last inspection, recent violations and complaints, and general information about the facility.
Arizona nursing homes are also regulated and licensed by the state through the Bureau of Long-Term Care Licensing. Compared to other states, Arizona has thorough requirements for all of its senior care communities, including nursing homes. The Bureau of Long-Term Care Licensing fully outlines the rights of all nursing home residents in its Consumer’s Guide to Nursing Homes, including the following:
Nursing homes in Arizona undergo state inspections about once a year, and you can find the results of these inspections on the Long-Term Care Provider Search Form. You can search for communities by name, ZIP code, address, or care type.
The Bureau of Residential Licensing regulates assisted living facilities, board and care homes, and memory care facilities in Arizona. After receiving an initial license, these senior care communities also go through annual inspections. All inspection results for these care types are publicly available on the same AZDHS Provider Search Form.
According to Article 8: Assisted Living Facilities from the Department of Health Services, all Arizona assisted living and memory care facilities must uphold the following resident rights:
Also according to Article 8, caregivers of Arizona assisted living and memory care communities must be 18 years or older and complete an approved training program. All caregivers must also complete a first aid and CPR training and be up to date on their Tuberculosis vaccine.
Arizona Department of Health Services
150 N. 18th Ave.
Phoenix, AZ 85007
Tucson’s nursing homes and other long-term care facilities follow Arizona’s state guidelines — called the Arizona Together program — to mitigate the effects of COVID-19 on residents, staff members, and visitors. According to this program, residents should mask when sick and test if exposed to COVID-19.
The Pima County Long-Term Care Resource Center provides at-home tests, vaccinations, and personal protective equipment, like gloves and masks, to local nursing homes and assisted living communities. While Arizona is behind other states in vaccination rates among nursing home residents, Pima County reports that 50% of local nursing home residents are vaccinated against COVID-19. The county reports weekly data about vaccination rates, deaths, and infections on its COVID-19 Data Reports page.
Vaccinations. Staff members and residents are encouraged but not required to become vaccinated against COVID-19.
Masking. Staff members are required to mask when working with nursing home residents, and residents and visitors are encouraged to mask when sick.
Quarantining. All long-term care facilities in Tucson follow federal guidelines from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) and allow visitors at any time, regardless of vaccination status.
Number of in-network assisted living and memory care facilities with skilled nursing wings in Tucson
Tucson is just right for many seniors. Beautiful weather, a large number of senior living options, and a zesty culture make Tucson appealing to plenty of people over 65. Arizona’s senior-friendly tax laws also keep Tucson within reach for many seniors.
Despite being smaller than its Arizona cousin, Phoenix, Tucson pulls its weight when it comes to senior living options. Skilled nursing facilities in Tucson are well-established and have plenty of resources. Assisted living and memory care communities also offer a wide range of services and amenities.
Whether they’re moving in from out of state or staying put, most seniors can find a senior living option that’s just right for them in Tucson. In this section, we’ll go over the differences between skilled nursing and assisted living. Then, we’ll explain what skilled nursing care is really like in Tucson. We also add valuable information about other care types and some fun extras, like great senior-friendly activities.
The term “nursing home” is sometimes used to refer to any senior living community. But nursing homes are actually a specific type of rehabilitation facility most often used by people recovering from a medical procedure or an illness. Nursing homes provide a skilled nursing level of care associated with hospitals, not assisted living communities. Many seniors who don’t need round-the-clock medical help find a better fit in assisted living or memory care.
Also, nursing homes are not the only option for receiving skilled nursing services. In Tucson, A Place for Mom partners with 47 assisted living and memory care facilities that also offer access to skilled nursing care on site. These communities come in all shapes and sizes, including stand-alone nursing homes, traditional assisted living communities, continuing care retirement communities (CCRCs), and board and care homes. Read on to learn what it’s like to live in each of these communities as a senior in need of skilled nursing care.
Traditional, stand-alone nursing homes in Tucson provide exceptional care for a variety of clientele. Some seniors may need a two-week stay to recover from surgery, while others may need longer-term medical care. Regardless of the length of the stay, seniors in Tucson’s nursing homes have access to skilled nursing care 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
They also provide social services. All nursing homes in Tucson provide a case manager to advocate for each client and make sure they’re discharged at the right time. High standards reflect the higher cost of nursing homes in Tucson, which is $6,601 a month on average, according to Genworth’s most recent Cost of Care Survey.
Many of these stand-alone nursing homes offer private or semi-private rooms and meals. Lifestyle amenities like outdoor courtyards and beauty salons are also common. Far from the more institutional aesthetic of nursing homes in the past, nursing homes in Tucson now tend to be more homelike and create a warm, pleasant environment as part of the healing process.
Assisted living and memory care in Tucson can be organized into three types: traditional stand-alone communities, continuing care retirement communities (CCRCs), and board and care homes. Tucson has a roughly equal split between these three. This gives seniors a higher chance of finding a great option that suits their budget and their needs (and many of their wants, too).
Both traditional assisted living communities and CCRCs often have skilled nursing wings or access to nursing care services in the resident’s unit. However, these assisted living and memory care facilities don’t typically accept new residents in immediate need of 24/7 skilled nursing care. On-site skilled nursing services are instead reserved for current residents who grow to need such services in the event of surgery, illness, or hospice, so that they won’t need to move if their needs change.
Because assisted living and memory care don’t immediately offer the kind of medical services as nursing homes, they cost about half as much monthly. Residents receiving skilled nursing care at these communities often pay for their skilled nursing with additional fees, which can become very expensive. Traditional assisted living communities and CCRCs use a different payment structure to account for skilled nursing costs.
Most traditional assisted living and memory care communities provide some form of skilled nursing care, often in a skilled nursing wing or through access to on-site nursing care services in the resident’s unit. It’s important to note that skilled nursing care is not included in the monthly payment and instead is added on as an additional charge. Skilled nursing care is expensive, and these additional costs can add up very quickly.
Traditional assisted living and memory care communities offer semi-private or private rooms and restaurant-style dining. They also have design features with their residents’ safety and general well-being in mind, like shower rails. Memory care communities in Tucson tend to be connected to assisted living communities but often have a higher level of security and activities that support seniors with dementia. Not all assisted living communities have 24-hour awake staff, but most memory care communities do, and both provide personal care, maintenance, housekeeping, and meals.
Continuing care retirement communities (CCRCs) in Tucson are often newer and larger than their traditional assisted living or memory care counterparts. These communities usually include assisted living, memory care, independent living, and skilled nursing wings.
They tend to be a bit more expensive than other options because they offer seniors the opportunity to stay in the same community at a fixed rate even as their care needs change. These communities also tend to be more resort-like with many on-site services. Most CCRCs also have higher-end amenities that appeal to the range of residents, like luxurious pools and in-house bars.
CCRCs have a different payment structure than traditional assisted living communities. A large admissions fee, often more than $100,000, is the norm for CCRCs. However, the admissions fee offsets future skilled nursing care costs for the resident. This means after the initial fee is paid, monthly costs tend to stay about the same even when the resident needs expensive skilled nursing care.
Board and care homes offer the same type of care as assisted living communities but in residential homes. They provide the same care services and meals within a more private, homelike environment. These communities usually have up to eight residents, and caregivers often live in the home with the residents.
Given their size, these homes don’t offer skilled nursing care as often as other senior living options in Tucson. However, many board and care home residents employ home health care agencies to provide skilled nursing care while they reside in the home. Home health care can be less expensive than skilled nursing care in a CCRC or assisted living facility because caregivers are usually paid by the hour. However, home health care stops being cost-effective if the senior needs round-the-clock skilled nursing care.
Also, due to their smaller size, board and care homes in Tucson are considerably less expensive than traditional assisted living communities or CCRCs. Tucson has about as many board and care homes as traditional assisted living communities, which means there are more cost-effective options for assisted living in Tucson than in many other cities.
Tucson’s charm is in the details. And for many seniors, the first detail they cite is the climate. At just under 2,500 feet, Tucson is more than 1,000 feet higher than Phoenix and has a milder climate to show for it. Summers can still top 100 degrees, but in general, being outside in Tucson is pleasant all year round. But it’s not just the nice weather: Tucson’s scenic mountain ranges and famous sunsets can be enjoyed just as easily from a back porch as they can from a mountaintop.
Cost of living is top of mind for most seniors, and Tucson is just under the national average for most cost-of-living standards, including the cost of skilled nursing and assisted living care. With a population of about 500,000, Tucson is also more manageable for seniors who may tire of the noise of a larger city but want to maintain a connection to cultural activities.
As Tucson is home to the University of Arizona and a thriving art scene, locals have no trouble finding cultural and intellectual pursuits. Because of the robust social programs at most senior living communities, staying connected and busy is easy even for seniors who stay home most of the day.
Green Valley is a large retirement community about 30 minutes south of Tucson. It has a population of over 22,000 and is growing due to its status as one of the best places to retire in the United States. Although over 80% of the residents are over 65, the town has a school system, public parks, and shopping centers.
With so many seniors, Green Valley has a uniquely high concentration of senior living communities, a virtually nonexistent crime rate, and a lower cost of living than Tucson. Green Valley has plenty of nursing home options, most of which are traditional nursing homes and CCRCs. While not as culturally vibrant as Tucson, Green Valley has plenty of community-organized activities, and many seniors enjoy living full-time in this serene little hamlet.
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Tucson, Arizona, has a good number of health care options, and one of the best hospitals in the United States.
TMC Healthcare-Tucson is one of the best hospitals in the United States, according to U.S. News and World Report. It’s both a general medical and surgical center and performs highly in the following areas (among others): cardiology and heart surgery, geriatrics, and colon cancer surgery.
5301 E. Grant Road
Tucson, AZ 85712
According to U.S. News and World Report, Northwest Medical Center-Tucson is one of the best hospitals in the city. With 300 beds, this facility has high outcomes for multiple procedures, including heart attack care, kidney failure, and prostate cancer surgery.
6200 N. La Cholla Blvd.
Tucson, AZ 85741
The Banner-University Medical Center Tucson is a high-performing private nonprofit hospital on the University of Arizona’s campus.
2800 E. Ajo Way
Tucson, AZ 85713
Carondelet St. Joseph’s Hospital is a private, for-private institution with 449 beds. It specializes in neurology, neurosurgery, and ophthalmology, as well as acute care.
350 N. Wilmont Road
Tucson, AZ 85711
Like most Western cities, Tucson is best navigated by car. However, residents of Tucson’s senior care communities don’t need to worry about driving themselves. This is because almost all of our partnering senior care communities offer transportation services for their residents. Visiting family members can either rent a car or use Tucson’s public transportation system, which is called Sun Tran and includes the Sun Link streetcar, Sun Vans, Sun on Demand, and the Sun Shuttle.
The Sun Tran system is affordable and reliable for seniors and offers a few senior-specific benefits. Some of the perks for seniors on the Sun Tran system are the following:
Information is available on the senior page of the Sun Tran website, or by calling 520-206-8881.
While Tucson has an outdoorsy reputation, there’s plenty to do for seniors who may not be looking to hike all day. For one, the main attraction of Tucson — its geography — can be enjoyed from almost anywhere. Magenta sunsets, desert bluffs, and a wide open sky are available year-round from anywhere in the city. But Tucson is no slouch when it comes to senior-friendly cultural entertainment. Read on to learn how Tucson can pique your interest.
Each of Tucson’s three senior centers has excellent programming. With a Senior Activities Card, seniors can gain entrance to any of the senior center’s amenities and all of the educational, physical, and social events on the activities calendar at no cost. All of the senior centers are outfitted with a full kitchen available for members, public Wi-Fi, and gyms. Activities range from social hours and ceramics to beginner Spanish classes.
Each year, the City of Tucson Parks and Recreation Department also hosts a Senior Olympics. Seniors can compete in events like cribbage, leisure walking, archery, and the horseshoe toss, or they can cheer on their friends from the stands. Seniors can register to participate on the Senior Olympic website.
Tucson’s senior centers partner with the local Catholic Social Services to offer healthy meals at no cost to seniors and their partners in the Tucson area. Seniors should preregister for their meals by calling the center of their choice on the Senior Meals Program brochure. These meals are available Monday through Friday, but availability may be limited during the holidays.
The Pima Meals on Wheels program offers similar services, but it brings meals directly to homebound seniors. Seniors can sign up by calling 520-790-7262. Family members can also sign their loved one up for this program. This is a great option for seniors who may be transitioning to senior living in the near future or for seniors recovering from a procedure at home.
The Gaslight Theater is a popular spot for local seniors. Although it’s set in an old saloon, the nightly performances are family-friendly and often very funny. Full dinners are available for purchase at the theater, and a ticket comes with free popcorn. Many senior living facilities take their residents here at least once a year.
For aircraft enthusiasts, The Pima Air and Space Museum is a bucket-list item. With over 400 aircrafts, it’s one of the world’s largest aircraft collections and includes unique items like WWII planes, presidential planes, and a flight simulator. Seniors enjoy discounted admission tickets. It’s a large museum and much of it is outdoors, but Tram Tours are available every day to drive visitors through the acres of fascinating exhibits.
The Mission San Xavier del Bac is a key part of Tucson’s past and makes a great afternoon trip. Tucson has a unique history of being part of four different countries: Spain, Mexico, the Confederacy, and the United States of America. The San Xavier Mission, as it’s also called, continues this history as it now sits on land belonging to the Tohono O’odham Nation. Its interesting background, along with the gilded Spanish colonial architecture in contrast with the bright blue Arizona sky, is well worth the suggested donation fee.
Mostly outside and set on over 90 acres of pristine desert landscape, the Sonoran Desert Museum is an excellent day trip for seniors in the spring and fall months. Learn about Gila monsters, javelinas, and scorpions while exploring the ancient Saguaro cacti groves. The indoor portions of the museum include an art gallery and a natural history exhibit.
Most of the museum, including much of the outdoor area, is wheelchair accessible, and wheelchairs are available to rent for a small fee. Special tours and accommodations for the visually impaired or the hard of hearing are available by request on the museum’s website.
Named after the looming Saguaro cacti that grow wild around Tucson, the Saguaro National Park is part of the Sonoran Desert. While many enjoy hiking through the national park, it can also be enjoyed by car. The Cactus Forest Drive is a short loop with beautiful views of the most scenic parts of the park. Adventurous visitors can hike the Signal Hill Trail to search for petroglyphs from the ancient Hohokam people.
Because of its low light pollution, Tucson is near a few “dark sky zones.” Most nights, residents enjoy crystal clear views of the Milky Way, but even better views are available just outside of town. The Steward Observatory on the University of Arizona’s campus is a testament to Tucson’s long history as an astronomy haven.
It would be a mistake to talk about Tucson without mentioning the food. In 2015, Tucson became the first City of Gastronomy in the United States, designated by the international UNESCO Creative Cities’ initiative. It got this title not only because of its excellent restaurants but also because many of these restaurants carry on the distinct culinary legacies of the local Native American and Mexican peoples. For information about food tours and certified City of Gastronomy restaurants, check out the Tucson City of Gastronomy website.
Visittucson.org is a great local guide to Tucson and offers up-to-date information about events and activities in the city. It’s run by the Tucson Conventions and Visitors Bureau and covers outdoor opportunities, historical experiences, health and wellness, and much more for residents and their visitors. The annual Gem Shows, Senior Olympic Festival, and wide ranges of musical performances are just some of the many local events you can learn about on this website. It also has information about the best places to stay, from desert camping to luxury resorts and everything in between.
Pacifica Senior Living Tucson, Atria Campana Del Rio and Cascades of Tucson are the top-rated Nursing Homes facilities near Tucson, AZ. These Nursing Homes facilities received the highest rankings based on verified family reviews. See full list of communities.
The average cost of Nursing Homes in Tucson is 4,956 per month. This cost may vary based on location, amenities, floorplan, level of care and other factors.
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