Arizona has long been a popular retirement destination for seniors because of its warm weather, abundant natural beauty and affordable cost of living. As an added bonus, Social Security benefits aren’t subject to state taxes in Arizona. Tucson is the second-largest city in Arizona and offers an array of urban amenities as well as access to outdoor activities. Seniors aged 65 and over comprise approximately 14.8% of Tucson’s overall population of nearly 543,000. There are several good hospitals in Tucson, including Banner Health University Medical Center, a teaching hospital that specializes in comprehensive cardiac and cancer care.
Assisted living facilities provide a supported living environment to seniors who need help with activities of daily life but don’t require a nursing home level of care. Seniors in Tucson pay a monthly average of $4,050 for assisted living.
This guide provides an overview of assisted living in Tucson. It compares the cost of assisted living throughout the state and lists free and low-cost resources designed to promote a good quality of life among Tucson seniors.
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COVID-19 Rules and Restrictions for Assisted Living in Tucson
COVID-19 restrictions and rules for Assisted Living Facilities are typically set by the state – to see the rules in your state, you can read our guide to Assisted Living in Arizona. Keep in mind that there may be other policies that communities put in place to protect their residents, so you should contact your local community for more information. Additionally, you can contact your local Area Agency on Aging to learn more – find contact information here.
Paying for Assisted Living in Tucson, Arizona
Residents of assisted living communities in Tucson pay an average monthly cost of $4,050. The prices of individual facilities may vary significantly, however, depending on location, the services and amenities they provide and the size and quality of living accommodations.
The Cost of Assisted Living in Tucson
At an average monthly cost of $4,050, assisted living in Tucson costs slightly more than the overall average of $4,000 for the state of Arizona, but several hundred dollars less than the national average of $4,500.
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Assisted living costs within Arizona range from a low of $3,800 per month in the southwestern city of Yuma to a high of $5,000 in the northern part of the state in Flagstaff. Residents of the state capital, Phoenix, pay $3,975, while their counterparts in Lake Havasu City, Prescott and Sierra Vista pay $4,700, $4,500 and $4,150, respectively.
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How to Get Financial Assistance for Assisted Living in Tucson
More Ways to Pay for Assisted Living
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:
Life Insurance Policy
Long-Term Care Insurance
For more information about your options for making assisted living more affordable, visit our guide to Assisted Living in Arizona.
Tucson Assisted Living Resources
The following community-based resources provide a wide range of services and information for seniors in Tucson, including how to find a suitable assisted living facility, how to connect with other Tucson seniors and how to navigate the red tape involved with Medicare and Medicaid.
As the Area Agency on Aging for Tucson and surrounding communities, Pima Council on Aging provides a range of services, programs and referrals designed to promote independence and good quality of life among older persons. Direct services include case management, congregate meals and Medicare and Medicaid counseling. The council also provides referrals to relevant community-based services and programs, publishes a resource directory and operates a Senior Helpline.
Those aged 50 and over can enjoy a range of senior activities at Armory Park Center. Activities include billiards, ballroom dancing, fitness classes, group outings, bocce, shuffleboard, card and board games, picnics and visiting with friends over tea or coffee. The center serves hot, nutritious lunches on weekdays from 3 pm. until 4 p.m. on a reservation-only basis. The center has free WiFi throughout and is open every weekday, excluding holidays, from 9 a.m. until 4:30 p.m.
The Senior Companion Program is designed to provide isolated older adults with social connection, transportation and assistance with minor chores. Volunteers aged 55 and over are individually trained and receive ongoing support as well as a small stipend. They see their clients once a week or more, depending on individual needs and preferences.
The Aging Mastery Program is a 10-week session that operates under the umbrella of The National Council on Aging and is administered by local Area Agencies on Aging. The program features a series of classes on topics such as exercise, medication management, financial fitness, healthy eating, how to live longer, fall prevention and community engagement.
Seniors and their families can contact the Long-Term Care Ombudsman Program if they suspect abuse, neglect, exploitation, or any other violation of legal rights has occurred in a long-term care facility. Besides working to resolve complaints about these facilities, the program provides education to residents about their legal rights and community outreach. The program is comprised of trained volunteers and staff, and all services are strictly confidential and free of charge.
Tucson Assisted Living Laws and Regulations
Assisted Living Facilities in the Tucson area are required to follow a set of rules and regulations that are determined at the state level. For an overview of those rules and regulations, see the information below. For more specific information, talk with your local community or Area Agency on Aging.