Senior residents of the beautiful desert city of Tucson enjoy stunning mountain views and area attractions such as the Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum, Saguaro National Park and Mission San Xavier del Bac. Downtown, seniors and their loved ones can participate in a plethora of arts and cultural activities including visits to the ballet, opera or one of the seven museums.
As the second most populated city in Arizona with over half a million people, Tucson’s 13.6% of residents who are aged 65 and older enjoy a cost of living that’s 13% below the state median, and they have access to an abundance of senior resources. Through Pima County’s Council on Aging, there is an ombudsman program, caregivers assistance and 13 locations where seniors can receive nutritious meals for a small donation. Additionally, three senior centers provide fitness classes, social dances and tax assistance. For those seniors wishing to take advantage of these services as well as Tucson’s breathtaking sunsets and easy access to the University of Arizona, we’ve created a list of the top nine assisted living facilities in the city.
Cascades of Tucson
201 N. Jessica Ave.
Tucson, AZ 85710
Cascades of Tucson is a full-service senior living community filled with convenient, luxurious amenities located next to Carondelet St. Joseph’s Hospital. The elegant and spacious facility has a warm, homelike atmosphere with attractive furnishings and comfortable, well-decorated common areas including a movie theater, library with ample seating and cozy shared lounges. Outdoors, residents can swim in the on-site, heated pool, take a stroll in the manicured courtyards or swing a golf club in the putting green. Inside, a fitness center, beauty salon and spa services are available year-round.
Fellowship Square Tucson
8111 E. Broadway Blvd.
Tucson, AZ 85710
We chose this facility for our list of Tucson’s top nine for its beautifully landscaped, flower-filled grounds with a fountain and swimming pool where residents can participate in AquaFit pool exercises led by a professional trainer. At the luxurious Fellowship Square Tucson, seniors can choose between five different apartment sizes and floor plans to suit their needs. To help residents live low-stress, independent lifestyles, the facility provides on-site chaplain services, monthly wellness checks and complimentary transportation for errands, medical appointments and social outings. Additionally, residents enjoy daily tidying and the security of a 24-hour emergency call system.
Sunrise at River Road
4975 N. First Ave.
Tucson, AZ 85718
At Sunrise at River Road, residents enjoy bistro snacks and meals in a formal dining room with elegant table cloths that received a 100% rating award for excellent food service. Nature lovers will enjoy strolling along the park-like grounds’ walking paths surrounded by tall palm trees, plants and flowers or relaxing in the ample outdoor seating on the shady front porch and patios. Inside the attractive building, residents can view films in the media room or read a book in the cozy sunroom. This facility is conveniently located minutes from the Tucson Mall and Rillito Park Race Track.
1821 S. Jefferson Ave.
Tucson, AZ 85711
Seniors living in this intimate, homelike setting enjoy a quiet residential location within walking distance from local businesses and eateries and a short drive from the shops at Park Place and Reid Park Zoo. Two dedicated caregivers live on-site at Jefferson Village to provide residents with regular housekeeping and caring, around-the-clock assistance with activities of daily living. They encourage residents to stay active, enjoy the secure outdoor seating area and dine on the three healthy meals served each day.
Brookdale Santa Catalina
7500 N. Calle Sin Envidia
Tucson, AZ 85718
Brookdale Santa Catalina is a continuing care, pet-friendly retirement community encompassing all levels of senior care under one roof. We selected this facility for our list of Tucson’s top nine for its resort-like atmosphere filled with an abundance of exceptional and convenient amenities. Set on sprawling 10-acre grounds with mountain views, the facility’s outdoor heated swimming pool with a hot tub and on-site putting green are perfect for residents who enjoy the sunny Tucson weather. Apartments include private bathrooms and keypad entries, and residents are free to use the community fitness center, movie theater, library and beauty salon as they please. For extra convenience, residents can buy toiletries and snacks at the facility’s general store.
400 S. Broadway Pl.
Tucson, AZ 85710
A must for our list of Tucson’s top nine assisted living facilities, we chose Broadway Proper for its unique model of senior care where residents receiving independent and assisted living services can live together as part of one integrated community. An on-site home health care agency made up of highly qualified staff members offer residents as-needed assistance with activities of daily living, care coordination and medication management. When not receiving care, residents are free to work in the raised garden beds, swim in the outdoor pool or play a game of shuffleboard with friends. Healthy, delicious meals are served in the warm, sunny dining hall with its vaulted wood-beamed ceiling. A community shuttle provides transportation for frequent social outings to places such as the nearby YMCA and Park Place Mall.
The Oasis at El Corral
2721 N. Oracle Rd.
Tucson, AZ 85705
The Oasis at El Corral is a family-run assisted living facility offering over 20 years experience providing compassionate, skilled care. Every resident receives a personalized care plan tailored to their unique assisted living needs, along with daily housekeeping and weekly laundry services. For entertainment, residents can view films in the on-site theater, read in the library or embark on a fun outing to area casinos or the Desert Museum. Staff members serve residents three healthy, home-cooked meals per day plus snacks, with the added option of room service.
The Villas at La Canada
6876 W. Desert Harbor Cir.
Tucson, AZ 85704
The Villas at La Canada are unique and intimate 6,300 square foot residences where residents enjoy a family-like community while receiving assisted living and memory care. The private suites have walk-in closets and personally controlled air conditioning, and residents enjoy family-style meals in the shared dining hall. Amenities in this pet-friendly facility include a beauty salon, library and game room, and outside, residents can enjoy walking paths, covered patios and a peaceful waterfall.
The Groves on Spring St.
4110 E. Spring St.
Tucson, AZ 85712
Residents at this intimate assisted living facility specializing in Alzheimer’s and dementia care enjoy a 1:5 staff to resident ratio, monthly health checks and registered nurses on call around the clock. The Groves on Spring St. offers comfortable recliners in the cozy shared living room and exercise classes to help residents stay fit and active. Outside, a shaded seating area nestled under palm trees is the perfect spot for seniors to relax and spend time with their pets.
Is Tucson the Right Choice for You?
Seniors who enjoy warm, sunny days will love Tucson’s dry, arid climate with an average of only 12 inches of rain per year and 286 days of sun. For those intrigued by the city’s rich Spanish and Mexican culture, delicious Southwestern cuisine and surrounding five mountain ranges amidst the gorgeous Sonoran desert, Tucson is a truly special place to call home.