Located in the dry, arid Sonoran Desert, Tucson, the second largest city in Arizona, is a mere 60 miles from Mexico and 120 miles from Phoenix. Sitting at about 2,400 feet and surrounded by five minor mountain ranges and the Coronado National Forest to the northeast, the views are spectacular.
Having long been a popular retreat for senior citizens, the colorful and well-preserved town and its suburbs abound with all types of desirable senior housing as well as a wealth of entertainment opportunities.
“The Old Pueblo,” the city’s favored nickname, loves to celebrate life. There are myriad festivals and concerts, as well as a delectable selection of restaurants and intriguing shopping, cultural and educational options, just waiting for you.
What people like about Tucson, Arizona
- The cost of living is generally about 6% below the national average.
- As of 2018, Social Security is not taxed; there is no death or inheritance tax; public and private pensions are partially taxed, and withdrawals from retirement accounts are fully taxed.
- About half the size of Phoenix, Tucson is easy to get to know and has more of a “small town” feel with all the amenities and a more liberal tone.
- A relaxed, sunny, laid back lifestyle with access to plenty of activities, both in- and outdoors.
- Very pleasant winters. The lowest temperature on average is 42 degrees F, rarely dipping below 32 degrees F. At its hottest, expect 101 degrees F or higher. Remember that Tucson’s elevation (2,400 feet) does help keep temps down, the heat is dry versus humid and sticky, and everyone has air-conditioning.
- Vibrant, colorful surroundings, both natural and manmade. There’s a strong artist community in Tucson and it’s made its mark architecturally.
- Tucson’s highly individual and exciting art scene is an amalgam of many influences, though Mexican and Native American are particularly strong.
- Year-round golfing, biking, hiking and just about any other sport you can think of.
- Tucson has an impressive array of hospitals and clinics.
- To get around town, use the award-winning Sun Tran bus system. There’s a streetcar system for the university and downtown area. For those wanting in or out of town, there’s Amtrak, Greyhound, and Tucson International Airport.
- Enjoy rooting for local pro sports teams? Choose from NASCAR events at Tucson Raceway Park, the brand-new (as of 2019) FC Tucson men’s soccer team, or Tucson-based pro baseball and hockey teams.
- Southern California, Mexico, and Phoenix are all close enough to visit whenever you like.
Other considerations for Tucson
- As stated above, summers can get hot.
- The crime rates, for both violent and property-related crimes, is about 77%, on average, per areavibes.com, for Arizona as a whole. According to the same site, the percentage rises to approximately 121% higher than the national average. The moral: select your neighborhood carefully.
Best Assisted Living for Tucson AZ | Who made the list?
Atria Compana del Rio | Tucson, AZ 85718
Atria Compana Del Rio provides Assisted Living and Memory Care.
Caring– 42 Reviews, Average Rating 4.5
SeniorAdvisor– 68 Reviews, Average Rating 4.5
SeniorHomes– 11 Reviews, Average Rating 4.7
GoldenReviews– 9 Reviews, Average Rating 4.85
What they liked: modern and clean, new and kind of modern, beautiful, very nice grounds, bright and open feeling, a lot of light, very well-kept up, immaculate, pet friendly, garden area, facing the mountains, near the center of Tucson and close to the University of Arizona, you can keep a car there, safe, secure living, very warm & cozy, residents…seemed…very happy [&]enjoying and engaged, family oriented, noticed and smelled the cleanliness, They constantly clean the community areas, very comfortable, resident art that was displayed, exercise options, parking, respect for veterans, very ritzy, very cheerful, homey, companionship, like…a 5-star hotel, Everyone…wears a smile, looks like a very relaxing place, feeling of community, assisted living units mixed with independent, [Though] rather expensive…Mom is thriving and her health is improving so it is becoming less expensive, they welcomed us heartily, beautiful open outdoor areas, nicely landscaped, close to bike trail along the river, very near to shops, walking distance to churches, public transportation…and they also have a shuttle from Atria that takes them to the malls [&] movies and other activities, people were respectful, Staff makes you feel like family, staff to patient ratio was 1 to 10, physical therapist, staff took it upon themselves to learn a few words [of sign language] to interact with [deaf resident], staff very knowledgeable, kind and concerned,very helpful, very professional, really pleasant, very helpful and friendly, communicate with family very well, staff wonderful and caring (and VERY patient!), very gracious, the way they handled their elders, director who showed us around…incredibly helpful and very patient, [tour guide] very knowledgeable, dining area very nice, food very good, in-house bakery, dining room was beautiful, 2 meals a day…breakfast and lunch or dinner, dining room is open from morning until 6 in the evening, food is wonderful, nice portions, wide selection of meats [&] salads [&] vegetables and desserts, variety of healthy meals, always fresh, great food and services, can have wine with your meal, service is usually very good, food was exceptional, food was excellent, delicious, Food O.K., [residents] can always bring extra food to the apartment, rooms were clean and set up nicely, one [room] had a balcony that looks out to the garden, rooms are very nice [&] roomy [&] handicap-friendly, a nice view, individual villas and they also have the main complex, a 1-bedroom and it was a nice size, a two-bedroom unit, rooms were…of good size, rooms were small but…very efficient, [rooms] had a small kitchen and a bathroom, a big unit with a walk-in closet, Studio Apartment with a patio, clean studio apartment…kitchen is a nice size [&] the bath is great and the shower has handles, an emergency call system that you can wear on your wrist and a call button in the bathroom, casitas, 2-bedroom apartment, a full kitchen and a cozy living and bedroom with lots of natural light, each level of care…had activities that were appropriate, [Daily] choice between 6 and 8 different activities, balance class with stretching, chair exercises, workout room, a spa, an area where they do concerts and performances, a pool, many great trips (both near and far), activities room, computer room, arts and crafts room, a chapel, classrooms, gaming area, a pool, bingo, holiday parties, singing, a small pool, a library, bridge, They offered church services…would even take them out to church, bingo, movies, TV, cards, happy hour, hair salon, Trivial Pursuit, discussions, cooking courses, live entertainment
What they didn’t like: they’re the ones that would decide if the level of care needed to be increased, only provide 2 meals, can hear the traffic, enormous amount of theft, facility needs some updating, it was very large, a lot of extras that were very expensive, it wasn't a lock-down facility, the swimming pool; it’s small and only 4 feet deep, few handicapped parking spaces, no church services, We tried [memory care] alarm system…it was quite a while before someone responded, pesticides…are sprayed monthly, Perhaps [offer] more opportunities for community service, an odor, surrounded by asphalt, did not have a feeling of home, no pet free area [for residents with animal allergies], didn’t have many casitas
Broadway Proper | Tucson, AZ 85710
Broadway Proper provides Independent Living and Assisted Living.
Caring– 40 Reviews, Average Rating 4.1
SeniorAdvisor– 54 Reviews, Average Rating 4
SeniorHomes– 13 Reviews, Average Rating 4.4
GoldenReviews– 1 Review, Average Rating 4.8
What they liked: Facility very spacious and beautiful, building very well kept-up, very clean and accommodating, warm, internet available, allowed pets, dog-walkers [onsite], spacious, airy, clean, homey and inviting, well laid out, good part of town, quiet location, three-story place with four elevators, new patio area outside, indoor patio area, VERY safe, neat, modern, well organized, layout…more of an open concept, certainly comfortable, enough parking, positive atmosphere, only [extras] you have to pay for are your telephone and covered parking, a little café in the lobby, residents could transition from Independent Living to Assisted Living in the same apartment, greenhouse, shuffle board area, beautiful garden, shuttle services around town, four generously sized courtyards which were shaded, saw residents interact with each other, a [facility] bus, did not smell like a nursing home, excellent place at a reasonable price for someone who is self sufficient, little areas where groups of people could meet, nice level of friendliness among residents, residents always seem happy and busy, family-like connection [among residents], [Staff] take joy in resident accomplishments and are always there to unconditionally support residents, staff on call 24 hours a day, good communication [with staff], [Staff] very accommodating, very helpful, laundry services are good, Staff seem very approachable [&] knowledgeable, extremely friendly, very kind, An audiologist and podiatrist visit regularly, On the tour they were honest and upfront with us, Community seems involved and outgoing, a concierge to help with anything you need, housekeeping, culinary school trained Executive Chef, Monthly menu meetings allow residents to express likes and dislikes, dining area and the common areas were lovely, dining area looked fine and so did their menu, 2 meals a day plus snacks, option of eating all 3 meals in the dining room or 2 in dining room and cooking one in own kitchen, beer and braut nights, cocktails weekly, food was great, meals very good and a nice variety, good portions, the service is very good, food is good, food was really good, delicious meals, a lot of healthy choices, variety of food available and extended hours, rooms…very spacious even when wheeling in a wheelchair, good rooms, large apartments, rooms are spacious, [staff] clean weekly, efficiency rooms which were like a small one bedroom apartment with no door on the bedroom [&] a one bedroom that was a little larger, a 1-bedroom and 2-bath, [apt] had a living room [&] walk-in closet and kitchen, full-size kitchen, a full-service onsite salon…[for] men and women, a library, beautiful courtyard with a whirlpool, Excellent activities, happy hour every Wednesday, a reading area, large common area with TV, lap pool, swimming pool, pool aerobics, a gymnasium, there's a person that runs the gym, several fitness programs each week for all levels of fitness, a personal trainer, crafts, art classes, movies, music, [staff] take residents on tours [&] to church and stores, drawing, coloring pictures, making blankets, bingo, video games, card games, game room, bag-throwing games, visiting entertainment, events for the holidays, go once a month for casinos [&]…various excursions to theaters and…doctor appointments and shopping, Family BBQ, a pie-throwing activity where the residents get to throw pie at the employees…all to raise money for charity, bowling game on the Nintendo Wii
What they didn’t like: very large and impersonal, place not well maintained, elevator “broke” so residents had to use the maintenance elevator, too large and institutional, the layout of the building…found it difficult to navigate, needed updated paint and carpet, none of the apartments had outside access, hallways are like a maze, “staffing shortage,” found pills left out in my loved one’s room by med-techs, wish they had ala carte services, food is terrible
Brookdale East Tucson [Formerly Alterra Sterling House East on Speedway] | Tucson, AZ 85710
Brookdale East Tucson provides Independent Living, Assisted Living, Memory Care, Enhanced Care, Skilled Nursing, Continuing Retirement Care Communities, and Health Care Services.
Caring– 22 Reviews, Average Rating 4.4
SeniorAdvisor– 7 Reviews, Average Rating 4
SeniorHomes– 2 Reviews, Average Rating 4.5
GoldenReviews– No Reviews
What they liked: a smaller community, well maintained, facility is beautiful and clean with nice spacious halls and community areas, smells good, cheerful sunny brightly lit wide hallways, nice size facility- not too many residents and not too small, fairly large facility, a small café or coffee bar in the lobby, a central courtyard, [facility] provides transportation, It's always clean, under 50 units, one floor, cozy, comfortable, non-medicinal smelling, not like a nursing home, the security, The furnishings, the whole community, the culture, very cozy and homey, It’s fairly new, residents are happy, They seem to truly care about their residents, people…seemed happy, transportation for shopping, facility is not over crowded so the residents get more individual attention, Brookdale East should be commended for their care of elderly, have found the caregivers to be thoughtful [&] compassionate and honest in all ways, Close cooperation with relatives of residents, All the people working here are patient and loving with residents, [Staff] are always available and they keep track of things for [family], [Staff] always let [family] know what is going on, All is so fine – food [&] activities [&] management, nurses and doctors to assist you 24/7 if you need it, staff is very caring [&] friendly, helpful, physical therapy room/whirlpool on site, services of a geriatric nurse practitioner available, [loved one] is helped with…bathing [&] dressing [&] medication and things to do, very nice dining room, meals are varied, good meals three times a day, food is excellent and nutritious, frequent meetings for the residents to…talk to the cooks about their likes and dislikes, food was really good, food is wonderful, [loved one has] a safe [&] private room, rooms are so well-maintained, rooms were nice and spacious, comfortable, rooms were small but adequate, a happy place to live with many activities and multiple choices, movie nights, games, crafts, music, bingo, exercise classes, virtual exercises, a TV room, a little library, a nice pool, Wii video game console in the activity room, regular ice-cream socials,
What they didn’t like: would like…to have a few more parking places, rooms looked very tiny and the doorways were small, short staff in many areas, staff wanted to show…how fast staff respond when buzzer hit for help…waited over 20 minutes and no one came, food…could use a little more variety
Brookdale North Tucson [Formerly Emeritus at Tucson] | Tucson, AZ 85741
Brookdale North Tucson provides Assisted Living.
Caring– 18 Reviews, Average Rating 3.7
SeniorAdvisor– 29 Reviews, Average Rating 3.5
SeniorHomes– 4 Reviews, Average Rating 3.75
GoldenReviews– 1 Review, Average Rating 5
What they liked: place is clean and peaceful, place is beautiful, pretty place, very cheerful, clean, cozy and warm, well decorated, secure, well maintained, looks pretty well-kept for the most part, fountains out front, price comparable, how active the residents were, great family environment, all in one level and that it was smaller, wasn’t too big or too small, looked like it was in very good condition, didn't have any unusual odors, reasonably priced, quality of service was wonderful, a locked patio with bbq, little covered patio area outside, sunroom, a library or activity room with a fireplace…looks very cozy, They can arrange for transport, There are enclosed grounds for walking, landscaping is lush greenery with trees, peaceful and secluded feel, chose Brookdale because we wanted to be as close to the mountains as we could get, level of care is wonderful, [residents] were nice and well taken care of, staff and the people are wonderful, staff friendly and knowledgeable, Everyone was happy and busy doing things together, All the staff were happy and you can tell they like what they’re doing, Great staff and the residents are happy and pleasant, [Loved one] can be difficult but the staff deal with that professionally and with love, marketing woman focused on what my dad needed as well as my brother and I, Staff bring all the little details of life alive here, Sales gal was caring and just wanted to help me and my family, everyone was friendly and looked like they knew what they were doing, residents…seemed happy to be there and well-kept, people seem to be very well-taken care of and they seem to be happy and smiling, [Marketing Rep] seemed very nice and helpful, 24/7 nurses, doctors who come in, staff is caring, caregivers are certified, staff very friendly and competent, seemed attentive to their clients, They provide housekeeping and laundry, large dining room, dining area is very nice and very clean, like a restaurant, two food choices as meal options, healthy meals, food is adequate, three meals a day and snacks, the food…was excellent, Liked menu, food is amazing, food seems quite good, a varied menu and the food is good, studio and one bedroom with partial kitchens which are all handicapped equipped and have emergency system, very spacious rooms, rooms are large and have walk-in closets, apartments looked very well appointed, a lot of activities, outings, Scrabble, card games, they take her to play bridge off-site, They go out to lunch once a month and go shopping, [onsite] beauty salon for hair and nails, an ice cream parlor, a couple of rooms with television, movies, Christmas parties, sing alongs, art classes, music, exercise, parties, bingo, They go to karaoke
What they didn’t like: Often the meals are served late or they run out of food, understaffed, [Loved one’s room] is really small, the one drawback…They have pull strings [v. more modern call button…bracelet or necklace], short staffed, it smelled funny, located on a very busy street, smell of pee, rooms are very small, [community] too big, food could use some improvement, building not very well kept up, very short staffed, the administration not very responsive, they do not follow through very good on their communication, Their follow through could be a little better
Brookdale Santa Catalina [Formerly Santa Catalina Villas] | Tucson, AZ 85718
Brookdale Santa Catalina provides Independent Living, Assisted Living, Memory Care, Enhanced Care, Skilled Nursing, Continuing Retirement Care Communities, and Health Care Services.
Caring– 22 Reviews, Average Rating 3.9
SeniorAdvisor– 35 Reviews, Average Rating 4
SeniorHomes– 1 Review, Average Rating 4
GoldenReviews– 5 Reviews, Average Rating 4.6 [Listed as Santa Catalina Villas]
What they liked: facilities were excellent, very clean, size and layout, buildings are attractive, location was pleasant, very beautiful, Most of it was one level and accessible for the most part, very nice location on the foothills, looking at 9000 feet of mountains right out of our back window, area to hike, wonderful desert landscape, nice garden area with a small pool, ongoing upkeep, common areas bright and clean, comfortable furniture, cozy little sitting areas, well away from town, very quiet, very little traffic, extremely scenic, grounds very nice and very well kept, a lot of covered walkways, Parking was very convenient, gated community which is great for security though this area of town is very nice, someone manning gate all the time, Many opportunities for social interaction, the knowledge of the people there, physical therapy, therapy center seems innovative and organized, that most of the staff had been there a very long time, Staff communicate pretty good, if anything happens [staff] call right away, saw a lot of employees, move in process was seamless, Staff encourages [residents] to be up and about, People were kind, residents…seemed happy, the interaction between the staff and the residents, staff all very cordial, compassionate, very helpful, Staff was familiar with [residents] through names and always offering assistance in any way, the staff is extremely…courteous and pleasant, encouraging, staff that toured us…was very pleasant and knowledgeable, costs were reasonable, staff…in charge of transportation was very welcoming, they take you out to different places and buses to doctors and stores, 24-hour nursing, formal dining room [with] waiters and menus, the dining area is very homey with a beautiful view of the mountains…the walls are all glass, beautiful dining room, “restaurant quality” food made with fresh and healthy ingredients, chef is fabulous, waitresses are wonderful, [dining staff] very professional, baker was wonderful, dieticians, kitchen very clean and staff kept up to date with their Serv safe practices, breakfast time and the residents looked so happy and comfortable…couple of the residents were still in their comfy pajamas, six different entrees each day for lunch and dinner, choice of desserts, continental breakfast, can just order soup or salad, open dining, special menus for special diets, excellent food, food was good, food was very good, menu…was colorful and healthy, good choice of meals, the chef was very accommodating, [apt.] floor plans can be a little small in terms of living space but that can be ok, very large multiple bedroom apartments, two bedrooms and two bathrooms…very nicely arranged, [management] very open to allow you to do what you wanted as far as upgrading your unit, Emergency call buttons in each room of apartment, apartments very nice and had a nice view, full kitchen, little backyard was fabulous, rooms were more spacious, activities that they offered were endless, cards, they took them to shop, [&] theater performances, games, movies, a swimming pool, swimming aerobics, an exercise room, yoga, taichi, community room is big enough to accommodate a lot of people, Wii bowling, bocce ball, Bridge
What they didn’t like: older place, doesn't have shopping nearby, rooms are not that big, to get to the dining area you have to go outside…the weather is sometimes very hot, Not really handicapped friendly…no ramp from main visitor parking to office/community center, Not great for mobility challenged in independent living, seems more a la carte, staff a little overworked, their response time is longer than ideal, lack of promised activities, food is frequently inedible, staff is unhappy, safety issues are frequently not attended to, staff not washing [loved one’s] hair as often as she needs it, Food ranges from good…to inedible, director…is a mouthpiece for Brookdale and not very responsive to residents, Rent increases have become excessive, [Facility] old and starting to look rundown, the elevator doesn’t always stop flush with the floor
Cascades at Tucson | Tucson, AZ 85710
Cascades at Tucson provides Active Living, Assisted Living, Memory Support, and Respite Care.
Caring– 22 Reviews, Average Rating 4.1
SeniorAdvisor– 42 Reviews, Average Rating 4.5
SeniorHomes– 6 Reviews, Average Rating 4.2
GoldenReviews– No Reviews
What they liked: place is beautiful and very clean, small and nice, very spacious, allow pets, dog park, a larger place, bright and cheerful, open, lovely, lots of natural light, reminded me of a nice hotel, family-run, Easy to talk with these folks and they LISTEN, easy and open communication, always clean, shopping mall that's very close, very caring and well-organized, very well maintained, felt right at home, atmosphere…tranquil and predictable, security, [staff] extremely responsive, the individual care of the caregivers, good balance of privacy and socialization, [new residents] assigned an ambassador, encourage their residents to interact, close to a big hospital, staffed adequately, it seemed more personal, a porch, plenty of storage, two elevators, hallways are all off of the main foyer, people were out and about and friendly, how people communicate with one another, nurse on staff, [Loved one] is safe and comfortable, [Staff] very on top of stuff, everybody knew each other, staff members are friendly [&] accommodating and professional, staff is well qualified and deliver care with gentleness and understanding, everyone…has proved really knowledgeable about Alzheimer’s, secured memory hall, When [loved one] fell they contacted me immediately, director…seems to be very experienced in this field, staff knowledgeable, staff is polite and seem to genuinely care, registered nurse on the floor at all times, well-trained, caring, treated [loved one] with kindness and understanding, staff always on their toes, staff is proactive in calling the residents and asking them if they are alright, a visiting physician, a visiting dentist, a visiting physical therapist, good program to keep memory care residents involved and active, dining room was excellent, dining area was very nice, large salad bar, food was good, serve 2 meals a day, food was exceptional, meals were very delicious, dining [staff] seems to be very knowledgeable about people’s diets, food is appealing, nice variety on their menus, rooms were fine, assisted living suites were lovely and very clean, rooms were large, fresh, [rooms] had a private bath and a refrigerator, little apartments were beautiful and well laid out, liked the small apartments…that they have balconies or patios, full kitchens, Memory hall has full size refrigerator (no stove), 2 bedrooms here with a living room and a kitchen, [memory care] clean with spacious rooms with private bath available, many daily activities…so they can feel engaged with their fellow resident friends, Scrabble, a pool, exercise room, different kinds of exercise programs, a little gym, a swimming pool, lots of activity spaces, laundry on each floor but none in the room, lovely theater with a popcorn machine, libraries, game rooms, fitness area, a salon, trips out like to museums that family members could come along on, memory care unit…had games [&] people coming in to entertain them [&] TVs, balloon volleyball and things like that, a pianist that visits weekly, they also offer shopping and outings on their bus, a beauty parlor, you can get massages, painting class
What they didn’t like: can't bring food from the dining room back to your room, Mom often only eats half a meal because she can’t eat more than that in one sitting but then that’s all she gets, apartment very dated and old-fashioned, too much…Mexican food, probably be nice if they hired a few more caregivers, a pool but nobody can use it except for water aerobics classes…set up for people who are wheelchair bound, [Shifting from independent to assisted, loved one] started to grow more and more isolated [&] some problems with medication management, Intercom system a plus but need speaker in every room, hospital-like, had to go out of the building to go to the cafeteria which isn't a very good idea…in bad weather
Mountain View Retirement | Tucson, AZ 85704
Mountain View Retirement provides Independent Living and Assisted Living.
Caring– 19 Reviews, Average Rating 4.1
SeniorAdvisor– 7 Reviews, Average Rating 3
SeniorHomes– 1 Review, Average Rating 4
GoldenReviews– 5 Reviews, Average Rating 4.73
What they liked: [facility] lovely, beautiful facility, well done and well-run, very homey, large windows, absolutely spotless, facility is so clean, great outdoor decor and a porch/gazebo style entrance, interior is nicely décor[at]ed, hallways were lighter, accepting of everybody, grounds kept clean, atriums throughout complex were inviting, a garden, two courtyards with walking paths, rock formations, lush greenery, windows everywhere, beautiful landscaping, Trees and flowers everywhere, lobby huge and well lighted, numerous sidewalks around the building where you can just talk a walk, They transport [residents] to appointments, nice library, computer room, meeting room and lounges were beautiful, completely friendly community, workers and residents were really friendly, staff was fine, can go in and talk to the general manager any time, staff was very friendly and comfortable, staff listens if there's ever a problem and try to reconcile whatever the problems are, everyone always had a smile, same staff have been there almost as long as it's been there, caregivers in assisted living where just the best, two nur[s]es on duty, certified caregivers, med techs, activities director, rehab, caregivers…make sure my parents take their showers, They come right away when he pushes his call button, the place is very caring from the administration…to the cleaning lady, two separate dining rooms, dining room is restaurant style with 2 entrees lunch and dinner and over 20 other items to choose from, food is delicious, serve three meals a day and snacks, food was amazing, food…homemade basically, Food is great, excellent food, food is outstanding, food is very good, food was surprisingly good, Most of [the rooms] were big, they have apartments for couples, All are handicapped equipped as necessary and have an emergency call system, Each room is private unless they opt to have a roommate, apartment…has a living room [&] a little kitchen area with a microwave and a small refrigerator [&] a bedroom and bathroom, bathroom is nice [&] equipped with grab bars, independent living has studio and one bedroom with full kitchens, assisted have partial kitchens, very active lifestyle, a lot of social events, They encourage the residents to enrich their lives by trying new things, lots of games, parties, bbqs, live entertainment, a pool and spa area, they keep the swimming pool at the temperature that the Arthritis Association [recommends], an ice cream shop, a beauty shop, a barbershop, game room, exercises, exercise room, residents were playing volleyball, movie nights, card games, discussions, pool table, outings for shopping [&] luncheons and many community events, a theater room, one unique activity…they set up booths for residents like a Mary Kay or clothes booth where residents could buy what they want
What they didn’t like: my dad has to walk his dogs a long way to get to their dog yard…not very good when it's 110 to 115 degrees, NURSING AND AID staff…are overworked and underpaid thus the bad hostile attitudes, [loved one] not given his heart medication for the 30 days he was in respite care…No apologies were given for their gross negligence, don’t have adequate parking, front desk…Some of them were not the most polite, halls dark, ceilings low
Sierra Del Sol Senior Living [Formerly Emeritus at Pantano] | Tucson, AZ 85710
Sierra Del Sol Senior Living provides Assisted Living, Memory Care, Alzheimer’s Care, Dementia Care, and Companion Suites.
Caring– 19 Reviews, Average Rating 3.7
SeniorAdvisor– 37 Reviews, Average Rating 4
SeniorHomes– 1 Review, Average Rating 5
GoldenReviews– 3 Reviews, Average Rating 4.28 [Listed as Emeritus at Pantano]
What they liked: Beautiful people, beautiful 2 story building set in a residential area, Very pet friendly, Someone will even walk your dog if [resident] can’t, let my loved bring his cat and even help take care of it, immaculately clean, cozy, very open and spacious, the layout, windows for a lot of natural light, bright and airy, clean, quite a bit of space outside, lobby very open and inviting, good friendly atmosphere, haven’t had any trouble finding parking, community very warm and welcoming, community offers support groups for families of residents with Alzheimer’s, feels like home, close to everything, practically sits right next to the Saguaro National Park, The views…are really beautiful, shaded courtyards, enclosed courtyard with walking trails, smoking areas, sitting areas, greenery and desert landscape, a gazebo, patio, bbq area, pretty facility, plush settings and very nice furniture, staff very nice [&] very careful and kind, handicapped accessible, visiting area with a beautiful grand piano, everybody looked energetic and engaged, care team and management put a lot of stock into resident feedback and suggestions, employees are always very friendly and…always available and happy…to give me a status update on loved one, staff…easy to talk with, staff was absolutely fantastic, very well staffed, Very impressed…Director addressed both me and mom even though mom had trouble absorbing everything she had to say, [Staff] are responsive [&] patient and…interact with the residents and are willing to work with families, [Family and resident] all treated with the utmost respect, [Staff] encourages family involvement [&] families are invited to every event, Caregivers are sensitive to dignity issues, the caregivers were respectful of [loved one’s] feelings and let her set the pace, [Staff] treat all the residents as if they were part of their family, compassionate, [Staff] really good at communicating with [family], [Staff] communicate well with each other, try to keep the memory care residents active, offer a lock down community for advanced Dementia residents, Wonderful respite stay, [Staff] have been very helpful with just about any problem, able to handle [resident’s] medication, sales staff is wonderful and always available to field any questions/problems, a house doctor and a nurse practitioner come in twice a week, an RN and another nurse during week and on call, All caregivers are certified, med techs, They transport [residents] to appointments, dining area very nice, menus, excellent food, three meals and snacks in the formal dining room, dining room is lovely, wait staff couldn’t be any nicer, residents [asked] for their input when it comes to dining/menu options, restaurant style with 3 entrees and can have grilled cheese [or] p and j [or] fruit or salad for alternatives, food is very good, food…is high quality, food good and filling, large [menu] selection, rooms are so spacious, studio [&] one and 2 bedroom apartments, Showers are all easily accessible with lots of handrails, nice closets in…small one-bedroom, rooms very clean and attractive, rooms/apartments spacious and homey, housekeeping and laundry once a week, they make [loved one’s] bed often, didn't have a full kitchen but…[had] a little refrigerator and a little microwave, an alert button that they wear around their necks, activity staff also welcomes resident input and suggestions, activities room, beauty salon, sitting rooms with TVs, a pool table, a library, a room where you could play games [or] do puzzles or whatever, group outings, different kinds of games, movies, people come in and play music, They have a church, daily exercise, tour of the town, exercise program, Zumba, dancing, bingo, socials, entertainment, karaoke, BBQs, parties, They go out to shopping and other community events weekly, singalongs
What they didn’t like: seem…short on help especially on the weekend, lack of training, lack of a consistent executive director, food not good, understaffed, elevators often fail, rooms small for the price, do not accept Medicaid, staff that administer the medication are hard to communicate with, loved one says they can be a little slow responding to his call button, have been there a few months and they have yet to get the bill exactly right, Would like to see more supervision of the memory care residents
Sunrise at River Road | Tucson, AZ 85718
Sunrise at River Road provides Independent Living, Assisted Living, Memory Care, Respite Care, Personal Care Services, and Skilled Nursing.
Caring– 27 Reviews, Average Rating 4.4
SeniorAdvisor– 50 Reviews, Average Rating 4.5
SeniorHomes– 8 Reviews, Average Rating 4.1
GoldenReviews– 3 Reviews, Average Rating 3.06
What they liked: [Facility] gorgeous, beautiful, smelled nice and clean, bright [&] open, in good shape, positive and upbeat, You could take your animal in your room, that there were animals all around, liked the dogs they have on site, residents who seemed happy, very friendly and family-oriented, very relaxing atmosphere, very nice and positive, most welcoming environment; the manager seemed helpful and very good, the quality of service, [Facility] is tucked away so it seems private even though it's in a busy part of town, [can] watch the birds, staff interacting with residents, Even the memory care “locked” unit felt warm and inviting, very spacious and nice, 2 story with beautiful Victorian style architecture, rooms lovely and décor is very nice, a great big wrap-around front porch [with] rocking chairs on it, not overwhelming, hotel quality, interior beautifully decorated, sitting rooms, rocking chairs on front patio, tv room, activities room, very homey atmosphere, the homiest and friendliest place, great place for socializing, a library, computer room, a walking path…all around the facility with places to sit, a large patio and bbq area in back, grounds very well-kept and nicely landscaped, it was very huge, They fulfilled every promise they made to us, Integration of independent living and assisted living, Staff recognize the family as part of the team, staff tends to stay for a long time, If the staff is happy they're taking good care of the residents, [Staff] quick to respond, caregivers are happy, They were willing to negotiate the price to fit loved one’s budget, ample-sized facility but you wouldn't have to navigate through the hallways and it was less confusing, an elevator, a good vibe all the way around, a lot of the views were very nice…because it overlooks some of the mountain areas, Tour guide did a very good job in giving…information and answering questions, [Staff] also included the family members a lot of the times, Staff encourages residents to participate in the activities, [Staff] are easy to talk to, two nurses on duty daily and on call, doctors who come in, medications are taken care of in a timely manner, They transport to appointments if necessary, staff very caring and very attentive, very cordial and interactive, very kind and patient, They were all very considerate, informative, very attentive, They provide toileting and bath care, everybody so accommodating, so friendly, staff is very…professional, dining area was a nice size, restaurant style, food was fine, chef is good and very approachable, food was really good, choices of how much [to eat], dining room comfortable and inviting, two small dining rooms — one downstairs and one upstairs, bistro that is open all day for refreshments and snacks, they made sure the residents sit for dinner, food is very good, delicious, three meals a day and snacks, a lot of variety, food is great, food is ok, They offer housekeeping and linen service, rooms spacious and roomy, room layout, apartments are studio [or] one and two bedrooms with partial kitchens, loved one has her own patio, very nice private and shared rooms, one bedroom…is very roomy, rooms fully furnished [with] nice furniture but you can bring your own, airy, light, activities director, live music, a group that knits and crochets that makes and sells things and the money goes to Alzheimer’s research, cards, movies, a bus, exercise classes, do not have an exercise room but there are morning exercise sessions, bible study, bridge, poker, current events activities, a hairdresser, in-house bingo 4 times a week, karaoke live entertainment, birthday parties, theme parties, BBQs, shopping once to twice a week, outings such as bowling [&] luncheons [&] movies [&] concerts and picnics two to four times a week, some cooking projects, flower arrangement
What they didn’t like: the cost, needs some upgrading; it looked dim, food wasn’t that good, poor quality of the food, rooms were very small, could improve at cleaning the rooms, no outside area…to go walking, a little pricey, rooms…were too small, really wish the staff could start communicating better regarding some of the stuff they help my mom with, moved my mom out because they were not bathing her, no pool, no exercise facility, $25 charge for transportation beyond a 5 mile radius, Would be nice to have daily report cards of the progress of the resident, management is inefficient, Communication between management and the workers isn’t good, think they could offer a few more outings and maybe some games other than bingo, pricing…is a little piecemeal and confusing, didn’t accept Altec
The Forum at Tucson | Tucson, AZ 85712
The Forum at Tucson provides Independent Living, Assisted Living, Memory Care-Alzheimer’s/Dementia, Respite Care and Short-term Stays, Seasonal Stays, and Rehabilitation.
Caring– 59 Reviews, Average Rating 4
SeniorAdvisor– 12 Reviews, Average Rating 3
SeniorHomes– 10 Reviews, Average Rating 3.5
GoldenReviews– No Reviews
What they liked: homey, lovely, clean, beautiful and comfortable, relatively elegant, well laid-out, in a nice area, cheery environment, people seemed to be enjoying themselves, guests all seemed pretty happy there, From day one customer service has been excellent, they bring in support dogs, building well-maintained and well-kept, grounds well kept, close to town, very clean, did not smell, more like a home than an institution, feels like home, nice lobby, a courtyard, pleasant park like area with grass and trees, The Forum used to be a Ramada Inn and was designed…with a circular fountain out front and lots of parking, very wide hallways so you can have wheelchair races, the social interaction with the other residents as well as the staff, staff has been there long term, staff who assisted me was very nice and polite, location, layout, size of the apartments, rooms are very wide open, Great service, knowledgeable employees, [Facility] bus that takes you places, next-door to a hospital, about half a mile from a shopping center, restaurant about a block away, price, nice grassy area with the barbeque, level of care very good, staff always kind [&] compassionate and willing to help, All staff…supportive, staff friendly and caring, front desk staff has gone above and beyond to accommodate, All nurses…have provided top-notch service, they make sure [loved one] takes her medications and that is not always easy with her, The PT and OT…have provided outstanding service, housekeepers are hard workers, night nurses take the time to answer and explain with a respectful and very knowledgeable background, day nurses are very professional and do their jobs with a grace that [is]…calming and reassuring, nurse aides seemed to have endless energy and plain old cheerfulness, [Staff] very helpful, friendly, very professional, staff is very considerate…so helpful and kind, physical therapy, dining room nice and very nice waiting staff, dining room is delightful and the food is great, good food, dining area and food were excellent, meals are great, meals were good, food compares to that of a 4 star restaurant, [Staff] catered to what she could eat and the food was great, rooms were OK, rooms were nice and of adequate size, rooms are spacious, kitchens in each apartment are full kitchens, many apartments come with private balconies, chair exercise program, bus tours, outings every Sunday, various lectures, church, synagogue services, music, Bingo, a small library, The salon, playing cards, a fitness room, swimming, they can take you shopping, an activity room where they show movies, puzzles, people come in to play the piano, they have several groups, walking tours, driving trips
What they didn’t like: seemed dirty and kind of outdated, Some of their front desk help not the most helpful, very large facility…a bit overwhelming, nice but old rooms with small showers, intensive care unit was very old, a little pricey, Understaffed, rude, do not follow doctor's orders, independent and assisted living need to be reviewed separately, rooms were like hospital rooms, had paid extra for them to do her laundry but they could not keep track of it, skilled nursing provided excellent care to my mother but for the assisted living not so much, kind of expensive, smelled like urine, sometimes it get noisy, too many Arizona football fans there, it was so big and hard to get around
The Fountains at La Cholla | Tucson, AZ 85704
The Fountains at La Cholla provides Independent Living, Casita Living, Assisted Living, and Memory Care.
Caring– 39 Reviews, Average Rating 4.3
SeniorAdvisor– 34 Reviews, Average Rating 4.5
SeniorHomes– 7 Reviews, Average Rating 4.9
GoldenReviews– 8 Reviews, Average Rating 4.46
What they liked: like a 5-star hotel, nice looking place, very clean, very clean and very neat, They accept dogs and cats, the most homey looking, always smelled nice, location, magnificent views, atmosphere very positive, very peaceful and the people there looked very happy, a really big open airy area and you don't get a hospital claustrophobic feeling, energy level was high, safe and convenient part of town, 24/7 [&] 365 complete security and people on duty every minute of every day, near the medical center [&] shopping and very good restaurants, close to the Northwest hospital, a little pricier for fewer benefits but comfort of living was excellent, affordability, a smaller community, large open lobby area, café open to public, prices are very competitive, community also offers a guest suite that can be reserved for family members, common areas with books [&] computers and seating in various locations in building, everybody was happy, positive staff, staff and residents alike — are smiling and welcoming, Staff especially attentive and had all been there for years, The staff seemed to like their jobs, busy little community, It looked very active, people there were great, nice grounds, a place to walk around, covered parking, transition was…very seamless, staff member helped [loved ones] determine what pieces of furniture would fit in their unit, Cleaning and food optional charges, convenient laundry facilities throughout building, the most interaction between residents and staff, marketing staff was gracious and extremely helpful, [Tour guide] knew everyone’s name, Their move-in consultant was extremely helpful…never got impatient with our multiple visits and questions, everyone from staff to residents were welcoming and helpful, staff calls [residents] by their first names, Tour guide very helpful and informative, [Staff] interacted with residents all of the time, staff was helpful, very friendly, very professional, very compassionate, very cooperative, considerate, sensitive, staff…willingness to go the extra mile, Whenever we have issues or concerns…they have jumped on it immediately and got it taken care of, free bus service to various shopping areas [&] to some of the downtown places and other places of interest, memory care facility filled with sounds [&] visual aids [&] tastes [&] smells…that stimulate the senses and help revive memories of residents, [Facility] buses [take] residents shopping and to doctor’s appointments, maintenance problems taken care of quickly, When [loved one] finally passed staff helped me and my family to cope…and also attended her funeral, dining room is clean [&] spacious and well-appointed, food very good and nice variety, restaurant-style menu with tablecloths, dining staff very helpful, get there early [for] good variety of choices, two meals a day, continental breakfast and your choice of lunch or dinner, good food, food is OK, food was great, food is outstanding, also have a cafeteria style or deli-style where you can order custom sandwiches, beautiful buffet for five holidays a year, a wide variety of housing choices, rooms were clean and decent size, nice view, private room…has a little kitchenette with refrigerator [&] sink and microwave [&] bedroom and one bathroom, a casita which is a small attached house, casitas all have car ports and nice patios/porches with extra storage, 3-bedroom [&] 2-bathroom apartment, two-bedroom with a two-bath, Everybody has a balcony [or] patio or walkway so they can go out, rooms were average, one bedroom unit really nice, room cleaned every other week…can get a yearly deep cleaning, activities going on even at night, exercise program, fun and interesting Watermark University Classes, a lot of educational activities like writing classes [&] artist classes, arts and crafts, movies, a library, a game room, games, poker, Bridge, chair yoga, two swimming pools, water calisthenics all year round, exercise classes, dancing, bingo four nights a week, every Wednesday there's live entertainment, monthly birthday party, pinochle, hair dresser/barber shop, current events, field trips, They arrange trips to see plays and so on, education sessions, intimate groups for conversation or dialogue, bocce court, cafe onsite, a putting green
What they didn’t like: individual cottages are away from the main building which is not good, parking inadequate, too big and overwhelming, [food] always covered in gravy and not many options, when they go down for Sunday brunch the line is so long, Arizona state law…can’t have side rails on the bed, if the resident needs assistance with basic catheter the service may not be available
Villa Hermosa | Tucson, AZ 85710
Villa Hermosa provides Independent Living and Assisted Living.
Caring– 16 Reviews, Average Rating 4
SeniorAdvisor– 10 Reviews, Average Rating 4.5
SeniorHomes– No Reviews
GoldenReviews– 2 Reviews, Average Rating 5
What they liked: a lovely place, very clean [&] new and every little corner is nicely done, beautiful three-story facility, nice grounds with desert landscape [&] flowers and greenery, beautiful central courtyard with walking paths, a putting green, a gazebo, patio, sitting areas, outer and inner decor are beautiful, nice rock and water formations, 205 apartments with 40 assisted living, location is perfect — it's across from Trader Joe's, campus is close to the lake [&] medical services [&] dining and shopping, They would take you just about anywhere…with no extra charge, many scheduled activities occurring in town, they had fancy cars too, beautiful facility, staff was fine, Everybody was cheerful, Security was good, the atmosphere, lots of people out and around, They were OK with my dog and I had two little birds, The room [&] the ambiance and the place are like a four-star hotel, Good care, friendly environment, people are very friendly, marketing people or the people that show you around…were honest, pleasant and knowledgeable staff, Beautiful warm friendly staff, they are accredited, CARF accreditation, staff is good, caregivers are certified, staff are very nice and accommodating, staff is friendly and caring, a nurse on duty and call and a house doctor, dining area and its food were very nice, a 12 hour dining room and bistro which offers 3 meals and snacks on a restaurant style menu with large variety, the food…was very good, meals were good, a vegan entrée on every meal, food is delicious, food was really good, excellent food, a full menu plus it was very easy to create your own, they would give you three meals a day as part of what you were paying for, very nice rooms and good staff, customer service people were very nice, a really nice movie room with a big screen and seats, craft rooms, pool area very nice, They have happy hour and music quite often, They also allow outside caregivers, apartments are spacious, closet space, rooms are very clean and very convenient, independent apartments have full kitchens [&]…are large and sunny, All are handicapped equipped with emergency system, each unit has it's own washer and dryer, They have a shower where you can get in without any problem, rooms were just normal, a private apartment, 2-bedroom, and 2-bath, the chair yoga class, saw a private one-to-one of the fitness trainer with a client, an activities director, fitness room with two trainers, a pool and some outside area, a heated pool and jacuzzi and offer water aerobics, They had trips [&] bingo and all sorts of activities, a gym, dancing classes, a ballroom, a large living room, activities room, movie theater, library, beauty salon, in house…dances, bingo, other games, parties, nightly movies, some nights offer popcorn and snacks, outings to shopping [&] malls [&] casinos [&] the opera [&] and other events weekly, internet cafe, lounge & pub, chapel, market, full-service spa & salon, an outdoor fireplace
What they didn’t like: very expensive, only improvement…to have better food, parking highly limited with a 2 hour time limit during daylight hours, [response] time after pushing a button for Level 1 Assisted Living can take up to half an hour and sometimes the caregiver does not show up, caregivers (registered and qualified) ratio to clients is lower than…in other places, no parking on site for private caregivers, frequent staff turnover
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