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Page Reviewed / Updated – July 7, 2022

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Tucson, the second-most populous city in Arizona, is among the more affordable places in the state to live. Overall, its cost of living is about 10% lower than state and national averages, and Social Security benefits aren’t taxed at the state level, which may help seniors’ retirement income cover their living costs.

Health care costs are also low, with services coming in about 15% lower than the national median, and local assisted living costs are 10% below the national median at $4,050 per month. 

This introductory guide provides in-depth information on what seniors in Tucson pay for assisted living and how rates compare to care costs in other Arizona cities, as well as to other local care options. It also lists useful resources for seniors and highly rated assisted living facilities in the Tucson region.  

The Cost of Assisted Living in Tucson, AZ

The 2021 Genworth Cost of Care Survey indicates that Tucson is an affordable place to obtain assisted living services, with facilities charging an estimated $4,050 per month. This is consistent with the state’s average rate of $4,000 and several hundred dollars lower than the national rate of $4,500. 

In Sierra Vista, care costs slightly exceed Tucson’s average at $4,150 per month, and in Flagstaff, care costs are the highest in the state, coming in nearly $1,000 more than in Tucson at $5,000. Those seeking more competitively priced care may consider Phoenix, where assisted living residents pay $3,975 per month, or Yuma, where fees average $3,800. 

  • Tucson: $4,050 
  • Arizona: $4,000 
  • United States: $4,500 
  • Sierra Vista: $4,150 
  • Phoenix: $3,975 
  • Yuma: $3,800 
  • Flagstaff: $5,000 

The Cost of Other Types of Care in Tucson, AZ 

At $4,050 per month, assisted living rates are competitive compared to most other local senior care options. Agencies that provide home-based care charge $5,434 for basic in-home care and $5,482 for specialized home health care. Nursing homes charge $6,601 for shared rooms and $8,182 for private accommodations. Adult day health care is the most affordable long-term care option in Tucson, with monthly rates coming in $2,000 below assisted living fees at $2,058. 

  • In-Home Care: $5,434 
  • Home Health Care: $5,482 
  • Adult Day Health Care: $2,058 
  • Assisted Living Facility: $4,050 
  • Nursing Home Facility (semiprivate room): $6,601 
  • Nursing Home Facility (private room): $8,182 

Financial Assistance for Assisted Living in Tucson, AZ

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Other Ways To Pay for Assisted Living in Tucson, AZ

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:

  • Veterans Benefits
  • Life Insurance Policy
  • Long-Term Care Insurance
  • Reverse Mortgage

For additional information and planning, read our comprehensive guide to paying for senior care in Arizona.

Free Resources for Seniors in Tucson, AZ

The Tucson region has several resources to help older adults afford long-term care services. The following table highlights top agencies and programs for seniors to help them identify ways to pay for assisted living.




Pima Council on Aging  (520) 790-7262  The Pima Council on Aging is a nonprofit organization that provides a broad range of free and low-cost services to older adults aged 60 and over. It has information and referral specialists who help older adults find community-based resources to supplement what they obtain through assisted living, including volunteer-based transportation services, durable medical equipment loans and congregate meals. The council also has benefits counselors who screen individuals for eligibility for programs such as Arizona Long-Term Care Services, which can help cover assisted living services. 
Senior Corps at Interfaith Community Services  (520) 526-9308  Senior Corps provides exclusive volunteer opportunities to those aged 55 and over. Through this program, older adults can use their skills and experience to serve their communities in ways that fit their interests and abilities. Opportunities vary throughout the year and may include serving as classroom aides, providing administrative assistance to local charities and leading classes at senior centers. In exchange for their time, individuals obtain benefits such as supplemental insurance, mileage reimbursement and invitations to recognition events.
City of Tucson Senior Programs 

(520) 791-4873 

Tucson’s Parks and Recreation Department operates several senior centers in the city where older adults can access social and recreational programming and amenities such as pool tables, libraries and public computers. These centers also provide social services to help older adults access services in the community that may help them pay for wellness services or long-term care costs. The centers are open to those aged 50 and over.  
Tucson Vet Center 

(303) 480-6734

The Tucson Vet Center has trained advisers who help older veterans identify and apply for the federal and state benefits they’re eligible for, including those that may help cover assisted living such as Aid and Attendance and pensions. It can also help older veterans find community-based services such as health clinics, counseling and transportation. 

Rules and Regulations for Assisted Living Facilities in Tucson, AZ

Assisted Living Communities in Tucson are required to follow a set of rules and regulations that are determined by the state. 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.

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The 10 Best Assisted Living Facilities in Tucson, AZ

Brookdale North Tucson

Brookdale North Tucson is nestled along the foothills in the northwest part of the city. With a beautiful courtyard and bright, open interiors, seniors can feel right at home in this community, which strives to make each resident feel like a member of the family. Each day, seniors are treated to social activities such as games and day trips and enjoy family-style dining three times daily. Those who prefer can take a day off to enjoy quiet time in the garden or spend a day relaxing in their suite with a book borrowed from the onsite library.

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  • Beauty salon/barbershop located on-site
  • Private dining room for special events

Park Senior Villas - La Canada

The continuum of care offered to residents at Park Senior Villas is among the many reasons we chose this facility for our top 10 list. Seniors can join the community once the need for assisted living arises and once a higher level of care is required, memory care and behavioral care services are readily available. The facility maintains an 8:1 staff ratio to ensure that all residents have access to quality, personalized care around-the-clock.

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  • Daily social activities include live entertainment and pet therapy
  • Chef-prepared meals served restaurant-style

The Fountains at La Cholla

The Fountains at La Cholla is a resort-style assisted living facility that offers assisted living, as well as memory care and independent living. Assisted living residents are offered care from compassionate caregivers 24 hours a day, as well as a broad range of amenities that make life in this community engaging and fun. Daily activities include supervised outings, educational classes and games.

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  • Weekly housekeeping, laundry and linen service
  • Private suites available in a variety of floor plans

The Oasis at Fellowship Square

We chose to include The Oasis at Fellowship Square on this list because of the accommodating staff and amenities that are available to the residents who live here. Upon moving in, seniors can choose from a variety of studio, one-bedroom and two-bedroom private floorplans. Suites include utilities, cable TV and private phone lines. Once in residence, they're provided with round-the-clock care and daily assurance checks.  

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Brookdale Santa Catalina

Brookdale Santa Catalina's staff is focused on helping its residents enjoy an enriching, carefree lifestyle. Seniors living here have access to a broad range of amenities, including an outdoor heated pool, a wellness center and a game room. A concierge service is available and seniors can take advantage of the facility's free transportation service, which is available to take seniors to and from appointments, errands and social calls.

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  • Outdoor space includes a courtyard, garden, and walking paths
  • Chefs accommodate special diets

Atria Campana del Rio

Atria Campana del Rio has been added to our top 10 list thanks to its exemplary care. Nurses are on-call at this facility 24 hours a day to respond to medical concerns and an on-site wellness center offers continuous monitoring and regular checkups for residents. Each resident is provided with an emergency alert pendant or wristband to ensure they've got access to care no matter where in the community they are. 

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  • Scheduled transportation for appointments, errands and events
  • Amenities include a swimming pool, movie theater and worship space

Cascades of Tucson

Assisted living residents at Cascades of Tucson are provided with 24-hour personal care and help with daily tasks. They reside in private apartment suites and can choose from a variety of floorplans that include private bathrooms, balconies and open kitchens. The facility's Flavor Flex Dining program ensures that seniors have a variety of restaurant-style meal options each day regardless of dining limitations. 

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  • A variety of social activities offered daily
  • Continuum of care includes retirement living, assisted living and memory care

The Forum at Tucson

Located in the heart of the city, The Forum at Tucson is close to shops, dining and museums. The facility is bright and open with tastefully decorated suites. On-site, residents have access to a variety of dining options, including all-day snacks and beverages, as well as a computer lounge, private gardens and game rooms. Seniors can take part in fitness classes at the fitness center daily.

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Brookdale East Tucson

Brookdale East Tucson offers its residents a maintenance-free lifestyle and that's one of the top reasons we chose to include it on our top 10 list. While the caring staff at this facility take care of housekeeping, cooking and laundry, residents are free to enjoy the many amenities and activities in the community. This includes games, fitness classes, happy hours and comedy nights.

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  • Computer and internet access available on-site
  • Secure facility with keypad entry

The Country Club of La Cholla

The Country Club of La Cholla is an award-winning facility that offers seniors a carefree, active lifestyle. This community is dedicated to enriching the lives of its residents by providing wellness services, fitness programs and plenty of opportunities to forge friendships with fellow residents. The kitchen provides all-day dining options in a restaurant-style setting. Chefs prepare nutritious, gourmet meals on-demand and are able to accommodate special requests.

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  • Transportation to and from appointments and errands
  • Daily activities include shopping trips, games and workshops