Page Reviewed / Updated - Jan. 2019
This guide offers beneficial information for seniors and caregivers. It examines the cost of senior care in Tucson, covers financial assistance programs available to seniors in the area, and includes housing options that are great for seniors on a fixed income. Refer to our statewide guide for in-depth information about senior care and help with expenses.
In Tucson, senior care is relatively affordable compared to other major cities in Arizona. According to the Genworth 2018 Cost of Care Survey, the average monthly cost of adult day care is especially affordable, having the second lowest average in the state.
Assisted living in Tucson costs an average of $4,044 a month, which is marginally higher than the median cost for Arizona as a whole. Yuma averages $175 less a month, while Lake Havasu City can be even cheaper, coming in at only $3,500 a month. The two other major cities in the state average between $3,850 and $5,098 a month.
The cost of home care in Tucson averages $4,576 a month, assuming 44 hours of care per week at an average cost per hour of $24.00. That’s $238 higher than the state average of $4,338.
Compared to other major cities in the state, Tucson is more affordable than Phoenix, which averages about $190 more a month, while Yuma is less expensive than Tucson with a monthly average of $3,718. Some of the least expensive average costs for home care in the state is in Sierra Vista and Yuma at $3,718 a month.
Adult day health care costs an average of $1,733 a month, which is $271 cheaper than the state average of $2,004. This is the second least expensive monthly average among the larger cities in the state. Phoenix averages $2,167 a month, and the least expensive is Yuma at $1,625 a month.
Medicaid is referred to as the Arizona Health Care Cost Contaianment System (AHCCCS). Eligible seniors in need of long-term care will receive covered services for assisted living, adult day care, attendant care, home health, and more. These services, along with medical services, are paid for through a separate division called the Arizona Long Term Care System (ALTCS).
ALTCS is available to single applicants with a gross monthly income below $2,313 in 2019, and assets for single individuals must not exceed $2,000. Seniors who are married can refer to the ALTCS Policies on Community Spouse PDF document for an in-depth explanation of income guidelines.
Since ALTCS is a part of AHCCCS it is an entitlement, which means those who qualify won’t be placed on a waiting list. To apply, call the Tucson ALTCS office at (520) 205-8600 or (800) 824-2656.
Aid and Attendance or Housebound Allowance
Seniors who served in the military or their surviving spouses may be able to receive extra money to help with living expenses. For eligibility information, visit the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs website.
Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP)
LIHEAP helps low-income seniors with their energy bills or utility deposits. Assistance is available once every 12 months on a first-come, first-serve basis. Priority is given to adults 60 or older, individuals with a disability that could be life threatening if their home is too hot or cold, and anyone with a young child in the home. Learn more about this program as well as income requirements at the Arizona Department of Economic Security website.
Non-Medical Home and Community Based Services (NMHCBS)
Tucson seniors 60 or older who don’t qualify for ALTCS may be able to get help through Arizona’s NMHCBS. Those eligible receive the following services at no cost:
5901 S. Park Ave. Tucson AZ 85706
Alvord Court Apartments has housing units for low and moderate-income individuals with a disability. Amenities include a community garden, food pantry, laundry facilities, and more.
4414 E. Second St.
Tucson, AZ. 85711
B’nai B’rith Covenant House has 119 apartments for seniors with low incomes. The apartments are sponsored by HUD. Residents will enjoy a wellness center, library, community room, and more.
250 N. Silverbell Rd.
Tucson, AZ 85745
Casa De Encanto offers one bedroom HUD Section 8/202 apartments in a gated community. Renters must be elderly or mobility impaired, and their income must be 60 percent or less of the Area Median Income.
2323 East 10th St.
Tucson, AZ 85719
125 South Linda Ave.
Tucson, AZ 85745
4131 North Western Winds Drive
Tucson, AZ 85705
Western Winds Apartments, managed by Mercy Housing, has 100 affordable units for seniors. Due to high demand, there may be a waiting list or no availability.