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Page Reviewed / Updated – July 08, 2020
The 10 Best Memory Care Facilities in Tucson, AZ
According to Genworth Financial’s 2019 Cost of Care Study, the average monthly cost of assisted living care in Tucson is $4,695, which is significantly higher than the state and national averages of $3750 and $4051, respectively. Residential memory care programs tend to cost about 25% more than assisted living because they provide enhanced supervision and support to those living with Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of dementia.
- Tucson: $5,869
- Arizona: $4,687
- United States: $5,064
The average monthly cost for memory care in Tucson is $5,869, which is about $805 more than the national average and approximately $1,181 more than the statewide average. These costs usually include room and board in a facility equipped with anti-wandering and patient monitoring systems, 24/7 protective supervision, some personal care and daily social and recreational programming geared to the needs of those living with memory loss.
In this guide, we’ve highlighted the top 10 memory care communities in Tucson.
Sunrise at River Road
Sunrise at River Road is a modern senior living facility that offers those living with memory loss a safe, supportive place to call home. Residents with Alzheimer's disease and other types of dementia receive around-the-clock supervision and support from a team of compassionate, specially-trained caregivers. Social and educational programs are available to keep family members involved, and the amenities include a secure outdoor area, fitness room and library.
- Meals served restaurant-style
- Weekly laundry and housekeeping services
Brookdale Santa Catalina
Brookdale Santa Catalina is a supportive continuing care retirement community that provides specialized memory care programming. This pet-friendly facility features a secure Alzheimer's and dementia care area where residents live in apartment-style suites, complete with private, wheelchair-accessible bathrooms and plenty of storage space. Daily activities are designed to help residents feel safe and supported and include physical fitness classes, art therapy and one-on-one time with specialized memory care staff.
- Secure outdoor space
- Exit doors are monitored
Woodland Palms Assisted Living and Memory Care
Woodland Palms Assisted Living and Memory Care provides seniors with a warm, inviting environment that is specially designed for those with Alzheimer's and other forms of dementia. The innovative programming combines memory care residents with seniors who do not have dementia to create a respectful, inclusive community where everyone feels welcome. The Music Makes Memories program stimulates the limbic brain to enhance cognitive skills and slow the advance of dementia, while the secure environment prevents wandering.
- Landscaped outdoor spaces
- Chef-inspired meals
Nestled in the Southern foothills of the iconic Santa Catalina Mountains, Foothills Place is a pet-friendly senior living community with specialized memory care services. Compassionate staff use a respectful, person-centered approach to supporting residents who live with Alzheimer's and memory loss. The memory care area features soothing decor, familiar surroundings and a low staff-to-resident ratio to ensure every senior receives the personalized support they need.
- Close to Rillito Park
- Daily social and recreational activities
Park Senior Villas - Houghton
Located on the east side of Tucson in the Tanque Verde neighborhood, Park Senior Villas - Houghton offers seniors all-inclusive memory care services. This pet-friendly community provides residents with a wide range of daily activities that are designed to help seniors living with memory loss remain active in a way that is safe and supported. Families are encouraged to stay involved through special events and educational programming.
- Music therapy
- Intergenerational activities
Via Elegante Assisted Living at La Cholla
Via Elegante provides seniors with an intimate, family-style memory care setting. Resident suites are fully furnished and feature flat screen televisions, cable TV and plenty of space for personal belongings. Three home-style meals are served daily in the dining room, patio or residents' suites, and nutritious snacks and beverages are always available. Weekly laundry is included, as are a wide variety of social and recreational programs.
- State-of-the-art safety systems
- Single-level living
Brookdale Tanque Verde
Brookdale Tanque Verde is a full-service memory care community that provides seniors with a safe, supportive environment. The purpose-built facility is fully equipped with safety features to prevent wandering, and every suite has an emergency call system. Residents can enjoy painting and crafting in the craft studio and take part in special events and family celebrations in the private dining room. Staff have advanced training in memory care, and family members are encouraged to visit frequently.
- Keypad-controlled exterior doors
- Secure outdoor area with walking paths
The Fountains at La Cholla
Offering independent and assisted living, along with specialized memory care services, The Fountains at La Cholla is conveniently located less than a mile from Northwest Hospital. The memory care program provides seniors with a safe, welcoming space, featuring a beautiful enclosed courtyard, soaring wood ceilings and plenty of natural light. Caregivers are known as Nayas — people who are specially trained to support those living with memory loss. We featured The Fountains at La Cholla on our top 10 list because they provide seniors with a small, familiar setting and personalized, evidenced-based memory care services.
- Small, neighborhood-style setting
- Meals designed to meet the needs of people living with memory loss
Sierra Del Sol Senior Living
Sierra Del Sol is an assisted, senior living and memory care community that features a purpose-built memory care neighborhood for seniors with Alzheimer's disease and other types of dementia. This single-story neighborhood is equipped with a private dining room and a spacious, fully secure patio that allows residents to explore their environment in safety. Every resident receives the personalized care they need to remain as independent as possible, and individual needs and preferences are respected by the caring, compassionate staff team.
- Pet-friendly facility
- Close to St. Joseph's Hospital and the Tucson Medical Center
The Hacienda At The River
Situated on a beautiful 7.5-acre campus in the Catalina Foothills, The Hacienda At The River is a vibrant, welcoming memory care community. Residents are supported with a customized daily program that includes activities designed to promote independence and wellness. The facility has an on-site equine therapy program, art classes and an innovative Gourmet Bites meal plan that adapts meals to meet the unique needs of seniors living with memory loss. We featured The Hacienda At The River on our list because of the innovative therapeutic programming and thoughtful environment.
- Daily entertainment provided by the Tucson Southern Arizona Arts and Cultural Alliance
- Secured exterior doors to prevent wandering