Organizations and businesses around the community provide services for pets and their owners. These services include animal shelters, animal protective services, emergency pet clinics, euthanasia and cremation, in-home veterinarians, low-cost vaccinations, spay/neuter services, and wildlife rescue and removal. If you see the abuse of an animal or animal hoarding, please contact the Pima Animal Care Center at (520) 724-5900.
Animal shelters are located throughout Tucson. All animal shelters have pets available for adoption and most have fostering services. Many shelters also offer low-cost vaccinations and spay/neuter services. Protective services are also offered in Pima County for animals in danger.
These clinics provide emergency veterinary services for pets.
In the unfortunate event of the loss of a pet, euthanasia and cremation services are available throughout southern Arizona.
For those with limited mobility, in-home veterinarians are available to keep pets healthy.
Vaccinations are a preventative health measure that allows your pet to live a longer and healthier life. Most veterinarians provide the following vaccines: rabies, parvo, distemper, and hepatitis. To get a dog licensed in Pima County, they must have proof of a rabies vaccine.
Organizations throughout Pima County offer pet food assistance. In some cases the pet food can be delivered to your home and in others it is available for pick up.
Spaying or neutering a cat or dog is important to reducing the number of animals on the street and can benefit your pet’s health. There are low-cost spay and neutering solutions in southern Arizona that will help to ensure your pet is healthy throughout the process.
These organizations and companies will help to safely remove wildlife from your property without killing or harming the animal.
There are a myriad of ways to get support for your counseling or mental health needs. Though there are many private pay options, non-profit organizations and businesses can offer counseling and mental health services at low to no cost, as well. You can participate in counseling and mental health opportunities in a variety of ways including calling a crisis line, attending a support group, or participating in individual and/or family counseling.
There are many resources available to provide counseling support to you. They may be private pay, reduced fee, sliding scale, or accept insurance.
If you're currently in crisis, there are community resources here to help you. Crisis lines are available for you to call, free of charge, to discuss your specific situation and find community resources for you to work with moving forward.
Domestic violence situations can be difficult to cope with and get out of, especially depending on economic and social supports. If you are in a critical situation and need to speak with someone immediately, call the National Domestic Violence Hotline at (800) 799-7233.
Getting older, like any stage of life, present new and challenging issues and adjustments you may have to make. These life changes can be challenging. A geriatric psychiatrists specialize in the psychiatry of aging and will be able to work with you to age well.
A geropsychiatric facility is a psychiatric facility that is designed and staffed to meet the needs of older adults.
Support groups are a valuable resource to get the mental and emotional support you need based upon what you are going through in your life. These support groups can be for caregivers, those experiencing an illness, those experiencing grief and loss, and more. Support groups have a trained group facilitator and attendees discuss their experiences and support each other.
There is a huge demand for affordable dental services in the Tucson community. If your dental need is the result of an accident or medical condition, contact your primary medical provider first to determine if any dental services are covered by medical insurance. Be sure to practice due diligence as an informed consumer before engaging in extensive and expensive dental work. Check out the professional affiliation, background and references of the dentist or clinic you select. Ask for recommendations from friends or relatives whose judgment you trust. It is a good idea to ask about payment plans. Some dental offices offer discounts for cash payments, some offer discounts for older adults, and others offer monthly payment plans.
Though we enter into a dental or doctor's office with the best expectations and intentions, sometimes things go differently than we expected them to. These resource are places to go to report dental complaints.
Finding a dentist that is reliable and meets your needs can be difficult. These resources can help you to find the right dentist for your needs.
Denture clinics help with denture fittings, implants, and denture repair, among other things.
Dentistry is expensive, especially for older adults. Dental care is not covered under Medicare, and therefore many older adults end up paying astronomical out of pocket prices for dental procedures. Additionally, because the cost is so high, many older adults also skip routine preventative check-ups, leading to more serious health outcomes. These low-cost options can help to bridge the gap and provide dental services.
Home-bound older adults and those with physical disabilities may have difficulties getting to a dentist's office, especially if the provider is all the way across town. Mobile dentistry can help by bringing dental resources closer to your home.
Arizona Department of Economic Security (DES) is a government agency with the State of Arizona. DES helps determine eligibility for benefits for the various programs including Temporary Cash Assistance for Needy Families (TANF), Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), Adult Protective Services (APS), Unemployment Insurance (UI), Arizona Long Term Care System (ALTCS), and Arizona Health Care Cost Containment System (AHCCCS). Applications can be made online at the DES website or at a local location. All offices are open Monday through Friday, excluding state holidays.
Having conversation with family, your health care professionals, and close friends is important to planning your end of life care. Organizations, like PCOA, can help you begin those conversations and give you reliable information on filling out your advanced directives. These plans allow you to have the care and treatment that you would want in the event that you no longer have the ability to make the decisions on your own.
Advanced directives are documents that have your desired health care wishes in the event that you are no longer able to make those decisions yourself. Filing your advanced directives with the Arizona Attorney General's office is an important step to ensuring your wishes are upheld. It is also important to have conversations with your friends, family, and health care providers to ensure your wishes are respected.
To be an organ donor, you can contact the Donor Network of Arizona, the United Network for Organ Sharing (UNOS), or you can simply indicate your decision to be an organ donor on your driver’s license. If you wish to be a body or organ donor, be sure to discuss this with your loved ones and doctor ahead of time. Body donation programs will not accept bodies over the objections of loved ones. It is not necessary to include your decision to be an organ or body donor in your will. Certain conditions may make a body unsuitable for donation, such as hepatitis, HIV, AIDS, MRSA, tuberculosis, major surgery or trauma, obesity, suicide, organ donation, objections of loved ones, or delay in the notification of death. The length of time a donated body is generally used is from a few weeks to two years, depending on the scientific purpose(s) it is used for. Common uses of a donated body can include: doctor training, developing new surgical procedures, testing of new medical devices such as joint replacements, and research into numerous diseases and conditions including Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, muscular dystrophy, multiple sclerosis, arthritis, cancer, and schizophrenia.
Funeral and creation services are available at the following locations in Pima County.
The loss of a loved one is very difficult. You are not alone. If you are struggling with grief or the loss of a loved one, consider attending a support group to share your experiences and find healing and solace in others.
Hospice care provides end of life help to terminally ill patients and their families. People in hospice receive pain control, symptom management, and other supportive services under the direction of an interdisciplinary team of nurses, social workers, home health aides, and chaplains. Emotional and spiritual support is also available for families.
Finances impact every part of our lives. As we age, finances can be strained by a fixed income, familial obligations, changes in the economy, and more. Resources, both public and private, in the community can help you to navigate your personal financial situations.
Bankruptcy, under federal law, provides relief from creditors. If you're having issues paying your debts or are threatened with garnishment, foreclosure, or repossession, you may want to consider filing for bankruptcy. Bankruptcy can be an expensive and complicated process. Speaking to an expert prior to making your decision to file is advised.
Budgeting can be difficult, especially if you're looking at or just recently entered retirement. These resources can help you to prioritize your finances and get on track with a sustainable budget.
Those who offer rent and mortgage assistance may also be available to obtain clothing, hygiene items, gasoline, bus passes, and food vouchers. To receive assistance at these agencies, you must first call for an appointment. Walk-in appointments are not available.
These programs can help low-income people pay utility bills, including water, electric, phone service, trash, and more. Most programs have income limits, guidelines, and an application process. Organizations funded through the Low-Income Senior Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) are only able to help with one utility bill per person per year.
A fiduciary serves as guardian, conservator, or estate administrator (personal representative) to protect the legal rights and financial interests of vulnerable adults, and to administer the estates of deceased persons when there is no one else willing or capable of serving in that capacity.
Foreclosure is an unfortunately common situation that can ruin people's credit and financial stability for years to come. If you've fallen on hard times and foreclosure seems inevitable there still might a chance to prevent foreclosure. Some of these options include loss mitigation like short sales or deed in lieu, while other community resources have information on how to restructure your loan or how to get back on your feet.
Many pharmaceutical companies offer assistance programs that provide medications at reduced or no cost to patients in financial need. There are also charitable organizations and foundations that provide assistance to patients who need financial help to obtain prescription medications or treatment. Financial help is not available for all medications, conditions, or treatments. Most programs are limited to helping pay for specific drugs that treat specific medical conditions and will not help with medications that treat side effects such as nausea. Most listed programs are online databases where you can search by drug name, pharmaceutical company, or diagnosis. You can also search by prescription discount cards, manufacturer drug coupons, and other sources of help.
Often when taking a new mortgage or acquiring a reverse mortgage, you will have to go through mortgage counseling. Sometimes this is required by the Federal Housing Administration (FHA) or your lender. Counseling sessions typically take between 60-90 minutes. When you call to make an appointment with a mortgage counselor, you will be asked to provide certain information such as your age and your gross monthly income, in addition to other questions related to your financial situation.
Multiple organizations in town can help you to complete your taxes, answer questions regarding your taxes, and/or assist with the IRS. Many programs have multiple locations and varying times.
These programs offer financial discounts on utility bills. Most programs have income limits, guidelines, and an application process.
Many services for older adults rely on government funding or regulation, like the Older Americans Act, Medicare, Medicaid, and Social Security. It is important that your elected officials hear from you. If you have questions on pending legislation or would like to take action to help older adults, please contact (520) 305-3415 or visit pcoa.org/how-you-can-help/advocate.
The Arizona State Legislature is comprised of two bodies, the State House of Representatives and the State Senate. In Arizona, there are 30 districts. Each district elects one State Senator and two members to the State House. Once both bodies pass the same legislative language, the bill can be either signed or vetoed by the State’s Governor.
In Pima County there are multiple local municipalities including the City of Tucson, the Town of Oro Valley, the Town of Marana, the Town of Sahuarita, and more. Each town can pass ordinances that effect people and businesses within that jurisdiction.
The Pima County Board of Supervisors is the elected body for the entire county. The Board of Supervisors consists of five members from districts in the county.
There are nine members of the United States House of Representatives in Arizona. The entire House of Representatives is made up of 435 members from across the country, each representing different districts. The House of Representatives and the Senate make up the United States Congress.
There are two United States Senators for Arizona, and 100 nationwide. The House of Representatives and the Senate make up the United States Congress.
These facilities provide emergency and ongoing, specialized, care in the community.
There are clinics throughout the County that provide low-cost or subsidized medical services. Most take Medicare and Medicaid (AHCCCS in the State of Arizona). Most also provide service on a sliding scale based upon income.
Skilled nursing facilities, often referred to as SNFs, provide two levels of care - long-term care and rehabilitation (rehab). Rehab stays are typically short terms, include physical occupational, and speech therapy, and are covered by insurance after a sharp decline in health and physical ability. Long-term care is provided for people who require a higher level of care than what can typically be provided in an assisted living community or assisted living home. These stays are paid for privately or covered by the Arizona Long-Term Care System (ALTCS) for people who are eligible. Some facilities have secure units (locked doors) and provide specialized care for individuals with dementia.
Providers throughout the community offer health care in various settings. The following providers specialize in health care issues that may relate to older adults.
Geriatricians are medical doctors who specialize in the health and care of older adults.
For homebound older adults, some medical service can be offered in home, including podiatry and dentistry.
For homebound older adults, accessing medical testing services may be a struggle. These resources can help.
A neuropsychological evaluation is a comprehensive assessment of cognitive and behavioral functions.
If you are living with one of the following health conditions, these resources can help you to find support groups, specialized care, and so much more.
ALS (Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis), also known as Lou Gehrig's disease, is a progressive neurodegenerative disease that affects nerve cells in the brain and spinal cord. If you or a loved one is living with ALS, these resources may be able to help you find support in your community.
If you are an amputee, navigating various situations and the health complications that come with it can be difficult. These resources can help you to find medical and social support.
Arthritis is a very common health condition with more than 3 million diagnosed cases in the U.S. per year. There are multiple types of arthritis, which can have an effect on the cause, symptoms, and treatment. If you have arthritis, these resource and help you to find support in your community.
Cancer is an uncontrolled growth of malignant cells. Treatment can vary drastically depending on the type of cancer you or a loved one has. The following resources can help to provide you or a loved on support in dealing with cancer.
Cerebral Palsy is caused by atypical brain development or damage to part of the brain that controls the muscles. This health condition can affect movement, balance, and muscle tone. If you or a loved one are living with Cerebral Palsy, these resources and help you find support in the community.
Chronic Pain can affect all parts of your life, including sleep and mental health. The following resources can help you, or a loved one, suffering from chronic pain find support in the community.
COPD (Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease) is a disorder that affects the lungs causing symptoms of breathlessness, coughing, and wheezing. If you or a loved one are living with COPD, these resource can help you to find support in the community.
Diabetes is a metabolic disorder in which the body has high sugar levels for prolonged periods of time. If you are on Medicare, check with your plan to see if diabetes self-management training and/or consultation with a dietician are covered benefits. A doctor’s order is generally required.
Heart disease is a medical condition that can impact the structure and function of your heart. If you or a loved on is experiencing heart disease, these resources and help you connect with supports in your community.
Multiple Sclerosis (MS) is an autoimmune disease in which the immune system attacks cells in the brain and spinal cord. If you or a loved one are living with MS, these resources can help to connect you to supports in your community.
Parkinson's disease is caused by a loss of nerve cells in certain parts of your brain, leading to a reduction in dopamine levels in the brain. If you or a loved one is living with Parkinson's, these resource can help you to find support in your community.
Aphasia is a comprehension and communication disorder resulting from damage or injury to the specific area in the brain. Stoke is the most common form of aphasia. If you or a loved one have experienced a stroke or suffer from aphasia, these resources can help connect you to support in the community.
These providers offer a range of services from landscaping, to minor repair work, and everything in between. It is important to choose a provider that can help you achieve your goals for your home. Be sure to do the following before hiring someone: check the reliability of the provider with the Arizona Registrar of Contractors (520) 628-6345 and the Better Business Bureau (520) 888-5353, get multiple estimates, and ask for a written contract or agreement before work begins. While a small down payment is permissible, the contractor should not be paid in full ahead of time. Do not make the final payment on your project until the project is completed.
These programs help to make a home more accessible to individuals with mobility impairments and can include the installation of grab bars, ramps, rails, and more.
These organizations provide gently used appliances at a discounted cost.
These companies help repair broken or unsafe electrical wiring in your home.
These companies can design and install both active and passive water harvesting fixtures on your home. Water harvesting can help to reduce your utility costs by saving water. The City of Tucson also offers a water harvesting rebate for homeowners within the city limits. Information can be found by calling (520) 791-4331.
These companies provide assistance in the installation or repair of heating and cooling systems including HVAC technicians and cooler maintenance.
Commonly referred to as a handyman, these companies and programs are able to assist with minor repairs around your home.
These companies and organizations help repair or replace drywall in your home and paint.
These companies will help to remove or prevent insect infestations and bees in your home.
These companies help repair broken or unsafe plumbing in your home.
Organizations and companies can help with a remodeling or restoration project. Some companies offer 24/7 emergency services and some programs have financial eligibility criteria.
Companies and organizations that offer weatherization services are there to help your home stand up to the varying weather patterns in southern Arizona. Many companies focus on energy conservation, which can reduce your utility costs.
These companies help do yard work including landscaping, tree trimming, and weeding.
There are a large variety of housing options available to older adults. These include 55 and up apartments and mobile home parks, active adult communities, independent and assisted living communities, and assisted living homes. Additionally, some older adults benefit from low-income and subsidized housing options. There are many things to consider when choosing the best place to call home, including cost, location, amenities and services, safety, and comfort. Individuals who qualify for the Arizona Long Term Care System receive financial assistance to help cover the cost of a contracted assisted living facility or nursing home.
Active adult communities offer adults aged 55 and up the opportunity to live in their own home while having easy access to amenities such as recreational and fitness facilities, walking trails, and nearby shopping. Only resale homes are available in most communities, but some offer new homes as well.
Older adults who need assistance with tasks such as bathing, dressing, and managing their medications may want to explore assisted living options. Assisted living communities vary in size, layout, and services. Cost is typically dependent on the level of care the resident requires and includes all three meals. Some communities offer memory care, which is specialized care provided to an individual with dementia, on a secure unit (locked doors).
Assisted living homes, also called adult care homes or assisted living facilities, are residential settings in which care is provided 24/7 for older adults who need daily assistance in a safe environment. The resident typically has a private or semi-private bedroom, and other living spaces in the home are shared. All meals are provided and some homes have a health care provider that makes regular visits. Assisted living homes are licensed by the Arizona Department of Health to have up to 10 residents.
Assisted living referral agents will meet with you to discuss your unique assisted living needs. Based on your criteria, they will take you to tour assisted living homes and communities that best provide the level of care you need in a comfortable setting. They do not charge the client a fee.
A variety of housing services and programs are available to individuals and families facing homelessness due to eviction, foreclosure, or other issues. Anyone who is homeless or at risk of becoming homeless within 14 days, can go to any of the Tucson Pima Collaboration to End Homelessness Coordinated Entry Homeless Assistance Access Points listed to complete an intake and be advised of resources and options available to them.
Project Visibility is a training to help service providers and long-term care staff become more informed, sensitive to, and supportive of the needs of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender older adults and their families. PCOA, in partnership with Senior Pride. provides these no-cost cultural responsiveness trainings to help organizations become more LGBTQ inclusive.
To maintain an independent lifestyle, while also enjoying services and amenities such as housekeeping, transportation, various meal and dining options, social activities, and fitness centers, many older adults choose independent living communities. The base rates provided typically include some or all meals, as well as utilities.
There are a variety of mobile and manufactured home parks throughout Tucson. Some offer amenities such as pools, social activities, and fitness rooms and most allow pets. Utilities may be included in the rental space fee. For older adults who want to visit Tucson for the winter, there are also RV resorts which offer RV hook-ups and various amenities. All parks listed are “age-qualified,” meaning only individuals 55 and up may live there.
For older adults coming out of prison, beginning a new life can be difficult. Some housing options in Tucson provide special programs for those reentering society.
Skilled nursing facilities, often referred to as SNFs, provide nursing care as well as rehabilitative services including physical, occupational, and speech therapy. Rehab stays are typically covered by insurance when ordered by a doctor. Long-term care can also be provided for individuals who require a higher level of care than what can typically be provided in an assisted living community or assisted living home. Some facilities have secure units (locked doors) where they provide specialized care for individuals with dementia.
Some apartment complexes have subsidies that allow rent to be determined on a sliding scale based on income. These programs are available to people with low-income and are funded through a variety of sources including the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), Low-Income Housing Tax Credits (LIHTC), and private donations. Each housing site is different and offers services and programming for residents. Contact the complex directly to apply and to find out about services offered at that location. Because most of these communities have waiting lists, consider applying at several locations. HUD also operates the Section 8 voucher program, which provides housing subsidies for people who qualify. This program has a waiting list for new applicants that opens periodically. The Section 8 entry (below) will link you to more information about the program. For people already qualifies for a voucher, go to the Pima County Housing Search entry to find apartment complexes that accept Section 8.
In-home care agencies provide trained caregivers to assist clients with tasks such as housekeeping, meal preparation, personal care, running errands, transportation, and medication set-up. Some agencies provide dementia care training to their staff. Respite care can also be provided so that a family caregiver can take a much needed break. Agencies may charge higher rates than those listed below for nights and weekends.
Personal care services may include bathing an individual, helping them dress, and assisting them with toileting. Housekeeping services provided by in-home care agencies include sweeping and mopping, changing bed linens, and cleaning the bathroom. Respite care is provided to an individual so that their caregiver can have a little time away - time to do something fun or relaxing, run errands, or go to their own doctor appointments. Respite care services may include personal care (helping the person bathe, toilet, etc.), light housekeeping, preparing meals, as well as providing companionship for the person they are caring for.
There are mobile services that can provide personal grooming (haircuts, manicures, etc.) at an individual’s home.
Services provided by visiting nurses vary between in-home care agencies. Services that may be provided include medication management, coordination of care with the individual’s health care providers, evaluating how they are responding to a treatment, checking their vitals, etc. (In some instances a person’s health insurance may cover these services on a short-term basis if ordered by a physician. Check with the insurance company before paying privately.)
Various attorneys, community resources, and firms offer legal services to help you or your loved one through a variety of situations. Attorneys can help older relatives or friends ensure that their preferences regarding medical care and financial decisions will be followed in the event of incapacitation or inability to communicate. There are various low and reduced-cost legal services throughout the community, but many require financial qualifications to participate. Please use caution when emailing confidential information before speaking with an attorney.
Elder Law Attorneys specialize in providing services to older adults. These attorneys are often experts in estate planning, long-term care planning, guardianships, conservatorships, and probate.
Guardianship is a legal process in which the court determines that an individual is not capable of making decisions for themselves and needs protection. Guardianship protects against self abuse. Some reasons for becoming a guardian may be that the older adults has issues deciding the appropriate basic needs like food and shelter, making decisions about their medical treatments, or has a cognitive issues that leads to unsafe decision making.
Legal questions regarding immigration or immigration status can be complicated. These community resources work to answer questions, legally represent immigrants and their families, and help navigate the immigration system. The United States Citizenship and Immigration Service (USCIS) provides information and assistance with all aspects of citizenship and immigration, for general immigration questions reach out to USCIS.
A legal document preparer, also referred to as an LDA, is not a lawyer, but rather someone who is authorized to assist with preparation of legal documents like wills and trusts. Legal document preparers do not work under the supervision of an attorney and are not paralegals.
A notary public is a person who serves the public and can witness document signings, administer oaths, and take affidavits. In addition to the notary services listed through PCOA, some shipping stores, government offices, and banks also provide a notary service.
Social security, disability, and workers comp. attorneys can help you with legal disputes regarding social security and workers compensation.
Proper nutrition is vital to remaining healthy and aging well. PCOA provides a variety of outside resources that can assist depending upon your situation. These options range from meals delivered in your home to grocery shopping services. Some services may be private pay, but there are non-profit organizations that also work to alleviate hunger and get homebound adults nutritious food.
Meal and nutrition programs exist around the county and are run by various organizations. PCOA has the largest community lunch program with 13 sites around the county. Not only do these programs help low-income older adults receive the nutrition they need, the programs also allow them to make new social connections with their neighbors. Each program has different requirements for service and most require registration prior to attending.
Organizations, like those below, can help you to receive food assistance like the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP, AKA Food Stamps). They can help you in applying and navigating the process of receiving SNAP benefits along with other benefits. Some agencies also provide food pantries, where you can get food to cook at a free or significantly discounted rate.
Many companies will offer grocery delivery services with the purchase of their product. Some non-profit organizations offer shopping services for home-bound older adults, as well.
Home-delivered meals are offered throughout the community by a variety of non-profit and private organizations. The official Meals on Wheels program is offered through Pima Council on Aging and delivers food throughout Pima County. Other non-profits that offer home-delivered meals to homebound older adults are Interfaith Community Services and Mobile Meals of Southern Arizona. Some companies provide the opportunity to order food to be delivered at your house for a fee.
PCOA contracts with Catholic Social Services, Tucson Urban League, and City Parks and Recreation to provide a community lunch program, served in neighborhood centers, to older adults age 60 and over. A spouse of someone age 60 and over also qualifies. Centers also provide recreational, educational, and health promotion programs. Participants are encouraged to donate $2-$3 toward the cost of the meal. For a current menu and times, call the center closest to you, or contact PCOA. You must be registered in advance to attend.
Various programs offer different forms of transportation and often require advanced notice for a ride. Volunteer transportation groups typically provide rides that are customized to the passenger. Transportation for people with disabilities use door-to-door service by utilizing mini-buses or vans. To learn more about ADA transportation resources, call (520) 791-5409. Public transportation has reduced fare/rates for older adults and people who are low-income.
Accessible transportation resources are designed to be accessible for individuals with disabilities. To learn more about ADA transportation resources, call (520) 791-5409.
Classes and assessments for older adults. Taking select driving courses may reduce your auto insurance premiums.
There are several public transit options for Pima County.
These organizations can help people with disabilities to modify your vehicle or provide equipment to modify your vehicle.
These organizations offer door-to-door rides by volunteers in the community.