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.

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Active Adult Communities

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.

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Assisted Living Communities

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).

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Assisted Living Homes

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.

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Assisted Living Referral Agencies

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.

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Independent Living

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.

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Mobile and Manufactured Home Parks

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.

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Skilled Nursing Facilities

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.

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