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 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.
HUD also provides the Section 8 Choice Voucher program, for those who qualify.
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.
The communities listed provide housing assistance for low-income older adults. Some communities are participating in a housing program through the department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) to provide some rents at a reduced rate. Other properties were built using the Low-Income Housing Tax Credit (LIHTC) and now offer affordable rates. Some properties also offer subsidized housing through donations or a sliding scale based upon your income.