Table of Contents
I. Getting Help

I. How Memory Care Facilities Can Help

According to the Alzheimer’s Association, 83% of all caregivers are unpaid family members, relatives, or other friends, and nearly half of all care is for older adults with some form of dementia. Caregiving, especially when it involves Alzheimer’s or dementia, is extremely exhausting and time-consuming, leading many caregivers to feel isolated and overwhelmed.

As a loved one continues to progress through the stages of dementia and his or her cognitive abilities continue to decline, behavioral problems, safety, and general care often become more than one caregiver can handle. This is when it’s important to find extra help, and residential facilities that have specialized memory care programs are often the best solution.

In addition to providing a safe environment, memory care programs seek to delay or halt cognitive decline while providing the opportunity for a social, independent lifestyle.

II. Our Selection Process

To choose the best memory care facilities in Tuscon, our team of researchers started by using our unique methodology to develop a list of contenders. We further refined the list in the next phase of our process by completing hands-on research for each one of the companies that we developed. Finally, we compiled online reviews from residents and families and wrote summaries of each facility that made it through our selection process.

Overall, our team:

  • Spent over 22 hours researching memory care facilities in Tuscon
  • Read more than 80 reviews written by residents and their loved ones
  • Interviewed 6 representatives from local communities

III. Reviews of the 10 Best Memory Care Facilities in Tuscon

Tuscon

Cascades of Tucson

  • Resident Capacity: 208
  • Room Types: Studios, 1-Bedroom Apartments, 2-Bedroom Apartments, Companion Suites, Private Rooms
  • Care Provided: Assisted Living, Independent Living, Memory Care, Respite
  • Base Pricing: $2,525 for independent living; $3,390 for assisted living; $4,300 for memory care

Located just moments away from St. Joseph’s Hospital, Cascades of Tuscon is a continuing care retirement community that can accommodate seniors’ changing needs. In the memory care neighborhood, residents live in private suites with kitchenettes and walk-in showers. Couples suites are available for residents who prefer to live with their spouses. Since the neighborhood is self-contained, memory care residents can travel to the landscaped courtyard or dining room independently. The Flavor Flex dining program offers easy-to-chew finger foods for residents who have difficulty eating traditional meals. Daily activities are available, and residents may get the opportunity to participate in creative pursuits that engage their memories, such as painting and flower arranging.

What Residents Are Saying

Many online reviewers compliment the facility’s staff, who they say are friendly and professional. “The staff is well qualified … they made my loved one feel welcome,” one reviewer says. The facility earns high marks due to its engaging activities. “Cascades [of Tuscon] has a good program to keep memory care residents involved and active,” said a resident’s relative.

Reviews: 4.18 out of 5 stars; 153 reviews
Phone: (520) 886-3171
Address: 201 N. Jessica Ave., Tucson, AZ 85710
Web: www.cascadestucson.com

Handmaker Jewish Services for the Aging

  • Resident Capacity: 58
  • Room Types: Studios
  • Care Provided: Assisted Living, Memory Care, Respite, Skilled Nursing
  • Base Pricing: Not Available

Handmaker Jewish Services for the Aging is conveniently located near many medical clinics including Tucson Medical Center. With assisted living, memory care and skilled nursing services available, the community offers a full continuum of care for seniors. A maximum of 20 residents live in the Kalmanovitz memory care neighborhood, and nurses are available 24/7. The self-contained campus offers a beauty salon, library and fitness center, and with no steps on the property, these areas are accessible to seniors with mobility challenges. The culinary team uses fresh, local ingredients to prepare kosher dishes, while meals are served restaurant-style in the dining room, and room service is also available. Residents can attend Shabbat services on Fridays and Saturdays. Guests are welcome to join residents for the community’s High Holiday services and meals.

What Residents Are Saying

Reviewers say the facility is clean with a comfortable, homelike atmosphere. The facility receives high marks for its entertainment options. “Their calendar is full of activities. They have field trips, all sorts of crafts, games and a lot of on-site activities,” a reviewer says.

Reviews: 3.18 out of 5 stars; 58 reviews
Phone: (520) 881-2323
Address: 2221 N. Rosemont Blvd., Tucson, AZ 85712
Web: www.handmaker.org

Via Elegante Assisted Living at La Cholla

  • Resident Capacity: 98
  • Room Types: Private Rooms, Shared Rooms, Detached Homes
  • Care Provided: Assisted Living, Memory Care
  • Base Pricing: Not Available

Surrounded by desert landscapes and the peaks of the Catalina Mountains, Via Elegante Tucson Mountains provides residents with scenic ambiance and homelike comforts. The welcoming environment is established by the unique setup of this assisted living and memory care facility. The campus consists of five homes, which each houses between 15 and 20 residents. Though the homes are all connected to the campus clubhouse, kitchen and library, each one has a distinct style, from the sun-filled Acacia residence to the uncluttered Mesquite Home. When residents want to spend time in nature, they can relax in the landscaped courtyards, visit the organic garden or participate in outdoor fitness activities. Via Elegante’s flexible meal plan entitles residents to three tasty meals per day, which can be served on the patio and made to accommodate special diets. To bolster resident well-being, the facility also offers personal care services, including grooming assistance, nightly safety checks and on-site salon services.

Reviews: 5 out of 5 stars; 2 reviews
Phone: (520) 429-8544
Address: 2797 N. Cerrada De Beto, Tucson, AZ 85745
Web: viaelegante.com

The Fountains at La Cholla

  • Resident Capacity: 414
  • Room Types: Studios, 2-Bedroom Apartments, Townhomes
  • Care Provided: Assisted Living, Independent Living, Memory Care, Respite, Skilled Nursing
  • Base Pricing: Not Available

Conveniently located next to Northwest Medical Center, The Fountains at La Cholla is an independent living, assisted living and memory care community in Tucson, Arizona. The facility offers both formal and informal dining options, allowing residents to choose between tasting chef-prepared food in the Catalina Room or finding lighter fare at the Gallery Cafe. Residents can exercise at the on-site fitness center, read in the library or sunbathe beside the swimming pool. In the memory care section of this community, residents are able to spend time in a secure, familiar neighborhood setting that encourages independence with various programs, including Expressive Arts with music, art and movement and Life Histories that commemorates past achievements, occupations and talents. They can also enjoy going on adapted group outings, such as train rides and fishing trips.

What Residents Are Saying

The Fountains at La Cholla earns high praise for cultivating an inviting atmosphere. According to one resident, “Everyone — staff and residents alike — is smiling and welcoming. The food is very good and [has a] nice variety, maintenance problems are taken care of quickly, and the staff is quick to lend needed assistance and is caring and friendly. Love it!”

Reviews: 4.6 out of 5 stars; 93 reviews
Phone: (520) 777-1413
Address: 2001 West Rudasill Rd., Tucson, AZ 85741
Web: lacholla.watermarkcommunities.com

Sierra Del Sol Senior Living

  • Resident Capacity: 120
  • Room Types: Studios, 1-Bedroom Apartments, 2-Bedroom Apartments, Companion Suites
  • Care Provided: Assisted Living, Independent Living, Memory Care, Hospice, Skilled Nursing
  • Base Pricing: $2,600 for assisted living; $4,100 for memory care

Nestled in a desirable neighborhood in northeast Tucson, Sierra Del Sol Senior Living is a pet-friendly continuing care retirement community. With their walking trails, gardens and gazebos, the well-landscaped grounds provide a relaxing, peaceful environment for seniors. Many elegant common areas, including a library and grand dining room, are available. Through the Gentlecare program, memory care residents are given the freedom to control their own schedules. They can choose to take a chair exercise class or create arts and crafts projects. With a 24-hour kitchen, they can even set their own preferred mealtimes. Married couples can choose to share a room in the memory care unit even if they don’t have the same care needs. Licensed nurses are available around-the-clock to help residents maintain their health.

What Residents Are Saying

Sierra Del Sol Senior Living receives high marks for its spacious, homelike apartments. “The showers are all easily accessible with lots of handrails,” an online reviewer notes. Reviewers say the friendly, attentive staff takes good care of the residents and keeps them entertained with activities. “They have a great activities calendar,” says a visitor.

Reviews: 3.73 out of 5 stars; 85 reviews
Phone: (520) 722-8400
Address: 8151 E. SpeedWay, Blvd., Tucson, AZ 85710
Web: www.sierradelsoltucson.com

Carlton Village

  • Resident Capacity: 80
  • Room Types: Studios, Detached Homes
  • Care Provided: Assisted Living, Memory Care
  • Base Pricing: $3,400

Tucked away into the northwest corner of Tucson, Arizona, Carlton Village is an ideally located assisted living facility, minutes from the Tucson Mall, Northwest Medical Center and Limberlost Family Park. The campus consists of eight individual homes connected by charming communal areas, including wide, bench-lined walkways, gazebos and a central pavilion. During the day, seniors are encouraged to socialize with friends, visit the landscaped gardens and participate in art and fitness classes held outdoors. Resident freedom is facilitated by the community’s safety measures, which include gated outdoor spaces, comprehensive sprinkler and alarm systems and an on-site security team. Compassionate staff are trained to diffuse stressful situations for seniors with various forms of dementia or behavioral issues. To ensure residents lead relaxing, comfortable lives, Carlton Village provides regular housekeeping and maintenance services and on-site medical examinations.

What Are Residents Saying?

Carlton Village receives praise for its beautiful, well-maintained grounds, with one reviewer describing it as “truly a gem in the desert.” Reviewers also take note of the facility’s compassionate staff. One relative of a resident remarks that “all the workers handle the residents very well and they help them feel more welcomed when they arrive.”

Reviews: 4.1 out of 5 stars; 22 reviews
Phone: (520) 861-8314
Address: 321 W. Limberlost, Tucson, AZ 85705
Web: www.carltonvillagetucson.com

The Hacienda At The River

  • Resident Capacity: 135
  • Room Types: Studios, 1-Bedroom Apartments, Shared Rooms
  • Care Provided: Assisted Living, Memory Care, Hospice, Respite, Skilled Nursing
  • Base Pricing: Not Available

The Hacienda At The River is an assisted living and memory care facility situated on seven acres of land beside the Rillito River in Tucson, Arizona. The community provides access to several outdoor spaces, including two orchards and a garden with raised vegetable beds. Residents can use these spaces while engaging in horticultural therapy, which may help lessen stress and increase well-being. Memory care residents can even take art classes, participate in equine therapy and go on trips to nearby attractions, such as Mount Lemmon. This facility allows residents to enjoy farm-to-table fare at the Acacia Cafe or eat home-cooked food served family-style at the dining room table. Each resident is also given their own snack cubby.

What Residents Are Saying

People are impressed by The Hacienda At The River for being well-maintained and having an attractive layout. “The building is clean and spacious, with sitting areas sprinkled throughout so there is plenty of space when visitors show up. Personally, I find the furniture comfortable and the sitting rooms inviting,” writes one resident’s family member.

Reviews: 2.8 out of 5 stars; 30 reviews
Phone: (520) 485-1060
Address: 2720 East River Rd., Tucson, AZ 85718
Web: haciendariver.watermarkcommunities.com

San Nicolas Assisted Living

  • Resident Capacity: Not Available
  • Room Types: 1-Bedroom Apartments, Private Rooms, Shared Rooms
  • Care Provided: Memory Care
  • Base Pricing: Not Available

San Nicolas is located in Tucson, Arizona, and seniors can visit nearby parks, such as Tohono Chul and Linda Vista Trail, to enjoy the beauty of the southwestern landscape. Located just five minutes from the Northwest Hospital, this is a ladies-only memory care facility with a loving staff of trained caregivers. Residents travel off-site for weekly adventures, while there are volunteer opportunities and activities, including arts and crafts and a cooking program. The facility’s summer camp program brings adventure to residents with engaging events, such as can dancing, reptile encounters, magic shows and live music entertainment. Despite the excitement of outings and events, San Nicolas provides a warm, peaceful home with quiet places for seniors to relax, such as the library.

What Residents Are Saying

“I had looked around for some time looking for that special place for Mom to live and be happy … I knew at once that this was the place I wanted my mom to live.” said one reviewer. Another reviewer is very pleased with the staff, saying, “Wonderful place to live … All the lad[ies] are so nice and lovable! And the staff are awesome and kind hearted!”

Reviews: 4.5 out of 5 stars; 7 reviews
Phone: (520) 742 4581
Address: 1362 W. San Nicolas Dr., Tucson, AZ 85701
Web: www.sannicolasliving.com

Catalina Springs Memory Care

  • Resident Capacity: 56
  • Room Types: Studios, Companion Suites
  • Care Provided: Memory Care
  • Base Pricing: Not Available

Catalina Springs Memory Care creates a comfortable, life-enriching environment for individuals living with cognitive conditions. Residents enjoy spacious apartments with a choice of private or shared bathrooms, and they have access to personalized care and assistance with mobility and dining. Delicious, nutritious meals prepared by the executive chef include seasonal menus and accommodate special dietary restrictions, and visiting families and friends are welcome to dine with residents. To help seniors living with dementia or Alzheimer’s connect to their past, biography boards and memory boxes are set up to celebrate their life stories. The facility uses the award-winning Spark program which involves evaluating and improving skills, determining social roles, setting goals and tracking progress. It encourages the participation of residents and their families, community members and the staff on a variety of projects, intergenerational programs, volunteer services and fundraising activities.

What Residents Are Saying

Residents’ families say the facility is well-managed and has a comfortable, homelike atmosphere with plenty of spaces to walk around. They like the energetic staff, the patience they have for hard-to-deal residents and the regular updates they provide to family members. “The executive director is experienced, progressive and welcomes suggestions and takes any complaints seriously, working toward a solution,” says one reviewer.

Reviews: 3.46 out of 5 stars; 49 reviews
Phone: (520) 297-2500
Address: 9685 North Oracle Rd., Oro Valley, AZ 85704
Web: catalinaspringsmemorycare.com

San Judas Adult Care Home

  • Resident Capacity: Not Available
  • Room Types: Not Available
  • Care Provided: Assisted Living, Memory Care
  • Base Pricing: Not Available

San Judas Adult Care Home is a charming residential facility specializing in assisted living and memory care in Sahuarita. Tucson is only a 24 minute drive to the north, and there’s a recreation center nearby for active seniors. Residents enjoy the peaceful, homelike community, and trained staff provide care that caters to those with Alzheimer’s disease and dementia. With 24-hour supervision and the advanced wander alert monitor system, this facility helps keep residents safe and secure. Staff work with residents and loved ones to ensure independence and dignity is the focus, and close-knit relationships are particularly valued, with staff and residents forming close bonds in this small, caring community. An on-call doctor and other medical staff provide care as needed.

What Residents Are Saying

Reviewers have been highly appreciative of the dedicated and friendly environment, with one saying: “All the ladies who work there are super friendly and very caring towards the elderly who are there. I was very impressed.” Another online reviewer noted that, “Out of all the places I’ve seen in Tucson, it’s by far the best.”

Reviews: 4.56 out of 5 stars; 9 reviews
Phone: (520) 399-2118
Address: 17380 South Camino Cartagena, Sahuarita, AZ 85629
Web: www.sanjudashome.com