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A few words from an ex-Tucson resident:
I lived in Tucson in the early 90's for about 5 years. Tucson is, without a doubt, a unique and wonderful city in many ways, and there are certainly things that I do miss about it.
One of the most attractive qualities about Tucson is the weather - a quality that, at times can be one of the least attractive. At certain times of the year, it is simply glorious. Imagine spending the holidays with family in Tucson, opening gifts, all the while wearing shorts and a short-sleeved shirt.
Tucson, in the winter months, can often be 75 and sunny. Yes, Tucson does experience the occasional few-inch snowstorm, but that is only every few years, and it melts off quickly.
However, Tucson can be downright uncomfortable in the middle of the summer - a consideration for anyone wanting to move to Tucson - and a question that seniors need to ask their assisted living facility is whether or not they have air-conditioning. Seniors can be less able to tolerate extreme temperatures than younger folks, since they are, at times, less mobile, and for those who have a memory disorder - may not be able to operate a thermostat. Keep in mind that this uncomfortable period is only for about 3 months, but without adequate measures to keep your house cool - it can mean a long, hot summer for anyone.
Another nice quality about Tucson is it's size. It isn't nearly as large as Phoenix, to the north, but it is most certainly a large city by any standard. However, visiting the downtown area is not overwhelming at all, and there isn't the 'rush hour' type traffic that one can see in a larger city. Tucson's size also means that it offers more, and better medical facilities. The University of Arizona Medical Center is very central in town, and is groundbreaking in it's medical services on numerous fronts. In addition, just being home to a major college means that Tucson can stay on the cutting edge of many medical advancements and facilities.
Good news for seniors or anyone residing in a long-term care or assisted living home in Tucson.
I believe that no matter where you live, you need to be able to appreciate your environment. Tucson is unique on that front, as it is an arid desert peppered with cactus and beautiful desert landscapes. However, just to the northeast is Mt. Lemmon, which rises to over 9,000 feet, offering a quick escape to a cooler, alpine environment. Wouldn't it be a neat day-trip for the residents of an assisted living facility to be able to take an afternoon jaunt up to this marvelous place? The mountains tower over Tucson, and offer a sense of topographical diversity to an otherwise flat, and sparse landscape.
Broadway Proper assisted living is located in a neat part of town. It is extremely central to most of the important items that Tucson offers - such as Tucson International Airport, the university and downtown areas, Saguaro National Park to the east, and the mountains to the north. The east-central part of Tucson is much less busy and trafficked than the downtown/university core, and in my opinion, much nicer in terms of the neighborhoods and homes are concerned.
Finally, there seems to be a nice boom happening in Arizona, including Tucson in terms of the number and diversity of assisted living homes and facilities go. Tucson seems to be an up and coming hotbed for smaller, more residential homes for the elderly - perhaps due to the very affordable home prices here. Tucson is also very attractive to larger assisted living companies and corporations to set up business, also perhaps due to the lower land and real estate prices here - and the lower cost of living.
Agency on Aging:
As with just about any city or area in the US - Tucson is within the service area of an Agency on Aging. In Tucson's case, it is the Pima Council on Aging, which exists to serve Tucson's aging population with services, caregiver support, programs, as well as referrals and knowledgeable assistance in regards to questions about local nursing homes, assisted living facilities, and other senior-care facilities catering to elders and adults who have disabilities. The Pima Council on Aging has a helpline that one can call. The helpline will help direct you to the appropriate person or resource to help you with your particular question or need. The PCOA Helpline number is: 520-790-7262.
In addition, the PCOA offers information about the local Long Term Care Ombudsman Program, which offers assistance and advocacy for residents living in assisted living and long-term care facilities in Tucson. The ombudsman helps these residents to understand their human and civil rights, and to make sure that they are receiving quality care, and experiencing an acceptable level of quality of life.
Some examples of the great questions we have received about Broadway Proper and assisted living:
Could you please send me one of your brochures with room designs and available services and costs.
I am age-97, in good health both mentally and physically, but use a walker. I am interested in assisted-living only for winter months of Jan-March. Am in need of a spa-like, warm climate with swimming pool, sun and social activities. Please send specifics/ costs for a single person, one bedroom, one bath accommodation.
I am interested in your facility. I have elderly grandparents in their early 80's that need to be placed in assisted living.They are very independent for the most part.We are just concerned at their age and where they currently live it isn't safe for them to reside on their own. I need to know first if they may stay together.They will not be separated (and I don't blame them). I also need to know your fees and requirements. Do you have a waiting list? Please get back to me at your convenience. I reside out of state so if you could provide me with as much info as possible before I make a trip down that would be greatly appreciated.
Does this property accept Medicaid as payment? What is the least expensive plan that Broadway Propert has available? My grandmother is very independent but suffers from memory loss.
Please give me a quote for a two bedroom, two bath unit. Is extra storage available, and does your facility allow pets?
Do you have a list of an explanation of "Assisted Living?" I spoke to somebody and I was supposed to be told whether CNA insurance accepts you for payment. They do so for Assisted Living, but not very much. If not too expensive, I have to pay the balance. Please ask the person who has been inquiring whether my insurance covers Broadway Proper, and let me know as soon as possible.
I am looking for a home to place my parents in. We would prefer a 1 bedroom with kitchen and amenities. Also looking for somewhere that offers extra curricular activities etc. Could you please send me more info including price/cost, conditions etc. We want to place them ASAP.
My mom is 82. Her Doctor suggests she go into a independent living situation where there are others her age to pal about with. I will be flying to Tucson from another state in about 2 weeks. I would like price ranges to make sure your facility will fit her budget before I schedule a visit with her. He has an apartment now and all furniture that she will not part with.
Do you have an opening for a one bedroom facility and what the cost? Do you have short term or long term rental agreements?
What is the cost of a one bedroom apt.? My brothers and I are looking
into various communities for our mother. She is independent, but
we don't want her living alone anymore.
Hello, My name is Robert and I am a retired veteran. I would like to find out information on volunteering my time to entertain residents of your facility. I perform close up card magic and close up magic in general. I use 4d to entertain fellow service members and their families while I was on active duty. I would love the opportunity to bring a smile to the face of a senior and possibly brighten their day by entertaining them. Please let me know if this would at all be possible.
Would like a brochure, price list, information on security, is there a waiting list.
My mother-in-law only get $1000.00 a month as income. Do you have any studios that have any subsidized program available for her to be able to afford to live there?
My mother is currently at a Brookdale facility, but is considering moving to Tucson. She needs more independence than Sterling House offers, more of an independent with assistance set up. please send me info, including basic rate info.
Do you have any studios available? Do you handle memory loss care?
My mother is 84 yrs old and I'm looking for assisted living for her. She has a very low income. Could you please let me know how much your apartments. are? She has Tricare for life Insurance.
I am interested in a one bedroom with 2 baths. I would also like to know prices and availability. Also, what age must you be to move in. Do you take Medicaid/Alltech?
How much is the cost of living there? And is there any grants or financial assistance for someone who can't afford senior housing?
Q: My father has always been active but in the last year he is not able to walk. He is only 75 and is now living with my brother in Tucson. He was living in ID but traveled to AZ to help my brother and now he is not doing well. He has been in the hospital and can't drive per dr orders. We are looking for a place he could enjoy but not feel like he is being sent somewhere. We are wondering the costs of a studio. - Joyce
Q: Do you take mercy care? - Lewis
Q: Do you allow pets? Erica