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The Hacienda at the River
2720 East River Road
Tucson, AZ 85718


Independent Living: 23
Assisted Living: 36
Memory Care: 35

A 7.5-acre residential campus on Tucson’s Rillito River, The Hacienda is a unique community for individuals seeking exceptional Independent Living, Assisted Living and Memory Care with unprecedented access to cutting-edge university-based clinical care, programming and research.

Designed on the traditions of the colonial hacienda, the grounds feature buildings interconnected by tree-lined pathways and interspersed with patios, shaded courtyards, gardens and orchards with classic Spanish Colonial design that is common to Tucson’s architecture.

Two New Concepts in Care


Just as in traditional guest ranches, the design of the four, single-story Hacienda Homes that are home to Assisted Living and Memory Care residents captures that careful balance between private home and community. Residents’ private suites radiate off a nexus of common spaces: kitchen, dining room, living room, sunroom and covered porch. A Hacienda Home is not a home-like environment, as many facilities tout, but an actual home.

Care in the Hacienda Homes is unlike that found in more traditional assisted living communities. Universal caregivers, called Nayas, are the anchor of the day-to-day structured rhythms of each resident’s life. Nayas are responsible for all aspects of a resident’s well-being, performing nearly ALL of the tasks generally associated with a quality assisted living environment.

Several pioneers within the University of Arizona and the Tucson healthcare community are joining in an interdisciplinary collaboration centered at The Hacienda. Integrative programs and therapies, including on-site equine and horticultural therapy programs are seamlessly folded into each resident’s day.

Through its appealing atmosphere, pioneering medical partnerships and on-site therapeutic programs, The Hacienda at the River is leading the way to a more holistic elder care experience, one that helps residents age with dignity and resilience.

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The Hacienda on the Bill Buckmaster show

Listen in as June Hussey, membership director of The Hacienda at the River, chats with radio show host Bill Buckmaster about Watermark’s innovative history of creating modern senior living communities, The Hacienda’s signature programs, and the exciting unveiling of 23 new luxurious Independent Living residences.


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