"We have promised ourselves that we shall always treat our residents as we would our own loved ones. Nothing less than our best will do."
This is a simple promise that the staff of Emeritus at Pantano; and throughout Emeritus Senior Living communities; has shared since our community first opened its doors. It's a simple promise to be compassionate and kind, understanding and respectful; a promise to become extended family to the seniors entrusted in our care and to our retirees who have chosen our assisted living community for its active lifestyle.
The Perfect Location
Emeritus at Pantano is ideally situated in a residential area on the desirable Northeast side of Tucson, bordering the beautiful Saguaro National Park East. Our community is also right off the Speedway, next to Mesquite Valley Growers, giving residents easy access to many grocery stores, doctors offices, banks, golf courses, parks and restaurants in the area. Plus, we are just minutes from two major hospitals – Tucson Medical Center and St. Joseph’s Hospital.
With such close proximity to all that Tucson has to offer, there’s never a lack of things to do – whether it’s a trip to Fry’s or Wal-Mart, to downtown Tucson for a day of shopping and lunch out, to a local museum or on one of many scenic dries to such favorite destinations as Tanque Verde Guest Ranch and Sabino Canyon. Residents just let us know where they want to go, and we do everything we can to fulfill their requests.
We are also literally just a few minutes from largest Silver Sneaker Club in the area – Desert Sports & Fitness – where some of our residents are members. Our air-conditioned van makes frequent stops throughout the week to take residents and pick them up when they have finished their workouts.
A Wonderful Selection
Emeritus at Pantano is situated around two beautifully landscaped courtyards – a larger courtyard with a gazebo, putting green and walking path for our assisted living residents and a second smaller, nearly identical courtyard for our memory care residents. The inside of our community is equally lovely, having recently undergone an extreme makeover in “senior living style,” including newly painted walls, new carpeting and window coverings and new furnishings throughout our common areas.
In our assisted living community, we offer 94 apartments in studios, and one-bedroom, one-bedroom deluxe and two-bedroom configuration. Each offers wonderful views of either the courtyard, the desert or the nearby mountains. In addition, all apartments have spacious bathroom with walk-in no-lip showers, a kitchenette with a mini refrigerator/freezer and microwave, individual climate-controlled heat and air conditioning, extended cable television and an emergency call pendant/wristband system. This system includes a GPS, so that we know exactly where the resident is should they push the button for assistance. In addition, all one-bedroom and two-bedroom apartments include large walk-in closets. And as part of our recent renovation, all of our apartments have new flooring and carpeting.
Common areas include our lovely grand dining room, a cozy living room with fireplace, a separate private dining room for intimate family gatherings, a library and activities room, a TV room and billiards lounge. In addition to our fully enclosed outdoor courtyard, we have several outdoor patio areas.
Our one-story memory care neighborhood – Pantano Gardens – offers 36 apartments in two configurations: a studio suite with private bath and a companion suite, with two studios connected by a walk-through bathroom. All studios offer ample closet space and built-in shelving. With the same layout and courtyard as our assisted living community, transferring between communities is virtually effortless – key for any assisted living resident who may, at some point, need the specialized services of Pantano Gardens. The community also offers virtually the same common areas, except its living room does not have a fireplace.
Strong, Caring Professional Relationships
We partner with many home health and hospice agencies, which are welcome to provide services right here at our community. In fact, Emeritus at Pantano is designed specifically to accommodate physical and occupational therapy sessions, with handrails throughout our community and extra wide hallways for wheelchairs, walkers and scooters. This enables therapists to work one-on-one with our residents, using our community much like an exercise room. Residents can choose any agency they’d like, or we can make recommendations – it’s always up to them.
We truly live the Emeritus motto: “Our family is committed to yours.” In part, this stems from several of our employees having chosen to work in senior living communities because of their own experiences taking care of older family members. In addition, we have very low turnover; in fact, many of our caregivers have been here for nine-plus years, including our Community Relations Director who has been with us since 1997.
Our warm, friendly and caring staff truly goes above and beyond for our residents. Just recently, for example, when several of our caregivers found out that a resident could no longer care for his dog and was in jeopardy of losing him, they volunteered to take over its care. When one of our resident is close to passing on, our staff spends a great deal of time with that individual, providing comfort and support to both the resident and his or her family members. For our staff, this isn’t simply a job; they feel a strong sense of connection with our residents and when they see a need, they always jump in and help.