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Highlights of  St. Luke’s Home

St. Luke’s Home (SLH) Inc. is an Eden Alternative® Model Elder-centered community built on innovative models of health and wellness that ensure independence, aging with dignity, respect and self-empowerment for all. The Eden Alternative Model was developed by Geriatrician Dr. William Thomas. The model emphasizes community living, intergenerational relationships and beautiful surroundings to combat the three plagues of aging: loneliness, helplessness and boredom. As an Eden Home, life at St. Luke’s centers on live plants, animals, children and young adults and abundant opportunities to grow and learn. For additional information on the Eden Model, go to

St. Luke’s Home serves as a learning lab for students of all ages through a range of partnerships with regional schools including Northern Arizona University and the University of Arizona (UA). These partnerships bring together Elders, teachers, students and researchers in shared experiences with the goal of building new models of education and practice in geriatric health and wellness.

The partnership with UA establishes St. Luke’s as the only academic Eden Model assisted-living community for low-income Elders in the United States. This innovative model, which integrates research and care, has been presented at national and global conferences.

In addition to clinical partnerships, the UA College of Fine Arts launched We Love Art! Workshops at St. Luke’s that inspired an art exhibit at the UA Museum of Art ““ Connecting Generations: Art From the Elders at St. Luke’s Home. In addition, St. Luke’s maintains a range of strong partnerships with organizations like Girls Scouts of Southern Arizona and the IDEA School which provides opportunities for young and old to share time and friendships.

St. Luke’s also introduced in 2016 food choice for its Elders who can now choose within two-hour windows what time they want to eat breakfast, lunch and dinner. They also order from a menu which means they are asked at each meal, “What would you like today?”

In short, life at St. Luke’s centers on activities, friendships, natural beauty, and choices in dining — all of which are the hallmarks of healthy living making St. Luke’s very much a place to learn and grow.


St. Luke’s Home is an assisted-living community that provides Elders of limited means a safe, caring, compassionate and beautiful environment with certified staff that is awake and available 24-hours a day. The community includes 64 studio apartments located on the edge of the University of Arizona and serves females, males and couples.

Admission Criteria

St. Luke’s residents are all 55 years or older and have the ability to intervene on their own behalf in a crisis. Low-income status means they can have an annual income up to but not exceeding $25,380 for a single person and $29,040 for a couple. For those owning other assets, any interest and/or dividend income is factored into the annual amount.

Care Offerings

Both supervisory and personal care services are offered in the St. Luke’s community:

  1. Supervisory services include: assistance in the self-administration of medications and reminders for activities of daily living.
  2. Personal care services include: administration of medication, shower, grooming and ambulation assistance, and incontinence care.

All St. Luke Elders can perform functions of daily living and can ambulate with minimal aid, such as with a cane or walker.

Interested in Living at St. Luke’s Home?

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