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Assisted Living in New Mexico

Overview of assisted living in New Mexico

Assisted living in New Mexico offers seniors a supportive, maintenance-free lifestyle as they age. Located throughout the Land of Enchantment, these communities provide assistance with activities of daily living, nutritious meals, and a variety of amenities. The average cost of assisted living in New Mexico is about $4,300 a month or $51,600 annually, according to A Place for Mom’s most recent proprietary data.[01] At this price point, assisted living in New Mexico costs nearly $900 less per month than the national average, making it less expensive than many states in the U.S.

Top-rated Assisted Living facilities in New Mexico

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Haven Care- Evergreen

10400 Calle Contendo NW, Albuquerque, NM 87114
10
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5 reviews
Starting at
$X,XXX/mo
Gayle M - I'm a loved one of a resident or client

[name removed] passed away in [date removed] after only a couple of months at Haven Care Evergreen. But they were wonderful for the short time she was there. This is the closest to one on one care there is....

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Fairwinds - Rio Rancho

920 Riverview Dr SE, Rio Rancho, NM 87124
9.7
Review Score
93 reviews
Starting at
$X,XXX/mo
Evelyn - I'm a current/former resident or client

Of all the facilities that I previewed online (I wasn't able to make in-person visits), I was most impressed with the friendliness of the people that I talked to. Others tried to "sell" me, while Fairwinds...

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Brookdale Santa Fe

640 Alta Vista, Santa Fe, NM 87505
9.6
Review Score
49 reviews
Starting at
$X,XXX/mo
Chris T - I'm a loved one of a resident or client

The staff and personnel made us feel very welcome and were supportive of our very specific and unique needs. They took such good care of my mother and were so kind and helpful. We would recommend them to...

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Top-rated Assisted Living facilities in Albuquerque

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Haven Care- Evergreen

10400 Calle Contendo NW, Albuquerque, NM 87114
10
Review Score
5 reviews
Starting at
$X,XXX/mo
Gayle M - I'm a loved one of a resident or client

[name removed] passed away in [date removed] after only a couple of months at Haven Care Evergreen. But they were wonderful for the short time she was there. This is the closest to one on one care there is....

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Vista Sandia Assisted Living

8604 Camino Osito NE, Albuquerque, NM 87111
9.5
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8 reviews
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$X,XXX/mo
Janet N - I'm a loved one of a resident or client

Very caring staff. Cleanliness of the facility. Accommodating to the family. Encouraged the residents to participate in the activities. Staff provided personal care with concerns for the residents abilities....

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Albuquerque Grand Senior Living

1501 Tijeras Ave NE, Albuquerque, NM 87106
9.5
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98 reviews
Anonymous - I live or lived in this community

Prior to moving to Albuquerque Grand I walked or relied on public transportation to get around. As I got older it became more difficult for me to get to the store or laundry mat. Since moving to Albuquerque...

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Top-rated Assisted Living facilities in Rio Rancho

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Fairwinds - Rio Rancho

920 Riverview Dr SE, Rio Rancho, NM 87124
9.7
Review Score
93 reviews
Starting at
$X,XXX/mo
Evelyn - I'm a current/former resident or client

Of all the facilities that I previewed online (I wasn't able to make in-person visits), I was most impressed with the friendliness of the people that I talked to. Others tried to "sell" me, while Fairwinds...

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Neighborhood in Rio Rancho Community

900 Loma Colorado Blvd NE, Rio Rancho, NM 87124
9.5
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16 reviews
Starting at
$X,XXX/mo
Dede - I'm a current/former resident or client

The meals at the Neighborhood are tasty and varied. Between the dining room and the Bistro, there is always something which is appealing. I would like to give a shout out to the wait staff. They are...

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Avamere at Rio Rancho

1000 Riverview Dr SE, Rio Rancho, NM 87124
8.2
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74 reviews
Starting at
$X,XXX/mo
Rick T - I'm a loved one of a resident or client

From the moment of first contact, [name removed] was absolutely amazing in sending me everything that I needed. Following up most appropriately. And providing other suggested resources to help. She...

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Top-rated Assisted Living facilities in Las Cruces

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The Village at Northrise

2880 N Roadrunner Pkwy, Las Cruces, NM 88011
9.1
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16 reviews
Starting at
$X,XXX/mo
Skip P - I'm a current/former resident or client

My mom was a resident of the memory care unit, the staff was friendly, and caring, with the residents. [New resident] the director was extremely knowledgeable, and personable. The meals they prepared were...

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Casa Bella Assisted Living

2919 Spitz Street, Las Cruces, NM 88005
9.0
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11 reviews
Starting at
$X,XXX/mo
Anonymous - I'm a loved one of a resident or client

Staff members are patient and friendly with my mom. She is not left alone (trapped) in bed for long during the day when she is awake. She eats meals with her peers in a dining room. Mom seems happy. I highly...

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Desert Peaks Assisted Living and Memory Care

5525 Cotton Bloom Ct., Las Cruces, NM 88007
8.8
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31 reviews
Starting at
$X,XXX/mo
Anonymous - I'm a loved one of a resident or client

The staff is good, but there is a bit of a lack of communication. Security is good for keeping patients safe and not roaming around outside. The move in process was easy, and the facility was clean. I would...

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Top-rated Assisted Living facilities in Santa Fe

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Brookdale Santa Fe

640 Alta Vista, Santa Fe, NM 87505
9.6
Review Score
49 reviews
Starting at
$X,XXX/mo
Chris T - I'm a loved one of a resident or client

The staff and personnel made us feel very welcome and were supportive of our very specific and unique needs. They took such good care of my mother and were so kind and helpful. We would recommend them to...

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The Legacy at Santa Fe

3 Avenida Aldea, Santa Fe, NM 87507
8.9
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20 reviews
Anonymous - I'm a loved one of a resident or client

I chose this community because it was the brightest, cleanest, and most cheerful / modern one we visited. Overall Legacy has been great. We haven't had to use the upper care levels yet, so I can only speak...

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MorningStar of Santa Fe

2041 S Pacheco St, Santa Fe, NM 87505
7.5
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9 reviews
Starting at
$X,XXX/mo
Lyn - I'm a loved one of a resident or client

Most of the staff at MorningStar Assisted Living and Memory Care of Santa Fe is wonderful. There are a couple that have bad attitudes. The housekeeping in her apartment is average at best, but in all...

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Cost of assisted living in New Mexico

The average monthly cost of assisted living in New Mexico is approximately $4,300, which is significantly less expensive than the national average monthly cost of assisted living, around $5,100 a month. These numbers reflect the average final monthly costs paid by families living in A Place for Mom’s network of partner communities.

Costs in New Mexico typically range from around $3,100 to just under $6,000 a month.[01] Communities in large metropolitan areas, like Albuquerque, or luxury locales, like Taos, generally cost more than facilities in smaller or more rural locations. Other factors, like the floorplan your loved one chooses, the amount of support they need, and the services and amenities a community provides can also affect pricing.

In New Mexico, an assisted living facility can have a minimum of only two residents and may be in either a designated building or in a converted residential home. Smaller personal care homes often cost less than larger assisted living facilities.

The monthly cost figures provided by A Place for Mom’s New Mexico partner communities generally cover a senior’s complete care needs, including:

  • Assistance with at least activity of daily living, such as dressing, bathing, and personal grooming
  • Regular supervision and monitoring
  • Three nutritious meals a day, plus snacks
  • Housekeeping services
  • Assistance with personal medication management
  • Planned social events and scheduled activities

Medicare, Medicaid, and other public pay resources may offset some costs of medical care in assisted living for New Mexico seniors who qualify.

Compare costs of New Mexico vs. the national average

Average monthly costs

New Mexico

$4,284/mo

US National average

$4,552/mo

Compare costs of assisted living vs. nearby states

Average monthly costs

New Mexico

$4,284/mo

Colorado

$5,006/mo

Arizona

$3,779/mo

Utah

$3,735/mo

Oklahoma

$4,359/mo

Compare costs of assisted living in New Mexico vs. nearby cities

Average monthly costs

New Mexico

$4,284/mo

Santa Fe, NM

$4,852/mo

Compare costs of assisted living vs. other senior care types in New Mexico

Average monthly costs

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Paying for assisted living in New Mexico

Your family has its own unique budget and needs, but no matter your financial situation, planning ahead for assisted living can help ensure your loved one has access to all available resources. If your aging relative hasn’t signed up for Medicare, or if they plan to apply for public assistance programs, they may encounter application or waiting periods, so the sooner you start to consider your options, the better.

You’ll find a variety of ways seniors can cover assisted living costs in New Mexico below. For a high-level review of payment resources for seniors, you can read through ourcomplete guide to paying for long-term care.

Private pay options include financial assistance from family members, pensions, personal savings, and retirement accounts. These funds generally cover the majority of assisted living costs. Learn more about some ways to secure private pay resources below.

Assisted living requirements and regulations in New Mexico

Assisted living facilities in New Mexico are designed to provide support and stimulation to older adults who need help with at least one activity of daily living. Each community must house at least two residents unrelated to the owner, provide three nutritious meals a day, and be able to support the care needs of admitted residents.

Licensing and inspection requirements for New Mexico assisted living facilities

The New Mexico Department of Health, Division of Health Improvement, Health Facility Licensing and Certification Bureau, licenses and regulates assisted living facilities. Communities must be inspected annually.[03]

The following considerations are made when licensing and regulating assisted living in New Mexico:

  • Resident assessments: All residents are assessed to determine personal health care needs. Residents who require 24-hour skilled nursing care can’t be accepted. A facility can discharge residents if they’re no longer able to meet their needs, or if the resident becomes a danger to the health or safety of other individuals.
  • Medication management requirements: Residents can self-administer medications with physician approval. Otherwise, staff members who’ve completed a state-approved program in medication assistance can help with self-administration. Facilities must have a consulting pharmacist who reviews medications at least quarterly.
  • Safety standards: Communities must comply with state fire safety regulations.
  • Occupancy: New Mexico doesn’t require apartment-style accommodations in assisted living. Rooms can be single or double occupancy, and at least one full bathroom must be available per eight residents.

Staffing requirements for New Mexico assisted living facilities

Staffing requirements may vary by the size of facility, care provided, and number of residents present.

The following roles must be filled in each community:

  • Administrator: A staff member in charge of the daily operations of the assisted living facility
  • Direct care staff: Trained staff who offer personal care and supervision
  • On- or off-site nurses: Licensed physician’s assistants, nurse practitioners, or registered nurses must be available to review care plans and health evaluations

Staff-to-resident ratios must fulfill these requirements:

  • One direct care worker for every 15 residents or fewer
  • One direct care worker and one additional staff member per 16 to 60 residents
  • Two direct care workers and one additional staff member per 61 to 120 residents
  • At least three direct care workers and one additional staff member for more than 120 residents

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Understanding New Mexico’s system of regulation and records

We developed a system to rate each state on how easy — or difficult — it is to find important assisted living records and reports, and we compiled tips to help you in your search.

States with the most transparent records allow you to look up important information about each assisted living facility online, including inspections, complaints, survey results, violations, capacity, and whether the facility accepts Medicaid.

Access to New Mexico assisted living records: Basic

Public access to assisted living records and reports for the state of New Mexico is basic. Key findings that informed this rating include:

  • New Mexico is among the states that require assisted living inspections at least once each year.
  • At the time of this writing, New Mexico’s database has not been updated in over a year.

How to look up New Mexico assisted living licenses and records

  • Visit New Mexico’s Provider Search Form for info on licensed communities and their backgrounds.
  • Select “assisted living facility” as the provider type.
  • You can narrow your search by county or city.
  • For more recent information about specific communities, contact the office of the long-term care ombudsman to see if he or she can provide information about a community you are exploring.
  • Visit www.eldercare.gov to locate the appropriate long-term-care ombudsman.
  • If you need to make a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request to get records, consider browsing these state by state resources from the National Freedom of Information Coalition, which included sample state-specific FOIA letters.

How we arrived at our New Mexico rating

We developed a standard methodology for state data collection and evaluation, and we based our rating primarily on the objective, state-specific accessibility criteria outlined in these questions:

  1. Are licensed assisted living communities listed online in any form? No
  2. If Yes to #1, is the information updated frequently? No
  3. If Yes to #1, is the list of licensed communities searchable? Yes
  4. Does the state post inspections, complaints, survey results, or violations online? No
  5. If Yes to #4, is the information updated frequently (within 90 days)? No
  6. If Yes to #2 and #4, is the enforcement information included in the same place as licensed communities? No
  7. If Yes to #4 and No to #6, are violations and inspections searchable at all? No
  8. Is information about special licensing for care shown? No
  9. Is capacity shown? Yes
  10. Are payment types shown (e.g., Medicaid, private pay)? No
  11. Is the administrator/contact name shown? Yes
  12. Can the state fine a facility? Yes
  13. What is the frequency of inspections? Every 12 months
  14. Does the website include pricing of facilities? No

References

  1. A Place for Mom. (2023). A Place for Mom proprietary data.

  2. Human Services Department. Centennial Care overview.

  3. New Mexico Administrative Code. (2010, January 15). Title 7, Chapter 8, Part 2: Assisted Living Facilities for Adults.

Top cities in New Mexico for assisted living

8.9
Rio Rancho, NM
16 facilities
8.5
Las Cruces, NM
12 facilities
8.5
Santa Fe, NM
11 facilities
8.2
Albuquerque, NM
63 facilities
7.5
Ruidoso, NM
4 facilities
7.5
Alamogordo, NM
4 facilities

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