51 Assisted Living Facilities in Albuquerque, NM
Located in the beautiful high desert, Albuquerque is a great destination for those who love Native American and Spanish history, and is full of museums, adobe architecture and a myriad of natural attractions, such as the nearby state parks and trails. To help seniors in Albuquerque find the assisted living community that’s right for their family, we’ve researched and compiled in-depth information about the cost of care, how to pay for care, and important local laws and regulations involving senior care and assisted living.
With an average cost of $3,763 in Albuquerque, it’s often difficult to find assisted living communities that provide high-quality care at an affordable price. At Caring.com, our mission is to make this process as smooth and painless as possible, and we’ve helped many families along the way.
This guide provides everything you need to quickly compare communities and narrow your search, including 339 unique reviews from residents and our comprehensive database that gives pricing, amenity information, photos and more on the 51 facilities in Albuquerque.
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What to Consider About Assisted Living in Albuquerque
Sitting at an elevation of over 5,000 feet, Albuquerque is the largest city in New Mexico and is home to more than 550,000 residents, 14 percent of whom are 65 or older. Residents in that age group who need or desire assisted living care may choose among 42 facilities in the city.
As is the case in all of New Mexico, assisted living facilities in Albuquerque are regulated by the Department of Health, Division of Health Improvement, Health Facility Licensing and Certification Bureau.
Benefits and Drawbacks of Assisted Living in Albuquerque
- The cost of living in Albuquerque is 2 percent lower than the national average, and many goods and services that are staple purchases for seniors cost even less. Healthcare and groceries both are more than 10 percent cheaper in Albuquerque than in a typical U.S. city.
- Albuquerque is a highly car-dependent city, which can be difficult for seniors who are no longer able to drive. ABQ RIDE provides bus routes throughout the city, but these are somewhat limited. Although van transportation is available to seniors, it requires a reservation, and people taking nonessential trips may be put on a waiting list during peak times.
- Albuquerque's violent crime rate is 51 out of 100 (100 is worst). This is more than double the national average of 22.7. Safety-conscious seniors may want to take precautions, but it should be noted that assisted living facilities are usually safe and secure.
- Seniors in Albuquerque must pay state income taxes on their Social Security benefits and on other retirement income, but those who earn below a certain level may qualify for tax deductions.
- The Albuquerque area is home to world-class medical facilities, including Presbyterian Hospital, in the event of medical emergencies or illness.
- Albuquerque is a member of the AARP Network of Age-Friendly Communities, meaning that its elected leadership “has made the commitment to actively work toward making their town, city or county a great place for people of all ages,” according to AARP.
Paying for Assisted Living in Albuquerque
Average Monthly Costs
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Assisted Living costs in Albuquerque start around $3,763 per month on average, while the nationwide average cost of assisted living is $4,000 per month, according to the latest figures from Genworth’s Cost of Care Survey.
It’s important to note that assisted living rates in Albuquerque and the surrounding suburbs can vary widely based on factors such as location, the level of care needed, apartment size and the types of amenities offered at each community.
Financial Assistance for Assisted Living in Albuquerque
If you're worried about paying for assisted living, available options can help. The largest programs for New Mexico seniors are Supplemental Security Income Category G benefits and Centennial Care, the state's Medicaid program.
Learn more about these programs, plus who’s eligible, on our Assisted Living in New Mexico page.
More Ways to Pay for Assisted Living
While many families use their own funds or personal assets to pay for assisted living, there are plenty of additional options to cover these costs. Some additional ways to finance assisted living costs include:
- Veterans Benefits
- Life Insurance Policy
- Long-Term Care Insurance
- Reverse Mortgage
For more information about different ways to finance assisted living, visit our Assisted Living in New Mexico page.
Free Assisted Living Resources in Albuquerque
Albuquerque and the surrounding area are home to numerous government agencies and non-profit organizations offering help for seniors searching for or currently residing in an assisted living community. These organizations can also provide assistance in a number of other eldercare services such as geriatric care management, elder law advice, estate planning, finding home care and health and wellness programs.
To see a list of free assisted living resources in Albuquerque, please visit our Assisted Living in New Mexico page.
Assisted Living Laws and Regulations in Albuquerque
Albuquerque-area assisted living communities must adhere to the comprehensive set of state laws and regulations that all assisted living communities in New Mexico are required to follow. Visit our Assisted Living in New Mexico page for more information about these laws.
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Recent Reviews of Assisted Living in Albuquerque
Review of Life Spire Assisted Living - Albuquerque NE
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Is Albuquerque safe?
Albuquerque does have crime rates higher than the national average. However, there is a police force monitoring the city and assisted living facilities tend to have their own security, so seniors living in an ALF should be well protected.
Is Albuquerque a good place to live?
Whether or not Albuquerque is a “good” place to live will depend on your personal preferences. It is a bustling city that almost one million people call home, and boasts comfortable year-round temperatures, with an average high of 68.7 degrees Fahrenheit and a low of just 45.4 degrees Fahrenheit.
Is Albuquerque a good place to retire?
Determining if Albuquerque is a good place to retire will, once again, depend on your personal preferences. The cost of living is below the national average, which can be appealing for many retirees. If you have never been to Albuquerque and are considering retiring there, it’s a good idea to visit the city to evaluate it for yourself.
Is it expensive to live in Albuquerque?
According to Genworth 2019 Cost of Care Survey, assisted living costs an average of $4,050 a month in Albuquerque. This is slightly lower than the state average of $4,100, and slightly above the national average of $4,000. Necessities like groceries tend to be less expensive in Albuquerque than the national average, which can help keep overall expenses down.
How populous is Albuquerque?
According to U.S. News & World Report, Albuquerque has a metro population of 905,049. Of that group, 14% are age 65 and older. This desert city is the most heavily populated town in New Mexico, and the 32nd most populated city in the country.
Who qualifies for assisted living?
Assisted living is for people who need help with one more of the activities of daily living. Facilities are not able to house those who can’t move around on their own, or who need 24-hour skilled nursing. This is to ensure that those living in the facility are always able to be cared for with appropriate medical staff.
What is the difference between Type A and Type B assisted living?
Type B assisted living is another way of saying memory care, or dementia care. Those with a diagnosis of Alzheimer’s disease or related dementias may find themselves frequently confused and prone to wandering, so these facilities must provide an environment designed to ensure their safety and peace of mind. These facilities are secured and have a staff of nurses as well as security guards around the clock, as well as programming and meals designed to improve the quality of life specifically for those with dementia.