As the economic and cultural hub of the Four Corners region, the city of Farmington combines big-city amenities with dazzling natural beauty. About 5,700 adults aged 65 and older live in Farmington, making up about 12.8% of the population. These seniors enjoy access to dozens of nearby national parks and monuments, a low cost of living and a warm, dry climate.

Many seniors in Farmington move to assisted living communities to get help with daily activities, socialize with other older adults and live a more comfortable life. Caregivers in these facilities help with laundry, housekeeping, grooming and medication reminders. Regular meals are often served in a dining room or delivered directly to residents’ apartments. These communities offer a middle ground between nursing homes and independent living communities in terms of care. Families in Farmington pay an average of $3,900 per month for assisted living, which is the lowest cost in the state of New Mexico. 

More details about Farmington, including assisted living cost comparisons to nearby cities as well as other care types, are available in this guide. Seniors can also find resources that can make life in the city easier or more affordable. 

Directory of Assisted Living Facilities in Farmington, NM

The Bridge of Farmington

1091 WEST MURRAY DRIVE, Farmington, NM, 87401

The Bridge of Farmington is located just minutes from the San Juan Medical Center in Farmington, New Mexico, and a short drive from the Animas River and Riverwalk nature trail. Relatives of residents … (read more)
The Bridge of Farmington is located just minutes from the San Juan Medical Center in Farmington, New Mexico, and a short drive from the Animas River and Riverwalk nature trail. Relatives of residents … (read more)

Namaste House Assisted Living

800 West 30th Street, Farmington, NM, 87401

Namaste House Assisted Living is conveniently located near Four Corners Regional Airport in Farmington, New Mexico, just a short drive from Northern Edge Navajo Casino. The facility gets high marks fr … (read more)
Namaste House Assisted Living is conveniently located near Four Corners Regional Airport in Farmington, New Mexico, just a short drive from Northern Edge Navajo Casino. The facility gets high marks fr … (read more)

Life Care Center of Farmington

1101 W Murray Drive, Farmington, NM, 87401

Located along the San Juan River, Life Care Center of Farmington is an assisted living community in Farmington, New Mexico, near US Route 64 and close to Northern Edge Navajo Casino and Salmon Ruins M … (read more)
Located along the San Juan River, Life Care Center of Farmington is an assisted living community in Farmington, New Mexico, near US Route 64 and close to Northern Edge Navajo Casino and Salmon Ruins M … (read more)

What to Consider About Assisted Living in Farmington

Assisted living facilities in Farmington are licensed and regulated by the New Mexico Department of Health. The requirements assisted living communities are required to follow are located in Title 7, Chapter 8, Part 2 of the New Mexico Administrative Code. 

Benefits and Drawbacks of Assisted Living in Rio Farmington

  • Farmington’s overall cost of living is 13.9% lower than the national average and 2.3% lower than the New Mexico state average. A concern for many seniors is healthcare, which has average costs 18.7% lower than the national average. 
  • Due to New Mexico’s tax policies, seniors in Farmington are potentially subject to taxation on all forms of retirement income. Deductions are available for seniors who meet certain income thresholds: $28,500 for single filers and $51,000 for married couples. There’s a $2,500 exemption for social security and an $8,000 deduction for other forms of retirement income.
  • Seniors who enjoy warm weather with little rain will find a lot to love about the Farmington climate. The area averages just 10 inches of rain per year, 268 sunny days and the average high temperature during summer is 91 degrees. While temperature extremes can occur, many assisted living facilities offer effective climate control and indoor activities.
  • According to the American Lung Association, San Juan County gets an F for ozone pollution. The county had an average of 7 high ozone days during the 2017 to 2019 period. This is 17 days less than the average 10 years earlier, so the situation in Farmington is improving.
  • Farmington is well known as an access point to some of the most beautiful national parks in the United States. Seniors in assisted living make day trips to Mesa Verde National Park, Simon Canyon, Natural Bridges National Monument and numerous other destinations. There are also hiking, fishing, swimming, biking and golfing opportunities within the city limits.  

Paying for Assisted Living in Rio Farmington

According to the Genworth Financial Cost of Care Survey, the average monthly cost for assisted living in Farmington is $3,900. This is $150 lower than the average for New Mexico and $400 less expensive than the average for the United States.

The Cost of Assisted Living in Nearby Cities

Farmington is the least expensive city in New Mexico for assisted living, at $3,900. Albuquerque, the state’s largest city, comes close with a cost equal to the state average of $4,050 per month. The most expensive area for assisted living is in the mountain city of Santa Fe, where the monthly average is $4,800. At the southern end of the state, Las Cruces has an average cost of $4,248 per month. 

$3900

Farmington

$4050

New Mexico

$4300

The United States

$4050

Albuquerque

$4800

Santa Fe

$4248

Las Cruces

The Cost of Other Types of Senior Care

Room and board in an assisted living community is one of Farmington’s more affordable senior care options. Only adult day health care, which costs about $3,120 per month, is less expensive, but it does not offer seniors a place to live. Farmington seniors who stay in their own home but need help with daily life can hire homemaker services or home health aides, which both have an average cost of $4,957 per month. Nursing homes are the most expensive type of care at $6,915 for a semiprivate room and $7,300 per month for a private room.

$4957

Homemaker Services

$4957

Home Health Aide

$3120

Adult Day Health Care

$3900

Assisted Living Facility

$6915

Nursing Home Facility (semiprivate room)

$7300

Nursing Home Facility (private room)

Financial Assistance for Assisted Living in Farmington

Centennial Care is the New Mexico Health Services Department’s Medicaid waiver program that pays for the cost of assisted living for eligible seniors in Farmington.

Learn more about these programs, plus who’s eligible, on our Assisted Living in New Mexico page.

Financial Assistance for Assisted Living in New Mexico

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 Farmington

The free resources available to seniors in Farmington can enhance life in an assisted living community or make finding one easier. State and local government agencies provide these resources.

Resource

Contact

Service

(505) 599-1380

Assisted living residents in Farmington can expand their horizons by visiting the Bonnie Dallas Senior Center. This activity center hosts live music, craft fairs, dance classes, card games and a variety of special events. While assisted living communities provide their own meals for residents, seniors can visit the senior center for meals when they want a change of pace. Transportation between assisted living communities and the Bonnie Dallas Senior Center is provided for free Monday through Friday. All adults aged 50 and over are welcome to participate. 

(505) 395-2668

The main service offered by the Non-Metro New Mexico Area Agency on Aging is to connect seniors in need, both in and out of assisted living communities, with nearby services. These include medical equipment providers, benefits counselors and transportation services. The goal of this agency is to maintain the independence and dignity of seniors in Farmington and other parts of Northern New Mexico.

(866) 451-2901

If seniors experience abuse, neglect or exploitation at an assisted living community or another long-term care facility in Farmington, they, or another interested party, can report the problem to New Mexico's Long-Term Care Ombudsman Program. They will investigate the issue and work to resolve the problem. The ombudsman program also informs assisted living residents of their rights, including the right to be treated with respect, participate in care management, voice complaints, maintain personal belongings and receive honest information about costs.

(505) 327-9684

Veterans and their surviving dependents can ensure they are getting the VA benefits they're entitled to by contacting the Farmington Vet Center. The regular pension helps many families in the community pay for assisted living, and some qualified seniors may receive Aid & Attendance benefits. This enhanced payment is available for veterans with physical and mental disabilities that prevent them from performing daily activities.

Assisted Living Laws and Regulations in Farmington

Farmington-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.

Assisted Living Laws and Regulations in New Mexico