Las Cruces is a vibrant yet tranquil desert city and home to 113,000 residents, including more than 18,000 seniors aged 65 or older. Its low cost of living, beautiful scenery and various activities specially designed for residents over 50 make it a popular place for retirees. Las Cruces boasts a temperate southwest environment, with abundant sunshine year-round and mild winters with some freezing overnight temperatures but very little snowfall. The lively city maintains a small-town appeal, with big-city amenities 45 minutes away in El Paso.

Aging adults needing some supportive care but not the extensive assistance found in skilled nursing may enjoy assistant living’s homelike environment. Residents benefit from help with daily activities and socializing with their peers while enjoying their ongoing independence. Las Cruces’ average cost of assisted living is $4,495, which nearly mirrors the state and national averages.

This valuable guide provides information on assisted living in Las Cruces, including the average costs of assisted living in other New Mexico cities and types of senior care for convenient comparisons. Readers also have access to a list of pros and cons of living in Las Cruces and free resources to help support older adults.

Directory of Assisted Living Facilities in Las Cruces, NM

Desert Peaks Assisted Living and Memory Care

5525 Cotton Bloom Court, Las Cruces, NM, 88007

What I like about Desert Peaks was that the area was beautiful. It had a preview of the mountain. I like that if you want to be out, you could enjoy it. It was great. The problem was that it was quite … (read more)
What I like about Desert Peaks was that the area was beautiful. It had a preview of the mountain. I like that if you want to be out, you could enjoy it. It was great. The problem was that it was quite … (read more)

Heritage Assisted Living

854 Lettuce Lane, Las Cruces, NM, 88001

Located in Las Cruces, New Mexico, Heritage Assisted Living is a facility filled with loving and affectionate caregivers who get to know each resident on a personal level. Relatives love that when the … (read more)
Located in Las Cruces, New Mexico, Heritage Assisted Living is a facility filled with loving and affectionate caregivers who get to know each resident on a personal level. Relatives love that when the … (read more)

The Village at Northrise

2880 N. Roadrunner Parkway, Las Cruces, NM, 88011

The Village at Northrise – Morningside, in Las Cruces, New Mexico, is a vibrant facility located in one of the most popular retirement spots in the country. There are several living options, including … (read more)
The Village at Northrise – Morningside, in Las Cruces, New Mexico, is a vibrant facility located in one of the most popular retirement spots in the country. There are several living options, including … (read more)

La Posada Assisted Living

299 Montana Avenue, Las Cruces, NM, 88005

La Posada was wonderful. With this one, we wouldn’t even look any further had they had availability. The apartments were roomy. They had lots of activities going on. They had different activity rooms. … (read more)
La Posada was wonderful. With this one, we wouldn’t even look any further had they had availability. The apartments were roomy. They had lots of activities going on. They had different activity rooms. … (read more)

The Aristocrat Assisted Living

2969 Claude Dove Drive, Las Cruces, NM, 88011

Located in Las Cruces, New Mexico, The Aristocrat Assisted Living community combines activities and great food with a caring and professional staff. With the natural beauty of the Organ Mountains fill … (read more)
Located in Las Cruces, New Mexico, The Aristocrat Assisted Living community combines activities and great food with a caring and professional staff. With the natural beauty of the Organ Mountains fill … (read more)

Casa Bella Residential Care

2919 Spitz Street, Las Cruces, NM, 88005

The small, homey feel of Casa Bella Residential Care in Las Cruces, New Mexico, is one of the things residents and their families enjoy most. Delicious and healthy food is prepared on-site and served … (read more)
The small, homey feel of Casa Bella Residential Care in Las Cruces, New Mexico, is one of the things residents and their families enjoy most. Delicious and healthy food is prepared on-site and served … (read more)

The Arbors of del Rey

3731 Del Rey Boulevard, Las Cruces, NM, 88012

The Arbors of del Rey in Las Cruces, New Mexico, is a welcoming facility that seems more like a home to the residents. The compassionate care provided encourages residents to maintain active lifestyle … (read more)
The Arbors of del Rey in Las Cruces, New Mexico, is a welcoming facility that seems more like a home to the residents. The compassionate care provided encourages residents to maintain active lifestyle … (read more)

Good Samaritan Society – La Cruces Village

3025 Terrace Drive, Las Cruces, NM, 88011

The Good Samaritan Society – Las Cruces Village is located in Las Cruces, New Mexico. Offering both long-term residency and adult daycare, the staff is skilled in rehabilitation and outpatient thera … (read more)
The Good Samaritan Society – Las Cruces Village is located in Las Cruces, New Mexico. Offering both long-term residency and adult daycare, the staff is skilled in rehabilitation and outpatient thera … (read more)

The Adobe

1111 E Mountain Ave, Las Cruces, NM, 88001

The Adobe in Las Cruces, New Mexico, is an assisted living facility located a short distance from the city center and near local barbershops, grocery stores and Apodaca Park. Each apartment comes with … (read more)
The Adobe in Las Cruces, New Mexico, is an assisted living facility located a short distance from the city center and near local barbershops, grocery stores and Apodaca Park. Each apartment comes with … (read more)

COVID-19 Rules for Assisted Living in Las Cruces

Since most COVID-19 rules for Assisted Living Communities and other Senior Living Facilities are set at the state level, you can view the specific rules for your state on our Guide to Assisted Living in New Mexico. Keep in mind that every community has specific policies that they put in place to protect their residents, so you should contact your local community for more information. Additionally, you can contact your local Area Agency on Aging to learn more – find contact information here.

What to Consider About Assisted Living in Las Cruces

The New Mexico Department of Health, Division of Health Improvement, Health Facility Licensing and Certification Bureau (HFLC) licenses and oversees assisted living facilities in Las Cruces and throughout New Mexico. HFLC includes the Program Operations Bureau and the District Operations Bureau. These bureaus establish, monitor and enforce quality standards to ensure the health and safety of assisted living residents statewide.

Benefits and Drawbacks of Assisted Living in Las Cruces

  • Las Cruces seniors have access to top-quality health care with various medical facilities serving the city, including two general hospitals. Mountainview Regional Medical Center is high performing in treating COPD. Memorial Medical Center-Las Cruces offers an on-site medical-surgical ICU, cardiac ICU and emergency department. Rehabilitation Hospital of Southern New Mexico is a specialty hospital focused on physical rehabilitation and assistive technology. Las Cruces VA Clinic handles eligible veterans’ medical needs.
  • Since 2022, single filers with less than $100,000 adjusted gross income or joint filers with less than $150,000 don’t pay state income taxes on their Social Security benefits in Las Cruces. Although New Mexico does fully tax other types of retirement income, it allows an exclusion of up to $8,000 of retirement income for single filers with incomes below $28,500 or $51,000 for joint filers. In 2022, New Mexico also began exempting up to $10,000 of military retirement pay from income taxes. This amount increases to $20,000 in 2023 and $30,000 in 2024, then doesn’t apply after 2026.
  • New Mexico’s not entirely favorable income tax picture for well-off retirees is partially offset in Las Cruces by its lower-than-average cost of living. The city’s overall cost of living is lower than the national average by about 15%. Health care costs are about 13% lower, and transportation costs are about 26% less than the national average.
  • Property crime is on the high side in Las Cruces, but violent crime is slightly lower than the national average. Las Cruces’ violent crime rate is significantly lower than the state average and less than half the rate of Odessa, Texas, which is of comparable size by population.
  • Las Cruces joined the AARP Age-Friendly Network in May 2021 to improve the health and quality of life of the older adults within its community. The city has since created policies to promote an age-friendly community. Currently, Las Cruces scores the highest under health and housing, with transportation not far behind. The city is above the national median in all three categories.

Paying for Assisted Living in Las Cruces

The average cost of assisted living in Las Cruces is $4,495 per month, according to Genworth’s 2021 Cost of Care Survey. However, this price varies based on living arrangements, services, amenities and other factors.

The Cost of Assisted Living in Nearby Cities

Las Cruces’ average cost of assisted living is $3 less than the state average and $5 less than the national average. It also has the second-lowest average compared to the other three New Mexico cities on Genworth’s survey. Farmington’s average cost of $3,999 is less than Las Cruces’ cost by $496 per month. However, Las Cruces’ average is less than Albuquerque’s $4,750 and Santa Fe’s much higher $5,814.

$4495

Las Cruces

$4498

New Mexico

$4500

United States

$3999

Farmington

$4750

Albuquerque

$5814

Santa Fe

The Cost of Other Types of Senior Care

Older adults may benefit from comparing other types of senior care based on their needs and budgets. While adult day health care is the lowest cost option in Las Cruces at only $1,950 per month, it offers the least amount of care. At-home care appeals to seniors wishing to age in place and is close in cost to assisted living. In-home care averages $4,195 per month, while home health care costs $4,605. Nursing home care is the highest cost option, with the greatest level of care provided at an average cost of $7,336.

$4195

In-Home Care

$4605

Home Health Care

$1950

Adult Day Health Care

$4495

Assisted Living Facility

$7336

Nursing Home Facility (semiprivate room)

Financial Assistance for Assisted Living in Las Cruces

There are several options that can help you pay for assisted living in Las Cruces. Supplemental Security Income Category G is a federal assistance option, and New Mexico offers Centennial Care, a Medicaid program, to eligible seniors.

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

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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 Las Cruces

Seniors in assisted living receive many services they need within their residential communities. However, they also may benefit from external programs and services that enhance their ongoing independence and overall well-being. Las Cruces has several free resources for older adults on a local, regional and statewide level.

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Contact 

Services

(866) 699-4927

The Non-Metro AAA provides services to adults aged 60 and older. It oversees a comprehensive list of community-based services in 32 counties, including Dona Ana County, where Las Cruces serves as the county seat. The AAA administers nutrition, transportation, case management and respite services.

(575) 528-3000

The Munson Center's senior programs promote the well-being of adults aged 50 and over. It improves the older community's quality of life through fun programs that help them stay active. Munson Center also has a public park with exercise equipment, a café, a computer lounge, TV areas and various support groups.

(866) 451-2901

The New Mexico LTCOP's trained ombudsman volunteers regularly visit assisted living facility residents to ensure they understand their rights. They investigate complaints, advocate for residents and ensure they receive quality care. They also educate facility staff, residents and family members on the ombudsman's role and support long-term care residents.

(800) 432-2080

New Mexico’s ALTSD has a volunteer program for seniors 55 or older, with numerous opportunities for community engagement. It operates the Senior Corps and Retired Senior Volunteer Program. ALTSD also looks for older adults to provide benefits counseling or volunteer for its Foster Grandparent, Senior Companion or Long-Term Care Ombudsman programs.

Assisted Living Laws and Regulations in Las Cruces

Las Cruces Assisted Living Communities must adhere to the comprehensive set of state laws and regulations that all Assisted Living Facilities 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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