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The 3 Best Memory Care Facilities in Las Cruces, NM for 2024

Overlooked by the Rocky Mountains, Las Cruces, NM, has a population of just under 113,000 people; 15.1% are aged 65 or older. Data suggest that 10.7% of people in this age group have been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s. In Las Cruces alone, this adds up to over 1,800 people. According to the CDC, deaths related to Alzheimer’s disease in the city increased by 136.73% between 2016 and 2020. Total deaths during the same period rose by only 55.99%, highlighting the importance of dementia care in Las Cruces.

Memory care communities are designed to promote socialization, reduce confusion and be easily navigable. They’re staffed around the clock and offer assistance with personal hygiene and health care maintenance. In memory care communities, residents can also access evidence-based interventions, including specialized activities designed to improve cognition.

This guide discusses the cost of long-term care in Las Cruces, some benefits and drawbacks of living in the city and dementia-focused resources.

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What to Consider About Memory Care in Las Cruces

Memory care communities in Las Cruces are governed by the New Mexico Department of Health, Division of Health Improvement, Health Facility Licensing and Certification Bureau. This agency outlines the requirements for adult care facilities and ensures their compliance through regular inspections and training. 

Benefits and Drawbacks of Memory Care in Las Cruces

  • The cost of living in Las Cruces is 16.5 points lower than the national median. Compared to the New Mexico average, it’s 4.9 points lower. The city’s health care, housing and transportation costs are particularly affordable.
  • Las Cruces has been a member of the AARP’s Network of Age-Friendly Communities since 2021. This means the city has created a comprehensive action plan designed to bolster the quality of life of its seniors.
  • The local Mountainview Regional Medical Center is an accredited Chest Pain Center, Joint Replacement Center and Stroke Center. 
  • The city has an on-demand transportation program for qualifying seniors in need, making it a good choice for people who may need help getting to appointments. 
  • Las Cruces has a dry desert climate and gets 10 inches of rain per year compared to the U.S. average of 38. The city sees 294 sunny days per year, which is much more than the nation’s 205. It also gets only 2 inches of snow in the winter, compared to the average 28. 
  • New Mexico taxes all types of retirement income but offers a deduction to seniors with lower incomes. 
  • The violent crime rate in Las Cruces is 1.6 points lower than the nation’s 22.7. The city’s property crime rate is 64.2 points, which is higher than the country’s median of 35.4. However, residents of memory care communities can rely on advanced security measures to protect their property. 

Paying for Memory Care in Las Cruces

Note: Residential memory care is usually offered in assisted living facilities, and in general, memory care rates tend to be 20-30% higher than assisted living rates. No national database currently tracks memory care costs in the United States, so we’ve estimated the monthly memory care costs listed below by adding 25% to the rates listed in Genworth’s 2021 Cost of Care Survey.

On average, memory care in Las Cruces costs $5,619 per month, although actual costs depend on the location. 

The Cost of Memory Care in Nearby Cities

Memory care in Las Cruces is just a little cheaper than New Mexico’s average of $5,623 and the nation’s $5,625. Farmington has the lowest memory care costs in the state; it’s $620 per month more affordable than Las Cruces. In Albuquerque, room and board in a memory care community comes to $5,938, which is more expensive than Las Cruces. Santa Fe has the state’s highest memory care costs, coming in at $1,649 costlier than the same type of care in Las Cruces.

Las Cruces

$5,619

New Mexico

$5,623

The United States

$5,625

Albuquerque

$5,938

Santa Fe

$7,268

Farmington

$4,999

The Cost of Other Types of Senior Care

In Las Cruces, home health care offers a $1,014 per month savings when compared to memory care. Home care is also more affordable, at $4,195. The most affordable senior care option is adult day health care, which is less than half the cost of memory care at $1,950. Assisted living is also more affordable, averaging about $1,124 less. Nursing homes offer intensive care at a high price — a semiprivate room comes to $7,336 per month.

Memory Care

$5,619

In-Home Care

$4,195

Home Health Care

$4,605

Adult Day Health Care

$1,950

Assisted Living Facility

$4,495

Nursing Home Facility (semiprivate room)

$7,336

Financial Assistance for Memory Care in Las Cruces

In Las Cruces there are options for seniors who need financial assistance paying for Memory Care. For more information about other options, who qualifies, and how to apply, visit our Memory Care in New Mexico page.

More ways to pay for memory care in New Mexico

More Ways to Pay for Memory Care

While many families use their own funds or personal assets to pay for memory care, there are plenty of additional options to cover these costs. Some additional ways to finance memory care costs include:

  • Veterans Benefits
  • Life Insurance Policy
  • Long-Term Care Insurance
  • Reverse Mortgage

For more information about different ways to finance memory care, visit our Memory Care in New Mexico page.

Free & Low-Cost Memory Care Resources in Las Cruces

Seniors living in Las Cruces can take advantage of a broad selection of resources that focus on improving the quality of life for people with dementia. These organizations and programs offer advocacy and assistance; some are linked below.

ResourceContactService
New Mexico State Department of Aging(505) 476-4799A variety of senior resources is available through this organization, including transportation, scam awareness initiatives and financial planning education. This state-run body also offers a list of resources for people with Alzheimer's and their caregivers.
Alzheimer's Association New Mexico Chapter(800) 272-3900Here, seniors experiencing memory loss can get their symptoms assessed and learn about their conditions. This organization offers resources that help people with Alzheimer's connect with their peers, stay sharp and create plans for the future.
New Mexico Long-Term Care Ombudsman Program(800) 432-2080The Long-Term Care Ombudsman Program helps protect the rights of residents of seniors care communities. Neutral ombudsmen provide mediation to memory care residents and can help them file complaints with the licensing body.
Adelante(505) 341-7171Seniors, disabled people and others in need can access free medical equipment from this New Mexico charity. This includes wheelchairs, walkers and hospital beds.
Senior Citizens' Law Office, Inc(505) 265-2300Dedicated to helping older New Mexicans, this nonprofit provides free legal services. Representation is available for cases of elder abuse, financial exploitation and benefits denials. Seniors can also obtain help creating advance care directives such as simple powers of attorney.

Memory Care Laws and Regulations in Las Cruces

Las Cruces Memory Care Communities must adhere to the comprehensive set of state laws and regulations that all Memory Care Facilities in New Mexico are required to follow. Visit our Memory Care in New Mexico page for more information about these laws.

Memory Care Laws and Regulations in New Mexico

Reviews of Communities Nearby

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Mandy

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Review of Haciendas At Grace Village

My parents will be moving into Haciendas at Grace Village. It doesn't look like a hospital. It looks more like a home and it was very clean. It looks secure. The staff that I met was very, very...

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Terry

I visited this facility

Review of Haciendas At Grace Village

The tour we had at Haciendas At Grace Village was excellent. The staff that I dealt with were very good. The facility itself appears to be quite new and in excellent condition. They offer several...

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Terry

I visited this facility

Review of Desert Peaks Assisted Living and Memory Care

The people at Desert Peaks Assisted Living and Memory Care were very friendly and accommodating. They have a beauty salon for the ladies and haircut services for men. The staff who did the tour was...

Provider response

HI Terry, we appreciate you taking the time to write a review based on your tour with us. Your feedback is very important to us. Feel free to give us a call if you should have any questions in the...

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