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The 5 Best Memory Care Facilities in Santa Fe, NM for 2024

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What to Consider About Memory Care in Santa Fe

The Program Operations Bureau and the District Operations Bureau are responsible for regulating and licensing New Mexico’s memory care facilities. The former focuses on handling and issuing licenses and certifications for Medicaid and Medicare. The latter conducts surveys and unannounced inspections to determine if facilities are abiding by the terms of their licenses.

Benefits and Drawbacks of Memory Care in Santa Fe

  • Living in Santa Fe means being only minutes from the nearest hospital because the city has eight, including Presbyterian Santa Fe Medical Center. It specializes in many areas of medicine, including orthopedics and urology. St. Vincent Regional Medical Center is a Mayo Clinic Care Network member. This gives its patients access to world-leading experts in many specialties, such as cancer care.
  • Santa Fe adults aged 60 and older can get low-cost door-to-door transportation. The service prioritizes medical appointment trips. However, seniors can get rides for any purpose, including hair salon/barbershop visits. There’s a suggested donation of $0.50 per ride. The service runs Mondays to Fridays, between 8:30 a.m. and 4 p.m.
  • Santa Fe’s overall cost of living index is 114, which is significantly higher than the state average of 88.4. However, high housing prices skew the results, so memory care residents aren’t likely to be as affected by costs. Health care is a little more affordable than New Mexico’s average, as is transportation.
  • It’s not unusual for bigger cities to have higher rates of crime, and Santa Fe is no exception. Violent crime ranks at 24.2, above the national average of 22.7. Property crime is more common, ranking at 57.3, while the country’s norm is 35.4. Families worried about crime should know memory care facilities must have strict security to get a license.
  • Santa Fe gets cold in winter, with temperatures dropping to 18 degrees F. Snowfall averages 26 inches, which is only 2 inches below the national average. However, temperatures soon pick up, with summer highs of 86 degrees F and 78 more sunny days than the U.S. average. 
  • Families looking for a healthy environment for loved ones may find Santa Fe attractive. The air quality index of 72 exceeds the national average by 14 points, and the water quality index is 19 points above the norm. The city also has 79 more physicians per 100,000 people than the national average of 210.

Paying for Memory Care in Santa Fe

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.

The median monthly fee for memory care in Santa Fe is $7,268 per month.

The Cost of Memory Care in Nearby Cities

Santa Fe’s median monthly fee of $7,268 is the costliest in New Mexico. The city’s seniors pay far above the state average of $5,623 and the national average, which is $2 more per month. Albuquerque gets closest to Santa Fe’s average, but it’s still much more affordable at $5,938. Las Cruces is even less costly, at $5,619. But it’s not as cheap as Farmington, where the average senior pays $4,999 — New Mexico’s lowest median fee.

Santa Fe

$7,268

New Mexico

$5,623

The United States

$5,625

Albuquerque

$5,938

Farmington

$4,999

Las Cruces

$5,619

The Cost of Other Types of Senior Care

Memory care averages a monthly fee of $7,268, making it the costliest type of care recorded in New Mexico. In-home care and home health care both average a more affordable $6,378. However, families considering home care options will need to factor in other costs that don’t apply to memory care, such as utility bills. The least expensive option is assisted living. At $5,814, this type of care is cheaper but isn’t suitable for seniors with mid to late-stage dementia.

Memory Care

$7,268

In-Home Care

$6,378

Home Health Care

$6,378

Assisted Living Facility

$5,814

Financial Assistance for Memory Care in Santa Fe

In Santa Fe 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 Santa Fe

Supporting loved ones facing cognitive decline can be challenging, but families needn’t handle it alone. The following organizations provide help free of charge.

ResourceContactService
Alzheimer's Association - New Mexico Chapter(800) 272-3900New Mexico's chapter of the Alzheimer's Association supports seniors with the disorder and their families. It facilitates support groups to help all parties gain collective strength and knowledge and holds online classes for those who can't appear in person.
Unitarian Universalist Church Memory Cafe(505) 982-9674The Unitarian Universalist Church hosts a memory cafe every Friday at 2 p.m. in its library. Seniors and their caregivers can share their experiences without fear of embarrassment or judgment from their peers while enjoying drinks and snacks. The library also hosts a caregiver support group.
Santa Fe Veterans' Services(866) 433-8387Santa Fe Veterans' Services can help U.S. military vets and surviving spouses identify and apply for local, state and federal benefits. It can also help them claim compensation for disabilities linked to active service and apply for VA Aid and Attendance.
Non-Metro New Mexico Area Agency on Aging(866) 699-4927Although the agency's purpose is to help seniors age in place, it can also help families researching long-term care options in Santa Fe. Additionally, it will refer families to other useful nonprofits, so it's a particularly good source of help for those completely unaware of free or low-cost help in the city.
Durable Medical Equipment Loans(505) 988-2468Coming Home Connection is a nonprofit organization. It operates a durable medical equipment loan closet to help those unable to pay for necessary devices. As it relies on donations, required equipment may not be available at the time of asking. However, loans of wheelchairs, canes and walkers are common.
New Mexico Legal Aid(833) 545-4357New Mexico Legal Aid advocates for the civil rights of people who can't afford representation. Its attorneys can help in many areas of civil law but don't handle criminal law cases. Areas where it can help include consumer rights, access to benefits and family law.
Long-Term Care Ombudsman(866) 451-2901The Long-Term Care Ombudsman advocates for the rights of residents in licensed care facilities. It educates residents and their families about their rights and investigates complaints made by them and third parties. The ombudsman will escalate a complaint to the appropriate authority if it suspects criminal behavior, such as neglect.

Memory Care Laws and Regulations in Santa Fe

Santa Fe 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

Memory Care

Kenneth

I am a friend or relative of a current/past resident

Review of Sierra Vista

My dad has moved into Sierra Vista. It's a really caring, loving home environment. It feels like a little home. It's for dementia care. They only have 24 residents. They have shared rooms and...

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Memory Care

Kenneth

I visited this facility

Review of Kingston Residence of Santa Fe

I toured Kingston Residence of Santa Fe. The tour was good. I have to give them a thumbs up. I just dropped in without an appointment and they gave me a tour. It seemed OK. It just seemed more...

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Memory Care

Charles

I am a friend or relative of a current/past resident

Review of Pacifica Senior Living Santa Fe

Pacifica Senior Living Santa Fe was awesome. My dad was in memory care and our experience was amazing. I ended up making friends with the people that work there. It was something. They went out of...

Provider response

Thank you for your kind review! We love sharing feedback with our staff members. We are so glad we made you and your Dad comfortable at our community. Thanks again for taking the time to review us!

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