Find Assisted Living in

STATE New Mexico
  • Alabama
  • Alaska
  • Arizona
  • Arkansas
  • California
  • Colorado
  • Connecticut
  • Delaware
  • District of Columbia
  • Florida
  • Georgia
  • Hawaii
  • Idaho
  • Illinois
  • Indiana
  • Iowa
  • Kansas
  • Kentucky
  • Louisiana
  • Maine
  • Maryland
  • Massachusetts
  • Michigan
  • Minnesota
  • Mississippi
  • Missouri
  • Montana
  • Nebraska
  • Nevada
  • New Hampshire
  • New Jersey
  • New Mexico
  • New York
  • North Carolina
  • North Dakota
  • Ohio
  • Oklahoma
  • Oregon
  • Pennsylvania
  • Rhode Island
  • South Carolina
  • South Dakota
  • Tennessee
  • Texas
  • Utah
  • Vermont
  • Virginia
  • Washington
  • West Virginia
  • Wisconsin
  • Wyoming
Get Pricing & Availability for Assisted Living in Albuquerque, NM

Call (855) 481-6777 for immediate assistance and get more details


Page Reviewed / Updated – July 7, 2022

Image 1

Albuquerque is located in the heart of New Mexico and is home to numerous cultural attractions, a reliable public transportation system and many resources for older adults, making it a popular retirement destination. Its overall cost of living is well below the national average, and while all types of retirement income are taxed at the state level, deductions are available for seniors whose income is below a certain threshold. There are 286 doctors per capita compared to the national average of 210, and health care costs, such as hospital stays and office visits, are about 12% cheaper here than in the typical U.S. city. This may help offset assisted living expenses, which exceed state and national medians at $4,750 per month.  

This introductory guide covers more information on how assisted living rates in Albuquerque compare to local alternatives and rates in other New Mexico cities. It also outlines ways to pay for services and free resources for older adults. 

The Cost of Assisted Living in Albuquerque, NM

Data from the 2021 Genworth Cost of Care Survey shows that Albuquerque is a relatively costly place to obtain assisted living, with facilities charging approximately $4,750 per month for this level of care. This is a couple hundred dollars higher than the respective state and national average rates of $4,498 and $4,500. 

Compared to other surveyed cities in New Mexico, Albuquerque is an expensive option. In Farmington, care costs are about $750 less at $3,999 per month, and in Las Cruces, care costs are on par with state and national medians at $4,495. Santa Fe is the costliest surveyed city for assisted living, with rates coming in at $5,814.  

  • Albuquerque: $4,750  
  • New Mexico: $4,498  
  • United States: $4,500  
  • Farmington: $3,999  
  • Santa Fe: $5,814  
  • Las Cruces: $4,495 

The Cost of Other Types of Care in Albuquerque, NM 

Seniors in Albuquerque pay $2,427 per month for adult day health care, making this the most cost-effective long-term care option in the city. In-home care and home health care are more expensive at $4,671 each but provide a greater degree of privacy and independence. Assisted living rates are comparable at $4,750 but include living expenses such as meals and housing, along with personal care. Nursing home rates are considerably higher, with residents in semiprivate rooms paying $8,479 for services and those in private rooms paying $9,518. 

  • In-Home Care: $4,671  
  • Home Health Care: $4,671  
  • Adult Day Health Care: $2,427  
  • Assisted Living Facility: $4,750  
  • Nursing Home Facility (semiprivate room): $8,479 
  • Nursing Home Facility (private room): $9,518 

Financial Assistance for Assisted Living in Albuquerque, NM

Image 2

Other Ways To Pay for Assisted Living in Albuquerque, NM

Since not everyone can afford to pay for assisted living out-of-pocket, it’s important to find alternative methods to help make assisted living more affordable. Some of these options include:

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

For additional information and planning, read our comprehensive guide to paying for senior care in New Mexico.

Free Resources for Seniors in Albuquerque, NM

The Albuquerque region has a network of agencies that provide free and low-cost services to older adults. The following table highlights key resources in the community that help seniors find assisted living options and determine ways to pay for services.




Senior & Multigenerational Centers  (505) 764-6400  Albuquerque is home to six senior centers and two multigenerational centers where older adults participate in classes, games and congregate meals. Senior centers are open exclusively to those aged 50 and over, while multigenerational centers have recreational programming for people of all ages. Membership is required to participate in programs, but annual fees are low and seniors may request fees be waived. Hours of operation vary by location.  
City of Albuquerque/Bernalillo County Area Agency on Aging  (505) 768-2745  The Area Agency on Aging provides free and low-cost services to those aged 60 and over in Albuquerque and the surrounding region. It has information and referral specialists who help older adults obtain community-based services, such as Medicare options counseling, durable medical equipment loans and financial assistance programs, and it conducts health screenings and evaluations at the UNM Geriatric Education and Health Maintenance Clinic. It also provides access to legal services through the Senior Citizens Law Office. 
Mayor’s Veterans Resource Center 

(877) 927-8387 

The Mayor’s Veterans Resource Center serves as a single point of access to federal, state and local veterans’ benefits and services. It has advisers who screen individuals for program eligibility, such as Aid and Attendance, disability compensation and pensions, and it can help older adults obtain general health care services through the New Mexico VA Health Care System. 
Retired & Senior Volunteer Program 

(505) 767-5225 

RSVP connects those aged 55 and over with volunteer opportunities in the community. Its staff works with seniors to assess their interests and abilities and find ways they can serve their community. This may include volunteer activities in libraries, museums, government agencies, schools and social service agencies. RSVP volunteers gain benefits, such as mileage reimbursement and supplemental insurance while on duty, and invitations to recognition events. 
Long-Term Care Ombudsman 

(866) 451-2901 

The long-term care ombudsman visits assisted living facilities in Albuquerque to ensure residents understand their rights and facilities comply with state-mandated guidelines. The ombudsman can mediate disagreements regarding an individual’s care and investigate concerns about abuse or neglect. They can also help seniors identify solutions for paying for care expenses. 

Rules and Regulations for Assisted Living Facilities in Albuquerque, NM

Assisted Living Communities in Albuquerque are required to follow a set of rules and regulations that are determined by the state. For an overview of those rules and regulations, see the information below. For more specific information, talk with your local community or Area Agency on Aging.

Image 3

The 10 Best Assisted Living Facilities in Albuquerque, NM

Atria Vista del Rio

Consisting of independent, assisted living and memory care neighborhoods, Atria Vista del Rio is our top choice for seniors who want a big community with a warm, friendly, homelike setting. This pet-friendly retirement facility has four spacious courtyards, including one with a Spanish-style fountain and another with a serene koi pond for fish-feeding. Inviting common spaces include a game room, movie theater, fireside library, fitness center and chapel. The facility is conveniently situated across from the UNM Continuing Education building, close to UNM Hospital and easily accessible via the Interstate 25 and 40 interchange.

See Full Description
  • Studio, studio deluxe and one-bedroom apartments with kitchenettes
  • Over 200 Engage Life activities, including painting, animal therapy, live entertainment, themed events and day excursions

Elmcroft of Quintessence

We recommend Elmcroft of Quintessence for seniors who prefer a single-story assisted living facility that offers a true feeling of home. This ranch-style Eclipse Senior Living community is pet-friendly and accommodates up to 75 residents in studio, one-bedroom and two-bedroom apartments. It has a large central courtyard and multiple indoor gathering areas, including a fireside living room, TV lounges and a library. Its Vitality Club calendar of activities provides wellness exercises, arts and crafts, ice cream socials, games and outings. There are weekly bible studies, Catholic services, Christian fellowships and Holy Communions to support the residents’ spiritual well-being.

See Full Description
  • Walking Tall fall prevention program
  • Second Wind Dreams program to make residents’ special wishes come true

The Montebello on Academy

The Montebello on Academy is an independent and assisted living community that has in-house skilled nursing and rehabilitation services. We recommend this Five Star Senior Living community for seniors who need health care support while maintaining independence in a comfortable, elegant, homelike environment. Its secured patio area and a top-floor sunroom offer stunning views of the Sandia Mountains. Other upscale amenities include a fitness room, cinema-style theater, bistro, piano lounge, full-service salon and a multiuse recreation room with a billiards table and library section. Residents can participate in various activities such as exercise classes, game nights, happy hours, social outings and volunteer opportunities.

See Full Description
  • Respite and short-term skilled nursing care available
  • Regular doctor's visits

Brookdale Valencia

Ideally situated off Route 66 in the South San Pedro neighborhood, Brookdale Valencia keeps residents close to local commercial amenities. We included this independent and assisted living facility in our top picks for its convenient location next to Central Mercado Shopping Center and near Musical Theatre Southwest. Its secured campus has four courtyards that provide safe, relaxing outdoor spaces. Other amenities include an indoor therapy pool, activity room, fitness room, library and hair and nail salon. Residents are offered exciting activities such as B-Fit exercises, gardening, animal therapy, live entertainment and intergenerational programs.

See Full Description
  • 443-square foot assisted living studio apartments with kitchenettes
  • Daily menu, including salad of the day and multiple entrees, side dish and dessert options

Life Spire Assisted Living - Albuquerque

Accommodating only 16 residents, Life Spire Assisted Living - Albuquerque makes our top recommendation for seniors who prefer a smaller home setting. This locally owned facility is conveniently close to Albuquerque ER & Hospital. It has an accessible single-floor layout, and its secured front yard features a central water sculpture and a canopied porch swing. The spacious living room has a piano area, while the dining room has a warm, family-style ambiance. In addition to three nutritious meals and two healthy snacks daily, desserts are offered at lunch and dinner. Residents may opt for milk or 100% fruit juice for every meal.

See Full Description
  • Licensed to provide three levels of care
  • On-site nursing staff and certified dementia and Alzheimer’s caregivers

Brookdale Tramway Ridge

Brookdale Tramway Ridge has a scenic location in the S.Y. Jackson neighborhood of Northeast Heights. This senior community is our top choice for seniors who want a peaceful, homelike setting near the foothills of the Sandia Mountains. Its separate assisted living and memory care neighborhood buildings share a large fenced park-like central garden that provides spectacular mountain views. The assisted living neighborhood has its own game area, fitness room, piano lounge, library and ice cream parlor. Residents regularly enjoy arts and crafts activities, B-Fit exercises, pet therapy, happy hours and group outings.

See Full Description
  • Multiple studio and two-bedroom floor plans with kitchenettes
  • Optimum Life Cuisine menu options with reduced sodium, fat and sugar

Palmilla Senior Living

The village-style setting and impressive amenities of Palmilla Senior Living make it our top pick for retirees who want to be in a friendly, vibrant community. This Spectrum retirement complex is conveniently next to Golf Course Marketplace and a couple of blocks from Lovelace Westside Hospital. Its large main courtyard features a gazebo and al fresco dining areas for outdoor family parties. Indoor leisure amenities include a state-of-the-art fitness center, game and billiards room and movie theater. Residents can enjoy cooking classes in the demonstration kitchen and happy hours in the Sky Lounge.

See Full Description
  • Small pets welcome
  • Live entertainment by visiting musicians, dance performers and theater actors

MorningStar of Albuquerque

MorningStar of Albuquerque is in our top 10 list for its modern pet-friendly environment and warm family atmosphere. This two-level assisted living and memory care facility is conveniently situated next to The Shops at Paseo Crossing and across from La Cueva Town Center. It has large front porches, multiple pergola-covered patios and a barbecue area for outdoor dining. Its well-appointed common spaces include a cozy fireside living room and a restaurant-style dining room with a grand piano. Other inviting amenities include a fitness room, bistro, salon, massage room and multipurpose theater and chapel.

See Full Description
  • Studio, one-bedroom and two-bedroom apartments with full, handicapped-accessible bathrooms
  • iN2L (It’s Never 2 Late) technology-based activities

Westwind House

We included Westwind House in our top 10 list for its convenient location and accessible single-story design that offers a familiar and comfortable homey feel. Located in the Los Volcanes neighborhood, this 48-bed independent and assisted living community is right next to Los Volcanes Senior Center and less than 5 miles west of Downtown Albuquerque. Its large central courtyard has flower gardens, walking paths and a covered patio area with a barbecue grill. Residents gather for social and recreational activities in the fireside living room and family-style dining area.

See Full Description
  • Three homemade meals and scheduled snacks daily
  • Transportation provided for outings and doctor’s appointments

The New Beginnings Senior Living

The New Beginnings Senior Living accommodates up to 15 residents and proudly offers a farm-to-table dining experience. We recommend this single-level assisted living facility for health-conscious seniors who prefer an intimate, homelike environment. Its therapeutic garden features a gazebo and decorative waterfall, while the inviting living room is furnished with comfy recliners and a 70-inch flat-screen TV. The activity room has a library section, upright piano, board games and arts and crafts materials. Nutritious homemade meals are prepared using local, organic ingredients. The facility’s community partners include home health providers, physical therapists and other medical professionals to support the residents’ health-related needs.

See Full Description
  • Full-time registered nurse on duty
  • ADA-compliant suites with queen beds, 55-inch LED TVs and private bathrooms