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The 10 Best Assisted Living Facilities in El Paso, TX

Located just north of Mexico on the Rio Grande, El Paso is a city that’s rich in history and culture. With its mild winters and southern charm, it’s no wonder that the city ranks as one of the top 10 U.S. southern cities for retirement.

From its lively, walkable downtown to its many state parks and bustling arts scene, seniors have countless opportunities to enjoy a vibrant lifestyle. When family members come to visit, seniors can introduce them to a variety of attractions, such as museums, historical sites, art galleries and the local zoo. The city also hosts exciting festivals and events throughout the year, including outdoor concerts and film festivals. Its low cost of living, affordable health care and tax-friendliness towards retirees make it one of the most affordable cities to retire in the U.S.

At an average monthly cost of $2,000, assisted living services are very affordable in El Paso compared to both the state median of $3,750 per month and the U.S. national average of $4,051.

Read our list of the top 10 assisted living facilities in El Paso to find the right fit for you or a loved one. Additionally, find out more about the cost of assisted living in El Paso and what financial assistance programs are available.

Royal Estates of El Paso

For over 20 years, Royal Estates of El Paso has been providing quality care to the seniors of West El Paso. The area has a number of nearby restaurants, and Sunland Park Mall is just around the corner. It's considered one of the area's top assisted living facilities for its comprehensive wellness programs that consider seven factors of seniors' well-being, such as physical fitness, education, health and spiritual connection. Residents enjoy access to a full range of upscale amenities for a resort-style living experience, including an art studio, theater room and fitness center. A full calendar of personalized activities and experiences help seniors enjoy each day to the fullest.

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Features
  • Weekly housekeeping and laundry services
  • Custom transportation to shopping and appointments

SunRidge at Cambria

At SunRidge at Cambria, residents are welcomed into a warm, community atmosphere. Seniors can enjoy an afternoon playing with their grandchildren at nearby Dick Shinaut Park, and there are a number of shops and restaurants just up the street. It earns a spot on this list for its dedication to providing its residents with a vibrant lifestyle through innovative recreational, educational, health and wellness programs. Daily activities and events give residents opportunities to stay active and have fun, and the community is full of spacious common areas for socializing. A variety of floor plans are available, each featuring a kitchenette and individual temperature controls. For residents' convenience, scheduled transportation services are provided for shopping, medical appointments and religious services.

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Solstice Senior Living at Rio Norte

Nestled in east El Paso, residents of Solstice Senior Living at Rio Norte have access to some of the city's top restaurants, entertainment and shopping destinations. We've included it in this top 10 list for its efforts to accommodate residents' individual lifestyles and promote independence through its Vibrant Life program. Residents create their own schedules based on their interests and abilities and have a full calendar of exciting activities, events and outings to choose from. The community features top-of-the-line amenities for luxurious living, including a fitness center, beauty salon, library and activity rooms. Residents are treated to an elevated dining experience with dietitian-approved dishes to ensure they get the nutrition they need. 

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Features
  • Spacious apartments with kitchenettes
  • Private dining room for family gatherings

Casa De Bellamie Assisted Living Home

Casa De Bellamie Assisted Living Home offers a welcoming environment where residents can feel like they're among family. It's located in a quiet, residential area near the local college, so seniors have access to a number of shops and restaurants and can enjoy games at EPCC Baseball Stadium. The facility is known for its frequent social gatherings and fun activities that encourage growth, independence and fun. Offerings include morning stretches, craft projects, support groups and movie nights. Cozy common areas give residents a place to play games, watch TV and chat with friends. To promote a stress-free lifestyle, the facility provides housekeeping and laundry services, as well as daily meals.

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Good Samaritan Society - White Acres

Good Samaritan Society - White Acres is situated in a quiet and peaceful residential area, and there's a shopping center with restaurants, shops and grocery stores located just up the road. It's included in this list for its many amenities and services that elevate residents' daily lives. The campus features an exercise room, arts and crafts studio, woodworking shop and beauty salon. Seniors can make the most of the outdoors by taking a stroll along the walking paths and enjoying a refreshing dip in the outdoor swimming pool. Spiritual, recreational, entertainment and wellness programming helps to keep residents active and engaged. Scheduled transportation services are available to take residents to appointments and shopping trips.

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Features
  • On-site chapel with weekly worship services
  • Chef-prepared meals served restaurant-style

Serenity House Assisted Living

Serenity House Assisted Living strives to create a homelike environment where its residents can thrive. Located just off Patriot Freeway, it's easy for seniors to get around the city, and it's only a short drive from the airport, making it easy for family members to visit. It's considered one of the top facilities in the area for its personalized care and attention to detail. In addition to daily entertainment and social activities, the facility provides residents with programs specifically tailored to their personal needs and abilities. Residents enjoy three daily meals prepared to meet individual nutritional requirements, as well as a tasty evening snack. 

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Features
  • Private and semiprivate rooms available
  • Activities include games, exercises, gardening and sing-alongs

Good Life Assisted Living and Memory Care El Paso

Good Life Assisted Living and Memory Care El Paso is tucked away from the hustle and bustle of city life, with a number of nearby parks and shops and restaurants just minutes away. It's included in this list because of its personalized accommodations, engaging activities and welcoming environment. The central living room area provides a space for residents to socialize and features a piano. Each personal room has a private bathroom with a walk-in shower. Routine health assessments ensure that each resident is getting the level of care and attention they need. Three meals are served daily, with special considerations made for residents with dietary needs.

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Features
  • Fully landscaped grounds with a garden, porch and covered walkways
  • Regular live guest entertainment

SunRidge at Cielo Vista

Residents of SunRidge at Cielo Vista have access to all the comforts of home. Ponder Park is right across the street, and residents can take care of all their shopping needs at Cielo Vista Mall. It's rated as one of El Paso's top assisted living facilities because of its specialized services and resident-centered philosophy of care. The community is designed around a central courtyard, where residents can relax and catch up with friends. The building features a number of common areas for residents to enjoy, including a library, activity room and cozy lounges. Three daily meals are served in the elegant dining room, and housekeeping services are provided on a weekly basis.

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the Legacy at Cimarron

The Legacy at Cimarron has earned itself a reputation in the community for its concierge senior living experience, incorporation of advanced technologies and creative programming. The expansive campus is situated just outside Franklin Mountains State Park, where seniors can take advantage of its many trails and outdoor recreational opportunities. Daily activities are designed to benefit residents' physical and mental health and help them connect on intellectual, spiritual and emotional levels. Special projects and volunteer opportunities support seniors' continued engagement with the community. The facility also hosts frequent off-site excursions. Anytime dining gives residents flexibility in their daily schedules, and weekly housekeeping services allow for stress-free living.

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The Bartlett

Family owned and operated, The Bartlett is known for its comfortable atmosphere, friendly staff and personalized care. It's conveniently located near West Ten Center shopping mall where seniors can shop, dine out and take care of errands. Residents enjoy a carefree lifestyle with three daily meals provided, as well as scheduled transportation to appointments and weekly housekeeping services. There are a number of floor plans to choose from, which residents can personalize with their own furnishings and decor items. A full range of activities are scheduled every day to keep residents active, healthy and engaged, including daily movies, exercise classes, bingo, Bible study and art lessons.

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Features
  • Private studio apartments
  • Daily happy hours with complimentary wine, beer and snacks

The Cost of Senior Living and Care in El Paso

El Paso has relatively low senior care costs compared to Texas as a whole. According to the Genworth 2018 Cost of Care Survey, most levels of care are far below the state average, with the exception of nursing home care which is higher by approximately $70 per month.

How much does Assisted Living Cost in El Paso?

El Paso is the most affordable area in Texas for assisted living with an average monthly cost of $2,250, which is far below the state average of $3,795.  Texarkana has similar costs for this level of care at $2,265 per month.

The two cities in the Genworth Survey geographically closest to El Paso, Midland and Odessa, are roughly twice as expensive as El Paso with monthly costs of $4,183 and $4,605, respectively. Austin is the most expensive city for assisted living in the state at $5,190 per month.

How much does Home Care Cost in El Paso?

El Paso has one of the lowest average costs for in-home care in Texas at $3,041 per month. Texarkana is the only area with a lower monthly cost, at $3,022. The state average is roughly $800 higher at $3,813 per month.

Odessa has monthly average costs of $4,185, which makes it the most expensive area in Texas for this level of care, followed by Austin at $4,099.

How much does Adult Day Care Cost in El Paso?

With a monthly average cost of $628, adult day care in El Paso is relatively affordable compared to other surveyed areas in Texas. The state average is $758, and Abilene, the most affordable area in the state, is $10 less than El Paso at $618.

Lubbock has adult day care costs roughly $80 per month higher than El Paso, while Midland is more than twice as expensive. Dallas and Austin share the highest average cost for adult day care in Texas at $1,408 per month.

How much does Nursing Home Costs in El Paso?

Nursing home care in El Paso has an average cost of $4,867 per month, which is roughly $70 higher than the Texas average. Odessa and Midland are similarly priced at $4,684 and $4,745 per month, respectively.

Longview is the most affordable area in the state for nursing care at an average cost of $3,954 per month, while Austin has the highest monthly cost for this level of care at $5,323.

Financial Assistance Programs in El Paso

Medicaid Program in El Paso

Seniors with low incomes and few assets other than their home may qualify for Medicaid healthcare coverage. El Paso residents can benefit from free or low-cost services in their own home or a nursing facility, as well as partial coverage of assisted living via a waiver.

Other services covered by Medicaid in Texas include:

  • Prescription drugs
  • Doctor care
  • Hospitalization
  • Outpatient fees
  • Vision
  • Hearing
  • Dental

STAR+PLUS is the Medicaid managed care program for seniors and disabled people in Texas. The goal of this program is to provide the appropriate medical and social services in the home or elsewhere in the community, and ultimately to delay the need for nursing home care.

All Texas residents eligible for or currently receiving Social Security Income are guaranteed Medicaid coverage.

Seniors and the disabled applying for Medicaid must be at least 65 years old or meet the Social Security standard of disability. They must also be a resident of Texas and have satisfactory citizenship or immigration status.

The monthly income limit is $2,313 for an individual, or $4,626 for a married couple if both are applying for Medicaid. Applicants must own less than $2,000 in countable assets, or less than $3,000 for a married couple if both are applying. Higher income and asset limits apply when one spouse is living in a nursing home while the other spouse is living elsewhere.

Nursing home care and standard in-home services are entitlements in Texas, which means Medicaid will provide immediate assistance to qualified applicants. Assisted living and enhanced in-home care programs aren’t entitlements, so there is often a waiting list, and these services are subject to the requirements of the programs explained below.

Seniors can apply for Medicaid coverage online at Your Texas Benefits. Paper applications are also available on the website. Call (877) 541-7905 for assistance with online applications or other questions.

Other Financial Assistance Programs in El Paso

STAR+PLUS HCBS Waiver

Texas Medicaid has additional programs known as home and community-based services (HCBS) that are available to seniors who qualify. These services are provided in the home of the individual, assisted living or other licensed facility.

Services available through the STAR+PLUS HCBS waiver include:

  • Assisted living
  • Home modifications and adaptive aids
  • Personal assistance and nursing
  • Therapies
  • Meal delivery
  • Respite for caregivers

Individuals applying for this program must be eligible for, or currently receiving Medicaid coverage and Supplemental Security Income payments. They must also require a nursing home level of care.

HCBS waiver services through Texas Medicaid aren’t entitlements, so there is often a waiting list to receive services.

Apply for the HCBS waiver by submitting the appropriate forms online at Your Texas Benefits or request a paper application. Call the STAR+PLUS HCBS helpline on (877) 782-6440 or the El Paso HHS office on (915) 534-7314.

Read more about Texas Medicaid waiver services in our STAR+PLUS HCBS guide.

Community Care for Aged and Disabled

The CCAD program helps qualified seniors pay for care received outside of nursing homes. The goal is to prevent residents from being prematurely placed in expensive nursing facilities when community-based options are more appropriate. As such, applicants must be assessed as requiring a nursing facility level of care and able to live safely in the community if provided additional support.

Applicants must also meet the financial eligibility requirements for Medicaid or Supplemental Security Income to be eligible for assistance through CCAD.

Services available through Community Care for Aged and Disabled include:

  • Assisted living care
  • In-home care
  • Housekeeping
  • Emergency signaling devices
  • Day health care

CCAD and Medicaid can be used together, but not for the same services. For example, if an individual is receiving Medicaid assistance to pay for housekeeping, the CCAD won’t pay for housekeeping at the same time.

Apply for CCAD services at Your Texas Benefits. Printable forms are also available. Call (877) 541-7905 for help using the website, or go to the El Paso office of Health and Human Services at 2300 Yandell Drive.

Read more about the services and requirements of this program in our Texas CCAD guide.

Community First Choice

The CFC program is another Medicaid initiative aimed at preventing Texas residents from being placed in a nursing home when they could safely remain in the community with additional support.

Applicants must be assessed as requiring an institutional level of care and in need of supervision or assistance with regular activities of daily living and be eligible for Medicaid.

Community First Choice is an entitlement program, which means qualified individuals are entitled to receive the appropriate services immediately.

Services available through Community First Choice include:

  • Personal assistance and supervision
  • Habilitation
  • Emergency response services
  • Medication assistance
  • Light housework and laundry
  • Groceries and meal preparation

Apply for services from Community First Choice at Your Texas Benefits by submitting the forms online or printing and mailing a copy. Call (877) 541-7905 for help with the website. El Paso residents can also visit the local Health and Human Services office at 2300 Yandell Drive or call (915) 534-7314.

Read more in-depth information about this program in our Texas CFC guide.

More Senior Living Resources in El Paso

Resource

Phone Number

Description 

Housing Authority of the City of El Paso

(915) 849-3742

The local housing authority manages public housing properties in the area, including 1,800 units designated for residents aged 62 or older. It also manages the federal Housing Choice Voucher (Section 8) program at the local level, which helps low-income individuals and families of all ages to pay for their rent in private housing.

Gateway East Apartments

(915) 591-8548

This community on Giles Road has apartments with up to four bedrooms for low-income residents. All utilities are included in the cost and rent is subsidized by the federal government.

Cien Palmas Apartments

(915) 591-7300

This community on Lilac Way has apartments with up for four bedrooms for low-income seniors. All utilities are included in the cost and apartments have central air / heat, appliances and ceiling fans. Section 8 applicants are welcome.

Project BRAVO – Utility Assistance

(915) 562-4100

Low-income residents of El Paso may qualify for help paying their utility bills. Project BRAVO manages the Comprehensive Energy Assistance Program (CEAP) at the local level, which combines various federal utility assistance programs in Texas.



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