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The 9 Best Assisted Living Facilities in Santa Fe, NM

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Founded in the early 1600s, Santa Fe is North America’s oldest state capital. Set in the Sangre de Cristo Mountains, the city offers picturesque views and a unique environment. With a rich history and unique blend of cultures, it’s easy to see why Santa Fe has earned itself the nickname, The City Different, and why Conde Nast named it one of the best places to retire in the entire world.

One of Santa Fe’s most enticing features is the climate. The area sees 283 days of sunshine, summer highs in the mid-80s and mild winters. A hub of creative arts and culture, Santa Fe is home to 250 art galleries, 12 museums and numerous performance venues. In fact, it’s one of only nine cities in the world to receive UNESCO’s Creative City designation. Recognizing its growing senior population, the city’s Division of Senior Services hosts a number of programs and activities at its five senior centers to keep seniors involved in the community.

Living in Santa Fe can be expensive, which could be a deterrent for seniors on a tight budget. At $5,100 per month, the average cost of assisted living services in Santa Fe is significantly higher than the statewide average of $4,250 per month.

If you could see yourself retiring in sunny Santa Fe, explore this list of the top 9 assisted living facilities in the area.

Brookdale Santa Fe

Brookdale Santa Fe lies at the foot of New Mexico's Sangre de Cristo Mountains, which provide gorgeous views. Across the street, a public park and recreation center give residents and visitors options for days out, and off-site activities may include trips to Santa Fe Plaza's art galleries, museums and restaurants. The on-site salon and gym help seniors look and feel their best, and a general store makes it easy to restock personal supplies. Active residents can use the pool to practice their freestyle, or seniors can curl up with a good book in the community's library.

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  • Studios and one- or two-bedroom apartments with Wi-Fi
  • Medication management and physical therapy available

Pacifica Senior Living Santa Fe

Residents of Pacifica Senior Living in Santa Fe are close to attractions like the Georgia O'Keefe Museum and historic Basilica of St. Francis, which make for memorable trips with loved ones. A beautiful lanai provides a shaded outdoor area to enjoy the area's fine weather, and an open restaurant-style dining area serves chef-quality food that caters to special diets. Room service is also available. Trained staff deliver assistance with the tasks of daily living, such as medication management and bathing. Attention to detail, regular outings and a well-kept facility recommend Pacifica to our list of top facilities in Santa Fe.

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The Legacy at Santa Fe

Nestled in a quiet neighborhood near scenic Atalaya Mountain, The Legacy at Santa Fe lets seniors enjoy an independent lifestyle with the help of assisted living services. Each private room features oversized closets, a large ADA-compliant bathroom and a kitchenette with a refrigerator and attractive granite countertops. Residents benefit from the security of motion sensor technology and can request help around the clock via an in-room nurse call system. This facility makes our list of Santa Fe's best thanks to its vibrant amenities, which include secure grounds, a full-service salon and an on-site movie theater that offers on-demand entertainment.

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  • Weekly housekeeping
  • Chef-prepared meals crafted to recreate the flavors of home cooking

The Montecito Santa Fe

The Montecito Santa Fe is located a few miles south of the city and a few blocks away from Interstate 25. Residents and friends and family who come to visit can enjoy the hiking trails that run through and around the property and the outdoor patio and garden. The facility has views of the nearby Atalaya Mountains for those who like to sit outside and enjoy the scenery, and other amenities include a billiards room, hot tubs, an art studio, a putting green and a shuffleboard court that help keep residents active and socially engaged.

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MorningStar of Santa Fe

MorningStar of Santa Fe is located on the south side of the city, offering residents a breathtaking view of the mountains. The cozy yet modern decor present throughout the community provides a homelike atmosphere, and certified culinarians are responsible for designing the menu which is based around the seasons to ensure the food is always fresh and delicious. MorningStar of Santa Fe takes care of maintenance and housekeeping so residents can focus on building relationships with neighbors and being physically and mentally active. On-site activities include workout programs, art classes, social gatherings and game nights.

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Kingston Residence of Santa Fe

Kingston Residence of Santa Fe is a few minutes' drive from the downtown area, with the nearby regional airport providing a gateway for out-of-town visitors. Residents can attend concerts at the Museum of Art, shopping at the Santa Fe Place Mall and hiking along the Sante Fe Rail Trail. Vibrant, healthy living is supported with on-campus assisted living services that include assistance with daily activities, medication management and 24-hour nursing care. The facility features private studios and spacious living areas for entertaining. With its great location and highly rated community features, Kingston Residence makes it to our list of the top facilities.

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  • In-house chefs and registered dieticians
  • 24-hour emergency response system

El Castillo

Seniors at El Castillo enjoy a maintenance-free lifestyle in the heart of downtown Santa Fe, where they can readily participate in the city's vibrant art and cultural scene. Because of its focus on fitness, El Castillo makes our list of the area's top assisted living facilities. The community features a health club designed specifically for seniors, offering residents state-of-the-art equipment, regular health assessments and coaches who tailor exercise programs to each person's needs. Seniors also benefit from the facility's beautiful outdoor spaces, which offer walking paths and a heated swimming pool.

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  • Scheduled activities include art classes, exercise programs, assorted games and a writing club
  • Amenities include a library, beauty shop and carry-out deli

Mi Casa Bonita Inc.

With only nine seniors in residence, Mi Casa Bonita offers a warm, home-like setting where residents receive compassionate, individualized care. Trained caregivers are available around-the-clock to provide assistance with activities of daily living and medication management. Seniors enjoy freshly prepared foods in the community's inviting, family-style dining room. Snacks and beverages are available throughout the day. The facility is handicap accessible and includes a secure outdoor courtyard for residents to enjoy the beautiful Santa Fe weather.

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BeeHive Assisted Living Santa Fe

Close to Santa Fe Regional Airport, BeeHive Assisted Living in Santa Fe is convenient for friends and family who want to come visit its residents. This facility focuses on providing assisted living options for seniors with Alzheimer's and dementia who want to maintain as much independence as possible but need a small, familiar space where they can feel safe and secure. A community gathering area provides seniors the chance to interact with other residents and a place to hang out when family members come and visit. A key pad entry and exit system is in place for the security and safety of the residents.

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