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The 10 Best Assisted Living Facilities in Taos, NM
Taos is an open-air art colony with a deliberate touch of the exotic, set against the breathtaking backdrop of the majestic Sangre de Cristo Mountains. People come to Taos from all over the United States and Mexico to paint and sculpt, admire the handicrafts of the town’s large Native American population and to ski in the winter, when the overnight temperatures can dip into the low teens.
Seniors aged 65 and over make up over 23% of Taos’ 6,000 residents, and both the city and the county of Taos offer them unique incentives to make this their home in the high desert of New Mexico. Seniors aged 60 and over enjoy free congregate and Meals on Wheels service at the Taos Senior Center, and the overall cost of healthcare is up to 11% lower than the national average.
Seniors in Taos pay an average monthly cost of $4,445 for assisted living, according to the 2019 Genworth Cost of Care Survey. This is significantly less than the average national cost of $4,051 a month. Seniors in the nearby communities of Albuquerque and Farmington pay something close to this rate, at monthly average costs of $4,050 and $4,600, respectively.
Note: Information for Taos was not available, so data from the nearest city, Santa Fe, was used.
Find a great place to live in town on this list of the 10 best assisted living facilities in Taos.
Taos Retirement Village
Inspired by the unique spirit of its surroundings, Taos Retirement Village is a senior living community offering independent and assisted living services. Seniors can take advantage of Taos' dramatic scenery, arts community and history while spending time with family. This facility offers an array of living options including free-standing two-bedroom casitas, one and two-bedroom apartments, and private assisted living rooms. The two-story adobe Village Center in the heart of the community features the Bistro for intimate, restaurant-style dining, as well as the resident art gallery and a well-stocked library.
- Accessibly designed with grab bars, sprinkler system and emergency call system in each room
- Staff-provided transportation for local errands including medical appointments, shopping, salon visits and community events
Pacifica Senior Living Santa Fe
Just north of Interstate 25, Pacifica Senior Living Santa Fe makes it easy for seniors to stay involved in the greater Santa Fe area through volunteer and community programs. This facility has modern decor throughout for a comfortable, upscale feel, and residents can choose from several floor plans that all offer either a kitchen or kitchenette and a private bathroom. A walking path is located outdoors around the courtyard and inside the facility so residents can stay fit and active no matter the weather, and there's also a TV lounge, library, game room and bistro for those who want to spend the day relaxing.
BeeHive Village of Santa Fe
BeeHive Homes of Santa Fe is a retirement community offering family-style assisted living and memory care. This small, comfortable facility has only 16 rooms, ideal for seniors who prefer a quiet, private living environment. However, there are also ample opportunities to socialize with other residents and caregivers thanks to the spacious dining room and living room featuring overstuffed leather recliners. Staff is available 24 hours a day to assist with daily tasks, medication management and healthcare coordination. Restaurant-style dining with tasty meals is a nice perk for residents, and there are daily individual and group activities to help keep seniors active.
Brookdale Santa Fe
Brookdale Santa Fe is a senior living community offering independent living and assisted living residences. Its hotel-like building was designed in the pueblo style popular in the area and is located at the foot of the Sangre de Cristo Mountains, which provide beautiful scenic views. Residents can choose from studio, one-bedroom or two-bedroom apartment homes, and everyone can enjoy common areas such as the courtyard, garden, snack shop, library and game room. Daily meals are shared in the on-site cafe and bistro, which are able to accommodate special dietary menus. Walking paths and a fitness center help encourage retirees to stay fit and active, too.
The Montecito Santa Fe
The Montecito Santa Fe is a 15-acre retirement community offering 120 independent living suites and 26 private assisted living suites. Independent living residents who eventually need more care may request the community's home health services and stay in their own suite, or they may opt to move into an assisted living suite. Recently recognized as one of the best senior communities in New Mexico, The Montecito also has a salon, spa and fitness center on-site. Residents enjoy spending time at community clubhouse El Centro, the site of The Starlight Lounge and Garbo's restaurant. Both are open to community residents and members from the general public.
Kingston Residence of Santa Fe
With sweeping views of the New Mexico desert and mountain scenery and a convenient location close to the Santa Fe Place Mall and Villa Linda Park, Kingston Residence of Santa Fe is a spacious community that encourages a vibrant, active lifestyle for its residents. The Santa Fe Rail Trail runs through the back of the property so seniors have easy access to walking paths, and the garden and patio area are great for after-dinner conversation with neighbors. Nursing staff is available around the clock, and housekeeping and laundry services are provided for those who want a truly maintenance-free retirement.
The Legacy at Santa Fe
Residents at The Legacy at Santa Fe receive special living programs tailored to their individual needs through the assisted living community's Senior Concierge Program. This can include assistance with daily living needs, medication management or reminders and redirection where needed. Hot meals are served in the community dining room, and dietary needs are accommodated. The facility has staff on hand around the clock for resident supervision. Planned activities, including trips into Santa Fe, are scheduled regularly, as are on-site entertainment live music and guest lecturers. Transportation for residents is provided, and there's limited parking on-site.
MorningStar of Santa Fe
Located near CHRISTUS St. Vincent Regional Medical Center, MorningStar of Santa Fe is an assisted living and memory care facility that provides care to seniors aged 55 and up. The community has a modern feel with just the right amount of traditional Southwestern flair, and its common areas include homelike amenities such as armchair seating and a fireplace. Raised gardens, walking paths and two enclosed courtyards let residents enjoy the majestic views as they take in the fresh air, and there's also a theater room, fitness center, salon and bistro on-site.
Located in downtown Santa Fe, El Castillo has a lot to offer its residents, including easy access to the surrounding shopping centers, eateries and parks. Several floor plans are available, including one-, two- and three-bedroom apartments and studios with full kitchens or kitchenettes. Seniors can enjoy the landscape around the facility as they walk around the courtyard or sit with a cup of coffee, taking in the view of the surrounding mountains. The on-site fitness room makes it convenient for seniors to stay active, and the heated outdoor pool provides a low-impact and arthritis-friendly way to stay fit. El Castillo retirement community has common areas that encourage socialization between residents, including a library and patio.
Sierra Vista is located just north of Interstate 25 and is situated next to the mountains, which provide beautiful views and a rural aesthetic retirees love. The facility's ranch-style building and rustic decor offers residents a comfortable home and traditional Southwestern feel. Personalized care plans ensure each senior's particular needs and preferences are addressed, and the low senior-to-staff ratio ensures individual attention and helps foster better resident-staff relationships. Sierra Vista assisted living facility makes our top 10 list for Taos because it has many amenities, including landscaped grounds spanning 2.83 acres, an exhibition-style kitchen and a secure courtyard, where residents can enjoy the outdoors.