About Assisted Living in New Mexico

New Mexico’s beautiful landscapes and attractive weather makes it an ideal hotspot for retirement - especially with its lower cost of living, income tax rate, and real estate taxes. It’s also home to unique cuisine, and incredible art and architecture.

What Options are Available for Assisted Living?

In the state of New Mexico an assisted living facility provides residential care for individuals requiring personal assistance. Facilities that operate a secured environment for memory care must disclosed specifics about the type of diagnosis or behaviors of the residents, as well as the care, services, and environmental precautions taken to ensure the safety of both the resident and trained staff.

Fire alarms and smoke detectors are required on each floor, and must be hard wired and contain a battery backup. Smoke detectors should be located in dining rooms and living rooms as well as inside corridors with no more than 30-foot spacing. Heat detectors must be installed in all enclosed kitchens.

What are the Alzheimer’s Requirements for Assisted Living Facilities in New Mexico?

Any facility providing memory care for residents with Alzheimer’s or other cognitive impairment must meet additional care requirements, including employee training, individual service plans, assessments and reevaluations, documentation, security, resident rights, disclosure, and staffing. Facilities must also provide sufficiently trained staff, and at least 1 staff member awake and in attendance 24-hours a day in a secured environment.

Senior Assisted Living Details and Costs for Cities in New Mexico

Listed below are some of the larger cities in New Mexico. Each city link provides details on assisted living housing, independent living, senior apartments and homes, and Alzheimer's care. Details include costs, amenities, medical care, among other information.

What Training is Required for Assisted Living Facility Staff?

All direct care staff must be at least 18 years of age and meet the proper education and training requirements, as well as complete 16 hours of supervised training before allowing to participate in unsupervised direct care. All employees must also complete a criminal background check.

All employees providing care for Alzheimer’s or other cognitive impairments must have 12 hours of training per year relating to dementia and Alzheimer’s disease.

Is an Assessment Required Before Move-In?

A resident assessment is required to establish a baseline functional status, assessing cognitive patterns, communication and hearing, vision, physical functioning and structural problems, continence, psychosocial well-being, mood and behavior, activity pursuit, disease diagnosis, health conditions, nutritional status, dental status, skin conditions, medication usage, and any special treatment or procedures.

What Care is Available in an Assisted Living Facility?

  • Room and Board.
  • Assistance with activities of daily living (ADLs).
  • Periodic professional nursing care for adults with physical or mental disabilities.

How is Medication Managed?

If a resident gives written consent trained facility staff may assist with medications. A licensed health care professional is responsible for administration of medication.

What are the Bathroom Requirements for an Assisted Living Facility?

Bathrooms may be shared with a minimum of 1 toilet, sink, and bathtub or shower for every 8 residents. Also, at lease 1 bathtub or shower must be provided to allow for the resident’s bathing preference.

What are the Move-In or Move-Out Requirements?

An assisted living facility can only admit residents whose needs can be met by the facility, and they may not admit or retain residents who:

  • Require continuous nursing care, including those dependent on a ventilator.
  • Have stage III or IV pressure sores.
  • Require chemical or physical restraints.

Residents may receive hospice care while living in an assisted living facility.

Is an Assisted Living Facility Covered by Medicaid in the State of New Mexico?

Yes. A Medicaid home and community-based waiver covers assisted living services, however, the waiver payment for services is a flat rate.

Who can I contact for more information?

Department of Health, Health Facility Licensing and Certification Bureau
Veronica Baca
(505) 476-9025