Located at the feet of the beautiful Sandia Mountains, Albuquerque is New Mexico’s largest city. According to the 2020 U.S. Census, 564,559 people live in this metropolis, with 84,683 of them being senior citizens. Albuquerque has much to offer older adults, including pleasantly warm summers and temperate winters. It’s also conveniently close to Santa Fe, the state’s capital and fourth-largest city, which is roughly an hour to the northeast.  

Assisted living is a good choice for seniors who require support with some basic activities of daily living, such as bathing and grooming. While assisted living communities don’t provide the level of care of nursing homes where residents are supervised around the clock, assisted living communities help aging seniors retain as much independence as they like. In Albuquerque, the cost of assisted living care is about $4,750 per month, slightly higher than state and national averages.

The following guide covers assisted living in Albuquerque. It takes a look at the costs of other types of long-term care, examines some positives and some drawbacks of residing in Albuquerque and provides a list of free resources intended to help Albuquerque seniors get the most out of life in the city. 

Directory of Assisted Living Facilities in Albuquerque, NM

Albuquerque Grand Senior Living

1501 Tijeras Ave NE, Albuquerque, NM, 87106

Located in the downtown Albuquerque area is the Albuquerque Grand Senior Living center. Residents and visitors alike rave about the caring staff, engaging activities and chef-prepared meals. Seniors f … (read more)
Located in the downtown Albuquerque area is the Albuquerque Grand Senior Living center. Residents and visitors alike rave about the caring staff, engaging activities and chef-prepared meals. Seniors f … (read more)

2015, 2016

Brookdale Valencia

300 Valencia Drive SE, Albuquerque, NM, 87108

Brookdale Valencia is located in Albuquerque, three blocks south of Central Avenue. Residents and their visitors are consistently pleased with the well-maintained, clean appearance of the facility as … (read more)
Brookdale Valencia is located in Albuquerque, three blocks south of Central Avenue. Residents and their visitors are consistently pleased with the well-maintained, clean appearance of the facility as … (read more)

2016

The Woodmark at Uptown

7201 Prospect Place N.E., Albuquerque, NM, 87110

The Woodmark at Uptown is a full-service senior living community located in the Uptown area of Albuquerque, just a short distance from several shopping centers and medical facilities, and with conveni … (read more)
The Woodmark at Uptown is a full-service senior living community located in the Uptown area of Albuquerque, just a short distance from several shopping centers and medical facilities, and with conveni … (read more)

2014, 2015, 2016

Morada Albuquerque

1620 Indian School Road NE, Albuquerque, NM, 87102

My father is in here. The rooms are very nice. They exercise twice a day every day, have music programs several times a week, brain games every morning, poker most days, movies twice a day, and lots o … (read more)
My father is in here. The rooms are very nice. They exercise twice a day every day, have music programs several times a week, brain games every morning, poker most days, movies twice a day, and lots o … (read more)

Brookdale Tramway Ridge

4910 Tramway Ridge, Albuquerque, NM, 87111

I visited Brookdale Tramway Ridge. That was awesome but we couldn’t afford it. It’s wonderful, I would stay there. I liked that there was a lot of stuff there and they were very friendly. The person t … (read more)
I visited Brookdale Tramway Ridge. That was awesome but we couldn’t afford it. It’s wonderful, I would stay there. I liked that there was a lot of stuff there and they were very friendly. The person t … (read more)

2022

Life Spire Assisted Living – Albuquerque

9151 High Assets Way N.W., Albuquerque, NM, 87120

Located near a popular hair salon, and across the road from a cinema and a shopping center, Life Spire Assisted Living in Albuquerque is a homey and comfortable facility. Residents and visitors love t … (read more)
Located near a popular hair salon, and across the road from a cinema and a shopping center, Life Spire Assisted Living in Albuquerque is a homey and comfortable facility. Residents and visitors love t … (read more)

The Village At Alameda

8810 Horizon Boulevard NE, Albuquerque, NM, 87113

Located right near the Balloon Fiesta Park in Albuquerque, The Village at Alameda is a beautiful and accommodating assisted living facility. This community gets high marks for its spacious rooms, well … (read more)
Located right near the Balloon Fiesta Park in Albuquerque, The Village at Alameda is a beautiful and accommodating assisted living facility. This community gets high marks for its spacious rooms, well … (read more)

Morada Quintessence

7101 Eubank Boulevard NE, Albuquerque, NM, 87122

My father was only at Morada Quintessence for a very short period. We didn’t have any issues. Everything was pretty nice there, but it was just kind of a limited menu on meals. He didn’t have a lot of … (read more)
My father was only at Morada Quintessence for a very short period. We didn’t have any issues. Everything was pretty nice there, but it was just kind of a limited menu on meals. He didn’t have a lot of … (read more)

MorningStar Assisted Living & Memory Care of Albuquerque

8051 Palomas Ave NE, Albuquerque, NM, 87109

MorningStar Assisted Living & Memory Care of Albuquerque was excellent on all levels, but it was expensive. I just looked at the assisted living side. It’s a newer facility, so everything is reall … (read more)
MorningStar Assisted Living & Memory Care of Albuquerque was excellent on all levels, but it was expensive. I just looked at the assisted living side. It’s a newer facility, so everything is reall … (read more)

Everest Assisted Living

7524 Bear Canyon Rd. NE, Albuquerque, NM, 87109

I would highly rate Everest Assisted Living. It was a pretty good size, a pretty large home for the number of residents and there was plenty of space. The kitchen and meal facilities were quite nice i … (read more)
I would highly rate Everest Assisted Living. It was a pretty good size, a pretty large home for the number of residents and there was plenty of space. The kitchen and meal facilities were quite nice i … (read more)

Singing Arrow AFH

12904 Piru Blvd SE, Albuquerque, NM, 87123

My mother-in-law has moved into Singing Arrow Manor Inc., we have chosen it because of the staff. They were professional. It’s clean and good. The room is clean and comfortable. We just have her there … (read more)
My mother-in-law has moved into Singing Arrow Manor Inc., we have chosen it because of the staff. They were professional. It’s clean and good. The room is clean and comfortable. We just have her there … (read more)

BeeHive Homes of Albuquerque

6401 Corona Ave. NE, Albuquerque, NM, 87113

My parents were at Beehive. It sounded like just the place for them as I heard the sales pitch. The reality was disappointing. The management is changing and hopefully getting better. As people ag … (read more)
My parents were at Beehive. It sounded like just the place for them as I heard the sales pitch. The reality was disappointing. The management is changing and hopefully getting better. As people ag … (read more)

Ravenna Assisted Living

3051 Twin Oaks Drive NW, Albuquerque, NM, 87120

My father-in-law has moved into Ravenna Assisted Living. It’s clean and organized. The room is fine. It’s a little small, but it’s the best we could afford. The staff was very professional and courteo … (read more)
My father-in-law has moved into Ravenna Assisted Living. It’s clean and organized. The room is fine. It’s a little small, but it’s the best we could afford. The staff was very professional and courteo … (read more)

Albuquerque Uptown Assisted Living

7611 Indian School Road, Albuquerque, NM, 87110

My uncle is staying at Albuquerque Uptown Assisted Living. His health is declining right now, but he’s been taken care of, and he’s doing OK. Overall, the staff is communicative and helpful, even if o … (read more)
My uncle is staying at Albuquerque Uptown Assisted Living. His health is declining right now, but he’s been taken care of, and he’s doing OK. Overall, the staff is communicative and helpful, even if o … (read more)

Life Spire Assisted Living – Albuquerque NE

7500 Oakland Avenue NE, Albuquerque, NM, 87113

We went to see Life Spire Assisted Living – Albuquerque NE. Initially, we were thinking my mom needed assisted living but the more we looked around, we realized she was going to have a level of memory … (read more)
We went to see Life Spire Assisted Living – Albuquerque NE. Initially, we were thinking my mom needed assisted living but the more we looked around, we realized she was going to have a level of memory … (read more)

Brio Assisted Living

13101 Constitution, Albuquerque, NM, 87112


Adelante Ventana

3609 Lafayette Dr NE, Albuquerque, NM, 87107


2013, 2014, 2015, 2016

The Montebello on Academy

10500 Academy Road NE, Albuquerque, NM, 87111

The Montebello on Academy is located in Albuquerque, less than two blocks from shops and a park. The facility’s pleasant outdoor spaces and common areas, such as the restaurant and patios, consisten … (read more)
The Montebello on Academy is located in Albuquerque, less than two blocks from shops and a park. The facility’s pleasant outdoor spaces and common areas, such as the restaurant and patios, consisten … (read more)

Palmilla Senior Living

10301 Golf Course Road NW, Albuquerque, NM, 87114

Palmilla Senior Living is situated on a seven-acre property in Albuquerque, close to shopping and multiple medical facilities. Visitors speak warmly of Palmilla’s friendly, knowledgeable and welcomi … (read more)
Palmilla Senior Living is situated on a seven-acre property in Albuquerque, close to shopping and multiple medical facilities. Visitors speak warmly of Palmilla’s friendly, knowledgeable and welcomi … (read more)

La Vida Llena

10501 Lagrima de Oro Rd NE, Albuquerque, NM, 87111

La Vida Llena was great. It felt very warm and welcoming. The residents were happy. It goes all the way from independent living to skilled nursing care. They had no openings at the time, but there was … (read more)
La Vida Llena was great. It felt very warm and welcoming. The residents were happy. It goes all the way from independent living to skilled nursing care. They had no openings at the time, but there was … (read more)

COVID-19 Rules for Assisted Living in Albuquerque

Since most COVID-19 rules for Assisted Living Communities and other Senior Living Facilities are set at the state level, you can view the specific rules for your state on our Guide to Assisted Living in New Mexico. Keep in mind that every community has specific policies that they put in place to protect their residents, so you should contact your local community for more information. Additionally, you can contact your local Area Agency on Aging to learn more – find contact information here.

What to Consider About Assisted Living in Albuquerque

The New Mexico Department of Health’s Division of Health Improvement is the entity responsible for overseeing Albuquerque’s assisted living facilities. In addition to licensing and certifying long-term care communities, the DHI performs background checks on potential caregivers and investigates allegations of neglect or abuse.

Benefits and Drawbacks of Assisted Living in Albuquerque

  • This city is an excellent choice for seniors who enjoy the sun. On average, Albuquerque gets 280 sunny days every year, easily beating the U.S. average of 205. Additionally, the city only gets about 11 inches of rain and 11 inches of snow a year, far less than the respective U.S. averages of 31 and 28.
  • At an elevation of 4,954 feet, Albuquerque sits nearly a mile above sea level, which may have some health benefits for aging adults. Medical studies have found that living at high altitudes, such as these, is associated with lower incidences of cardiovascular disease and an increased life expectancy.
  • Albuquerque’s overall cost of living is slightly higher than the state average, but it’s also consistently lower than the national average, making it a good choice for seniors watching their finances. The city’s cost of living falls below U.S. averages on every metric tracked by BestPlaces.net, including the price of groceries, utilities and transportation. On a scale where 100 represents the U.S. average, Albuquerque rates 91 and New Mexico rates 88.
  • Crime is an undeniable drawback to living in Albuquerque, as crime rates are notably higher than national averages. Property crime rates are particularly high, with about 1 out of every 20 residents expected to become a victim. Fortunately, the area’s crime rates are less of a concern for residents of assisted living facilities, which usually have round-the-clock private security.
  • Though slightly higher, Albuquerque’s tax rates are mostly in line with national averages. Here, residents pay 7.5% in sales tax, and the U.S. average is 7.3%. The income tax rate is 4.9%, just above the U.S. average of 4.6%.
  • The city is home to three major hospitals: Presbyterian Hospital, Lovelace Medical Center and University of New Mexico Hospital. UNM Hospital is home to the state’s primary stroke center, while Presbyterian Hospital is ranked by U.S. News as the state’s best medical center.

Paying for Assisted Living in Albuquerque

In Albuquerque, assisted living costs approximately $4,750 per month, according to data from the annual Genworth Cost of Care Survey. That’s about $250 higher than the New Mexico state average of $4,498 and the similar U.S. average of $4,500.

The Cost of Assisted Living in Nearby Cities

Albuquerque’s price of $4,750 puts it on the higher end of New Mexico’s cost range for assisted living care. The only city in the state with a higher reported cost in Genworth’s data is the nearby capital of Santa Fe, where seniors pay an average of $5,814 per month. Assisted living is a bit cheaper in the remote cities of Farmington, at $3,999, and Las Cruces, at $4,495.

$4750

Albuquerque

$4498

New Mexico

$4500

The United States

$4495

Las Cruces

$3999

Farmington

$5814

Santa Fe

The Cost of Other Types of Senior Care 

At $2,427 per month, adult day care is a much cheaper option than assisted living for Albuquerque seniors. Setting up caretaking at home is only a few hundred dollars less expensive than assisted living. Homemaker services cost $4,671 per month, while the slightly more robust care provided by home health aides also costs $4,671 a month. Nursing home care represents another large jump in prices. A semiprivate room in a nursing home facility runs $8,479 in Albuquerque, and a private room runs $9,518.

$4671

Homemaker Services

$4671

Home Health Aide

$2427

Adult Day Health Care

$4750

Assisted Living Facility

$8479

Nursing Home Facility (semiprivate room)

$9518

Nursing Home Facility (private room)

Financial Assistance for Assisted Living in Albuquerque

If you’re worried about paying for assisted living, available options can help. The largest programs for New Mexico seniors are Supplemental Security Income Category G benefits and Centennial Care, the state’s Medicaid program.

Learn more about these programs, plus who’s eligible, on our Assisted Living in New Mexico page.

Financial Assistance for Assisted Living in New Mexico

More Ways to Pay for Assisted Living

While many families use their own funds or personal assets to pay for assisted living, there are plenty of additional options to cover these costs. Some additional ways to finance assisted living costs include:

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

For more information about different ways to finance assisted living, visit our Assisted Living in New Mexico page.

Free Assisted Living Resources in Albuquerque

Numerous free resources exist for older adults residing in the Albuquerque area. Offered by private nonprofit entities and federal, state and local governments alike, these resources can help local seniors with legal concerns, area transportation and more.

Resource

Contact

Service

(505) 768-2745

This AAA is federally tasked with providing and maintaining services for seniors throughout Bernalillo County. In addition to running a congregate meal program held at senior center locations throughout Albuquerque, it also maintains the Silver Alert public notification system, which helps locate seniors who have gone missing.

(505) 265-2300 

This nonprofit organization offers free legal advice to Albuquerque residents aged 60 and up. Areas covered include assistance with signing up for and receiving public benefits such as Social Security Income, setting up power of attorney for health care concerns and protecting seniors from financial exploitation. The SCLO also works to defend the rights of seniors who reside in long-term care communities.

(505) 764-6464

This program provides curb-to-curb rides for Albuquerque adults aged 60 and over. Medical appointment, meal site and on-demand transportation are all available, though rides must be scheduled three to seven days in advance.

(505) 468-7341

This hub for Albuquerque-area seniors offers a wide range of social activities, including ceramics, pottery and wood carving craft programs, regular bingo games and a congregate meal program that runs every weekday. Low-impact exercises such as Zumba and pickleball are available for seniors who like to stay physically active.

Assisted Living Laws and Regulations in Albuquerque

Albuquerque Assisted Living Communities must adhere to the comprehensive set of state laws and regulations that all assisted living communities in New Mexico are required to follow. Visit our Assisted Living in New Mexico page for more information about these laws.

Assisted Living Laws and Regulations in New Mexico