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Assisted Living in New Mexico

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Cost of Assisted Living in New Mexico
According to the 2012 A Place for Mom Senior Living Costs Survey, the median monthly cost to live in an assisted living one bedroom apartment in New Mexico is $3,009

New Mexico Assisted Facility Licensing and Regulation
The New Mexico Health Facilities Licensing and Certification Bureau performs annual inspections of assisted living facilities.

To file a complaint against an assisted living facility in New Mexico, contact the Department of Health at 800-752-8649.

Best Places to Retire 2012
Santa Fe New Mexico: 325 days of sunshine per year, art scene, opera, 8 major golf courses in the area. (CNN Money Best Places to Retire Now 2012)
Las Cruces New Mexico: 287 days of sunshine per year. A small town with big-city amenities. (AARP Best Places to Live on $100 a Day)

Top Cities in New Mexico

Alameda   (1)
Alamogordo   (2)
Albuquerque   (15)
Artesia   (1)
Carlsbad   (2)
Clovis   (5)
Deming   (1)
Farmington   (2)
Gallup   (3)
Grants   (1)
Hatch   (1)
Hobbs   (4)
Las Cruces   (11)
Las Vegas   (4)
Moriarty   (1)
Portales   (1)
Raton   (1)
Rio Rancho   (2)
Roswell   (5)
Ruidoso   (2)
Santa Fe   (6)
Santa Rosa   (1)
Serafina   (1)
Socorro   (1)
Taos   (2)
Tesuque   (1)
Tucumcari   (2)


Assisted Living Rules and Regulations in New Mexico

Assisted Living Terms Used in New Mexico

Assisted living (formerly “adult residential care”, licensing term changed January 15, 2010)

Assisted Living License Types

  • Standard licensure is required for all assisted living facilities.
  • Assisted living facilities provide programmatic services, room an board and/or assistance with activities of daily living to two or more people. 

Required Training for Staff

  • Direct care staff must have adequate education, training or experience.
  • All staff must complete an initial orientation and complete 12 hours of continuing education requirements annually. 

Overnight Staffing

At least one direct care staff member must be on duty and awake per 15 residents.

Eviction Laws and Resident Protections

  • Residents may be evicted if the resident requires care beyond what the facility can provide including ventilator dependency, stage 3 or 4 pressure sores, airborne infectious disease in a communicable state, a need for tracheostomy care or if a physician certifies that placement is no longer appropriate.
  • Residents are entitled to a bill of rights which includes the right to be in control of their own medication, the right to choose their own doctor, the right to manage their own finances and the right to privacy, dignity and respect. 

Inspections Laws

  • The New Mexico Health Facilities Licensing and Certification Bureau performs annual inspections of assisted living facilities.
  • Inspection reports can be obtained by the public. 

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