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Best Assisted Living Albuquerque New Mexico

The Senior List® set out to find the best assisted living facilities in Albuquerque New Mexico.  We compiled reviews from top senior housing review websites to pull together our “Best of” list.  Click here to read about our methods, and interpreting the List.  All ratings are based on 5 stars.

Best Assisted Living Albuquerque New Mexico | Who Made the List?

Though seniors may naturally want to retire to a place that’s close to family and also already familiar – and their family might well feel the same way – it’s not always possible to find a suitable, affordable and appealing facility in one’s own neighborhood. That said, if you like the idea of retiring to a warm, dry climate, and in a city with a wealth of amenities and a rich history, then consider Albuquerque, New Mexico, as a potential destination.

Why Retire in Albuquerque?

Here are just some of the advantages to living in what many describe as an increasingly vibrant city:

  • Glorious views of the Sandia Mountains
  • Visually appealing city with its own distinctive architecture
  • The Sandia Peak Tramway, the longest aerial passenger tramway in the world
  • Skiing and other sports activities
  • The New Mexico Arts and Crafts Fair (every summer since 1961)
  • A treasure trove of associations, festivals and organizations devoted to a broad range of interests
  • There is a fairly extensive bus system (handicap accessible), as well as the ABQ Ride Paratransit which provides
  • door-to-door transportation for those who are not physically able to ride the bus.
  • The University of Arizona, a vibrant addition to the city scene
  • The Indian Pueblo Cultural Center
  • Museums devoted to a range of subjects: Turquoise, The National Museum of Nuclear Science and History, the
  • Unser Racing Museum, and many more
  • ABQ BioPark Botanic Garden – just one of the 291 parks in Albuquerque
  • Old Town, with its shops, restaurants, street vendors and historic buildings
  • Petroglyph National Monument
  • Music and theater
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View of Sandia Mountains from Albuquerque, New Mexico. © Can Stock Photo / appalachianviews

Disadvantages to Retiring in Albuquerque

Here are a couple of possible disadvantages to retiring in Albuquerque:

  • The altitude (from 5,000’ – 7,000’) may not be comfortable or healthy for some.
  • The crime rate for both personal and property crime in Albuquerque has been on the rise over the last few years. To assess the safety of a given address/neighborhood, go online and research or contact the city’s police department.

List of Top Assisted Living Albuquerque, New Mexico

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Atria Vista del Rio | Albuquerque, NM 87102

Atria Vista Del Rio provides Independent Living, Assisted Living, and Memory Care

Caring – 33 Reviews, Average Rating 4
SeniorAdvisor – 63 Reviews, Average Rating 4
SeniorHomes – No Reviews
GoldenReviews – No Reviews for Albuquerque, NM

What they liked: Very well kept-up, light and bright, good location, cheerful, very clean, nice atmosphere, seamless move-in, pet-friendly, 3 lovely courtyards, 3 fireplaces, nice small community, Life Guidance program (pre-Alzheimer’s Care, independent but monitored), gorgeous, good tours, nice sales manager, helped with finances, director is great, care is excellent, staff is best part of Atria, wonderful respect for privacy and independence, staff eases residents into activities, buddy/ambassador program, helpful, keep family informed, absolutely wonderful, kind and courteous, considerate, cooperative and wonderful, knowledgeable, very friendly, informality, very accommodating, informative, everyone seemed to be having a good time, staff interacted with residents, can shift from independent to assisted without changing room, couples can stay in contact even if one shifts to different level of care, lots of activities, intellectual stimulation, bridge, bingo, pool table, sightseeing, doctors’ trips, happy hour/Friday afternoons with music and other entertainment, lots of arts and crafts projects, board games, puzzles, card games, adult coloring book, exercise, really nice gym, a movie theater, good security, lots of places to sit outdoors, rooms comfortable, beautiful rooms, grounds beautiful, shopping sprees, patio, dining room light and open, three regular meals a day plus healthy snack options, food is outstanding (2017), menu is appealing, anytime dining, mini-café open 24/7, food and service very good, accommodates dietary needs, excellent food (2014), beauty shop, Atria bus available, ice cream parlor/games room, ice cream socials, singalongs, studios and one-bedrooms with bathroom and kitchenette, large closets, Atria supplies furniture, TV and phone (2015), Bible classes, church services, nine themed gardens, grows own vegetables, common area beautiful, staff assisted in move-in (2014), room prices vary based location and view, college kids come in and dance with residents (2014), laundry once a week

What they didn’t like: Terrible chef and food (March 2017), watered down soup, food tasteless, rooms too small, dining experience poor, only studios and one-bedrooms, a little pricey, facility unable to care for father suffering dementia (2015), thought it more for independent living than assisted (2014), very large and had many rooms (could confuse resident), more than one level, staff overworked (2014), could get lost, some rooms far from dining room, thought cleaning would be more frequent because resident has a pet, chemical smell in apartment, the memory unit could use a lot of work (2017), administration needs some improvement, residents had to be self-sufficient or it got costly (2015), the way they medicate is cumbersome (2015), the move-in process could be smoother (2015), failure to show new resident around, do not handle anger issues well with residents, sometimes slow response time (2014), cold and impersonal with no sense of community, less than transparent during sales process, not as open and bright as another facility (2013)

BeeHive Village | Albuquerque, NM 87113

BeeHive Village offers Assisted Living, Home Health Care Agency and Hospice services, and Nursing services provided by a Home Health Care Agency.

Caring – 5 Reviews, Average Rating 4.5
SeniorAdvisor – 2 Reviews, Average Rating 3
SeniorHomes – No Reviews
GoldenReviews – No Reviews

What they liked: Staff especially nice when resident having problems (1/2017), independent living to hospice, 4 cottages with 12 people each, rooms roomy, each with own bathroom, staff wonderful and very attentive, each resident wears an alarm bracelet, food wonderful, setting homey, tons and tons of activities, puzzles, exercises, clean, welcoming, small facility/more individual attention, intimate house setting, good food, bus for outings, welcomes suggestions from residents, impromptu activities, can visit anytime

What they didn’t like: Didn’t live up to sales pitch/hope new management better (1/2017), bad menu, more assisted living than independent, too isolated

Brookdale Valencia | Albuquerque, NM 87108

Brookdale Valencia provides Independent Living, Assisted Living, Memory Care, Skilled Nursing, Health Care Services, and Continuing Care Retirement Communities.

Caring – 23 Reviews, Average Rating 4
SeniorAdvisor – 58 Reviews, Average Rating 4
SeniorHomes – 2 Reviews, Average Rating 4.1
GoldenReviews – No Reviews

What they liked: Their prices lower than most, very pet-friendly, Independent Living, Assisted Living, Memory Care/controlled but not confining, Occupational Therapy, doctor’s “house calls” appreciated, very clean, food is good, beautiful, exercise room, activity room, lobby is very nice, tour very comprehensive, staff seemed very engaged with residents, all new staff (July 2017), fabulous staff, physical therapist onsite, great communication with family of residents, like family, excellent staff, caring, goes extra mile, staff urges participation, staff is wonderful, respectful, staff makes this place great, maintenance very helpful, good housekeeping staff, everyone seemed happy and friendly, interesting and friendly people, good value, grounds well maintained, openness, rooms are nice and clean and open and airy, spacious rooms, rooms are adequate size, well laid-out, closets and storage, not like “an old folks’ home,” they have entertainment, comfortable two-bedroom, studio apartment with full kitchenette, pool and water aerobics, yoga, morning exercise, sewing, knitting, a lot of music and dancing, socializing, at meals, four entrée choices/four choices for sides, food is pretty decent (July 2017), variety of meals outstanding and healthy, regular apartment with kitchenette or a shared kitchen/living room with private bedroom/bath, balcony, 2-bedroom apartment with two bedrooms/two bathrooms and living room and kitchen, facility provided/coordinated all phases of end of life (assisted living, nursing, hospice) in her same apartment and surroundings, property fully fenced, multiple nurse stations, wide hallways, handrails everywhere, more affordable than many, residents speak highly of it, can have both privacy and immediate assistance when needed, no parking issues, abundance of sunshine, close to hospitals including VA, close to airport, near shopping

What they didn’t like: Food could be improved, portions small and service slow, rooms were smaller and one hard to get to with wheelchair, parking could be improved, security gate never locked (2015), food flavorless and overcooked (2015), fabulous staff but understaffed (2015), can’t walk far without getting into a bad neighborhood (2014), rooms on small side, ceilings low, not a great part of town (2013), food tasty but too little variety, talked with family members of residents and uncomfortable with responses (2017), better if management goes over handbook early on, facility too big, lost laundry, patient fell and neglected, doesn’t accept Medicaid, theft of jewelry and cash (2014), resident’s needs inaccurately assessed (2014), would have appreciated a little more help getting resident oriented, staff didn’t seem to care about resident who had to move out (2014)

Life Spire Assisted Living | Albuquerque, NM 87120

Life Spire Assisted Living offers Veteran Services, Assisted Living, Enhanced Assisted Living, Dementia and Alzheimer’s Care

Caring – 8 Reviews, Average Rating 4.9
SeniorAdvisor – 11 Reviews, Average Rating 3.5
SeniorHomes – No Reviews
GoldenReviews – No Reviews

What they liked: Love this place, made everything easier, nice size, homey, clean, bright, cheery, open floorplan, smaller size, more personal care, outstanding care, attentive staff, accommodating, hands-on care, very friendly, responded quickly, respected residents’ dignity, knowledgeable, well-trained, easy to get along with, responsible with medications, beautiful views (Sandia Mountains), food excellent, guests welcome, staff cares for resident and resident’s family, Alzheimer’s care, dementia care, security awesome, rooms a nice size and clean, decorated nicely, spacious dining room, home-cooked food, onsite nutritionist, can visit residents any time, manicures every two weeks, art projects, exercises, arts and crafts, staff to walk with residents, good housekeeping, answered all our questions, well maintained property, getting resident to join in activities (2013), kitchen staff very accommodating,

What they didn’t like: Need more outdoor space, tour guide tactless with potential resident, staff should be trained about privacy and HIPAA laws, activities seem a bit lacking, staff a little harried, residents could use a little more attention, resident’s room not ready for them on move-in plus other issues of neglect (2013), seemed like a halfway house (2012)

Montebello on Academy | Albuquerque, NM 87111

Montebello on Academy provides Independent Living, Assisted Living, Respite Care, Short-term Stays, Rehabilitation, Skilled Nursing Care.

Caring – 23 Reviews, Average Rating 4.25
SeniorAdvisor – 13 Reviews, Average Rating 4
SeniorHomes – No Reviews
GoldenReviews – No Reviews

What they liked: Nice views, dining room impressive, food truly exceptional, healthy choices, nice entryway, grounds definitely well kept, extremely clean, lots of plants/bushes/grass, rooms adequate and good, big place, staff friendly and helpful, loving and caring, very cordial, accommodating, impressed with relationship between residents and staff, many activities including weekends, exercises, games, nice dining room, apartments clean and spacious, rooms really nice, laid out well, windows, bright and airy, activities director really good and interacts with residents, pretty secured, gated parking, usually receptionist or someone at entry, extra room for visitors, community areas really good, Montebello “could not be better,” short-term care excellent, the care from staff and residents [for dying resident and his family] was incredible, skilled nursing truly exceptional, CNAs worked their fannies off, cruise ship atmosphere, bar, little theater

What they didn’t like: The potential resident didn’t like nursing home part so close to assisted living (depressing), kitchen staff nice but slow, not many activities, rooms small, rude in-house doctor (2014 – and rest of staff outstanding), show room had terrible odor from smoking (2014)

The New Beginnings Senior Living | Albuquerque, NM 87113

The New Beginnings Senior Living offers Assisted Living and Skilled Nursing Care.

Caring – 7 Reviews, Average Rating 5
SeniorAdvisor – 1 Review, Average Rating 5
SeniorHomes – No Reviews
GoldenReviews – No Reviews

What they liked: Home-like atmosphere, new facility, everyone smiling, very clean, wonderful place, incredibly cozy, home away from home, facility bright and clean and pleasant, friendly staff, extremely helpful, informative, very inviting, many wonderful extras, fish tank, garden areas, amazing kitchen, rooms very nice and nicely furnished, rooms include flat screen TV and phones, dining area has nice bistro feel, thumb up!

What they didn’t like: Just needs trees and plants to bloom (3/2016)

Palmilla Senior Living | Albuquerque, NM 87114

Palmilla Senior Living offers Assisted Living, Retirement Care Communities, and Alzheimer’s Memory Care.

Caring – 16 Reviews, Average Rating 4
SeniorAdvisor – 92 Reviews, Average Rating 4
SeniorHomes – 2 Reviews, Average Rating 4.5
GoldenReviews – No Reviews

What they liked: All levels of care, pet-friendly, Respite Care, Transitional Memory Care, Memory Care residents each have private space, Memory Care is clean and bright and fresh, secure, director of Memory Care compassionate, really wonderful place, absolute best, sanitation was excellent, staff very friendly, kind, enormous peace of mind, deeply supportive of resident and family, entire staff excellent, very professional, exceptionally responsive, upbeat, staff goes above and beyond, encourages residents to get involved in activities, management never too busy to respond, accommodating, upfront, helpful, knowledgeable, residents treated with attention and compassion, receptionist customer service skills amazing, evening staff always available, nurses on-staff, doctor who visits frequently, welcoming, clean and bright facility, good array of activities, good food, nice dining room, common area wonderful, common area fireplaces, WOW factor, beautiful facility, color choices uplifting and comforting, grounds and layout good, good value, reasonably priced, newer and a little more updated, barber and beauty shop, linen service, personal laundry service, van for transportation, multiple exercise classes daily, art classes, physical therapy group, two dining rooms (one for assisted living and one for those with memory issues), eat any time, excellent food preparation and wait staff, excellent portions based on resident’s request, good for couples at different levels – can visit with each other, rooms pretty roomy, encouraged to bring own furnishings (make homey), club for social activities, lots of outings, snacks given out while doing activities, studios with private bathroom and small kitchen, bathroom and bathtub fully handicap accessible, movies almost nightly, gym, Happy Hour, cards, music lectures, weekly Bible studies, visitors welcome anytime, one-bedroom unit with small washer and dryer, housecleaning of apartments every other week, separate smoking area, close to hospital, beautiful view of the Rio Grande Valley and western face of Sandia Mountains from one-bedroom units

What they didn’t like: Very long waiting list (3/2017), did not feel welcoming, parking an issue, very disappointed in ignorant and incompetent nursing (11/2015), too large and impersonal, very fancy (2/2014), food hit and miss, food sometimes served cold, food sometimes very salty or too much breading, needs updating and remodeling, personnel need more training, thought salesperson pushy (11/2016), weekends understaffed, bed bugs and poor communication, continued increases in “extra” care in memory unit (5/2016), memory care patient who fell twice in two days, Residents Club not worth $750 a month, not enough activities, staff very frustrated with management and high turnover (1/2016), activities have decreased over time (10/2015), report of thefts and staff issues (10/2015), only area of improvement needed is communication between staff members (8/2015), too expensive and gossiping staff (6/2015), need to get residents to socialize more (6/2015), no good views or good neighborhood connection, understaffed and medication fee pretty high (2014)

The Woodmark at Uptown | Albuquerque, NM 87110

The Woodmark at Uptown offers Assisted Living and Memory Care.

Caring – 28 Reviews, Average Rating 4
SeniorAdvisor – 74 Reviews, Average Rating 4.5
SeniorHomes – 4 Reviews, Average Rating 4
GoldenReviews – No Reviews

What they liked: Staff very caring, patient, caters to resident needs, very positive tone, concerns taken care of in timely manner, excellent care, continually goes above and beyond, helpful, professional, very responsive, good tours, honest feedback and great suggestions, informative, attentive community, like family, residents seem happy, immediate access to in-house nursing, on-call doctor available, facility clean, spotless, lovely place, hydration stations, Dementia and Alzheimer’s Care, Memory Care residents have freedom, safe and controlled environment, hospice, accommodates couples at different levels of care, nice dining room, menu very nice, various menus, food is superb, rooms very nice, can share a large room with another resident, double rooms with shared bath, pony walls to separate residents, chef accommodating and friendly, grounds nice, activities both social and academic, bingo, onsite movie theater, musical entertainment, onsite piano, yoga, worship, Bible study, little patio in back, location excellent, near shopping and doctors’ offices so nurses can walk residents over, house-cleaning once a week, visitors welcome any time, beautiful views, beauty salon, sun rooms, exercise room with equipment, can eat in dining room or elsewhere, snacks available, kitchens in rooms

What they didn’t like: Facility just too big, every little thing was a separate charge so no set monthly fee, too crowded, thought The Woodmark snobby, activities did not seem to be extensive, rooms seemed a little small, don’t like people with catheters, need more staff weekends and at night (2014), aides wonderful but management ethically challenged (12/2013), no pets in memory care, food does not look appealing, studio rooms fairly small (might not accommodate a queen-size bed), not engaging loved one as much as family would like, food often tasteless and very poorly prepared, difficulty in getting transportation to doctor appointments and errands, food cheap quality and very small portions (2/2016), book-keeping could stand improvement (2015), parking issues

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