El Paso gets nearly 300 days of sunny weather per year, so it’s no surprise that it’s nicknamed Sun City. Seniors who want to make the most of the area’s weather find no shortage of fun cultural and recreational activities. Ascarate Park has more than 400 acres and provides opportunities for outdoor pursuits, such as canoeing, fishing or picnicking. Other senior-friendly attractions in the city include the El Paso Zoo, El Paso Museum of History and the El Paso Museum of Art. Seniors may also want to explore the city’s many art galleries, historical sites and wineries.
This sunny southwestern city of just over 680,000 people is home to many world-class medical facilities, including Las Palmas Medical Center and the University Medical Center of El Paso. For the 12.2% of residents who are over age 65, there are numerous assisted living facilities within city limits. These facilities charge an average of $2,000 per month, which is a bargain compared to the national average of $4,051. This guide showcases 10 of El Paso’s best assisted living communities.
Royal Estates of El Paso
435 S. Mesa Hills Dr.
El Paso, TX 79912
Located in one of the city’s quiet residential neighborhoods with a gorgeous view of the mountains, Royal Estates of El Paso provides independent and assisted living services at affordable prices. The community’s recently renovated, pet-friendly apartments have stylish modern decor, granite countertops and stainless steel appliances. We included this facility in El Paso’s top 10 because of its well-reviewed dining program that’s inspired by regional cuisine. Residents enjoy delicious chef-prepared meals that are made from fresh, seasonal ingredients. The community welcomes resident feedback, and some of the seniors’ favorite recipes are incorporated into the menu.
The Legacy at Cimarron
6201 Northern Pass Dr.
El Paso, TX 79911
At The Legacy at Cimarron, a luxurious continuing care retirement community, residents’ independence is encouraged. With anytime dining, residents have the freedom to eat on their own schedule and can even order off-menu items. To keep residents feeling safe and secure while respecting their privacy, each apartment is equipped with motion-sensor technology. These spacious apartments are designed with the needs of seniors in mind, from the rounded edges on the granite countertops to the large, ADA-compliant showers. The clean, well-furnished common areas also include a beauty salon and movie theater where residents can socialize and spend time together.
VibraLife of El Paso
3421 Joe Battle Blvd.
El Paso, TX 79936
VibraLife of El Paso is an assisted living and memory care community that provides respectful, personalized care to their seniors. Residents have access to 24/7 care staff, and motivating rehabilitation services, such as physical therapy, are provided in-house. Relatives are encouraged to stay involved with their loved ones’ care through regular family conferences, and with plenty of scheduled activities, the 16 seniors in the assisted living community can form close bonds with their neighbors.
SunRidge at Cielo Vista
7949 Sunmount Dr.
El Paso, TX 79925
SunRidge at Cielo Vista is located near El Paso International Airport, so it’s easy for out-of-town friends and family members to find. Several cozy floor plans are available to choose from, and seniors are encouraged to bring their furry friends, including cats, small dogs, birds and even fish are welcome. Seniors have access to many well-decorated common areas, including a library and various lounges, and when they want to soak up the El Paso sunshine, they can relax in the spacious enclosed courtyard. Residents can choose to participate in planned activities, such as barbecues, performances by musical guests and weekly outings to local restaurants. At mealtimes, seniors enjoy home-style favorites, such as the enticing roasted beef tenderloin and cherry pie.
SunRidge at Cambria
1991 Saul Kleinfeld Dr.
El Paso, TX 79936
This sprawling 96-bed assisted living facility is located in the Vista Hills neighborhood of east El Paso, close to recreational Dick Shinaut Park. The community’s lovely apartments, which range in size from 400-550 square feet, have kitchenettes with convenient apartment-sized refrigerators. The facility’s affordable pricing includes all utilities, except phone services, as well as weekly housekeeping and access to on-site laundry facilities. Educational seminars and discussion groups help keep seniors’ minds sharp, and volunteer opportunities keep them connected to the community.
The Bartlett – Assisted Living
221 Bartlett Dr.
El Paso, TX 79912
Serving El Paso’s seniors since 1997, The Barlett is a locally owned and operated assisted living community. We featured The Barlett in this list because they rank high for their friendly, professional staff who treat residents with friendship and respect. The community’s comfortable, carpeted studio apartments are unfurnished, inspiring seniors to express their individuality and make the space their own with personal furniture and decor. Family members are encouraged to participate in the facility’s regularly scheduled activities, which include Bible study, cooking classes and painting ceramics.
Casa De Bellamie Assisted Living Home
7235 N. Loop Dr.
El Paso, TX 79915
Casa De Bellamie Assisted Living Home provides personalized, 24/7 care to both English and Spanish speaking residents. A registered nurse and clinical dietitian are available to provide services with all of the residents’ health care concerns. The cozy community is home to up to 16 residents at any given time, and many of the facility’s eight spacious bedrooms are wheelchair accessible. For residents’ convenience, restrooms are located throughout the home. An assortment of educational and recreational activities, including exercise classes and trips to local attractions, are organized throughout the week.
Good Life Assisted Living and Memory Care El Paso
10400 Railroad Dr., Bldg. A & B
El Paso, TX 79924
Good Life Assisted Living and Memory Care El Paso provides compassionate, affordable care in a faith-based environment. With only 16 residents, this facility has a cozy, homelike atmosphere for seniors. The community maintains a low staff to patient ratio of 7:1, ensuring residents receive the care they deserve. For senior safety, a licensed nurse administers all medications. The many on-site amenities always offers residents something to do; seniors can relax on the porch, make new friends in the activity room or try a new look in the beauty salon.
Serenity House Assisted Living
4200 Skyline Ave.
El Paso, TX 79904
Serenity House Assisted Living is located at the foot of North Franklin Mountain in northeast El Paso. The community strives to create a homelike environment for residents. Many of its caregivers have more than 10 years of service and are well-acquainted with residents’ individual needs. To further the community’s homelike feel, breakfast, lunch and dinner are served family-style in the large dining area. With daily housekeeping, seniors don’t need to worry about keeping their private and semiprivate rooms clean, giving them more time to spend on gardening, doing crafts or playing card games with their neighbors.
SunRidge at Desert Springs
5901 Bandolero Dr.
El Paso, TX 79912
Nestled in El Paso’s scenic Coronado neighborhood, SunRidge at Desert Springs provides an attractive view of the nearby Franklin Mountains. We featured this community in El Paso’s top 10 because they rank high for their bright, well-decorated common areas and professional staff who keep residents engaged. The community facilitates many activities throughout the week, including table games, educational seminars and live music. When residents aren’t participating in scheduled group activities, they can lounge beside the welcoming fireplace or read a book in the comfort of the enclosed courtyard.
Is El Paso the Right Choice for You?
CNBC recently ranked the Sun City on its list of the top 10 Southern U.S. cities for retirees since El Paso has a lot to offer its senior residents. The city’s cost of living is 12.8% lower than the national average, so retirees can stretch their retirement savings. There are also 11 senior centers across the city where residents can socialize with other older adults. Seniors who are looking for a thriving southern city to retire to should look no further than El Paso.