Top 9 Assisted Living Facilities in Rio Rancho, NM

Rio Rancho, with an estimated population of 98,000, is located in central New Mexico, which is less than a 30-minute drive north of Albuquerque. The state’s only Level I Trauma Center is in Albuquerque at the University of New Mexico Hospital (UNMH), and Albuquerque International Sunport is a convenient hub for friends and family who visit. Rio Rancho boasts a diverse cultural heritage, with Spanish, Mexican and Native American influences. This is reflected in the numerous historic sites, art galleries, museums and annual festivals, including the world-famous Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta.

Something interesting is always happening at the Santa Ana Star Center, a state-of-the-art, 7,000-seat multipurpose arena that covers 160 acres in downtown Rio Rancho. The city claims a sizable senior population, with 14.6% of Rio Rancho’s residents aged 65 and older. Those seeking assisted living facilities in this area can expect a monthly median cost of $4,050. This guide highlights nine ALFs worth considering.

Life Spire Assisted Living

Life Spire Assisted Living

1001 24th St. SE.
Rio Rancho, NM 87124

Located in a quiet residential neighborhood, this locally owned and operated eldercare community provides assisted living and memory care. Not only are pets welcome, but this Life Spire location offers pet care services for residents. Seniors find a cozy, homelike atmosphere with a 1:7 staff-to-resident ratio. Private and semi-private studio apartments can be furnished or unfurnished to meet residents’ needs, and amenities include an on-site beauty salon, fitness area, life enrichment activities and delicious scratch-made meals. The beautifully appointed community offers plentiful outdoor relaxation opportunities in the landscaped courtyard that’s equipped with picturesque water features and a fireplace.

Call (855) 655-1212 to learn more.

Harmony Residential Care

Harmony Residential Care

4102 Malaga Ct. SE.
Rio Rancho, NM 87124

Margaret Surrock, RN, founded Harmony House in 1997 to provide Rio Rancho’s senior population with an alternative to nursing homes. The nearby Abundant Living and Autumn Glow properties followed in 2002 and 2008. Today, all three locations help seniors maintain independence through the customized Caring Hands program. Assisted living and memory care residents determine their own schedules, waking when they choose and enjoying a made-to-order breakfast. Compassionate caregivers are available 24/7 and become familiar with each resident’s individual preferences, adhering to the community’s core principles of Finding the “Yes,” Never Say “No,” and Always Be Present. Residents live in private or semiprivate studio apartments, and family members are always welcome for a home-cooked, nutritious dinner. Harmony House earns a top spot on our list for the extraordinary level of personalized care residents receive in an immaculate facility where the individualized attention helps them thrive.

Call (855) 655-1212 to learn more.

Fairwinds – Rio Rancho

Fairwinds - Rio Rancho

920 Riverview Dr. SE.
Rio Rancho, NM 87124

This independent and assisted living community, managed by Leisure Care, is home to more than 200 residents and their pets. Seniors choose from studio, one- and two-bedroom luxury apartment homes at Fairwinds and enjoy resort-style living and five-star fun. A social programming staff curates a vibrant activities schedule that includes cooking classes, wine tastings, golf trips and barbecues. The signature PrimeFit program provides personal trainers who create a fitness and wellness plan with measurable steps to success based on residents’ individual goals. Travel by Leisure Care handles all the arrangements for group destination travel, personal travel and staycations. Additionally, residents can reserve guest suites at other Leisure Care communities for an easy out-of-town getaway.

Call (855) 655-1212 to learn more.

Avamere at Rio Rancho

Avamere at Rio Rancho

1000 Riverview Dr. SE.
Rio Rancho NM 87124

Avamere at Rio Rancho’s campus is located within walking distance of a trail that treats seniors to sweeping views of the Sandia Mountains. Residents have access to independent living, assisted living, memory care and respite care services, on-site health care and around-the-clock personal assistance. The assisted living community offers a selection of room sizes and floor plans, each equipped with a kitchenette and an emergency call pendant. Ice cream socials, karaoke and happy hours with live entertainment, along with trips to local casinos and museums, keep residents happy and busy.

Call (855) 655-1212 to learn more.

The Neighborhood in Rio Rancho

The Neighborhood in Rio Rancho

900 Loma Colorado Blvd. NE.
Rio Rancho, NM 87124

Aging in place is easier on the full-service campus of this Life Plan Community. Assisted living residents are housed in private studios or one-bedroom apartments and receive varying levels of care based on individual needs. The expansive grounds include a fitness center, indoor pool and hot tub, New Horizons Art Gallery and a dog park. Flexible dining options let residents enjoy home-prepared meals when it fits their schedules, and a variety of planned social events, day trips, continuing education classes and fitness activities ensure there’s always something exciting going on at The Neighborhood in Rio Rancho.

Call (855) 655-1212 to learn more.

Atria Vista del Rio

Atria Vista del Rio

1620 Indian School Rd. NE.
Albuquerque, NM 87102

Residents at this Atria Senior Living community choose from more than 200 activities each month that offer fun, fitness and personal growth opportunities. Independent and assisted living and memory care residents have three studio and one-bedroom floor plans to choose from. Atria Vista del Rio’s signature Engage Life program provides residents with daily outlets for creative expression, physical recreation and socialization through excursions to nearby art galleries, plays and musical events. Classically trained chefs create from-scratch daily menus using fresh seasonal, local ingredients, and residents are pampered with full table service in the elegant dining room.

Call (855) 655-1212 to learn more.

MorningStar of Rio Rancho

MorningStar of Rio Rancho

2301 Golf Course Rd. SE.
Rio Rancho, NM 87124

This 94-resident community is one of the newest in the nationwide MorningStar Senior Living network. The artfully designed campus offers 51 private assisted living suites and 26 secure memory care suites. Assisted living residents enjoy the convenience of stacking washers and dryers in their one- and two-bedroom apartments. New Mexico’s mild weather is easy to enjoy thanks to the community’s three expansive courtyards adorned with artwork and trellises. Outdoor features include strolling paths, resident gardening areas and a barbecue with an outdoor kitchen and fire pit. We included MorningStar of Rio Rancho on our Best Of list for the thoughtfully planned facility that’s staffed by attentive caregivers who consistently demonstrate a desire to compassionately serve residents and their families.

Call (855) 655-1212 to learn more.

The Retreat Gardens

The Retreat Gardens

4100 Jackie Rd. SE.
Rio Rancho, NM 87124 

Elegant assisted living at The Retreat Gardens includes outdoor patio dining, spacious sunrooms and European baths in every private and semiprivate suite. Seniors have many daily opportunities for social activity and engagement in this unique facility that also provides memory care, 24-hour nursing care and on-site physician visits, labs and other routine medical services. The secured living environment offers residents lovely accommodations with a picture window or private patio in every suite looking out onto mountain or secret garden views.

Call (855) 655-1212 to learn more.

The Montebello on Academy

The Montebello on Academy

10500 Academy Rd. NE.
Albuquerque, NM 87111

Nestled at the foothills of the Sandia Mountains in a prestigious neighborhood, this full-service Five Star Senior Living community provides a continuum of care to help residents comfortably age in place. Assisted living seniors have three studio floor plans to consider, ranging from 248-387 square feet. Five Star’s signature Lifestyle360 program is a research-based, holistic approach to resident health and active community living that focuses on five dimensions of wellness: physical, emotional, intellectual, social and spiritual. The Montebello on Academy ranks high on our list because of Atria’s partnership with Chef Brad Miller. The innovative dining program includes a diverse daily menu filled with signature recipes made with the freshest regional ingredients.

Call (855) 655-1212 to learn more.

Is Rio Rancho the Right Choice for You?

Rio Rancho’s location in the heart of the Land of Enchantment puts you within a day’s drive of every major attraction in the state. Indian Pueblos, Santa Fe and Taos are easily accessible and well worth the drive, which is filled with breathtaking vistas and wide-open, high-desert mesas. You have a multitude of options when it comes to choosing an assisted living facility in this area, with 12 communities in Rio Rancho and another 31 in nearby Albuquerque and Santa Fe.

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