Albuquerque nursing homes are as diverse as the population and culture. Gone are the days of New Mexican seniors enduring their Golden Years within a dismal facility. Today’s nursing homes, also known as skilled nursing facilities, offer exciting activities and engaging entertainment. You or your loved one will still receive medical care from a professional staff, but are able to enjoy your retirement years more. With the cost of nursing home care in Albuquerque being less than the national average, you will enjoy the savings as well.
By the year 2030, New Mexico will be one in 10 states to have more people over the age of 65, than under the age of 18.
There are approximately 70 nursing homes and 225 assisted living facilities in the state.
61 nursing homes in the state accept both Medicare and Medicaid.
New Mexico is home to more than 12,000 long-term care residents in various facilities, as of 2010.
Nursing homes are visited by the New Mexico Long-Term Care Ombudsman Program quarterly and the majority of facilities receive weekly visits.
According to the New Mexico Aging and Long-Term Services Department, 91 percent of seniors have at least one chronic condition, if not more, that keeps them from performing activities of daily living (ADLs). The ADLs include bathing, grooming, dressing, toileting, meal prep, feeding oneself, light housekeeping, and laundry. These stays can last from several weeks through several years.
After surgery, hip replacement, or a stroke, seniors can save money by moving from a hospital to a nursing home for short-term care. This care typically ranges from a few weeks to a few months, depending on the resident’s condition. A skilled nursing facility can provide rehabilitative services and wound care for less than the average hospital stay.
You can also “try out” a nursing home with respite care. This care type allows the senior to stay at the nursing home and take advantage of the services offered for a very short time while the regular caregiver takes time off or goes on vacation. Respite stays can be for a few days or a few weeks.
There are an abundance of services offered at nursing homes in Albuquerque. Most of these are standard services seen across the state:
Assistance with ADLs Physical, occupational, and speech therapy Wound care Medication management Meals provided Indoor common areas Hospice available
Some nursing homes double as assisted living facilities, like the La Vida Llena Retirement Community. These facilities offer an aging in place program so your loved one never has to move away as their health needs change.
Many nursing homes offer indoor common areas with structured activities, games, and events. You will want to meet with a facility’s manager to discuss what services are provided and which ones may cost an extra fee.
The Genworth 2015 Cost of Care Survey for New Mexico provides a breakdown of the average rates of Albuquerque nursing homes compared to the rest of New Mexico and across the nation. A semi-private room in Albuquerque averages $217 per day or $79,205 per year. This is less than the national average of $220 per day.
If you or your loved one prefers a private room, one in Albuquerque is $247 per day or $90,046 per year on average. The national average is $250 per day. A private room across the state averages $234 per day. Albuquerque median rates are expected to increase between 2 and 3 percent by the year 2020. Rates will vary across the city, depending on location and services.
To find a reputable nursing home in Albuquerque, consider asking friends and family for recommendations. You can view a list of nursing homes online and many times read reviews written by the residents’ family members. It is advisable to tour all facilities you are considering. Medicare and Medicaid-accepted facilities must follow certain regulations while providing care. Ask the manager or staff if the nursing home accepts your insurance options and offers the level of care needed.
Take the time to share a meal with the current residents to get an idea of how well they are treated and if the grounds are well maintained and clean. You can get an idea about the type of care you or your loved one will receive by taking the time to tour before staying.
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