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Memory care in New Mexico, which can also go by the terms of Alzheimer’s care, dementia care, or Alzheimer’s special care units, are facilities that are specifically designed to meet the needs of individuals with forms of dementia. They include specially trained staff and appropriate accommodations to adequately meet resident’s needs ensuring their safety.
Location Monthly Minimum Monthly Maximum Albuquerque $1,650 $5,330 Las Cruces $2,390 $5,300 Rio Rancho $2,000 $5,300
*Average monthly cost for single occupancy rooms in a memory care community
The state is full of natural and historical national monuments such as the Kasha-Katuwe Tent Rocks National Monument, the White Sands National Monument, and the Aztec Ruins National Monument. There are also parks, museums, gardens, and religious attractions. The Sky City Cultural Venter & Haak’u Museum, the Cathedral Basilica of St. Francis of Assisi, and the Bosque del Apache National Wildlife Refuge are all popular options.
The climate in New Mexico is arid or semi-arid and has a combination of mountains, valleys, and deserts. Hot, dry summers and cold winters should be expected. The average high summer temperature is 89 degrees and the low winter temperature is 19 degrees. It is common for almost 280 days of sunshine during the year and well below average precipitation compared to the rest of the United States. The state only receives 13 inches of rain and 19 inches of snow annually. As a whole, New Mexico is considered to be a very comfortable climate to live in. The large Hispanic population significantly influences culture in New Mexico. It has the highest percentage of Hispanics in their population than any other state. Spanish is also the most spoken language.
In NM, Alzheimer’s or dementia units are required to meet requirements related to care coordination, service plans, assessments, documentation, security, resident rights, and disclosures. There must be enough trained staff to meet the needs of residents with at least one staff member awake and on duty at all times. The environment should be secured. Staff must undergo at least twelve hours of dementia specific training or training relevant to the current residents every year.
New Mexico is ranked 47th in overall safety according to 2016’s the Safest States to Live In.
Location Violent Crimes Per 1,000 Residents Property Crimes Per 1,000 Residents Rio Rancho 1.95 19.74 Edgewood 1.05 21.81 Questa 0 4.52
Medicare, private long-term insurance, and out of pocket payments are typical methods of paying for dementia care in New Mexico. The Medicaid home and community-based waiver are available for assisted living services and the payment is a flat rate. The average monthly cost of Memory Care in New Mexico is about $4,091.
Patients have the right in NM to be informed, in a manner they understand, their health status and be involved in decisions related to care including options, risks, benefits, outcomes, and side effects. It is also their decision to consent or refuse treatment. Your medical information should be kept confidential and your privacy respected. Someone may be designated by the patient of an Alzheimer’s care community to be involved and informed and make health care decisions for them if they do not have the capacity to do so themselves.
In New Mexico, patients are able to access a copy of their medical records when legally requested. An authorized representative may request them as well. Patients may be reasonably charged for the copying and mailing of the documents.