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Cost of New Mexico Assisted Living Facilities

According to the 2015 Genworth Financial cost of care survey, the average cost of assisted living in New Mexico is $3,500 per month.

The monthly base rate for New Mexico assisted living is typically higher when compared to neighboring states. New Mexico is also less expensive compared to the national average.

This cost is the base cost for a one-bedroom assisted living unit in New Mexico. Additional fees beyond the base rate may apply.

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Monthly Costs Compared to Neighboring States

New Mexico$3,500

Assisted Living Regulations

New Mexico defines an assisted living facility as one that provides programmatic services, meals, shelter, and assistance with one or more ADL's for two or more two adults with physical or mental disabilities.

New Mexico Assisted Living Facilities Scope of Care

New Mexico assisted living facilities may provide both occasional nursing care, as well as regular help with ADL's. Hospice agencies may come in and provide additional care.

New Mexico Assisted Living Admission Requirements

New Mexico assisted living facilities may not accept or retain any residents who need continuous nursing care, such as those requiring chemical or physical restraints, have stage III or IV pressure sores, are dependent on a ventilator, or whose physician no longer feels an assisted living facility is an appropriate placement.

New Mexico Assisted Living Care Plan Requirements

An intake assessment is required upon entering an assisted living facility to determine their care plan needs. The assessment must include these areas: - cognitive patterns, - communication/hearing patterns, - vision patterns, - physical functioning and structural problems, - continence, - psychosocial well-being, - mood and behavior patterns, - activity pursuit patterns, - disease diagnoses, - health conditions, - oral/nutritional status, - oral/dental status, - skin conditions, - medication use, and - special treatment and procedures.

New Mexico Assisted Living Medication Management Requirements

Licensed health care professionals are required to assist residents with medications. Trained facility staff who are not licensed may only assist with medications if a resident gives written consent for such support.

New Mexico Assisted Living Facility Requirements

Manual fire alarm systems are required, as are numerous smoke detectors. Only two residents per room are allowed, and in a double room, each resident must have at least 80 square feet of usable space. In a single occupancy unit, the resident must have at least 80 square feet of usable space. One full bathroom must be available for every eight residents.

New Mexico Assisted Living Staffing Requirements

In a New Mexico assisted living facility, the minimum level of staffing care required is one staff person to 15 or fewer awake residents. The staffing requirements vary for the size of the facility and to the time of day. However, each staff member must pass a criminal background check. Administrators must be 21 years old, pass a criminal background check, completed a state-approved certification program, and have significant training in a variety of areas, include abuse, neglect, infection control, and nutrition.

New Mexico Assisted Living Medicaid Policy

Assisted living services are covered as a flat rate by the Medicaid home and community-based services waiver.

New Mexico Alzheimer's Unit Requirements

Staff members who work in this unit must have adequate training to meet the needs of this population. There must be written policies and disclosure that include criteria, activities, and staff training. There are also additional requirements regarding service plans, assessments, security and staffing.

New Mexico Medicaid Coverage of Assisted Living and Related Services

The State of New Mexico includes payments to assisted living communities for waiver participants. It is called the CoLTS C Waiver which is a Medicaid program.

New Mexico's Medicaid CoLTS C (Coordination of Long Term Services) waiver program gives support to help older adults and individuals with disabilities remain living in their own homes and communities instead of a nursing home. CoLTS C also assists individuals living in nursing homes to return to their home, if they desire. The program is administered by the New Mexico Human Services Department (HSD).

Benefits for CoLTS C Waiver participants include:

- Adult Day Health

- Assisted Living

- Case Management

- Emergency Response System

- Environmental Modifications

- Homemaker Services

- In Home Respite

- Occupational Therapy

- Personal Care Services

- Physical Therapy

- Private Duty Nursing (RN/LPN)

- Speech Therapy

How to apply - the CoLTS C waiver benefits are available throughout New Mexico but it has a limit on total participation and you may find a waiting list. Learn more about the program by contacting your local Aging & Disability Resource Center (ADRC), or call 800-432-2080 or visit the CoLTS website.

What is the best number to call to get started? 1-888-997-2583

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If individuals choose to direct their own care, it can be done through the Mi Via program. The Mi Via program gives CoLTS C Waiver participants the ability to select their care provider.

The Mi Via Programs / Services

- Personal care attendant to assist individuals with activities of daily living such as bathing, grooming and toileting

- Assistance with instrumental activities of daily living such as meal preparation, shopping for groceries and other essentials

- Companion services and transportation escorts

- Medication oversight

- Personal emergency response and 24hr monitoring

- Home health aide

- Private duty nursing

- Respite care

- Alternative therapies including acupuncture and massage therapy

- Home modifications

- Assistive technologies to increase independence

- Nutritional counseling services

How to apply - the Mi Via Program is available to New Mexico Medicaid enrollees. Contact the administrator for a Waiver Change Form. If you are not a Medicaid enrollee, contact your local New Mexico Public Health Office. Learn about the Mi Via program on website. The Participant Manual is available for download.

New Mexico Contacts

New Mexico Department of Health, Health Facility Licensing and Certification Bureau

Phone: (505) 476-9031

Amber Espinosa-Trujillo
Phone: (505) 476-9031

Much of the information above was adapted from the National Center of Assisted Living 2010 Regulatory Review.

License information source: New Mexico Department of Health

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