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June 8, 2021Assisted Living
Ready to settle into El Paso and enjoy your retirement with some fun in the sun? These are the top assisted living communities in the El Paso area!
The best assisted living communities in El Paso, Texas are The Legacy at Cimarron, Royal Estates of El Paso, The Bartlett, and Montevista at Coronado, located on the west side of the city. These communities are a great fit for anybody who could use a hand with their day-to-day needs.
These top assisted living communities each have distinct amenities that set them apart from the rest of El Paso’s blossoming assisted living options. While I’ve assembled the best of the best of amenities for you, and will show you why the west side is the very best side that El Paso has to offer, I have also done the research into the state board licensing requirements and citations to assure that each of these exciting communities meet the highest of standards of safety and security so you can relax in comfort and with peace of mind- something not always thought of when considering a new community living setting! I have also laid out what costs can look like for assisted living community life, and ways that you can go about affording the best luxuries that the assisted living lifestyle has to offer.
How do I know all about these fine facilities and what sets them apart? As a healthcare professional for the past 15 years, I have had the pleasure to work in some of the finest facilities available to the aging adult population (and the not so fine as well!) Knowing what key components to look at beyond the amenities and food (though let’s be honest- we all need to know about the food!) is my specialty- so let me dive into each of these wonderful communities and tell you how they stack up!
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All assisted living communities provide the same basic services:
Each of our select communities are robust and have all of the above amenities. What sets them apart are the extras: from chef-prepared dining options for breakfast, lunch and dinner- to activities to bring some new and fresh options to your daily agenda- these facilities have spared no expense to ensure the options are veritably endless.
Ensuring your community has exactly what you’re in need of is vital to selecting your new home. Of my favorites in this list, I would emphasize the importance of affiliation to healthcare if you have advanced health issues and concerns.
Each of these communities has healthcare oversight either on-site or, in the case of Montevista, mere steps away. This is an important factor in selecting the premier assisted living communities. Even if your health is excellent currently, we all know how quickly life happens- and when it comes to our health, especially later in life, having that oversight at a moment’s notice can make the entire difference between a positive and negative outcome.
So, you know WHAT you’re paying for, but just how much can all of that cost? When looking at El Paso’s best communities, knowing what you’re paying for is vital, but knowing how much overall you should expect is just as important. According to senior living.org, Assisted Living in Texas costs run around $3,500 a month on average- which is lower than the national average of approximately $4,000/mo. These figures sometimes come with a sticker shock- but it is important to keep in mind the costs that are included in the monthly fee- groceries, utilities and healthcare oversight are added into the cost of a home.
Our selected best communities start their rates below the state average:
The important thing to remember in regards to assisted living costs is that often services in the healthcare arena are on an a la carte basis- the higher care needs that are required, the higher the monthly rates are likely to be. Things like help with medication management, medical supplies and inventory, and direct care assistance with activities of daily living all factor into the costs associated with living in an assisted living community. Keeping in mind these expenditures when looking at the costs associated with assisted living environments is crucial to understanding the price tag associated with a long-term care environment.
Knowing what to pay and what you’re paying for is one thing, but often I hear the same question once we’ve arrived here: How on Earth are we going to afford that? Thankfully, there are many options people look at when looking at the costs of moving into an assisted living community.
In El Paso, while there are assisted living communities surrounding the city’s variety of neighborhoods, each of the best communities we’ve identified are all on the city’s west side. West El Paso includes neighborhoods like Franklin Hills, Coronado Hills, The Willows, Chaparral Park, Coronado Country Club Estates, and West Hills. These communities are surrounded by stellar shopping opportunities, delicious restaurants, and excursion activities to keep you out and about, and active with family and friends. Nearby there are exquisite golf courses- both the El Paso Country Club and Coronado Country Clubs can be found in West El Paso. Also in the area are beautiful parks and amusement centers to take the grandkids- White Spur Park, Western Playland, Keystone Heritage Park and the Westside Community Park are all located nearby.
In an assisted living environment, handing over control of your day to day tasks, the upkeep of your living environment, and trusting your medical needs into veritable strangers can be a daunting concept to overcome to many. While assisted living environments in general are geared towards maintaining independence, knowing where your community stands in relation to the others in the area is important to help with your peace of mind. Assisted living communities undergo inspection by state officials on a regular basis (annual, biannual, or more or less often, depending on local municipality regulations and past performance by a community). These inspections produce reports on the safety and soundness of the communities, and the information provided by these inspections are public record for all to review. While looking at this information, it can be difficult to discern what is a negligible infraction versus a serious safety concern, which is why I can break down each of these communities recent evaluation results for you to ensure you have the most in-depth understanding of their safety rankings.
There are two different designations for code violations in the language used for the evaluations of assisted living facilities in the El Paso area- “life code” and “health code”. Life code violations typically refer to the oversight of safety standards established by the state. Health code violations refer to the oversight of medical care standards set forth by the state.
As someone with a background in the oversight of these code infractions and their corrective actions, I can not emphasize strongly enough that the state regulations and requirements are VERY expansive and cover items like safety checklists and appropriate management delegation that are so detailed and difficult that it is a nearly impossible task to walk away from an inspection free from identified violations. That stated, the speed with which violations can be addressed and rectified are a good indicator of how minor infractions are when they are found, and also how prepared a community truly is when it comes to health and safety oversight.
The Legacy at Cimarron’s most recent evaluation was in 2019 and revealed 4 violations of state standards. Three of these violations were in the “health code” designation. The remaining violation was in the “life code” safety category- designated due to the oversight of safety code and management. Each of these areas of concern were immediately addressed, and all violations were safely corrected within 1 month of being identified (some in as little as one day!)
Royal Estates had an evaluation performed in 2019 that found 7 areas out of compliance in the “life code” safety category. Each of these compliance areas were rectified prior to a return visit 2 months later.
The Bartlett’s last evaluation occurred at the end of 2019 and found 4 “life code” safety violations. These violations were minor in nature, and each were reviewed and corrected within just one day of the violation.
Montevista is not under the same regulatory requirements as our other communities we have identified due to it’s more independent living nature. There are publicly available evaluations for the Montevista’s associated skilled nursing facility that is nearby, but those evaluation results don’t readily translate over to the assisted living community standards and would not be an apples-to-apples comparison with the above facility results.
It is important to note that each of these facilities were clearly overseen by a skilled staff that was able to readily identify the issues at hand and a satisfactory resolution to those areas needing remediation.
Of the 42 area Assisted Living communities in the El Paso area, the average number of code violations per community was 7.24, with many facilities with over 10 violations per annual evaluation and a maximum number of citations seen was 34 in one community alone.
Knowing that the communities we selected fall below the average number of citations, and also knowing that they were easily rectified citations in a small time frame, allows me to confidently recommend these facilities as among the safest in the El Paso areas.
The important factors in deciding which of our top El Paso assisted living facilities come down to your personal preferences. If your health is becoming complex, a facility with keen medical oversight and higher level of care available may be your priority. If your golf game and excursions are what keep you going, the facilities with the best transportation and community access abilities should top your lists. The beauty of the communities at The Legacy at Cimarron, Royal Estates, Montevista and The Bartlett is that they are all-encompassing, vibrant communities that can meet all of your needs as you enjoy all that El Paso has to offer.
Nichole Lindemier BSN, RN is a Neuro-Rehabilitation Nurse, educator and freelance writer based in Michigan who has 15 years of experience caring for adults in Emergency, Long-Term Care andAssisted Living settings. She earned her Bachelor of Science in Nursing from the University of Michigan-Flint and is currently pursuing her degree as aFamily Nurse Practitioner with the University of Cincinnati.Read more about Nichole Lindemier
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