Senior housing communities in Rio Rancho, New Mexico are not just places where volunteers engage with residents to keep them mentally and physically active. For example, at our assisted living center in Rio Rancho, we encourage our residents to return the gift of volunteering by signing up to contribute their skills to worthy causes.

Research indicates that volunteering positively impacts both mental and physical health. The results of studies discovered that nearly 80 percent of volunteers at least 55 years old enjoyed good, very good, or excellent health. Senior volunteers reported a significantly lower number of mobility issues, as well as a dramatically higher quality of life. About two-thirds of seniors polled felt less isolated, which helps prevent the development of mental health issues such as depression and anxiety.

“Volunteers have lower mortality rates, lower rates of depression, increased strength and energy, and fewer physical limitations than those who do not volunteer,” said Samantha Jo Warfield, who is the spokesperson for the Corporation for National and Community Service, the federal agency behind the study.

Let’s look at the four places where seniors can volunteer as part of the activities calendar at a senior housing facility.

National Park Service

The National Park Service needs volunteers to care for more than 85 million acres of American landscape and historic sites. Once a volunteer and now the spokesperson for the National Park Service, Kathy Kupper emphasizes the importance of the role played by the organization. “We take care of America’s most special places. These parks are part of the American story. People can be part of that. We match the skill set of the volunteer to the needs of the park. If someone calls who’s a librarian or a photographer or a videographer, that might not be somebody we knew we were looking for. But we would gladly work with them.”

Senior Corps

Seniors offer considerable experience, as well as an incredible amount of dedication to building communities across the United States. The Senior Corps acts as the magnet that attracts seniors who are eager to share their wisdom and life experiences with people from all walks of life. Because of the Foster Grandparent program, which has more than 8,000 locations across the country, seniors serve as mentors, tutors, and role models for children and adolescents in need. The Senior Companion program connects senior volunteers with older adults who struggle with daily tasks such as shopping and paying bills.

Canine Companions for Independence

Maybe you have seen clips on TV or experienced it first-hand, but there is no denying how dogs enhance the mental well-being of seniors. You can benefit from the joy of interacting with canines by volunteering with Canine Companions for Independence. This organization trains support dogs to help people living with disabilities. Senior volunteers help by teaching standard commands, as well as helping puppies socialize during instructional classes. The volunteer work also involves submitting monthly puppy progress reports.

Meals on Wheels

How would you like to help fellow seniors who are homebound? With a network of more than 5,000 independently operated programs, Meals on Wheels delivers meals to homebound seniors. This volunteer opportunity requires you to pick up meals at a distribution center and then deliver the meals by following a well-organized route. When you complete a route, you return the delivery packaging to the distribution center.  “Often, a volunteer is the only person an isolated, homebound senior will see in a given day,” said the spokesperson for the Meals on Wheels program, Jenny Bertolette Young.

Learn more about the volunteer opportunities for residents at our assisted living facility in Rio Rancho, NM by submitting the Contact form found on our website.


Staying active during the golden years is one of, if not the most important goals for seniors. From visiting points of interest to solving engaging jigsaw puzzles, seniors have a wide variety of ways to keep both the mind and body operating at peak performance. However, maintaining an active lifestyle can become more difficult for seniors living at an assisted living facility. That is not the case at our senior housing facility in Rio Rancho, New Mexico where we recommend eight activities you can participate in with your fellow seniors.

8 Popular Activities for Seniors at an Assisted Living Facility

Staying active as a senior delivers several benefits. Exercise not only keeps the body fine-tuned, but it also releases endorphins that help prevent the development of stress and anxiety. Physically active seniors tend to do a better job of preventing the development of diseases, especially ones that commonly afflict seniors such as diabetes and heart disease. A nimble mind and body also help seniors avoid the physical scars left behind by a slip and fall. Perhaps the greatest benefit of living an active lifestyle at a senior housing community in Rio Rancho is to prevent the development of dementia and Alzheimer’s disease.

Here are eight activities you can do with your fellow seniors at the MorningStar assisted living facility in Rio Rancho, New Mexico:


Our senior housing center in Rio Ranch schedules organized hikes each month to allow our residents to get in a good workout, as well as socialize with their fellow residents. The bonus for seniors is the opportunity to soak in the spectacular scenery that surrounds greater Albuquerque. 

Tai Chi

Self-defense classes do much more than provide our residents with the tools to defend themselves. Activities such as Tai Chi also is an effective way to remain in shape, while at the same time keeping the mind sharp.


Yoga represents a popular activity for seniors because it works the muscles in the body, as well as acts as a meditative exercise that clears the mind of negative thoughts. Performing yoga exercises in a group environment helps seniors get to know their fellow residents.


Trivia nights are more than just an event that encourages socializing among our residents. The game also activates the mind to keep seniors mentally sharp. Striving to improve your intellect helps keep the brain active.

Arts and Crafts

Arts and crafts is a popular hobby because it caters to all types of skill sets. Mastering an art and/or a craft might lead to a side business that generates a little extra income for residents that rely mostly on fixed income sources such as Social Security.


You can do crossword puzzles on your own and play bingo with a group of fellow seniors to help your mind stay active. Board games and jigsaw puzzles also represent popular games that not only work the brain, but also foster social interactions with your peers.

Is it Time to Consider Assisted Living for Mom or Dad?


If a parent or other loved one is starting to slow down and would welcome assistance with personal daily care or has mobility issues requiring major renovations to their existing home, it may be time to think about assisted living. While there may be several communities to choose from, it is useful to have some insight into your parents’ needs when evaluating senior living communities. 

A Place for Mom, an Internet referral service, explains a good place to start is to “compare factors like staff friendliness, amenities, and overall culture.” If you plan to do a virtual tour or onsite visit, come prepared with a list of questions regarding costs, care plans, amenities, programming, and general lifestyle and culture. 

During your visit, observe residents. Do they seem engaged, happy? Are they encouraged to participate in activities and events? Ask to see the community’s calendar of activities. If mom or dad loves to garden, does the community have resident garden beds and a gardening club? If mom or dad is no longer driving, does the community offer scheduled transportation to doctor visits and other appointments? Do they do outside trips to area shopping and local parks?  

Remember your loved one’s suite is where they will sleep but the community is where they will live.  Are the common rooms inviting? How about the outdoor areas? Is there a nice courtyard or terrace where they can sit and relax on a nice day? If mom or dad enjoys a glass of wine before dinner, is it available? Other things to ask about include the meal service, the community’s ability to meet both present and future care needs and how emergencies are handled. 

MorningStar of Happy Valley is a senior community designed from the ground up to meet the needs of residents with a range of luxury amenities, senior care, hospitality services, wellness programs, and activities. Our beautiful community offers assisted living suites with a choice of spacious studio, one-bedroom and two-bedroom floorplans. In addition, our Reflections Neighborhood has suites devoted to those with Alzheimer’s and other dementia-related diseases. Please contact us or visit our website for more information about trusted senior living at MorningStar.

MorningStar of Happy Valley’s mission statement of “to honor, to value, to invest” sets us apart from other senior living communities. We have built a foundation on honoring God, valuing our seniors and selecting staff with a felt calling to serve. Set in a warm, loving atmosphere with beautiful surroundings and luxury amenities, we provide outstanding assisted living and memory care.

How Prices are Structured at MorningStar of Happy Valley

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At MorningStar of Happy Valley, we regularly have questions about our community from area seniors and their family members.  FAQs include how our pricing is structured as well as availability.  In assisted living, fees are based on the level of care a resident requires.  For memory care residents, we offer all-inclusive pricing, which means suite rental and care, whatever the level of need, is one price.  

To calculate your level of need in assisted living, you and your family will meet with our Wellness Director and go over your medical history and personal preferences to create an individualized care plan.  This sets the basis of your Care Level (we have five) and your monthly fee accounts for the costs and time to provide the needed services.  These can include help with daily personal care activities (grooming, bathing, toileting, etc.) and medical assistance. 

If you are concerned the cost of assisted living may be too high for your means, we want to remind you that senior housing can be very cost-effective as there are many things you will no longer pay for out-of-pocket.  This includes the costs of your monthly utilities.  At MorningStar your monthly fee includes cable TV & utilities, housekeeping, and three daily meals prepared under the direction of our Executive Chef.  In addition, we have scheduled transportation every week for rides to medical appointments as well as transportation to organized activities and cultural events.  

Assisted living residents also have access to a full-time licensed nurse and our loving 24-hour care staff.  Our wellness programs and activities engage and support our residents’ mental, physical, spiritual and social needs for a healthier, fuller life.

MorningStar of Happy Valley’s mission is to provide the best senior living in the area, and the comfort and wellbeing of our residents are the foremost considerations for everything we do.  Our dedicated team, the heartbeat of our community, delivers service that represents the mission and philosophy of MorningStar Senior Living - honoring God and valuing seniors as gifted and contributing individuals. Please visit our website for more information.

MorningStar takes tremendous pride in the reputation we have earned for excellence and authenticity since our inception in 2003.  We believe the human capacity to grow, to learn and to contribute is ageless; and we act upon that truth daily, as we care for, inspire, and love the residents under our roof. Contact us to learn more about the finest assisted living and memory care in Happy Valley, OR.

What Can You Do to Help Your Memory?


Studies suggest that while some memory decline is inevitable with aging, there are lifestyle habits we can adopt to help maintain and enhance memory function as well as our overall brain health. The US News & World Report says one of the things we can do is to routinely be physically active as studies show it provides a lower risk of mental decline and Alzheimer's disease. 

They explain physical activity optimizes blood flow to the entire body including the brain and helps keep our memories sharp. However, the type of physical exercise is important and should include a minimum of 30 minutes a day of cardio such as power walking, running, biking or swimming. (Before beginning any new exercise, experts say check with your healthcare provider.)   

If you worry about forgetting things, Dr. Vernon Williams, a sports neurologist and founding director of the Center for Sports Neurology and Pain Medicine at the Cedars-Sinai Kerlan-Jobe Institute in Los Angeles, says for most of us it is normal. He states all of us forget things like where we put our keys or when our doctor’s appointment is and this is typically not a reason for concern. Alzheimer’s disease and other types of dementia are different and cause more consistent memory problems that have a debilitating effect on a person's quality of life.

Along with physical exercise, other strategies to improve and protect memory include challenging our brain by learning new things, sleeping well and eating a healthy diet. Dr. Williams says adults need at least seven to nine hours of sleep a night as it “allows the brain to heal and restore itself, clearing toxins that can lead to Alzheimer's disease and other kinds of dementia.”

At MorningStar of Happy Valley, we have spacious assisted living suites in a choice of studio, one-bedroom and two-bedroom floorplans. Our luxury amenities ensure carefree retirement years with plenty of ways to exercise both the body and the brain.  Amenities include a library, fitness room, raised garden beds, strolling paths, wellness programs and activities. In addition, our Reflections Neighborhood offers compassionate, loving memory care to those with memory impairment. Please contact us to set up a tour of our exceptional community.  

MorningStar is guided by a culture rooted in our mission of honoring God, valuing seniors, and investing in our team, which allows us to deliver services with warmth, sincerity and depth of purpose. We have built a reputation for creating homes filled with an atmosphere of love and community. Please contact us to learn more about the finest assisted living and memory care in Happy Valley, OR.

Source: health.usnews.com/health-care/patient-advice/articles/memory-decline-isnt-inevitable

How to Avoid Medication Administration Errors

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According to the United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA), medication errors cause at least one fatality per day and injure nearly 1.3 million people a year. Americans 65 years of age and older are highly vulnerable to falling victim to one or more medication administration errors, especially seniors who live by themselves. Caregivers at assisted living facilities play a crucial role in ensuring residents follow all the proper protocols for taking their medications.

At the MorningStar senior housing facility in Rio Rancho, New Mexico, our team of highly-rated caregivers places a strong emphasis on educating residents and their loved ones on how to avoid medication administration errors.

Organize Medications

One of the most effective strategies to avoid medication administration errors is to organize pills to ensure our residents take the right pills at the right times on the right days of the week. To prevent taking the wrong medications, organizing pills by following a printed schedule can help a senior avoid taking the wrong drugs that have similar names. For example, a common medication error is taking a drug like Celexa when a senior is supposed to take a medication such as Celebrex.

In addition to following a printed medication schedule, organizing medications in a pillbox that is labeled according to each day of the week also represents a proven strategy for organizing prescription pills.

Understand Administration Instructions

Every prescription medication includes a label that presents instructions on how to administer a drug. How a resident at our assisted living facility in Rio Ranch takes a drug is just as important as remembering to follow a printed administration schedule. For instance, a senior might swallow a pill that is intended to be absorbed at a much slower rate under the tongue. The administration of a medication that is meant to follow a different route in the body can lead to serious health consequences.

Another important role of our team of caregivers is to help residents read and understand the instructions for administering prescription medications.

Confirm Dosing Requirements

Prescription drug overdoses represent the leading cause of fatalities caused by medications. Although prescription drugs are the most common cause of overdose fatalities, over-the-counter medications also pose a danger to seniors who do not follow dosing requirements. Seniors face overdosing issues primarily because of a decline in vision and/or memory. Many prescription drugs require each dose to be taken with a certain amount of water or at a specific meal during the day. If the dosing requirements are not fully followed, a medication might not work, or worse, put a senior at risk of developing a serious health problem.

Ensure Your Senior Prevents Medication Administration Errors

The MorningStar Assisted Living facility in Rio, Rancho, NM offers three types of living arrangements for our residents: independent living, assisted living, and memory care. Regardless of the type of living arrangement for residents, our team of caregivers ensures each resident closely follows medication administration requirements. Our commitment to providing superior healthcare services such as administering medications correctly allows you to enjoy peace of mind.

Learn more about our senior housing facility in Rio Rancho by contacting one of our resident services representatives.

Benefits of Letting an Assisted Living Facility Take Care of Your Senior for You


You know your senior loved one better than anyone else. When the time comes to determine whether your loved one requires focused care, choosing whether to transition your loved one to an assisted living facility can be one of the most important decisions you can ever expect to make.

According to several studies, around seven out of 10 Americans require long-term care after they reach the age of 65 years old. Although making the transition to an assisted living facility in Rio Rancho, New Mexico is a tough decision, the benefits of letting a senior housing facility take care of a loved one make the decision much easier.

Around-the-Clock Personalized Care

Because of a hectic schedule, you cannot expect to provide constant personalized care for your loved one. However, at our assisted living facility in Rio Rancho, we offer around-the-clock personalized care such as nursing care, behavior monitoring, and medication administration. MorningStar at Rio Rancho offers personalized care 24/7 by implementing a holistic approach to providing healthcare services.

Active Daily Schedule

Our residents enjoy a high level of independence, especially when it comes to participating in daily activities. An active senior is less likely to develop memory loss issues, as well as experience a decline in physical capabilities. According to a research study conducted by the Harvard School of Public Health, older Americans that follow an active lifestyle develop slower rates of memory decline. Our active schedule includes putting on social events once a month, as well as scheduling outings that include trips to cultural attractions like the ABQ BioPark Zoo. We also provide several amenities such as a swimming pool that keeps our residents on the go throughout the day. 

Comprehensive Safety Features

One of the top concerns for your loved one is to live in a safe environment. When driving becomes unsafe and/or your senior can no longer cook dinner at home safely, the time has arrived to consider moving your loved one into an assisted living facility in Rio Rancho. Because of our low caregiver-to-resident ratio, MorningStar at Rio Rancho delivers on its promise to protect the health of our residents. Our team of caregivers completes comprehensive safety training programs to ensure they comply with every safety and security standard established by MorningStar.

Many of our apartments include safety features such as an alert system that allows us to respond immediately to any safety and security issues.

More Free Time for You

Not every benefit of an assisted living facility is enjoyed by your loved one. You free up much more of your time because you no longer have to perform household chores, as well as work on home improvement projects for your loved one. Say goodbye to cleaning, cooking, and maintaining the appearance of your loved one’s yard. With renewed peace of mind, you can relax during days that are now consumed by providing personalized care for your senior loved one.

MorningStar’s mission statement “to honor, to value, to invest” emphasizes the importance that we place on providing personalized care for seniors. Our foundation operating principle is based on honoring God by valuing the contributions residents make to our community. Located in a comfortable setting surrounded by spectacular views of the nearby mountains, the MorningStar senior housing facility in Rio Rancho, NM provides superior assisted living and memory care services.

Learn more by contacting one of our resident services specialists.

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As the third largest city in New Mexico, Rio Rancho represents the ideal location for operating an assisted living facility. As part of rapidly growing Albuquerque, Rio Rancho offers spectacular views of the nearby desert and mountains, as well as a stunning visual display each day when the sun sets. The relatively dry climate allows residents of the MorningStar Assisted Living Facility in Rio Rancho to enjoy outdoor activities virtually every day of the year.

What Makes the MorningStar Senior Housing Facility in Rio Rancho a Remarkable Place to Call Home?

Culture plays an integral role in creating the living environment at the MorningStar Senior Housing facility in Rio Rancho, New Mexico. Our founder, Ken Jaeger, established the MorningStar system of assisted living facilities based on following Judeo-Christian principles. By making God the foundation for establishing our culture, MorningStar commits each day to follow strong moral ethics and values. We value every one of our residents as important individuals by establishing a community that promotes healthy and engaged lifestyles, while at the same time encouraging independence.

One of the most important elements of the MorningStar Assisted Living facility is the people that work here. We invest substantially in each team member’s ability to serve our community. MorningStar’s commitment to hiring and retaining the most compassionate employees makes us a remarkable assisted living facility in Rio Rancho, NM.

Life Enrichment

Seniors require mental and physical stimulation to remain vibrant during their golden years. At the MorningStar Senior Housing Facility, our Life Enrichment Teams offer creative strategies that help residents remain active. Our Life Enrichment program has even motivated some of our residents to utilize their unique talents by leading special interest clubs.

Dining Experience

Staying active represents just one component of establishing a healthy lifestyle for our residents. The MorningStar Assisted Living Facility in Rio Rancho, New Mexico also emphasizes the importance of following a nutritious diet. Our highly-trained executive chefs create seasonal menus that feature the freshest, most nutritious ingredients that include some menu items that come from our facility’s resident gardens.

Clinical Services

The extensive number of our clinical services reflects the standards established by the Department of Health. We determine the level of care required for each resident by establishing a simple point system based on the cost and time it takes to deliver individual wellness services. MorningStar has established an electronic health record system to provide quick access for our caregivers, as well as loved ones. We provide onsite therapeutic services, which include educational resources, fitness and wellness classes, and a center for physical therapy.

Schedule a Tour of MorningStar Senior Living Facility in Rio Rancho

The MorningStar Assisted Living facility in Rio Rancho, NM offers three lifestyle options for residents: Independent living, assisted living, and memory care. We work closely with loved ones to choose the best lifestyle option for each resident. MorningStar Senior Housing facilities encourage our residents to lead self-sufficient lives that include the most comprehensive list of amenities offered by any full-service community. Discuss how to best take care of a loved one by contacting one of our resident services specialists.

Would a Loved One Benefit From Assisted Living?


Sometimes a senior has a fall or another medical emergency that precipitates the need for a change in their living circumstances such as a move into an assisted living community.  Other times, the situation is not so clear-cut and is more a case of a senior slowly losing the ability to attend to their daily care needs.  We know it is upsetting for families to see their loved one decline, which is why experts offer advice to help determine if an assisted living setting would be an improvement in their lifestyle.  

One way to decide if assisted living is right for your parent or another loved one is to take an inventory of what they are having trouble doing for themselves and if assistance would improve their quality of life.  For instance, are they having a hard time preparing and cooking meals or need help bathing, toileting, and dressing?  Have they stopped driving and spent a lot of time alone?  Is your normally tidy parent now letting the household tasks go and/or mail is stacking up unopened and bills not getting paid?

Other factors that indicate the need for more help include recent falls or burns from using water that is too hot or from cooking.  Warning signs also include a history of medication mismanagement or worsening chronic health problems, which could all benefit from the care received in an assisted living community.        

At MorningStar of Happy Valley, we offer stylish assisted living suites with a choice of spacious studio, one-bedroom and two-bedroom floor plans.  We make it easy for retirement years to be carefree with a full range of amenities, care services, wellness programs and activities. In addition, our Reflections Neighborhood provides specialized care to those with Alzheimer’s and other dementia-related diseases. Please contact us or visit our website for more information.  

MorningStar takes tremendous pride in the reputation we have earned for excellence and authenticity since our inception in 2003.  We believe the human capacity to grow, to learn and to contribute is ageless; and we act upon that truth daily, as we care for, inspire, and love the residents under our roof. Contact us to learn more about the finest assisted living and memory care in Happy Valley, OR.

Care Services at MorningStar of Happy Valley


For exceptional assisted living, we encourage you to consider MorningStar of Happy Valley, a true destination for successful aging.  By defining health and well-being holistically, our home provides services and programming that support the whole person - body, mind and spirit.   Together our Life Enrichment programs and Wellness Care services complement one other to ensure each resident gets the best care.  

As a testament to the full scope of our services, we look for creative solutions within the full authority of our license through the Department of Health to help extend the stay of the resident if they experience changes in their health.  These solutions can yield a higher quality of care at a lower cost to the family and provide a welcomed continuity of care for the resident.     

We are also proud that our assisted living residents’ benefit from our Electronic Health Record (EHR) system.  This centralized mobile station ensures accurate, onsite assessments, care planning, incident tracking, wound care, behavior management and eMARs (electronic medication administration records).  In addition, record keeping is not only accurate but legible as well as offers complete demographic and medical information at hand.  It also enhances confidentiality of residents’ data.   

Our broad care services include 5 levels of care for assisted living residents based on a point system and determined after a thorough evaluation with our Wellness Director.  Residents have 24-hour care managers; and access to a licensed nurse either onsite or on-call 24/7.  MorningStar’s services also include medication management by certified med care managers as well as care planning reviews and scheduled health and wellness evaluations.  

To address specific health needs, we offer mechanical lift assistance, oxygen administration, and diabetic management. Furthermore, we provide transportation to medical appointments as well as other onsite therapeutic services.    

Please contact us for information on pricing and availability or to set up a tour. Our community includes 61 stylish suites for assisted living and another 27 memory care suites devoted to the individualized care of residents with Alzheimer’s disease or other forms of dementia. 

MorningStar takes tremendous pride in the reputation we have earned for excellence and authenticity since our inception in 2003.  We believe the human capacity to grow, to learn and to contribute is ageless; and we act upon that truth daily, as we care for, inspire, and love the residents under our roof. Contact us for more information about the finest assisted living and memory care in Happy Valley, OR.