(Back Row) Frank Lujan, Isleta Tribal Council president; Joshua Sanchez, Sen. Tom Udall (D-NM) field representative; Rep. Steve Pearce (R-NM) and Natalie Abeita, Assisted Living& Memory Care Facility executive director. (Front Row) Isleta elders
ISLETA PUEBLO – State, local and tribal leaders, along with community members will gather on Saturday, May 30 at 10 a.m. to celebrate the Grand Opening of Isleta Pueblo’s new multi-million dollar complex which houses an Assisted Living and Memory Care Facility along with an Elder Center for the tribe’s senior community.
“Our elders are the most prized, cherished, and respected members of our tribe,” said E. Paul Torres, Isleta Pueblo governor. “This complex was built for them so that they can be taken care of and enjoy their golden years.”
The complex includes two separate facilities for seniors who will both come and go during the day and for seniors who will stay long-term.
Isleta elders hold up their ribbon cutting souvenirs
The Assisted Living & Memory Care Facility houses twenty private rooms, ten aimed at independent seniors who need minimal assistance, and the remaining ten dedicated to assisting seniors suffering from Dementia and/or Alzheimer’s Disease.
“We, as a tribal community, would prefer to keep our elders at home rather than sending them to an outside facility,” added Natalie Abeita, Assisted Living and Memory Care Facility executive director. “Studies prove that residents respond better when surrounded by family, friends, familiar surroundings, and by their own tradition and culture. We are fortunate to be able to now make that possible for our tribal elders. ”
Isleta Head Start dancers
The 33-thousand square foot complex also includes an Elder Center that offers many amenities, including: daily lunch, an activity room with brand new exercise equipment, transportation, and an Adult Daycare that offers pick-up/drop-off service to help disabled or elder adults who may need assistance during the day.
The complex is located at the intersection of Tribal Road 40 and Tribal Road 61.