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Fairwinds – Rio Rancho Named Best Independent Living by U.S. News & World Report

Celebrating Best Senior Living from U.S. News and World Report

Alissa Sauer

For decades, U.S. News and World Report rankings have been a trusted source for consumers in identifying the best hospitals, mutual funds, cars, colleges, nursing homes, and more. For the third consecutive year, U.S. News and World Report has identified the best independent living, assisted living, and memory care communities.

We are proud to have been named among their Best Senior Living communities for the second time – this year as Best Independent Living. Take a closer look at the methodology of the rankings and see how we stacked up!

U.S. News and World Report Best Senior Living Awards

U.S. News Best Independent LivingFinding high-quality senior living is becoming increasingly important as today’s older adults continue to redefine retirement. Today’s senior living communities are vibrant places where seniors are empowered and free to design their days in meaningful and purpose-driven ways. As homeownership becomes increasingly burdensome, more seniors and their families are seeking trusted senior living communities that can provide care that protects their privacy and promotes dignity.

“U.S. News provides in-depth information on multiple community types to help potential residents and their families find, in consultation with their doctors as needed, the best place to help meet their needs,” said Zach Adams, senior health data engineer at U.S. News. “Communities that are highly rated excel in making residents feel safe, well cared for, and highly satisfied by the services provided.”

In recognition of the evolution of retirement and senior living and to identify those communities excelling in meeting the needs of today’s older adults, U.S. News and World Report launched their inaugural senior living ratings two years ago. For this year’s awards, consumer satisfaction surveys were given between March 2023 and February 2024, reflecting the viewpoints of more than 200,000 residents in approximately 4,000 senior living communities nationwide. Data points included in the survey included a range of important senior living topics, including,

  • The kindness of the staff
  • Variety of activities
  • Quality of food
  • Overall dining experience
  • Local transportation services
  • Quality of on-site caregiving

Fairwinds – Rio Rancho Exceeds Expectations

The resident survey revealed that Fairwinds – Rio Rancho is exceeding expectations in nearly all areas, specifically in the following areas:

  • 93% of respondents said they feel safe in the community
  • 93% of respondents said the health and wellness team treats them with respect
  • 89% of respondents are satisfied with community maintenance
  • 88% of respondents would recommend the community to family and friends

Respondents who took the survey said,

“[The community is a] consistently maintained property in every area of operation and an exceptional staff who really want to be working at Fairwinds – Rio Rancho. Their sincere interactions with all of the residents every days shows. At the end of every day it all comes down to the feeling of being safe in the community and in your home. I absolutely do.”

“I would recommend it any day, you shouldn’t go anywhere else. When I chose this place they accepted me with open arms.”

“I tell my friends it’s like living in a 5-star resort and being treated like a queen.”

“This is definitely a place you would want to be your residence! This was the first place I visited in the last place I went to find a home. I immediately knew this was a place for me. The welcoming atmosphere, and the friendliness of the staff and the residence sold me on the spot. If you are looking for a home for independent living or for assisted living, I would like to recommend Fairwinds – Rio Rancho as your first stop. You will not be disappointed.”

“The quality of the facility is great but the best is the staff, they are all so friendly and courteous.”

“The friendly, inviting atmosphere of the community was the first thing I experienced. The decor was beautiful, and the food outstanding. When we entered the building I immediately experienced a very high sense of welcome from both staff and residents.”

We invite you to experience the difference at Fairwinds – Rio Rancho! Come see firsthand why we’ve been recognized as Best Independent Living by US News and World Report. Contact us today to schedule a tour!


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