Sierra Vista

402 East Rodeo Road

Santa Fe, New Mexico

(505) 986-9696

About Sierra Vista

Established in 1999 and remodeled in 2006, Sierra Vista is a unique 24-bed, fully licensed assisted-living residence in Santa Fe, New Mexico, that specializes in caring for people with Alzheimer’s and dementia.

 

We are intentional in what we do. Our home was created solely for this special population. We are rich in culture, traditional in values, and nontraditional in our approach to Alzheimer’s, dementia and memory care. We are situated on a rustic campus, just minutes from the historic Santa Fe Plaza. Sierra Vista is cutting edge, cozy with southwest motifs, and designed to meet the needs of elders, giving them a sense of freedom, with the comfort of home.

Awarded a place on the International Eden Alternative Registry by meeting the criteria of this prestigious honor society, Sierra Vista is the first home in New Mexico to lead the way in memory care. Through our involvement with Eden Alternative, we are committed to creating an intimate place for elders where all care partners strive to implement the principles and practices toward culture change in long-term care elder care. We are proud to be part of an ever-widening family of organizations who are transforming the world with this movement.

​Sierra Vista is a member of the New Mexico Chapter of the Alzheimer’s Association; New Mexico Association for Continuity of Care; New Mexico Health Care Association, Assisted Living Facilities; and Health Advisory Council, City of Santa Fe Senior Services Division. Sierra Vista also serves as the Memory Walk Santa Fe headquarters.

Thoughts from our team at Sierra Vista


Our lovely home offers a synergistic and Zen-like escape from the relentless loss of memory.

Elders here participate in an organic, loving home that honors diverse cultural traditions, and thrive with their individual simple pleasures.  This is not a medical model but rather a perfect alternative to mechanized corporate care. Our staff-to-elder ratio is above the minimum standard of care, and we pride ourselves in an extremely high staff-retention rate.

Sierra Vista is truly a place for elders to call home, where they can find the perfect balance of freedom and security through a full range of individualized services. Our home was founded on the belief that providing personal care in a loving, residential setting will offer greater independence, choices, individuality and self-esteem to our elders. Here, companionship, peace of mind, and comfort are constants in everyday life.


Our lovely home is delightful and spacious with absolutely gorgeous stone fireplaces.

Located in historical Santa Fe, where picturesque mountain views complement the rustic, rural setting of our ranch-style home, Sierra Vista has the perfect setting for our innovative, nonclinical approach to elder care.

Our warm hacienda encloses a lawn and garden courtyard on a rustic campus of 2.83 acres. It contains Santa Fe styles, southwestern details, a large portal, beamed ceilings, gorgeous art, a green house for residents to enjoy, beautiful plants, and other attractive items.

Sierra Vista is the only specialty home in New Mexico with a therapeutic creative space where, together with their families, they can paint, collage, print, stamp, watercolor, mold clay, or simply enjoy each other’s company.

Our exhibition kitchen with stainless steel appliances was carefully designed with our elders in mind. "Our elders can see, hear, smell, taste, and touch their meals as their being prepared, versus having their meals carted from a kitchen several hallways away,"


Sierra Vista Staff

Carol Andrade

Yolanda Arrey, MSW​

Yolanda has an unbelievable ability to brighten the room. She is a gentle person with an infectious smile and giggle that resonates trust, love and compassion.  In 2020 Yolanda was recognized for her love and passion as New Mexico Health Care Association’s Social Service Director of the year.

​She was born and raised in Santa Fe, New Mexico, the "City of Holy Faith". She is very proud of her rich Hispanic culture and traditions. She raised four beautiful children that are successful in their careers, one recently promoted to an Army adjutant general position. Yolanda worked in the corporate sector for 35 years before realizing her dream of attending higher education and working with and advocating for elders. She received an Associate of Arts degree in human services from the Santa Fe Community College in 2013, then enrolled at New Mexico Highlands University and received a bachelor’s degree in 2015. Ms. Arrey was accepted to an advanced standing/honors program at New Mexico Highlands University and earned her degree in only one year, graduating in May 2016 with a master's in social work. Yolanda is currently preparing for her New Mexico license (LMSW).

Gary Sparks

Environmental Supervisor

Gary was born in Yankton, South Dakota, and spent the first years of his life in the Hartington, Nebraska, area. After moving with his family to Socorro, New Mexico, he often spent his summers back on the farm in Nebraska with his grandparents. There he learned the value of hard work and to respect the gift of wisdom that the members of the small farming community could pass on to him. Gary graduated from high school in Socorro and went on to receive a bachelor’s degree in police science from New Mexico State University.

Prior to becoming a proud member of Team Sierra Vista, Gary enjoyed a long and distinguished career as a law enforcement officer, first as an officer with the Los Alamos Police Department and then as a New Mexico State Police officer. While with the New Mexico State Police, some of Gary’s many roles and responsibilities included patrolman, criminal agent, managing the evidence vault, and supervising the narcotics division for District 1. Prior to his retirement, Gary supervised the criminal division for District 1.

Since Gary’s arrival six years ago at Sierra Vista, he has participated in numerous trainings, enriching his knowledge on the safety and operations of Sierra Vista as well as leading the staff training for fire safety and evacuation procedures. Gary is committed to ensuring the safety of the elders, staff, and visitors at Sierra Vista.

Carolina de Leon Morales​

Carolina, born and partly raised in Guadalajara, Jalisco moved at the age of ten to Santa Fe, NM. She graduated from High School in 2015 and continued her education at Santa Fe Community College where she earned her Certification as a Nurse Assistant (CNA), she also earned a certification in Phlebotomy. 

Carolina is Currently working towards her Associates in Sciences to become a Medical Assistant. More recently she became a Certified Eden Associate in hopes of utilizing the Eden philosophy in her activities with the elders. Carolina joined the Sierra Vista team in June 2016 as a caregiver and because of her hard work and dedication she quickly moved up to become the Nurse Assistant and later moving further on up as Sierra’s current Receptionist and Activities Director. Carolina is an amazing part of the team and in 2020 was recognized by the New Mexico Healthcare Association as a finalists in their Best of the Best Awards program for her role in Resident Support. Outside of work Carolina enjoys a variety of outdoor activities. She is very active in her church and has an amazing voice which she utilizes in the church choir. Carolina does a lot of outreach in the Santa Fe community with the homeless population, and youth groups.

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(505) 986-9696

402 East Rodeo Road

Santa Fe, NM 87505


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