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In the state of Texas, assisted living facilities are licensed as ALFs. The governing body that oversees the licensing for assisted living in the state of Texas is DADS, or Department of Aging and Disability Services. There are 3 separate categories for assisted living in Texas.

ALF or Assisted Living Facility; Single Occupancy Assisted Living Apartments; and Residential Care Apartments which are double occupancy and Residential Care units or as termed non-apartments.

There are also 2 separate assisted living licensing categories: Category A and Category B. What category of licensing a Texas senior living facility gets is based upon whether or not the occupants can evacuate the premises on their own in an emergency. A Category B license will be given to any senior living facility that advertises or gives personal or specialized services to residents with dementia or Alzheimer’s.

If a senior living facility is not offering services that require a license, then it is unlawful for them to use the term Assisted Living in any way in their name.

What Makes Texas Excellent for Assisted Living?

The lower taxes, as well as cheaper cost of living, has made Texas a prime target for many people looking to manage their finances. And retirees are not left behind as well: Texas offers plenty of sights including the famed Big Bend National Park, the San Antonio Riverwalk, the Alamo Mission in San Antonio and much more.

Texas has a pretty moderate climate, with the average temperature in hotter months up to 95 degrees Fahrenheit, while the average in colder months is around 43.6 Fahrenheit. Mild weather in the Lone Star State gives everyone – seniors inclusive – the opportunity to be outdoors and to participate in recreational activities.

There are more than 1,800 assisted living facilities in Texas, and they operate to provide senior citizens with access to social opportunities, local activities as well as the necessary healthcare they need to thrive. Attentive and experienced caregivers assist residents with laundry, meal preparation, housekeeping duties and more.

The Lone Star State has a very high senior population in the United States. Coupled with the fact that Texas also high a high percentage of working-age adults who pay taxes that go into senior care, and Texas will start looking like an amazing state for senior assisted living.

Many other states in the country do not have this extraordinary benefit, and this is because their overall population is going up age-wise. This is why retirees that move to Texas or those already living in the Lone Star State will get excellent services from assisted living providers.

Who is the Ideal Candidate for Assisted Living in Texas?

For those who don’t know this, Texas assisted living falls in-between a nursing facility and an independent living community, especially in terms of the amount or level of care that is provided.

If your loved one has begun to show signs of requiring assistance with basic activities such as walking, bathing, dressing, managing medications, grooming toileting, eating, they need better care and attention. And that can only happen at an excellent assisted living facility in Texas.

If an elderly person in your care develops a severe medical condition that calls for specialized care, you should consider moving the person to a nursing home.

Types of Services or Amenities Provided in Texas Assisted Living

Assisted living communities in Texas offer a wide range of services to residents. These facilities usually have round-the-clock staff that assists residents with toileting or help with incontinence, medication management, dressing, bathing, etc.

They also provide three meals a day – plus snacks – scheduled exercise and health programs, transportation, and other organized events or health activities.

A few of these communities even feature on-site amenities like swimming pools, gyms, beauty salons, libraries, common areas for interacting or socializing, pharmacies and pet care.

When it comes to sequestering your loved one in an assisted living facility in Texas, it could be a tough decision to make. But when you begin to notice that they need assistance with nearly everything they used to do daily, then you have to make the right decision. Moving them to an excellent assisted living community will do more good to their overall health and lifestyle than staying under your roof with little or no care at all.

Cost and Payment Options for Assisted Living in Texas

Statewide, the state of Texas is lower than the national average of $4,000, coming in at $3,795 per month for assisted living costs. This is the standard rate that excludes any add-on services. The least expensive assisted living homes are in El Paso, Longview, Corpus Christi and Texarkana. The range for those cities is from $2,250 per month, which is great compared to most states, and $3,100, which is still a very affordable amount. We say this because you must always keep in mind that there may be extra monthly costs attached as the senior gets older. There could be memory or Alzheimer’s care involved or Physical Therapy, Speech Therapy and more, and even a possible move to a facility with a higher level of care, such as one of the retirement homes in Texas. Planning for an additional $1,000 or more in monthly spending is a prudent move.

The most expensive cities for assisted living in Texas are Odessa, Victoria, and San Angelo. The average for the priciest cities is $4,065 per month, which is just slightly above the $4,000 national average, to $5,190 in really high-end facilities. Waco, Amarillo and Tyler are at $3,695 to $3,800, so they are considered median range but still under the national average.

If you add Texas memory care, the current estimated amount is around $1,138 more in addition to the standard rate, though it’s still lower than the national average for dementia and Alzheimer’s care.

Assisted Living Unit Requirements in Texas

For Category A license, an assisted living facility in Texas must provide 80 square feet of floor space, and for double occupancy, 60 per resident. For Category B license, a Texas senior living facility must provide 100 square feet per bed single occupancy and 80 square feet for double occupancy.

For bathrooms, they must be separate private or connected. If not, the facility must have a general toileting unit available for men and women. A toilet stall and sink with a bathtub or shower must be provided for each floor of the assisted living residence. One toilet stall for each 6 residents and one bathing facility for every 10 are further required.

Top 10 Assisted Living in Texas


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  1. Lynnwood
  2. Lynnwood provides assisted living services in Tahoka, Texas. It can accommodate a maximum of 40 seniors at a time. With a location at 1801 Country Club Road, in the 79373 area code inside Lynn county, Lynnwood assists those 55 and older adults who need aid with daily living activities. Some of the amenities offered by Lynnwood include numerous social activities, specialized intervention program and incontinence assistance. Lynnwood is fully licensed by Texas to provide assisted living care, with license number 100713.

    Ihcs Residential

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  3. Ihcs Residential
  4. Ihcs Residential specializes in providing senior living in Bexar county, Texas. It includes a total of 9 studio and one bedroom suites for senior citizens. Ihcs Residential is pet-friendly and can provide help with moving around, eating and putting on clothes to any seniors living in San Antonio, TX and surrounding areas. Ihcs Residential is located at 15218 Pebble Forest Dr, 78232 zip code. Ihcs Residential includes amenities like: a barbershop, specialized intervention program and emergency pendants.

    Country Home Estates

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  5. Country Home Estates
  6. When searching for senior assisted living in Commerce, Texas, you will find Country Home Estates as an excellent luxury senior care option. It contains a total of 55 assisted living units. It is located at 2927 Monroe, 75428 zip code and includes services such as social activities, walking and jogging paths and assistance with daily living. Its license number is 952. Country Home Estates provides assisted living not only to Commerce residents, but also to all Hunt county residents as well.

    Carriage Inn-lake Jackson

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  7. Carriage Inn-lake Jackson
  8. If you need assistance with daily tasks, Carriage Inn-lake Jackson, situated at 130 Lake Road in the 77566 zip code area can assist you or your loved one to find the assistance with daily activities you need in Lake Jackson, Texas. Carriage Inn-lake Jackson has a total capacity of 50 senior citizens. It includes a library room, walking gardens and Alzheimer’s care services. Carriage Inn-lake Jackson is licensed with Texas and its license number is 105675.

    A Rainbow Ridge

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  9. A Rainbow Ridge
  10. A Rainbow Ridge has a capacity of 6 senior citizens. A Rainbow Ridge provides amenities such as: a library, daily bed-making and help with daily living. It is located at 111 Hogeye Rd, and it is fully equipped to provide assisted living services to Elgin, TX senior citizens. A Rainbow Ridge is licensed with Texas and its license number is 102974.

    Windermere At Cartmell

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  11. Windermere At Cartmell
  12. Located at 30 Variah St, inside 75801 zip code area in Anderson county, Windermere At Cartmell provides assisted senior living to Palestine, TX senior citizens and includes amenities such as delicious meals, a landscaped courtyard and bathroom reminders. Windermere At Cartmell can accommodate up to 56 seniors at a time. Windermere At Cartmell has official license # of 106259.

    Autumn Leaves Of Georgetown

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  13. Autumn Leaves Of Georgetown
  14. Situated at 3600 Williams Drive, Georgetown, Texas, 78628, Autumn Leaves Of Georgetown can help any Williamson county resident with daily living activities and provides amenities such as numerous social activities, a full-time nurse and faith-based services. Autumn Leaves Of Georgetown can offer long-term assisted living to a maximum of 50 elderly adults at a time. Its license number is 106160.

    Arbor House

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  15. Arbor House
  16. Senior Citizens looking for assisted senior living in Wichita Falls, Texas will find Arbor House, located at 1525 Highway 79 South inside 76302 zip code as a great choice for all of their care needs. Arbor House is able to care for up to 58 older adults and allows seniors to stay with cats and small dogs. Texas records show that Arbor House has a license number of 840. With amenities that include a fitness center, personalized assistance and scheduled bathroom reminders, Arbor House will be a wonderful senior living option for any senior.

    Sunrise Of Cinco Ranch

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  17. Sunrise Of Cinco Ranch
  18. With a location at 21939 Cinco Ranch Blvd in Harris county, Sunrise Of Cinco Ranch excels at providing assisted care services for senior citizens in Katy, TX as well as those who live in surrounding areas. Sunrise Of Cinco Ranch offers amenities such as a reading section, a tailored service plan and a registered dietitian. Sunrise Of Cinco Ranch is equipped of taking care of a maximum of 105 Katy seniors and provides multiple levels of senior care. Sunrise Of Cinco Ranch has an official license to provide senior living for Harris, TX residents, with license # 102834.

    Alpine Terrace Retirement & Convalescent Center Pc Unit

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  19. Alpine Terrace Retirement & Convalescent Center Pc Unit
  20. Alpine Terrace Retirement & Convalescent Center Pc Unit, located at 746 Alpine Dr offers senior assisted living services in Kerrville, Texas and offers amenities such as housekeeping, help with medications and incontinence management. Alpine Terrace Retirement & Convalescent Center Pc Unit is equipped to care for up to 60 elderly seniors from 78028 zip code in Kerr county and nearby areas. Alpine Terrace Retirement & Convalescent Center Pc Unit is licensed to provide senior assisted living services in Kerrville, Texas, with license # 411.

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