Choosing an assisted living facility for your loved one can be difficult, particularly, if you're not sure what to look for. The Assisted Living Federation of America defines assisted living as "a senior living option that combines housing, support services and health care, as needed. Assisted living is designed for individuals who require assistance with everyday activities such as meals, medication management or assistance, bathing, dressing and transportation."
IN TEXAS, assisted living
facilities are licensed based on residents' physical and mental
ability to evacuate the facility in an emergency and whether
nighttime attendance is necessary. There are two types, Type A and
Type A Facility - Provides care for residents who do not require routine attendance during sleeping hours and are capable of following directions in an emergency.
Type B Facility - For residents who require staff assistance to evacuate and who are not capable of following directions in an emergency and require nighttime attendance.
The Assisted Living Facility Information brochure (PDF) explains the variety of assisted living facilities available in Texas, who they care for, and the services they provide. Assisted living facilities are regulated under Health and Safety Code, Chapter 247 and Texas Administrative Code(TAC), Title 40, Part I, Chapter 92.
In closing, it's very important that you understand the differences so you can ask the right questions when inquiring. You'll feel better knowing you're making the best decision possible for your loved one. This knowledge also shows the facility you've done you're homework, that as a consumer and family member, you know and understand the differences.
The Texas Assisted Living Association (TALA) is a Chapter of the
Assisted Living Federation of America exclusively dedicated to
representing professionally operated assisted-care living
communities and residential homes for the aged for seniors. TALA is
dedicated to advancing public policy initiatives advocating for
informed choice, quality care, and accessibility for all Texans.
Learn more at www.tala.org
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