The terms “assisted living” and “personal care home” can be confusing. Sometimes they’re used interchangeably, and they can mean different things in different states. However, in Texas, the two are quite different.
What is a Personal Care Home?
Personal care homes in Texas are private residences that offer
personal care services, assistance and supervision to four or more
persons. All personal care homes in Texas, which provide services of a
personal care nature to four or more persons unrelated to the owner,
must be licensed under the Texas Department of Aging and Disability
Services (DADS) licensure requirements.
The Texas Department of Aging and Disability Services (DADS) licenses and inspects all Texas personal care homes to ensure compliance with state regulations. Through these regulatory activities, DADS protects Texas citizens who receive long-term care services.
While the state of Texas has strict requirements for the type of care provided on site at assisted living facilities—as well as fire and safety measures on site, depending on the type of facility—personal care homes have no such requirements.
Personal care homes provide care in single-family homes in a neighborhood-like setting rather than in a facility with more of a nursing-home feel.There are two basic types of licensure for assisted living facilities (personal care homes):
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