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What is a Personal Care Home?

Texas Personal Care Home Licensing Requirements

What is a Personal Care Homes 

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What is a Personal Care Home?

 

A personal care home is a private residences that offer personal care services, assistance and supervision to four or more persons. Personal care homes offer a smaller, more intimate setting, ideal for persons who might not do well with the larger assisted living facilities. Personal care homes are generally located in quiet residential neighborhoods and typically provide meals, laundry, housekeeping, medication supervision, assistance with activities of daily living and activity programs.

Texas Personal Care Home Licensing Requirements

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. There are two types of licensure - Type A and Type B

Type A -
In a Type A facility a resident must be physically and mentally capable of evacuating the facility unassisted. This may include the mobile non-ambulatory persons such as those who are in wheelchairs or electric carts and have the capacity to transfer and evacuate themselves in an emergency. This resident does not require routine attendance during nighttime sleeping hours and must be capable of following directions under emergency conditions.

Type B - In a Type B facility a resident may require staff assistance to evacuate and may be incapable of following directions under emergency conditions. They may require attendance during nighttime sleeping hours. The resident may not be permanently bedfast, but may require assistance in transferring to and from a wheelchair.

There are Two Sizes Personal Care Homes - Small & Large

Small - Small facilities are defined as those with 16 residents or less.
Large - Large facilities are defined as those with 17 residents or more.

Remember, when finding a personal care home keep in mind that in the state of Texas, they are licensed according to size, type and building safety features so be sure to ask what type of license they have. Some personal care homes host three or fewer residents, and therefore, do not require licensing.

 

Cost of Personal Care Homes

As with assisted living facilities, the cost of personal care homes varies from location to location. On average the cost ranges between $1500 and $3000 per month for room and board. This often includes three meals a day, but each facility designates its own costs.

The biggest difference is that some personal care homes accept Medicaid to help cover the costs of residency. In addition to private funds, other programs such as the Veteran Aid and Attendance Benefits (part of an Improved Pension Benefit), may be available to help pay for room and board.

The Texas Department of Aging and Disability Services (DADS) licenses and inspects personal care homes to ensure compliance with state regulations. Through these regulatory activities, DADS protects Texas citizens who receive long-term care services.

In summary, when choosing a personal care home for a loved one, keep in mind that in Texas they are licensed according to size, type and building safety features. Therefore, it's always a good idea to ask what type of license they have.

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