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What is Assisted Living?

The Cost of Assisted Living Nationally...and in Texas

Cost of Texas assisted living.

What is Memory Care?

Although assisted living communities may have memory care units on the premises, the two types of care are not synonymous. Memory care is a distinct form of long-term skilled nursing that specifically caters to patients with Alzheimer's disease, dementia and other types of memory problems.

Assisted living, also called residential care, is a type of living arrangement in which personal care services such as meals, housekeeping, transportation, and assistance with activities of daily living are available as needed. Also an important aspect of the assisted living model is to provide security, comfort and meaningful activities for residents.

But unlike nursing homes, residents in assisted living remain independent, living on their own in a residential setting. Assistance with activities of daily living may include help with bathing, dressing, toileting, diapering, medicating, helping with daily living decisions and moving from one place to another.

The Cost of Assisted Livingdollar sign

Assisted living costs vary with the residence, apartment size, and types of services needed. The basic rate may cover all services or there may be additional charges for special services. Most assisted living residences charge on a month-to-month lease arrangement, but a few require long-term arrangements. Assisted living is of often less expensive than home health or nursing home care in the same geographic area.

The average cost of assisted living in Texas as of  2016 is $3,515 / month, which is slightly under the national average of $3,600 / month. The areas of Texas with the most expensive assisted living include Amarillo, Austin, Odessa, Victoria and San Antonio, where the monthly cost averages between $4,000 - $4,600.

In 2016, the average monthly cost of assisted living nationwide is $3,628. Alzheimer's and dementia care in assisted living costs, on average, an additional $1,150 per month, or $5,100 per month. Costs vary dramatically from state to state. In the South and Mid-West, the average monthly costs are from $3,000 - $3,600.

Texas Licensing and Types

The definition of the term assisted living and what it is called in licensing regulations vary from state to state. 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 licensing types when it comes to assisted living: Type A and Type B so it's important to ask!

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.

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. 

According to the National Survey of Residential Care Facilities, there are over 31,000 assisted living communities nationwide serving almost one million seniors. A relatively new concept twenty-five years ago, today assisted living is the most preferred and fastest growing long-term care option for seniors.

Typical Services Provided in Assisted Living Communities:

Assisted living communities provide more personal care services than an independent living retirement community. They offer a less-expensive, residential approach to delivering many of the same services available in skilled nursing, either by employing personal care staff or contracting with home health agencies and other outside professionals. Learn more about assisted living services and amenities.

Amenities in assisted living typically include:

  • Three meals a day served in a common dining area

  • Housekeeping services

  • Transportation

  • 24-hour security

  • Exercise and wellness programs

  • Personal laundry services

  • Social and recreational activities

Personal care services typically includes:

  • Staff available to respond to both scheduled and unscheduled needs

  • Assistance with eating, bathing, dressing, toileting, and walking

  • Access to health and medical services, such as physical therapy and hospice

  • Emergency call systems for each residentís apartment

  • Medication management

  • Care for residents with cognitive impairments

While 86.2% of assisted living residents today pay for long-term care from their personal financial resources, 41 states offer "home and community-based waivers" that allow low-income residents to live in assisted living. More seniors are purchasing long-term care insurance to help plan for and finance their long-term care needs.

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