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.
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. 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.
Cost of Texas Assisted Living
Assisted living costs in Texas 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 in 2016 for a private one bedroom in an assisted living community in Texas was $3,515 / month, which is slightly under the national average of $3,600 / month. (Source: Genworth)
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 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.
Living Arrangements and Services
Assisted living residents usually live in their own semiprivate or private apartments, which include a furnished or unfurnished bedroom, kitchen area, and bathroom. Various types of apartments are available such as private studio apartments, one-bedroom private apartments, one-bedroom shared apartments, and dormitory-style bedroom arrangements. Although assisted living facilities differ by state, services offered can include:
The majority of assisted living facilities also contract with home health agencies to provide skilled nursing care and with hospice providers for hospice services. 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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