An Overview of Texas Assisted Living Homes

June 14, 2014

An assisted living home is a place where senior citizens and citizens with disabilities can live and get help with ADL or activities of daily living. These are people who need assistance for things like taking medicines or a shower, but not the round-the-clock assistance provided by nursing facilities. In their licenses, Texas assisted living homes are classified as personal care facilities. Under state law, homes that serve no more than four people do not need a license.


In the 1980's, the US opened its first few assisted living homes. This was a time when there were so many aging but healthy senior citizens living away from their families, and thus did not receive basic respite care elderly texas. The seniors at that time did not like to go into nursing homes that lacked privacy and provided little personal choice to residents.


Assisted living homes offer apartments or private rooms and organize recreational activities, but attendance is not mandatory. These facilities are home to more than one million US residents today. Less than 50% of this number consists of individuals who are battling diseases characterized by cognition impairment in the likes of dementia and Alzheimer's. There are about 830 licensed assisted living facilities in Texas, and over 4000 unlicensed.


Residents are generally provided with their own rooms and nutritious food each meal time everyday. On top of that, they also get needed help from the staff in terms of routine personal tasks.


A basic rent is typically charged for continuous stay in these assisted living facilities. Depending on how much assistance is required by a resident, additional costs will be charged. For each "extra assistance," there is a corresponding extra fee. A person who needs help taking a shower, for instance, will pay less than a person who needs help taking a shower, getting dressed and eating.


The average basic rent of assisted living homes in Austin is $1500. This amount can increase up to about $2000 as more assistance is needed. This is still lower than the cost of staying at a nursing facility where fees could reach $4000 a month.


Around 90 percent of assisted living home residents pay out-of-pocket, but Texas is actually one of the US' first two states that honors Medicaid via its Community-based Alternatives program.  Today, the program helps more than 20,000 people in Texas who would otherwise be unable to afford assisted living care.


There are now also state laws that determine which facilities are no longer able to deliver quality alzheimers and dementia care texas. To remain in a Texas assisted living facility, residents must be able to understand emergency instructions as well as help in their own evacuation during emergencies.

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