Assisted Living in Dallas, Texas
As the third most populous city in Texas, Dallas is home to approximately 1.35 million residents, and about one in ten are aged 65 or older. With its relatively mild winters, hot dry summers and warm shoulder seasons, Dallas is ideal for seniors who are seeking a sunny urban destination to spend their retirement years. This thriving city is filled with museums, public parks and attractions that are popular among older adults, including the George W. Bush Presidential Center, the year-round Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Garden and the Dallas Aquarium.
On average, assisted living in Dallas costs $4,150 per month. Actual costs vary depending on the location, amenities and the type of accommodation.
Paying for Assisted Living in Dallas, Texas
The Cost of Assisted Living in Dallas
At a monthly average of $4,150, the cost of assisted living care in Dallas is $400 more than the statewide average of $3,750. Assisted living costs in Dallas are $99 per month higher than the national average of $4,051. Costs are lower in neighboring Oklahoma ($3,518), Arkansas ($3,175) and Louisiana ($3,650). New Mexico is the only adjacent state with a higher average rate, at $4,100 per month.
Assisted living costs across Texas range from a low of $2,000 per month in El Paso, to a high of $5,395 in Austin. Costs are lower in smaller inland cities, such as San Angelo ($3,250) and Tyler ($3,293), while costs are higher in many cities close to the coast such as Beaumont ($4,395) and Victoria ($4,450).
Dallas Assisted Living Financial Assistance
Low-income seniors who need help covering the cost of assisted living in Dallas may qualify for enrollment in STAR+PLUS, a Texas Medicaid managed care program for adults and 65 and older, as well as those with qualifying disabilities. STAR+PLUS provides coordinated medical and nonmedical services that help seniors remain at home or in a community setting, such as assisted living. These services are assigned on a case-by-case basis, and may include personal care, durable and disposable medical supplies, skilled nursing and occupational, physical and speech-language therapy.
Learn more about these programs, plus who’s eligible, on our Assisted Living in Texas page.
Dallas Assisted Living Resources
|Dallas Area Agency on Aging||(214) 871-5065||As part of a nationwide network of federally mandated Area Agencies on Aging, the Dallas Area Agency on Aging is responsible for planning, advocating for and providing services to seniors aged 60 and older. Seniors can contact the agency to learn about local long-term care resources, get help with health insurance and access free and low-cost support programs.|
|Dallas County Veteran Services||(972) 692-4939||Dallas County Veterans Services helps vets, their spouses and survivors access local, state and federal veterans benefits. Accredited Veteran Service Officers help veterans file VA benefit claims and appeals, including Aid and Attendance and Housebound applications. VSOs also help vets obtain service records, navigate the VA health care system and arrange for interment in the Dallas Fort Worth National Cemetery.|
|City of Dallas, Office of Community Care||(214) 670-5227||The Office of Community Care is a city-run department dedicated to helping at-risk residents access social services, programs and resources that promote financial and social well-being. Seniors can contact the office to speak with a senior services caseworker, access educational materials and contact the Senior Ombudsman Program.|
|Dallas Area Rapid Transit – DART Rides||(214) 828-6717||The Dallas Area Rapid Transit agency operates DART Rides, a rider-assistance program for seniors aged 65 and older, and adults with a certified disability, who are unable to use the regular transit system. DART Rides provides low-cost, door-to-door transportation to and from any destination in the city, and the service is part of the Senior Medical Transportation Program.|
|Commodity Supplemental Food Program/People and Nutrition||(214) 269-0906||Low-income seniors aged 60 and over who need nutritional support can sign up for the Commodity Supplemental Food Program, a senior food box program operated by the North Texas Food Bank. Also known as the People and Nutrition program, CSFP provides eligible seniors with a prepackaged box of nonperishable food one a month that includes approximately 38 pounds of USDA commodities.|
Dallas Assisted Living Laws and Regulations
Dallas assisted living communities are subject to state laws and regulations regarding staffing, accommodations, medication management and the level of care provided in these facilities. Visit our Assisted Living in Texas page for more information about these laws.