Seniors who no longer wish to live independently but don’t need the round-the-clock medical care offered in a nursing home may want to consider moving to an assisted living community. These state-licensed facilities provide seniors with room and board, organized recreational programming and the peace of mind that comes with knowing caregivers are always available to offer support. Seniors in Houston approximately $4,245 per month for assisted living services, which is $247 above the statewide average of $3,998.
This guide provides an overview of assisted living costs in Houston and other major cities throughout Texas. It also includes information about financial aid programs for seniors and a list of free and low-cost resources that serve area seniors.
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COVID-19 Rules and Restrictions for Assisted Living in Houston
COVID-19 restrictions and rules for Assisted Living Facilities are typically set by the state – to see the rules in your state, you can read our guide to Assisted Living in Texas. Keep in mind that there may be other policies that communities put in place to protect their residents, so you should contact your local community for more information. Additionally, you can contact your local Area Agency on Aging to learn more – find contact information here.
Paying For Assisted Living in Houston
According to the Genworth 2021 Cost of Care Survey, assisted living in Houston costs an average of $4,245 per month. Rates at individual facilities may vary depending on the services and amenities offered.
The Cost of Assisted Living in Houston
At $4,245 per month, the average cost of assisted living in Houston falls between the state average of $3,998 and the national median of $4,500.
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Assisted living rates vary widely throughout Texas, and regional rates tend to reflect the local cost of living. In Austin, seniors pay around $5,345 per month for assisted living services, while in nearby Waco, seniors pay $2,800 for this level of care. To the northeast in Tyler, seniors can expect to pay an average of $3,863 per month, while their counterparts in Beaumont pay $4,372. In Dallas, assisted living costs about $4,195 per month, and Texarkana has the lowest rates in the region at $2,770.
How to Get Financial Assistance for Assisted Living in Houston
More Ways to Pay for Assisted Living
Since not everyone can afford to pay for assisted living out-of-pocket, it’s important to find alternative methods to help make assisted living more affordable. Some of these options include:
Life Insurance Policy
Long-Term Care Insurance
For more information about your options for making assisted living more affordable, visit our guide to Assisted Living in Texas.
YWCA Houston operates 11 senior centers throughout the Houston area. Open to seniors aged 60 and older, these centers offer a variety of social, educational and nutritional services, including congregate meals, fitness classes and help with accessing medical benefits.
The Harris County Area Agency on Aging is a federally mandated agency dedicated to enhancing the health and well-being of Harris County seniors. Services offered include case management, in-home care coordination, nutritional support for older adults and help with applications for public benefits, such as Medicaid.
Catholic Charities’ Senior Program provides vulnerable seniors aged 60 and older with free support services, such as home visits and phone check-ins, mental health assessments and invitations to recreational programs for older adults. The program is staffed by licensed social workers and case managers who specialize in senior care.
The Texas Legal Services Center is a statewide nonprofit legal services organization that serves low-income and under-served individuals, including seniors. Seniors aged 60 and older can contact a lawyer for free advice related to non-criminal matters, such as Medicaid and Medicare, Qualified Income Trusts and advanced directives.
Senior Rides and More is a Better Business Bureau-accredited charity focused on helping seniors retain their independence and dignity. Volunteers deliver a number of free services to seniors, including door-to-door transportation to non-urgent medical appointments and religious services. Volunteers can also help seniors with personal paperwork and light housekeeping, run errands and provide companionship and caregiver respite.
Houston Assisted Living Laws and Regulations
Assisted Living Facilities in the Houston area are required to follow a set of rules and regulations that are determined at the state level. For an overview of those rules and regulations, see the information below. For more specific information, talk with your local community or Area Agency on Aging.