Assisted Living in Richardson, Texas
Richardson, Texas, is an affluent suburb of Dallas, centrally located in the metroplex just north of the city center. It’s home to the famous Southfork Ranch, set of the TV drama series Dallas, and is now a popular tourist attraction. This is a family-friendly community with diverse employers and plenty of shopping and dining destinations, including Addison Circle, a walkable shopping center. There are several parks in the community, such as Breckenridge Park, with ponds, walking trails and picnic areas. Summers here are hot, with highs in the 90s and sometimes have heat waves with temperatures climbing over 100, while winters are mild, with very little snowfall. Seniors with health conditions improved by warmer climates may find relief here. Richardson’s population is 121,000, 15% of whom are seniors aged 65 and older, and many of these seniors will need accommodations in one of the area’s many assisted living communities.
The average monthly cost of assisted living in Richardson is $4,150, although, between different facilities, these costs can vary.
Note: Data for Richardson was unavailable, so data for the nearest city, Dallas, was used instead.
Paying for Assisted Living in Richardson, TX
The Cost of Assisted Living in Richardson
Assisted living fees in Richardson are notably higher than the Texas state average at $4,150, compared to $3,750. Texas assisted living averages are higher than many nearby states, with the only exception being New Mexico, to the west. Costs there are about $500 more per month than Texas’s $3,750. To the north, Oklahoma averages much lower, as does Louisiana to the east, both of which are right around $3,600. Arkansas, however, is the lowest in this region, averaging $3,175 per month.
Within Texas, Richardson, as part of the greater Dallas area, is one of the more expensive cities for assisted living, compared to other major metro areas. Only Austin, the state’s capital, averages more per month, at $5,395. San Antonio and Houston, other large Texas cities, are right in line with the state average, as is nearby Kerrville. Only El Paso is notably lower than the other cities, at just $2,000 per month.
Richardson Assisted Living Financial Assistance
Seniors in Richardson, as in all of Texas, may be eligible for the STAR+PLUS HCBS waiver. This program offers coverage for assisted living fees and is open to those who are eligible for Texas Medicaid and receive SSI benefits. Applicants must demonstrate that they require a nursing home-level of care, although they aren’t required to live in a nursing home. This waiver will pay for assisted living room and board or for in-home caregiver and home health care services.
Learn more about this program, the eligibility requirements and the application process on our Assisted Living in Texas page.
Richardson Assisted Living Resources
|North Central Texas Area Agency on Aging||(800) 272-3921||This is a multicounty agency that connects seniors with health and social services programs to help them retain as much independence as they are able. These programs include caregiver counseling and services, financial planning for older adults, health screenings and assistance getting government and VA benefits.|
|Richardson Senior Citizen Center||(972) 744-7800||This is a community center for seniors aged 55 and older. There are many programs to encourage seniors to socialize, such as hobby groups and bridge or bingo games. Special events include dances and celebrations, and lunch is served daily.|
|DART Senior Discounts||(214) 979-1111||The Dallas Area Regional Transportation agency offers a Discount GoPass Tap Card for seniors. This includes bus and light rail transportation. Seniors aged 65 and older and those with a qualifying disability are eligible.|
|VNA Texas Meals on Wheels||(214) 689-2639||This is a volunteer-based program delivering nutritious meals to seniors unable to leave their homes. Participants receive one hot meal per day, Monday through Friday and a refrigerated option for Saturday and Sunday.|
|VA North Texas Health Care System||214) 742-8387||Veterans and their surviving spouses may receive health care services here, including emergency care and mental health services. The VA also offers limited shuttle services.|
|Richardson Volunteers!||(972) 744-4100||Seniors have access to many different volunteer opportunities through the Richardson Volunteers! program, including community cleanup, working with other seniors and working for area nonprofit charities.|
|Dallas Volunteer Attorney Program||(214) 243-2236||Seniors who meet financial eligibility guidelines may receive help with benefits, consumer, employment, family, housing, landlord-tenant, bankruptcy, expunctions and nondisclosures, probate, real property, tax, and wills cases through an association of Dallas area lawyers who provide pro bono work.|
Richardson Assisted Living Laws and Regulations
Richardson assisted living communities must follow the rules and regulations set forth by the Texas Department of Health and Senior Services. This body licenses and regulates assisted living centers and conducts annual inspections. Visit our Assisted Living in Texas page to learn more about these laws and regulations.