Rockwall is a suburb to the east of Dallas, a waterside town on the shores of Lake Ray Hubbard. The community is far enough away from the bustling city center to afford residents the more laid-back pace of a small town, yet close enough to the amenities and health care Dallas offers to allow easy access when needed. Residents of Rockwall may opt to spend time hiking, fishing or boating in the parks near the lake, or take in a professional football game at Dallas Cowboys Stadium. The cost of living in Rockwall is a little higher than the national average but less than other parts of the DFW metroplex. Texas does not levy a state income tax at all, and retirement income is also considered exempt, which may further help Rockwall seniors budgeting for long-term care.
Assisted living communities provide a home for seniors who need a little or a lot of help with the activities of daily living. They are staffed by caregivers who help residents live their lives to the fullest. Assisted living facilities cost an average of $4,195 in Rockwall, according to the Genworth 2021 Cost of Care Survey. That’s above the state average but well below the national median.
You can use this guide to compare assisted living costs in Rockwall with other Texas cities and find ways to pay for long-term care.
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COVID-19 Rules and Restrictions for Assisted Living in Rockwall
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 Rockwall
The Genworth Cost of Care Survey for 2021 shows that the median rate for assisted living facilities in Rockwall is $4,195 per month.
The Cost of Assisted Living in Rockwall
Assisted living in Rockwall is about $200 more per month than the Texas average and about $300 less than the national average.
The United States
Quite a few cities have more expensive assisted living than Rockwall, such as Amarillo with a monthly average of $4,600. Austin, the state capital, is also more expensive, with a median rate of $5,345. Houston has very similar rates as Rockwall: $4,245. In the far western part of the state, El Paso has a monthly average of $3,750 for assisted living. San Antonio is even less expensive, at $3,413. In Brownsville, near the border with Mexico along the Gulf, the median rate for care is $4,000, about $200 less than in Rockwall.
Note: Data for Rockwall was unavailable, so data for the nearest city, Dallas, was used instead.
How to Get Financial Assistance for Assisted Living in Rockwall
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.
The Veterans’ Service Office represents military veterans, helping them access government benefits such as pensions and health care resources, including mental health counseling. The agency also operates different support groups for veterans and surviving spouses. Some travel assistance to the center to participate in group counseling may be provided.
The North Central AAA represents the interests of North Texas seniors, including developing programs for their health care and general well-being. Other services include counseling for grief and caregiver respite, and assistance with applying for government benefits and finding long term care accommodations.
Area attorneys dispense pro bono legal advice on civil matters including bankruptcy and divorce. Some lawyers may also provide free or reduced rate representation for civil court cases and pursuing cases of elder abuse, neglect or complaints against long-term care facilities.
The DART is a light rail and fixed bus route public transportation system that operates throughout the metroplex. Rockwall seniors are eligible for reduced rate passes, and the DART provides limited handicapped and paratransit service for those who need it.
Ombudsman services advocate for the needs of the elderly in long term care facilities. These caseworkers investigate complaints on behalf of residents or their families. Other services include working to establish new laws to protect the elderly and those in assisted living and nursing homes.
The Center is a community center in Rockwall with a fitness room and different community activities. It also features programs just for seniors 55 and older, such as bingo and exercise classes designed for the elderly. Currently, The Center also operates virtual hobby groups and fitness classes.
The Wellness Center operates programs specifically designed to address the health care needs of the elderly. These programs include educational seminars and health screenings. There is also a loan closet of durable medical equipment such as wheelchairs and canes, TTY equipment and toileting chairs, although items are dependant on donations.
Rockwall Assisted Living Laws and Regulations
Assisted Living Facilities in the Rockwall 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.