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About Assisted Living

Assisted living facilities offer housing and care for active seniors who may need support with activities of daily living, like bathing, dressing, and medication management.

Complete guide to assisted living
About Care Homes

Residential care homes are shared neighborhood homes for seniors who need a live-in caregiver to assist with activities of daily living, like dressing and bathing.

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Veterans Resources

VA benefits for long-term care, such as Aid and Attendance benefits, can help eligible veterans and their surviving spouses pay for senior care.

Guide to VA benefits for long-term care
About Home Care

Home care relies on trained aides to provide companionship and non-medical care for seniors living at home.

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About Independent Living

Independent living facilities offer convenient, hassle-free living in a social environment for seniors who are active, healthy, and able to live on their own.

Complete guide to independent living
About Memory Care

Memory care facilities provide housing, care, and therapies for seniors who have Alzheimer’s disease or other forms of dementia in an environment designed to reduce confusion and prevent wandering.

Complete guide to memory care
About Nursing Homes

Nursing homes provide short-and long-term care for seniors who have physical or mental health conditions that require 24-hour nursing and personal care.

Complete guide to nursing homes
About Senior Apartments

Senior apartments offer accessible, no-frills living for seniors who are generally active, healthy, and able to live on their own.

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Residential Care Home in Texas

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Residential Care Home in Texas

For families considering senior living options, Texas has plenty to offer. The Lone Star State’s warm temperatures, rich history, and blend of cultures attract tourists from all over the world and make Texas an ideal retirement destination. Visit the art museums in Houston, catch a Cowboys game in Dallas, experience the Alamo in San Antonio, or see a show in Austin, the “Live Music Capital of the World.” The phrase “everything is bigger in Texas” turns out to be true: With several of the largest cities in the country, as well as plenty of wide-open space, there’s truly something for everyone here.

There are currently more than 250 residential care homes in Texas. The cost of living in a care home depends largely on location. Since the homes are private residences, costs are tied to real estate value and therefore may vary greatly.

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Texas Care Home Regulations

Each state regulates senior living communities differently. Because care homes operate similarly to assisted living communities, states may regulate care homes within their guidelines for assisted living. You can use APFM’s guide to assisted living regulations to learn more about access to facility records in Texas.

In Texas, care homes — sometimes called residential care homes, board and care homes, group homes, or personal care homes — are often houses in residential neighborhoods that are adapted, equipped, and staffed to care for a small number of residents, usually 10 or less. Similar to assisted living in a smaller, more residential setting, these homes provide supervision, organized events, and assistance with activities of daily living (ADLs). This means care homes can help with everyday routines but typically do not provide 24-hour skilled nursing assistance.

Cost of Living

Overall, the cost of living in Texas is considered to be more affordable than the national average. All index scores are based on a scale with the national average set at 100.

Price Indexes

  • Cost of Living: 91
  • Groceries: 89
  • Housing: 85
  • Utilities: 102
  • Transportation: 91

Demographics

About 13% of Texas’s population are seniors. In the 2016 presidential election, Texas leaned conservative. However, many of its counties with larger cities — like Houston, Dallas, and Austin — tend to be more progressive.

2016 Presidential Election

  • 43% voted Democratic
  • 52% voted Republican
  • 5% voted third party or abstained

Population

  • Median age: 35
  • Over the age of 55: 24%
  • 2018 population: 28,701,845
  • 2020 population: 29,475,394
  • Estimated 2025 population: 31,501,710

Miscellaneous

  • 42% regularly attend a religious service
  • 31% consider themselves atheist, agnostic, or a non-believer
  • Across the state there are a total of 27,848 congregations
  • There are 1,292 Masonic lodges in the state

Climate and Weather

Given Texas’s size, its regions have different climate classifications, so weather patterns vary across the state. The central, northern, and eastern sections of Texas have a humid subtropical climate. Much of the state’s southern border with Mexico along the Rio Grande has a hot semi-arid climate, whereas the northernmost area of the state — the “Texas Panhandle,” which is part of the Great Plains region of the U.S. — has a cold semi-arid climate. A small section in the far western corner of the state has a cold desert climate. Despite the different climate classifications, Texas overall has warmer temperatures than much of the country. The eastern section of the state is more humid with higher precipitation, whereas the western parts are much drier.

Humidity and Precipitation

  • Average humidity level: 65%
  • Average monthly precipitation: 3”
  • Average maximum monthly precipitation: 7” (June)

Air Quality

  • Average air quality index rating: 37 (Good)
  • Average maximum air quality rating: 51 in July (Moderate)

Moderate air quality means that those who are sensitive to particulates in the air should limit the amount of time they spend on outdoor exertion.

Seasonal Temperatures

  • Average temperature: 65°F
  • Average summer temperature: 82°F
  • Typical summer high: 102°F (June)
  • Typical summer low: 56°F (June)
  • Average winter temperature: 48°F
  • Typical winter high: 75°F (February)
  • Typical winter low: 16°F (January)

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