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Older adults have more senior living arrangement options available than nursing homes. In Houston, there are plenty of options available that fit the wants and needs of seniors of all walks of life—including your aging loved ones.
Nursing homes, or skilled nursing facilities, are not the only kinds of senior care facilities available. For older adults who value their freedom and can safely live alone, independent living communities are probably their match made in senior living heaven.
Independent living communities are unique types of senior housing. Unlike residents of memory care and assisted living facilities, independent living residents require little to no help with activities of daily living (ADLs). By contrast, caregivers at memory care and assisted living communities offer more extensive services, such as Alzheimer’s and dementia care, to address residents’ needs.
Commonly known as retirement living communities or senior apartments, independent living locations may offer amenities not seen in other senior health care facilities. These amenities can include:
Such amenities are great for inviting children and grandchildren out for intergenerational activities on a gorgeous sunny day.
Is your loved one a social butterfly? Ask yourself the following questions regarding your aging relative:
If you answered yes to these questions, an independent living community could be the perfect place for your loved one.
Selecting the perfect senior living location for you or your loved one means keeping the following in mind.
We know that pricing can be a make-or-break factor when selecting senior housing. That’s why it’s important to explore payment and financial assistance options available to you and your aging relative.
Medicare is government-sponsored health insurance for older adults. It does not cover costs associated with independent living arrangements.
Medicaid is a healthcare option for low-income, disabled Americans. Depending on the needs of the insured and the state they live in, Medicaid can cover a significant portion of the costs associated with skilled nursing care services.
In Texas, the Medicaid program helps provide care for 2/3 of nursing home residents, according to the Texas Health & Human Services Commission. Medicaid in Texas may help people pay for assisted living services. Specifically, if people meet strict criteria, they can use a STAR + PLUS waiver to apply for financial aid for assisted living facilities and services.
Texas Medicaid does not cover costs associated with independent living. The exception to this rule is if someone lives in a continuing care retirement community, in which case Medicaid and other programs may offer some financial assistance.
A continuing care retirement community, also known as CCRCs or life plan communities, may be the right choice for your aging loved one if they want to stay in a single location during their golden years.
A CCRC offers a plenty of senior living options—from skilled nursing services to independent living programs—all at a single location. This fact means that when residents’ needs change, they can still get the care they need without moving somewhere else.
Numerous museums, gorgeous natural scenery, diverse cultural festivals and activities—there is something in Houston for everyone to do. Space buffs can visit NASA’s Space Center Houston. Theater-lovers will enjoy the Theater District in Downtown Houston, especially the Bayou Place. Shopaholics will appreciate the renowned Galleria. For those who love the outdoors, there are nearly 340 parks in the Houston area. It’s also home to the Texas Medical Center, which is now the largest concentrated hub for healthcare and research institutions in the world.
Perhaps best of all, costs of senior care facilities in the area are usually lower or about the same as the national average.
Really, the better question is why someone wouldn’t choose to retire in the Houston area.
Moving at any point in time is stressful; moving in your golden years can be extra stressful. That’s why your loved one deserves a facility that does more than simply offer services and amenities. They deserve a location that cultivates a community. Whether they relocate to the suburbs or downtown Houston, there are plenty of adventures that await your loved ones in Space City.
There are plenty of senior living communities and senior care options in and around Houston that will take good care of your loved one, giving you peace of mind regarding their well-being. That means there are plenty of locations that can accommodate a wide range of senior citizens. Find independent living communities in and around the Houston area today!