COVID-19 Rules for Assisted Living in Houston

For assisted living communities, COVID-19 rules and regulations are typically set at the state level. You can view specific rules on our guide to assisted living in TX. These rules change often, and many communities have policies in place that go above and beyond what’s required by the state, so you should contact your local community for more information. Additionally, you can contact your local Area Agency on Aging to learn more.

How to Pay for Assisted Living in Houston

At $4,245 per month, the typical senior in Houston has a more affordable fee than the average American’s $4,500 but does pay more than the $3,998 norm for Texas.

Assisted Living in Houston vs. Nearby Cities

Although Houston’s median fee is above the state average of $3,998, the city’s assisted living facilities are often more affordable than their contemporaries in Beaumont, where the average is $4,372, and Victoria, where fees are typically $5,600. Seniors looking for less costly assisted living within a reasonable distance of Houston may wish to consider College Station, where the norm is $3,998 per month.

  • Houston: $4,245
  • Texas: $3,998
  • National: $4,500
  • Beaumont: $4,372
  • Victoria: $5,600
  • College Station: $3,998

Assisted Living vs. Other Types of Senior Care

At $1,099, adult day care centers offer the most affordable type of senior care in Houston, but seniors comparing this fee to assisted living should include their home maintenance expenses to find the true overall cost. They should also add those expenses to the fees of homemaker and home health aide agencies, both of which typically charge $4,576 per month. The most expensive type of care is delivered within nursing homes, where a standard semiprivate room will cost in the region of $5,262.

  • Assisted Living Facility: $4,245
  • Homemaker Services: $4,576
  • Home Health Aide: $4,576
  • Adult Day Health Care: $1,099
  • Nursing Home Facility (semiprivate room): $5,262

Financial Assistance for Assisted Living in Houston

Other Ways to Pay for Assisted Living in Houston

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:

  • Veterans Benefits
  • Life Insurance Policy
  • Long-Term Care Insurance
  • Reverse Mortgage

For more information about your options for making assisted living more affordable, visit our guide to assisted living in Houston.

Free and Low-Cost Assisted Living Resources for Seniors in Houston

The resources listed here are only a selection of the numerous supports available to Houston’s seniors. They are provided by nonprofit organizations and government agencies and are mostly free, but some affiliated services may incur a small cost.

Resource

Contact

Service

AARP Foundation Tax-Aide Program

(888) 687-2277

The purpose of the AARP Foundation Tax-Aide Program is to provide free support to seniors who may be unsure of the latest tax law changes. The service is available online and in person. The web option provides seniors with free tax-preparation software and direct access to an IRS-certified volunteer who can answer questions and provide additional support. The in-person option lets seniors make an appointment with their nearest AARP-approved facility, where they can drop off their tax documents. A volunteer does the prep work for them, only requiring the senior’s input at the final stage.

Long-Term Care Ombudsman Program

(800) 296-2606

The Long-Term Ombudsman Program is administered by the Houston Health Department. It’s an advocate for the rights of seniors residing in assisted living facilities and other types of care communities. Most of the program’s staff are trained volunteers who regularly visit facilities to educate seniors about their rights and listen to their complaints in confidence. The ombudsman investigates complaints and pursues resolutions with care providers through negotiation. 

Centers for Life

(713) 640-6817

YWCA operates 11 centers throughout Houston, each dedicated to providing seniors with opportunities to develop themselves physically, intellectually and emotionally. The centers offer opportunities for members to learn more about nutrition, improve their fitness and socialize with others in their age groups.

Harris County Veterans Services

(281) 876-6600

The officers at Harris County Veterans Services can help vets and their families apply for the benefits they’re entitled to, including pensions, educational opportunities and compensation. They can also help clients find missing documentation required to claim benefits.

Advocate Legal

(832) 393-4074

Advocate Legal is a nonprofit founded to help Houston’s low-income seniors. Although most of its work relates to guardianship, it also provides assistance to clients who may be entitled to benefits that can cover some of their long-term care costs. Advocate Legal can also help seniors access public benefits.

Assisted Living Laws and Regulations in Houston

Assisted Living Communities in Houston are required to follow a set of rules and regulations that are determined by the state. For more specific information, talk with your local community or Area Agency on Aging.

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The Top Assisted Living Communities in the Houston Area

In order to find the top assisted living communities in the Houston area, our team of researchers:

  • Sorted through 98 communities using our unique methodology
  • Spent over 36 hours researching assisted living communities in Houston
  • Read more than 784 reviews left by residents and their family members

After filtering out facilities that didn’t meet our high standards, we were left with 24 assisted living communities that earned our seal of approval. Through this process we discovered that the average cost of assisted living in the city of Houston is $4,245, which is higher than the state average of $3,998 and lower than the national average of $4,500.

Christina Drumm-Boyd
Certified Senior Advisor (CSA) and Geriatric Care Manager (GCM)
Christina Drumm-Boyd
Certified Senior Advisor (CSA) and Geriatric Care Manager (GCM)

Christina is a Certified Senior Advisor (CSA) and Geriatric Care Manager (GCM) who is passionate about seniors and their families. Along with her staff, Christina works hands-on with each client to find the best solutions for the challenges that often come with aging.

Read on for in-depth information about the top assisted living facilities in Houston, a brief dive into our methodology for determining the best assisted living communities, and a searchable directory of 98 communities in the Houston area.

AssistedLiving.org Trusted Communities

AssistedLiving.org spent dozens of hours researching the top assisted living communities in the Houston area to allow seniors and their families to find the community that’s right for them. Click through the facilities listed below to read in-depth reviews, what residents are saying, and details such as base pricing, room types, and more.

Belmont Village Hunters Creek
150
One Bedroom, Private, Semi-private
Assisted Living, Memory Care
3500

Located just minutes from myriad attractions and restaurants, Belmont Village Hunters Creek is an ideal fit for seniors who are in search of adventure on and off the grounds. Safety is ensured for residents and family members, with complimentary transportation to personal outings and doctor appointments. While on the grounds, residents can take in the relaxing gardens or participate in a wide variety of activities and fitness classes. Residents of Belmont Village Hunters Creek are encouraged to lead rich and fulfilling lives within a safe environment. Nursing staff is available 24 hours a day to assist with residents of every lifestyle and fitness level. Personalized programs are available upon request. Belmont Village Hunters Creek also offers the following on-site programs for the mind and body:

  • MBA Club for mind-body awareness
  • Circle of Friends activity group for memory care
  • Physical, occupational, and speech therapy
  • Person-centered living for Alzheimer’s care
What Residents are Saying:
Residents are boasting online about the wide variety of activities that keep them engaged. “There are many interesting activities every day and people to befriend. Fortunately they have a staffed fitness center and several exercise classes.”
3.94 out of 5
(23) Reviews
7667 Woodway Drive, Houston, TX 77063
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The Abbey at Westminster Plaza
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The Cottage of Spring Branch
The Farrington at Tanglewood
The Forum at Memorial Woods
The Hallmark Senior Living
The Shores at Clear Lake
The Village of Meyerland
The Village of River Oaks
The Village of the Heights
Treemont Retirement Community
Village on The Park at Steeplechase

Our Methodology

It’s not what we research, but the way we research that makes AssistedLiving.org stand out. We start by identifying problems and challenges in the senior care industry by gaining insight from conversations with industry professionals, older adults, and those that care for them. Next, our research team led by industry experts apply our data-driven research techniques to understand the magnitude of the challenge and how to overcome it. Finally, we present our findings in easy-to-understand guides and studies and share our actionable results with influencers and caregivers, as well as the general public.

Facility Features (40%)

Facility Health Services Graded on health services provided
on the facility including, but not
limited to, on-site nursing,
pharmacy, skilled nursing,
medicine administration, etc

Facility Amenities Graded on the available
amenities.

Affordability Financial assistance acceptance
and overall costs and value.

Residential Quality (40%)

Resident Satisfaction Polling & survey of overall facility satisfaction.

Facility Complaint and Violations Number of complaints and violations the facility had. Taking into account improvement over time.

Online Reviews Aggregated verified online reviews.

Location (20%)

Location-Based Benefits Including, but not limited to, proximity to
hospitals, ambulance response times, senior
resources available, and state and city
financial assistance.

Location Quality Local crime rates, incidents against older
adults, air quality, climate.