Assisted living communities have the luxury of a sense of community as well as individualized support. The types of service offered often include assistance with the activities of daily life. Residents may be kept under monitoring and assessment. In some situations, communities may offer “aging in place”, respite, or nursing. The state of Texas maintains specific standards associated with this kind of community. The Texas Department of Aging and Disability Services (DADS) licenses several types of assisted living communities certifies this community type. This community type has a number of provisions pertaining to medication assistance. These provisions include listing the medication taken on a resident’s medication profile record, reminders to take medications at the prescribed time, and supervision of a resident’s medication regimen. There must be one bath or shower for every 10 residents and one toilet for every 1 residents. In total, there can be no more than 4 residents to a room. This community has a number of provisions concerning food and diet which include menus must be prepared to provide a balanced and nutritious diet and such as that recommended by the national food and nutrition board, The meals must be served daily, at regular times, with no more than a 16-hour span between a substantial evening meal and breakfast the following morning, Therapeutic diets as ordered by the resident’s physician must be provided according to the service plan, and exceptions must be specifically approved by the Department. This type of community is required to offer a number of services. These include personal care, supervision or direct administration of medications, assistance with activities of daily living, and general supervision or oversight. Public assistance is available through Medicaid 1115 demonstration managed care waiver program–called STAR+PLUS. Staff must obtain education in a number of fields. These include: abuse/neglect, food and nutrition services, assisted living standards, and community resources. Before a resident is accepted, they must go through a service plan screening to assure their needs are going to be met. This screening includes a number of areas of interest such as interviews, and home visits, a comprehensive assessment , and must address the residents individual needs, preferences, and strengths.
Cost of Living
Cost of living can be a major factor in choosing what community fits best. The rent burden for Bastrop is about 22.9% of the average monthly income. The median home value in Bastrop costs around $154,966 and the median rent is about $1,129 a month.
Demographics and Values
Demographically, Bastrop is 2.4% other or not specified, 0.0% Pacific Islander or Native Hawaiian, 82.1% white, 0.6% Native American, 1.8% mixed race, 0.2% Asian, 12.9% black, and 23.4% Hispanic. Bastrop has a population density of 312 people per square mile. In Bastrop, 12.1% of the population are veterans of the United States armed forces. In terms of education, 29.7% have a high-school diploma, 8.2% have a graduate degree, and 27.0% have a college degree. Out of the total population of Bastrop, 11.5% do not have health insurance, 10.1% consider themselves widows, 16.1% have some form of disability, and 54.6% participate in the labor force. Out of the total city population, 50.3% are male and 49.7% are female. The median age of Bastrop is 41 years old.
An overview of Texas
There are 468 general hospitals and 501 health centers that provide care for 28,701,845 Texas residents. The three highest ranked hospitals in Texas are Nix Health Care System, Grace Medical Center, and Houston Methodist Hospital. In terms of personal well-being, Texas ranks 37th in healthcare and 38th in quality of life compared to other states. Residents of Texas enjoy its natural beauty which ranks 40th in the United States. Out of a national average of 100, Texas has a cost of living index rating of 91, a grocery index rating of 89, and a housing index rating of 85.
Social demographics of the state
In terms of religious values, 42% of Texas’s population regularly attend some form of service and there are in total 27,848 different congregations. The top three non-Christian denominations in the state are Jewish-<1%, Muslim-<1%, and Buddhist-<1%, with the most common Christian denominations consisting of Evangelical Protestant-31%, Mainline Protestant-13%, and Historically Black Protestant-6%. In Texas there are 1,292 masonic lodges. In the most recent presidential election, 52% of Texas residents voted Republican and 43% voted Democrat. In Texas, 24% of the population is over the age of 55. The median age in the state is 35. The state of Texas ranks 2nd in the country for diversity.
State-wide weather information
During the summer, the average temperature in Texas is around 82F. The average high summer temperature is around 102F in the month of June. The average low summer temperature is around 56F in the month of June. The average temperature in the winter falls to around 48F. During the winter, the average high temperature peaks at around 75F during the month of February. In the winter months, the average low temperature falls to around 16F during the month of January. On average, Texas has an air quality index rating of around 36.8 AQI. The average air quality index rating peaks in the month of July with a rating of around 51.4 AQI. The average monthly precipitation for the state of Texas is around 31.68 inches. The average amount of precipitation peaks during the month of June at around 7.44 inches. On average, the humidity rating for Texas is around 65%. Humidity levels tend to reach their peak in the month of February at around 81%. While residents of Texas mostly enjoy pleasant conditions, it’s important to be aware of inclement weather as well, which in Texas can include tornadoes, hurricanes, and floods.
Wildlife to be found in Texas
The state of Texas has a diverse array of plant and animal life. Local plant life can consist of Prickly Pear (Opuntia) Cactus, Mesquite, Small Live Oak, and Whitebrush. While venturing throughout the state, you might see animals such as the Desert Big Horn Sheep, the Whales, the Coyotes, or the Rodents. The state animal of Texas is the Nine-banded Armadillo. Some of the plants species native to the Texas region include Mesquite, Post Oak, and Perennial Bunchgrasses.