Assisted living communities administer oversight, social opportunities, and personal care to individuals who are around 65 years old. The services offered often involve support with the activities of daily life. Inhabitants may be kept under observation and assessment. In certain situations, communities may offer hospice, Alzheimer’s care, or respite. Texas has a number of provisions associated with this type of community. The Texas Department of Aging and Disability Services (DADS) licenses several types of assisted living communities regulates this type of community. There must be one toilet for every 1 residents and one bath or shower for every 10 residents. The maximum occupancy is 4 residents per room. This type of community is required to offer a number of services. These include general supervision or oversight, personal care, activity and/or social program for residents, and supervision or direct administration of medications. Before a resident is accepted, they must go through a service plan screening to make sure 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. Public assistance is available through Medicaid 1115 demonstration managed care waiver program–called STAR+PLUS. This community has a number of provisions concerning food and diet which include Therapeutic diets as ordered by the resident’s physician must be provided according to the service plan, exceptions must be specifically approved by the Department, menus must be prepared to provide a balanced and nutritious diet and such as that recommended by the national food and nutrition board, and 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. Staff are required to receive training in a variety of subjects. These areas include basic principles of management, community resources, resident characteristics (including dementia), and accessibility requirements. This community type has a number of provisions pertaining to medication assistance. These provisions include residents may self-administer their own medication, supervision of a resident’s medication regimen, and assisting residents with taking medications.
Cost of Living
The price of a care community is influenced by the city in which it is located. The rent burden for Lockhart is around 18.8% of the average monthly income. Lockhart has a median home value of $127,749 and the median cost of rent is around $1,032 per month per month.
Demographics and Values
In Lockhart, 7.0% of the population are veterans of the United States military. Racially, the population of Lockhart is 54.9% Hispanic, 0.1% Pacific Islander or Native Hawaiian, 10.9% other or not specified, 75.1% white, 2.9% Asian, 1.8% mixed race, 2.1% Native American, and 7.1% black. In Lockhart, 10.3% live in poverty, 14.6% have some form of disability, 15.2% do not have health insurance, and 56.1% participate in the labor force. Out of the total city population, 49.2% are male and 50.8% are female. The median age of Lockhart is 38 years old. Of the population of Lockhart 4.8% have a graduate degree, 14.5% have a college degree, and 41.6% have a high-school diploma. Currently, the population of Lockhart consists of 13,396 people and in total the Lockhart metro area has a population of 13,788. Lockhart has a population density of 340 people per square mile.
An overview of Texas
There are 468 hospitals and 501 health centers that service a population of 28,701,845. The three highest ranked hospitals in Texas are Nix Health Care System, Grace Medical Center, and Houston Methodist Hospital. The state of Texas has a cost of living index of 91.3 where a score of 100 is the national average, and anything below 100 is considered less expensive than the national average. The state has a grocery index rating of 88.9 and a housing index rating of 85.3. The quality of life enjoyed by the average Texas citizen is ranked 38th nation-wide. Additionally, Texas is ranked 37th by healthcare standards. The natural beauty of Texas is ranked 40th in the nation.
Social demographics of the state
The state of Texas ranks 2nd in the country for diversity. Forty-two percent of Texas residents regularly attend a religious service from one of the state’s 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. The state has a median age of 35 and 24% of its population being over the age of 55. During the latest presidential election, 52% voted for the Republican candidate while 43% voted for the Democratic candidate.
State-wide weather information
On average, the state receives 31.68 inches of precipitation a month. 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%. The highest monthly average humidity rating is 81% in the month of February. The average air quality index rating in Texas is 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 temperature in the winter falls to around 48F. During the winter, the average high temperature peaks at around 75F during the month of February. The average low temperature during the winter drops to around 16F in the month of January. The average temperature in the summer rises to 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. 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 Guajillo, Catclaw, Huisache, and Whitebrush. While venturing throughout the state, you might see animals such as the Armadillos, the White Tail Deer, the Dolphins, or the Opossums. Some of the plants species native to the Texas region include Mesquite, Perennial Bunchgrasses, and Live Oak. The state animal of Texas is the Nine-banded Armadillo.