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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.