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56 Independent Living Facilities near Houston, TX

If you’re looking for independent living in the Houston area, our local senior living advisors can help you each step of the way. From affordable independent living for seniors to luxury options, we’ll work with you to understand the cost of independent living in Houston. From there, we’ll show you the best independent living communities for your lifestyle, interests, and budget.

Discover unique independent living amenities, social activities, dining, and more independent living benefits. With 56 independent living facilities in Houston, A Place for Mom makes it easier to find your new, maintenance-free home.

We are also serving Independent Living facilities in surrounding neighborhoods like Park Place, North Shore and Memorial.
You may also consider nearby communities such as Bellaire, South Houston or West University Place.

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Average starting price $3,029/month
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Recent reviews of Independent Living in Houston, TX
The Waterford at Baytown
4.5

We moved both our parents to the Waterford during the pandemic from a community that stop almost all services. The Waterford was still keeping their residents active within the community. They started in assisted living and were able to transitionr to memory care as their needs changed. It was great not to have to separate or uproot them again. The are well taken care of and the facility is well maintained.

Belmont Village West University in Houston, TX
3.9

Due to health-related issues I became a Belmont Village resident. As a result I am a grateful resident at this terrific facility. To sum it up: —Great staff —Great medical support —Great food I am indeed glad I came here. Peter Roussel

The Farrington at Tanglewood in Houston, TX
5.0

The Farrington at Tanglewood is a good facility. It has taken all the worry out of caring for Mom because I know she is in good hands there.

Brookdale The Heights

2121 Pinegate Drive, Houston, TX 77008

Starting at$X,XXX+ monthly
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Provides: Assisted Living, Memory Care

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There’s a lot for you to love here.With both assisted living and memory care, at our community, you’ll have the care you need, when you need it. For memory care residents, we offer a program, also known as Clare Bridge. Rooted in “a person-centered approach,” our memory care program helps our...

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Beauty Salon
Enclosed Courtyard
4.2(54 reviews)

Not going to lie, I was skeptical. When looking for a nursing home, all places preach of their benefits, but you have to pick someplace. Brookdale has grown in our estimation. It's tough to let go of...

Brookdale Memorial City

11900 Barryknoll Lane, Houston, TX 77024

Starting at$X,XXX+ monthly
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Provides: Independent Living

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Trade home maintenance for more time to do what you want to do. At our independent living community in Houston, Texas, you can start your day with a swim in our heated outdoor pool maybe try a line dancing class Or maybe you want to explore your creative side with an art class in our arts and...

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Beauty Salon
Art Classes
4.3(112 reviews)

The staff members at Brookdale Memorial are very friendly they get 6 stars out of 5. We have had a few meals there and overall the are really good - we understand it is hard to please everyone especially...

Treemont Retirement Community

2501 Westerland Drive, Houston, TX 77063

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Provides: Independent Living

Treemont Retirement Community is Houston's 'Retirement Tradition,' with a key strength being its long-tenured staff and a warm, friendly environment. Residents say, staff "spoil us" "make us feel special" and "take the time to know us individually."Treemont is an excellent value for seniors given...

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Beauty Salon
Guest meals
4.3(144 reviews)

I like everything about living at Treemont. It's clean and orderly, and the service is good. The staff is nice, and the food service is well organized and serves healthy meals. The owners are very...

Brookdale Spring Shadows

9889 Kempwood Drive, Houston, TX 77080

Starting at$X,XXX+ monthly
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Provides: Assisted Living, Memory Care

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Go do the things you love, and let us help with the rest.If you’re looking to redefine your independence with a little extra help, our senior living community with both assisted living and memory care could be the right fit for you. Here you’ll have the care you need when you need it. Plus,...

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Beauty Salon
Enclosed Courtyard
4.2(39 reviews)

Brookdale Spring Shadows has brought my dad back to life! He was starting to sit around the house and do nothing but at Brookdale Spring Shadows he laughs, tells jokes, meets daily for fun activities and...

Brookdale West University

5151 Buffalo Speedway, Houston, TX 77005

Starting at$X,XXX+ monthly
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Provides: Independent Living

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If you’re ready to trade your hedge clippers for golf clubs, our independent living community might be the perfect fit for you. Because when it comes to chores, less is more—more time for you to do what you want to do.So how do you want to spend your days? Here are just a few of the fun things...

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Beauty Salon
Guest meals
4.1(82 reviews)

Very happy here. I’m just needing to adjust to my new normal. Surprisingly it’s not affecting my sleep. I sleep very well. My main focus would be, to get my mail situated. The thing I enjoy most are the...

The Village of Meyerland

4141 N Braeswood Blvd, Houston, TX 77025

Starting at$X,XXX+ monthly
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Provides: Independent Living, Assisted Living, Memory Care

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The Village of Meyerland is an assisted living community that is located in the wonderful, of Houston, Harris County, Texas. This community offers the most beautiful assisted living spaces in the Houston area. The Village of Meyerland prides itself on social communication and interaction. You can...

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Beauty Salon
Enclosed Courtyard
4.3(39 reviews)

The staff has been receptive to our requests, and have worked with us to resolve issues that come up. Our mom seems to like the staff. She is largely non-communicative but they talk to her and not at her

The Village of River Oaks

1015 S Shepherd Dr, Houston, TX 77019

Starting at$X,XXX+ monthly
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Provides: Independent Living, Assisted Living, Memory Care

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The Village of River Oaks will be an active independent living retirement community, along with Assisted Living & Memory Care located in beautiful River Oaks. With an exceptional location, our residents will enjoy the convenience to fine area restaurants, nearby River Oaks Center shopping and to...

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Beauty Salon
Enclosed Courtyard
4.6(13 reviews)

Our families experience so far has been great, the staff members there are exceptional and very professional. They did great with the move in coordination as well as introducing our loved one to new people...

MorningStar at River Oaks

2315 Richmond Ave, Houston, TX 77098

Starting at$X,XXX+ monthly
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Provides: Assisted Living, Memory Care

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Houston seniors deserve the very best. If you are looking for the most exceptional assisted living Houston offers, we invite you to consider the contemporary styling of MorningStar Assisted Living and Memory Care at River Oaks, in the Upper Kirby District. MorningStar provides residents with...

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Beauty Salon
Enclosed Courtyard
4.3(6 reviews)

Food is excellent. In dining they cater to the individuals taste and needs.

The Farrington at Tanglewood

505 Bering Dr, Houston, TX 77057

Starting at$X,XXX+ monthly
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14
14 Floor plans available

Provides: Assisted Living, Memory Care

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The Farrington at Tanglewood is a prominent senior living community in Houston, Texas that offers assisted living and memory care services. Houston is a family-friendly city that is home to several museums, eclectic shopping, and diverse dining choices. There is something for everyone to enjoy in...

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Enclosed Courtyard
Special Dining Programs
3.9(83 reviews)

They send pictures of my loved one enjoying the activities. I liked the place. We picked this community, because it was proximity to where she lived, and close to friends. They are good. I would recommend to...

Belmont Village Hunters Creek

7667 Woodway Drive, Houston, TX 77063

Starting at$X,XXX+ monthly
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Provides: Assisted Living, Memory Care

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Our Memorial-area community offers residents an active lifestyle in an ideal location. Conveniently situated minutes from the Galleria and just a short drive from the Texas Medical Center, residents have easy access to premier shopping, dining and entertainment, along with world-class medical...

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Beauty Salon
Enclosed Courtyard
4.3(69 reviews)

We moved our mother into Belmont Village close to the end of her life. We knew, as did she, that we could not give her the care at home that she was needing at that point. The staff was wonderful and took...

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Belmont Village West University

2929 West Holcombe Boulevard, Houston, TX 77025

Starting at$X,XXX+ monthly
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6 Floor plans available

Provides: Assisted Living, Memory Care

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When Belmont Village at West University in Houston, Texas opened its doors in November 1998, it was the realization of three years of careful planning to create a higher standard in assisted living. As our company's first facility, it became the inspiration for the successful development of...

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Beauty Salon
Guest meals
4.3(39 reviews)

Belmont is a good place to be. I am almost 95 and have lived here four years. I am able to do most things for my self, but driving, running errands, etc. are no longer good to be doing alone anymore. Belmont...

The Village of Tanglewood

1600 Augusta Dr, Houston, TX 77057

Starting at$X,XXX+ monthly
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10
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Provides: Independent Living

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Providing excellent service, a professional approach and a willingness to go the extra mile every day allows our team to surpass other retirement communities.' Located in a distinctive neighborhood, The Village of Tanglewood is a five story mid-rise community with easy access to theaters, the...

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Beauty Salon
Guest meals
4.3(22 reviews)

We chose Village of Tanglewood because it had a better feel to it. It is in a neighborhood so it is not as sterile feeling as some of the other places that we looked into/ The location is great and around a...

The Tradition - Buffalo Speedway

9339- Buffalo Speedway, Houston, TX 77025

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Provides: Independent Living

Beauty Salon
Art Classes
4.8(4 reviews)

Of all the others I looked at, this was the chosen one. I know I am going to be here several years. Housekeeping comes once a week. The staff has all been helpful and very friendly. Residents are nice and...

Brazos Towers

4141 S Braeswood Blvd, Houston, TX 77025

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Provides: Independent Living, Assisted Living, Memory Care

Full service, non-profit, CCRC. Offering 183 independent living condos; 25 assisted living one bedrooms; 8 memory care studios and 37 skilled nursing and rehabilitation (private rooms available); Medicare certified.Submission of completed applications and approvals needed prior to...

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Beauty Salon
Enclosed Courtyard
5.0(1 review)

LOVED THIS COMMUNITY BUT WE COULD NOT AFFORD THE $300K BUY-IN

Cottage Grove Living

7441 Coffee St, Houston, TX 77033

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Provides: Assisted Living

Beauty Salon
Enclosed Courtyard
5.0(1 review)

My grandmother-in-law was only at Cottage Grove Living for about a month, but during that time. We found the community to be a wonderful place, and she was very happy there. The staff and the owners were...

Emerson Pines

10100 Kempwood Drive, Houston, TX 77080

Starting at$X,XXX+ monthly
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Provides: Independent Living

“The sense of community we share gives our residents the opportunity to thrive and continue their lives and stories in a positive direction.” Nestled in a quiet residential area, The Gardens at Spring Shadows is conveniently located in Spring Branch at Kempwood Drive and Gessner Road.Our gated...

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4.5(4 reviews)

Everyone has been very friendly. My loved one does not eat the food, or utilize the activities, so it would be nice if a discount was offered. My loved one is very well taken care of. There is additional...

The Cottage of Spring Branch

1842 Hollister Road, Houston, TX 77080

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Provides: Assisted Living, Memory Care

The Cottage of Spring Branch is licensed by the state of Texas in assisted living and certified in Alzheimer’s care and related dementia care. Our trained staff is geared specifically for the challenges that Alzheimer’s and related dementia present. We take pride in offering senior care that is...

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Beauty Salon
Enclosed Courtyard
4.9(5 reviews)

My mom was at The Cottages for 6 months before she passed away last July. We couldn’t have found a better place for her. She had advanced dementia that my father and I had been dealing with for about two...

Braeswood Estates Senior Living

2555 S Braeswood Blvd, Houston, TX 77025

Starting at$X,XXX+ monthly
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Provides: Assisted Living

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Lease by October 29 and get $1,000 off your rent for the first three months. THAT’S A SAVINGS OF $3,000!*We are continuing to admit new Residents, where possible and appropriate, to help residents and families in need. We will do all we can to help those who are in need of our services now and...

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Beauty Salon
Enclosed Courtyard
4.4(138 reviews)

It's a very clean. MY loved one likes the food. Our interaction with the staff has been good. It's a very clean community, and a very quiet place. The staff is extremely friendly and accomodating.

The Village of Southampton

5020 Kelvin Dr, Houston, TX 77005

Starting at$X,XXX+ monthly
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20 Floor plans available

Provides: Independent Living, Assisted Living, Memory Care

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Beauty Salon
Enclosed Courtyard
4.1(4 reviews)

The staff members have all been super friendly, and their helpfulness is outstanding. Our loved one also really enjoys the activities.

Good Living Community Care

5715 & 5719 Dolores St., Houston, TX 77057

Starting at$X,XXX+ monthly
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Provides: Assisted Living, Memory Care

Providing You with home-like Community Nursing Care. Welcome to Good Living Community Care, your Community nursing care and Assisted living that provides a homelike environment structured with compassionate staff dedicated to enhancing the quality of life. Taking a pick at our range of our...

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Enclosed Courtyard
Private Dining Room
3.5(8 reviews)

We chose Good Living Community Care because of the convenient location and they worked really hard to get my dad into dialysis. The room sizes here were pretty good for what he needed. As assisted living, I...

The Gardens of Bellaire

4620 Bellaire Blvd, Bellaire, TX 77401

Starting at$X,XXX+ monthly
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Provides: Assisted Living, Memory Care

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The Gardens of Bellaire provides assisted living in an apartment-style setting that offers the simple pleasures - nutritious food, comfortable surroundings, and the support of a warm, caring and competent staff. Our Healthcare Center emphasizes resident care and dignity in private or shared...

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Beauty Salon
Enclosed Courtyard
3.8(34 reviews)

I'm very pleased with this facility. I had an unusual need for my loved one's and they were very accommodating. The staff is very attentive and caring. I visit a lot and it's always clean and no smell...

Tranquility Assisted Living

9006 Poco Rd, Houston, TX 77080

Starting at$X,XXX+ monthly
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Provides: Assisted Living

Special Dining Programs
4.4(8 reviews)

This place was a wonderful fit for my brother’s respite care. The admission process was so much easier then other facilities. The staff could not have been kinder or more concerned for not just his care, but...

Anthology of Tanglewood

504 Bering Dr, Houston, TX 77057

Starting at$X,XXX+ monthly
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2
2 Floor plans available

Provides: Independent Living, Assisted Living, Memory Care

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Welcome to a world of designer living, resort amenities and complete freedom. Active adult living at its finest, leasing allows for care free living. Your new home will expand to 15,000 sqft living and entertaining space; infinity pool, court yards, dog park, gym, wine tasting lounge, media room,...

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Beauty Salon
Enclosed Courtyard
4.5(11 reviews)

Anthology of Tanglewood is a lovely place to live. It is less than 3 years old, has beautiful amenities and a warm and engaging staff. I looked at every senior living community within 30 miles of my desired...

The Tradition - Woodway

6336 Woodway Dr., Houston, TX 77057

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Provides: Independent Living, Assisted Living, Memory Care

Enclosed Courtyard
4.5(2 reviews)

The staff is great, if you can afford the community it is beautiful. The community is flexible and accommodating and the community has gone above and beyond. Communication is great and they keep us well...

Treemont Health Care Center

2501 1/2 Westerland Dr, Houston, TX 77063

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6 Floor plans available

Provides: Assisted Living

Treemont Assisted Living provides extra help you may need with your daily activities, while you maintain the privacy, dignity, and independence that means so much to you. We are unique in having an all-inclusive rate. We have one care plan for a fixed monthly rate. There will be no end of month...

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Beauty Salon
Guest meals
4.5(1 review)

So far so good. For the cost, it's well worth it. It was one of the least expensive places around, so it's a great value. It's in close proximity to my house. The staff are good, and they have an on-site...

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Costs of independent living in the Houston area

The cost of independent senior living in Houston, Texas, averages $3,171 per month, according to A Place for Mom’s 2022-2023 proprietary data of partner communities. This figure includes rent and any additional fees for amenities and services. You’ll find that independent living facilities in Houston have a lot to offer at an affordable price. These costs can include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Meal plans
  • Utilities, maintenance, and landscaping
  • Housekeeping and laundry services
  • Transportation services
  • Access to shared spaces, such as fitness centers, game rooms, and movie theaters
  • Security systems

The below costs give an area comparison of average senior independent living costs and don’t necessarily account for any additional fees, such as meal plans or extra services.

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How people pay for independent living in Houston

Medicaid and Medicare don’t cover independent living senior community costs, as these are not considered long-term care communities. So, Houston seniors typically combine their personal resources to pay for independent senior living. Houston veterans may also use their veteran benefits to offset some costs for independent living in Houston, Texas.

It’s important to note that if you’re planning for care needs that may arise in the future, Medicaid and Medicare may be used to cover some in-home care services or care expenses in assisted living or memory care communities.

Private pay methods for independent living in Houston

Private pay methods include a senior’s savings accounts, Social Security benefits, retirement pensions, investment returns, and more.

Note: Long-term care insurance doesn’t typically apply to independent living communities, as these policies usually only cover medical care costs in senior care communities. However, learning about long-term care insurance can be useful for future planning, in case a transfer to an assisted living care facility ever becomes necessary.

Also note: Texas is one of the few states in the nation without personal income tax, saving you from paying additional taxes on Social Security benefits or other retirement income.[02,03]

Read on for some insights into other ways you might pay for independent senior living costs:

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Understand Texas laws and regulations for independent living communities

Independent living communities in Houston are not regulated by a state agency. However, most of our partner Houston communities share their campus with an assisted living facility. This means they are required to comply with assisted living licensing and regulation requirements set forth by the Texas Health and Human Services, also known as the HHS. Texas independent living facilities with an assisted living facility on the same campus are required to regulate the following in order to pass inspections and stay licensed:

  • Sufficient staffing
  • Employee background checks
  • Management of the facility
  • Construction of the facility
  • Implementation of safety and emergency features
  • Protection from hazardous areas
  • Document reports of fire drills, system checks, etc.[05]

Tenant rights

Stand-alone independent living facilities aren’t regulated by the Texas Health and Human Services, but they are still required to comply with Texas’ general housing and apartment standards for landlords and tenants. It’s important for seniors and their families to understand their tenant rights to ensure a safe, satisfactory living situation while renting. Below, you’ll find a brief summary of tenants’ rights in Texas:

  • Residents have the right to ask their landlord to repair problems that risk their health and safety. Landlords are required to make a diligent effort in repairing the problems at hand.
  • Residents may terminate a lease if a problem that affects their health hasn’t been resolved after multiple notices and within a reasonable timeframe.
  • If a landlord fails to resolve issues that affect a resident’s health after multiple notices within a reasonable timeframe, the tenant may hire an external contractor to fix the problem. The tenant can then submit the expenses to the landlord to deduct the expense from their rent.[06]

Before making any major decisions in a tenant-landlord dispute, it’s strongly recommended that a tenant consults with an attorney or tenants association. Consulting a housing expert is the best way to ensure that you don’t breach any lease agreements and will ultimately help you get the outcome you want.

If you’d like more information on your rights as a tenant in a Texas independent living facility, see this Tenants’ Rights Handbook.

Americans with Disabilities Act (also known as ADA) compliance

Tenants with disabilities also have the right to request reasonable accommodations and modifications when they rent from any property owner. Reasonable accommodations are changes to community policies, and modifications are structural changes to common areas or individual units. These accommodations or modifications could include the following scenarios:

  • Smoke detectors need to be installed by the property owner within each room of a unit. If a tenant has a hearing impairment, a specialized smoke detector must be installed.
  • Owners must provide common area accommodations for tenants with disabilities, so tenants can easily access shared spaces and participate in resident activities.
  • Property owners must pay for modifications to units or common areas to make them more accessible to individuals with disabilities, or they must provide a sufficient alternative. Modifications can include adding a wheelchair ramp, installing grab bars in the bathroom, or removing carpet for easy wheelchair use.[06]

For detailed examples and information on reasonable accommodations and modifications, see the Texas Department of Housing and Human Affairs’ infographic. Also note that property owners may lawfully deny a request if the modification poses an undue financial and administrative burden.

COVID-19 regulations for Houston independent living communities

Neither Houston nor Texas have specific COVID-19 regulations for independent living communities. However, independent living communities with an assisted living unit on-site must comply with any guidelines set forth by the Texas Health and Human Services Commission (also known as the HHSC). The HHSC retired its COVID-19 response plan for assisted living facilities in January of 2023, but facilities are still required to develop their own infection prevention and control measures regarding masks, physical distancing, and additional protocols for personal protective equipment (PPE) during an active infection or outbreak.[07]

Get to know independent living in Houston

56

Number of in-network independent living facilities in the Houston area

4.0/5.0 Average in-network rating
90% of communities have an on-site beauty salon
81% of communities have an on-site pool
81% of communities have an on-site movie theater
81% of communities have an on-site fitness center

2655

Number of people we have referred in Houston in 2022

76

Average age of residents we have referred in Houston in 2022

Unique features of independent living communities in Houston

Houston is home to the highest population of seniors in Texas. So, naturally, the city’s independent living communities check every box when it comes to helping seniors find their home — because the market is competitive. To learn exactly how Houston communities work to keep seniors healthy and happy, check out the following Houston independent living features:

Multiple care types under one roof

It’s common practice for independent living to be provided in assisted living facilities or continuing care retirement communities. In fact, almost all of our partner independent living communities in Houston are on a campus that provides multiple care types, namely assisted living and memory care. Many communities even partner with third-party home care agencies on-site for seniors seeking advanced care services.

To further accommodate senior residents, many of these communities take extra security measures to make sure residents and their belongings remain safe. For example, most of our partnered communities have 24-hour staffing and a secured, gated campus with video-monitored entrances and exits.

Services that make life easier

Many of our independent living communities help seniors lead active lifestyles, free of daily stresses and chores. While residents are off enjoying their beloved hobbies and pastimes, staff members take care of the cleaning, maintenance, and landscaping. Most of our partner communities offer in-unit housekeeping and laundry services. Staff will also happily coordinate transportation, ensuring residents get from place to place safely. Plus, residents don’t have to worry about leaving the community for a haircut, as some partner communities offer on-site beauticians to provide new styles, colors, beard trimmings, and more.

Shared spaces and on-site activities encourage friendship

Independent living residents are often looking to form new friendships and connections. That is precisely why many of our in-network Houston communities provide shared amenities, gathering spaces, and a myriad of on-site activities. Residents are free to gather in on-site arts and crafts centers, libraries, movie theaters, lounges, pubs, and more. They can also choose to attend events and activities hosted by the community. Many communities have a rotating calendar filled with interest-centered club meetings, fitness classes, off-site trips, holiday parties, birthday celebrations, and more.

Independent living in the surrounding Houston suburbs

Many seniors find themselves wary of Houston’s traffic as they age, so they tend to gravitate toward the city’s suburbs for retirement. Some of the most popular Houston suburbs for retirement include Sugar Land and Katy. These cities offer master-planned communities filled with community parks, pools, and courts. Residents in both cities also benefit from a range of amenities, enjoy cuisines from all around the world, shop local boutiques and name-brand stores, and explore niche museums. Plus, the spacious nature of the suburbs enables independent living communities to maximize their on-site amenities.

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Unfamiliar with Houston? Highlights for seniors

276,960

Number of seniors over the age of 65 currently living in Houston, according to the U.S. Census Bureau

76%

Percentage of Houston seniors 65+ that are retired from the workforce, according to the U.S. Census Bureau

21,018

Median annual Social Security income for Houston seniors 65 and older, according to the U.S. Census Bureau

Health care for seniors in Houston

Aging adults have access to many health care facilities in Houston — some of which are nationally ranked in geriatrics. Below, you’ll learn more about what Houston’s top-rated hospitals have to offer.

Houston Methodist Hospital is the No. 1 hospital in Texas and Houston, according to U.S. News and World Report. It’s nationally ranked in 10 specialties, including No. 22 in geriatrics, No. 15 in neurology, and No. 11 in orthopedics.

Baylor St. Luke’s Medical Center is the No. 2 hospital in Houston and is nationally ranked in six specialties, including No. 43 in geriatrics, according to U.S. News and World Report.

Memorial Hermann Hospital is No. 3 in Houston and is high performing in seven specialties, including diabetes, orthopedics, and cardiology, according to U.S. News and World Report.

MD Anderson is the No. 1 cancer center in the nation, according to U.S. News and World Report. It’s the largest cancer center in the U.S. and is also nationally ranked in geriatrics, diabetes, and urology. It’s world-renowned for its evolving research and high level of care.

Michael E. DeBakey VA Medical Center is a popular veteran hospital in Texas. It’s known for providing a wide array of services, including a range of health, legal, and even caregiver resources.

Transportation for seniors in Houston

There are several ways to get around in Houston, but due to the city’s urban sprawl, most residents own cars. Luckily, many of our in-network independent living facilities enable residents to travel safely by providing complimentary or at-cost transportation services.

However, some communities only offer rides to a limited number of events, such as strictly to appointments, errands, etc., so knowing your public transportation options will come in handy. Houston’s most popular public transportation method is METRO. It offers buses, rails, and paratransit services throughout Harris County. Houston residents who are 65+ or have a disability may also qualify for RIDES.

Additionally, active seniors may benefit from checking out the following scores from WalkScore. Each score is out of 100 and based on hyperlocal data on Houston’s public density, walking routes, public transit options, biking trails, and more: [09]

47

Walk Score

36

Transit Score

49

Bike Score

Dynamic senior activities in Houston

As Texas’ largest city, the saying “everything’s bigger in Texas” rings true in Houston. The diverse city proclaims itself as the cultural capital of the South. To live up to this claim, the city works to accommodate the interests of all ages — most importantly, seniors. Aging adults can enjoy the city’s robust shopping and dining options, participate in senior programs at local community centers, or explore the following types of attractions:

Arts and culture

  • Space Center Houston: This is Houston’s most popular museum and enables seniors to view space artifacts and learn about space travel.
  • The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston: Art lovers can view stunning exhibitions and world-renowned artworks at this famous Houston art museum.
  • Theater District: Houston’s theater district spans 17 blocks and hosts a range of plays, ballets, symphonies, and more.

Nature and wildlife

  • Houston Zoo: Animal lovers can enjoy afternoons strolling the zoo’s exhibits and interacting with some of its animals.
  • Downtown Aquarium: This unique aquarium offers several activities, including a restaurant, various rides, and of course, aquatic exhibits.
  • Houston Botanic Garden: Seniors with an affinity for nature can surround themselves with flowers and plants for an afternoon at this expansive botanical garden.

Parks and recreation

  • Houston parks and recreation: Seniors can choose to stroll and relax in one of the many parks across the city. Or, they can use their well-maintained tennis courts and pickleball courts to break a sweat.
  • River Oaks Country Club: Seniors can take part in indoor and outdoor activities or socialize and relax in facilities at the city’s most popular country club.

Note that many of these attractions provide accommodations for individuals with disabilities, and some even offer senior discounts. To confirm the exact accommodations and specials available, be sure to inquire about each respective location prior to your visit.

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