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Discover unique independent living amenities, social activities, dining, and more independent living benefits. With 107 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.
Types of care available in Houston, TX
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.
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 is a good facility. It has taken all the worry out of caring for Mom because I know she is in good hands there.
2121 Pinegate Drive, Houston, TX 77008
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...
My sister has numerous and unique debilitations. The management and caregiving staff at Brookdale Heights have been very sensitive to her needs. My sister feels safe and well cared for. I feel so grateful...
11900 Barryknoll Lane, Houston, TX 77024
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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...
Reason for #5 being lower is that evening meals are in Bldg 6 ONLY. I LIVE IN BLDG 2 AND that is a far walk for people with walking problems, which I have. As well as many others I've discussed with. Wish...
16700 Ella Blvd, Houston, TX 77090
Spoke with [name removed] today inquiring about a one-bedroom apartment unfortunately they didn't have anything to accommodate my income however he was very kind as well as helpful he then what a step...
11424 Richmond Avenue, Houston, TX 77082
Atria Westchase is an assisted living and memory care community Houston, Texas. Houston is an exciting city located in Harris County, and it is widely known for its diversity, its arts and theatre scene and its recreational amenities. Whether you are planning a weekend trip to Houston or...
They don't always clean, my loved ones room but the facility is always clean. They are polite but not always helpful. The staff is not necessarily what they seem. There has been an issue with the nurses, on...
2855 Westminster Plaza Dr, Houston, TX 77082
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The Abbey at Westminster Plaza is one of Houston's finest Assisted Living and Memory Enhancement Communities. We are pleased to also offer the newest and finest Luxury Independent Living Retirement Community, adjacent to the Assisted Living Community in West Houston. Family owned and operated...
The Abbey Assisted Living facility was home to my mom for 10 years. Throughout her time, the staff and management provided fantastic care and very responsive. The facility has great AMENITIES, lots of...
1321 Park Bayou Dr, Houston, TX 77077
Parkway Place offers a range of services at our retirement community in west Houston, Texas, including:Independent livingAssisted livingMemory careLong-term careRespite careParkway Place is one of the most unique senior living communities in Texas. We are a full-service community, built on...
I have been happy here. It meets my needs! The staff is great! I haven't had a meal I didn't like. A good place for this time in my life.
9889 Kempwood Drive, Houston, TX 77080
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,...
Our first impression with Brookdale Springs was great - the community itself is lovely, is it very clean and no fowl smells at all. We really like how the staff members are always aware of where the...
12102 Steepleway Blvd, Houston, TX 77065
Embark on the best years of your life at Village on the Park. Enjoy active senior living at its finest and discover active senior living at its finest! Our convenient location in Northwest Houston is within easy reach from downtown Houston, Galleria and the 290 corridor. Imagine a spacious...
The 3 on activities is really because she doesn't avail herself of the opportunities, so hard to judge quality. But quantity is good. It is an older facility, but they worked with us to refresh my MIL's...
303 Lantern Bend Drive, Houston, TX 77090
You get to define your day every day.If you’re living a mostly independent lifestyle, but you could use an extra hand with some of your day-to-day activities, our senior living community could be right for you. With both assisted living and memory care, you’ll have the care you need when you need...
Out of all the stressful things that happened in the last 6 months, the people at Brookdale were a breath of fresh air. And the facility was beautiful and well run. The staff were very well qualified and...
1815 Enclave Pkwy, Houston, TX 77077
Recently remodeled with beautiful grounds! Just the perfect amount of people where we can be one giant family.
I really can't fault the community on anything. More importantly my brother is happy there . It's a smaller community and he has made some friends. The staff all know about his low vision and are helpful.
10100 Kempwood Drive, Houston, TX 77080
“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...
I had several recommendations to visit Emerson Pine before I made my move from my apartment of seven years. The staff was very cordial and informative about the choices. I could have in a one-bedroom or two...
4141 N Braeswood Blvd, Houston, TX 77025
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...
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
13702 Wimbledon Oaks Dr, Houston, TX 77065
Apex Oaks Assisted Living & Memory Care strives to redefine senior living with professional care and an environment where the welcome never fades.We are nestled in a cozy, quiet neighborhood in Northwest Houston, Texas. Our community has ~20,000 square feet of living space with a private...
We moved our mother 4 years ago to Apex Oaks. I want to express my gratitude and appreciation to the ladies of this fine company. They welcomed her with open arms and made her feel at home. They cared for...
1015 S Shepherd Dr, Houston, TX 77019
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...
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...
4620 Bellaire Blvd, Bellaire, TX 77401
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...
What we really like about The Gardens are the staff, they make all the difference. They are attentive and caring. Based on our experience so far we would recommend this community to other families.
11500 Fallbrook Dr, Houston, TX 77065
At Morada Cy-Fair we offer senior living designed to meet the needs of seniors at various life stages ranging from independent living to assisted living and a SHINE® memory care community. We are located less than an hour from downtown Houston and about an hour from Galveston. Our residents enjoy...
My loved one likes the food, and does not complain. It's a nice place. Overall, I am happy with my selection and choice. I would recommend to other families.
2315 Richmond Ave, Houston, TX 77098
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...
Food is excellent. In dining they cater to the individuals taste and needs.
505 Bering Dr, Houston, TX 77057
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...
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...
5151 Buffalo Speedway, Houston, TX 77005
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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...
Brookdale West Univ. is a friendly, bustling, and comprehensive home for seniors transitioning to an independent living facility. The building itself is conveniently located to grocery stores, pharmacies,...
2835 Shadowbriar Drive, Houston, TX 77077
When you need the right care at the right time, we’re here for you and your family.If you’re living a mostly independent lifestyle, but you could use an extra hand with some of your day-to-day activities, our community with both assisted living and memory care could be right for you. With...
What we really like about this Brookdale community location because it is smaller and you get to really know the staff team and they really get to know the residents and their families really well. They are...
16820 West Road, Houston, TX 77095
Copperfield Estates provides a fulfilling, independent lifestyle in a welcoming environment. Nestled in beautifully landscaped grounds in the charming community of Cypress, you'll love the elegant grace of our facilities and the convenience of being close to all the things that make life great....
I have been pleasantly surprised by the friendliness, hospitality and professionalism, I've experienced. I have no complaints. Thank you so much for the transportation that has been provided.
7667 Woodway Drive, Houston, TX 77063
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...
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...
14050 Cutten Road, Houston, TX 77069
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Here you get to define your day every day.If you’re living a mostly independent lifestyle, but you could use an extra hand with some of your day-to-day activities, Brookdale Champions in Houston with both assisted living and memory care could be right for you. Enjoy a carefree lifestyle when you...
Brookdale Champions has been a comfortable place in the first six weeks of my parents new life there. The staff is very welcoming and warm. They are very happy with the food.
1600 Augusta Dr, Houston, TX 77057
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...
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...
2929 West Holcombe Boulevard, Houston, TX 77025
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...
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 median rent cost of independent senior living in Houston is $2,820 per month, according to A Place for Mom’s 2022-2023 proprietary data of partner communities. This figure excludes any additional fees for amenities and care 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:
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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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 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:
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:
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:
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.
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:
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.
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.
Number of in-network independent living facilities in the Houston area
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:
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.
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.
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.
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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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.
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: 
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:
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.
Holiday Cypress Woods, Novellus Cypresswood Assisted Living and Memory Care and Watermere at Woodland Lakes are the top-rated Independent Living facilities near Houston, TX. These Independent Living facilities received the highest rankings based on verified family reviews. See full list of communities.
The average cost of Independent Living in Houston is 3,052 per month. This cost may vary based on location, amenities, floorplan, level of care and other factors.
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