When it comes to senior living, Texas is a great choice for you or your loved one. 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.
Currently, there are more than 580 nursing homes in Texas. Our Senior Living Advisors can provide you with a list of nursing homes in Texas to help you find the one that best fits your needs and budget.
In Texas, the median monthly cost of a private room in a nursing home is about $6,400, according to Genworth
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) is a federal agency that regulates and provides ratings for nursing homes and skilled nursing facilities. CMS offers guidance to state Medicaid services regarding rules for facilities that are Medicaid-certified. Medicare provides a national nursing home website to view the audit and licensing history of Medicare-approved nursing homes.
Each state regulates senior living communities differently, but you can use APFM’s guide to assisted living regulations to learn more about access to facility records in Texas.
In Texas, nursing homes — also called convalescent homes or skilled nursing facilities — are intended for seniors who require 24-hour monitoring and medical assistance. These communities are designed to promote independence among seniors who require constant nursing care to perform activities of daily living (ADLs), but do not require hospital-level care.
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.