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If you’re considering moving your loved one into a Houston nursing home, our senior living advisors can help. The term “nursing home” is often used interchangeably with assisted living or other senior housing options; but a nursing home is a skilled nursing facility for individuals with serious, debilitating short- or long-term health issues. So even the best nursing homes in Houston, TX may not be right for seniors who don’t require round-the-clock care.
We can help you determine if a skilled nursing facility in Houston or another care type is right for you. Browse 110 senior living options near you to see the variety available, or contact us to learn more about elderly homes in Houston.
We are also serving Nursing Homes 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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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...
16700 Ella Blvd, Houston, TX 77090
Ella Springs surpasses every other facility we have visited for our sister. Everyone on the staff from the top down to the ambassadors is cheerful and attentive to each detail of care for our family member....
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...
14225 Crescent Landing Dr, Houston, TX 77062
You can trust that your loved one with Alzheimer's or dementia at The Heritage of Clear Lake assisted living memory care in Houston, Texas. We focus exclusively on memory care, providing care that's based on the most up-to-date research, for our residents with Alzheimer's or dementia.At The...
Every single worker there that we have encountered and deal with treat every single person as if they were apart of a family which makes a big different. All of the employees no matter their position will...
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...
It's a lovely place, and they do great work. It's a wonderful place. They have a great menu, and wonderful food choices. They have a bunch of activiites. It's great value for the money. I would recommend to...
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...
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
4710 W Bellfort St, Houston, TX 77035
You can trust that your loved one with Alzheimer's or another form of dementia is in good hands at The Heritage of Meyerland assisted living memory care in Houston, Texas. We focus exclusively on memory care, providing care that's based on the most up-to-date research, for our residents with...
We liked that it was a dedidicated memory care facility vs a independent facility. There focus was just on memory care. The staff were dedicated to that kind of care. We picked this community because of the...
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...
It was a really nice experience. The Village of River Oaks gave us peace of mind and the ability to sleep at night knowing our loved one was being taken care of. When you get down to it, everything is...
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.
11395 Richmond Ave, Houston, TX 77082
The Reserve at Westchase is exclusively designed for residents with memory loss. Our 39 years of services are provided in a secure environment that promotes a peace of mind. We are committed to keeping our residents, active, happy, and comfortable.Strategically located in Westchase right outside...
The staff is very accommodating, very nice and friendly. The staff ratio to residents is great. Low staff turnover. They have dedicated staff for each wing (four wings) overall in the facility. The courtyard...
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...
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...
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.
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...
7450 Willowchase Boulevard, Houston, TX 77070
Living Life WellSure, you have options for senior living in Houston. But not many of them look like this. We think one visit and you’ll see that we stand out in a crowd, not just because our building often feels more like a resort than what you’d typically think of senior living. It’s also...
I would recommend it. I would recommend my Mom to stay. They have been doing a great job with my family member. It would a good place for your loved one to reside.
7800 N Stadium Dr, Houston, TX 77030
The Reserve at Braeswood is exclusively designed for residents with memory loss. Our services are provided in a secure environment that promotes a peace of mind. We are committed to keeping our residents, active, happy, and comfortable.
Mother doesn’t always know us or who is doing the visiting but when we visit her in Colonial Oaks she says “You have a very nice home.” Not only is the environment clean and homelike but she’s so well cared...
10225 Cypresswood Drive, Houston, TX 77070
The Auberge at Cypresswood is a neighborhood specially designed to serve the needs of individuals living with Alzheimer's disease, dementia and other forms of memory loss. Every day we make it a goal to go above and beyond to enrich the lives of our residents. The staff is committed to delivering...
This community and experience was good for us. The medication was not given to my loved one on time, and I'm not sure if this was because of hospice or the community staff. The staff communication with the...
Houston nursing homes or skilled nursing facilities typically have increased costs due to the higher level of medical observation residents receive. However, pricing can still vary based on location, provided services, and your loved one’s specific care needs. Additionally, if your senior loved one doesn’t require 24-hour skilled nursing care, you can save a significant amount of money by opting for an assisted living or memory care facility — where they’ll still receive care services, like assistance with activities of daily living, medication management, and some basic skilled nursing services.
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Seniors and families can pay for Houston nursing homes and senior care facilities using a combination of private pay methods and public pay options. Below, you’ll find several options and resources to help you understand how to pay for nursing home and senior care facilities.
Private pay methods will depend on your loved one’s income sources. Sources may include a combination of investment returns, Social Security benefits, pensions, and savings accounts. Other options may include the following:
Note: Texas is one of the few U.S. states without personal income tax, saving seniors from paying taxes on their Social Security benefits and other retirement income.[03,04]
In the state of Texas, all assisted living, memory care, and skilled nursing homes must be licensed and regulated by the Texas Health and Human Services Commission (also known as the HHSC or HHS) before providing housing and care services to residents. Additionally, if a nursing home or senior care facility wishes to accept Medicaid or Medicare, it must be certified to do so by the HHSC. Below, you’ll find a summarized list of HHSC certification requirements for nursing homes and senior care facilities in Texas:
Texas Health and Human Services performs inspections on all skilled nursing, assisted living, and memory care facilities. These inspections are done approximately every two years and check for a facility’s compliance with the life safety code, physical plant requirements, and health code requirements. The health code and life safety code include a survey of the following in nursing homes and senior care facilities:
Families can access a licensed community’s most recent inspection report and general facility information through the Texas Health and Human Services Long-term Care Provider Search. You can also email RSLTCR.RecordsMgmt@hhsc.state.tx.us to request any information not found on the site.
In an effort to continually enhance the quality of care provided in Texas nursing homes, the Texas Health and Human Services Commission implemented a new Quality Monitoring Program (QMP) to monitor nursing facilities with a history of resident-care deficiencies. These QMPs are conducted by nurses, pharmacists, and dieticians. During their inspections, they may recommend the following:
Another inspection effort, called the Nursing Facility Quality Review, was spearheaded by the former Department of Aging and Disability Services and the University of Texas at Austin School of Nursing. These reviews were conducted every few years to identify problem areas and provide solutions in Medicaid-certified nursing facilities across the state. The primary goal was to assess clinical topics related to resident care, review medication management, and evaluate residents’ satisfaction with quality of care and quality of life within the facility. The most recent available report was published by the HHSC in 2017.
Families can also visit the federal Medicare website to compare and contrast ratings, staffing practices, and overall quality of Medicare- and Medicaid-certified nursing homes.
Texas Health and Human Services Commission (HHS or HHSC) contact information
4601 W. Guadalupe St.
Austin, TX 78751
Hours: Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Houston senior care facilities are required to develop their own policies and procedures for COVID-19 infection control practices — including masking, social distancing, and protocols for the use of additional personal protective equipment (PPE). Texas Health and Human Services provides a nursing facility COVID-19 response plan to keep nursing facilities safe. Here are some of those COVID-19 guidelines in place for Texas senior care facilities:
Vaccinations. COVID-19 vaccines aren’t mandatory for residents or visitors.
Masking. Visitors, staff, and residents aren’t required to wear masks unless indicated in the facility’s infection control policies and procedures.
Facility cleanliness. Surfaces must be disinfected often, alcohol-based hand sanitizers must be made available in common areas, and sinks must be well-stocked with soap and paper towels.
Staff safety. Staff must wear personal protective equipment when necessary and follow infection control policies and procedures during an outbreak.
CDC guidelines. Screen visitors and staff for a positive COVID-19 test result and symptoms when necessary. Develop an infection prevention and control program to prevent the spread of infection.
Social distancing. Resident visitors are allowed on-site, as it’s a Texas resident’s right, however, they must follow social distancing guidelines set forth by the facility.
Number of in-network assisted living and memory care facilities in the Houston area
As a home to over 270,000 seniors, Houston is home to the largest senior population in Texas. The senior population has grown by over 40% within the last 10 years and is projected to continue increasing. To accommodate the aging population, the senior living scene has evolved to include a variety of options dedicated to addressing the modern senior’s unique needs. Read on for an overview of some unique senior living features in Houston.
All of our partnered Houston assisted living and memory care facilities provide 24-hour supervision to ensure residents’ needs, premeditated and unprecedented, are met. A majority of communities have an on-call doctor and visiting health care professionals — including dentists, nurses, podiatrists, and rehabilitation therapists. Note, that these visits are covered by Medicare only when deemed medically necessary. All of our partner assisted living communities offer some on-site nursing services, like medication management, hospice care, and medical rehabilitation. Meaning, a resident can receive skilled nursing care from the comfort of their own room or apartment in the community, if ever required.
Over a third of our partners have an activity director on-site to help keep residents active. These directors create a calendar of activities filled with fitness classes, social events, brain games, and other events catered to residents’ interests. All of our partner senior care facilities enable residents to enjoy community amenities at their leisure. On-site amenities of our partner Houston senior care communities often include the following:
Additionally, seniors looking for off-site activities and other services can benefit from the concierge services available at many of our partnering communities.
To help ensure resident safety, many of our partnering senior care facilities in Houston take extensive security measures. Several communities offer enclosed courtyards, secure walking paths, clearly marked exits, directional signs, and other supportive safety features. Senior care facilities also monitor entrances and exits, have 24-hour surveillance, and take a variety of other security measures. Some of these facilities are even designed to accommodate residents with Alzheimer’s or other forms of dementia and include specialized security features, like wander prevention systems and resident call systems.
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When it comes to health care, Houston seniors are in luck. The city offers a wealth of health care options throughout the city. Houston houses the nation’s top cancer center, top state hospital, and two nationally ranked hospitals.
Houston Methodist Hospital is the No. 1 hospital in the state of Texas and Houston, according to U.S. News and World Report. It nationally ranks in 10 specialties, including No. 22 for geriatrics, No. 15 for neurology, and No. 11 for orthopedics.
Baylor St. Luke’s Medical Center is the No.2 hospital in Houston, according to U.S. News and World Report. It nationally ranks in six specialties, including No. 43 in geriatrics.
MD Anderson is the No. 1 cancer center in the country, according to U.S. News and World Report. It’s the largest cancer center in the U.S. and is nationally ranked in geriatrics, diabetes, and urology.
Michael E. DeBakey is one of the most popular veteran hospitals in Texas. It is known for providing a wide range of health, legal, and caregiver services.
Public transportation is often the least favored option among senior residents in senior care facilities, as it isn’t the most practical option in Houston. As a safe alternative, 87% of our partner senior care facilities — namely, assisted living and memory care facilities — provide complimentary or at-cost transportation options to and from medical appointments, errands, and some off-site activities.
If a facility doesn’t offer transportation options, seniors on the more independent side may consider using the local RIDES program. This program is for qualifying Harris County residents, meaning 65+ adults or individuals with disabilities who cannot access public transportation options through METRO — Harris County’s public transit system.
Houston has become a cultural melting pot in the South, making it home to an abundance of shops, restaurants, and activities. Luckily, Houston offers a range of activities for seniors of all mobility levels. Many senior living facilities will even arrange group outings to nearby parks, museums, restaurants, and other places of interest to residents.
The Bradford Memory Care, Novellus Cypresswood Assisted Living and Memory Care and The Abbey at Westminster Plaza are the top-rated Nursing Homes facilities near Houston, TX. These Nursing Homes facilities received the highest rankings based on verified family reviews. See full list of communities.
The average cost of Nursing Homes in Houston is 3,615 per month. This cost may vary based on location, amenities, floorplan, level of care and other factors.
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