Everyone wants to be independent - it starts at a young age when children want to be grown. Getting older is no different. No one likes the thought of not living life the way they want. Aging can make some of the regular household chores more difficult such as driving, cleaning, and cooking.
A senior may even need assistance with hygiene such as bathing, getting dressed, and using the toilet. Austin has several assisted living communities to help seniors live an independent life, and the city is vibrant with lots of culture.
Brookdale Gaines Ranch
4409 Gaines Ranch Loop, Austin, TX 78735
Brookdale's Gaines Ranch is one of the top rated assisted living facilities in the Austin area. It offers one bedroom, two bedroom, and studio apartments. On-site features include a beauticians, pool and hot tub, and offsite/onsite activities.
Brookdale North Austin
5310 Duval Road, Austin, TX 78727
Brookdale's location in North Austin offers a variety of room sizes for residents. Their impressive list of events and activities include wine and cheese socials, water aerobics at the nearby YMCA, poker night, chair dancing, library outings, and Bible studies.
Elmcroft of Austin
7017 Manchaca Road, Austin, TX 78745
Elmcroft's Austin location offers one bedroom, two bedroom, companion, and studio apartments. The long list of features includes resident transportation, library, fitness room/gym, and plenty of onsite activities, including happy hour, book club, yoga, and a computer class.
Brookdale Westlake Hills
1034 Liberty Park Drive, Austin, TX 78746
Brookdale's Westlake Hills location offers one bedroom, two bedroom, and studio apartments. On site, residents can enjoy a swimming pool, gardening, fitness programs, and restaurant-style dining.
Brookdale Parmer Lane
12429 Scofield Farms Drive, Austin, TX 78758
Brookdale's Parmer Lane location offers one bedroom, two bedroom, companion, and studio apartments. Onsite amenities include fieldtrips, devotional services, and a beauticians.
7501 West Highway 290, Austin, TX 78736
Legacy Oaks is an Assisted Living and Memory Care facility. Residents have a kitchenette in their rooms, but the facility also offers dining room shared meals. Other amenities include a beauticians, coffee shop, library, gym, and resident transportation.
11279 Taylor Draper Lane, Austin, TX 78759
Seniors at the Renaissance in Austin can enjoy the open 2 acre land from their private apartment. The all-inclusive month-to-month payment covers onsite and offsite activities, daily meals, resident transportation, and basic cable.
Brookdale Spicewood Springs
4401 Spicewood Springs Road, Austin, TX 78759
Brookdale's Spicewood Springs location offers studio apartments and suites. Onsite features include a library, beauticians, garden and patio, and plenty of onsite activities, such as gardening, lectures/discussions, and games.
Parsons House Austin
1130 Camino La Costa, Austin, TX 78752
Parsons House Austin is a high-rated facility that offers both assisted and independent living for seniors. Residents can participate in onsite and offsite activities while living in Parsons House Austin.
Brookdale Round Rock
8005 Cornerwood Drive, Austin, TX 78717
Brookdale's Round Rock location offers one bedroom, two bedroom, and studio apartments. Its long list of features include a beauticians, gym/fitness room, and resident transportation.
9205 Collinfield Drive, Austin, TX 68658
The Collinfield House offers companion, semiprivate, and private rooms. This facility boasts its long list of amenities and services, from therapy to gardening. Families of residents will receive a monthly newsletter from Collinfield and invitation to participate in monthly family activities.
Brookdale Beckett Meadows
7709 Beckett Road, Austin, TX 78749
Brookdale's Beckett Meadows location offers one bedroom, companion, and studio apartments to potential residents. Onsite amenities include daily assistance from bathing to walking, housekeeping, and medication management.
The Pavilion at Great Hills
11819 Pavilion Boulevard, Austin, TX 78759
The Pavilion at Great Hills is great for social seniors looking to have some fun in retirement. Residents can expect amenities from a spa to a library to a general store on site, and they can occupy their time at book club, arts and crafts events, and playing Wii Sports. This facility is very family friendly, as guests are permitted during mealtimes and overnight. The staff/patient ratio is 11:1.
The Heritage at Hunters Chase
12151 Hunters Chase Drive, Austin, TX 78729
The Heritage at Hunters Chase offers one bedroom and companion suites. All varieties of pets are allowed on site for an extra monthly fee. On site, residents can enjoy three meals a day by a trained culinary team, social activities, and a beauticians.
Brookdale Lohmans Crossing
1604 Lohmans Crossing Road, Austin, TX 78734
Brookdale's Lohmans Crossing location is great for social seniors. Their unique list of amenities includes annual senior Olympics, participation in the Lakeway 4th of July Parade, manicures, restaurant excursions, lunchtime concerts, and putting green practice.
Why Choose Assisted Living?
Assisted living is not the same as a nursing home. Residents at assisted living facilities typically only need a little help and not a great deal of medical attention. Assisted living facilities do the maintaining and cleaning of the residences so seniors can have fun and enjoy their Golden Years.
With little chores to do, seniors can take advantage of all the activities such as exercise programs, crafts, games, dances, social outings, parties, clubs, and more. Plus, seniors can make friends with their peers and never feel lonely.
Other services available at assisted living communities include:
- Transportation to appointments
- Three prepared meals served in a community dining room
- Laundry and linen services
- Onsite beauty and barber shops
- Visiting doctors
- Pet care assistance at pet-friendly communities
The Price Tag of Care
Genworth helps people prepare and budget for long-term care costs by completing a Cost of Care Survey. The most recent survey found the average Austin monthly cost for assisted living was $4,895. This price most likely includes all the basics such as housing, food, and entertainment. You should ask for a breakdown of expenses to see if there are any extras.
Determining the Right Time to Move
You may be wondering when is the right time to move your loved one into assisted living. Each person is different. There are some signs you can watch for including:
- Health issues – Is your loved one having trouble getting around either driving or walking? Has the senior lost a lot of weight? If the individual’s health condition continues to worsen and needs more medical attention, now may be the time to get some extra help.
- Keeping up personal care – Does your loved one look different? Is the senior able to shower and get dressed independently?
- Home maintenance and safety – How does the house look? Are there piles of mail? Is the house the same as it always was or does it look like it isn’t cleaned and maintained properly? Do you worry about your loved one tripping over steps or any other safety concerns in the home?
- Loneliness – Does your loved one have a social life and friends? Isolation can lead to depression. Assisted living offers several activities with peers to keep the senior active and engaged.
Austin is rich with culture including museums, gardens, music, and more. Visit the Blanton Museum of Art or listen to live music at Esther’s Follies. Take in nature at Zilker Metropolitan Park or watch the bats at Congress Avenue Bridge, which is home to one of the largest urban bat populations.
Ready to Search?
When you are ready to find the perfect assisted living community, you can see a listing on Texas Health and Human Services website. Also, ask around for referrals and do your research on a facility before choosing, which means look for online reviews and search for any negative reviews or complaints.
Looking for assisted living in nearby cities? Check out assisted living centers in Texas.