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Page Reviewed / Updated – September 21, 2020

The 10 Best Assisted Living Facilities in Arlington, TX

Arlington is a cozy bedroom community that sits between two of the largest cities in Texas: Dallas and Fort Worth. Situated just south of the main route between the two larger cities, Arlington itself has nearly 400,000 people, more than 10% of whom are seniors aged 65 and over. 

Seniors in Arlington enjoy the same mild winters and warm summers that have made Dallas-Ft. Worth attractive for seniors to settle in. Multiple golf courses and hiking trails liven up the city’s public spaces, as do the fishing lakes, bicycle trails and the senior recreation center on Craig Hanking Drive. The State of Texas does not tax seniors’ Social Security income, or income of any kind, including annuities and payouts from IRAs and 401(k) accounts. Sales taxes can be high, as is the local average property tax, but seniors in Texas may be eligible for various property tax reduction programs.

Note: Price data for Arlington is not available, so prices for the nearest city, Dallas, are used instead.

Have a look through our list of the top 10 assisted living communities in Arlington to find one that’s right for you. Additionally, find out more about the cost of assisted living in Arlington and what financial assistance programs are available.

Elmcroft of Arlington

Elmcroft of Arlington's 24-hour resident care staff provides personal care for the community's assisted living residents. Care includes help with activities of daily living, such as bathing, dressing and other chores, as well as discreet personal hygiene and medication assistance. Meals are served in the restaurant-style bistro, though apartments are equipped with a kitchenette and refrigerator for private meals at home. Each resident of Elmcroft of Arlington develops a personalized care plan on admission, and licensed care staff keep it updated in coordination with physicians and family members. Scheduled transportation is available for personal and medical appointments offsite, and trip planning assistance is provided by staff. Elmcroft of Arlington is laid out as a single-story community that's easy to navigate for seniors with limited mobility.

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Brookdale Mansfield

The grounds at Brookdale Mansfield are closely manicured, with landscaped green areas and mobility-friendly walking paths that pass through courtyards and the community garden. Indoor amenities include an on-site beauty and barber shop, fireside living room and a flatscreen TV. Postal services are provided by the community's front desk. Residents' units are protected by a high-tech keypad entry system. Kitchen staff at Brookdale Mansfield prepare three meals a day with varied menu choices, including medically and culturally sensitive items, as well as fresh seasonal produce. After dinner, residents can relax in the fireside living room or take a dip in the community's whirlpool. Outdoor events are often held on the porch on summer evenings.

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Bethesda Gardens Assisted Living, Arlington

Bethesda Gardens Assisted Living, Arlington offer spacious floor plans at its rambling, red-brick Texas Colonial facility. Set on Arlington's residential west side, not far from Arlington Lake, Bethesda Gardens organizes regular community outings to local points of interest and retail shopping in Fort Worth and Dallas. Residents at the facility share communal meals that the staff chef prepares from scratch using local and seasonal ingredients, with special menus available for medical and cultural needs. Meals are prepared daily, and residents can enjoy anytime dining in the spacious dining hall, private rooms or back at their apartments. Catering is also provided for special occasions. Daily housekeeping and weekly laundry service are provided at no extra charge, and pets are welcome.

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Features
  • Therapy/wellness services
  • All-inclusive rates include all utilities and phone

Brookdale Pecan Park

Residents at Brookdale Pecan Park live in one of two wings of a stately complex at the end of its own private country lane, across the street from the Parkview Fellowship Church. Bible study groups meet in the community's library, which is adjacent to the cozy fireside living room where neighbors can pass an evening with friends. Beauty services are available from the on-site barber shop, and a well-stocked game room invites residents in for card and board games on the rare rainy day. Meals are prepared by the staff chef and served in the community dining hall or a private dining room, and special dietary menus are available. Wellness services are provided in the therapy room.

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Cedar Bluff Assisted Living & Memory Care

Cedar Bluff Assisted Living & Memory Care is located on the south side of town, on a gentle curve of Matlock Road, across the street from a DaVita Dialysis center. Assisted living residents have their choice of studio and one-bedroom apartments, each with its own kitchenette for private meals and snacks. Congregate meals are served in the spacious community dining hall, with room service available for those with limited ability to join other residents for meals. Residents at Cedar Bluff can enjoy a cool Arlington evening together outdoors on the patio or in the garden, or work out together in the community fitness center. An on-site beauty shop provides salon services for a nominal fee, and housekeeping is provided for each room daily. Memory care is also available onsite.

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Seasons Assisted Living

Seasons Assisted Living is a smaller facility for seniors who need help with activities of daily living, medication management and other assisted living services. With just 10 beds available, residents and staff have a chance to develop a close personal relationship during their stay. Transportation is provided for medical and personal trips offsite, and resident parking is available in the spacious lot outside. Seniors at Seasons can stroll around the community garden and rest on the patio outdoors, all of which are protected by a remote security gate. Meals are prepared in the family-style kitchen, and laundry services are available at no additional charge.

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Brookdale Eden Estates

Brookdale Eden Estates is a pet-friendly home for seniors in Arlington who would like a cozy, resort-style assisted living experience. Protected by a 24-hour security system and emergency call response, residents of Brookdale Eden Estates share amenities such as flatscreen TV, landscaped grounds and a breezy patio that catches the first rays of the morning sun in the east. Indoors, residents and their guests are welcome to read in the library, work out in the fitness center or enjoy company together in the coffee shop. The game room is fully stocked and includes a billiards table, while an exquisitely tuned baby grand piano waits in the lobby for a talented amateur to play it. 

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The Waterford on Cooper

The Waterford on Cooper maintains a 24-hour staff of certified caregivers who can step in at any hour of the day to help residents with emergencies or the routine activities of daily living. Emergency call buttons in every unit summon staff at moments' notice, and maintenance requests can be taken care of at any time. Several floor plans are available, and each unit at The Waterford has a spacious private bathroom with walk-in shower and a safety-assist hand railing to prevent falls. Weekly housekeeping and flat linen service ar eprovided at no extra charge, while personal laundry service is available for an additional fee. Resident access to laundry facilities is provided at no cost.

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Features
  • State-of-the-art amenities
  • Wide entries and wheelchair access throughout the facility

Atria Lake Arlington

Atria Lake Arlington serves its residents three meals a day in the restaurant-style dingin room with full table service and attendant assistance as needed. The 24-hour staff at Atria are certified senior caregivers who can help residents perform activities of daily living, medication monitoring, assistance and logging, and some limited mobility assistance. Community laundry service is provided for assisted living and memory care residents, while concierge service is provided for independent and assisted living seniors who need to head out for a bit. Both shuttle and town car transportation are provided with advance notice. Daily newspaper delivery is also available on request. Residents with early-stage dementia, and their loved ones, are welcome to join Atria Lake Arlington's Alzheimer's support group, which meets regularly.

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Brookdale North Richland Hills

Brookdale North Richland Hills offers an extensive list of community events, enrichment activities and educational opportunities for its residents to participate in. Regular trips are scheduled off of the property to visit local points of interest, go shopping or to enjoy the best of local eateries. Arts and craft classes are held in the community's craft center, while staff, caregiver and family conferences can be held in the shared meeting rooms. Concierge service is provided by the front desk, as is message service and some postal services. Residents can get everything from a quick clip to full salon treatments at the on-site beauty shop.

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The Cost of Senior Living and Care in Arlington

Arlington is in the middle of the range for the cost of seniors living in Texas, though costs in town tend to be higher than the overall state average, according to the 2018 Genworth Cost of Care Survey.

The cost for adult day care in Texas, for example, is $758 a month, while Arlington’s cost is nearly twice as high, at $1,408. Some other Texas communities match Arlington in price, and in some categories the cost of senior living in Arlington is closer to the state average. Nursing home care in Arlington, for example, costs $5,064 a month, which is only around $200 a month higher than the state average of $4,798. Home care is similarly close in price between Arlington and the state of Texas. In Arlington, home care typically costs $4,350 a month, while the average statewide is $3,795.  

How much does Assisted Living Cost in Arlington?

Assisted living in Arlington is close to the median cost in the state. Arlington’s average monthly cost for assisted living of $4,350 is significantly higher than the same cost in Abilene, which is $3,868 a month; Houston, where the average cost is $3,863; and the two lowest in the state, El Paso and Texarkana, which cost an average of $2,250 and $2,265, respectively.

Assisted living costs higher than Arlington’s can still be found in many major cities. San Angelo, for example, costs an average of $4,450 a month for seniors in assisted living, while Austin tops the list for cost at $5,190 a month for the average assisted living facility.

How much does Home Care Cost in Arlington?

Arlington is near the high end of home care costs among surveyed Texas cities. In-home support from a caregiver in Arlington costs an average of $4,004 monthly. This is second only to Austin, where the cost averages $4,099 a month for the same service. Some other communities are only slightly more affordable. Houston, for example, averages $3,909, or $95 less a month, than Arlington. 

Some other Texas communities are considerably more affordable than Arlington. Abilene, San Angelo and Lubbock are all in the $3,400 to $3,600 a month range. The lowest cost among surveyed cities is El Paso, where home care expenses are as low as $3,041 a month.

How much does Adult Day Care Cost in Arlington?

Adult day care is generally very affordable in most Texas communities. Arlington is at the high end of the cost range at $1,408 a month for day care services. This ties Arlington with Austin, where the reported average cost is also $1,408. Houston is a close second with an average of $1,300 a month for adult day care. 

Almost all of the other surveyed communities in Texas came in considerably less than Arlington at less than $1,000. Of these, Abilene and El Paso were the least expensive, at $618 and $628 a month, respectively. Lubbock is not far behind with an average monthly cost of $704. The central Texas city of San Angelo did not have surveyed cost information to compare in this category of senior care.

How much does Nursing Home Costs in Arlington?

The average monthly cost of a semi-private room in a skilled nursing facility in Arlington is $5,064. This is the third highest cost among surveyed cities in the state. Austin, the state capital, takes the highest position on the list, with an average cost for skilled nursing of $5,323 a month. Houston runs a very close second place, at $5,095, or just $31 a month more than Arlington’s average cost.

Nursing home care is significantly less expensive in many other cities. Texarkana, for instance, has an average cost of $4,410 a month for skilled nursing, while San Angelo runs to $4,365 for the same kind of residential care in a semi-private room.

Financial Assistance Programs in Arlington

Medicaid Program in Arlington

In addition to the regular preventative and emergency care Medicaid covers, seniors who meet the income and asset requirements of the program can use it to cover some or all of the care-related costs of senior living. This includes many of the costs associated with living in residential care facilities, from skilled nursing and rehab to memory care and hospice services.

In Texas, most Medicaid services are delivered through various managed care plans administered on a state level. To qualify for one of these programs, you must be:

  • A resident of Texas
  • A U.S. citizen, permanent resident or legal alien who is legally present in the United States
  • In need of health insurance
  • Pregnant, disabled, blind, parent or guardian of a child under age 19, or a senior age 65 and over

In order to participate in the Texas Medicaid program, you must also meet low-income requirements. Qualifying thresholds occasionally change, but in 2018 your total household income before taxes had to be less than:

  • Single adult applying alone: $24,037
  • Two people in household: $32,591
  • Three people in household: $41,144
  • Four people in household: $49,698

Each additional individual in the household adds $8,554 to the allowable total pre-tax income. Medicaid is an entitlement program, however, so there are no enrollment caps. All individuals who meet the program’s guidelines can enroll. Applications can be filled out online

Medicaid Waivers in Arlington

Texas STAR+PLUS

STAR+PLUS is one of the most commonly used Medicaid waivers in Texas. This program is meant for seniors who are medically qualified for a higher level of care, such as skilled nursing, but prefer to remain at home or live in an assisted living facility instead. To qualify for the STAR+PLUS waiver, seniors age 65 and over must earn less than $2,250 a month, or $27,000 a year. Applicants must have countable assets of less than $2,000, going back at least 5 years from the date of application. Single vehicles are not countable assets, nor is the first $572,000 in home equity for seniors who live at home.

The STAR+PLUS waiver covers many of the costs associated with community-based senior living, such as:

  • In-home healthcare and assistance
  • Home improvements to make a residence safer or more livable for adults with disabilities, such as installing a ramp or guard rails
  • Adult day care
  • Assisted living

Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)

The Texas HCBS program is intended to help seniors and other adults with intellectual disabilities find the care they need without leaving their homes, families and the communities where they are comfortable. The program provides a long list of support services, all intended to be delivered as close to the recipient as possible and with as much choice and control over the home environment as the recipient’s condition allows. Services wholly or partly paid for under the HCBS program include but are not limited to:

  • Residential services in a group or host home
  • Respite services, including adult day care
  • Nursing services, including home visits from an RN
  • Low- or no-cost transportation, including assisted ride services for mobility-impaired individuals
  • Minor home modifications for improved accessibility and safety

To qualify for the HCBS program, recipients must be eligible for Medicaid services and have mild to severe cognitive deficits. The program specifies an IQ range of less than 69, or less than 75 for recipients with certain specific conditions.

Texas Home Living (TxHmL)

The TxHmL program is a Medicaid waiver that supplies essential services to Texans with an intellectual disability or related condition. The program delivers community-based support (CBS), which lets the recipients choose their providers and exercise maximum personal control over how their services are delivered. These services are funded by the Texas Department of Aging and Disability Services (DADS), but delivered through a multitude of local contractors and nonprofits. To qualify, Arlington seniors must be eligible for Medicaid and have some form of intellectual disability, such as Alzheimer’s disease, Huntington’s chorea or another related condition. Benefits offered by TxHmL include:

  • Respite services for caregivers
  • In-home nursing assistance
  • Transportation services
  • Minor home modifications
  • Adaptive aides

Other Financial Assistance Programs

Texas Support Services

Support Services is a state-level program intended to help seniors live at home or in their chosen communities in a safe, healthy environment. The program provides assistance paying for a caregiver who helps with activities of daily living (ADLs), such as bathing, dressing, food service, shopping and laundry. Seniors can use the voucher this program provides to pay the caregiver of their choice, including friends and family members. 

Support Services is available for seniors and adults living with a disability, and caregivers may also enroll in the program. People with mental disabilities and drug or alcohol dependency may be eligible for Support Services too. To apply, seniors or their loved ones can visit YourTexasBenefits.com, or call a local Area Agency on Aging.

Community Care for the Aged/Disabled (CCAD)

Community Care for Aged/Disabled (CCAD) helps Arlington seniors to achieve or maintain personal self-sufficiency and reduce or prevent dependency as a result of illness, accident, or normal aging by providing home-based and other levels of care. The program also pays for resources to identify and report adult neglect, abuse and exploitation for seniors in Arlington. Read more here. To apply, contact your local Aging and Disability Resource Center (ADRC).

Community Attendant Services (CAS)

Community Attendant Services (CAS) assists disabled seniors in Arlington by subsidizing their hiring of non-medical attendants and caregivers who can visit them at home or in a residential care setting. Caregivers who help eligible Arlington seniors with ADLs can be hired at the discretion of the senior and paid through the CAS system. Caregivers may be friends, family or spouses of the senior who qualifies for the program. To learn more, including application information, click here

More Senior Living Resources in Arlington

Resources

Phone Number

Description

Mid-Cities Care Corps

(817) 282-0531

Mid-Cities Care Corps helps Arlington seniors with free transportation services for routine medical appointments and errands on the weekend. The Corps also provides minor home repairs, such as installing donated wheelchair ramps, lawn maintenance and various other projects. Seniors age 65 and over are eligible to participate in the program, as are disabled adults age 60 and over.

Helping Restore Ability

(817) 469-1977

Helping Restore Ability is an Arlington-based home caregiver program funded through the state Department of Health and Human Services. This program helps Arlington seniors get the attendant care they need in their homes, at work or in a residential care facility. Seniors qualify for the program, as do younger adults with disabilities.

Seniors’ Pet Assistance Network (SPAN)

(817) 277-1165

Seniors’ Pet Assistance Network (SPAN) helps seniors in the Dallas area who are 67 years old and over find and pay for basic veterinary care and pet food. SPAN provides annual shots, preventive heartworm and flea medication and other veterinary services on a case by case basis. All services provided are contingent on available funds. Enrollment is via website only, with no public phone number.

Dental Health Arlington (DHA)

This nonprofit organization helps to provide access to dental care for low-income residents of southeast Tarrant County. Services include pain relief and preventative care. All low-income residents, including seniors on fixed incomes, are eligible for help.



For additional information and planning, please read our comprehensive guide to paying for senior care in Texas.