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Page Reviewed / Updated – September 03, 2020

The 10 Best Assisted Living Facilities in Austin, TX

Austin is the capital and fourth-largest city in Texas. Home to nearly 1 million people, just 9% of Austin’s residents are seniors aged 65 and over. Despite its young demographics, Austin is a welcoming place for seniors. Warm winters and mild summers encourage outdoor recreation for active seniors, while the city’s place near the heart of Texas history has left the city enriched with multiple museums and historical sites to visit.

Austin is a more expensive place to live for many people than most of the United States. The local cost of living is nearly 20% higher in Austin than the national average, though many seniors are able to thrive on less per month than elsewhere. The cost of healthcare in Austin, for example, is just 94% of the national average, and Texas has no income or Social Security tax, which helps seniors manage on fixed incomes.

Seniors in Austin pay an average of $5,395 a month for assisted living, according to Genworth Financial’s 2019 Cost of Care Survey. This is significantly higher then the $4,051 a month seniors pay on average nationwide, and it is even higher than the Texas state average cost of $3,750 a month.

This guide is written to help seniors find high-quality assisted living in Austin. Find out more about the top 10 assisted living communities in Austin below. Additionally, find out more about the cost of assisted living in Austin and what financial assistance programs are available.

Legacy Oaks of South Austin

Legacy Oaks of South Austin offers resort-style amenities in a lush, well-appointed environment. Seniors at Legacy Oaks are encouraged to live as independently as possible by staff, who offer 24/7 assistance with activities of daily living. Community amenities include a state-of-the-art fitness room and Zen courtyard, movie theater and art room, full-service salon and numerous outdoor spaces for get-togethers and casual visits. Staff at Legacy Oaks of South Austin provide weekly housekeeping, laundry and linen services for assisted living residents. On-site physical therapy is available for residents who need help recovering from illness, injury or operations. Community groups organize events at Legacy Oaks that include Art Throb painting and sculpture classes, the Green Thumb gardening club and Ageless Grace chair aerobics classes.

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Brookdale Round Rock

Brookdale Round Rock helps keep its assisted living residents safe with a daily check-in system and 24-hour security. Each unit in the community has a keypad entry unit that prevents unauthorized access, and an emergency call system in each room lets residents call for help from any room in their homes. Seniors who live in the assisted living community at Brookdale Round Rock have unlimited wireless internet throughout the building, as well as concierge service for day-to-day assistance. An on-site fitness center, therapy room and clinic help keep residents healthy. Other site amenities include game rooms and billiards, a well-stocked library and theater, as well as an arts and crafts studio where residents can take lessons from local teachers.

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Sunland House

Sunland House offers assisted living in both private and semi-private rooms with 24-hour staff who are always awake and available if needed. Caregivers on staff provide assistance to residents with activities of daily living, including bathing, dressing and other personal care tasks. Staff at the community can assist residents with medication monitoring and preparation, and kitchen staff prepare three nutritious meals a day in the gourmet-style community kitchen. Healthy snacks are also available throughout the day. Meal plans are prepared for each resident that take individual diet needs into account, and physical and recreational activities are planned for every resident to participate, regardless of physical limitations or mobility levels. Sunland House staff organize daily social and recreational activities.

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Brookdale Westlake Hills

Brookdale Westlake Hills residents have a choice of floor plans for private and semi-private assisted living units, each protected by a keypad entry and 24-hour security system. Emergency alert systems inside each unit help keep residents safe, as does a daily check-in system by community staff. Wi-Fi access is available throughout the community apartments and common areas, which include a beauty shop and health clinic. Seniors at Brookdale Westlake Hills can shop for daily must-haves at the general store, where toiletries and other personal items are available for sale. All residents have access to a community concierge service, on-site library, billiards table and theater, which frequently hosts community movie nights.

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The Village at The Triangle

Located in Austin's upscale Triangle neighborhood, The Village at The Triangle has a heated indoor saltwater pool for residents, social clubs and community-wide parties and dance evenings. Seniors can work out in the downstairs fitness center, practice yoga in the private studio or host a barbecue at one of the community's many outdoor grilling stations. Rooms at The Village have floor-to-ceiling windows, polished quartz countertops and spacious walk-in showers with grab bars for safety. Rooms also have emergency call systems for residents who need immediate assistance. Meals can be prepared in the private kitchen in each room, or they may be enjoyed with the community in the restaurant-style dining room.

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Features
  • Activities include movies, exercise and music 
  • Regular wellness checks

Austin North Assisted Living

Austin North Assisted Living offers spacious rooms with fire alarms, sprinklers and other safety equipment to help keep residents safe. Residents may rent a unit at Austin North on a stable month-to-month basis, with no lease or deposit. Living rooms, bathrooms and hallways are designed with extra space to accommodate walkers, wheelchairs and other mobility devices, and a hydraulic lift apparatus is on-site to assist residents with limited mobility. Staff are available to help residents with activities of daily living, including discreet personal care, 24 hours a day, and a staff RN is also available around the clock. Community staff can assist residents with medication preparation and monitoring that follows the residents' personal care plans.

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Elmcroft of Austin

Elmcroft of Austin maintains 24-hour security and highly-trained caregivers to help look after residents at any hour they need assistance. Staff at Elmcroft coordinate the details of each residents' personalized care plan with healthcare providers, and they work with families to develop a customized care plan to look after all residents' needs. Staff assist residents with activities of daily living, as well as plan daily social events and evening entertainment in the community's handsomely decorated common rooms. Residents at Elmcroft can take their meals privately, in their own units, or together in the restaurant-style dining room. This single-story community is laid out with wide hallways and easy-to-navigate corners for seniors with walkers or wheelchairs.

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Ledgestone Senior Living

The certified care staff at Ledgestone Senior Living are available to residents at all hours, as are security and emergency response staff for residents' safety. Seniors at Ledgestone share multiple outdoor recreation spaces, including a Zen garden, community garden and landscaped walking paths around the community. Residents have inclusive access to the on-site salon, fitness room and movie theater, as well as to classes held in the community's art room, library and club room. Physical therapy is provided onsite for seniors who need professional rehab services after inpatient care in the hospital, or who are recovering from an illness or injury. Staff assist with both activities of daily living and with scheduling group outings for shopping and recreation.

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Brookdale Beckett Meadows

Brookdale Beckett Meadows residents live in spacious assisted living units with a sophisticated 24-hour security and keyless entry system. Each unit at Beckett Meadows has its own alarm and fire suppression system, as well as an emergency call system that summons help in minutes. Seniors and their guests at Brookdale Beckett Meadows have 24-hour access to the Wi-Fi signal that covers nearly the entire property, and front desk concierge service is available at no additional charge for residents. Seniors who need to leave the community for shopping or for medical appointments may book a ride through the Brookdale scheduled transportation service, though sundries are for sale at the onsite store and beauty services are provided at the full-service community salon.

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Brookdale North Austin

Brookdale North Austin's private and semi-private rooms all have individual fire suppression and alarm systems, emergency call buttons, keyless entry systems and convenient grab bars to help keep residents safe in their homes. Video monitoring of the community is provided by the site's 24-hour security. Small pets are welcome at Brookdale North Austin. Scheduled transportation is available for residents' medical appointments and shopping trips, and Wi-Fi is available throughout the community grounds. Residents can attend to many outpatient needs at the on-site clinic, while physical and occupational therapy are provided in the community's therapy rooms. Multiple game rooms, walking paths, a theater and beautifully landscaped grounds welcome residents and their guests for recreation and healthy exercise.

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The Cost of Senior Living and Care in Austin

In Austin, according to the Genworth 2018 Cost of Care Survey, senior care is relatively more expensive compared to other major cities in Texas, as well as the state average. For instance, assisted living costs about $1,500 a month more than the state average, and the average monthly cost of adult day care is almost double the state average.

How much does Assisted Living Cost in Austin?

Assisted living in Austin costs an average of $5,190 a month, which is over $1,000 more than the state average. Longview is more affordable than Austin with an average of $2,090 less a month, while El Paso is the least expensive with a monthly average of $2,250.

How much does Home Care Cost in Austin?

The cost of home care in Austin averages $4,099 a month, assuming 44 hours of care per week at an average cost per hour of $21.50. That’s $286 higher than the state average of $3,813. Compared to the rest of the region, Odessa is the most expensive with a monthly average of $4,185. The least expensive average cost for home care in Texas is in Brownsville at $2,860 a month.

How much does Adult Day Care Cost in Austin?

Adult day care in Austin costs an average of $1,408 a month, $650 more than the state average of $758. The most affordable with a monthly average of less than $700 for adult day care in the state are Brownsville, El Paso, Abilene, Corpus Christi, and Laredo. The least expensive is Abilene with a monthly average of $618.

How much does Nursing Home Costs in Austin?

The cost of nursing home care in Austin is higher when compared with the rest of the state. At $5,323 a month for a semi-private room, it’s $525 more than the state average of $4,798. Longview is the least expensive with a monthly average of $3,954.

Financial Assistance Programs in Austin

STAR + PLUS Medicaid Program

The state offers five types of Medicaid coverage: STAR, STAR + PLUS, STAR HEALTH, STAR KIDS, and traditional Medicaid. STAR + PLUS is the managed care program for the elderly and disabled. Older adults living in Austin will choose from three medical plans: Amerigroup, Molina Healthcare of Texas, and UnitedHealthcare Community.

Available services depend on the chosen plan. Regardless of which plan is selected, doctor visits, prescription drugs, labs, x-rays, hospital care, vision and hearing, and dental will be covered.

STAR + PLUS is an entitlement, so if you meet the following eligibility requirements, you will be accepted:

  • Must be 65 or older, or disabled
  • Can not be receiving a Medicaid 1915 (c) waiver or frail elderly services
  • If single, monthly income needs to be $2,250 or less, and assets cannot exceed $2,000.
  • Monthly income for married couples is $4,500 or less, and assets must not be more than $3,000.

To apply for the STAR + PLUS Medicaid program, fill out the online application or request help from the Texas Health Information, Counseling, and Advocacy Program.

Other Financial Assistance Programs

Community Attendant Services (CAS)

The Community Attendant Services is a Medicaid funded program available to the elderly and disabled who need help with activities of daily living. If eligible, program participants will receive personal care and home management services. Refer to our in-depth CAS guide for an explanation of the services, eligibility requirements, number of allowed hours, and more.

Community Care for the Aged and Disabled (CCAD)

Elderly who wish to remain in their home community or caregiver’s home but need assistance may be eligible for Community Care for the Aged and Disabled. The program pays a family member (excluding the spouse) or another personal care provider to provide services. Some of the services include help with activities of daily living, medication assistance, shopping, and emergency response. To learn more about CCAD, visit the Texas Health and Human Services website.

Community First Choice (CFC)

Community First Choice is an entitlement available as a state plan option to Medicaid enrollees. The services provided include personal assistance, habilitation, emergency response, and support management. Older adults who are currently enrolled in or eligible for Medicaid, meet an institutional level of care, and require help with activities and instrumental activities of daily living can receive CFC. Click here to learn more.

More Senior Living Resources in Austin

Address

Phone Number

Description

Garden Terrace

1015 W William Cannon Dr.

Austin, TX 78745

(512) 416-8300

Garden Terrace offers fully furnished studio apartments for single adults only. Rent is based on income, the only pets allowed are service animals, and it is a non-smoking community.

The Lodge at Merrilltown

14745 Merrilltown

Austin, TX 78728

(512) 651-3555

This senior community has wi-fi, an on-site salon, play area for the fur babies, fitness center, spa, pool, and several other amenities. Residents must be 60 years of age or older. Section 8 is accepted.

Lyons Gardens

2720 Lyons Road

Austin, TX 78702

(512) 236-1781

National Church Residences manages this affordable senior living community. Apartments are one bedroom and 540 sq. ft. There may be a waiting list.

Oak Springs Villas Apartments

3001 Oak Springs Drive

Austin, TX 78702

(512) 928-2015

The community offers scheduled activities and a clubroom for its senior residents. Call ahead for income requirements or restrictions.



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