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Page Reviewed / Updated – September 02, 2020

The 10 Best Assisted Living Facilities in Corpus Christi, TX

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Corpus Christi is one of the largest resort communities on the sandy Gulf Coast of Texas. Home of the Texas State Aquarium, Corpus Christi has a lot to offer its 327,000 people, 13.5% of whom are seniors aged 65 and over. 

The city of Corpus Christi offers local seniors aged 50 and over community and services at eight senior centers dotted around town. Several of these senior centers provide daily free meals for seniors in need, as well as paper goods and various other must-have personal items at no cost to seniors aged 60 and over. Local museums and golf courses encourage active seniors to get outdoors and enjoy the Gulf Coast’s temperate climate.

Find out more about senior living in the Coastal Bend, by reading our article about the 10 best assisted living communities in Corpus Christi. Additionally, find out more about the cost of assisted living in Corpus Christi and what financial assistance programs are available.

Garden Estates of Corpus Christi

In addition to its weekly housekeeping services, Garden Estates of Corpus Christi offers its residents daily tidying in each of the spacious and well-appointed rooms. Community staff are available 24 hours a day to assist residents with medication reminders and monitoring, emergency response and assistance with activities of daily living, such as personal hygiene, dressing and household chores. Scheduled transportation is available to residents for medical and personal trips within a limited radius around town, while staff at the community schedule group events such as games, movie nights and trips to local eateries. Classes available at Garden Estates include chair yoga, water aerobics and balance exercises, such as tai chi. Pets are welcome at Garden Estates of Corpus Christi.

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Villa of Corpus Christi Northwest

Villa of Corpus Christi Northwest maintains a full calendar of activities for its residents, including scheduled outings and shopping trips. Transportation to and from medical and personal appointments is available, though staff also provide complimentary shopping services for residents. Once a week, the community is visited by a professional hairstylist, and worship services are provided in the on-site chapel every Sunday. New residents have their choice between several generous floor plans, as well as between furnished, semi-furnished and unfurnished rooms. The beautifully decorated common areas of the community include an open porch, where residents and guests can sit and enjoy the coastal Texas sunshine, and interior common areas are always festively decorated for the holidays.

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Brookdale Trinity Towers

Residents at Brookdale Trinity Towers are protected by a 24-hour security system that includes video monitoring of common areas and rapid response in case of emergencies. Each room at Brookdale has its own call system in case help is needed, as well as a keyless entry system to help keep rooms secure. Pets are welcome at Brookdale Trinity Towers, and residents can pick up must-have sundries at the community's general store. A strong Wi-Fi signal carries wireless internet to every room in the community, and concierge service is available for residents who need assistance. Residents of Brookdale Trinity Towers can recover at home from illness, injury and medical procedures with daily therapy sessions and unrestricted access to the on-site fitness center. 

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The staff caregivers at Mirador Retirement Living offer residents 24/7 assistance with activities of daily living, such as personal hygiene, dressing, grooming and discreet personal care. Medication monitoring and assistance are also provided free of additional charge. Each room at Mirador has a built-in call system for summoning staff in an emergency, with an integral microphone and speaker for two-way calling. Licensed nursing staff are on duty 24 hours a day, and assisted living residents get priority admission to the memory care and skilled nursing wings of the community if needed. Mirador staff manage a full schedule of activities for residents, which includes regular Bible study groups, shopping excursions into town, fitness classes with personal trainers and ballet/modern dance classes. 

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The Waterford at Corpus Christi

Residents of The Waterford at Corpus Christi experience a luxurious resort-style lifestyle in a spacious and well-appointed assisted living community. Staff are on duty 24 hours a day to assist residents with activities of daily living, while at meal times the kitchen staff prepare three nutritionally balanced meals a day. Communal meals at The Waterford are served in the large, elegant dining room, though private spaces are also available for more intimate meals. Snacks are available all day. Residents have access to a regular program of educational and recreational events, such as lectures, classes and movie nights. Scheduled transportation is available, as are a public computer area, activity center and spacious lounge area with a big-screen TV. Small pets are welcome at The Waterford.

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Villa of Corpus Christi South

The beautifully decorated common areas of Villa of Corpus Christi South are alive daily with community scheduled events, such as classes, group games and groups of residents gathering for planned outings, which are supervised by staff. Scheduled transportation is available off-site, though shopping and errand services are provided at no additional charge by community staff. Manicurist and hairstylist services are provided at Villa of Corpus Christi South once a week, as are therapy sessions and visits from members of the local community. Seniors who stay in one of the decorated suites can lounge together in the fireplace-adorned living room or eat together in the spacious dining hall. A baby grand piano is also available for any resident who knows, or who wishes to learn, how to play it.

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Holmgreen Center at Brookdale Trinity Towers

All the rooms at Holmgreen Center at Brookdale Trinity Towers are kept safe by keyless entry systems and a 24-hour security team that offers rapid response and video monitoring of all common areas. Emergency alert systems and fire sprinklers in each room also help keep residents safe. Residents and their guests can both access the community's strong Wi-Fi signal throughout the grounds, and complimentary concierge services are available for all residents. Transportation services are available with advance notice for medical and personal trips. Residents who need physical, occupational or mental health therapy have access to private therapy rooms, and an on-site general store offers easy access to shopping for daily necessities. Regular worship services are provided in the chapel.

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Elan Corpus Christi Assisted Living & Memory Care

Elan Corpus Christi Assisted Living & Memory Care offers pet-friendly apartments with personal alert systems and rapid emergency response as needed for residents. Bible study is available in the on-site chapel, and prayer groups visit with residents in their rooms when convenient. Art classes are offered in the community art studio, and themed events are hosted in common areas, such as the garden courtyards and the solarium. Regular movie nights are organized in the media room, where a variety of clubs meet on a regular basis. Complimentary Wi-Fi is available throughout the community. Certified care staff provide 24/7 supervision and care for residents during regular community events and scheduled outings together.

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Viera Assisted Living

The grounds of Viera Assisted Living are adorned with multiple landscaped courtyards and winding walking paths where seniors and their guests can enjoy the fresh sea air of Corpus Christi. Indoors, health and wellness activities include regular fitness classes and aquatics programs in the community pool and fitness center. Recreational activities are arranged in the private salon, on-site pub, theater and game rooms, while meals are offered in both the communal dining area and the private dining rooms. A licensed nurse is available at Viera Assisted Living 24 hours a day, and certified caregiver staff are on hand to assist residents with medication reminders, monitoring and preparation. All basic utility services are covered under Viera Assisted Living's inclusive monthly rate.

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Brookdale Corpus Christi

Brookdale Corpus Christi residents have access to free Wi-Fi and complimentary concierge services as needed, as well as unrestricted access to the site fitness center and game rooms. Therapy is provided on site by licensed professionals, and basic outpatient medical needs can be addressed in the site medical clinic. Shopping, errand and pharmacy assistance are provided by staff, as are beauty services in the community salon. Residents at Brookdale are kept safe in assisted living units with keyless entry systems, 24-hour security and an emergency alert system in each room. Spiritual services are provided in the chapel, while residents and their guests can relax in the community lounge, library, theater and other communal recreation areas. Brookdale Corpus Christi is a pet-friendly community.

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The Cost of Senior Living and Care in Corpus Christi

Corpus Christi is a relatively affordable area for most categories of senior living. According to the Genworth 2018 Cost of Care Survey, the cost of assisted living and in-home care is roughly 20% lower than the state average, and even further below the national average. Adult day care in this area is just slightly cheaper than the Texas average, while nursing care costs roughly 10% more than the state average.

How much does Assisted Living Cost in Corpus Christi?

Assisted living in Corpus Christi costs an average of $2,975 per month, which is approximately $800 cheaper than the Texas average. This price is far below  those found in nearby areas included in the study, such as Victoria, with a monthly average of $4,370. Brownsville and McAllen are also more expensive, with average costs of $3,472 and $4,050 per month, respectively.

The cheapest area for assisted living in Texas is El Paso, where it costs $2,250 per month, and the most expensive is Austin at an average of $5,190.

How much does Home Care Cost in Corpus Christi?

Corpus Christi is on the cheaper side of in-home care in Texas, with an average monthly cost of $3,194. The state average is roughly $600 higher, and the most expensive areas are Odessa and Austin at $4,185 and $4,099 per month, respectively.

The lowest price for home care is found further south in Brownsville at $2,860 per month. McAllen is also cheaper than Corpus Christi and the state average, with a cost of $2,955.

How much does Adult Day Care Cost in Corpus Christi?

The cost of adult day care is fairly consistent outside of the major cities in Texas. The average is $693 per month in Corpus Christi, which is just $65 less than the state average, and the cheapest area is Abilene at $618.

However, in major cities such as Austin and Houston, the average costs are $1,408 and $1,300 per month, respectively, which is roughly double that of Corpus Christi.

How much does Nursing Home Costs in Corpus Christi?

Corpus Christi and Austin share the second-highest price for nursing home care in the state, with an average monthly cost of $5,323. The Texas average is roughly $500 lower, and the cheapest price is in Longview at $3,954. Only Killeen is more expensive, at $5,407.

In nearby Victoria, nursing home care is approximately $400 cheaper, while McAllen is similarly priced to Corpus Christi at $5,186 per month.

Financial Assistance Programs in Corpus Christi

Medicaid Program in Corpus Christi

Medicaid provides health care to people who are on a low income and don’t own many assets. In Corpus Christi and Texas as a whole, seniors and the disabled can also receive coverage for long-term care, including in-home care and nursing homes, as well as the possibility of assisted living if qualified for the applicable services. These waiver services are explained in the section below.

Texas Medicaid helps cover various medical costs including hospital care and outpatient services, doctor visits, medication, dental, vision and hearing. It may also cover long-term care in the home or a nursing facility, depending on the needs of the applicant.

Texas residents aged 65 or older and people with disabilities are served through the STAR+PLUS managed care program. This program provides additional long-term care and other services that are appropriate for these groups and aren’t covered by regular Medicaid.

Medicaid eligibility requirements for seniors and the disabled:

  • 65 years of age or older, or disabled as defined by the Social Security Administration
  • Resident of Texas and U.S. national or citizen
  • Maximum income of $2,313 per month ($4,626 for married couples if both apply)
  • Maximum value of $2,000 in countable assets ($3,000 for married couples if both apply)

SSI recipients automatically qualify for Medicaid coverage in Texas. There are different financial rules for married couples, which allow a greater value of assets and a higher income if one spouse is institutionalized while the other remains in the community.

All seniors and people with disabilities are entitled to receive care in a nursing facility or their own home immediately upon approval. Assisted living must be applied for separately with a waiver and isn’t an entitlement from Medicaid, which generally results in a delay receiving service.Applications for Medicaid and the STAR+PLUS managed care program can be submitted at Your Texas Benefits. Forms are also available to download and print. Corpus Christi residents can visit the HHSC benefits office at 5155 Flynn Parkway, or call (361) 878-3342 for help.

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This is a waiver for members of the Medicaid STAR+PLUS managed care program. It lifts many of the federal Medicaid regulations and allows the state to cover more long-term care alternatives to nursing homes.

STAR+PLUS HCBS waivers cover services such as assisted living, foster care, nursing, respite care, as well as in-home services such as meal delivery and minor home modifications.

Applicants for waiver services are assessed to evaluate their needs, and it must be determined that they are at risk of being institutionalized if these additional services aren’t provided. They must also meet the financial eligibility requirements for Medicaid or SSI and not receiving services from other waivers.

None of these services are entitlements. As such, applicants are placed on a waiting list if the limit of participants in Texas has been reached.

Seniors or their caregivers can call the Medicaid Managed Care helpline on (866) 566-8989 to ask about waiver services and begin the application process.

Find more information about services and eligibility in our Texas STAR+PLUS HCBS waiver guide.

Community Care for Aged and Disabled

CCAD provides assistance to seniors and people with disabilities in their own home or assisted living as an alternative to nursing homes. Housekeeping, day health care and emergency devices may also be covered.

Applicants for this program must require the level of care usually provided in a nursing facility yet able to remain in their own home or elsewhere in the community if CCAD services are provided. They must also be financially eligible for Texas Medicaid or federal SSI benefits.

Community Care for Aged and Disabled doesn’t cover services that Medicaid is currently paying for.

Applications for the CCAD program can be submitted at Your Texas Benefits. Call the Corpus Christi HHSC benefits office on (361) 878-3342 or visit in-person at 5155 Flynn Parkway.

Find more information about Texas Community Care for Aged and Disabled in our CCAD guide.

Community First Choice

Corpus Christi residents who are enrolled in Medicaid may be eligible for additional support while living outside of nursing facilities through the Community First Choice program.

The CFC program covers services such as personal assistance, acquisition and administration of drugs, habilitation, emergency services, light housework and groceries.

Applicants for Community First Choice are assessed to determine if it’s appropriate, and they must require help with activities of daily living and a nursing level of care. They must also meet the financial requirements for Medicaid in Texas.

All qualified applicants are entitled to CFC services with no waiting period.Applications for CFC can be submitted at Your Texas Benefits. Call (877) 541-7905 for help with the website, or (361) 878-3342 for the local benefits office in Corpus Christi.

More Senior Living Resources in Corpus Christi


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Corpus Christi Housing Authority (361) 889-3300

The Corpus Christi housing authority manages the federal rental assistance programs at the local level. These programs are part of the Housing Choice Voucher program, which helps low-income residents around the country find affordable housing in their area.

Hacienda Senior Apartments (361) 882-1088

This apartment community has 60 units with one or two bedrooms for low-income seniors (62+) and people with disabilities. Pets are allowed and units have air conditioning. Rent is subsidized and based on the applicant’s income.

The Estates Apartments (361) 241-3658

This is an affordable housing community that has units with one to three bedrooms for low-income residents. Rent is subsidized by the federal government through HUD. Cats and dogs are allowed. Units have central air and heat, and some utilities are paid for.

Nueces County Community Services (361) 883-7201 Ext. 142

Low-income residents of the county may be eligible for help paying utility bills and rent, as well as home weatherization and referral services. This agency manages the federal Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program at the local level.

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