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Page Reviewed / Updated – November 20, 2020

The 10 Best Assisted Living Facilities in Garland, TX

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As the 12th-largest city in Texas, Garland has something to offer everyone, especially seniors looking to keep busy during their retirement. This culturally diverse and vibrant city has a rich history, a thriving downtown area and plays host to community events throughout the year. With Texas having no income tax and Garland’s low cost of living when compared to other large cities within the United States, the city is also a great option for seniors looking to stretch their retirement income as far as possible.

Garland’s mild winters and hot summers are perfect for outdoor enthusiasts. Older adults love the region’s natural resources which include 2,880 acres of parkland and Lake Ray Hubbard, the perfect place to take visiting family and enjoy a picnic, do some fishing, rent a boat or just relax. Garland’s also home to the Firewheel Town Center, an open-air complex with more than 100 shops from major retailers to eclectic boutiques.

Note: Information for Garland wasn’t available, so data from the nearest city, Dallas, was used.

Check out our list of the top 10 assisted living communities in Garland, TX. Additionally, find out more about the cost of assisted living in Garland and what financial assistance programs are available.

Brookdale Club Hill

Situated on 16 acres of landscaped grounds featuring walking paths and duck ponds, Brookdale Club Hill offers seniors a peaceful haven in which to spend their retirement. Staff is available 24/7 to provide assistance as needed and to do the household chores while residents enjoy the community’s many amenities. Residents can pursue their hobbies or learn a new skill in the arts and crafts studio, gather with friends in the coffee shop, read a good book in the library or play a game of card or billiards in the games room. The community also arranges group excursions into the local area for shopping and to restaurants and entertainment venues.

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  • 17 floor plans, from studio apartments to two-bedroom cottages
  • Outdoor swimming pool

Silver Creek Garland

Silver Creek Garland offers seniors the opportunity to live a full and independent life in a homelike environment. Residents can choose from studio, one- and two-bedroom apartments with kitchenettes and wheelchair-accessible bathrooms. The community’s Life Enrichment program is tailored to the needs and preferences of its residents. Each day, seniors can take part in a range of activities, including cognitive social exercises, fitness and wellness classes, arts and crafts and scheduled group outings. Families are welcome to attend special events, such as cookouts and holiday celebrations. Silver Creek Assisted Living is on our list due to its continuum of care as the needs of residents change.

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  • Amenities include a full-service beauty salon, a media room and a coffee and snack bar
  • Monthly wellness checks

Mayberry Gardens Assisted Living and Memory Care Homes

Mayberry Gardens Garland is just a short walk away from Spring Creek Forest Preserve with walking trails and wildlife, perfect for a day out with visiting family. This small community of 11 residents offers seniors the chance to live an independent lifestyle while having access to all the personal care and support they require. Seniors can stay physically, mentally and socially active through a range of organized activities designed to meet the needs, interests and abilities of each resident. In their free time, residents can enjoy a conversation with their peers by the fireplace, relax on the front porch or get a haircut in the beauty salon.

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  • Transparent pricing structure
  • 24/7 caregivers to assist with activities of daily living and medication management

Colonial Oaks at Campbell Park

Colonial Oaks at Campbell Park provides seniors with personalized care plans that promote independence and dignity without having the concerns associated with maintaining a home. Seniors can pursue their hobbies and interests and remain active with the community’s wellness program that's designed to promote social engagement, sensory stimulation and personal reminiscence. Residents are encouraged to spend time in the fresh air, relaxing on the outdoor patio or taking a stroll around the secured courtyard. Fresh chef-prepared meals are served in the community’s restaurant-style dining room and a private dining room is available for seniors to host visiting friends and family.

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  • Private apartments with treetop or courtyard views
  • Services include daily bed-making, weekly housekeeping and laundry

Franklin Park Appletree Court

Located 16 minutes northwest of Garland, Franklin Park Appletree Court is close to shops, restaurants and churches, ideal for seniors who like to get out and about. Residents can choose from spacious studio, one- and two-bedroom apartments, all with individual climate controls. Seniors have plenty to keep them busy with a full activities calendar that includes exercises, games, sing-alongs, current events, gardening and arts and crafts. The community also arranges off-site excursions, themed dinners, wine and cheese parties. Families are welcome to join their loved ones for regular family fun nights. We include Franklin Park Appletree Court in our top 10 for its philosophy of encouraging residents to be the best they can.

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  • Private dining rooms available for special occasions
  • Month-to-month rental agreements

The Reserve at North Dallas

The Reserve at North Dallas is situated 9 miles outside of Garland and provides seniors with attentive, personalized care specially tailored to meet their needs, preferences and abilities. A diverse events calendar is filled with leisure, educational and social activities. Seniors can begin their day with gym time or a fitness class, followed by music therapy, games, computer classes or art and crafts, and finish with a fun night of bingo. The community’s communal spaces are designed to encourage social connection, activity and independence. Seniors can choose from different dining options, including an elegant dining hall, Flo’s Cafe or a private dining room.

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  • Grounds feature patio areas and a courtyard with a pond
  • Situated near to local hospitals, health care, shopping and dining

The Wellington at Arapaho

Located in the affluent Dallas suburb of Richardson, The Wellington at Arapaho is just a 20-minute drive from Garland. It provides seniors with the right level of support to allow them to live happy, safe and fulfilling lives. Residents have access to a range of activities designed to help them develop new skills and expand their social circles. Fitness classes, knitting clubs, happy hours, bake-offs and trivia nights are just some of the daily activities on offer.  The community also hosts special events and musical entertainment for seniors to enjoy. To relax, residents can read in the library, chat with friends in the comfy lounge area, get pampered in the salon or take in the fresh air in the courtyard. The Wellington at Arapaho is included on our list for the wide variety of activities and entertainment it offers.

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  • Scheduled courtesy transportation
  • Security measures include 24/hour staffing and emergency response systems

The Waterford at Plano

The Waterford at Plano is 11 miles north of Garland and situated in a quiet neighborhood of Plano. Caregivers are available 24/7, and seniors have access to a visiting physician program and home health agencies that provide regular personal care assessments. Residents can keep physically active with a range of wellness and fitness classes, and there are numerous clubs where they can pursue their interests and learn new skills. The community arranges regular happy hours, movie nights, sing-alongs and monthly breakfast and lunch outings. Seniors have full use of the community amenities and can catch a game on the big-screen TV, pick out a book from the well-stocked library, challenge a neighbor to a game of cards or enjoy a coffee and a chat with friends in the rotunda.

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  • Furnished guest apartment for use by visiting family and friends
  • Respite care

Brookdale Preston

Less than 20 minutes from Garland, Brookdale is situated on 2 acres of beautifully landscaped grounds in Dallas. Seniors can choose from studio and one-bedroom apartments, which are furnished and decorated to reflect their own unique style. Residents are encouraged to live life to the fullest by taking part in activities to keep them physically, mentally and socially active, including mix-and-mingle socials, cooking, clubs, fitness classes and games. Should residents’ needs change over time, Brookdale Preston helps with the transition into a different level of care so seniors can remain in their own homes. We include this community in our top 10 due to its security measures that include a 24-hour security system and an enclosed courtyard and garden.

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  • Pet-friendly community
  • Organized excursions to nearby restaurants, shopping and entertainment


Edgemere is a 16-acre gated community located 12 miles outside of Garland. Seniors have access to life-enriching services and amenities, including private transportation to take them to medical appointments. Daily activities ensure residents remain busy during their retirement and stay engaged with the community. All activities are designed to improve physical fitness and nurture spiritual, intellectual and emotional well-being. In their free time, residents can get a manicure in the beauty salon, read a book in the library or head out and explore the nearby parks, museums, art galleries and movie theaters. Seniors can enjoy freshly prepared meals in the casual Portabella Bistro or in the more formal Medici restaurant.

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  • Access to therapy services
  • Continuum of care as the needs of residents change

The Cost of Senior Living and Care in Garland

According to Genworth’s 2018 Cost of Care Survey, Garland senior care costs are low compared to the national average but relatively high for Texas. Garland is particularly expensive for adult day care services, with the average cost nearly double the state average of $758. In general, costs in Garland range between $200 and $400 more than the state average, except for the notably higher cost associated with adult day care.

Note: Senior care cost data wasn’t available for Garland, so the data for the closest city, Dallas, was used.

Garland Assisted Living Costs

While assisted living costs in Garland — at $4,350 — are substantially higher than the state average of $3,795, this area is on the lower end compared to other cities like Austin. In Austin, seniors can expect to pay $5,190, which is $840 more than in Garland. El Paso, on the other hand, is substantially lower at only $2,250, which is $2,100 less than in Garland. The cost of assisted living in Texas typically falls between $3,000 and $4,500, putting Garland at the upper end of the mid-range.

Garland Home Care Costs

Average home health assistance costs in Garland match the national average exactly at $4,004 per month. While this is comparable to other major cities, it is almost the most expensive area in the state. Austin and Longview are slightly pricier at $4,099 and $4,052, respectively. Odessa tops the list at $4,185 — $181 more than seniors can expect to pay in Garland.

Most areas are substantially more affordable, with costs as low as $2,860 in Brownsville. Most of Texas falls between $3,000 and $4,000, with Garland just outside that range.

Garland Adult Day Care Costs

The cost of adult day care in Garland is $1,408, which leaves this area tied for most expensive with Austin. Most areas in Texas are substantially less expensive, with Abilene averaging a mere $618 per month for a similar level of service. El Paso is just $10 more than Abilene, making it $780 less than Garland.

Longview, one of the more expensive areas surveyed, tops the state average by $55 but is still $595 less than Garland. Though Garland is at the high end for Texas, the cost of adult day care is still well below the national average of $1,560. 

Garland Nursing Home Costs

Nursing homes typically carry the highest price tag for senior services, but they remain relatively affordable in Garland, with an average cost of $5,064. That’s nearly $2,400 less than the national average and only about $250 more than the Texas state average. In areas such as Austin and Killeen, seniors can expect to pay $5,323 and $5,407, respectively, or about $250 to $350 more than in Garland.

More rural areas like Longview come with a much-reduced cost for nursing home care with an average price of $3,954, which is $1,110 less than in Garland. Most areas fall between $4,600 and $5,200 for nursing home care.

Financial Assistance Programs in Garland

Medicaid Program in Garland

Medicaid is a jointly funded state and federal program designed to help low-income individuals obtain health care. Seniors who qualify may also receive assistance with institutional living costs and some limited personal assistance in-home. The addition of Medicaid waivers allows seniors to also receive a wider variety of services both at home and in senior living communities. Under general Medicaid, Garland seniors get help paying for the cost of doctor’s visits, hospitalization, rehab services, prescriptions, and other medical care costs.

Medicaid is an entitlement program, so all qualified applicants gain access to comprehensive medical care. In Garland, the STAR+PLUS program manages all Medicaid for seniors and includes programs that directly pay for long-term support services. This can include nursing home stays, adult day care services, in-home care, hospice and/or a personal attendant. 

There are both income and functional requirements to qualify for STAR+PLUS. For in-home care services, seniors must be at least 65 years old and have an assessed need for constant and long-term care. The income limit for applicants is $2,313 per month for individuals. Standard Medicaid requires a monthly income of no more than the current Social Security Income maximum, which is $771 for 2019.

In Texas, married couples may apply for institutional Medicaid but income is tallied per individual. Each applicant must have an income that does not exceed $2,313 per month.

In addition to income limits, there are also asset restrictions. Qualified applicants have no more than $2,000 in countable assets. However, not all assets count toward that limit. A house with up to $585,000 in equity value, all home furnishings, a personal vehicle and several other types of property are excluded from the asset calculation.

Interested seniors can fill in an application online or call the Medicaid information line at 800-252-8263. For more information about the program and eligibility requirements, click here.

Medicaid Waivers in Garland

STAR+PLUS Home and Community Based Services Waiver

In 2015, Texas made sweeping changes to several HCBS waivers. The STAR+PLUS Home and Community Based Services (HCBS) waiver became the new standard for supporting Garland seniors who might otherwise enter a nursing home. This program is designed to offer in-home or in community support services to delay nursing home transfers. It extends services to seniors residing in assisted living communities or foster homes. This waiver program offers a variety of services, including:

  • Personal assistance
  • Nursing services
  • Home-delivered meals
  • Physical and occupational therapy
  • Respite care
  • Minor home modifications

While the STAR+PLUS managed care option is an entitlement program, the HCBS waiver is not. This means that eligible seniors may be waitlisted pending availability of funds. Qualified seniors have full Medicaid coverage, demonstrate a medical need for constant and long-term assistance and meet the income limits for institutional Medicaid. Applicants can call 1-877-782-6440 or click here for more information.

Community First Choice Program (CFC)

Rolled out in 2015, the Community First Choice program is designed to help Garland seniors age in place. It is similar to the STAR+PLUS waiver in some respects, but it is an entitlement program, so there are no waiting lists before seniors receive services. It offers assistance with activities of daily living like meal preparation, dressing, grooming, and light housekeeping. It may also cover the costs associated with an emergency response system, but it does not offer in-home health services. Seniors who need assistance but are otherwise medically stable may qualify. Eligible seniors qualify for full Medicaid, have an assessed need for an institutional level of care and require assistance with ADLs. Applicants can call 1-800-252-8263 to start the process or click here for more information.

Primary Home Care Program (PHC)

Garland seniors may be approved for up to 50 hours per week in home-based services, though the average is 16 hours. Under the Primary Home Care Program, services may include personal care help, activities like shopping, housekeeping, laundry services or meal preparation. It may also provide transportation for medical appointments. PHC is an entitlement program, so there are no waiting lists for services.

To qualify, Garland seniors must be eligible for full Medicaid and have a need for long-term in-home assistance. While a senior’s home valued at up to $585,000 is exempted from consideration for Medicaid eligibility, it is worth noting that the state may place a lien on the property to offset some of the costs of the program. For more information about the PHC program, click here.

Day Activity and Health Services (DAHS) Program

The Texas Medicaid Day Activity and Health Services (DAHS) Program offers families and seniors financial assistance with the costs of adult day care services. It is available on weekdays for up to 10 hours per day. This allows family caregivers to delay nursing home placements and keep seniors in the community during nights and weekends.

In an adult day care setting, seniors receive personal care, meals, social activities, medication monitoring and nursing services at a licensed facility. In Garland, adult day care is offered through this program at AAA Health Care. For more information about their program, call (972) 494-3111.

To qualify, Garland seniors must be eligible for full Medicaid and require a nursing home level of care. For more information about the program, click here.

Other Financial Assistance Programs in Garland

Community Care for the Aged and Disabled (CCAD)

In addition to Medicaid waivers, Garland seniors may also be eligible for the Community Care for the Aged and Disabled program. This program aims to delay nursing home placement by offering some help in an assisted living facility. Some covered services include adult foster care, meal delivery, health services and assistance with the activities of daily living. Qualified applicants meet the income and eligibility requirements for institutional Medicaid and require assistance with ADLs and medical supervision. To apply call 1-855-937-2372 to get started. For more information about the program, click here.

Community Attendant Services (CAS)

The Community Attendant Services program allows seniors to receive non-medical personal care in their own homes. It also allows seniors to self-direct their care, including the hiring of friends or family to act as a caregiver. Under CAS, seniors can receive up to 50 hours of assistance per week. Help falls into one of two categories:

  • Personal care like bathing, grooming and toileting
  • Home management like shopping, housekeeping and meal preparation

To qualify, seniors must be institutional Medicaid eligible and require assistance with at least one ADL. For more information about the CAS program, click here.

More Senior Living Resources in Garland


Phone Number


Urban Community Center Of North Texas

(469) 913-8202

This non-profit provides emergency financial assistance for rent, mortgage, and utilities to seniors in need. 

Minor Home Repair Grant Program

(972) 205-2000

Garland seniors may be eligible for a grant of up to $5,000 to help with emergency home repairs. Some covered repairs include plumbing, HVAC, electrical and water heater installation. Income and eligibility limits apply, and funding is available on a first come, first served basis.

Catholic Charities Dallas

(866) CCD-7500

Catholic Charities Dallas offers several assistance programs to Garland seniors including rental assistance grants designed to pay back rent or help with a deposit when moving. Daily meal delivery, health services and other assistance may be available.

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