Retirees love Houston because of its hot, temperate climate, its wealth of parks, ponds, and other natural features, and wide range of cultural opportunities. With many family-friendly attractions such as the world-famous Houston Zoo, Houston Museum of Natural History, the Museum of Fine arts, and the Houston Space Center, there is a ton of things to do with vacationing relatives as well as numerous ways to fill a busy day. Plus, many cultural centers offer discounts to residents above age 65 and military veterans and assisted living facilities routinely schedule visits to these places to keep residents culturally and socially engaged. This city is also home to state-of-the-art eldercare researchers from the University of Houston’s Consortium on Aging.
The cost of living in Houston is slightly less than the U.S. median and assisted living facilities typically cost around $200 less on average than in the rest of the country. This guide was created to help Houston residents and those interested in moving to the area find assisted living facilities that provide excellent health and personal care services, as well as many opportunities, to help them live a full and gratifying life.
St. Dominic Village
2401 Holcombe Blvd
Houston, TX 77021
St. Dominic’s Village provides high-quality, faith-based elder care to those with memory problems, or who are able to live in moderate independence. This facility offers short-term rehab, long-term care, skilled nursing, assisted living, and independent living. Residents spend time together with various planned activities, or at services held in the Catholic chapel. The ever-growing calendar of events is available in the facility’s quarterly newsletter as well as its website, making it easy for prospective residents to get a feel for the activities offered.
16820 West Rd
Houston, TX 77095
Residents of Copperfield Estates enjoy a variety of social activities on the beautiful grounds and have many opportunities to enjoy their days on campus or on an outing. Busy seniors are free to utilize the computer room and Wi-Fi as well as the activities rooms, games and billiards rooms, and on-site gym. There is also a salon and barber that provide quality beautician services to residents for a small fee. This pet-friendly community also has a wide network of walking paths, a patio, four dining rooms, a library, and a handsome community fireplace.
Holly Hall Retirement Community
2000 Holly Hall St
Houston, TX 77054
This Christian retirement community features assisted as well as independent living in spacious private apartments, complete with large living rooms, full baths, closets, and access to 24-hour maintenance and personal care services. Holly Hall provides a constantly shifting calendar of activities, including resident favorites such as twice weekly dominoes and bridge groups, tai-chi and other exercise programs, ice cream socials, and weekly shopping trips. Residents are welcome to join the group for a monthly dinner outing, and there is also a men's group that meets once a month. Catholic and Christian services are offered that include weekly worship and Bible study and Catholic mass.
The Village of River Oaks
1015 S Shepherd Dr
Houston, TX 77019
The Village of River Oaks provides all-inclusive assisted living services including medication management, customized levels of assistance, weekly housekeeping and laundry services, and access to highly-trained medical staff including physical, occupational, and speech therapists. Scheduled transportation provides weekly and monthly outing opportunities to social butterflies, and there is a myriad of fitness and activities programs for those who prefer to have fun within the village. The roomy apartments include fine design details and large walk-in closets, and the facility has a front desk concierge service happy to help residents with handling package deliveries or arranging outings.
The Abbey at Westminster Plaza
2855 Westminster Plaza Dr
Houston, TX 77082
The Abbey at Westminster Plaza is a three-story building set on a lavish eight-acre campus, complete with a home theatre, sunrooms, a courtyard with walking paths, and various lounges. Each floor has its own country kitchen, and various activity spaces and exercise rooms are peppered throughout the facility. This privately owned, family-run community has provided top-tier assisted living services to Houston’s aging population for over 60 years. The comfortably sized apartments are equipped with state-of-the-art technology that helps residents maintain wireless contact with health and security staff, and all apartments have individual security systems.
Bedford Residence Assisted Living
11718 Bedford St
Houston, TX 77031
Bedford Residence provides all-inclusive assisted living services, facilitated in spacious private and semi-private suites, for a low flat rate dependent on the level of care needed. Health and personal care services are administered to residents in need of all levels of care, including hospice, and the customized meal and activities programs are designed for a variety of lifestyle needs. There are exercise and walking groups, gaming get-togethers, and a variety of religious activities like choir and prayer meets. The gardening program is available to residents of all capabilities, offering opportunities from simply walking through the gardens with a friendly aide to helping grow and harvest flowers and vegetables.
Embark at Willowbrook Park
7575 Willow Chase Blvd
Houston, TX 77070
Embark at Willowbrook Park maintains a philosophy providing the highest quality lifestyles for residents that want to remain active and enjoy their later years in their chosen communities. The activities here are expertly crafted to incorporate mind, body, and spirit into the creative process and provide residents the opportunity to thrive through their favorite hobbies. Restaurant-style dining is offered, and the gourmet menu is customizable for residents with special dietary needs. The facility features an exercise center with an outdoor heated pool and a jacuzzi spa. Another reason we included Embark at Willowbrook Park in our rankings is its gorgeous campus, complete with several walking paths that wind around manicured grounds, community gardens, a putting green, and a waterfall pond.
Rosemont Personal Care Home
10927 Mayfield Rd
Houston, TX 77043
The caring staff at Rosemont Personal Care Home provides aging residents with high-quality assisted living services up through the end of life. This is a smaller residential home, or micro-community, with a close-knit lifestyle that offers a more family-like experience than larger facilities. Residents are treated to three home-cooked meals a day, a rotating calendar of activities, and regularly scheduled outings to attractions around Houston. This facility accepts private pay residents as well as many types of health insurance to help pay for personal care services.
11500 Fallbrook Dr
Houston, TX 77065
The Atria at Cy-Fair has a wide selection of floor plans for its private apartments, all of which include all-inclusive personal care services in addition to weekly housekeeping and linen services. The 24-hour maintenance and healthcare staff is always available to help residents with any needs that may arise, and transportation is provided for those that enjoy shopping trips and other outings, as well as to take residents to scheduled appointments. We featured Atria at Cy-Fair in our rankings because of the superb dining choices, featuring in-house gourmet chefs and local produce, as well as a changing menu that may be customized for residents with dietary restrictions. The full activities calendar keeps residents busy with a shifting selection of hobbies and social events throughout the year.
The Gardens at Spring Shadows
10100 Kempwood Drive
Houston, TX, 77080
The Gardens at Spring Shadows stands out for its amenities. Residents enjoy a luxurious lifestyle in the heart of Houston, complete with landscaped courtyards to walk, gym rooms and pools, and a gorgeous putting green. There are two large dining rooms with a rotating gourmet menu. The community room is available for resident meetings and impromptu activities, and there are numerous scheduled activities and groups available for residents to connect with others who share their interests. The multi-level facility has roomy elevators, beauty salons, a library, and many entertainment areas. Residents also have access to a handy on-site post office with US and community mailboxes.