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Page Reviewed / Updated – November 05, 2020

The 10 Best Assisted Living Facilities in Richardson, TX

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Seniors seeking a retirement destination that’s close to big-city amenities might find that Richardson, TX, fits their needs. Located just north of downtown Dallas, this upscale suburban city is home to approximately 121,000, and seniors aged 65 and older make up 14.7% of the population. 

Richardson is known for having relatively low crime rates, above-average incomes and beautiful residential areas. The city sees an average of 230 sunny days each year, which is 25 more than the national average. Summers can be hot and humid, with highs averaging around 95 degrees, while winters tend to be cool and damp, and about an inch of snowfall every year. There’s a number of top-ranked health care facilities in the area, including the Methodist Richardson Medical Center and the UT Southwestern Medical Center in nearby Dallas. 

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

Take a look through our list of the 10 best assisted living facilities in Richardson to see if there’s a community that’s right for you. Additionally, find out more about the cost of assisted living in Richardson and what financial assistance programs are available.

Franklin Park Appletree Court

Franklin Park Appletree Court is a gracious, comfortable senior living community where staff go out of their way to make residents feel comfortable. Weekly worship services are held in the community room, and there's regular Bible study classes. Regular on-site activities include organized games, musical guests and crafting workshops, and staff and volunteers plan monthly off-site excursions to local restaurants, shopping areas and special events. Families are encouraged to come by on Family Night for a themed dinner and entertainment, and there's a special men's club led by the community's owner. We've featured Franklin Park Appletree Court on this top 10 list due to the strong focus on personalize care, family involvement and active aging. 

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The Wellington at Arapaho

Centrally located close to the Heights Park and Heights Family Aquatic Center, The Wellington at Arapaho provides seniors with a carefree retirement lifestyle. Meals are served restaurant-style, and weekly housekeeping and linen service is included. Each of the private studio, one- and two-bedroom suites is equipped with plenty of closet space, a large walk-in shower and oversized windows to let in lots of sunshine. Residents can contact staff at any time using the in-house medical alert system, and the community is fully equipped with sprinklers and smoke alarms.

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Cottonwood Creek Healthcare Community

Cottonwood Creek Healthcare Community offers seniors a range of long-term care services including assisted living, memory care and skilled nursing care. The purpose-built community is divided into four smaller home-style wings complete with private patios and courtyards, as well as common areas where residents can relax and catch up with their neighbors. Each suite includes a landline phone and cable TV connection, and computers with internet access are available to help seniors stay in touch with friends and family. 

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Sunrise of Plano

Conveniently located just steps from the Preston Parker Crossing shopping mall near the George Bush Turnpike, Sunrise of Plano provides seniors with a range of services including assisted living and memory care. The in-house dining team includes a chef, and meals include Chicago-style pizza, scratch-made baked goods and plenty of locally sourced fruits and vegetables. Well-behaved companion animals are welcome, and there's a large outdoor area complete with walking paths and comfortable seating. 

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  • Wi-Fi available throughout the community
  • Weekly housekeeping and linen service

The Reserve at North Dallas

Located just west of the I75 close to the Medical City Green Oaks Hospital, The Reserve at North Dallas is a spacious, well-appointed independent and assisted living community. Residents enjoy unlimited access to a wide range of amenities including a rehabilitation gym, art center, theater, courtyard and multiple community rooms. There's a restaurant-style dining room, and an intimate private dining room for special occasions and family meals. We featured The Reserve at North Dallas on this top 10 list because this community offers seniors a beautiful setting close to shops, restaurants and medical services.

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  • Pet-friendly
  • Large private suites with full kitchens and in-suite laundry

Brookdale Collin Oaks

Brookdale Collin Oaks is a friendly one-level assisted living and memory care community located just steps from Medical City Plano. Pets are welcome, and there's plenty of walking trails throughout the landscaped grounds that are perfect for dogs and people alike. Residents can exercise their green thumbs in the greenhouse, indulge in some self-care at the beauty shop and enjoy a special meal with family and friends in the private dining room. The stocked fishing pond is a popular place to spend a sunny afternoon, while the fireside living room is a great spot to catch up with friends and neighbors.

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The Waterford at Plano

Located in the Ruisseau Place neighborhood just northwest of the I-75/George Bush Turnpike interchange, The Waterford at Plano provides seniors with the ideal mix of privacy, independence and support. Those who enjoy group activities will find there's plenty to do here, including regular Bible study classes, sing-alongs, special events and fitness classes. The entire community is wheelchair-accessible, and doorways are extra-wide to accommodate mobility scooters.

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  • 24-hour emergency call system
  • Sprinklers and smoke detectors throughout the community

Brookdale Preston

Centrally located just south of I-635 near the Dallas North Tollway, Brookdale Preston is a warm, welcoming assisted living and memory care community. Companion animals are welcome, and there's a large courtyard and garden area along with landscaped grounds. Residents can stay connected with the community-wide Wi-Fi, and transportation to nearby shopping areas, churches and appointments is included. The community's signature programs include B-Fit, a research-based fitness program geared towards older adults, and Rewiring Aging, which helps resident explore new interests by learning how to use tablet computers, virtual reality devices and voice assistants. 

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Mayberry Gardens Assisted Living

Seniors who prefer a small, home-like setting might find that Mayberry Gardens Assisted Living is the right choice. This compact family-style community is designed to give seniors personalized attention and care in a comfortable, familiar environment. The barrier-free community features plenty of indoor and outdoor common areas including a kitchen, living room and patio, and resident rooms include private bathrooms. 

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Edgemere is a luxurious life care community located on a beautifully landscaped gated 16-acre campus. The large assisted living suites feature separate bedrooms, spacious living rooms and barrier-free bathrooms, making it easy for residents to bring along their favorite furnishings and personal items. There's a large library complete with vaulted ceiling and fireplace, sunny dining room with grand piano, and patio area with bistro seating. Aquafit classes are held daily in the indoor heated swimming pool, and wellness programs include organized group activities, games and outings to local museums and shopping areas. 

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  • Multiple dining areas including a formal dining room and casual bistro
  • Close to the UT Southwestern Medical Center

The Cost of Senior Living and Care in Richardson

Richardson has some of the highest average monthly costs for senior care in Texas, and all levels of care are more expensive than the state average. According to the Genworth 2018 Cost of Care Survey, adult day care in Richardson costs almost twice the state average, although the difference in price is not as dramatic in the case of home care and nursing homes.

Note: Data on the average cost of senior care wasn’t available for Richardson, so the data for the closest city, Dallas, was used.

How much does Assisted Living Cost in Richardson?

Richardson has one of the highest average monthly costs for assisted living in all of Texas at $4,350 a month, which is about $550 more than the state average. The only area with a higher average cost is Austin at $5,190 a month.

The most affordable area is Longview, where assisted living is $3,100 a month on average. The lowest price of all major cities Genworth surveyed in Texas is in Houston at an average of $3,863 a month.

How much does Home Care Cost in Richardson?

Home care in Richardson is an average of $4,004 a month, which is only slightly higher than the state average of $3,813. The price range for in-home care is relatively narrow for locations across Texas compared to other levels of care.

Austin is the most expensive area for home care at an average cost of $4,099 a month. The most affordable areas are Waco at $3,432 a month on average followed by Abilene at $3,504.

How much does Adult Day Care Cost in Richardson?

Adult day care is relatively expensive in Richardson at $1,408 compared to all surrounding areas and the Texas average of $758. The cost is equal to that of Austin and followed closely by Houston at $1,300 a month.

The lowest average cost for adult day care can be found in Abilene at $618 a month, less than half that of Richardson. San Antonio is the most affordable of the major cities at $867 a month.

How much does Nursing Home Costs in Richardson?

The average monthly cost of nursing home care in Richardson is $5,064, around $250 higher than the Texas average. The cost is similar in Houston: $5,095. Austin is the most expensive area at $5,323 a month.

The lowest cost for nursing home care in Texas is in Longview at $3,954 a month, while the most affordable major city is San Antonio at $4,715 a month.

Financial Assistance Programs in Richardson

Medicaid Program in Richardson

Medicaid is funded by the federal and state governments to assist at-risk groups in paying for medical goods and services as well as some long-term care. The majority of Medicaid recipients are seniors and the disabled, and these two groups are placed in the STAR+PLUS managed care program.

Services covered under the STAR+PLUS program of Texas Medicaid include visits to the doctor, hospital care, dental, vision, hearing, prescription drugs and medical devices. Assisted living and various other services are only covered with an HCBS waiver, which is also explained in this guide.

Overview of Texas Medicaid eligibility requirements:

  • Legal resident of Texas
  • Aged 65+ or blind, disabled, pregnant, caring for children under 19
  • Maximum annual income of $24,731 ($33,482 for couples if both applying)
  • Maximum $2,000 of countable assets ($3,000 for couples if both applying)

Texans who receive Supplemental Security Income payments from the federal government will gain access to SSI-linked Medicaid, which is full-scope coverage with no share of cost.

Eligibility requirements can be viewed in more detail at, including specific income requirements for larger households. Read our guide on countable assets and non countable assets for more information.

Nursing home care and home health services are both entitlements in Texas; all eligible individuals will receive Medicaid services immediately with either of these types of care. Assisted living is not an entitlement; there may be a waiting list to receive services even when all requirements are met.

Apply for Medicaid and the STAR+PLUS managed care program at Your Texas Benefits by submitting the forms online or mailing a printed copy. Help is available at local Community Partners around Richardson and Dallas or by calling the Texas Medicaid hotline at (800) 252-8263.Read more about the available programs in our Texas Medicaid guide.

Other Financial Assistance Programs in Richardson

HCBS STAR+PLUS Medicaid Waiver

Due to restrictions placed on state-run Medicaid programs by the federal government, some services require a waiver before they can be covered. In Richardson, seniors looking for help to pay for long-term care will be most interested in the STAR+PLUS HCBS waiver.

This waiver grants access to various home and community-based services as an alternative to nursing facilities. Assisted living is offered under this waiver, as well as home modifications, therapies, personal assistance and respite care. This waiver is available at no cost to all who qualify.

Applicants must be over 21 years of age, not enrolled in other waivers and eligible for Medicaid and SSI, as well as being assessed as needing a nursing home level of care for medical reasons. However, this does not mean that the individual is required to live in a nursing home.

The STAR+PLUS HCBS waiver is not considered an entitlement; there may be a delay in receiving services as those waiting are prioritized based on need. Applicants who have already moved into a nursing facility funded by Medicaid will receive a higher priority.

Apply for the HCBS waiver at the Your Texas Benefits website by submitting the appropriate forms, or print and mail them to the address given. Help is available on the STAR+PLUS Helpline at (877) 782-6440.

Read more about the additional services provided in our Texas STAR+PLUS Medicaid waiver guide.

Community First Choice (CFC)

Community First Choice is a program under Texas Medicaid that is intended to delay the need for placement in a nursing facility. It does this by providing more services in the home of the individual so that they can remain living in the community for as long as possible.

Services available under the CFC program include help with activities of daily living such as preparing meals, maintaining hygiene and mobility support.

Community First Choice is an entitlement in Texas, as mandated by the federal government. This means all applicants who meet the requirements are guaranteed to receive assistance with no waiting period.

This program has the same income and asset limits as Medicaid. However, there is an additional requirement based on the need for care; it must be established that the individual requires assistance with activities of daily living and would be forced to enter a nursing home if assistance was not provided.

Apply for the CFC program via the Your Texas Benefits website. Help is available from the Dallas Area Agency on Aging, which can be reached at (214) 871-5065.

Read more about this optional Medicaid program in our Texas Community First Choice guide.

Community Care for the Aged and Disabled (CCAD)

Community Care for the Aged and Disabled is designed to accomplish many of the same goals as Community First Choice. It is for seniors or the disabled who would qualify for nursing home care but prefer to remain living in their own home or elsewhere in the community.

One of the main differences is that CCAD does cover some aspects of assisted living, while CFC does not. However, this program only covers the cost of care in an assisted living facility — it does not cover room and board.

Services provided under CCAD include home-delivered meals, personal care and housekeeping assistance, emergency signaling devices and adult day care with nurse supervision, as well as various types of residential care such as assisted living.

Apply for Community Care for the Aged and Disabled by submitting the appropriate forms at Your Texas Benefits.

Read more about the benefits of this program in our Texas CCAD guide.

Optional State Supplement (OSS)

Low-income seniors who live in a Medicaid-funded facility may be able to receive Optional State Supplement payments from the Texas government in addition to the Supplemental Security Income they receive from the federal government.

OSS is intended to help people pay a small portion of the costs associated with assisted living, nursing homes or mental health facilities, and it is an entitlement in Texas.

The asset and income eligibility requirements for OSS are the same as for SSI. The only additional requirement for OSS is that the individual is living in a Medicaid-funded facility.Apply for the OSS at the Social Security Administration website or contact a nearby office. The closest office for Richardson is in Dallas and can be reached at (800) 772-1213.

More Senior Living Resources in Richardson


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Dallas Housing Authority  (214) 951-8300  DHA North Texas owns 3,900 public housing units that it manages as part of the Housing Choice Voucher program. The HCV provides assistance with housing by paying part of the rent with funding from the Department of Housing and Urban Development.
Brandywine Apartments Richardson (972) 669-8168 Mercy Housing manages 50 rent-subsidized apartments for low-income seniors (62+) or those with impaired mobility. One- and two-bedroom apartments are available, as well as accessible options for disabled residents.
Garland Estates Senior Housing (972) 276-8882  Located nearby in Garland, this set of one-bedroom units is for low-income seniors (62+). Rent is subsidized by HUD.
Plano Community Home (East) (972) 423-6058  Plano Community Home manages four communities near Richardson. The East community in Plano has 129 one-bedroom apartments for seniors (62+) or those with impaired mobility. Rent is subsidized by HUD.
Plano Community Home (Pioneer Place)

(972) 424-9800 Also located in Plano, this community is a HUD 202 Project Rental Assistance Contract (PRAC) designated for low-income seniors (62+). Rent is subsidized by HUD.

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