The Old West is still alive in many ways in Waco, a medium-sized Texas city that's located about halfway between Austin and Houston on I-35. The Waco Downtown Cultural District spans both sides of the Brazos River and contains some of the most lovingly preserved 19th-century homes in central Texas. Seniors can see the sights at a discount in Waco aboard the ADA-equipped buses of the Waco Transit System (WTS). All seniors aged 65 and over qualify for half fare on regular WTS routes with a valid transit ID.
Nearly 12% of Waco's 138,000 residents are seniors aged 65 and over. Waco's warm winters and dry summers create a stable climate that escapes some of central Texas' summer humidity, though occasional thunderstorms still occur on a moment's notice. When the temperature gets high enough, seniors qualify for discounted admission to the local Dr. Pepper Museum & Free Enterprise Institute, which educates thousands of visitors per year about the history of Dr. Pepper and the positive aspects of market capitalism.
Assisted living in Waco costs an average of $3,695 per month, according to the 2018 Genworth Cost of Care Survey. This is $100 per month below the Texas state average of $3,795. Seniors pay an average of $4,000 elsewhere in the U.S. for similar services.
Have a look at your options for great senior living on this list of the top 8 assisted living facilities in Texas.
The Delaney at Lake Waco
2121 W. Hwy. 6
Waco, TX 76710
With attractive private apartments and a wide range of amenities, The Delaney at Lake Waco lets seniors enjoy a carefree lifestyle combined with the security of assisted living services. This lakeside community is a short walk from Midway Park, which offers opportunities for hiking, fishing and birding. On-site, The Delaney at Lake Waco keeps residents busy through a full calendar of enrichment activities and special events, including scheduled outings to nearby points of interest. Seniors can take an exercise class at the facility's fitness studio, try out a new hairstyle at The Delaney's full-service salon, or indulge their creative side in the community's dedicated arts and crafts workspace.
Arbor House of Waco
2418 Marketplace Drive
Waco, TX 76711
Arbor House of Waco offers personalized care for each of the assisted living facility's 65 seniors. Compassionate staff offer help with daily living needs, such as bathing and dressing and medication management, redirection and reminders for those who need extra supervision. Nutritious meals are served in the community dining room, along with snacks. Living arrangements are in private suites for each resident and the home has different areas for seniors to pursue a favorite hobby, socialize and make new friends or take fresh air and exercise in a private courtyard. To help develop relationships, Arbor House also facilitates group activities, including off-site trips for shopping or religious services. Small pets are welcome.
Brookdale Lake Brazos
3801 Martin Luther King Junior Boulevard
Waco, TX 76708
Waco seniors have several options for living arrangements at Brookdale Lake Brazos. The assisted living facility offers one- and two-bedroom apartments, as well as companion suites. Residents can choose to eat their provided meals in the community dining room or have room service delivered. Brookdale has a fitness center and outside gardens for residents to get exercise. There is a party room available for celebrations, and residents can relax in the library or coffee shop. A nurse on staff and medication management help assure residents stay healthy. Transportation to medical appointments, shopping and outings are also provided, and visitors are encouraged to participate in mealtimes.
5400 Laurel Lake Drive
Waco, TX 76710
Seniors age 62 and older can enjoy independent living and socialization in the friendly Stilwell Retirement community. Comprised of around 90 residents, seniors at this facility enjoy a variety of activities that include musical programs, movie nights, exercise classes, and outings to the Waco Civic Theater and zoo. Amenities in the facility include a TV room, workout space, beauty shop, activity center and chapel. Stilwell Retirement provides guest facilities, such as a guest room and table for seniors to hosts visitors and overnight guests. There are also common areas for residents to mingle and socialize with family and other residents.
1700 Lakeshore Drive
Waco, TX 76708
Seniors living in Brookdale Lakeshore enjoy personalized resident care plans that address their needs for help with daily living tasks, dietary modifications, medication supervision or redirection and reminders. To assist with these services, nursing care is available during business hours and on-call after hours. Nutritious meals are prepared on-site and served in the community dining room. Socialization is encouraged via scheduled group activities and in community areas such as the TV room and outdoor grounds. There is a spa available for residents, and visitors are encouraged to visit their loved ones at mealtimes and for overnight stays. For residents who still drive, parking is available, and group transportation is also provided for outings and medical appointments.
Sodalis at Waco
4308 North 19th Street
Waco, TX 76708
Located just minutes outside of the city, the serene surroundings of Sodalis at Waco promote relaxation, while regular games of bingo, bridge and movie nights keep residents up and out of their private or semi-private rooms. The secured courtyard allows residents to enjoy the sunny weather and landscaped garden without the risk of anyone wandering off. Small pets are welcome in this community so seniors can bring a lifelong companion on the journey to assisted living.
5317 Speegleville Road
Waco, TX 76712
Senior can expect warmth, comfort and care at Heartis Waco. The facility seeks to create a nurturing environment for its residents, with trained staff on-site to provide a full spectrum of personal care. Services such as home-cooked meals, housekeeping and medication management take the stress off daily life so seniors can enjoy the facility's many amenities. Residents receive pampering at the on-site beauty and barbershop, socialize with fellow residents in the relaxing common areas or enjoy time outdoors in the secured courtyard. The facility also offers a full calendar of stimulating social and recreational activities designed to help seniors feel a sense of fulfillment in their daily lives.
Ridgecrest Retirement and Healthcare Community
1900 Highway 6 West
Waco, TX 76712
At the Ridgecrest Retirement and Healthcare Community Center, seniors enjoy continuity of care that starts with independent living and naturally extends into assisted living as residents' needs change. Woodway Park and the Carleen Bright Arboretum are just a block away, giving seniors and their visitors a pleasant and convenient way to spend a day off the property. Residents who don't wish to leave the grounds can enjoy a stroll around the landscaped courtyards or go for an exercise session at the on-site rehabilitation gym. When the appropriate time comes, the assisted living program can provide extra services such as three nutritious meals per day, assistance with getting dressed or groomed and medication management.