With over 2.3 million residents, Houston is the fourth most populated city in the country. Due to its considerable size, the city is home to multiple attractions that appeal to all ages, including those aged 65 and older, who make up 10.5% of its inhabitants. Houston also features a wealth of restaurants serving local and world cuisine, numerous parks for peaceful walks and family picnics, and some of the best shopping districts in the United States.

There are more than 100 assisted living facilities serving seniors in Houston. Although each is unique, common services include assistance from trained staff for residents challenged by everyday tasks, such as personal care. Consequently, assisted living can be a good choice for seniors who don’t need constant care but benefit from someone being close at hand. According to the 2021 Genworth Cost of Care Survey, the typical monthly fee in Houston is $4,245, which, although above the median for Texas, is $245 per month below the national average. 

This guide discusses the pros and cons of living in Houston, in addition to the costs of senior care in the city and the state. It also lists some helpful resources for seniors.

Directory of Assisted Living Facilities in Houston, TX

2018

The Abbey at Westminster Plaza

2865 Westminster Plaza Dr, Houston, TX, 77082

They provide excellent service. The staff is caring, friendly and efficient. They provide an opportunity to participate in a number of activities daily. Excellent food service and food choices. Great … (read more)
They provide excellent service. The staff is caring, friendly and efficient. They provide an opportunity to participate in a number of activities daily. Excellent food service and food choices. Great … (read more)

2013, 2015, 2016

Belmont Village West University

2929 W. Holcombe Boulevard, Houston, TX, 77025

I went and visited Belmont Village West University. I didn’t like the location, there was way too much traffic. I like that it was a clean, nice facility, and the people seemed to be helpful. It was a … (read more)
I went and visited Belmont Village West University. I didn’t like the location, there was way too much traffic. I like that it was a clean, nice facility, and the people seemed to be helpful. It was a … (read more)

2015

Brookdale Cypress Station

303 Lantern Bend Dr., Houston, TX, 77090

I went to Brookdale Cypress Station. It was beautiful. The rooms were a little smaller than what my mom has now. The staff was awesome. They were friendly as can be and very accommodating, very, very … (read more)
I went to Brookdale Cypress Station. It was beautiful. The rooms were a little smaller than what my mom has now. The staff was awesome. They were friendly as can be and very accommodating, very, very … (read more)

2015

The Solana at Vintage Park

19929 Chasewood Park Road, Houston, TX, 77070

Mother in law in Brookdale called complaining about staff not following Covid precautions & wearing masks, hand hygiene, etc. We have called management & nothing has been done
Mother in law in Brookdale called complaining about staff not following Covid precautions & wearing masks, hand hygiene, etc. We have called management & nothing has been done

Ella Springs Senior Living Community

16700 Ella Blvd, Houston, TX, 77090

I love Ella Springs Senior Living Community. It’s really nice. It’s pretty much like you have your own home to live or your own apartment. It is wide open. They have a gym and pretty much a lot of stu … (read more)
I love Ella Springs Senior Living Community. It’s really nice. It’s pretty much like you have your own home to live or your own apartment. It is wide open. They have a gym and pretty much a lot of stu … (read more)

2015, 2016

Brookdale Shadowlake

2835 Shadowbriar Dr., Houston, TX, 77077

Brookdale Shadowlake was well-kept. They offered three meals a day, snacks, and activities for the residents. They were also pet-friendly, so that was a bit of a difference there. Pricing was a bit hi … (read more)
Brookdale Shadowlake was well-kept. They offered three meals a day, snacks, and activities for the residents. They were also pet-friendly, so that was a bit of a difference there. Pricing was a bit hi … (read more)

2015

Atria Westchase

11424 Richmond Avenue, Houston, TX, 77082

My mother is a new resident at Atria Westchase and we are extremely impressed with all they provide, and the staff there is absolutely fabulous! My brothers and I couldn’t be happier that we chose t … (read more)
My mother is a new resident at Atria Westchase and we are extremely impressed with all they provide, and the staff there is absolutely fabulous! My brothers and I couldn’t be happier that we chose t … (read more)

Brookdale Galleria

2929 Post Oak Blvd., Houston, TX, 77056

My tour at Brookdale Galleria was alright. It was good. The staff was good. The apartment was fine, it was very similar to where my mother is now. It was farther away than I wanted it to be. They have … (read more)
My tour at Brookdale Galleria was alright. It was good. The staff was good. The apartment was fine, it was very similar to where my mother is now. It was farther away than I wanted it to be. They have … (read more)

The Buckingham

8580 Woodway, Houston, TX, 77063

LIPSTICK ON A PIG.. I have had multiple relatives there on multiple occasions and will not allow anyone in my family to ever be admitted there again. The Plaza is simply a dressed up version of a lo … (read more)
LIPSTICK ON A PIG.. I have had multiple relatives there on multiple occasions and will not allow anyone in my family to ever be admitted there again. The Plaza is simply a dressed up version of a lo … (read more)

2016

The Village of Meyerland

4141 N Braeswood Blvd, Houston, TX, 77025

I’m at The Village of Meyerland. Everything is fine except the price. There is a lot of places that you can go to, to sit down and have a coffee or something. They have a very good activity area, an a … (read more)
I’m at The Village of Meyerland. Everything is fine except the price. There is a lot of places that you can go to, to sit down and have a coffee or something. They have a very good activity area, an a … (read more)

Brookdale Champions

14050 Cutten Road, Houston, TX, 77069

I chose Brookdale champions for my sister because of the location, the vicinity of the hospitals and clinics, and just the general area. The facility was very nice, clean and all of the employees ther … (read more)
I chose Brookdale champions for my sister because of the location, the vicinity of the hospitals and clinics, and just the general area. The facility was very nice, clean and all of the employees ther … (read more)

The Village of River Oaks

1015 S Shepherd, Houston, TX, 77019

I had an in-person tour of The Village of River Oaks. It was super close to our house. The staff members were also super nice. The facility was also super clean. The layout was fine. It was just I don … (read more)
I had an in-person tour of The Village of River Oaks. It was super close to our house. The staff members were also super nice. The facility was also super clean. The layout was fine. It was just I don … (read more)

2015, 2016

Braeswood Estates Senior Living

2555 South Braeswood, Houston, TX, 77025

My mom has moved into Braeswood Estates Senior Living. I like the environment, the design of the rooms, the facility itself, and the staff. They’re very helpful, and they keep an eye on her. The place … (read more)
My mom has moved into Braeswood Estates Senior Living. I like the environment, the design of the rooms, the facility itself, and the staff. They’re very helpful, and they keep an eye on her. The place … (read more)

St. Dominic Village

2401 Holcombe Blvd, Houston, TX, 77021

We have chosen St. Dominic Village for my mom. I like the level of care and the accommodations. They have life alerts for all of the residents in the assisted living facility. So if anything happens, … (read more)
We have chosen St. Dominic Village for my mom. I like the level of care and the accommodations. They have life alerts for all of the residents in the assisted living facility. So if anything happens, … (read more)

2014

Brookdale Spring Shadows

9889 Kempwood Dr., Houston, TX, 77080

We toured Brookdale Spring Shadows and actually placed a deposit there; however, before my mother could move in, she failed very quickly and passed. The ladies were very patient, and we had a good tou … (read more)
We toured Brookdale Spring Shadows and actually placed a deposit there; however, before my mother could move in, she failed very quickly and passed. The ladies were very patient, and we had a good tou … (read more)

Holly Hall Retirement Community

2000 Holly Hall Street, Houston, TX, 77054

My parents chose Holly Hall for it’s beautiful campus and continuity of care. Holly Hall did not disappoint. Throughout their seven years here, they have enjoyed the chef prepared meals, entertainin … (read more)
My parents chose Holly Hall for it’s beautiful campus and continuity of care. Holly Hall did not disappoint. Throughout their seven years here, they have enjoyed the chef prepared meals, entertainin … (read more)

Brookdale Willowbrook Place

7450 Willowchase Blvd., Houston, TX, 77070

I went to Brookdale Willowbrook Place, we met outside and had breakfast; it was good. It was all well-maintained, looked clean, and it was similar to the other place.
I went to Brookdale Willowbrook Place, we met outside and had breakfast; it was good. It was all well-maintained, looked clean, and it was similar to the other place.

Morada Cy-Fair

11500 Fallbrook Drive, Houston, TX, 77065

It is very nice. When you walk in, it didn’t have a smell, which is good. The people are extremely helpful and very nice. It looks very clean, and we are very happy with it. My mom-in-law goes to chur … (read more)
It is very nice. When you walk in, it didn’t have a smell, which is good. The people are extremely helpful and very nice. It looks very clean, and we are very happy with it. My mom-in-law goes to chur … (read more)

Brookdale Memorial Oaks

1414 Sandy Springs Rd., Houston, TX, 77042

The staff of Brookdale Memorial Oaks was great. Communication was very good. I actually spoke with the activities director, and I liked the activities that they offered. I love the facility. It was ve … (read more)
The staff of Brookdale Memorial Oaks was great. Communication was very good. I actually spoke with the activities director, and I liked the activities that they offered. I love the facility. It was ve … (read more)

2015

Parkway Place

1321 Park Bayou Dr, Houston, TX, 77077

I visited Parkway Place. They offered activities, scheduled transportation, exercise and wellness program, woodworking shop, and a lot of different things. They had several different sized apartments, … (read more)
I visited Parkway Place. They offered activities, scheduled transportation, exercise and wellness program, woodworking shop, and a lot of different things. They had several different sized apartments, … (read more)

COVID-19 Rules for Assisted Living in Houston

Since most COVID-19 rules for Assisted Living Communities and other Senior Living Facilities are set at the state level, you can view the specific rules for your state on our Guide to Assisted Living in Texas. Keep in mind that every community has specific policies that they put in place to protect their residents, so you should contact your local community for more information. Additionally, you can contact your local Area Agency on Aging to learn more – find contact information here.

What to Consider About Assisted Living in Houston

Texas Health and Human Services is responsible for overseeing the state’s assisted living facilities and granting licenses to those that satisfy the legal and financial requirements. The department also conducts unannounced inspections to determine if facilities are continuing to abide by the terms of their licenses and revoking them if they do not.

Benefits and Drawbacks of Assisted Living in Houston

  • Houston seniors needing medical care are well-served as the city has an array of hospitals covering all aspects of health care. Houston Methodist Hospital is considered one of the country’s best and specializes in many forms of acute care, including transplants and heart surgery. Baylor St. Luke’s Medical Center is also highly-regarded and a center of choice for residents needing treatments from oncologists, neurologists and orthopedic surgeons.
  • Houston’s climate is relatively senior-friendly. It can get hot in July with temperatures averaging 93 degrees, but the rest of the year the climate is generally comfortable, with lows averaging 43 degrees in January. There are typically 204 sunny days per year, which is normal for the U.S., and precipitation typically occurs for about 90 days annually. There is no snow and ice is uncommon so seniors shouldn’t feel too concerned about dangerous paths and sidewalks.
  • The cost of living in major cities is commonly high, but Houston bucks the trend somewhat. It’s typically more costly than normal for Texas but below the national average. However, healthcare costs are 3% below the state median, which suggests seniors get more for their money when paying for medical treatments and support.
  • Crime in Texas tends to be a little above the norm for the country. In Houston, it’s much more common, which isn’t unusual as major cities disproportionally attract more criminals. However, crime is less common in the city’s western neighborhoods, particularly the northwest, such as Dorsett Place and Weisenberger City. Neighborhoods west of downtown Houston also have better reputations. Seniors concerned about crime should know that assisted living facilities typically have security systems and staff on-site 24/7. 
  • Houston has been part of the AARP Age-Friendly Network since 2014. The honor commits the city to actively developing and promoting age-friendly policies that make Houston a great place to live for older residents. Its community plan focuses on improving transportation through infrastructure designs that make walking areas safer and suitable for people with reduced mobility. The plan also makes it easier for seniors to join the city’s healthcare system.

Paying for Assisted Living in Houston

According to the 2021 Genworth Cost of Care Survey, the typical senior in Houston pays $4,245 per month for an assisted living placement. This is more than normal for Texas, where the median is $3,998, although below the national average of $4,500.

The Cost of Assisted Living in Nearby Cities

Although Houston’s fees are above average for Texas, they’re not the highest in the Gulf Coast region. In Beaumont, seniors typically pay $4,372 for assisted living, while in Victoria, they’re much higher, at $5,600. To find more affordable fees, seniors will need to consider cities such as San Antonio, where the average is $3,413.

$4245

Houston

$3998

Texas

$4500

The United States

$4372

Beaumont

$5600

Victoria

$3413

San Antonio

The Cost of Other Types of Senior Care

Assisted living is an appealing choice for seniors as its average fees of $4,245 are lower than the norm for similar types of care. Homemaker services and home health aide agencies both average fees of $4,576, with the senior still having to pay home maintenance costs. Adult day care centers offer the best value, at $1,099, although they may not be suitable for everyone. Nursing homes are the most costly, with monthly fees averaging $5,262 for a semiprivate room and another $2,494 for a private one.

$4576

Homemaker Services

$4576

Home Health Aide

$1099

Adult day health care

$4245

Assisted Living Facility

$5262

Nursing Home Facility (semiprivate room)

$7756

Nursing Home Facility (private room)

Financial Assistance for Assisted Living in Houston

Low-income seniors in Houston may be eligible to receive financial assistance for services received in a licensed assisted living facility or adult foster care home through STAR+PLUS, a Texas Medicaid managed care program. 

Learn more about these programs, plus who’s eligible, on our Assisted Living in Texas page.

Paying for Assisted Living Facilities in Texas

More Ways to Pay for Assisted Living

While many families use their own funds or personal assets to pay for assisted living, there are plenty of additional options to cover these costs. Some additional ways to finance assisted living costs include:

  • Veterans Benefits
  • Life Insurance Policy
  • Long-Term Care Insurance
  • Reverse Mortgage

For more information about different ways to finance assisted living, visit our Assisted Living in Texas page.

Free Assisted Living Resources in Houston

One of the benefits of residing in such a heavily populated area is the abundance of resources. In Houston, seniors are well-served by many nonprofits who help them live more comfortably. The following free resources can help those in assisted living who are in a dispute with their care provider, those struggling to find good transportation and disabled seniors who need affordable assistive technologies to improve their mobility.

Resource

Contact

Service

(800) 296-2606

Ombudsmen are trained volunteers who advocate for seniors in residential care communities. They make frequent visits to appraise facilities and speak to residents in confidence. They also investigate complaints by residents and others, and pursue resolutions on the seniors' behalf with their care providers. Seniors comparing assisted living facilities for their long-term care can contact the ombudsman to get free copies of inspection reports.

(281) 876-6600

Harris County Veterans Services provides an array of supports for U.S. military veterans and their families. They help vets get the local, state and federal benefits they should, including those that can cover some residential care costs, such as VA Aid and Attendance. Additionally, it can refer veterans needing medical care to the most appropriate hospital or clinic within the VA Houston healthcare system.

(713) 772-8181

Senior Rides and More is a free service that helps residents aged 60 and over travel conveniently throughout Northwest and Southwest Houston. The organization's volunteers use their own vehicles to take seniors to appointments and shop for groceries, staying with them at all times for the senior's safety and to provide companionship. When volunteers aren't available, Senior Rides and More uses taxis. 

(877) 877-7082

The Independent Living Services Program is a resource managed locally by the Houston Center for Independent Living, a nonprofit dedicated to assisting people with disabilities. It's contracted by Texas Health and Human Services to provide assistive technologies to Houston residents affected by a wide range of conditions. Since much of its gently-used medical equipment is donated, supply cannot be guaranteed. However, some technologies may be new, such as prosthetic limbs. Seniors with cars may also qualify for vehicle modification assistance.

Assisted Living Laws and Regulations in Houston

Houston Assisted Living Communities must adhere to the comprehensive set of state laws and regulations that all Assisted Living Facilities in Texas are required to follow. Visit our Assisted Living in Texas page for more information about these laws.

Assisted Living Laws and Regulations in Texas