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The 3 Best Assisted Living Facilities in Lufkin, TX for 2024

Lufkin is a welcoming city surrounded by beautiful forests, creating a peaceful backdrop for retirement. It has a senior community that makes up about 15% of its 34,000 residents, promoting the need for high-quality long-term care solutions. The local cost of living is low and Texas doesn’t have a state income tax, supporting seniors’ financial security, and two hospitals are within the city proper to provide comprehensive medical care.

Lufkin also has several assisted living facilities that support those seeking a low-maintenance lifestyle with access to personalized care. These facilities have caregivers who administer individualized care plans, and they provide daily meals, transportation for community outings and personal errands and housekeeping and laundry services. On average, seniors in Lufkin pay $3,863 per month for this level of care. This is low compared to the respective state and national norms of $3,998 and $4,500.

This guide features more details on some of the benefits of moving to Lufkin for assisted living, along with some drawbacks to consider. It also outlines some ways to pay for care and the top free and low-cost resources for current and prospective assisted living residents.  

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What to Consider About Assisted Living in Lufkin

In Lufkin, as well as in the rest of Texas, assisted living facilities comply with rules set by the Texas Health and Human Services Department. This department licenses two types of facilities, including Type A facilities for ambulatory residents and Type B facilities for seniors who need mobility assistance and nighttime attendance.

Benefits and Drawbacks of Assisted Living in Lufkin

  • Sales and property taxes are very high in Texas, which may make residential care a budget-friendly alternative to owning a home and living independently. The state doesn’t have an income tax, however, meaning seniors only pay federal income taxes on any retirement income they draw. This may help them afford assisted living costs in Lufkin.
  • Lufkin is among the most budget-friendly places to live in Texas, making it a practical option for many seniors living on fixed incomes. The city scores 75.1 on a cost of living index set to a national norm of 100, which is about 20 points below the Texas norm. Housing costs are particularly low here, which may result in competitive assisted living rates.
  • Crime, especially property-related offenses, is more common here than in the typical U.S. city. On a 100-point index, which scores the nation at 22.7 for violent crime and 35.4 for property crime, Lufkin has respective ratings of 27.5 and 65.1. Assisted living facilities provide safe environments with services such as transportation escorts, making this a good option for seniors concerned about living alone.
  • Lufkin has a low rating of 4.1 on a 10-point comfort index, versus the national score of 7.8, primarily for its hot, humid summers. Average temperatures in June, July and August are in the 90s, and humidity levels are often stifling during these months. Winters are mild, however, with daytime norms around 60 degrees. The city rarely gets more than a light dusting of snow, and it gets about 50 inches of rainfall annually. To help residents remain comfortable throughout the year, many assisted living facilities have individual climate controls and amenities such as swimming pools.
  • The number of doctors per capita in Lufkin is about 20% lower than the national norm and health care costs exceed the nationwide average by 9%, which may limit access to medical care for some seniors. Even so, two hospitals are located in the city, including St. Luke’s Health – Memorial Lufkin and Woodland Heights Medical Center. Additionally, many assisted living facilities support telehealth services and have on-call physicians.

 

Paying for Assisted Living in Lufkin

While assisted living rates may vary depending on a facility’s amenities and the levels of care it provides, the typical assisted living facility in Lufkin charges $3,863 per month for care.

The Cost of Assisted Living in Nearby Cities

On average, seniors in Lufkin pay $3,863 per month for assisted living, making this city a relatively economical place to obtain care. Local care costs are $135 below the Texas average and nearly $640 less than the national median. Assisted living rates in Lufkin are competitive compared to fees in College Station, where facilities charge $3,998 for care, and Longview, where monthly fees exceed Lufkin’s norm by $400. On the other hand, seniors may save money by opting for care in Sherman, where assisted living residents pay $3,500 for care, or Texarkana, where fees are even lower at $2,770.

Lufkin

$3,863

Texas

$3,998

United States

$4,500

Texarkana

$2,770

Longview

$4,275

Sherman

$3,500

College Station

$3,998

The Cost of Other Types of Senior Care

In Lufkin, assisted living facilities charge $3,863 per month for care, which is well below the cost of any other senior care option recorded in this city. In-home care and home health care rates are considerably higher at $4,376 per month, and seniors who need around-the-clock medical support pay $4,487 per month for nursing home care.

In-Home Care

$4,376

Home Health Care

$4,376

Assisted Living Facility

$3,863

Nursing Home Facility (semiprivate room)

$4,487

Note: Data for Lufkin was unavailable, so data for the nearest city, Tyler, was used instead.

Financial Assistance for Assisted Living in Lufkin

The Texas Department of Health and Human Services may be able to place seniors into assisted living communities according to their budget and level of care needed. Those with Medicaid or Medicare benefits, or seniors receiving SSI income, may be eligible for assisted living financing. The STAR+PLUS program is also an option for qualifying seniors, available in many parts of the state. 

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

Financial Assistance 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 Lufkin

Lufkin and the surrounding area are home to numerous government agencies and non-profit organizations offering help for seniors searching for or currently residing in an assisted living community. These organizations can also provide assistance in a number of other eldercare services such as geriatric care management, elder law advice, estate planning, finding home care and health and wellness programs.

To see a list of free assisted living resources in Lufkin, please visit our Assisted Living in Texas page.

Assisted Living Laws and Regulations in Lufkin

Lufkin-area assisted living communities must adhere to the comprehensive set of state laws and regulations that all assisted living communities 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

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