McAllen is a city on the border with Mexico that’s home to more than 142,000 residents, 13.2% of whom are aged 65 and older. Although this is slightly below the U.S. average of 16.5%, the city has much to offer its older population. Its climate is senior-friendly for most of the year, the average cost of living is much lower than normal, violent crime is very low and health care facilities are numerous and excellent. McAllen also offers plenty of shops and specialty boutiques in its malls and restaurants that serve dishes from around the world.

Assisted living is a popular solution for seniors who find everyday tasks, such as housekeeping, increasingly challenging. They offer safe and comfortable accommodation with staff usually on-site 24/7 to ensure medications are managed, rooms cleaned and healthy meals prepared and served. The average fee for assisted living in McAllen is $5,075 per month, which is significantly more than the state and national averages of $3,998 and $4,300, respectively. 

This guide considers senior care costs in more detail and the pros and cons of living in McAllen. It also lists some resources available to seniors in the city.

Directory of Assisted Living Facilities in McAllen, TX

Biltmore Assisted Living

700 E. Jackson Ave, Mcallen, TX, 78501

Biltmore Assisted Living is a 15-bed residential facility located in the Texas city of McAllen. Guests note the picturesque appearance that touches such as its white cobblestone design creates as well … (read more)
Biltmore Assisted Living is a 15-bed residential facility located in the Texas city of McAllen. Guests note the picturesque appearance that touches such as its white cobblestone design creates as well … (read more)

Barcelona Assisted Living

712 E. Jackson Avenue, Mcallen, TX, 78501

Set in a residential neighborhood just a short distance away from Highway 2, Barcelona Assisted Living is an assisted living and memory care facility in Mcallen, Texas. Residents who appreciate a slow … (read more)
Set in a residential neighborhood just a short distance away from Highway 2, Barcelona Assisted Living is an assisted living and memory care facility in Mcallen, Texas. Residents who appreciate a slow … (read more)

The Gardens at Brook Ridge Assisted Living and Memory Care

1201 W. Ridge Road, Pharr, TX, 78577

The Gardens at Brook Ridge Assisted Living and Memory Care is located in Pharr, Texas. Visitors note the cleanliness of this facility along with the excellent care provided by a friendly staff. Reside … (read more)
The Gardens at Brook Ridge Assisted Living and Memory Care is located in Pharr, Texas. Visitors note the cleanliness of this facility along with the excellent care provided by a friendly staff. Reside … (read more)

The Bridges at Edinburg

5208 South Sugar Rd., Edinburg, TX, 78539

The Bridges at Edinburg Assisted Living Homes offers residents with assisted living and memory care needs a comfortable community in the Edinburg, Texas area. Guests have said the facility has a homel … (read more)
The Bridges at Edinburg Assisted Living Homes offers residents with assisted living and memory care needs a comfortable community in the Edinburg, Texas area. Guests have said the facility has a homel … (read more)

The Bridges at Mission

1201 St. Claire Blvd, Mission, TX, 78572

I found The Bridges at Mission to be very comforting and homey. My mother had very advanced Alzheimer’s, so they took me to the Alzheimer’s unit and showed me everything that they did. They were very … (read more)
I found The Bridges at Mission to be very comforting and homey. My mother had very advanced Alzheimer’s, so they took me to the Alzheimer’s unit and showed me everything that they did. They were very … (read more)

Good Life Assisted Living

521 South 12th Avenue, Edinburg, TX, 78539

Good Life Assisted Living is an assisted living facility located in Edinburg, Texas, close to several churches and an eclectic variety of restaurants. Visitors and residents comment on the caring, ple … (read more)
Good Life Assisted Living is an assisted living facility located in Edinburg, Texas, close to several churches and an eclectic variety of restaurants. Visitors and residents comment on the caring, ple … (read more)

Waterford Gardens On Griffin Parkway

1522 E Griffin Pkwy, Mission, TX, 78572


What to Consider About Assisted Living in McAllen

The Texas Department of Aging and Disability, a division of Texas Health and Human Services, is responsible for monitoring, regulating and licensing assisted living facilities throughout the state. To ensure licensed facilities abide by the terms of their licenses and keep quality high, the department’s inspectors routinely conduct unannounced visits, making demands and recommendations of facilities when necessary.

Benefits and Drawbacks of Assisted Living in McAllen

  • Based on a national average of 100, AreaVibes gives McAllen a cost of living index of 80, which means the city is a more affordable location than most in the country. It’s also more affordable than the average Texan city, which scores 92. Seniors may be interested to know that the average health cost index in McAllen is lower still, as are transportation costs.
  • McAllen’s crime statistics show wide differences in the types of crime committed. For example, property crime is above-average, with the chances of being a victim at 1 in 40 (the state average being 1 in 42). However, violent crime is significantly less common, with the chances of being a victim at 1 in 1,023, while the state average is 1 in 239. Seniors concerned about crime may want to consider neighborhoods where crime isn’t as common, such as Timberhill Villa Colonia and districts closer to the Rio Grande.
  • McAllen’s seniors have a good choice of medical care facilities, such as the Rio Grande Regional Hospital and the South Texas Health System. The city is home to an above-average number of Medicare-registered medical professionals, while nearby cities, such as Edinburg and Harlingen, also have excellent medical facilities.
  • Micro McAllen is an app-based shared-ride service for city’s elders and those with disabilities that operates on weekdays between 6.30 a.m. and 8.30 p.m. It’s particularly useful for seniors in small neighborhoods poorly served by fixed-route bus services. For 50 cents per trip, the service will take the passenger anywhere within the designated zone, which is between Monte Cristo Road and Nolana Avenue. 
  • Although temperatures can reach a hot 97 degrees in summer, McAllen’s climate is mostly senior-friendly. In Winter, it’s often a cool and comfortable 49 degrees, while the below-average annual rainfall of 22 inches means the city’s seniors don’t usually endure humid heat.

Paying for Assisted Living in McAllen

The findings of the 2020 Genworth Cost of Care Survey reveal McAllen to be more costly than many cities in Texas for assisted living. At $5,075, its residents typically pay about 27% more than the average Texan and 18% more than the typical American senior.

The Cost of Nursing Home Care in Nearby Cities

Although McAllen’s average assisted living costs of $5,075 are high for Texas, they’re not the highest in the region. Seniors in Victoria expect to pay around $5,525 — a monthly increase of $450 when compared to McAllen. However, many other cities are more affordable, such as Brownsville, where the average is $3,433, and Corpus Christi, where it’s $3,260.

$5075

McAllen

$3998

Texas

$4300

The United States

$3433

Brownsville

$3260

Corpus Christi

$5525

Victoria

The Cost of Other Types of Senior Care

At $5,075, assisted living is costly in McAllen, particularly when compared to the average fee of $5,217 for a semiprivate room in a nursing home. However, seniors who want a private room would have to pay significantly more — $10,524, on average. Those able to live at home can get homemaker services for $2,860, while seniors who also need medical care from home health aides can get homemaker and health services for the same fee. The most affordable senior care in McAllen comes from adult day health care centers, which typically charge $638.

$2860

Home care

$2860

Home health care

$638

Adult day health care

$5075

Assisted living

$5217

Nursing home (semiprivate room)

$10524

Nursing home (private room)

Financial Assistance for Assisted Living in McAllen

The Texas Department of Health and Human Services can help seniors find assisted living homes in McAllen, Texas, within their budget and that provide the level of care they require. Those with Medicaid, Medicare or SSI income, may be eligible for assisted living financing. The STAR+PLUS serves specific areas of the state, providing an alternative to nursing facility placement and also covers the cost of assisted living.

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

Financial Assistance for Assisted Living 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 McAllen

There are many resources available to McAllen’s senior community. The following list includes ways in which seniors can get free legal advice, state support if they can’t resolve an issue with their care provider and medical help if they served in the military. There’s also a resource for those who want to volunteer their time to help others.

Resource

Contact

Service

(855) 937-2372

The agency manages numerous resources dedicated to helping seniors in McAllen and the surrounding areas. These include the Long-Term Care Ombudsman, a free service for those in residential care who need an advocate when in dispute with their care provider. There's also a legal services department that can assist seniors with a wide range of non-criminal matters, such as preparing wills and immigrant rights. 

(956) 618-7100

McAllen VA Clinic is one of several in the VA Texas Valley Health Care network that provides comprehensive medical support for seniors who served their country, in addition to their spouses and dependents. It's open during working hours on weekdays and includes a laboratory and pathology department, optometrist, pharmacy and radiology unit. In addition to primary care services, its medical professionals also assist patients with mental health problems and rehabilitation if their injuries require prosthetics. 

(956) 383-6240

RSVP is a national program operated locally by Hidalgo County. It's for seniors who want to give something back to their communities by volunteering their time and skills to help agencies and nonprofits fulfill their missions. The service matches volunteers to programs looking for seniors with their skills. These can be in a variety of fields, such as education, helping neighbors affected by climate disasters, assisting those with limited financial awareness reach their goals and revitalizing McAllen's public spaces.

(956) 630-6667

The Cross Roads Senior Center is open Monday to Friday from 8 a.m. It welcomes adults aged 60 and over, providing them with a space to socialize with others and join in with physically and mentally stimulating activities. These include classes for exercise and dancing, learning computing and arts and crafts. The center also conducts health screenings for its members.

Assisted Living Laws and Regulations in McAllen

McAllen-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