What to Consider About Assisted Living in Tomball
The 1790 streets in Tomball cover a total of 72 miles, which is the exact distance from this suburb of 11,353 people to and from Houston on a single round trip. This area has 64 assisted living communities, which are overseen at the state level by the Texas Department of Health and Human Services. The department works to ensure aging citizens enjoy as much independence and privacy in assisted living as their health allows. Staff at facilities in Tomball, and elsewhere in Texas, provide 24-hour emergency response, help to take some medications and assistance with activities of daily living (ADLs), such as dressing, meal prep and personal care.
Benefits and Drawbacks of Assisted Living in Tomball
Weather in Tomball varies between cool, dry winters when seniors with COPD or other respiratory issues may want to stay indoors, and warm, humid summers when temperatures average 93 degrees Fahrenheit. Tomball gets about 45 inches of rain in an average year.
Tomball's cost of living is not bad for seniors who pay their own expenses. Groceries here cost an average of 84 percent what they do nationwide, while the cost of health care services averages 97 percent the national median.
- Texas residents pay no income tax on their earnings, and that includes seniors living on SSI, Social Security and other forms of retirement income. Sales tax of between 6.25 and 8.25 percent does apply to most purchases, however, and there's a 20 cent gas tax on every gallon sold.
Crime rates in Tomball are almost exactly in step with national averages. One exception is in violent crime, such as crimes against seniors, where Tomball is somewhat lower than average nationwide.
Harris County Transit operates the RIDES network in and around the Tomball area. This service is aimed at aging citizens who need scheduled transportation from their homes or assisted living communities for shopping, medical office visits and the occasional day trip. Riders can go as far as northwest Houston, where METROrail takes over with a modern system of trains.
- The Tomball area is home to world-class medical facilities, including Tomball Regional Medical Center, in the event of medical emergencies or illness.
Paying for Assisted Living in Tomball
Average Monthly Costs
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Assisted Living costs in Tomball start around $3,386 per month on average, while the nationwide average cost of assisted living is $4,000 per month, according to the latest figures from Genworth’s Cost of Care Survey.
It’s important to note that assisted living rates in Tomball and the surrounding suburbs can vary widely based on factors such as location, the level of care needed, apartment size and the types of amenities offered at each community.
Financial Assistance for Assisted Living in Tomball
Low- and no-income seniors who qualify for Medicaid with no share of cost might be able to get help paying for assisted living through the state waiver program, which is called STAR+PLUS. Aging citizens on this plan are essentially waiving placement in a nursing home in exchange for help with their residential care costs.
Learn more about these programs, plus who’s eligible, on our Assisted Living in Texas page.
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 Tomball
Tomball 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.
Assisted Living Laws and Regulations in Tomball
Tomball-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.