12 Assisted Living Facilities near Waco, TX
Also serving communities of Woodway, Hewitt, Clifton.
There are 12 Assisted Living Facilities in the Waco area, with 10 in Waco and 2 nearby.
The average cost of assisted living in Waco is $3,303 per month. This is lower than the national median of $3,500.
To help you with your search, browse the 49 reviews below for assisted living facilities in Waco. On average, consumers rate assisted living in Waco 4.2 out of 5 stars. Better rated regions include Belton with an average rating of 4.3 out of 5 stars.
Caring.com has helped 6 families in Waco find high-quality senior care. To speak with one of our Family Advisors about assisted living options and costs in Waco, call (855) 863-8283.
Top 10 Assisted Living Facilities in Waco, TX
What to Consider About Assisted Living in Waco
Waco, TX, has been called "Athens on the Brazos" since the 19th century, when Baylor University was founded here. Today, Baylor operates Lifelong Learning, a program of adult education that seniors from the city's 13 assisted living communities are welcome to join. Residential care in Waco and all of Texas falls under the regulatory umbrella of the Texas Department of Health and Human Services, which splits facilities into types A and B. Assisted living, where senior residents get room and board, plus help with activities of daily living (ADLs) like dressing and meal prep, are classed as Type A, where the emphasis is on maximizing seniors' independence and freedom.
Benefits and Drawbacks of Assisted Living in Waco
- Waco is deep in the heart of Texas, where winter lows average 35 degrees Fahrenheit and summertime highs average 96 degrees. The shift from hot to cold can happen overnight, so seniors with COPD should have both air conditioning and a space heater. 36 inches of rain fall here each year, which can kick up allergens in spring and cause some issues for seniors with asthma.
Prices in Waco are generally very reasonable. Groceries, for instance, cost only around 81 percent here what they do elsewhere in the nation, while seniors who pay their own medical bills can usually get by with 11 percent lower costs in Waco. Transportation is a little more expensive, however. Costs here average 1 percent higher than rates across the country.
- There's no income tax in Texas, but the state does charge sales tax between 6.25 and 8.25 percent on most items. A 20 cent gas tax affects aging citizens who drive, and it slightly elevates the cost of bus and taxi service for those who don't.
- Crime is around 20 percent higher in Waco than is common for other cities in America. Much of this is theft and other (somewhat) petty crime. Serious crime, including crimes against seniors, are either average or slightly below here, depending on the specific category.
Waco Transit handles bus service in and around the city. Riders with mobility issues and disabilities can be accommodated on all WT vehicles, and senior riders get discount fares with a valid transit ID.
- The Waco area is home to world-class medical facilities, including Baylor Scott & White Medical Center - Hillcrest, in the event of medical emergencies or illness.
Paying for Assisted Living in Waco
Average Monthly Costs
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Assisted Living costs in Waco start around $3,303 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 Waco 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 Waco
Texas seniors who qualify for Medicaid may get help paying for assisted living through the STAR+PLUS benefit plan. This is a waiver program that picks up some or all of the cost of assisted living for low-income residents.
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 Waco
Waco 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 Waco, please visit our Assisted Living in Texas page.
Assisted Living Laws and Regulations in Waco
Waco-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.
Other Options in Waco, TX
Recent Reviews of Assisted Living in Waco
Review of Ridgecrest Retirement and Healthcare
If I could give less than a star I would. Please Do Not put your loved one here. Mom would not be in her room due to having surgery, I would go in to get her clothes and food wrappers would be in... Read more
Review of Brookdale Lake Brazos
We have a family member at Lake Brazos. She loves it! She loves the social activity and her room is very nice. She loves the staff and they are very good to her. It's a great place for Leslie t... Read more
Review of Ridgecrest Retirement and Healthcare
My mother and step father live in Ridgecrest and they are supposed to track her blood sugar as she's a long time type 1 diabetic. Early this week, they allowed her blood sugar to get down to 37. ... Read more