12 Assisted Living Facilities in Waco, TX
Also serving communities of Woodway, Hewitt, Clifton.
Brookdale Lake Brazos3801 Martin Luther King Junior Boulevard, Waco, TX
The Delaney at Lake Waco2121 W. Highway 6, Waco, TX
Arbor House of Waco2418 Marketplace Dr, Waco, TX
Brookdale Lakeshore1700 Lakeshore Drive, Waco, TX
Heartis Waco5317 Speegleville Rd, Waco, TX
Thompson Home484 Manchaca Pl, Waco, TX
Donna Berry Community Home514 Concorn Way, Waco, TX
Ridgecrest Retirement Center1900 HWY 6 W, Waco, TX
Providence Village300 East Highway 6, Waco, TX
Bluebonnet Health Services2020 N. Valley Mills , Waco, TX
Bentley House Assisted Living500 North Hewitt Drive, Hewitt, TX
The Village at Providence Park300 State Highway 6 Access, Woodway, TX
At A Glance
There are 12 assisted living communities in the city and surrounding suburbs to choose from. The average cost of assisted living in Waco is $2,868 per month, according to the latest estimates from Genworth.
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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 $2,868 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.
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.