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With age tasks that were once easy to accomplish can become more challenging, while for some, even hazardous. Daily tasks like preparing 3 nutritious meals & snacks daily, grocery shopping, laundry, cleaning, taking medications timely or needing some help with dressing and grooming can be overwhelming leaving the seniors in potential harm and isolated from their peers.
Assisted Living promotes independence and emphasizes wellness in a warm, dignified, community setting. Residents live in their own private apartment that they can furnish and decorate as they choose. Residents choose what they want to eat at meals in restaurant style dining rooms, and they have the freedom to decide which activities they want to participate in or how they want to spend their day. Assisted Living Facilities in Houston, Texas have care givers, round the clock, available to assist residents with activities of daily living (ADLs), such as bathing, dressing, eating, toileting, walking or wheeling, and transferring into and out of bed.
Health care experts estimate a good number of seniors residing in skilled nursing facilities actually do not need round-the-clock care. Assisted Living facility could offer them a place to call home that provides more cheerful surroundings, privacy, space and dignity then is typically found in a nursing home, and at a lower cost.
The rates fluctuate depending on the unit size: studio, one or two-bedroom apartment. Base rates cover room and board and meals. Additional charges can include entrance or community fees up to one month’s rent, deposits, and fees for other services like housekeeping and laundry, though many providers include those services as well.
In Texas, assisted living average monthly costs can range from $3,000 to $6,000 per month or more. Our advisors can walk you through them step by step. We can help you look at the variables and help you understand the financial logistics specific to your situation.
There’s a range of costs involved depending on your needs and preferences. Our advisors can walk you through them step by step. We need to look at two things: your monthly income and your assets, while taking into account things you’ll no longer have to pay for, such as homeowner’s insurance, maintenance, and major utilities. We can help you look at the variables and help you understand the financial logistics specific to your situation.
Rent can be paid privately, through private funds such as Social Security, pension and savings or by long-term care insurance. If an individual is eligible, the rent can be paid by entitlements, such as SSI and Medicaid can pay for the personal care services.
Medicare does not cover Assisted Living. The only insurance that pays for assisted living is private pay Long Term Care Insurance, and those policies can vary widely. If you have purchased a Long Term Care (LTC) insurance policy, let us know and we will tell you what questions to ask when you call your carrier for specifics.
Assisted living typically don’t come furnished. It’s just like having your own apartment. Residents furnish as they please with belongings. Residents take pride in decorating their apartments and doors and adding their own personal touches to their homes.
That said, some communities provide fully furnished apartments for short-term stays.
It depends on the community. Most allow for pets, with a weight limit, to keep pets in resident’s apartment. Fees may apply. All required vaccinations and licensing must be current. Pets offer great comfort and therapeutic benefits. Some have pets that belong to the facility.
Assisted living can have visitors at any time and are free to come and go as they please. There might be a security system requiring a code or bell for nighttime access, but there’s the same level of freedom as you enjoy in your current home. You can have overnight guests, holiday visitors, or even go away for a holiday or weekend if you want.
Residents choose from many delicious menu options created and prepared by professional chefs. Many special dietary requirements, including no-salt-added and no-concentrated-sweets diets, are easily accommodated.
Yes. Seniors who need assistance with mobility continue to live in assisted living.
The sooner the better. When you first begin to notice signs your loved one may not be thriving (not eating well, mail or housework piling up, skipping medications, depressed, agitated or becoming increasingly forgetful) it’s time to considering options for the future. If you wait until there’s a crisis, big and important decisions will have to be rushed and made under duress and end up spending lot more in care at a senior living facility. Plan ahead. Giving yourself and your family more time to get used to possibilities for the future makes for less disruption and a more gradual transition.
Assisted Living facilities in Houston have care givers, round the clock, available to assist residents with activities of daily living (ADLs), such as bathing, dressing, eating, toileting, walking or wheeling, and transferring into and out of bed. However, unlike a skilled nursing facility, assisted living facility generally do not accept residents who are immobile or bed bound and need nursing care for chronically ill available at a skilled nursing facility.
Assisted Living facilities typically provided all meals, housekeeping and assistance with daily tasks (ADLs), such as bathing, dressing, eating, toileting, walking or wheeling, and transferring into and out of bed. Laundering of personal clothes, towels and bed linens, trash removal, housekeeping is provided. Social and cultural activities, wellness programs including daily exercise classes, are also available. Some assisted living facilities also provide transportation to appointments, shopping and organized outings. Services of visiting physicians, registered nurses, podiatrist, dentist, and home health professionals are also available.
In the State of Texas, assisted living facilities are licensed according to size, type and building safety features. An assisted living facility must be licensed as a Type A or Type B facility. A facility's licensure type is based on the capability of the residents to evacuate the facility or the types of services the facility provides, or both.
In a Type A facility, a resident: must be physically and mentally capable of evacuating the facility without physical assistance from staff, which may include an individual who is mobile, although non-ambulatory, such as an individual who uses a wheelchair or an electric cart, and has the capacity to transfer and evacuate himself or herself in an emergency; does not require routine attendance during nighttime sleeping hours; and must be capable of following directions under emergency conditions.
In a Type B facility, a resident: may require staff assistance to evacuate; require attendance during nighttime sleeping hours; be incapable of following directions under emergency conditions; and require assistance in transferring to and from a wheelchair, but must not be permanently bedfast.
Number of residents living in an assisted living facility depends on its license type. In the State of Texas, assisted living facilities are licensed as small or large.
Small - Small facilities are defined as those with 16 residents or less.
Large - Large facilities are defined as those with 17 residents or more.
Residents can live in private or shared rooms depending on their contract with assisted living facility in Houston, Texas.
Medicare is a health insurance program which covers qualified healthcare costs while your loved one is living at a certain facility. Medicare does not cover the costs of Assisted Living or similar long term care facilities. Medicare is more often used to pay for short terms stay at a skilled nursing facility or services provided by home health care agency.
Medicaid is a joint state & federal program which uses criteria of financial need to qualify an individual. Generally, your income has to be at or below national poverty line to qualify. Rules for qualification under Medicaid program vary by each state.
In the state of Texas, Medicaid does pays for assisted living under STAR+PLUS program. The assisted living facility has to be contracted with Medicaid Managed Care Organizations (MCO). Due to standards of qualification and documentation burden imposed by state regulations, the number of such facilities is very limited.
Thank you Syed for your help finding an assisted living facility in Houston for my parents. Your thorough knowledge of Alzheimer's helped us make a very informed decision. Well done!!!
It was a pleasure to meet with Mr. Sayed. He is very nice and professional and also very knowledgeable. He helped my wife and I a lot and I do appreciate his great job.
When I was looking for assistance for placement in either an assisted living or nursing home for my husband, I did not know where to start. Fortunately, I had friends that suggested Mr. Syed Rizvi, a Senior Advocate, who had helped them greatly when they were looking for help with their own relatives. I called him and I met with him personally, and after getting all the particulars, he immediately went to work looking for a fit for my husband. He also had many resources that he could suggest in many other matters as well, from help from the V A, attorneys, facilities, to monetary assistance from various resources. He was also diligent in following up to see how I was faring and to see what further assistance I might need. I am very grateful for his help as he helped me find a good group home for my husband that has worked out very well for us. I really do not know what I would have done without his help. If you are one the fence about accepting help from a Senior Advocate, don't be! The assistance was invaluable, thanks to Mr. Rizvi!
Syed, Your excellent advice on all aspects of my brothers care has been more helpful than you can imagine. We are fortunate to have crossed paths with you. Perhaps one day we can return the favor. All the best wishes and take care during these stressful days. I hope I can meet with you during my next trip to Houston.
Sayed, thanks so much for helping me during my search for the proper community for my Mom. Your knowledge and caring heart has made a difficult time more comforting. You have spent lots of time searching and constantly communicating with me on the status of things. Thanks again for all you do.
Syed Rizvi was recommended to me and I cannot tell you how grateful I am for his patience and knowledge of the Houston area on senior living and care. Having to to deal with moving my sick elderly Mother here from Tennessee, I was at my wits end and did not know where to start. I met with Syed a day later and he spent hours with me interviewing and talking learning everything about my mother and our family and of course her budget. The hours and service that he provided was a lifesaver and I couldn't be more happy where we finally ended up placing her.
Dear Sayed, I can’t thank you enough for the help you gave us in dealing with my mother. We were completely clueless on where to begin in getting her moved from the nursing home she was in, which was not a good choice for her to begin with. We really didn’t know what options were available for her. The several hours you spent sitting with my husband and I discussing our situation, getting to know us and what our values are, were priceless. The thoroughness with which you questioned us to gain understanding of our needs was beyond what anyone else has ever offered us. Also, your specialization and knowledge about dealing with Alzheimer’s and Dementia really helped us to understand much of what we were dealing with and thus, determine the most suitable care for my mother. Your ability to narrow down the possibilities for us based on our financial capabilities, as well as to find something near our home is much appreciated by us. Your time visiting with us, followed by your visit with my mother proved to very beneficial. She was very comfortable talking with you speaks to your ability to put others at ease, especially in this population of elders dealing with dementia. Thank you for being patient with us enough to show us several options, and your willingness to dig deeper should we have needed it. Also, your willingness to negotiate price with the owner of the Assisted Living Facility we liked best allowed us to be able to choose that one. Sayed, thank you from the bottom of our hearts for the help you gave us, as it allowed us to find a beautiful home for my mother to live in for the rest of her life; a home wherein the values of the owners/operators and staff are consistent with ours.
I was the power of attorney for a member of our church who was an 88 year old childless widow. She had gastrointestinal and mobility issues. She reached a point, financially, when her savings were dwindling. In order to maximize the time she would have assisted living and avoid moving to a facility with Medicaid funded, lower, level of care, I was trying to find a less expensive assisted living facility that still had a good level of care. In the process, my wife and I met with Syed, who is a Sr. Advisor. In a thorough and compassionate way he interviewed our church friend and us to fully understand her and our circumstances. It was immediately obvious he is highly knowledgeable about all aspects of elder care and has a firm grasp on the senior living facilities, their rates, and quality of care. He cut through the hours of research it would have taken us. He selected several facilities with which we were impressed, accompanied us on the visits, and counseled with us afterwards, all at no cost to us. Based on our experience, we strongly recommend Syed to anyone searching for a facility for their elderly or disabled loved one.
If you are looking for someone to help find a senior living facility in Houston, TX, I highly recommend Syed Rizvi. He was a tremendous help in locating a memory care unit for my mother who is in later stage of dementia. He met with me personally to explain his role in the process and get background info on my mom. He provided his professional support every step of the way and was very honest and upfront with me. He is invaluable.
Goes the extra mile above and beyond to help your loved one find the best quality fit for the best price!
I have worked with Syed of Asbico and he is very knowledgeable and compassionate when assisting seniors find the perfect facility.
Worked with Rizvi to find a place for a resident. Very kind and humble. Knows his stuff. Can find the right place in short time.
His unique and person centric approach makes you feel like you’ve got a senior living expert in the family.