Are you looking for the best assisted living in the McKinney TX area?

What is the difference between Adult Senior Living and Assisted Living in McKinney? Senior living can be a generic term used and can include 55+ active Living, Independent Living, assisted living, or memory care. Below are some differences between the different types of facilities along with the care they offer:

  • 55+ Active Living – As you search for senior living possibilities, you may have seen something described as an “active adult community.” These communities are for ages 55 and over, making them “age-restricted” or “age-qualified” areas, typically meaning someone in residence must be at least 55 years old.  These communities may include single-family houses, multi-family patio homes, condos, or townhomes. Units are owned or leased by the resident. Unlike some senior living communities, active adult communities may not have on-site dining for residents and may not provide any healthcare services.

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  • Independent Living – Independent living is ideal for individuals who can still live on their own but have access to support when required. Independent living communities give residents convenient access to dining, medical care, entertainment, and more. This lifestyle provides residents a safe environment, however, only with essential assistance. Hospitality services like meals, housekeeping, and on-location laundry may or may not be included in the monthly cost.

  • Assisted Living – A typical resident in an assisted living facility in McKinney or other cities would be a senior over 55 years of age, who does not need intensive medical care that a nursing home provides, but needs companionship, planned activities, two to three meals per day and some assistance with day-to-day living.  Most have apartments with kitchens or kitchenettes.  The most important issue to acknowledge is that assisted living residences are communal living.  This means individuals live together and choose to share some facilities and other resources and promote a human connection.

According to the Texas Department of Aging and Disability Services (DADS):

  • Assisted living facilities are establishments that furnish, in one or more facilities, food and shelter to 4 or more people who are unrelated to the owner and provide personal care services, the management or direct administering of medications, and other allowed services.

  • ADS licenses multiple types of assisted living facilities: single-occupancy assisted living apartments, double-occupancy residential care apartments, and residential care that are non-apartments. People instituting or operating a facility not required to be licensed can not utilize the words “assisted living” when referring to the facility or any provided services. It requires careful observation to identify and report unlicensed facilities. A licensure type–A or B–is centered on residents’ ability to evacuate the facility if needed. Facilities that advertise, market, or otherwise promote themselves as providing these specialized care services for people with Alzheimer’s disease or other disorders are required to certify as such and must have a Type B license.

  • In a Type A facility, residents have to be physically and mentally able to vacate the facility without assistance in an urgent situation. They also need to follow instructions and not require routine attendance at the time of sleeping hours. Type B facilities may need staff assistance to vacate the facility, are incapable of following instructions under urgent conditions, require attendance TX-3 during sleeping periods, and can not be permanently bedfast; however, they can need help transferring to and from a bed.

For more information about DADS requirements, visit: https://aspe.hhs.gov/system/files/pdf/110616/15alcom-TX.pdf

Memory Care, such as that offered at our Memory Care home near Frisco, can be a section or “wing” of an assisted living community. The community as a whole can be memory care specific. Most of the time, the services are the same as assisted living, but they have their specialized services done right.  Some of these services would include:

  • Dining
    • Tribute not only offers meals and socialization around the table but provides an environment advantageous to independence and dignity for those living with memory issues such as dementia or Alzheimers.
    • We offer specialized diets geared towards assuring residents are eating the calories they need.
    • We also assist with eating and being served in a less distracting environment and with adaptive plates or utensils.
  • Environment
    • Tribute offers an environment specifically suited to individuals’ safety concerns and needs with memory and judgment issues.
    • We enforce safety precautions like door alarms and environmental factors such as motion sensor lights and one-touch sinks.
    • Windows are secured, and outside gates are in place to allow residents to have a safe experience and allow for their independence.
  • Additional Features of Tribute Memory Care Servicing Mckinney, Frisco, Plano, and nearby communities
    • Housekeeping services
    • Available advanced nursing care
    • Dietician support
    • Social work services, including support groups that are beneficial to residents and family
    • Family-resident events that encourage meaningful connections to transcend the memory care experience.

When looking for assisted living in the McKinney area or nearby cities, look for communities equipped to handle memory care’s unique challenges.

Today’s mantra, you are not too old and it is not too late”.

– Nancy Badillo