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Old 10-20-2009, 10:04 AM
 
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Default Retirement communities

Question for ya'll: I've recently moved to Austin and have started researching retirement communities/homes/independant living situations for my mom, as I'd love for her to move here (and she wants to come) but I'm having trouble finding something that I think would be appropriate & fun for her.

She's still quite independent, but ideally I'd like her to be in a community where help is available if needed. Found Sun City in Georgetown, but it doesn't quite provide what we're looking for... it appears there's no 'extra help' or medical staff. The only other options appear to be rest homes (yuck).

Is this true?! I'm finding it hard to believe there aren't more options for senior living here around Austin. What about San Antonio? Anything there? Am I missing something?!?

Thanks for your input.
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Old 10-20-2009, 11:57 AM
 
Location: Austin, TX
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I don't know a lot about retirement facilities in Austin but I researched it a little and found this google list of retirement facilities.

retirement living austin tx - Google Maps

My impression is that many residents of retirement age move out of the City because of the high property taxes. As best as I can tell from the data I could find, Austin has only about half the number of people over age 65 as the United States average.
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Old 10-20-2009, 02:00 PM
 
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My mom lives at the Wesleyan at Estrella in Georgetown. It is an independent living facility, but they are building an assisted care facility, and they already have an associated nursing home and alzhiemer's unit at a different site. It seems to be quite a bit less expensive than many independent living places because it is supported by the Methodist Church. This may or may not be appropriate for you mom, but it might be worth a visit.
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Old 10-20-2009, 02:56 PM
 
Location: Austin
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Steiner Ranch is building an assisted living/retirement center.
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Old 10-20-2009, 07:19 PM
 
Location: Central Texas
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The Lakeway area is home to hundreds of seniors. Many own their own homes or townhomes but as they age assisted living places are being built in the area.

The senior community in Lakeway is very active. Significant new medical care facilities are under construction in the area too.
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Old 10-20-2009, 10:49 PM
 
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The facility in Lakeway is assisted living. They don't have an independent living home. It depends on whether you are looking for a community with lots of senior resources and people living at home, or an actual independent living place for your mom to live. It also depends on your budget. These places aren't inexpensive.
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Old 10-22-2009, 12:57 PM
 
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Thanks for the replies. What I'm finding is that most of these places (even the ones further out) are pretty expensive. 2k+/mo. for a studio apt?! apparently lots of local seniors can afford this as these places don't seem to be empty.

It might be better to just have her live with me until she needs assistance that I can't provide. But that brings up a whole host of other problems as I'd like her to be able to walk to amenities and have some nice neighbors to hang with if she chooses. Oy oy oy.
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