Assisted Living Facilities (ALF)

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Accepts applications for new projects during the following application periods (excludes Communicative Technology):
Jan. 1 – Feb. 28
July 1 – Aug. 31

What is an Assisted Living Facility?

Assisted living facilities provide individualized health and personal care assistance in a homelike setting with an emphasis on personal dignity, autonomy, independence and privacy. Facilities can be large apartment-like settings or private residences. Services include meals, bathing, dressing, toileting and administering or supervising medication.

Texas Health and Human Services licenses assisted living facilities based on residents' physical and mental ability to evacuate the facility in an emergency and whether nighttime attendance is necessary.

  • A Type A facility cares for residents who do not require routine attendance during sleeping hours and are capable of following directions in an emergency.
  • A Type B facility is for residents who require staff assistance to evacuate, are not capable of following directions in an emergency and require nighttime attendance.

The Assisted Living Facility Information brochure (PDF) explains the variety of assisted living facilities available in Texas, who they care for, and the services they provide. Assisted living facilities are regulated under Health and Safety Code, Chapter 247 and Texas Administrative Code(TAC), Title 26, Part I, Chapter 553.

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Note: These files are in PDF format unless otherwise noted.
Number Title/Notes Date Published
PL 2021-33 Authority to Enter Long-term Care Facilities
TM 2021-01 (ALF) Laundry Facility Requirements in Assisted Living Facilities
PL 2021-32 Implementing ALF Life Safety Code Rules
PL 2021-28 Description of Upcoming Key Changes to 26 TAC Chapter 553, Licensing Standards for Assisted Living Facilities

Note: Originally issued August 3, 2021

TM 2021-02 (ALF) Smoke, Heat and Carbon Monoxide Detection
IL 2021-36 Fiscal Year 2021 Cutoff Date for Year-end Closeout Processing
PL 2021-25 Informal Dispute Resolution (IDR) Conference Expectations
IL 2021-27 Preparing for the Upcoming Fiscal Year 2021 Fee-for-Service Claims Billing Closeout
PL 2021-15 Fingerprint-based Criminal History Checks for Current and Prospective Medication Aides
PL 2021-14 Status of an Active License During a Renewal Process

Note: Replaces PL 2019-18