Often, an ALC will create an individualized service plan for seniors upon
admission, detailing personal services that will
be provided to the resident. This plan is periodically reviewed and updated to provide the
appropriate care to each resident. Housing in
an ALC may be studios or one-bedroom apartments with small kitchen facilities. Typically,
ALC housing units have group dining facilities
and common areas where residents gather to
enjoy social and recreational activities.
An ALC may be licensed as a “Type A” or
NURSING CARE FACILITIES
“Type B” facility, says Martinez. “A facility
with a Type A licensing means that the
residents are mentally and physically able
to vacate the building without assistance
within 15 minutes,” says Martinez. “A Type
B certification means that residents require
assistance to vacate the building within 15
minutes. Our facility is licensed for Type B,
as we are also certified to care for residents
with Alzheimer’s Disease.”
“Your first impression of an Assisted Living
Community is the most important,” says
Martinez. “What do you see when you get
out of the car? How do they take care of the
lawn? What is your first impression of the
staff? Are the residents properly dressed?
How’s the lighting inside the buildings?
What activities are available? Are staff
members all in the same uniform? Scrubs
are not appropriate for an Assisted Living
Community, but name tags are important.”
“I’m not bragging about our own facility,”
says Martinez of her own community,
Parmer Woods Retirement & Assisted
Living, “but people comment all the time
about that first impression when they
walk into my building, go on the tour, and
acknowledge that they like what they see.”
A Nursing Care Facility (NCF) is a state
licensed, private-care facility that provides
24-hour skilled hospital care for residents
who do not require hospitalization but
cannot be cared for at home. Also called
Long Term Care Facilities, the majority of
nursing homes are staffed by caring, trained
persons who provide an excellent level of
service for their residents.
It pays to shop around when selecting an
NCF. Seniors should consult with a trusted
doctor or health care practitioner for recommendations of nearby facilities. Plan on
visiting at least four or five area facilities,
and make an appointment with the administrator or director of nursing. Check to make
sure that information provided is consistent
with information gathered during the facility
tour. Discrepancies between provided information and your own observations indicate
possible problems later on. A nursing care
facility should have clean floors and smell
clean. Facilities with dirty floors and a sour
smell do not put a high priority on cleanliness, and should not be considered.
Ask to see the compliance survey report
prepared by the State of Texas on the
considered facility. The report will list
deficiencies found in resident care during
routine inspections, and the facility’s effort
to correct the problem. Under Texas law,
nursing homes must make this and other
survey compliance reports available upon
request, as well as provide an accessible
and well-lit place for review.
Another option available is to call the
Texas Department of Aging and Disability
Services (DADS) at 800-458-9858. While
state law prohibits agency employees from
recommending one facility over another,
they can answer the following recommended
questions about any such facility:
terminations in the past two years?
in the past year?
have been found to be valid?
in the past two years?
have been cited in the past two years?
and what was the purpose of the visit?
other facilities recommended for license
The answers to these questions, combined
with observations and impressions made
during facility tours and staff interviews will
ease the task of selecting the right nursing
ALZHEIMER’S AND DEMENTIA
Residents diagnosed with Alzheimer’s
disease or another form of dementia need
AREA SENIOR CENTERS
Allen Senior Recreation Center 451 Saint Mary Drive Allen 214-509-4820 www.cityofallen.org
Baylor Senior Center 2835 Sylvan Avenue Dallas 214-421-2271 www.baylorhealth.com
East Dallas Senior Center 911 Saint Joseph Street Dallas 214-821-5398
Elmwood Senior Citizens Center 1315 Berkley Avenue Dallas 214-330-7144
Farmers Branch Senior Adult Center 14055 Dennis Lane Farmers Branch 972-241-8636 www.senioradultservices.org
McKinney Community Center 2001 S. Central Expwy McKinney 972-542-0045 www.mckinneytexas.org
Plano Senior Center 401 West 16th Street Plano 972-941-7155 www.plano.gov
Richardson Senior Center 820 W. Arapaho Road Richardson 972-231-4798 www.cor.net