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Over the past several years TORCH has made huge strides, ensuring that the Assisted Living Industry is represented in the Legislative and Regulatory arena.
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Why Should You Belong to TORCH?

TORCH is Your Business Partner in:

  • Education
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  • Legislative/Regulatory Domains

  • Providers need to understand these facts of business life: TORCH does things for each of us we cannot do for ourselves.
  • TORCH performs services that we cannot do individually.
  • Adverse legislation can come from efforts to reduce services capabilities or financially cripple assisted living communities.
  • Adverse legislation will financially cripple assisted living communities.
  • We, individually, don’t have the awareness, time, or money to go to Austin for weeks at a time to protect or sponsor legislation. We can assure TORCH represents and protects our interests. In Austin and with Congress or Federal agencies.
  • As individuals, we lack the resources to protect or sponsor legislation. TORCH represents our interests in Austin and Washington.
  • For several years TORCH has defended the assisted living industry and assured representation in the Legislative arena and in DADS’ regulatory offices.
  • TORCH defends and represents the assisted living industry in DADS’ regulatory offices.

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What is Personal Care, Residential Care or Assisted Living?

TORCH represents Personal Care Homes, Residential Care Homes and Assisted Living Facilities throughout Texas. All of these fall under the licensure requirements of the Department of Aging and Disability Services (DADS) for Assisted Living Facilities. All Personal Care Homes, Residential Care Homes and Assisted Living Facilities which provide services of a personal care nature to more than three residents, unrelated to the owner, must be licensed under the DADS licensure requirements.

Personal Care, Residential Care and Assisted Living all offer a more home-like setting than Nursing Homes. They typically provide meals, laundry, housekeeping, medication supervision, assistance with activities of daily living (for most types) and an activity program. Other amenities such as transportation may also be offered in some facilities. These homes foster a sense of independence and are the perfect alternative for elderly or those with mental or physical disabilities.

What are the types and sizes of homes?

There are four basic types of licensure for assisted living facilities:

Type A - In a Type A facility a resident must be physically and mentally capable of evacuating the facility unassisted. This may include the mobile non-ambulatory persons such as those who are in wheelchairs or electric carts and have the capacity to transfer and evacuate themselves in an emergency. This resident does not require routine attendance during nighttime sleeping hours and must be capable of following directions under emergency conditions.

Type B - In a Type B facility a resident may require staff assistance to evacuate and may be incapable of following directions under emergency conditions. They may require attendance during nighttime sleeping hours. The resident may not be permanently bedfast, but may require assistance in transferring to and from a wheelchair.

There are two sizes of Assisted Living Facilities:
Small - Small facilities are defined as those with 16 residents or less.
Large - Large facilities are defined as those with 17 residents or more.

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