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New Regional Boundaries for Long-term Care Regulatory Services
Published on: 10/16/2019
Survey Operations is redrawing regional boundaries for survey and investigation purposes effective Nov. 1, 2019.
HHSC LTC Provider Letter 19-18 issued
Published on: 8/2/2019
HHSC Long-term Care Regulatory issued Provider Letter 19-18, Status of an Active License During a Renewal Process on July 29, 2019. The provider letter gives clarification on the status of an active license that extends past the expiration date for all LTC providers undergoing a license renewal or an enforcement action at the time of a license renewal.
Licensing Standards information has moved!
Published on: 2/27/2019
The Licensing Standards for Assisted Living Facilities Handbook, 40 TAC Chapter 92, is no longer updated by HHS and has been removed. Go to the Secretary of State’s website to request 40 TAC Chapter 92 via email. Refer to Provider Letter PL19-02 for additional information and to complete the steps to request the rules.

HHSC Updates

Required Posting: Residents' Bill of Rights
Published on: 4/23/2018
Pursuant to the new rules adopted by the HHSC, which became effective April 5, 2018, a new Resident's Bill of Rights has been released. Each assisted living facility must post the Resident's Bill of Rights, as provided by the department, in a prominent place in the facility and written in the primary language of each resident. A copy of the Resident's Bill of Rights must be given to each resident.

Legislative News

A summary of bills filed in the Texas Legislature
Published on: 3/11/2019
A summary of bills filed in the Texas Legislature

News Archive

Eat These for Better Brain Health
Published on: 6/19/2018
Older men and women who eat a healthy diet tend to have larger brains, which may help to protect against dementia. Those are the findings of a new study from the Netherlands that found that, using a very large cohort of individuals, a diet rich in vegetables, fruit, whole grains, nuts, dairy and fish and low in sugary beverages were associated with larger brain volumes.
Alzheimer's Disease Increases the Risk of Falls
Published on: 6/14/2018
Falls are common in older men and women, and can lead to prolonged hospital stays and serious medical complications. Falls are a particular problem in those with Alzheimer’s disease, according to a new report in the Journal of the American Geriatrics Society.
Know the signs of elder abuse
Published on: 6/13/2018
June 15 is World Elder Abuse Awareness Day, an opportunity to support the millions of older adults who suffer abuse and exploitation each year. Learn the signs of abuse, and what you can do to protect seniors.
A Milestone for Mental Illness Research
Published on: 5/7/2018
Researchers have found a way to use EHRs, or Electronic Health Records, to help identify associations between genetics and mental disorders. This is opening an enormous source of data for researchers who are diving in to researching mental illness compared to using traditional diagnostics. Read more here!
TORCH Welcomes New Executive Director
Published on: 1/19/2018
The Texas Organization of Residential Care Homes is thrilled to announce that the board has hired John Darby as the new Executive Director.

News

Granny cams: Yay or nay?
Published on: 3/6/2019
New analysis explores the ethics of ‘granny cams’ in nursing homes, urges further research before expansion
Best Memory Care Design of 2018
Published on: 3/2/2019
A recent and promising advancement in memory care has been the rise of "small home communities". These provide a more person-centered care model reducing agitation, aggression, and other dementia-related behaviors. Read more here!
Senior Living Using Multi-Brand Strategy to Attract Senior Citizens
Published on: 3/2/2019
Kai Hsiao, CEO of Eclipse Senior Living in Portland, Oregon, is mixing his senior living career with former experience in hospitality to attract an "untapped consumer base" through the multi-brand strategy. Read more here!
With heavy hearts...
Published on: 11/25/2018
It is with immense sadness that we share with you the news of Pat Mack's passing.
Age of Scale in Senior Housing is Just Beginning
Published on: 10/23/2018
The era of single senior housing community operators is "going the way of the dodo and the dinosaur", as said by Chuck Sudo for Senior Housing News. Read more.
Silverado Builds New Hospice in Illinois
Published on: 10/23/2018
Silverado hosted a belated celebration on October 10th for its new hospice in the Chicago suburb of Des Plaines, Illinois. Read more here!
College in Georgia Brings Life Plan Community
Published on: 10/23/2018
Berry College, located in Rome, Georgia, announced plans earlier this month for The Spires at Berry College, a $130 million development featuring 170 apartment homes, cottages, an amenities package, and a full suite of healthcare services. Read more here!
Bringing in the Baby Boomers
Published on: 10/14/2018
Over the next decade, the "Baby Boomers" will enter into senior living facilities. To bring them in, these facilities will have to give them purpose. Read more
Assisted Living over Living with Family?
Published on: 10/14/2018
It could be that they don't want to be burdens to their children. It could also be that they're placing faith in future innovation. Whatever the reason, a recent survey shows that older adults prefer assisted living over moving in with family. Read more here!
Senior Housing Outshines Other Real Estate Classes
Published on: 10/14/2018
Senior housing is considered one of the best bets for real estate investment and development as we look to 2019. Read more here!
EMResource Contact List
Published on: 8/7/2018
EMResource allows communities to register their occupancy and provides a mechanism for determining availability for evacuating communities.
Training Requirements for Facility Managers
Published on: 7/17/2018
The HHSC has recently released a web-based training that meets the requirement for facility managers' annual training on aging in place and retaliation. The ALF rule is found at Texas Administrative Code, Title 40, Part 1, §92.41(f)(6).
Help the HHSC take the next step! EVV Pilot Participants Needed
Published on: 7/10/2018
Would you like to participate in a pilot program of the Electronic Visit Verification (EVV) Electronic Authorization program? Find out more...
Bezos, Buffett, Dimon health venture will be based in Boston
Published on: 7/2/2018
Three of the country’s best-known business leaders have turned to Dr. Atul Gawande, a Boston surgeon and best-selling author, to head their new company aimed at reinventing how health care is delivered.
Proposed Changes to Licensing Standards Open for Public Comment
Published on: 7/1/2018
The June 22, 2018 issue of the Texas Register includes several proposed rule changes, some of which affect Assisted Living Facilities.
New Online Licensure Application System - Coming Soon
Published on: 6/13/2018
In the coming months, the Texas Health and Human Services Commission will introduce TULIP, an online system for submitting long-term care licensure applications.