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Thank you, Kindred Hospice, for sponsoring our Keynote Speaker!
Kindred Hospice sponsored our Keynote Speaker, Laura Wayman.
Thank you, Superior Healthplan, for sponsoring our TORCH 2018 Conference!
Superior Healthplan sponsored our TORCH 2018 Conference.
Thank you, Amerigroup, for sponsoring our Keynote Speaker!
Amerigroup sponsored our Keynote Speaker, Laura Wayman, for the TORCH 2018 Conference.

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Infographic - 2: Building the Perfect Senior Daily Routine
Published on: 10/11/2018
This beautiful infographic details how to create the perfect daily routine as a senior trying to stay in shape! As you grow older, it gets harder and harder to keep your body in working order, but this infographic makes it easier! From exercises to meals to hobbies, this infographic details all that you'll need to take great care of yourself as you grow older! It's also perfect for those who are filled with love as they care for their aging parents, grandparents, or other meaningful people in life! Take a look at this wonderful, interesting, and useful infographic to discover a few things about senior care you maybe never knew! All in all, this infographic will give you all of the ingredients needed to create an absolutely perfect senior daily routine for you, your loved one, or anybody in your life that may find some extra exercise, diet, and mindfulness advice!
Is your listing included in our search results?
Published on: 9/16/2018
Did you know that the TORCH website has a search functionality that allows viewers to search our database by selected features? These are "categories" that you can add to your listing.

Log into your account on the TORCH website to update your profile and ensure that your listing is being found!
Browse to your profile page, then select "Categories" in the "Website" section on the right side.
Upcoming Seminars by Jeanoyce Wilson
Published on: 8/7/2018
Register now for upcoming seminars by Jeanoyce Wilson of Assisted Living Regulatory References!

Education

Jump Start your Startup - attend Boot Camp!
Published on: 10/16/2018
We are pleased to offer a Startup Bootcamp for new ALF owners and managers, and for those who want a refresher on the basics of running an assisted living facility.

HHSC Updates

LTSS Emergency Preparedness Guidance Webinar Now Available Online
Published on: 9/5/2018
Long Term Services Supports providers and other interested parties may view a previously recorded webinar, “Individual Emergency Preparedness Guidance to Support People with Disabilities”.
This webinar is captioned and includes information on community resources and recommendations for staying safe in an emergency, with a special emphasis on hurricane preparedness.
Together Against the Weather, a public service video, provides additional information for those with special needs to plan when a hurricane is coming.
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.

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.
Hurricane Season 2018: How Long It Lasts and What to Expect
Published on: 5/31/2018
Whipping winds, torrential downpours, power outages and floods — hurricane season in the Atlantic brings a host of dramatic and dangerous weather with it.

But when exactly does the Atlantic hurricane season start and how long does it last? And what can people do to prepare in the face of the most dangerous storms on Earth?
Take These Precautions When Transporting People During Hot Weather
Published on: 5/31/2018
Be aware that older adults are particularly susceptible to heat related injury and death. Heatstroke occurs 12 to 13 times more often in persons 65 years or older than it does in younger persons.
When transporting people from your facility to another location during hot weather, ...
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.

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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.