Residential care homes provide affordable, unique option for senior care

Residential care homes provide affordable, unique option for senior care

Arty Care Home, located in Richardson, gives one family “peace of mind”

Courtesy Arty Care Home, Collin County LIVING WELL Magazine

Making a decision on long-term senior care may seem daunting—it’s expensive, it’s emotional and there seem to be limited options. These days, however, with the United States on the threshold of a boom—the baby boom, that is—families will have more and more choices on how they will be cared for during their “golden years.”

Traditionally, families have depended on facilities that provide independent living, nursing care or a variety of care levels in between. And depending on the facility, families’ needs and their expectations, these facilities can be expensive and feel institutional.

But there is another choice: residential care.

Residential care for seniors is just what it sounds like—a single-family house in a neighborhood setting that accommodates three to four individuals or couples. It’s more affordable than many traditional options, and residential care provides compassionate, round-the-clock assisted-living services in a home away from home.

“Residential care was the only option we were comfortable with,” says the daughter of a resident of Arty Care Home, a Richardson residential care home. “Our family had peace of mind knowing our loved one was in such a safe place.”

Arty Care Home residents surround themselves with the things they’re used to—a bedroom, kitchen, dining room, living room and fireplace, manicured front and back lawns, a covered patio, reading spaces and much more. The ranch-style home has been updated and fitted with handicapped accessible features. And equally important is the qualified care Arty Care Home provides: three meals a day, social activities, transportation for doctor appointments, supervision of medication, and help with walking, bathing, dressing and grooming. There is a nurse on call 24 hours a day, and an onsite caregiver who is skilled and compassionate.

“We take pride in exceeding the expectations of our residents and their families,” says Enid Morrison, the owner of Arty Care Home, who founded the residence in memory of two important men in her life: the father she never met—a British World War II veteran who died before she was born—and a German immigrant she cared for in his senior years. Her father inspired her to do something important in his honor and her patient motivated her to follow through on that childhood promise.

“It’s a labor of love for me,” says Morrison. “This generation has provided so much to their families and society, and it’s important to me they have options that are comfortable and affordable. Nursing home settings aren’t for everyone, and a good quality of life is so important to our residents.”

If you are facing a senior care decision for either yourself, or aging parents, it’s important to consider all of your options. A residential care facility might be a good match for your needs.

To find out more about Arty Care Home, visit us on the web at or call Enid Morrison at 972-841-7706.