Houston (AP) The number of nursing homes in Texas has risen steadily in recent years, as many elderly Texans are unable to find care in their communities.
But that hasn’t stopped a handful of nursing home operators from expanding into the Houston area, where the number of facilities in the Houston metro area has grown by about 30 percent in the past 10 years, according to the Houston Chronicle.
“There is a huge demand for our facilities, so we’ve expanded,” said Julie Schlep, president and CEO of the Grandview Nursing Home, which opened in June 2016 in the northwest part of Houston.
She says the company has doubled in size since it opened.
“We are able to expand rapidly because we have the right staff, the right people, the best facilities, the facilities that are available,” Schlek said.
Houston has one of the nation’s most expensive housing markets.
The average price for a single-family home in the metro area is $1.8 million, according for Zillow, which uses the median house price as its measure of affordability.
That compares to a $1 million home in San Jose, California, where it is less expensive to buy a home.
That’s due to higher taxes and other factors, but it also has the advantage of being near a major airport.
According to Zillows median home price, a single family home in Harris County is currently $2.1 million, with a median price of $2,300.
The median price for homes in the area is more than $1,000,000.
Schlep said the Houston market is a great place for nursing homes to grow.
“Houston is a big city, and it has a great mix of income levels.
We see a lot of middle-income families and families in nursing homes, so our staff and we really have a great staff,” she said.
“People that are not able to find jobs, they can go to Grandview.
The price is right there.
People have the money and the right amount of money, and we are able at the end of the day to provide the care that they need.”
Houston has more than 2,400 nursing homes and more than 10,000 assisted living facilities, according the Texas Department of State Health Services.
They range in size from five-bedrooms to six-bedroom units, with varying degrees of accessibility and amenities.
The Chronicle has also reported that the Houston metropolitan area has seen a recent boom in nursing home expansion, with more than 8,500 new nursing homes opened since 2010.
That number, however, excludes the GrandView nursing home.