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New 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).
TORCH Austin Chapter Inaugural Meeting
Published on: 7/17/2018
Austin, we have a launch date! Please join us for our inaugural Austin Chapter networking meeting on July 24th at 11:30am at Buca di Beppo, 3612 Tudor Blvd, Austin, TX 78759.
Have you made your reservations yet?
Published on: 7/17/2018
Have you made your hotel reservations for the TORCH Annual Conference and Awards Banquet? Get special conference pricing until September 11!
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...
Annual Provider Meeting for ALFs and DAHs in July
Published on: 6/13/2018
You are invited to attend the annual provider meeting for assisted living facilities and day activity health services.
FREE Two-Day Geriatric Symposium – Texas Taking the Next Step in August
Published on: 5/31/2018
Texas Health and Human Services Commission, in collaboration with the University of Texas Austin School of Nursing, is hosting a two-day, free event for family members and professionals who work with older adults. Find out more...

Preferred Vendor Information

Welcome New Preferred Vendor Lori Conway!
Published on: 6/26/2018
Welcome to our newest preferred vendor, Lori Conway!

Conference Information

Trade Show Exhibitor and Conference Sponsor Registration now open!
Published on: 5/18/2018
TORCH offers a unique opportunity to get your marketing message in front of decision makers. Unlike other conferences, the overwhelming majority of our attendees are the decision maker and have personal influential relationships with their residents. Reserve your booth today!
Call for Sponsors
Published on: 5/8/2018
TORCH offers a unique opportunity to get your marketing message in front of decision makers. Unlike other conferences, the overwhelming majority of our attendees are the decision maker and have personal influential relationships with their residents.
Annual Conference Registration is open!
Published on: 5/1/2018
Registration for the 2018 Annual Conference is live! Register today!
2018 TORCH Annual Conference Date Set
Published on: 1/22/2018
Save the Date! Join us October 4-6, 2018 at the La Torretta Lake Resort & Spa near Houston for this year's exciting conference! Stay tuned for details!

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.

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.


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.


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