Frequently Asked Questions About Daymark Living

What are the requirements to live at Daymark Living?

Every resident must:

  • Be at least 18 years old
  • Have a primary diagnosis of intellectual or developmental disability or cognitive delay
  • Be free of aggressive or threatening behaviors
  • Semi-independently able to perform activities of daily living
  • Be able to follow a schedule of training and activity
  • Have an interest in maintaining employment on or off campus

How do I know if Daymark is a fit for my family member?

Daymark Living was created around the idea of inclusivity, and offering the ideal community in which to develop, gain independence and thrive in life after high school. We realize every resident has different needs and abilities, and we welcome adults with intellectual and development disabilities across a wide spectrum. If you are uncertain about your child’s suitability for Daymark Living, please call 972-646-2162 or fill out our contact form to schedule a call.  See example resident profiles.

How does someone become a resident?

If you are interested in learning more about Daymark Living as an option for you or your family member, call 972-646-2162 or fill out our contact form to set up a call with a member of the Daymark Living team. Experienced members of our admissions team will meet with you to discuss life in the Daymark Living community and talk about expectations.  If interest and eligibility requirements are met, the family will be given an application to complete (there is a required $500 fee). Our admissions team will then meet with the prospective resident and their family member. After approval by the team, the final step is a financial review through a private third party (a $300 fee paid directly to the financial advisor is required).

How many residents live in each cottage?

We have 2-, 3-, and 4-bedroom units. Each resident has their own private bedroom and bathroom and shares common areas with their housemates.

Do residents share bedrooms or bathrooms?

Each resident has a private bedroom and bath, and shares a common living space and kitchen with roommates.

Are cottages coed?

No, unless a resident is in a marriage cottage or specifically requests a coed cottage.

How many residents will live at Daymark Living?

There are 28 cottages that can accommodate up to 202 residents.

How are roommates matched?

In addition to having each resident complete a survey about their interests to determine potentially compatible roommates, we will provide multiple opportunities for incoming residents to meet in social settings with the Daymark Living team.

Is staff available on-site 24/7?

Yes.

What is the cost of tuition and what is included?

Daymark Living tuition costs approximately $3,700* a month and includes:

  • Rent
  • Utilities
  • Three meals a day
  • On-site programming and activities
  • Fitness center access
  • Scheduled transportation

*pricing subject to change

Is financial assistance available?

Daymark Living does not currently offer financial assistance. We encourage families to visit with a financial advisor who is experienced working with families with special needs. After such visits, many families have told us that affordability was much easier than they thought.  Contact us if you would like names of financial advisors we work with.

Are meals provided?

Yes, three fresh meals a day are provided in our on-site dining hall. Meals will accommodate our residents’ dietary and nutritional needs.

Do you provide jobs?

Daymark Living cannot promise your loved one an off-site job. However we will advocate within the DFW Metroplex to create job opportunities. We will also provide on-site jobs and vocational exploration opportunities for our residents to gain real-world experience.

Do you provide transportation?

Daymark Living offers scheduled transportation to and from major public transportation and workplace hubs, as well as for shopping, errands and outings. Individualized transportation can be arranged at an additional cost, and there will always be a vehicle on-site in case of emergency.

What medical services are provided?

Licensed nurse personnel are on-site daily to care for sick residents and administer medications if needed. We are working with local medical practices who are interested in providing primary care services as needed, and we are also in close proximity to the Baylor Scott & White Medical Center in case of emergencies.

What if my loved one has a medical condition that needs to be checked regularly?

Medical conditions will be monitored by our registered nurse who will follow the doctor’s orders for administration of medication treating the resident’s condition.

How will an illness be handled?

When a resident is sick in one of the houses, we will handle it just like you would in your own home. We take care of our residents, but more than likely will have them stay in their rooms and bring meals to them. For those who need the supervision of a nurse, we will have a place set aside for sick residents in the well house. We will also have two resident coaches available at night to stay with anyone who isn’t feeling well, and to clean up as needed.

What kind of oversight is in place that will be able to help residents get through their day?

We strongly believe that our residents should be allowed to be as independent as possible, but we understand that many of them will need guidance in certain areas. Resident coaches are on-site from 6am-2pm, 2pm-10pm and 10pm-6am. Each coach will be paired with the same residents for consistency and familiarity. Learn more about our staffing.

How will residents who do not have strong basic living skills be monitored to make sure that they are taking proper care of themselves?

We admit residents with the expectation that they will have mastered basic skills such as brushing their teeth and shaving, before coming to Daymark Living. However, we also know that many of our residents will need reminders and assistance until they understand the importance of being independent in these tasks

 What programming opportunities are available to my loved one?

On-site programming covers a range of topics, including personal finance, health and nutrition, practical mathematics, technology, vocational exploration, social and life skills development and much more. Daymark Living’s programming is based on a semester schedule and is tailored to meet our residents’ needs and personal goals. Learn more >

May I speak with other families?

Yes. We will provide opportunities for parents to visit with other parents prior to move-in as well as after. If you have questions about Daymark Living and would like to visit, we have many families who would love to share their Daymark Living experiences with you as well.  See parent testimonials.

Are male/female relationships allowed?

Relationships are a wonderful part of life and are welcome in the Daymark Living community, as long as they are appropriate and do not take detract from the resident experience.

How often can residents come home?

Daymark Living residents are welcome to visit home whenever they would like.

How often can parents visit?

Families are always encouraged to visit their loved one at Daymark Living.

Do staff live in the homes?

No, but each resident will be paired with resident coaches who will assist them in developing their independence, exploring their personal interests, building relationships and helping with any challenges that arise.

What is Daymark Living’s address?

818 Cantrell St. Waxahachie, TX 75165