Frequently Asked Questions
Find answers to the most common questions below. Have something else to ask, or ready to apply? We're here for you.
Every resident must:
• Be a minimum of 18 years old
• Have a primary diagnosis of intellectual or developmental disability or cognitive delay
• Be free of aggressive or threatening behaviors
• Have the ability to ambulate and transfer independently
• Be able to perform activities of daily living independently with prompting, cueing, and reminders
• Be able to follow a schedule of training and activity
• Have an interest in maintaining employment on or off-campus
If you are interested in learning more about Daymark Living as an option for you, a loved one, or client you can get in touch with a member of our team by either calling (972) 646-2162, completing our contact form, or scheduling a call or campus tour on our Next Steps page. 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, your family will be given an application to complete. Our admissions team will then meet with the prospective resident and family members for an in-person interview (there is a required $500 app fee due at time of interview). Once approved, the next step is to book your move-in date.
Visit the Getting Started page.
Daymark Living was created around the idea of 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 schedule a call with our team.
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No, unless a resident is in a marriage cottage.
We have 2-, 3-and 4-bedroom units. Each resident has their own private bedroom and bathroom and shares a common living space and kitchen with roommates. See our Floor Plans.
In addition to having each resident complete a survey about their interests to determine potentially compatible roommates, we provide multiple opportunities for incoming residents to meet in social settings with other residents to facilitate roommate matching.
We believe Waxahachie offers residents the best of all possible worlds: a small-town sense of community, as well as close proximity to the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex and a full range of big-city resources. Learn more about Waxahachie.
Yes, our community includes 24/7 nursing, security, resident life coaches and other staff to provide support at all hours every day. Learn more about our staffing.
Daymark Living’s monthly fee is $4,500 a month and includes:
• Three meals a day
• On-site programming and activities
• Fitness center access
• Scheduled transportation
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 the names of financial advisors we work with and to learn more about affording Daymark Living
Yes, we provide three fresh meals a day in our on-site dining hall. Meals are offered to accommodate our residents’ dietary and nutritional needs and delicious.
While we cannot promise your loved one a job, meaningful employment is a huge focus of our program. We offer career focused classes on campus and our team works closely with Texas Workforce Providers in Ellis County who connect residents with vocational opportunities. Partnerships that our team has made with local businesses have led to volunteer opportunities in the community for our residents, as well.
Learn more about resident employment.
Yes, we offer scheduled transportation to and from local employers. We also provide transportation for planned daymark-sponsored independent outings and group outings. Individualized transportation can be arranged for an additional cost, also.
Licensed nurse personnel are on-site to care for sick residents, administer medications if needed, and provide routine care. 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.
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Medical conditions are monitored by our nursing staff who follow the doctor’s orders for the administration of medication treating the resident’s condition.
At Daymark Living, you’ll find an experienced, educated, and trustworthy team committed to providing residents with the care, individual attention, and real-world skills they need to achieve their fullest potential. A team that feels serving our residents is a passion, not a job. Our Resident Life Coaches teach classes and work alongside residents, offering prompting and reminders to help them be successful throughout 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. We also have a licensed nurse on-site.
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. Resident Life Coaches are assigned to residents to prompt, educate, and instill daily living skills, such as oral hygiene, body hygiene, bathing, and clothes-washing.
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 about our programs.
Yes. We can provide opportunities for parents to visit with other parents, both prior to and after move-in. 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 our testimonials.
Appropriate social interactions are taught and a major focus of our coaching staff. Daymark believes that healthy relationships are a wonderful part of life and are permitted as long as they are appropriate and do not detract from the resident experience.
Daymark Living residents are welcome to visit home whenever they would like.
Families are always encouraged to visit their loved one at Daymark Living.
Daymark cottages do not have house parents living in the cottage, but we have awake staff on campus 24/7 to provide support overnight. During awake hours resident coaches assist them in developing their independence, exploring their personal interests, building relationships, and helping with any challenges that arise.
818 Cantrell St. Waxahachie, TX 75165