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Frequently Asked Questions

What's the difference between senior living and assisted living?

While both assisted living and senior living provide a number of similar services including meals, housekeeping, transportation and a full calendar of social events, assisted living takes these a step further. Assisted living provides personal services, such as medication management and assistance with bathing, dressing and grooming. The type and frequency of these services, along with personal preferences, are determined by an assessment conducted by our Admissions Liaison. This assessment allows residents to receive services appropriate to their individual abilities and needs all while maintaining their maximum independence.

Are there any up-front or buy-in fees to live at Park Central?

No. Unlike many other retirement communities, your money will not be tied up in a long-term contract at Park Central. Our many services and amenities are provided for a monthly fee (under a 12-month lease for independent apartments). Upon moving into our retirement centers and assisted living centers, you’ll be asked to pay a deposit or move-in fee.

Can my pet move with me?


Yes! Park Central recognizes the companionship, love, gratitude and fun that pets provide. That’s why we welcome them as part of our family. Pets are welcome at The Continental on floors one through three, where a special pet run was constructed during our last renovation. Pets are also welcome on the first floor of Plemons Court.


What's Park Central's Smoking policy?

Park Central is a smoke-free campus.

Why is Park Central described as a “continuing care retirement community” and what does that mean?

You might hear our staff use the phrase “continuum of care” or “continuing care community” when discussing our campus. This refers to the flexibility of services and programs necessary to meet the changing health needs of our residents. Because we offer such a wide range of retirement community options from independent living and assisted living to long-term care, our residents can receive most of the services and assistance they need without ever having to leave our campus. For example, many married couples may move into one of our independent living centers, like Park Place Towers or The Continental. As they age, one spouse’s health may necessitate 24-hour nursing and long-term care. In other retirement centers, this resident would have to transfer to another community away from his or her spouse, family, friends and familiar surroundings. But because Park Central offers such a wide range of options, the spouse with complex needs can simply move to the Ware Living Center, while the other remains in their apartment. They still live under the same roof, on the same campus, in the same community. This allows them a much easier transition and plenty of quality time together. That’s why being a “continuing care community” is such an important characteristic of Park Central.

Who owns and operates Park Central?


Park Central is locally owned and lovingly managed by Baptist Community Services (BCS), a Texas nonprofit corporation which has been in existence since 1987 and is a member of the Baptist General Convention of Texas. Baptist Community Services’ leadership team, from the Board of Trustees to our staff, recognize that our residents and those who use any of our services and facilities deserve the best. Our goal is to meet and exceed those expectations. BCS is an Equal Housing Opportunity Provider.