In 1953, Ed and Marge Bridges founded Marbridge in an effort to create safe residential care for their son, Jim, and other adults with cognitive disabilities. From the beginning, Marbridge charted a dramatically different course compared to the institutions of the day.
Today, 265 adult residents live and work on the Marbridge campus where adults with intellectual disabilities are given unparalleled opportunities to learn, experience, and achieve a whole new life.
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Marbridge is nestled on over 200 acres, just 13 miles south of downtown Austin, Texas. Marbridge provides a distinct alternative to group homes for adults with intellectual disabilities, offering a full spectrum of services tailored to individual needs and abilities. Each of our three communities — The Ranch, The Village, and The Villa — provide a different level of care, support, and guidance.
Independent & Semi-Independent Living
The Village at Marbridge is a neighborhood of 15 cottages nestled along a tree-lined street that provides semi-independent living for developmentally disabled adults. A community center provides a place to gather for meals and special events or leisure time. The Village provides a safe, caring environment that includes vocational training, education, socialization and counseling. Many Village residents hold jobs in the Austin community.
A tree-lined boulevard greets visitors as they enter the Ranch campus, where we provide assisted living for adults who require a more structured and supervised day. Daily training and activities may include horticultural therapy, arts and crafts, sports, music, computer work, functional academics and life and social skills training. Residents enjoy a myriad of social opportunities available in Austin, with 24-hour awake staffing and care.
Skilled Nursing Care
Residents with significant medical care needs can still enjoy a full and active life. Villa residents participate in many events and activities on the Marbridge campus. Likewise, many Ranch and Village residents regularly visit the Villa campus to see friends and enjoy special events found only at the Villa. The Villa provides skilled nursing care to Marbridge residents as well as to patients from the southwest Austin area.
The Bridges Skilled Nursing & Rehabilitation Center provides a new model of care in a home-like environment. The Bridges is a fully equipped 1,200-square-foot rehabilitation center that provides for patients’ physical, occupational, and speech therapy needs and promotes a more efficient return to health and improved mobility.
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