How do I know if life at Marbridge is a possibility for my loved one?

Loved ones leaving home for the first time create worry for parents. Will they eat properly? Will they be safe? Will they make friends and be successful? Parents of adults with cognitive challenges worry even more, often putting off the time when the child is allowed to leave their care. The good news is that young adults with disabilities are much more capable of living away from home than many parents realize. Time and again, we see adult children move from their family home to Marbridge and begin to develop new skills, new interests and new friends—all to the great surprise and delight of their families. One of the most common remarks we hear parents make is, “We never would have dreamed they could accomplish so much!”

How to apply to live at Marbridge:

Step 1- Inquire: If you are interested in learning more about Marbridge as an option for your loved one and our admission process, call 512-282-1144 or fill out our contact form to set up a call with our Admissions Department

Step 2 – Personal Meeting and Tour: One of our admissions team will meet with you and your family member to learn about what the goals are for your family, the abilities of your loved one and take a tour of the different campuses at Marbridge.  If there is an interest in admission, we will give you an admission application.  When you submit the completed application, you will include a $250 processing fee.

Step 3 – Financial Approval:  Our admission application will provide you with four companies you can contact to obtain a financial assessment.  They will meet with you to go over your financial position and provide us with a report to determine if you are financially able to pay for your loved one to live at Marbridge for 4 or more years.  The fee for this service is approximately $300 and payable to the company you choose.

Step 4 – Review Meeting: Upon receipt of the completed application the admission department will review the information and if we determine everything is complete and your family member is appropriate we will schedule a review meeting with you, your loved one and the admission review team.  A decision will be made at the meeting.

To speak with our Admissions Department, call 512-282-1144 x 1204, or email us directly at

Barbara Bush, Director of Admissions – Barbara Bush Barbara was born in Reno, Nevada, and has called Austin “home” since 1966. As a Certified Senior Advisor, Barbara brings a broad base of experience in planning for and meeting the needs of adults with intellectual disabilities. Barbara helps families navigate the complex government benefits of Medicaid, Medicare and Social Security, and works to maximize these benefits for their loved ones. With a background in estate planning and probate, Barbara applies extensive knowledge of both legal and medical considerations required in the process of long-term planning. Active in the community, Barbara served as a Board of Director for the Buda Chamber of Commerce and as Chairman of the Finance Committee. She assists families locally, nationally and internationally, with developing life options for individuals with intellectual disabilities.SaveSave

Rosie Dunlap, Admissions Coordinator –  Born and raised in Dripping Springs, Rosie returned to the Austin area after earning her Bachelor of Arts Degree from Vanderbilt University. Rosie joined the Marbridge community in April 2013.  She brings a background in marketing and customer service to her role as Admissions Coordinator.  Rosie became passionate about health care and helping individuals with cognitive challenges after watching a family member go through the recovery process after sustaining a traumatic brain injury.

Eligibility Requirements for The Village and The Ranch Care Centers:

  • 18 years of age or older
  • Primary diagnosis of developmental delay or cognitive challenge, including autism spectrum, Down Syndrome, traumatic brain injury, PDD, Williams Syndrome, and more
  • Independent in activities of daily living and/or in need of verbal prompting
  • Able to ambulate and transfer independently
  • Able to follow a schedule of training and activities
  • Possible interest in maintaining employment on or off campus
  • Free of aggressive or threating behaviors, no serious psychiatric or mental health conditions

Note:  Individuals with a primary diagnosis of a mental health disorder generally require a more therapeutic community, and therefore are not candidates for admissions to Marbridge.  The criteria referenced above are general guidelines; all prospective residents will be reviewed on an individual basis.)


Marbridge Village and Ranch:  Monthly tuition for the Village and Ranch Communities is private pay only – $3625.00.  This price includes room and board, all Training and Education classes, 24-hour awake staff and basic nursing care. More importantly, this price ensures that your loved one is living in a safe and caring environment, among their friends, and enjoying the opportunity to learn, experience and achieve a Whole New Life at Marbridge!

Marbridge Villa, Skilled Nursing:  The Marbridge Villa accepts Medicaid, Medicare, and private pay.  Please contact Barbara Bush for more information about Villa admission and pricing.