The Ranch provides a more structured, assisted living setting for 84 residents, with 24-hour a day, awake staff.  Two dormitories provide comfortable rooms, a dining hall, activity areas and lounge areas. Ranch residents enjoy a wide range of activities on campus, as well as in the Austin community. Residents desiring and capable of employment often work on campus. A staff of resident trainers provides supervision and assistance with daily living, as well as life-enriching activities.

Staff members work with each resident and their family members to develop an Individual Program Plan (IPP) to meet the resident’s goals and interests. This assessment establishes the new resident’s ability levels in a wide range of areas, from daily living skills and use of leisure time, to cognition and personal grooming skills. During this process, we work with new residents to help them set personal goals that encourage working toward increasing levels of independence. Training schedules may include opportunities ranging from sports and music to developing job skills and mastering functional academics. Some residents aim to achieve on-campus employment. Job opportunities exist in a variety of departments on campus, including laundry, landscaping, dietary or janitorial.

Whether your loved one is leaving home for the first time, or has lived in other care settings, Ranch residents find their new life at Marbridge full of growth opportunities and leisure/social activities. For the first two weeks, each new resident is given the opportunity to have a peer mentor for the purpose of showing them the campus and locations of all the training classes. They also help your loved one adjust to the routines of living on campus.