As families search for memory care, which includes care related to dementia and Alzheimer’s, Arkansas should stand out for those seeking a mild climate, affordable living costs, and plenty of natural beauty and outdoor activities.
Arkansas — known as “The Natural State” for its abundance of lakes, rivers, and forests — sits in a geographical transition zone between the Deep South and the Midwest, and features the best of both regions. Winters are short without extreme cold, and the Ozarks stretch down into the state’s northern counties. Here you’ll find gems such as Eureka Springs, the artistic oasis in the hills surrounding Beaver Lake, along with Ozark National Forest and the Buffalo National River. But it’s the Ouachita Mountains and healing waters of Hot Springs National Park of central Arkansas that attract most of the state’s tourists. Arkansas is also home to the small but diverse cities of Fayetteville and Little Rock, both of which are college towns with enough options and activities to cater to anyone’s interests.
Currently, A Place for Mom partners with more than 15 senior living communities in Arkansas that provide memory care.
The median monthly cost of memory care in Arkansas is about $5,100.
Each state regulates senior living communities differently. Because memory care is often provided by assisted living communities, states may regulate memory care within their guidelines for assisted living. You can use APFM’s guide to assisted living regulations to learn more about access to community records in Arkansas.
In Arkansas, memory care communities — sometimes called Alzheimer’s care or dementia care facilities — provide specialized care for seniors who have Alzheimer’s, dementia, or other forms of memory loss. These communities offer personalized cognitive rehabilitation programs alongside assistance with activities of daily living (ADLs). Memory care usually includes 24-hour supervision and unique design elements, like outdoor gardens and color-coded walls, to help ease anxiety, agitation, and other symptoms of dementia.
Overall, the cost of living in Arkansas is considered to be much more affordable than the national average. All index scores are based on a scale with the national average set at 100.
About 17% of Arkansas’ population are seniors. In the 2016 presidential election, Arkansas leaned conservative. However, many of its counties with larger cities, like the Little Rock area, tend to be more progressive.
Arkansas has a humid subtropical climate, meaning the state often experiences mild temperatures throughout the year. In fact, the average temperature is above 50F for nine months of the year. Summers tend to be hot with lots of moisture in the air, and winters are usually cool but not extremely cold. The state receives plenty of rainfall, particularly in the spring, although droughts can occur in late summer. Thunderstorms are common throughout the year, with the biggest threat of severe storms and tornadoes occurring during spring. Winter storms are less common, and they usually bring more sleet and freezing rain than snow.