Families considering assisted living in Mississippi will be greeted by warm temperatures and a landscape defined by the Mississippi and Yazoo rivers. Elevation is low throughout the state, with some small hills in the northeast section. In Mississippi’s western counties, river flooding throughout history deposited sediment into the fertile area now known as the Mississippi Alluvial Plain. The state’s climate becomes increasingly tropical as you travel south toward the beaches of Bay St. Louis along the Gulf Coast. Mississippi’s affordable living costs — the lowest of any U.S. state — along with its mild climate and proximity to popular destinations such as New Orleans and the Florida panhandle make the Magnolia State an ideal retirement destination.
Currently, A Place for Mom partners with more than 40 senior living communities in Mississippi that provide assisted living.
The median monthly cost of assisted living in Mississippi is about $3,200.
Assisted living communities are regulated by the Mississippi Department of Health, Health Facilities Licensure Division. Public access to assisted living records and violations history in Mississippi is rated as basic. The state does not make information about specific inspections, violations, and complaints available online. You can use Mississippi’s Health Facilities Licensure and Certification page to find basic information about licensing and inspection. You can also visit the U.S. Administration on Aging’s Eldercare Locator to find the appropriate long-term care ombudsman who can provide information about a community you are exploring.
Mississippi has different definitions for communities similar to assisted living facilities. A personal care home is an establishment operated and maintained to provide residential accommodations, personal service, and social care to individuals who are not related to the licensee and who, because of impaired capacity for self-care, elect or require protective living accommodation but do not have an illness, injury, or disability for which regular medical care and 24-hour nursing service is required. Personal care homes labeled assisted living provide personal care and the addition of supplemental services to include the provision of medical services and emergency response services. A personal care home labeled residential living means any facility operating 24 hours a day, seven days a week, accepting individuals who require personal care services — such as help with activities of daily living (ADLs) — or individuals who, due to functional impairments, may require mental health services to assist with ADLs. ADLs include but are not limited to: bathing, dressing, eating, walking, physical transfer, giving medications, or helping residents give themselves medications.
Overall, the cost of living in Mississippi 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 16% of Mississippi’s population are seniors. In the 2016 presidential election, Mississippi leaned conservative. However, many of its counties with larger cities, like Jackson, tend to be more progressive.
Like much of the U.S. Deep South, Mississippi has a humid subtropical climate. This means the state has long, hot summers and short, mild winters resembling an extended autumn. Temperatures tend to be noticeably warm during winter along Mississippi’s southern coastline with the Gulf of Mexico. Humidity is high all year throughout the state, but the increased humidity in the state’s southern region near the Gulf also brings more annual precipitation compared to Mississippi’s northern counties. Substantial snowfall is rare, but the state receives plenty of rain and severe weather including thunderstorms and tornadoes. Flooding is common throughout the state, particularly along the Mississippi River, which makes up the state’s entire western border. Given its location on the north end of the Gulf of Mexico, Mississippi is also prone to tropical storms and hurricanes during late spring and summer months when ocean waters are warmest.