As families search for senior living, 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.
The median monthly cost of home care in Arkansas is about $3,600, according to Genworth. A Place for Mom’s Senior Living Advisors can provide you with a list of home care providers in Arkansas to help you find one that fits your needs and budget.
Each state regulates senior living care differently. Because home care providers offer similar services to assisted living, states may regulate home care within their assisted living guidelines. You can use APFM’s guide to assisted living regulations to learn more about access to provider records in Arkansas.
In Arkansas, home care — or in-home care — is a service which offers compassion and help to seniors who need assistance with activities of daily living (ADLs) and wish to remain in their homes. Levels of care vary according to need, and can include companionship, meal prep, cleaning, transportation, and help with ADLs like bathing and dressing. Home care aides are trained to understand the nuances of senior care but generally aren’t licensed to provide medical services.
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.