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The average cost of living in the city is $3,950 a month. This guide is a starting point covering the cost of assisted living care in the city, as well as finacing options to pay for it. You'll find in-depth information on 4 assisted living facilities in Hot Springs and 1 in surrounding areas.
The Cost of Senior Care in Hot Springs, AR
West Shores is a 17-acre community that offers seniors a serenity-filled setting where they can enjoy life while receiving the supportive services that keep them independent.
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Seniors Comfort Assisted Living, located in Hot Springs, provides seniors with a selection of amenities to encourage an enjoyable senior living experience.
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West Shores is an established place here in Hot Springs, Arkansas. It's been here for 30 years. It's very well kept and and very nice. They have residents that really don't need any kind of medical attention at all, but they have drawstrings the residents can pull on in case of emergency. West Shores is located in the ...Read more West Shores reviews
West Shores was very nice and pleasant. The rooms were adequate. There were plenty of residents. The staff was exceptionally nice. The facilities were very nice. I saw a game room, a community room, and a reading room. I saw people playing with this electronic thing and some people playing cards. I didn't eat there, bu...Read more West Shores reviews
West Shores is an older place. The rooms are small and older. It looked like they could use a little renovating. The assisted living floor looked more like a nursing home in that there were residents just sitting in the halls in their wheelchairs. They had the same activities. I only met their marketing director, who w...Read more West Shores reviews
According to Genworth’s 2018 Cost of Care study, the average monthly cost of assisted living in Hot Springs is close to the national average of $4,000 and about $900 higher than the state average of $3,037.
Prices are similar in nearby Little Rock ($3,975) and somewhat lower in Jonesboro ($3,498), while monthly costs are much lower in Pine Bluff ($2,350) and Fort Smith ($2,700).
The Cost of Assisted Living in Surrounding Areas
Arkansas has some of the lowest costs for senior care in the country, thanks in part to the state’s relatively low cost of living. Nursing home care, which provides seniors with 24-hour skilled nursing care in a specialized, licensed residential facility, is the most expensive option. Assisted living costs about $1,200 less than nursing home care does, while in-home options such as a homemaker or home health aide are slightly less expensive than assisted living.
To compare the true cost of different types of senior care, it’s important to recognize that residential services include room and board. Seniors who opt for in-home care are responsible for ongoing living expenses such as food, utility bills and home maintenance.
Senior Care Cost Comparison Chart
Over 65 million low-income Americans receive free basic health care coverage through Medicaid, the nationwide program that’s jointly funded by the federal and state governments. In Arkansas, about one in five residents is on Medicaid, and 65% of Medicaid expenditures in the state go toward services for the elderly and disabled.
The Arkansas Medicaid program is administered by the Department of Human Services. Seniors 65 and older who meet income and resource eligibility requirements may qualify for Medicaid funding for personal care services in a level II assisted living facility through the Living Choices Assisted Living waiver, a Home and Community Based Services program.
Living Choices Assisted Living Waiver
To qualify for the ALW, seniors must be at least 65 years old, be legally blind or have a permanent physical disability and prefer to live in an assisted living facility instead of a nursing home. This waiver is available to seniors who require the level of institutional care offered in an intermediate nursing facility and meet at least one of the following criteria:
Seniors must also earn no more than 300% of the current maximum Social Security Income, which is $2,313 for a single applicant and $4,626 for a couple applying together. Resource limits of $2,000 per individual and $3,000 per couple also apply. Cash, stocks, bonds and all real estate except the applicant’s principal residence are counted, while personal belongings such as clothing, one vehicle and an irrevocable burial trust are exempt.
If approved for the ALW, seniors are responsible for the room and board portion of assisted living fees, and the waiver covers the cost for one or more of the following services:
Note that there are statewide enrollment caps on the ALW, and seniors who meet the eligibility requirements may be placed on a waiting list.
For more information about Medicaid and the ALW, contact the Choices in Living Resource Center at (866) 801-3435.
VA Aid and Attendance Benefits and Housebound Allowance
The VA Aid and Attendance Benefits and Housebound Allowance are two pension top-up programs for eligible veterans and their survivors. Applicants must either currently receive a regular VA pension or qualify for a VA pension based on the increased rates provided through these programs. Veterans who currently receive a VA disability pension are excluded.
To qualify for Aid and Attendance benefits, an applicant must meet at least one of the following criteria:
If approved for Aid and Attendance, the maximum annual VA pension rates provided are:
To qualify for Housebound benefits, applicants must have a permanent disability that limits their ability to leave their home. If approved for Housebound benefits, the maximum annual VA pension rates provided are:
For more information and application assistance including in-home service for disabled and elderly veterans, contact the Garland County Veterans Service Office at (501) 622-3795.
Seniors can join free group tai chi and Zumba Gold classes, participate in an arts and crafts program and learn ways to manage diabetes at the Oaklawn Center on Aging. Catholic Health Initiatives also operates a senior wellness center in Hot Springs Village where seniors 60 and older can enjoy communal lunches, participate in fitness classes and learn about area resources.
Oaklawn Center on Aging
101 McGowan Ct, Hot Springs, AR 71913
CHI St. Vincent Senior Center – McAuley
5010 Hwy 7 N, Hot Springs Village, AR 71909
Seniors who need information about local support services can contact the Area Agency on Aging. ADA-compliant door-to-door public transit is available through Hot Springs Intracity Transit. The Oaklawn Center on Aging also offers a number of workshops and programs to support seniors living with chronic diseases.
Area Agency on Aging of West Central Arkansas
905 W Grand Ave, Hot Springs, AR 71913
Hot Springs Intracity Transit
100 Broadway Terr, Hot Springs, AR 71901
Veterans and their survivors can access information about VA benefits and programs by contacting the Garland County Veterans Service Office, which also offers in-home service for those unable to visit the office. VA health services are available at the Hot Springs community-based outpatient clinic.
Garland County Veterans Service Office
501 Ouachita Ave Rm 105, Hot Springs, AR 71901
Hot Springs CBOC
177 Sawtooth Oak St, Hot Springs, AR 71901
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