The average cost of a home health aide in Arkansas is $22.00 per hour. According to Genworth’s 2021 Cost of Care Survey, Arkansas residents pay $5.00 less per hour than the national average of $27.00, which makes this state a great choice for budget-conscious seniors. Arkansas also boasts a low cost of living and a median home price of just $145,300, which is far below the national median of $291,700. Below, learn the average hourly prices of home health aides in various Arkansas cities, and see how you can get help paying for the care you need.

Home health aide costs in Arkansas cities

In Arkansas, the most affordable city for home health care is Jonesboro, located in the northeastern part of the state. Here, seniors pay $20.50 per hour, which is $6.50 less than the U.S. average and $1.50 cheaper than the average statewide. Pine Bluff is also inexpensive with costs averaging $21.00. Little Rock and Hot Springs share an estimated cost of $22.50. In Fort Smith, prices go up a bit to $23.00. The costliest city in Arkansas for home health is Fayetteville. In this city, seniors can expect to pay $26.00 an hour.

Help paying for care in Arkansas

If you need help at home but can’t afford to hire a caregiver yourself, you might qualify for assistance through the Arkansas ARChoices in Homecare program. This program is aimed at people aged 65 and up and those aged 21-64 with disabilities. Single applicants can have an income of no more than $2,742 per month, and assets must be valued at $2,000 or less. You’ll also need to meet nursing home admission criteria to qualify.

Services provided by ARChoices include the following:

  • Adult day health
  • Help with activities of daily living, such as feeding, bathing and getting dressed
  • Home modifications, such as grab bars and ramps
  • Home-delivered meals
  • Caregiver respite
  • Personal emergency response system