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Assisted Living in MS

A Caregiver's Guide to Assisted Living Facilities in Mississippi

What they're called

Official name: Personal Care Homes, Residential Living and Personal Care Homes, Assisted Living

Common name: Assisted living facilities

To compare assisted living to board and care, skilled nursing, and other long-term residential care communities, see Residential Care Options: How to Decide.

What they offer
  • Individual or shared (up to four persons) living units (from single rooms to multiroom apartments), often with cooking facilities
  • All meals, usually in a common dining area
  • Health and medication supervision and monitoring
  • Mental health services
  • Nursing, administration of medications, and emergency response (assisted living homes only)
  • Personal care services, including help with one or more activities of daily living (ADLs) such as eating, dressing, and bathing
  • Social and exercise activities

Note: Some facilities also offer respite care and other special services.

What they cost

Median monthly fees: $2,949.25 (higher for residents requiring memory care)

State of Mississippi requirements
  • Residents may engage an outside licensed home health agency.
  • Medical assessment of resident's condition must be made at least annually.
  • Shared bathrooms and bathing facilities are permitted.
  • Special rules for Alzheimer's/dementia care units:
    • Residents permitted only up to stage II Alzheimer's
    • Registered nurse or licensed practical nurse required at all times
    • At least two staff members required at all times
    • Licensed social worker required to provide on-site social services to residents and family members at least eight hours per month
State of Mississippi oversight

The Mississippi state Department of Health, Bureau of Health Facilities Licensure and Certification (601-364-1110) licenses and regulates personal care homes.

How to resolve problems or offer feedback
  • Contact the Mississippi long-term care ombudsman for your region of the state, or call the state's central ombudsman office (888-922-2889). This is a free service to help residents informally resolve problems with a facility.
  • Rate and review assisted living facilities.
How to pay for assisted living in Mississippi
  • Most assisted living is paid for privately by the resident and/or his or her family.
  • For Medicaid-eligible low-income residents, the state's Medicaid "Elderly and Disabled Waiver" program pays part of the cost of services provided by participating assisted living-level facilities. The payment is a flat fee.
  • Low-income veterans or surviving spouses of veterans may be eligible for Aid and Attendance or other payments from the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), which can help pay for assisted living.
  • Some assisted living facilities offer sliding scale fees, making a higher level of care available to families that might not otherwise be able to afford it. Be sure to ask -- or ask a geriatric care manager in the area if he or she knows which facilities offer sliding scale fees.
Help finding and choosing a facility
  • Hire a geriatric care manager (most have extensive local knowledge about assisted living facilities in a particular geographic area, including space availability, resident needs assessments, sliding scale fees, and resident satisfaction). To find a geriatric care manager, see's Senior Living Directory.
  • For details about assisted living facilities in each of the 50 U.S. states plus the District of Columbia, see A Caregiver's Guide to Assisted Living Facilities.

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