Bella Vista is a city in the scenic Ozark mountains featuring a vibrant downtown and outdoor amenities for all ages, with seven lakes, seven golf courses, pools, walking trails and fitness facilities. The population of 30,104 people in this city includes 32.5% who are 65 years and older. Bella Vista has been listed as one of the top places to retire in the United States due to its low cost of living, comfortable climate and low crime rates. The town also has good health care and offers seniors strong tax benefits. 

Active seniors who need some help with daily living activities may opt to reside in an assisted living facility where their personal care, housekeeping, transportation and other needs can be met. Assisted living is often a good choice for seniors who don’t require the around-the-clock medical care of a nursing home but who can no longer live a completely independent lifestyle. Seniors in the Bella Vista area pay an average of $3,900 per month for assisted living care, which is about 10% more expensive than the state average. 

This guide provides average monthly care costs, benefits and drawbacks of retiring in Bella Vista and free resources available to seniors.

Directory of Assisted Living Facilities in Bella Vista, AR

Concordia of Bella Vista

1 Concordia Drive, Bella Vista, AR, 72715

Concordia of Bella Vista was very nice, and they told me everything I needed to know. The staff was very friendly and very informative. The cleanliness was very good.
Concordia of Bella Vista was very nice, and they told me everything I needed to know. The staff was very friendly and very informative. The cleanliness was very good.

Bella Vista

3 Highland Crossing Drive, Bella Vista, AR, 72715

Nestled in the gorgeous Ozark Mountains, Bella Vista is a senior living community in Bella Vista, Arkansas. This updated facility receives high marks from residents and visitors for its beautiful loca … (read more)
Nestled in the gorgeous Ozark Mountains, Bella Vista is a senior living community in Bella Vista, Arkansas. This updated facility receives high marks from residents and visitors for its beautiful loca … (read more)

Village on the Park Bentonville

3800 SW Mt. Carmel Drive, Bentonville, AR, 72712

I went to Village on the Park Bentonville and checked out both assisted living and memory care. It’s very nice and it felt comfortable. The facility was laid out well for the residents and all the apa … (read more)
I went to Village on the Park Bentonville and checked out both assisted living and memory care. It’s very nice and it felt comfortable. The facility was laid out well for the residents and all the apa … (read more)

The Meadows Independent and Assisted Living Community

2300 SE 28th Street, Bentonville, AR, 72712

The Meadows Independent and Assisted Living Community offers quality care to residents in Bentonville, Arkansas. Visitors remark on the clean and tidy appearance of the facility, describing the apartm … (read more)
The Meadows Independent and Assisted Living Community offers quality care to residents in Bentonville, Arkansas. Visitors remark on the clean and tidy appearance of the facility, describing the apartm … (read more)

Legacy Village Assisted Living

1303 Northeast Legacy Parkway, Bentonville, AR, 72712

Legacy Village Assisted Living is an attractive community located in Bentonville, Arkansas, near Farmland Adventures. The community is divided into several houses with ten residents in each home, ensu … (read more)
Legacy Village Assisted Living is an attractive community located in Bentonville, Arkansas, near Farmland Adventures. The community is divided into several houses with ten residents in each home, ensu … (read more)

The Gardens at Osage Terrace

3317 SE L Street, Bentonville, AR, 72712

The Gardens at Osage Terrace is located in the southern area of Bentonville, Arkansas, just minutes away from Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, several major highways and the local shopping cent … (read more)
The Gardens at Osage Terrace is located in the southern area of Bentonville, Arkansas, just minutes away from Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, several major highways and the local shopping cent … (read more)

Primrose Retirement Community of Rogers, AR

650 Dodson Road, Rogers, AR, 72758

Primrose Retirement Community of Rogers, Arkansas, provides assisted living, respite services, memory care, independent living and welcomes small pets. It’s close to Interstate 49, Rogers Historical M … (read more)
Primrose Retirement Community of Rogers, Arkansas, provides assisted living, respite services, memory care, independent living and welcomes small pets. It’s close to Interstate 49, Rogers Historical M … (read more)

Autumn Place of Pea Ridge

103 Wade Lane, Pea Ridge, AR, 72751

Autumn Place of Pea Ridge is an assisted living facility located in Bentonville, Arkansas. Trained staff are available for 24-hour assistance and provide independent living, assisted living and memory … (read more)
Autumn Place of Pea Ridge is an assisted living facility located in Bentonville, Arkansas. Trained staff are available for 24-hour assistance and provide independent living, assisted living and memory … (read more)

What to Consider About Assisted Living in Bella Vista

The Department of Health and Human Services, Office of Long Term Care, is the state agency that oversees assisted living in Arkansas. The office is responsible for licensing the various levels of assisted living facilities, in addition to ensuring that staffing requirements are met, regular inspection surveys are done and other state laws, policies and regulations are being followed.

Benefits and Drawbacks of Assisted Living in Bella Vista

  • Mercy Emergency Department in Bella Vista is a freestanding emergency center that provides state-of-the-art urgent care 24/7. Certified to operate as a traditional hospital-based ER with nine beds, Mercy ED is also outfitted with its own lab, X-ray machine, CT scan and medical helicopter landing pad. Seniors who suffer a fall, heart attack or other life-threatening injury have access to this emergency room that’s staffed by qualified physicians and advanced technologies. 
  • The Area Agency on Aging of Northwest Arkansas provides a variety of services available to seniors living in Bella Vista, including adult day centers, transportation senior activity centers, an ombudsman program and care coordination. 
  • The cost of living in Bella Vista is 9.3% more affordable than the U.S. average, making this Arkansas town a good choice for seniors who are on a budget or living on a fixed income. 
  • With an average of 221 sunny days a year, Bella Vista enjoys 16 more days of sunshine than the U.S. average. The climate in this part of Arkansas is pleasant and comfortable for seniors who enjoy the four seasons and don’t mind the yearly average snowfall of 11 inches. 
  • Seniors can feel very safe living in Bella Vista, where the crime rate is low in comparison with U.S. and Arkansas state averages for both violent and property crime rates.
  • Arkansas is a tax-friendly state for retired people. Social Security benefits are not taxed by the state, and property taxes are some of the lowest in the country. 

Paying for Assisted Living in Bella Vista

Seniors residing in assisted living facilities in Bella Vista can expect to pay an average of $3,900 per month according to Genworth’s Cost of Care Survey. The average monthly cost for assisted living within the state of Arkansas is $3,500, while across the nation costs average $4,300 per month, although Bella Vista’s costs are about 10% lower than the national average. 

The Cost of Assisted Living in Nearby Cities

Bella Vista’s average costs for assisted living at $3,900 per month are a bit higher than the state as a whole and higher than many nearby cities, although rates are about $400 per month less expensive than U.S. median costs for assisted living. More affordable assisted living is available about an hour north of Bella Vista, over the state border in Joplin, MO, where monthly costs average $1,400 less per month. Other nearby cities in Arkansas, such as Little Rock, Fort Smith, Jonesboro and Hot Springs are also less costly than assisted living in Bella Vista.

$3900

Bella Vista

$4575

Arkansas

$4300

The United States

$2500

Joplin, MO

$3125

Little Rock

$3406

Fort Smith

$3513

Jonesboro

$3625

Hot Springs

The Cost of Other Types of Senior Care

Seniors in Bella Vista can opt to reside in settings other than assisted living facilities and still receive different forms of health and personal care assistance on a long-term basis. A more expensive option for seniors who need help with day-to-day activities or health care but want to continue living in their own homes are homemaker services or a home health aide at an average monthly cost of $4,767 for either service. Seniors who need the higher levels of care provided in a nursing home can expect to pay $6,007 for a semiprivate room or $6,920 for a private room. 

$4767

Homemaker Services

$4767

Home Health Aide

$3900

Assisted Living Facility

$6007

Nursing Home Facility (semiprivate room)

$6920

Nursing Home Facility (private room)

Note: Care cost data for Bella Vista was not available, so data for the Fayetteville Area was used instead.

Financial Assistance for Assisted Living in Bella Vista

Eligible seniors seeking financial assistance for assisted living in Bella Vista have several options through the Medicaid State Plan: 1915(c) Home & Community-Based Waiver.

Learn more about these programs, plus who’s eligible, on our Assisted Living in Arkansas page.

Paying for Assisted Living in Arkansas

More Ways to Pay for Assisted Living

While many families use their own funds or personal assets to pay for assisted living, there are plenty of additional options to cover these costs. Some additional ways to finance assisted living costs include:

  • Veterans Benefits
  • Life Insurance Policy
  • Long-Term Care Insurance
  • Reverse Mortgage

For more information about different ways to finance assisted living, visit our Assisted Living in Arkansas page.

Free Assisted Living Resources in Bella Vista

A variety of free or low-cost resources are available to seniors who are considering moving to an assisted living facility or are already residing in the Bella Vista area. Nonprofit and local or county government agencies provide services and support to seniors to help with transportation, recreational activities, nutrition and wellness programs.

Resource

Contact

Service

479-855-7663

Open to Bella Vista residents only, this free transportation service is run by volunteers to provide rides to seniors who need to get to medical appointments, hair salons or shopping centers. The van takes seniors to destinations within Bella Vista, Bentonville and Rogers by appointment only.

479-273-7348

This senior center in nearby Bentonville offers Benton County residents a schedule of daily social activities that includes games, trips, music and healthy hot meals for a small suggested donation.

870-741-1144

This private, nonprofit organization serves seniors living in Bella Vista and other areas of Benton County. The agency's care coordinators help seniors navigate Medicare, in-home services and community resources, in addition to helping coordinate finance management and attending medical appointments with a family member. The agency also provides funds in the form of coupons so seniors can purchase fresh foods at local farmers' markets and roadside stands. Advocates for seniors living in long-term care facilities can access the agency's Ombudsman Program to inform them on issues regarding their rights as a resident.

Assisted Living Laws and Regulations in Bella Vista

Bella Vista-area assisted living communities must adhere to the comprehensive set of state laws and regulations that all assisted living communities in Arkansas are required to follow. Visit our Assisted Living in Arkansas page for more information about these laws.

Assisted Living Laws and Regulations in Arkansas