Benton is a small city in Saline County. It’s a good home for seniors who like sparsely populated suburban areas within easy reach of bigger cities. Little Rock and Hot Springs are both approximately 30 minutes away in opposite directions. An estimated 15% of its 36,820 population are aged 65+. They enjoy the scenic town square,  performance arts at The Royal Theatre and malls specializing in antiques.

For some, getting older makes everyday tasks, such as preparing meals, difficult. Assisted living communities provide solutions for seniors who need help with some daily chores but don’t need to relinquish all of their independence. The 2020 Genworth Cost of Care Survey reveals Benton’s average assisted living costs are $3,125. That’s a significant $375 per month saving compared to the Arkansas average of $3,500 and $1,175 when compared to the $4,300 national average.

This guide gives examples of the pros and cons of living in Benton, in addition to costs for senior care and some examples of free resources for families looking for the ideal communities for loved ones.

Directory of Assisted Living Facilities in Benton, AR

Mt. Carmel Community

3505 Boone Road, Benton, AR, 72015


Four Seasons Assisted Living

2408 Military Road, Benton, AR, 72015

We are so thankful to the kindness that is shown to our mom at a time when we can’t be there with her. You are so appreciated!
We are so thankful to the kindness that is shown to our mom at a time when we can’t be there with her. You are so appreciated!

Fox Ridge Estates – Bryant

4216 Foxridge Drive, Bryant, AR, 72022

My husband doesn’t really have enough care at Fox Ridge Estates – Bryant because they have aides that stop in once in a while and check on him. There’s one who he really liked and got him what he wan … (read more)
My husband doesn’t really have enough care at Fox Ridge Estates – Bryant because they have aides that stop in once in a while and check on him. There’s one who he really liked and got him what he wan … (read more)

Manor Senior Living Community

4727 Boone Road, Bryant, AR, 72022

We have selected the Manor Benton. They had an opening and no wait list. The room has a big walk-in closet, the bathroom is near the bedroom, and the living room and the kitchen are separate from the … (read more)
We have selected the Manor Benton. They had an opening and no wait list. The room has a big walk-in closet, the bathroom is near the bedroom, and the living room and the kitchen are separate from the … (read more)

What to Consider About Assisted Living in Benton

The Arkansas Department of Human Services is ultimately responsible for ensuring quality and safety standards are met within the state’s assisted living facilities. Families comparing assisted living options in the community can contact the department for information about local providers. 

Benefits and Drawbacks of Assisted Living in Benton

  • Although Benton is above average for property and violent crime when compared to national averages, it’s often more beneficial to focus on state and local figures. For violent crimes, Benton is above average but below the average for the Little Rock metro area of which it’s a part. Additionally, property crime happens less frequently in Benton than in the rest of Arkansas and the Little Rock metro area.
  • The minimum combined sales tax rate for Benton as of 2021 is 9.38%. This is broken down to 6.5% Arkansas, 0.38% Saline County and 2.5% Benton. However, seniors purchasing groceries should see less of an impact on their wallets as the State of Arkansas taxes groceries at the lower rate of 0.125%
  • Seniors in Benton get more sunny days than most of their peers around the country. The city averages 216 days per year, 11 days more than average. In winter, lows of 30 degrees are typical, while in summer it’s not unusual to see highs of 92 degrees. Benton also has above-average rainfall, typically 54 inches per year. The national average is 38.
  • AirNow.gov records a good average air quality for Benton and the surrounding area. This means that the air quality is considered to pose little or no risk to high-risk groups, such as seniors and people with asthma. Occasionally, during some days in summer, air quality may temporarily drop to the amber zone, but not enough to change the average green zone statistics.
  • Sperling’s Best Places gives Benton a cost of living index of 82.7, significantly below the national average of 100. This means that the city is more affordable than the typical American city. In every category, Benton came out less costly than most, particularly in housing and health care costs.
  • Saline Memorial Hospital is the only major medical facility in Benton. Its services include orthopedic and health care. Due to its location, seniors in Benton also have quick and easy access to the numerous hospitals in Hot Springs and Little Rock, including the UAMS Medical Center, which is nationally ranked in Ear, Nose & Throat procedures. 

Paying for Assisted Living in Benton

Assisted living costs can vary, and some states are more affordable than others. Arkansas is one, with the typical assisted living facility costing $3,500; that is $800 per month below the national average of $4,300 per month.

The Cost of Assisted Living in Nearby Cities

As the second-most affordable city for assisted living in Arkansas, the average senior in Benton can expect to pay $375 less per month for their assisted living community when compared to peers across the state. Pine Bluff is the most affordable with fees of $2,350. In Hot Springs, which is only 30 minutes from Benton, costs of $3,625 are normal, while up in Jonesboro, they’re $3,513. At $3,900, Fayetteville’s costs are the most expensive in the state.

$3125

Benton

$3500

Arkansas

$4300

The United States

$3625

Hot Springs

$2350

Pine Bluff

$3513

Jonesboro

$3900

Fayetteville

The Cost of Other Types of Senior Care

Assisted living may not be the only option for some families. Homebound seniors who want to remain independent can get home and health care services for approximately $4,157, while those who can attend adult day care centers typically pay $2,167. Assisted living costs of $3,125 are the most affordable for care that includes accommodation. In nursing homes, the average cost of a semiprivate room is $6,083, while a private room costs $6,692.

$4157

Home care

$4157

Home health care

$2167

Adult day health care

$3125

Assisted living

$6083

Nursing home (semiprivate room)

$6692

Nursing home (private room)

Financial Assistance for Assisted Living in Benton

The Arkansas Division of Aging and Adult Services administers the Living Choices Assisted Living Waiver program, which may provide financial help to eligible seniors entering Level II assisted living facilities that are enrolled with the program.

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

Financial Assistance for Assisted Living in Benton

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 Benton

Saline County and the State of Arkansas offer many resources to families considering assisted living. The following five resources demonstrate the kind of help that is available to seniors in assisted living.

ResourceContactService
Long-Term Care Ombudsman(888) 286-3610The ombudsman is an advocate for the rights of people residing in senior living facilities. Their role includes educating seniors about their rights and investigating their complaints. These can range from menus that don’t cater to specific diets to more serious cases, such as seniors being transferred against their will. If complaints include accusations involving criminality, such as neglect, the ombudsman will refer them to relevant authorities. Families of seniors and third parties can also register complaints.
AR SHIIP (Seniors Health Insurance Information Program) (800) 371-9026AR SHIIP is a federally funded program with counselors who provide free and unbiased advice to seniors who want to know more about Medicare and how it can help them. The counselors can provide plain English explanations of Medicare to those who already benefit and to those who need help with enrollment. Additionally, they can discuss private health care insurance options. However, they don’t work on commission, so won’t push seniors towards specific insurance companies.
VA Aid and Attendance Benefits(800) 827-1000The VA Aid and Attendance benefit is a monthly payment that can be used to cover some of the costs of residing in an assisted living community. Eligibility is determined by multiple factors, which include that the veteran and their spouse must already be in the community. To check if they are eligible, vets can use the free online tool provided by VeteranAid.org. Maximum monthly payments are $1,881 for a single vet, $1,209 for a surviving spouse and $2,230 for a couple.
Long-Term Services and Supports (LTSS) Medicaid Assistance(866) 801-3435Arkansas seniors who may need nursing home care but are able to live in assisted living facilities can apply for Medicaid, which will meet some or all of their costs. The Choices in Living Resource Center is staffed by trained specialists who can help seniors and their families find the best free or subsidized solutions for their long-term care needs, which may include helping with assisted living facility placements.
CareLink(800) 482-6359CareLink is a nonprofit that manages a program called Active Older People. Its purpose is to help seniors remain fit and healthy, in addition to satisfying social needs through membership in Saline County’s senior centers.

Assisted Living Laws and Regulations in Benton

Benton-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 Benton