6 Assisted Living Facilities near Fort Smith, AR

Top 5 Assisted Living Facilities in Fort Smith, AR

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Brookdale Fort Smith

Provides: Assisted Living
5501 Duncan Road, Fort Smith, AR 72903
"I toured Brookdale Fort Smith and it was very clean. All the people who work there are very friendly, and it seems well organized. They were very friendly, very nice, and very professional. The..." More

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The Brookfield At Fianna Oaks

Provides: Assisted Living
2300 Fianna Oaks Dr, Fort Smith, AR 72908
"We’re very happy with where my mom is and she’s at Brookfield. Just almost any time she needs something, they hop right on it. Or if I need something or have a question about something, they just..." More

Peachtree Village of Fort Smith

Provides: Assisted Living
1500 Fresno Street, Fort Smith, AR 72901
"The Peachtree Village assisted living facility was very helpful in granting my father a place to live while he needed assistance that wasn't available elsewhere. The staff were very helpful and..." More

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Gorman Towers

Provides: Assisted Living
5800 Grand Avenue, Fort Smith, AR 72904
"The staff was hit or miss as far as being pleasant. The rooms were very nice for an older building and their activities kept the residents busy with plenty of things for everyone to do. Overall..." More

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MERCY CREST ASSISTED LIVING

Provides: Assisted Living
1300 Strozier Lane, Barling, AR 72923
"Mercy Crest was wonderful, and they took us on a tour. They answered all our questions. They even showed us what a 2-bedroom would look like. They showed us where the room would be and spent a..." More

Hope's Creek Retirement Living

Provides: Assisted Living
2502 Fayetteville Rd, Van Buren, AR 72956
"A few months ago my aunt was taken to Hope's Creek because her three children discovered it was necessary for her to be in an assisted living facility. Of course my aunt didn't want to go at..." More

    What to Consider About Assisted Living in Fort Smith

    Fort Smith's slogan is "Where the New South meets the Old West." This 200 year old town embraces its rich history, earning a spot as a “Top Ten True Western Town.” Fort Smith is also home to four ALFs, and one in the surrounding area to accommodate seniors in need of help with activities of daily living. 

    Arkansas defines assisted living facilities (ALFs) by those communities which provide activities of daily living services to residents on a 24-hour basis. ALFs can be classified in Arkansas as either level I or level II and are governed by The Arkansas Department of Human Services, Division of Medical Services, Office of Long Term Care

    Benefits and Drawbacks of Assisted Living in Fort Smith

    • In addition to the low cost of assisted living facilities, the overall cost of living in is 17.90 percent lower than the national average, making Fort Smith a potentially wise choice for seniors on a tight budget.

    • Public transit in Fort Smith is limited to the inner-city limits. Charter services are available on request, and buses are outfitted with lifts making them accessible to seniors with disabilities.

    • Violent and property crime score at 60.8 and 66.2 respectively, making them almost double the national averages. This could be a concern for seniors and their families.

    • Fort Smith climate lies fairly close to average conditions in the U. S. with less rain, snow and more sunny days. The average low temperature is 28 degrees which could be difficult for some seniors to handle.

    • The Fort Smith area is home to world-class medical facilities, including Mercy Hospital Fort Smith in the event of medical emergencies or illness.

    • There are many enjoyable things for seniors and their loved ones to do together in Fort Smith. Seniors might enjoy a low key stroll around Riverfront park or a trip to the Trolly Museum to see historic streetcars.


    Paying for Assisted Living in Fort Smith

    Average Monthly Costs

    Cities in Arkansas

    $4,000.00 US
    $3,923.00 Rogers
    $3,690.00 Bentonville
    $3,295.00 Fayetteville
    $3,070.00 Fort Smith
    $2,900.00 Muskogee
    $2,400.00 Springdale

    Assisted Living costs in Fort Smith start around $3,070 per month on average, while the nationwide average cost of assisted living is $4,000 per month, according to the latest figures from Genworth’s Cost of Care Survey.

    It’s important to note that assisted living rates in Fort Smith and the surrounding suburbs can vary widely based on factors such as location, the level of care needed, apartment size and the types of amenities offered at each community.

    Financial Assistance for Assisted Living in Fort Smith

    Eligible seniors who need financial aid for assisted living costs are covered by Arkansas’s Medicaid programs. Seniors who need help with Activities of Daily Living (ADLs) can apply through the  Personal Care Program in addition to two waiver programs;  the DAAS ElderChoices Waiver, and the Living Choices Assisted Living Waiver.

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

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    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 Fort Smith

    Fort Smith and the surrounding area are home to numerous government agencies and non-profit organizations offering help for seniors searching for or currently residing in an assisted living community. These organizations can also provide assistance in a number of other eldercare services such as geriatric care management, elder law advice, estate planning, finding home care and health and wellness programs.

    To see a list of free assisted living resources in Fort Smith, please visit our Assisted Living in Arkansas page.


    Assisted Living Laws and Regulations in Fort Smith

    Fort Smith-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.

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    Assisted Living near Fort Smith, AR

    Recent Reviews of Assisted Living in Fort Smith

    • Review of Brookdale Fort Smith

      I toured Brookdale Fort Smith and it was very clean. All the people who work there are very friendly, and it seems well organized. They were very friendly, very nice, and very professional. The roo... Read more

      Jason
    • Review of Brookdale Fort Smith

      Nice, well kept facility, excellent staff providing care and attention to the residents. Do a great job and have patience under sometimes difficult circumstances. Read more

      Mike
    • Review of Brookdale Fort Smith

      Facility layout is very good. When we dined with them pre COVID, the food was very good. Because we were not allowed to visit during COVID restrictions, I was not able to see what was going on fo... Read more

      Tigger
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