6 Assisted Living Facilities near Fort Smith, AR
Also serving communities of Van Buren, Barling, Greenwood.
There are 6 Assisted Living Facilities in the Fort Smith area, with 4 in Fort Smith and 2 nearby.
The average cost of assisted living in Fort Smith is $3,190 per month. This is lower than the national median of $3,630.
To help you with your search, browse the 33 reviews below for assisted living facilities in Fort Smith. On average, consumers rate assisted living in Fort Smith 4.5 out of 5 stars.
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Top 5 Assisted Living Facilities in Fort Smith, AR
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
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Assisted Living costs in Fort Smith start around $3,190 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.
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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Recent Reviews of Assisted Living in Fort Smith
Review of Brookdale Fort Smith
Brookdale Fort Smith is a small community, which is what we're looking for, and the people are really nice. I think that my friend will thrive there. We chose it because it's closer to where I work... Read more
Review of The Brookfield At Fianna Oaks
We toured the assisted living at The Brookfield at Fianna Oaks. It was a good tour. The staff was really nice, and had a lot of knowledge, and was very helpful. She showed me a little studio apartm... Read more
Review of Brookdale Fort Smith
My father moved into Brookdale Fort Smith. They were just really helpful, informative and we liked the location. The staff members were awesome. It's in the middle of downtown Fort Smith with lots ... Read more