The Little Rock suburb of Jacksonville is home to nearly 30,000 residents and attracts thousands of visitors annually with its holiday events and festivals, scenic parks and delicious cuisine. It features the Jacksonville Museum of Military History, which offers interactive displays, World War II memorabilia and a research room, all at discounted admission for seniors. The city also has a public library and a senior center, providing social and recreational opportunities for its senior community, which makes up nearly 14% of the population. 

For seniors seeking help with daily living activities, assisted living may be a suitable option. This care type features a residential setting with recreational activities, daily meals and personalized care. The Genworth 2020 Cost of Care Survey shows that seniors in Bluefield pay approximately $3,125 per month for care, making it among the more affordable cities in the state and nation as a whole.

This guide outlines the benefits and drawbacks of retiring to Jacksonville. It also goes into greater detail on the cost of local assisted living services and how they compare to rates charged in other cities, as well as other senior care options, and gives an overview of the agencies and programs for seniors.   

Directory of Assisted Living Facilities in Jacksonville, AR

Michael T. O’Brien Apartment Complex

1501 J. P. Wright Loop, Jacksonville, AR, 72076


425 E Trickey Ln, Jacksonville, AR, 72076


415 S Hospital Dr, Jacksonville, AR, 72076

Pathfinder, Inc. Howell Complex

415 Mulberry St, Jacksonville, AR, 72076

Pathfinder, Inc. Plaza Group Home

713 Poplar St, Jacksonville, AR, 72076

Elmcroft of Sherwood

9880 Brockington Road, Sherwood, AR, 72120

Elmcroft of Sherwood in Conway, Arkansas is located conveniently near Highway 40 just outside of Little Rock in an area named by The Wall Street Journal as one of the 10 best cities in America. Reside … (read more)
Elmcroft of Sherwood in Conway, Arkansas is located conveniently near Highway 40 just outside of Little Rock in an area named by The Wall Street Journal as one of the 10 best cities in America. Reside … (read more)

Fox Ridge North Little Rock

17 Parkstone Circle, North Little Rock, AR, 72116

Big Screen TV w/free cable, large roll in shower. Staff are very personable/friendly with the residents and their family. They love Bingo and don’t want to miss it. They love old movies on the big … (read more)
Big Screen TV w/free cable, large roll in shower. Staff are very personable/friendly with the residents and their family. They love Bingo and don’t want to miss it. They love old movies on the big … (read more)

StoneBridge of Cabot

601 E Mountain Springs Road, Cabot, AR, 72023

Beautiful and clean place with wonderful people.
Beautiful and clean place with wonderful people.

Crestview Senior Living

3310 W Main St, Cabot, AR, 72023

What to Consider About Assisted Living in Jacksonville

In Jacksonville, as in the rest of the state, assisted living facilities are regulated and licensed by the Arkansas Department of Human Services, Office of Long Term Care. This agency fields and investigates complaints regarding the quality of care and conducts criminal background checks on prospective assisted living facility employees.  

Benefits and Drawbacks of Assisted Living in Jacksonville

  • Jacksonville is among the most affordable suburbs of Little Rock, which may appeal to those seeking budget-friendly assisted living services. On a 100-point index, the city’s overall cost of living is about 23 points lower than the national average and six points lower than the metro’s median. Housing and health care services are especially affordable, which may drive down assisted living fees.  
  • While sales taxes are relatively high in Jacksonville, the low property taxes may benefit those who intend to retain ownership of their home while living in an assisted living community. The state doesn’t tax Social Security benefits and there’s a small deduction for other types of retirement income, leaving more money in the bank for seniors.  
  • Transportation services for older adults are available through the Community Development Elderly Transportation Program, a city initiative that provides affordable transportation for medical appointments, shopping and personal use. This program is open to those aged 62 and over who meet income guidelines and live within Jacksonville proper.  
  • Compared to the nation as a whole, including nearby cities and cities with similar population sizes, Jacksonville’s crime rate is high. On a 100-point crime index, the city’s violent crime rate is 41.1 and property crime is rated 65, versus 22.7 and 35.4 nationally. Local assisted living facilities often use state-of-the-art security technology to keep residents safe.  
  • With summer highs reaching into the low-90s, Jacksonville is one of the warmest cities in Arkansas. On a comfort index that bases a region’s score on the number of days it has temperatures between 70-80 degrees each year, Jacksonville rates 7/10. The city gets about 50 inches of annual rainfall and very little snow.  
  • While Jacksonville’s air quality is subpar compared to the nation as a whole, its water quality is very good, promoting overall health. To minimize the negative effects of poor air quality, seniors with allergies or respiratory conditions may want to stay indoors on high-pollution days.  

Paying for Assisted Living in Jacksonville

Seniors in the Jacksonville region pay approximately $3,125 per month for assisted living, making it among the cheaper cities in the nation for this level of care.  

The Cost of Assisted Living in Nearby Cities 

Monthly assisted living fees in Jacksonville come in about 10% lower than the state median of $3,500, making it among the cheapest cities in Arkansas for this level of care at $3,125. Only Pine Bluff is more affordable at $2,350. In Jonesboro and Hot Springs, monthly rates average $3,513 and $3,625, respectively, which are higher than the state median but affordable compared to the rest of the nation. The most expensive city in the state for assisted living is Fayetteville at $3,900.  






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Hot Springs


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The Cost of Other Types of Senior Care 

At $3,125 per month, assisted living is the second cheapest senior care option in Jacksonville. Only adult day health care is cheaper at $2,167. Seniors who want to live at home pay $4,157 per month for 44 hours of weekly home care, which includes personal care services, or home health care, which also includes skilled nursing. Nursing home care is the priciest option at $6,083 per month. 


Home Care


Home Health Care


Adult Day Health Care


Assisted Living


Nursing Home

Note: Data for Jacksonville was unavailable, so data for the nearest city, Little Rock, was used instead. 

Financial Assistance for Assisted Living in Jacksonville

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 Jacksonville

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 Jacksonville

Jacksonville seniors have access to several agencies and programs that help them obtain community-based services, research financial assistance and payment options and ensure they receive the care they need in a community setting. The following resources provide free information and services for older adults to help them make informed decisions regarding their care, as well as recreational and social programming.   

Resource Contact Service 
CareLink (501) 372-5300 CareLink is the designated Area Agency on Aging for the Jacksonville region. This nonprofit agency offers a full array of free and low-cost services to seniors, including information and assistance with locating and applying for local programs and support, transportation, congregate meals and care coordination. It has a long-term care ombudsman who ensures a high standard of care for assisted living residents by educating them of their rights, helping them obtain all the services in their care plans and investigating reports of abuse or neglect.  
Little Rock Regional Office (501) 370-3829 The Little Rock Regional Office is located about 15 miles from Jacksonville. It administers a variety of services to veterans and their families, including pension programs, disability compensation and health and life insurance. The office can also provide veterans with information on VA health care and memorial benefits.  
Legal Aid of Arkansas (800) 952-9243 Seniors can obtain free civil legal assistance through Legal Aid of Arkansas, a nonprofit organization staffed by volunteer lawyers and legal professionals. Issues that the office can help address include understanding assisted living facility contracts and monthly payment obligations, resolving problems related to quality of care and obtaining public benefits such as Medicaid and Supplemental Security Income, which can help cover assisted living fees.  
Arkansas Senior Health Insurance Information Program (800) 224-6330 AR SHIIP is a statewide program that provides free, unbiased health insurance options counseling for seniors. It has trained volunteer advisors who answer seniors’ questions regarding Medicare benefits, available Medicare Advantage Plans that cover assisted living services and long-term care insurance.  
Jacksonville Senior Wellness & Activity Center, Inc. (501) 982-7531 The local senior center is home to those aged 60 and over. It hosts nutrition, health and wellness, educational and recreational programs to help older adults stay active and healthy. The center is open on weekdays from 8 a.m. until 2 p.m. on Wednesday and Friday and 4 p.m. on Monday, Tuesday and Thursday. 

Assisted Living Laws and Regulations in Jacksonville

Jacksonville-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 Jacksonville