Searcy is located near the scenic Little Red River, about 50 miles northeast of the state capital, Little Rock. The small city is home to an estimated 23,660 people, including about 3,500 senior citizens. With its low cost of living and retiree-friendly tax policies, Searcy is an ideal destination for cost-conscious seniors, and active seniors will appreciate its mild winters and many entertainment options.

Assisted living facilities support active seniors who need some help with day-to-day tasks, such as personal care, housekeeping and transportation. Assisted living may be a good option for seniors who can no longer live independently but don’t need the 24-hour medical care provided by nursing homes. Seniors in the Searcy area pay an average of $3,125 per month for assisted living care, which is about 10% lower than the Arkansas norm of $3,500.

This guide offers an introduction to assisted living in Searcy. Read on to learn more about average monthly care costs, the benefits and drawbacks of retiring in the city and free local resources available to support seniors.

Directory of Assisted Living Facilities in Searcy, AR

Providence Assisted Living of Searcy

3012 E Moore Ave # 35, Searcy, AR, 72143

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REDWOOD COMPLEX

98 N Sawmill Rd, Searcy, AR, 72143


Integrity Resident Care

105 S College St, Searcy, AR, 72143


Pathfinder, Inc. Longwood

96 N Sawmill Rd, Searcy, AR, 72143


What to Consider About Assisted Living in Searcy

Searcy-area assisted living facilities are overseen by the Office of Community Services, a division of the Arkansas Department of Human Services. The office is responsible for licensing assisted living facilities throughout the state. It conducts regular and unannounced inspections to ensure facilities comply with state rules and regulations.

Benefits and Drawbacks of Assisted Living in Searcy

  • Searcy’s mild winters are ideal for active seniors. The city gets an average of two inches of snow per year, but with average winter high temperatures in the 50s, it’s rare for snow to remain on the ground. Seniors may prefer indoor activities during the summer, when temperatures frequently top 90 degrees.
  • Arkansas is one of the 10 most affordable states in the nation, and Searcy’s cost of living is even lower than the state norm. Compared to the state as a whole, Searcy offers 2.5% lower healthcare costs and 18.5% lower transportation costs. These savings can help seniors afford a more comfortable retirement. 
  • In Searcy, both property and violent crimes occur at rates far higher than the state average. However, that doesn’t mean seniors have to feel unsafe during retirement. For seniors’ peace of mind, local assisted living facilities may offer 24-hour video surveillance and other security features.
  • Arkansas doesn’t tax seniors’ Social Security benefits or military pensions, and partial exemptions are available for other types of retirement income, including distributions from IRAs. These retiree-friendly tax policies help seniors keep more of their hard-earned money. However, the combined state and local sales tax is 8%, which may strain the finances of low-income seniors.
  • Like many small cities, Searcy has limited public transportation options. However, the White County Aging Program provides rides to doctors’ appointments and other essential destinations, such as pharmacies and grocery stores. Assisted living facilities may also offer transportation for their residents.
  • Searcy seniors will have no trouble staying busy during retirement. The city offers a thriving arts and culture scene, with music festivals, art galleries and dinner theaters. Seniors who want to enjoy the great outdoors can visit one of the city’s four beautiful parks or take a trout fishing tour on the Little Red River.

Paying for Assisted Living in Searcy

Assisted living care in Searcy costs an average of $3,125 per month, according to Genworth’s Cost of Care Survey. The average cost in Arkansas as a whole is $3,500 per month, and across the country, the median is $4,300 per month. 

The Cost of Assisted Living in Nearby Cities

At $3,125 per month, Searcy is among Arkansas’ most budget-friendly cities for assisted living. Only Pine Bluff, with an average cost of $2,350 per month, offers more affordable assisted living care. In nearby Hot Springs, the average cost is much higher at $3,625. The state’s most expensive city is Fayetteville, where seniors pay $3,900 per month.

$3125

Searcy

$3500

Arkansas

$4300

The United States

$3625

Hot Springs

$2350

Pine Bluff

$3900

Fayetteville

The Cost of Other Types of Senior Care

In addition to assisted living, seniors in Searcy have access to several long-term care options. At $2,167 per month, adult day health care is an affordable choice for seniors who need weekday-only supervision. For those who prefer to receive care in their homes, both homemaker and home health aide services cost an average of $4,157 per month. Seniors who require the higher level of care provided by nursing homes pay $6,083 for semiprivate and $6,920 for private rooms.

$4157

Homemaker Services

$4157

Home Health Aide

$3125

Adult Day Health Care

$2167

Assisted Living Facility

$6083

Nursing Home Facility (semiprivate room)

$6920

Nursing Home Facility (private room)

Note: Care cost data for Searcy was not available, so data for the closest city, Little Rock, was used instead.

Financial Assistance for Assisted Living in Searcy

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 Searcy

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 Searcy

In the Searcy area, there are many resources available for seniors who live in or are considering moving to assisted living communities. Local government agencies and nonprofit organizations provide a variety of free services and supports, including recreational activities, wellness programs and benefits counseling.

ResourceContact Service
White River Area Agency on Aging(800) 382-3205The White River Area Agency on Aging serves a 10-county region in North Central Arkansas. Its White County office is located in Searcy. Seniors can contact the office to take advantage of free information and assistance services. The agency’s care managers help seniors identify appropriate aging resources, such as medication assistance or legal services, and provide any necessary referrals. As the Long-Term Care Ombudsman for Searcy, the AAA also investigates and resolves complaints made by assisted living residents.
White County Aging Program(501) 268-2587The White County Aging Program is a nonprofit organization that operates six senior centers throughout the county, including one in Searcy. It offers a variety of engaging activities for seniors, including arts and crafts, exercise classes and themed dances. The organization also provides services that support healthy aging, such as blood pressure clinics and transportation to medical appointments.
White County Veterans Service Office(501) 279-6210The White County Veterans Service Office helps eligible seniors navigate the complex VA benefits system. The County Veterans Service Officer (CVSO) is specially trained and certified to support veterans. The CVSO can help veterans or their surviving spouses understand the benefits available to them. These may include disability compensation, VA medical care, pensions and supplements such as the Aid and Attendance benefit. The CVSO can also provide assistance with claims, such as completing forms and gathering supporting documents. 

Assisted Living Laws and Regulations in Searcy

Searcy-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 Searcy