Texarkana is a border city in Arkansas’ Miller County; the state line runs through it and the city of Texarkana, Texas. The Arkansas population stands at 29,657, 17.2% of whom are in the 65+ age group. This is higher than the national average of 16.5%; Texarkana attracts seniors through its easygoing lifestyle, good places to eat, American history museums and a multitude of parks.

As people get older, simple tasks such as housekeeping can become more challenging. Assisted living offers a solution, providing comfortable homes for seniors who need a little extra help. According to the Genworth Cost of Care Survey 2020, the average monthly cost for assisted living in Texarkana is $2,600, which is significantly lower than the state average of $3,500 and the national average of $4,300. 

This guide examines the costs of assisted living and other types of care in the Texarkana area. It also provides some links to free assistive resources for seniors who make their homes there.

Directory of Assisted Living Facilities in Texarkana, AR

The Gardens of Texarkana

1625 E 42nd St, Texarkana, AR, 71854

The Gardens of Texarkana is nestled in Texarkana, Arkansas, close to I-30 and I-49, North Texarkana Park and numerous restaurants. The 32-resident community offers private and semi-private accommodati … (read more)
The Gardens of Texarkana is nestled in Texarkana, Arkansas, close to I-30 and I-49, North Texarkana Park and numerous restaurants. The 32-resident community offers private and semi-private accommodati … (read more)

Windsor Cottage – Texarkana

4110 Jefferson Ave, Texarkana, AR, 71854

Windsor Cottage is a nice place, I visited an uncle who was there. The people are friendly, it’s a nice and clean place, and the food is good there. The staff was very good. They did a good variety of … (read more)
Windsor Cottage is a nice place, I visited an uncle who was there. The people are friendly, it’s a nice and clean place, and the food is good there. The staff was very good. They did a good variety of … (read more)

Brookdale Texarkana

4204 Moores Lane, Texarkana, TX, 75503

Brookdale Texarkana is located in Texarkana, Texas, just a few minutes away from Spring Lake Park, Central Mall Texarkana and Wadley Regional Medical Center. Residents note the wide range of activitie … (read more)
Brookdale Texarkana is located in Texarkana, Texas, just a few minutes away from Spring Lake Park, Central Mall Texarkana and Wadley Regional Medical Center. Residents note the wide range of activitie … (read more)

Cornerstone

4100 Moores Ln, Texarkana, TX, 75503

Cornerstone is located in Texarkana, Texas, near the Regional Arts Center, Museum of Regional History, the Central Mall and numerous cultural attractions. Visitors and loved ones compliment the welcom … (read more)
Cornerstone is located in Texarkana, Texas, near the Regional Arts Center, Museum of Regional History, the Central Mall and numerous cultural attractions. Visitors and loved ones compliment the welcom … (read more)

The Oaks Independent Apartments

4317 McKnight Road, Texarkana, TX, 75503

My friends are at The Oaks Independent Apartments. We went on a surprise visit. They did not know we were coming, and it was very clean and there was no odor. The activities that were on the schedule … (read more)
My friends are at The Oaks Independent Apartments. We went on a surprise visit. They did not know we were coming, and it was very clean and there was no odor. The activities that were on the schedule … (read more)

Mshc Colonial Lodge Of Texarkana LLC

5001 Elizabeth, Texarkana, TX, 75503

I have enjoyed living here. They pay attention to me, they help me with my needs and they have a decent amount of activities. I occasionally need extra extra help due to health reasons, and they have … (read more)
I have enjoyed living here. They pay attention to me, they help me with my needs and they have a decent amount of activities. I occasionally need extra extra help due to health reasons, and they have … (read more)

MSHC Whispering Pines of Texarkana, LLC

5002 Elizabeth St, Texarkana, TX, 75503

MHSC Whispering Pines of Texarkana is located on the Texas side of the state line dividing the twin cities of Texarkana. This facility is just east of Spring Lake Park and close to Holiday Springs Wat … (read more)
MHSC Whispering Pines of Texarkana is located on the Texas side of the state line dividing the twin cities of Texarkana. This facility is just east of Spring Lake Park and close to Holiday Springs Wat … (read more)

What to Consider About Assisted Living in Texarkana

In Texarkana and across the state of Arkansas, the well-being of older citizens is the purview of the Arkansas Department of Human Services. The department can assist directly in some cases, such as providing information about assisted living facilities in different counties; it can also direct seniors to the options provided by the Division of Aging, Adult & Behavioral Health Services.

Benefits and Drawbacks of Assisted Living in Texarkana

  • Sperling’s Best Places records the average cost of living in the United States as 100. In Arkansas, the figure is significantly lower at 79. Texarkana is an even more affordable location, with an average score of 74.4 across multiple categories. In every category, Texarkana scores favorably when compared to the national average. The same is true for the state average in most cases; however, health care costs are slightly higher than the state average, which may be influenced by medical facilities in larger cities being too far away to compete.
  • Most of the biggest medical facilities in Texarkana are on the Texas side of the state line. These include the Wadley Regional Medical Center, which is only a 5-minute journey from Arkansas, and the Christus St. Michael Hospital, which is 5 minutes further on. Genesis PrimeCare is the largest provider on the Arkansas side of the twin cities. It focuses on primary and preventative care for all ages.
  • Although the violent and property crime rates in Texarkana are above national averages, the trend is downward. In the cases of both property and violent crime, the city is slightly above average for Arkansas. However, when compared to similarly sized nearby cities, Texarkana proves itself to be safer. Only 12 minutes away in Nash, Texas, violent crimes per 100k are at 1,083.8 and property crimes at 3,783. In Texarkana, those numbers stand at 610.6 and 3,770.3, respectively.
  • AARP is a nonprofit organization that exists to promote and support healthy aging among those 50 and older. As a member of the AARP Network of Age-Friendly Communities, Texarkana works to create a living environment that always keeps the needs of seniors in mind.  
  • Texarkana can claim its climate is more favorable to older citizens than most. Bestplaces.net gives the city a 7/10 score, making it one of the more comfortable locations in the state. Daily lows rarely drop below freezing in winter; in summer, highs in the low 90s are common. 

Paying for Assisted Living in Texarkana

Assisted living costs vary across regions, influenced by each facility’s services and the local cost of living. The following shows the differences between Texarkana and its nearest neighbors, as recorded in the 2020 Genworth Cost of Care Survey.

The Cost of Living in Nearby Cities

Nationally, the monthly cost of assisted living is $4,300, far above Arkansas’ monthly average cost of $3,500. In Texarkana, the cost is even lower at $2,600, a monthly savings of $1,700 compared to the national average. Texarkana’s closest neighbors also have below-average costs. In Hot Springs, fees average $3,625; in Little Rock, they drop to $3,125. An hour south, in Shreveport, Louisiana, seniors typically pay $3,461. Over in Texas, Longview’s monthly cost of $3,995 is the region’s highest.

$2600

Texarkana

$3500

Arkansas

$4300

The United States

$3625

Hot Springs

$3125

Little Rock

$3461

Shreveport, LA

$3995

Longview, TX

The Cost of Other Types of Senior Care

Families considering assisted living may also want to consider the costs of other forms of care. Seniors still able to live at home can get home care or home health care services for $3,346. Local adult day care costs aren’t recorded in Genworth’s 2020 data, but the state average is $1,820, making it cheaper than assisted living. Nursing home care is the most expensive option; semiprivate rooms average $4,730 and private rooms $5,559.

$3346

Home care

$3346

Home health care

$2600

Assisted living

$4730

Nursing home (semiprivate room)

$5559

Nursing home (private room)

Financial Assistance for Assisted Living in Texarkana

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 Texarkana

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 Texarkana

The following information is a sample of the resources that may be available to seniors and their families in Texarkana considering assisted living.

ResourceContactService
Arkansas Long-Term Care Ombudsman(800) 272-2127The purpose of the Long-Term Care Ombudsman Program is to provide a voice for seniors in assisted living facilities and other licensed communities. Ombudsmen visit the communities to speak to residents, hear their complaints and seek resolutions with owners and managers. They also hold information about communities that can help families researching potential living locations for their loved ones. 
VA Aid and Attendance Benefits(318) 861-3984The VA Aid and Attendance benefit is a monthly payment added to the VA pension that can be used to cover some of the costs of residing in a senior living facility. The payment is only available to eligible U.S. military vets and their spouses. VeteranAid.org includes a free online tool in its website that can help veterans check their eligibility. The maximum monthly payments are $1,881 for a single veteran, $2,230 for a couple and $1,209 for a surviving spouse.
Long-Term Care Services and Supports Medicaid Services(866) 801-3435Low-income seniors in Arkansas may be eligible for Medicaid, which may be used to cover some or all of the costs of assisted living. The Office of Long-Term Care determines if the senior’s situation is suitable for the program; if not, it’s possible the senior may be eligible for assistance with other forms of care, such as a nursing home.
SWADC Miller County Senior Adult Center(870) 216-1136This center is a place for seniors to socialize with others in their age group and participate in community activities. These include traditional games, such as bingo and dominoes, in addition to modern ones, such as virtual reality bowling. The center also operates as a focal point for health programs that include blood pressure and cholesterol checks. Additionally, the center serves lunch on weekdays to those aged 60 and over.
Case Management(870) 272-2127Case Management is a free service provided by the nonprofit Area Agency on Aging of Southwest Arkansas. Trained counselors can help seniors and their families develop plans for long-term care. Their work may include providing information about care costs and facilities in and around Texarkana, in addition to helping seniors apply for free or subsidized programs that may support their needs.

Assisted Living Laws and Regulations in Texarkana

Texarkana-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 Texarkana