Assisted Living in Mississippi
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Families looking for assisted living in Mississippi (MS) have a wide array of communities to choose from, since estimated that there are more than 30,000 assisted living communities serving seniors across the U.S., and over 84 statewide. The state is also home to a rapidly growing number of senior citizens, with adults over 65 making up an estimated 14 percent of the population. A resident in an assisted living community in Mississippi will pay $3,493 per month on average.
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What You Should Know About Assisted Living in Mississippi
In Mississippi, assisted living facilities are officially known as personal care homes. These facilities provide around-the-clock assistance for seniors who need help with the activities of daily living. To be admitted to an assisted living facility in Mississippi, a senior must be able to walk or move about freely and independently.
Financial Assistance for Assisted Living in Mississippi
While most states pay a supplement to low-income seniors in addition to the federal SSI benefit, Mississippi does not, meaning that seniors receive only what the federal government pays out. Low-income seniors do have the option of receiving a state-sponsored Medicaid Waiver to help cover their assisted living costs.
Mississippi Medicaid Assisted Living Waiver program
Medicaid in Mississippi offers Medicaid Waivers, which help seniors receive services to delay the need for nursing home care. One waiver, the 1915(c) Assisted Living Waiver, provides personal care services to qualified seniors who reside in assisted living facilities. While the waiver does not cover room and board, it does cover homemaker services, medication management, transportation assistance and temporary skilled nursing services.
In Mississippi, the Medicaid waiver programs are not entitlements. This means that only a certain number of slots are available for enrollment. Once all the slots are filled, eligible applicants are put on a waiting list.
Who Is Eligible?
To be eligible for Medicaid in Mississippi, a senior has to meet both income and asset guidelines. Currently, seniors' monthly income must be $2,250 a month or less, and they must have $4,000 or less in liquid countable assets.
How to Apply
Seniors can visit the local Social Security office to apply for Medicaid in person, or they may apply online at Mississippi Medicaid's website.
IMPORTANT NOTE: Not all assisted living residences in Mississippi accept payments from these programs. Always check with the assisted living community about which forms of payment they will accept, as well as any reduced rates offered for lower-income residents.
More Ways to Finance 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. Visit our 9 Ways to Pay for Assisted Living page for more information.
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Mississippi Area Agencies on Aging
Area Agencies on Aging are local programs that provide information and services for older adults and those who oversee their care. Seniors can contact their local agency to get information on available services in their area, mobility assistance programs, food and housing programs, counseling and support groups and respite care.
124 South Broadway, PO Box 1776, Greenville, MS 38702
1170 Lakeland Drive, Post Office Box 4935, Jackson, MS 39296
280 Commercial Drive, P.O.Box 499, Newton, MS 39345
106 Miley Road, PO Box 828, Starkville, MS 39760
711 South Applegate Street, Winona, MS 38967
220 Power Drive, Batesville, MS 38606
619 East Parker Drive, PO Box 600, Booneville, MS 38829
9229 Highway 49, Gulfport, MS 39503
100 South Wall Street, Natchez, MS 39120
75 South Main Street, PO Box 690, Pontotoc, MS 38863
Mississippi Veterans Affairs local benefits offices can provide seniors who served in the military and their families with information about resources and services available to them. Seniors can receive financial counseling and information about programs like disability compensation, life insurance and resources that may help them pay for assisted living.
Seniors can visit their local social security offices to apply for state and federal benefits programs like Medicaid and SSI-G, which may help cover some of their cost of care in an assisted living facility.
1392 Johnny Johnson Dr, Brookhaven, MS 39601
1-877-405-3568 or TTY: 1-601-965-4421
236 Sharkey Ave, Clarksdale, MS 38614
1-866-931-7670 or TTY: 1-662-624-5257
407 Industrial Parkway, Cleveland, MS 38732
1-877-405-4638 or TTY: 1-662-843-6524
3577 Bluecutt Rd, Columbus, MS 39705
1-877-626-9914 or TTY: 1-800-325-0778
1050 S. Harper Rd, Corinth, MS 38834
1-866-366-4921 or TTY: 1-800-325-0778
558 Deer Field Drive, Forest, MS 39074
1-866-829-2497 or TTY: 1-800-325-0778
305 Main Street, Greenville, MS 38701
1-866-602-8776 or TTY: 1-662-334-9100
604 Yalobusha Street, Greenwood, MS 38930
1-866-331-2209 or TTY: 1-662-455-6599
2383 Sunset Drive, Grenada, MS 38901
1-866-593-8523 or TTY: 1-662-227-4429
9394 Three Rivers Road, Gulfport, MS 39503
1-877-897-0609 or TTY: 1-800-325-0778
1911 Broadway Drive, Hattiesburg, MS 39402
1-866-331-2186 or TTY: 1-601-264-9749
100 W Capitol Street, Jackson, MS 39269
1-866-331-8135 or TTY: 1-800-325-0778
80 Veteran Memorial Dr, Kosciusko, MS 39090
1-866-875-5995 or TTY: 1-662-289-3380
3210 Hwy 15 N, Laurel, MS 39440
1-866-964-4927 or TTY: 1-601-649-0905
116 Business Center Dr, McComb, MS 39648
1-866-253-5609 or TTY: 1-601-684-2620
4717 26th Avenue, Meridian, MS 39305
1-866-403-8014 or TTY: 1-601-483-7328
6000 Hwy 63, Moss Point, MS 39563
1-866-253-5675 or TTY: 1-228-474-7023
110 Lower Woodville Rd, Natchez, MS 39120
1-877-405-4565 or TTY: 1-601-442-7546
8760 Mid South Dr, Olive Branch, MS 38654
1-866-739-4771 or TTY: 1-662-890-0435
100 Pilot St, Philadelphia, MS 39350
1-877-531-4681 or TTY: 1-800-325-0778
1089c Stark Rd, Starkville, MS 39759
1-800-305-6919 or TTY: 1-800-325-0778
199 Saddle Creek Drive, Tupelo, MS 38801
1-866-504-4267 or TTY: 1-800-325-0778
4155 Clay Street, Vicksburg, MS 39183
1-866-964-0996 or TTY: 1-601-630-0123
Mississippi’s Long-Term Care Ombudsman Program, which is operated by the Mississippi Department of Human Services, serves as a resident advocate. The program is responsible for investigating concerns and complaints made by residents in assisted living facilities and their family members, answering questions regarding senior’s rights and providing information about long-term care options.
The program's services are provided through the regional Area Agency on Aging offices and more information on the Long-Term Care Ombudsman Program and a list of county contacts can be found on the website.
Assisted Living Laws and Regulations in Mississippi
Assisted living facilities in Mississippi are governed by a set of rules and regulations to ensure that seniors are safe and in good care.
Assisted Living Service Plan Requirements
Within 30 days prior to admission at an assisted living facility in Mississippi, a prospective resident must be given a thorough examination by a licensed physician, a physician assistant or a nurse practitioner. This examination should be repeated on an annual basis by a licensed medical practitioner.
Assisted Living Admission Requirements
Assisted living facilities are only able to admit and retain residents whose needs they can meet. Generally, residents need the ability to move without assistance or prompting. Those who use a wheelchair must be able to transfer to and from the wheelchair without help and propel themselves forward. A resident may need support for the activities of daily living as well as medication assistance and home health care services as prescribed by their physician.
Seniors who require physical restraints, pose a danger to themselves or others or need certain types of treatments that require skilled nursing care generally cannot be admitted.
In some cases, exceptions can be granted for residents who do not meet the retention criteria to allow them to continue living at the assisted living facility. However, a facility is limited to having two residents or 10 percent of all residents, whichever is greater, who need additional assistance.
If a facility admits residents who require mental health services, they must ensure that these residents can access them. This includes arranging transportation to mental health appointments and working with a mental health services provider to ensure coordination of care.
Assisted Living Scope of Care
Assisted living facilities operate 24 hours a day, seven days a week, and accept seniors who need assistance with the activities of daily living. Facilities must provide personal care and supplemental services such as laundry assistance, social activities and emergency response services.
Assisted Living Medicaid Policy
Assisted living facilities in Mississippi accept Medicaid Waiver 1915(c) as a form of payment to help cover personal care services. Currently, Medicaid cannot be used to cover room and board.
Assisted Living Facility Requirements
Assisted living facilities in Mississippi are not required to provide private units, and up to four residents can share a single bedroom. Separate toilets and bathtubs or showers are required on each floor for each gender. There must be at least one toilet for every six residents or fraction thereof; in other words, if a facility has 25 residents, it must have seven toilets for each gender. There should also be a tub or shower stall for every 12 residents or fraction thereof.
Medication Management Regulations
Qualified staff members can provide medication assistance to residents. Help includes handing medication to residents and providing them with a drink to swallow it.
In Mississippi, only a licensed nurse can administer a medication to a resident who does not self-administer.
Assisted living communities in Mississippi must have a full-time operator who oversees the day-to-day operations. When the operator is off duty, there must be another qualified staff member to stand in as acting operator. A licensed nurse must be in the facility eight hours a day to administer medication. Direct care staff are responsible for providing resident care, assistance and supervision.
Between the hours of 7 a.m. and 7 p.m., there must be at least one staff member per 15 or fewer residents. From 7 p.m. to 7 a.m., there must be at least one staff member per 25 or fewer residents.
Staff Training Requirements
Direct care staff must receive appropriate training on senior care topics quarterly. Incoming operators must spend two consecutive days with the licensing agency to receive training.
Background Checks for ALR Staff in Mississippi
Every employee who provides direct resident care or services must undergo a criminal background check with fingerprinting. The operator and all direct care staff must submit a statement indicating they are not listed on the Nurses’ Aide Abuse Registry.
Requirements for Reporting Abuse
Assisted living employees are mandated reporters, meaning that if they see or suspect elder abuse, neglect or exploitation, they are required to report it. Reports can be made to Adult Protective Services, which is operated by the Mississippi Department of Human Services.
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Top-Rated Caring Stars Winners in Mississippi
Caring.com’s Caring Stars award program recognizes the best assisted living facilities across the U.S. based on reviews from family caregivers and older adults. This award is meant to help older adults and their loved ones find the best assisted living or in-home care option in their area. The list below shows up to 10 listings that have won the most Caring Stars annual awards in their state, sorted by their current overall average rating. For a complete list of Caring Stars winners for each year, please visit our Caring Stars info center.