2 Memory Care Facilities near Fort Smith, AR
There are 2 Memory Care Facilities in the Fort Smith area, with 1 in Fort Smith and 1 nearby.
The average cost of memory care in Fort Smith is $3,710 per month. This is lower than the national median of $4,860.
To help you with your search, browse the 1 review below for memory care facilities in Fort Smith. Better rated regions include Van Buren with an average rating of 5.0 out of 5 stars.
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1 Memory Care Facility in Fort Smith, AR
What to Consider About Memory Care in Fort Smith
Fort Smith is located in Arkansas, a state where 56,000 people have Alzheimer's disease, and it has a senior community that makes up nearly 14 percent of its 88,000-person population. To support local seniors with Alzheimer's and other forms of dementia, the city has one memory care facility with two more nearby. Memory care facilities are officially called Alzheimer's special care units and are regulated by the Arkansas Department of Human Services.
Fort Smith is home to Mercy Hospital, which specializes in serving seniors with Alzheimer's disease and other forms of dementia. The hospital provides informational resources regarding Alzheimer's disease, as well as medication therapy, regular monitoring and tips on optimizing quality of life.
- Fort Smith is an affordable place to live, with overall living costs coming in at 20 percent below the national median and healthcare expenses costing roughly 14 percent less here than the country as a whole. This may let seniors and families with a restrictive budget put more money toward memory care expenses.
- The crime rates in Fort Smith are relatively high, with property crime and violent crime rates that are higher than regional, state and national averages. On a 100-point scale, with a higher score indicating more crime, the property crime in this city is 66.2 and violent crime is 60.8. This is compared to the respective national medians of 38.1 and 31.1. Memory care facilities keep residents safe by employing the use of surveillance cameras, controlled entrances and other security features.
- Fort Smith has hot summers with highs in the 90s and cold winters with lows in the 20s. Families should ensure that the memory care facility they choose for their loved ones takes strides to keep residents safe indoors during extreme temperatures.
- Fort Smith seniors do not pay state income tax on their Social Security benefits, but other types of retirement income are partially taxed. This may impact how much money can be put toward memory care.
Paying for Memory Care in Fort Smith
Average Monthly Costs
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Memory Care costs in Fort Smith start around $3,495 per month on average, while the nationwide average cost of memory care is $4,974 per month.
It’s important to note that memory care 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 Memory Care in Fort Smith
Learn more about these programs, plus who’s eligible, on our Memory Care in Arkansas page.
More Ways to Pay for Memory Care
While many families use their own funds or personal assets to pay for memory care, there are plenty of additional options to cover these costs. Some additional ways to finance memory care costs include:
- Veterans Benefits
- Life Insurance Policy
- Long-Term Care Insurance
- Reverse Mortgage
For more information about different ways to finance memory care, visit our Memory Care in Arkansas page.
Free Memory Care 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 a memory care 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 memory care resources in Fort Smith, please visit our Memory Care in Arkansas page.
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Memory Care Laws and Regulations in Fort Smith
Fort Smith-area memory care communities must adhere to the comprehensive set of state laws and regulations that all memory care communities in Arkansas are required to follow. Visit our Memory Care in Arkansas page for more information about these laws.