The Census estimates that around 28,565 of Little Rock’s nearly 202,600 residents are seniors over the age of 65, and they are among the most likely at risk of developing memory-related illnesses. In 2014 the city had 175 deaths related to Alzheimer’s, representing 7.49% of the total deaths for that year. In 2018, Alzheimer’s-related deaths accounted for 229 of the city’s 2,660 total deaths — a jump of more than 30% compared to 2014.

Fortunately, dedicated medical professionals in the city’s memory care facilities have the training to apply the latest dementia care techniques and help seniors with Alzheimer’s and slow down their mental decline. The communities typically offer 24-hour supervision in addition to assistance with tasks of daily living and encouragement socializing and participating in activities. In this guide, we’ll cover what families can expect to pay for care at these facilities and compare it to other types of senior care. We’ll also go over a few free resources that can help answer additional questions about memory care in Little Rock.

Memory Care Facilities in Little Rock, AR

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Brookdale Chenal Heights

1 Chenal Heights Drive, Little Rock, AR, 72223

With shopping malls, restaurants and major thoroughfares nearby, Brookdale Chenal Heights assisted living facility in Little Rock, Arkansas, is set in a very convenient location. Visitors note the hel … (read more)
With shopping malls, restaurants and major thoroughfares nearby, Brookdale Chenal Heights assisted living facility in Little Rock, Arkansas, is set in a very convenient location. Visitors note the hel … (read more)

Woodland Heights

8700 Riley Drive, Little Rock, AR, 72205

<p>Woodland Heights is situated in a wooded setting with beautiful views that overlook Little Rock. Woodland Heights is a cozy senior living community located near UAMS, Baptist Health, CHI St Vincent … (read more)
<p>Woodland Heights is situated in a wooded setting with beautiful views that overlook Little Rock. Woodland Heights is a cozy senior living community located near UAMS, Baptist Health, CHI St Vincent … (read more)

Parkway Village

14300 Chenal Parkway, Little Rock, AR, 72211

Parkway Village in Conway, Arkansas is conveniently located near Highway 430 on 87 acres of park-like grounds outside of Little Rock. The facility offers three types of independent living: apartments, … (read more)
Parkway Village in Conway, Arkansas is conveniently located near Highway 430 on 87 acres of park-like grounds outside of Little Rock. The facility offers three types of independent living: apartments, … (read more)

Memory Care of Little Rock at Good Shepherd

2501 Aldersgate Road, Little Rock, AR, 72205

I was very impressed with Memory Care of Little Rock at Good Shepherd. It was a very homey setting. It did not look institutional. It was very open and roomy. The furnishings were very nice. They had … (read more)
I was very impressed with Memory Care of Little Rock at Good Shepherd. It was a very homey setting. It did not look institutional. It was very open and roomy. The furnishings were very nice. They had … (read more)

Avenir Memory Care at Little Rock

8401 Ranch Boulevard, Little Rock, AR, 72223

Avenir Memory Care at Little Rock was real nice. I saw everything. I liked the apartments. I saw a one-bedroom, and it was very clean. The staff was real nice, answered all my questions, and were real … (read more)
Avenir Memory Care at Little Rock was real nice. I saw everything. I liked the apartments. I saw a one-bedroom, and it was very clean. The staff was real nice, answered all my questions, and were real … (read more)

Fox Ridge North Little Rock

17 Parkstone Circle, North Little Rock, AR, 72116

Fox Ridge is clean. The people are knowledgeable and keep me updated on what’s going on. I am very happy with them. My wife has been in their memory care for about a month already. Her room has all th … (read more)
Fox Ridge is clean. The people are knowledgeable and keep me updated on what’s going on. I am very happy with them. My wife has been in their memory care for about a month already. Her room has all th … (read more)

COVID-19 Rules for Memory Care in Little Rock

Since most COVID-19 rules for Memory Care Communities and other Senior Living Facilities are set at the state level, you can view the specific rules for your state on our Guide to Memory Care in Arkansas. Keep in mind that every community has specific policies that they put in place to protect their residents, so you should contact your local community for more information. Additionally, you can contact your local Area Agency on Aging to learn more – find contact information here.

What to Consider About Memory Care in Little Rock

Memory care facilities in Little Rock and throughout the state are licensed by the Division of Medical Services’ Office of Long Term Care within the state’s Department of Human Services. Areas of assisted living facilities reserved for seniors with dementia and other forms of memory loss are referred to as Alzheimer’s Special Care Units.

Benefits and Drawbacks of Memory Care in Little Rock

  • The Walker Memory Center inside the University of Arkansas’ medical school administers memory evaluations and provides treatments designed to maintain brain function and delay cognitive decline.
  • Unfortunately, Little Rock isn’t known for its safety. The city’s violent crime rate is more than triple the national average, and its property crime rate is over double the countrywide figure. Some types of violent crimes have declined over the past couple decades, and property crimes as a whole have steadily decreased over the past 20 years.
  • Little Rock’s air quality is 31% worse than most parts of the country, but its water quality is over 60% better than the national average. Additionally, the city has more than twice as many physicians per capita than the majority of the nation.
  • Many of Little Rock’s seniors see significant financial savings compared to most older adults around the country. The city’s cost of living is 17.5% lower than the national average, and the local government offers tax breaks for its older homeowners.
  • Little Rock has been part of AARP’s Age-Friendly Network since 2019. To earn its designation as an Age-Friendly Community, the city had to demonstrate its efforts to become more liveable for seniors, making changes such as improved transportation and housing options for older residents.

Paying for Memory Care in Little Rock

Most assisted living facilities that offer memory care provide it as an extra care level, typically costing 20%-30% of the cost of assisted living. When making the following comparisons, we calculated each city’s average cost of memory care by adding 25% to its average cost of assisted living, as reported in the Genworth 2021 Cost of Care Survey.

The Cost of Memory Care in Nearby Cities  

Memory care in Little Rock costs slightly less than the national average and $910 more than the statewide median. Out of the closest cities surveyed by Genworth, Pine Bluff is the most affordable, with its $4,161 median cost of memory care, followed by Fort Smith, where memory care averages $797 less a month than in Little Rock. Hot Springs’ average cost of care is the same as the statewide average: $5,625 a month.

$5610

Little Rock

$4700

Arkansas

$5625

The United States

$4813

Fort Smith

$5625

Hot Springs

$4161

Pine Bluff

The Cost of Other Types of Senior Care  

After nursing home care, memory care is the most costly type of senior care in Little Rock. Assisted living costs an average of $1,122 less per month than memory care, and for either home care or home health care, seniors usually pay the same amount: $4,290 a month. At $1,907 a month, adult day health care is the least expensive type of senior care in the city.

$5610

Memory Care

$4290

Home Care

$4290

Home Health Care

$1907

Adult Day Health Care

$4488

Assisted Living

$6083

Nursing Home (semiprivate)

$7148

Nursing Home (private)

Financial Assistance for Memory Care in Little Rock

In Little Rock, there are options for seniors who need financial assistance paying for Memory Care. For more information about other options, who qualifies, and how to apply, Memory Care in Arkansas page.

More ways to pay for memory care in Arkansas

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 Little Rock

In the list below, we’ve included programs that could help seniors and their families find a memory care facility within their budgets as well as organizations involved in dementia care research and advocacy.

Resource

Contact

Service

(501) 372-5300

Carelink is the Area Agency on Agency serving seniors in Little Rock. Some of its services include insurance counseling programs which could help families choose the best long-term care option for their loved ones as well as transportation services offering Little Rock's seniors and caregivers low-cost ways to travel to medical appointments.

(800) 272-3900

The local chapter of the Alzheimer's Association maintains a directory of programs and services to assist seniors in Little Rock living with dementia and their caregivers, especially those who are unpaid. With the help of volunteers, the organization is able to provide respite care to family caregivers in addition to its education and advocacy efforts.

(501) 372-5300

If families suspect one of their loved ones at a Little Rock memory care facility is the victim of abuse unable to express their rights, they can file a complaint with the Long-Term Care Ombudsman which will investigate the details and seek satisfactory resolution with all involved parties. Ombudsmen also assist families when researching local long-term care communities, typically pulling inspection records and educating seniors and their families on care financing options.

Memory Care Laws and Regulations in Little Rock

Little Rock Memory Care Communities must adhere to the comprehensive set of state laws and regulations that all Memory Care Facilities in Arkansas are required to follow. Visit our Memory Care in Arkansas page for more information about these laws.

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