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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, AR

When trying to decide how to pay for memory care, one of the first questions that comes up is "How much does it cost?" With the impact of inflation, it's more important than ever to have up-to-date information when making a financial plan for senior living. To help shed light on real senior living prices, Caring.com has compiled proprietary cost data from its network of more than 75,000 senior living providers to provide insight into the average cost of memory care in Little Rock and 5 other cities in Arkansas.

Inflation's Impact on the Cost of Memory Care in Little Rock, AR

Memory care costs in Little Rock are on the rise due to inflation, a trend that is affecting the U.S. as a whole. Prices in Little Rock have jumped 19% from $4,877 in 2022 to $5,808 in 2024. Memory care in Little Rock is nearly on par with the U.S. average, but the Arkansas average is about 6% lower. Compared to other Arkansas cities, Little Rock’s prices are high, but locales such as Jonesboro, Hot Springs and Rogers all show cost increases of about 19%, even though their current rates are lower.

Location2022 Cost (Historical)2023 Cost (Current)2024 Cost (Estimated)
Little Rock$4,877$5,384$5,808
U.S. Average$4,863$5,369$5,792
Arkansas$4,992$5,056$5,385
Jonesboro$4,529$5,000$5,394
Hot Springs$2,944$3,250$3,506
Rogers$4,513$4,983$5,376

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.

Little Rock

$5,610

Arkansas

$4,700

The United States

$5,625

Fort Smith

$4,813

Hot Springs

$5,625

Pine Bluff

$4,161

The Costs of Other Types of Senior Living

Senior living options abound in Little Rock, and seniors should choose an option based on their care needs and finances. Independent living is least expensive at $2,713, but it does not include help with daily living activities. Seniors in assisted living receive a care package suited to their needs, but they pay more at $4,220. Memory care offers additional care, security and guidance, but it is most expensive at $5,384.

Assisted Living

$4,220

Memory Care

$5,384

Independent Living

$2,713

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 and Low-Cost Resources for Seniors in Little Rock,AR

There are many resources in Little Rock,AR that assist seniors in their retirement. Caring.com has compiled information on local organizations, programs and agencies and categorized them into care types for easy reference.

For information about statewide resources and those in nearby cities, go to Caring’s Arkansas state page.

Food Assistance Programs

Local organizations help ensure elderly citizens have a balanced diet and receive essential vitamins and minerals to remain healthy. Through nutrition programs, congregate meals, home-delivered meals and food pantries, these programs help Little Rock seniors afford the nutritious food they need.

Program NamePhone NumberDescription
Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) - Little Rock501-396-9952A locally operated organization, Arkansas Local Food Network connects families to farmers to support families in need. The organization maintains a food pantry stocked with locally grown produce that's sold in an online and in-person market. Families receiving SNAP benefits get reduced prices on food purchased and can become members of the organization at no cost. Families can order groceries online from noon on Sunday to noon on Wednesday, and pickup is available on Saturdays at midday.
Little Rock Compassion Center Food Bank501-296-9114This food assistance program is provided by Little Rock Compassion Center in Little Rock, AR. Emergency groceries are available from the food pantry, which is open every Thursday 1 to 5 p.m. The center is also home to a dedicated hot meals program, serving breakfast, lunch and dinner 365 days a year. Between food pantry boxes and hot meals, this food assistance program provides nearly 200,000 meals each year to those in need.

Free Used Medical Equipment

Due to the high cost of purchasing new medical equipment, several organizations in Little Rock collect lightly used medical devices such as wheelchairs, ramps and walkers and distribute them to local seniors and residents in need.

Program NamePhone NumberDescription
Home Equipment Loan Program (HELP) - Little Rock 1501-568-5313Goodwill Industries of Arkansas loans medical equipment to residents through its retail stores across the state. Seniors can visit their local store, complete a HELP request for the item they need and take it home with them if the item is in stock.
Arkansas Increasing Capabilities Access Network (iCAN) - Little Rock800-828-2799Increasing Capabilities Access Network provides seniors and other Arkansas residents with free and low-cost assistive technology, including medical equipment. Its AT Reuse program reclaims used items and distributes them to those in need.

Many organizations offer free or low-cost legal services to Little Rock seniors. Older adults can access advice on issues such as estate planning, living wills and power of attorney. Some firms also act as long-term care ombudsmen, advocating for the rights of seniors in senior living communities.

Program NamePhone NumberDescription
Arkansas Long-Term Care Ombudsman Program - Little Rock501-372-5300If 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.
Center for Arkansas Legal Services - Little Rock800-950-5817The Center for Arkansas Legal Services is a nonprofit organization that offers assistance with a wide range of civil legal matters to seniors in 44 counties across Arkansas, including Little Rock. Examples of legal matters CALS deals with include family law, consumer debt problems, evictions, estate planning, powers of attorney and denied government benefit applications. The organization's website is filled with legal information and self-help resources.

Home Repair and Modifications

Seniors and those with disabilities can access a variety of local resources to help them pay for home repairs and modifications. Programs in Little Rock have different eligibility criteria and often assist retirees by providing grants or loans.

Program NamePhone NumberDescription
Houseaboutit Community and Economic Development Agency - Little Rock844-502-9837Created back in 2007, Houseaboutit Community and Economic Development Agency is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that helps seniors attain financial stability through personal finance education efforts, hands-on technical assistance and one-on-one consultations. Seniors can find public benefits they were previously unaware of and get help applying for them through the organization's Benefit Enrollment Centers.
Section 504 Home Repair Program - Little Rock501-301-3200Homeowners who live in rural areas of Arkansas can apply for the Section 504 Home Repair Program. This program provides grants to seniors aged 62 and older of up to $10,000. The funds can be used to remove health and safety hazards to make the home safe to live in.

Senior Engagement

Senior engagement resources and programs in Little Rock help older adults remain active and ensure they contribute to the community. Resources include wellness programs, volunteer opportunities, support groups and organizations that help residents connect with the community to live fulfilling lives.

Program NamePhone NumberDescription
LifeQuest of Arkansas501-225-6073Since its foundation run 1981, LifeQuest of Arkansas has helped thousands of older adults across the greater Little Rock region find more purpose from life during their golden years. The organization offers college-style classes at no cost to seniors in the style of an open-university learning concept. LifeQuest offers four eight-week terms each year. Popular courses include financial management, current events and literature.
AARP Mountain Home Chapter866-554-5379Mountain Home's AARP Chapter features both practical and recreational services and activities for adults aged 50 and older. The center provides educational and interactive workshops related to finances and taxes, health, and technology. The nonprofit organization also features activities to connect Mountain Home seniors, including seasonal events, movie showings, and support groups.
Alzheimer's Association Arkansas Chapter - Little Rock800-272-3900The 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.

Utility & Energy Bill Assistance

Low-income seniors who are struggling to meet the costs of maintaining their homes can find support from organizations that offer assistance with utility and energy bills. Little Rock retirees could also qualify for emergency funding programs if they're in danger of losing utility services due to unpaid invoices.

Program NamePhone NumberDescription
Arkansas Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) - Little Rock501-682-0744Arkansas' Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program helps low-income seniors cover the costs of heating and cooling their homes. Residents could be eligible to receive regular benefits or a crisis benefit which prevents disconnection from energy or fuel supplies.

Veteran's Services

Little Rock retirees who have served in the U.S. military can find support from local veteran services. These offices and organizations help vets access the benefits they're eligible for and provide advice and information on a variety of issues.

Program NamePhone NumberDescription
Arkansas Department of Veterans Affairs - Little Rock501-683-2382The Arkansas Department of Veterans Affairs works to ensure that all veterans and their eligible dependents have access to county, state and federal benefits including health care, enhanced pension programs and burial honors. Veteran service officers can provide assistance to those applying for VA Aid and Attendance and Housebound, two VA pension programs that can be used to help cover assisted living expenses.

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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Reviews of Communities Nearby

Memory Care

Gene

I am a friend or relative of a current/past resident

Review of Pinnacle Place Memory Care

My mother is here. The only problem is that they do not take Medicaid. But it is an excellent facility. It's devoted solely to memory care. It has three levels of care. They can move between those...

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Memory Care

Alphonsine

I am a friend or relative of a current/past resident

Review of Woodland Heights

This is a horrible place, in my opinion and experience. A friend is there now and I visit regularly. She is not being cared for. A person would be arrested if they treated a dog like this. Shame on...

Provider response

Hi Alphonsine, we can assure you that we do not find this type of behavior acceptable, and we would like to address the situation you have described. Please reach out to us when you can so we can...

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Memory Care

Billie

I am a friend or relative of a current/past resident

Review of Brookdale Chenal Heights

My husband has moved into Brookdale Chenal Heights. They have become like family. They treat my husband as if he were one of their relatives. The food is good. The service is wonderful, and we have...

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