Conway is the seat of Faulkner County, a suburban city with just over 64,000 residents, approximately 35 minutes from Little Rock’s downtown. According to the 2020 Census, 10.8% of its residents are aged 65 and older, a group the ACL reveals has a 35% chance of spending at least one year in a nursing home. This type of care is known for its high costs, although Conway’s median fee of $6,083 per month is normal for the state and almost 23.8% cheaper than the national average. The city’s hospitals are Conway Regional Medical Center and the Baptist Health Medical Center, both of which are only short distances from most homes.

Nursing homes are certified skilled nursing facilities for seniors with long-term health problems and those recovering from surgeries and serious illnesses. As their services are at near hospital levels, fees tend to be higher than those charged by assisted living facilities and home care agencies.

This guide compares the costs of nursing home care throughout Arkansas and reviews the median fees for alternative types of care in Conway. It also lists some free resources for seniors at risk of needing care in a nursing home and those already resident.

Directory of Nursing Homes in Conway, AR

Superior Health & Rehab, Llc

625 Tommy Lewis Dr, Conway, AR, 72033

I want to thank the nursing and support staff of Superior for their excellent care of my mother for the last two years. The care for residence by staff is obvious, they are AWESOME! Mom is in skilled … (read more)
I want to thank the nursing and support staff of Superior for their excellent care of my mother for the last two years. The care for residence by staff is obvious, they are AWESOME! Mom is in skilled … (read more)

Salem Place Nursing and Rehabilitation, Inc.

2401 Christina Lane, Conway, AR, 72034

I came for rehabilitation at Salem Place Nursing and Rehabilitation Center and I liked it so I came as a permanent resident. The location was very convenient to my family and me, it was close to my da … (read more)
I came for rehabilitation at Salem Place Nursing and Rehabilitation Center and I liked it so I came as a permanent resident. The location was very convenient to my family and me, it was close to my da … (read more)

Heritage Living Center

1175 MORNINGSIDE DRIVE, Conway, AR, 72034

Heritage Living Center is short-staffed. You have to wait for a long to get people to come in, sometimes up to 40 minutes. So, I’m not pleased with the place right now, but I understand that because t … (read more)
Heritage Living Center is short-staffed. You have to wait for a long to get people to come in, sometimes up to 40 minutes. So, I’m not pleased with the place right now, but I understand that because t … (read more)

Conway Healthcare and Rehabilitation Center

2603 Dave Ward Drive, Conway, AR, 72034

Multiple safety issues regarding our loved one being neglected and forgotten about. Multiple injuries while there and only provided with the explanation “We have no idea how it happened.” The lat … (read more)
Multiple safety issues regarding our loved one being neglected and forgotten about. Multiple injuries while there and only provided with the explanation “We have no idea how it happened.” The lat … (read more)

St Andrews Place

3501 College Avenue, Conway, AR, 72034

Run. As fast as you can. Do not have enough staff, among other things.
Run. As fast as you can. Do not have enough staff, among other things.


Greenbrier Nursing and Rehabilitation Center

#16 WILSON FARM ROAD, Greenbrier, AR, 72058

My mom was well taken care of and the staff went above and beyond to meet her needs. I visited during the daytime hours as well as after hours and on weekends. The facility was always clean and well s … (read more)
My mom was well taken care of and the staff went above and beyond to meet her needs. I visited during the daytime hours as well as after hours and on weekends. The facility was always clean and well s … (read more)

Nursing Home Costs in Conway, AR

Conway’s nursing homes charge different fees for private and semiprivate rooms, with the former averaging $7,148 per month, and the latter, $6,083.

The Cost of Nursing Home Care in Nearby Cities

Conway’s median fee of $6,083 per month for a semiprivate room in a nursing home is also the average for Arkansas. Other cities also share this median fee, including Hot Springs and Fayetteville. However, it’s possible to find more affordable cities, such as Pine Bluff, where seniors typically pay $6,039, and Jonesboro, where the median fee of $5,332 is the most affordable in the state. Notably, every city in Arkansas has a less costly median fee than the national average of $7,908 per month.

$6083

Conway

$6083

Arkansas

$7908

The United States

$5332

Jonesboro

$6039

Pine Bluff

$6083

Hot Springs

$6083

Fayetteville

The Cost of Other Types of Senior Care

The median fees in nursing homes vary between $6,083 for a semiprivate room and another $1,065 per month for a private one —  the state’s costliest options. The most affordable is adult day care, at $1,907. Home and home health care agencies share a median fee of $4,290, despite the former being non-medical and the latter, medical. Assisted living is the most affordable care with accommodation, at $4,488.

$4290

Home Care

$4290

Home Health Care

$1907

Adult Day Health Care

$4488

Assisted Living

$6083

Nursing Home (semiprivate room)

$7148

Nursing Home (private room)

Note: Data for Conway was unavailable, so data for the nearest city, Little Rock, was used instead.

Financial Assistance for Nursing Home Care in Conway, AR

Many seniors and their families use some form of financial assistance to help them pay for nursing care. The main options available are Medicare, Medicaid, and veterans benefits. These programs can be complicated, especially when it comes to benefit terms. Below, we give a brief overview of how these programs may be used towards paying for skilled nursing care.

  • Medicare: Medicare will typically cover all skilled nursing costs for the first 20 days of one’s stay in a nursing home and a portion of the costs until day 100. After 100 days in a skilled nursing facility, Medicare will not cover any part of the cost of the stay. While this is adequate when short-term care is needed, those in need of long-term care will need to either pay out-of-pocket or use another source of financial assistance.
  • Medicaid: Medicaid covers most of the costs of living in a skilled nursing facility for those who qualify. Care, room, and board are covered with no time limit, but residents may be charged for extras like specially prepared food or cosmetic services. Medicaid eligibility standards are strict and complex, so not all seniors are eligible for Medicaid benefits.
  • Veterans Benefits: Veterans receiving a VA pension may also be eligible for the Aid and Attendance benefit administered by the VA. Aid and Attendance is a monthly allowance that beneficiaries may use to pay for their long-term care, including skilled nursing care.

If these options aren’t available to you, check if your loved one has long-term care insurance or contact your Area Agency on Aging to ask about any local financial assistance programs for seniors.

Free Resources for Seniors in Conway, AR

Seniors in nursing homes and those at risk of needing skilled nursing care can call on the assistance of several regional organizations that serve older citizens for free. Those listed here can help with care provider complaints, transportation and durable medical equipment, among other services.

Resource

Contact

Service

(501) 327-2895

Faulkner County Council on Aging is a nonprofit organization dedicated to helping seniors age safely and comfortably at home for as long as possible. One of its many resources is the delivery of freshly-prepared and nutritionally-balanced meals to homebound seniors. More physically able seniors can join the congregate meals program at the Hawks Senior Wellness and Activity Center. The organization can provide door-to-door transportation for members with no other means of travel.

(501) 372-5300

CareLink is the Area Agency on Aging for Faulkner County. It provides numerous services for frail seniors recently returned from, or at risk of needing, care in a skilled nursing facility. For eligible residents, it can provide in-home care services, such as housework, medication assistance, and meal deliveries for those unable to cook for themselves. Additionally, its care coordinators can tailor a long-term health care plan that maximizes all the benefits and services available to the senior. CareLink also manages the ombudsman program, which advocates for residential care residents.

(501) 354-2418

Many seniors receive support from Medicaid due to the high cost of nursing home care. Medicaid is administered by the Arkansas Department of Human Services, which, for Conway seniors, operates from the department's local office. To qualify for aid, the senior must satisfy the medical and financial criteria, which will mean submitting to a medical needs assessment by a physician and a review of financials by the Division of County Operations.

(877) 372-5151

Goodwill Industries of Arkansas is a nonprofit social enterprise dedicated to helping vulnerable people in need throughout Arkansas. Its support services include a health equipment loan program from two Goodwill retail sites in Conway. As availability is subject to donations, the program may not have the equipment required at the time of application but will endeavor to assist where it can. Loans are given on a first-come, first-served basis and can supply a wide range of pre-used devices, including wheelchairs, rollators and canes.