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Arkansas Assisted Living Facilities

Cost of Arkansas Assisted Living Facilities

The average cost of assisted living in Arkansas is $2,810 per month. Additional fees beyond the base rate may apply. More info on Assisted Living Costs

Arkansas Assisted Living Information

Arkansas defines Assisted Living Facilities as a building or part of a building that is in the business of providing assisted living services for more than 24 hours, to more than three adult residents staying at the facility. Assisted living services are provided directly or through a written arrangement. An assisted living facility provides a minimum of services assisting residents in performing all activities of daily living during a 24-hour period. All facilities in Arkansas are designated as Level I or Level II Assisted Living.

Arkansas Assisted Living Facilities Scope of Care

The facility may supervise and assist its residents with day-to-day activities. Level I facilities provide 24-hour staff supervision with assistance in emergency care available as well Assistance with social, recreational, with transportation; linen service; three meals a day; and medication assistance is given. Level II facilities offer services that help a resident with routine care daily personal needs, and with medication to the extent allowed by the state's Nurse Practice Act. The assessment for residents with medical needs is completed by a registered nurse (RN). For Third Party Scope of Care In Level I facilities, home health services are provided by a certified home health agency on a short-term basis only.

Arkansas Assisted Living Admission Requirements

The facility is not allowed to admit or keep residents whose needs are greater than the facility is licensed to provide. Level I facilities are prohibited from providing services to residents who: (1) Need 24-hour nursing services except as certified by a licensed home health agency for a period of 60 days with a 30- day extension; (2) Are bedridden; (3) Have transfer assistance needs that the facility is unable to meet due to staffing; or (4) Present a danger to themselves or others, or who engage in criminal activities. Level II facilities cannot provide services to residents who: (1) Need 24-hour nursing services; (2) Are bedridden; (3) Have a temporary (no more than 14 consecutive days) or terminal condition unless a doctor or advanced practice nurse certifies the resident's needs can be safely met by a service agreement created d by the attending physician or advanced practice nurse and the resident; (4) Have transfer assistance needs that the facility is unable to meet due to staffing; or (5) Present a danger to themselves or others, or who engage in criminal activities.

Arkansas Assisted Living Care Plan Requirements

There is no required form, and each resident must have an initial evaluation completed by the assisted living residence.

Arkansas Assisted Living Medication Management Requirements

Staff working in a Level I Facility must provide assistance that enables residents to self-administer medications. For Level II facilities a licensed nursing personnel may administer medication.

Arkansas Assisted Living Facility Requirements

An apartment or unit is required to be single occupancy except when residents are husband and wife, or are two consenting adults who have requested and agreed in writing to share an apartment or unit. An apartment or unit cannot be occupied by more than two people, and each apartment or unit must have a separate and complete bathroom with a toilet, bathtub or shower, and sink.

Arkansas Assisted Living Staffing Requirements

A full-time administrator must be designated by each assisted living facility. A second administrator must be employed either part-time or full-time, depending on how many beds are in the facility. For Level I facilities, an appropriate number of staff must be available to meet the needs of residents and to meet the staffing ratios explained in regulation. Level II facilities are required to employ or contract with at least one RN, licensed practical nurses, certified nursing assistants (CNAs), and personal care aides. At minimum the RN must be available by phone or pager. The facility must have maintain a ratio of one staff person per 15 residents from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m., and one staff person per 25 residents from 8 p.m. to 7 a.m. One CAN must be on the premises per shift. The administrator must be at least 21 years old, have a high school diploma or GED, have successfully completed a state criminal background check, and be a certified Assisted Living Facility Administrator through a state-approved certification program. All staff must complete six hours of ongoing education and training each year. Every staff member, including contracted personnel, must complete orientation and training on the following within seven days of hire: building safety and emergency measures; required response to emergencies; abuse, neglect, and financial exploitation and reporting requirements; incident reporting; sanitation and food safety; resident health and related problems; overview of the job's requirements; philosophy and principles of independent living in an assisted living residence; and Residents' Bill of Rights. Within 30 days of hire staff must receive training in medication assistance or monitoring; communicable diseases; and dementia and cognitive impairment; and within 180 calendar days from date of hire: communication skills; review of the aging process, and disability sensitivity training.

Arkansas Assisted Living Facility Medicaid Policy

A Medicaid state plan service will reimburse for personal care services. A Level II facility provides care and services to individuals who are medically eligible for nursing home level-of care, and its patients will receive services through the Medicaid 1915(c) home and community-based services waiver.

Arkansas Department of Health and Human Services, Office of Long Term Care

Phone: (501) 682-8468

Jim Hicks
Phone: (501) 682-6970

Much of the information above was adapted from the National Center of Assisted Living 2010 Regulatory Review.

Arkansas Assisted Living Communities

Arkansas assisted living facilities are listed by city below. We recommend you search by ZIP code to include nearby facilities. However, you may choose a city to view all assisted living options in that area.

Arkansas Assisted Living by ZIP
Bella Vista
Fairfield Bay
Fort Smith
Heber Springs
Holiday Island
Hot Springs
Little Rock
Mount Ida
Mountain Home
North Little Rock
Pea Ridge
Pine Bluff
Van Buren