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Cost of Mississippi Assisted Living Facilities

According to the 2015 Genworth Financial cost of care survey, the average cost of assisted living in Mississippi is $3,150 per month.

The monthly base rate for Mississippi assisted living is typically higher when compared to neighboring states. Mississippi is also less expensive compared to the national average.

This cost is the base cost for a one-bedroom assisted living unit in Mississippi. Additional fees beyond the base rate may apply.

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Assisted Living Regulations

Mississippi defines an assisted living facility as a Personal Care Home Assisted Living facility that provides personal care, such as assistance with ADL's, emergency response services and supplemental health services.

Mississippi Assisted Living Facilities Scope of Care

Limited home health care services may be provided, but the primary source of assistance is with food, shelter, laundry and assistance with such daily activities as financial management, grooming, bathing, and dressing.

Mississippi Assisted Living Admission Requirements

A person cannot be admitted, or be allowed to stay in a facility if he or she is a danger to themselves or others, has a gastric feeding tube or tracheotomy, is not ambulatory, requires restraints, requires an indwelling catheter, IV feedings or medications, sterile wound care or treatment for specific types of ulcers or dermatitis. On occasion, up to two residents needing this type of care may be allowed in the facility at a given time.

Mississippi Assisted Living Care Plan Requirements

A medical management assessment is required annually.

Mississippi Assisted Living Medication Management Requirements

Mississippi facilities can monitor the self-administration of medication, and licensed personnel may administer medication.

Mississippi Assisted Living Facility Requirements

Each unit must allow 80 square feet of living space per person, up to four people per room, and separate toilets and bathing areas must be provided for each gender according to the ratio of one toilet for every six residents and one shower/tub for every twelve residents. New buildings must have fire sprinklers.

Mississippi Assisted Living Staffing Requirements

Every facility must have a full-time operator who has a high school diploma or GED, and is not a resident. The operator and all direct care staff must not be listed on the Mississippi Nurses Aide Abuse Registry and pass a criminal background check. There are also very specific staff/resident ratios dependant on the unit and the time of day.

Mississippi Assisted Living Medicaid Policy

There are a limited number of slots available from the Medicaid home and community-based services waiver for those residents who are eligible.

Mississippi Alzheimer's Unit Requirements

In a Mississippi Alzheimer's unit, two direct care staff must be present at all times, and there are specific design features required for such units. In addition, eight hours of social service consultation must be provided to the resident and/or resident's family members per month.

Mississippi Medicaid Coverage of Assisted Living and Related Services

The State of Mississippi offers an assisted living Medicaid Waiver and it is called the Assisted Living Waiver.

Under the Mississippi Medicaid Home and Community Based Services (HCBS) waiver plan, there are two programs designed to help low income adults with disabilities and the elderly that need substantial support. The Assisted Living Services waiver and the Elderly and Disabled waiver, both provide care in licensed personal care homes, community residential care facilities, or in a congregate housing program.

Unlike nursing home Medicaid, being eligible does not automatically mean that services will be available. There is a waiting list for the Assisted Living Waiver.

Assisted Living Waiver Benefits

The waiver offers the following types of care and support. Participants are expected to contribute financially to their room and board costs in assisted living.

- Attendant Care

- Attendant Call Systems

- Case Management

- Chore Services

- Homemaker Services

- Intermittent Skilled Nursing

- Medication

- Medication Administration and Oversight

- Personal Care

- Personal Emergency Response Services

- Temporary Skilled Nursing Services

- Therapeutic Social and Recreational Activities

- Transportation Assistance for Medical and Therapeutic Activities

How to apply - the waiver is available throughout Mississippi but there is a waiting list. Download the brochure with this link.

It is administered by the Mississippi Division of Medicaid, Bureau of Long Term Care. Contact them at 1-800-421-2408 or by contacting your local area agency on aging.

The Elderly and Disabled (E&D) Waiver is designed to help individuals to remain in a home or community-based setting as an alternative to nursing facility care or other institutional care.

What services are offered under this waiver?

Case Management is assigned to each participant. This team consists of a Registered Nurse and licensed Social Worker. They are responsible for managing and coordinating the services for the participant and re-certify annually the need for continuation in the waiver.

Homemaker Services are support services given in the home of the participant. They include assistance with light housekeeping, laundry, meal planning, marketing, food preparation, etc.

Adult Day Services is a structured program and focuses on the strengths and abilities of the participants. Depending on the specific facility, the following services are provided: supervision and/or assistance with ADL's, group activities, nutritious meals, and medication monitoring.

Expanded Home Health Services include: nurse, aide, physical, and speech therapy.

Home Delivered Meals a well-balanced meal is delivered to the home of the person who is unable to leave his/her home without assistance and/or unable to prepare his/her own meals.

Escorted Transportation is offered for the frail and may be used to facilitate trips to the doctor and other activities.

Institutional Respite and/or In-Home Respite is provided to participants on a short-term basis because of the absence of or need for relief for the primary caregiver. This service is offered in the home or other licensed respite care centers.

Transition Assistance is provided if the individual is residing in a nursing facility and who wishes to transition from the nursing facility to the Elderly & Disabled Waiver.

Learn more or apply for services from the Elderly and Disabled Waiver - Call 1- 800-421-2408. A brochure is available for download here.

Department of Health, Bureau of Health Facilities Licensure and Certification

Phone (601) 364-1110

Contact: Mary Gervin Phone (601) 364-1110


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What is the best number to call to get started? Phone: 1-800-421-2408 or 601-359-6141.

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Mississippi Contacts

Mississippi Department of Health, Bureau of Health Facilities Licensure and Certification

Phone: (601) 364-1110

Marilynn Winborne
Phone: (601) 364-1110

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

License information source: Mississippi State Department of Health

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