According to the Arkansas Department of Human Services, each year more than 23,000 Arkansans receive services in long-term care facilities licensed and inspected by the Office of Long Term Care (OLTC).
The following are some types of facilities licensed by the state:
Nursing Homes provide total care for their residents – meeting needs from social to dietary to medical. They are staffed by licensed nurses and certified nursing assistants. Nursing homes accept a variety of payment methods, such as private pay (which includes insurance), Medicaid and Medicare. No age requirement applies to nursing home placements.
Residential care facilities are licensed to provide services 24 hours a day to individuals older than 17 who are not capable of independent living and who require assistance and supervision. To be eligible, individuals must be independently mobile, capable of responding to reminders and guidance from staff, and capable of self-administering medication. For more information, call 501-320-6196 or to view Residential Care Facility Regulations below.
Adult day care facilities provide custodial care, supervision and social services. Adult day health care facilities provide organized programs of rehabilitative, therapeutic, and supportive health and social services and activities. These facilities serve functionally impaired adults for periods of fewer than 24 hours per day in a licensed structure. For more information, call 501-320-6196.
Assisted living facilities provide services to residents 24 hours a day in performing all activities of daily living. They also provide limited nursing care.
Alzheimer’s special care units (ASCU) are specialized units of long-term care facilities, such as nursing homes or assisted-living facilities, that offer services specifically for individuals with Alzheimer’s Disease or related dementia. Regulations for Alzheimer’s Special Care Units are located in, and part of, the regulations for each type of facility that can house an Alzheimer’s Special Care Unit.
For more information on each type of facility, listings of facilities in the state, regulations and report cards, log onto the Division of Aging and Adult Services and the Choices in Living Resource Center at daas.ar.gov.
As defined by AARP, Continuing Care Retirement Communities (CCRC) are part independent living, part assisted living and part skilled nursing home. They offer a tiered approach to the aging process, accommodating residents’ changing needs. These communities give older adults the option to live in one location for the duration of their life.