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Under Mississippi law, the terms “Personal Care Home” and “Residential Personal Care Home” are encompassing terms for long-term elderly care establishments which provides 24/7 supervision for individuals who require personal care services, such as assistance with daily living activities, meals, grooming, and housekeeping, due to mental or physical impairments. A residential personal care home can also be labeled with the term “assisted living” if the establishment provides additional services such as emergency response services, assistance with medication distribution and procedures.
There are approximately 176 assisted living communities operating in Mississippi.
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The average cost of assisted senior living in Mississippi is $3,150 per month. Compared to other median state costs, Mississippi is the 8th least expensive state for long-term elderly care in America. Within Mississippi, average costs for senior care fluctuates due to the area and population. More populous and developed areas tend to have more expensive costs for assisted living.
For more information about assisted living costs in Mississippi, check outGenworth’s 2015 Cost of Care Survey.
Located on the Gulf of Mexico, Mississippi is known for its beautiful Gulf Coast beaches and unique coastal cuisine! Mississippi’s beaches allow for an array of beach and water activities such as kayaking, paddle sports and boat cruises. To experience the interesting ocean creatures native to Mississippi, the Marine Life Oceanarium at the Institute for Marine Mammal Studies provides visitors with interactive learning programs about marine life such as the Dolphin Presentation and the Dolphin Encounter.
Go behind the scenes of Mississippi’s indigenous wildlife at The Museum of Natural Science. With an open-air amphitheater, nature trails, and captivating exhibits, visitors will experience living history of the environment and how to preserve it for the future. The natural beauty of the Mississippi landscape can be thoroughly enjoyed via the 444-mile stretch of the Natchez Trace Parkway. Experience former Native American land through walking, biking, and horseback riding trails along the way.
For culture seekers and music lovers alike, Mississippi’s own Riley Center is an epicenter for wonderful stage performances in this state of the art theater. Travel back through music history on the Mississippi Blues Trail and the Mississippi Country Music Trail. Both trails travel the entire state of Mississippi with key historical stops from iconic blue and country music stars such as Elvis Presley, B.B. King, Tammy Wynette and Conway Twitty.
Mississippi has a long history of a racial divide that is still seen today. The state does have some social issues being one of the poorest and least educated states, however, there are some bright points about the Magnolia State. This is a deeply southern state with a lot of pride and residents are hardworking. The music scene in Mississippi is heavily influenced by jazz, gospel, and rock. Coastal beach towns provide a much more carefree lifestyle in the state.
Nestled in the deep south of the United States, Mississippi’s climate is characterized by mild winters, long humid summers and a fair amount of precipitation. In a unique location compared to other states in America, Mississippi does not experience much of a winter. Average temperatures fall to a clement 40-50 degree range depending on the area. Rarely does snow fall in Mississippi. During the summer months, July is the hottest time of year bringing average temperatures of 80 degrees of higher. Mississippi accumulates an average of 50 – 60 inches of precipitation annually.
Assisted Living homes are regulated by a state-to-state basis. Every state has a publicly accessible legal document outlining the regulations, licensing, operation and other rules for assisted living or personal care homes as they may also be designated. The complete document outlining the regulations for personal care homes within Mississippi can be obtained online via the supervising state department website, the Mississippi State Department of Health. Public records concerning inspections, citations, violations and the like can also be requested for viewing via the official Mississippi State Department of Health website.
When looking for a new place to live, it is always important to consider the safety of the community you are in. Mississippi has violent crime rates nearly 25 percent lower than the national average. If you are not sure where to start your search, look at some the safest communities in Mississippi:
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For those looking for financial assistance, Mississippi’s Medicaid Home and Community Based Services offers the Assisted Living Waiver to low-income elderly and disabled residents. This program will pay for the costs of services, room & board associated with assisted living, however, the participant must be residing in an assisted senior living residences, licensed personal care homes, community residential care homes, and congregate housing which is approved by Mississippi’s Medicaid. To find out if you are eligible for his program, please visit the official Assisted Living Waiver page on the Mississippi Division of Medicaid website.
Alternate payment options are available. Families can apply for an assisted living family loan. This provides temporary or long-term financial assistance when paying for assisted senior care. The program allows multiple people to contribute to payment.
When you enter a Mississippi assisted living community, you don’t have to give up the rights guaranteed to you as a citizen or resident of the United States. The resident also retains the right to personal possessions, autonomy over personal finances, bodily autonomy, and power of attorney. The resident has a right to be informed of the process to file a complaint of unsatisfactory living situations, abuse, neglect and the like. A complete list of resident rights as guaranteed by the state of Mississippi can be viewed online via the official Mississippi State Department of Health website.
Mississippi assisted living homes are required to provide appropriate health services that are ordered by an attending physician, as well as keep all medical information confidential, accurate, and complete. Medical records shall be readily accessible upon request and should be kept for a period no less than 5 years from death or discharge date.
Residents in Mississippi assisted living centers have access to their medical records and can request a copy of all or a portion of their medical records. They can also request a copy of some or all of the information, and it is to be provided at a cost not to exceed the community standard.