About Assisted Living in Mississippi

There are a number of great reasons to live in Mississippi. If the mild winters aren’t enticing enough, perhaps the fact that the state doesn’t charge an income tax on certified retirement income like 401(k)s and IRAs will convince you. The cost of living is also relatively low, making a fixed budget stretch a little further each month.

What Options are Available for Assisted Living?

In the state of Mississippi personal care homes provide assistance to residents needing help with one or more activities of daily living (ADLs). There are two types of personal care homes:

  • Residential living – individuals who require personal care services who may have functional impairments, requiring mental health services.
  • Assisted living – individuals who require personal care and additional supplemental services and emergency response services.

All personal care homes must meet state and local fire safety requirements. All new homes must have fire sprinklers, and the type of sprinkler required is dependent on the number of beds within the home. All homes must also have smoke detectors installed in each hallway, in all bedrooms, and in all storage rooms. Smoke detectors must be hard-wired with battery back-up.

All staff will be checked against the Mississippi Nurse Aide Abuse Registry, and all direct care staff must successfully completed a criminal history check before hiring.

What are the Alzheimer’s Requirements for Personal Care Homes in Mississippi?

Assisted living personal care homes are only permitted to house stage II Alzheimer’s residents. Regulations for care require a registered nurse or licensed practical nurse to be present on all shifts and a minimum of 2 staff members must be in the until at all times. If the Alzheimer’s unit is not freestanding, licensed nursing staff can be shared with the rest of the facility. A licensed social worker, licensed professional counselor, or licensed marriage and family therapist must provide social services to residents and support to family members on site for a minimum of 8 hours per month.

Senior Assisted Living Details and Costs for Cities in Mississippi

The listings below are some of the larger cities in Mississippi. Each city page provides details on assisted living housing, independent living, senior group homes, and memory care. City pages may include details on costs, amenities, services provided, and other useful information.

What Training is Required for Personal Care Home Staff?

Training will be provided quarterly on topics and issues relative to the population being served by the facility.

All employees working in Alzheimer’s/dementia care must complete an orientation program as well as ongoing in-service training quarterly for those who are in direct contact with Alzheimer’s and other cognitively impaired residents.

Is an Assessment Required Before Move-In?

While there is not a required form, a medical evaluation is required annually and before move-in.

What Care is Available in a Personal Care Home?

  • Food.
  • Shelter.
  • Laundry.
  • Assistance with Activities of Daily Living (ADLs), including bathing, walking, toileting, feeding, personal grooming, dressing, and financial management if needed.
  • Limited home health services.

How is Medication Managed?

The facility may monitor the self-administration of medications, but only licensed personnel are allowed to administer it.

What are the Bathroom Requirements of a Personal Care Home?

Separate toilet and bathing facilities for men and women on each floor, as well as 1 bathtub or shower for every 12 residents, and 1 sink and toilet for every 6.

What are the Move-In or Move-Out Requirements?

Personal care homes can only admit residents whose needs can be met by the facility. Neither personal care residential nor assisted living facilities may admit or retain residents who:

  • Is unable to move about freely.
  • Requires physical restraints.
  • Poses a threat to themselves or others.
  • Requires nasopharyngeal or tracheotomy suctioning.
  • Requires gastric feedings.
  • Requires intravenous fluids, medications, or feedings.
  • Requires an indwelling urinary catheter.
  • Requires sterile wound care.
  • Requires treatment of decubitus ulcer or exfoliative dermatitis.

A resident may remain in the care of the home if it is approved in writing by a licensed physician that needs can be met through the facility.

Is a Personal Care Home Covered by Medicaid in the State of Mississippi?

If residents are Medicaid eligible a Medicaid home and community-based services waiver covers services in assisted living facilities—they are reimbursed on a flat rate, per day basis.

Who can I contact for more information?

Department of Health, Bureau of Health Facilities Licensure and Certification
Contact Department of Health
(601) 576-7400