11 Assisted Living Communities in Mississippi
Brookdale Clinton Mississippi
Elmcroft of Oxford
Brookdale Brandon Mississippi
St. Catherine's Village
Traceway Retirement Community
Mississippi is also known as the Magnolia State, and it's unsurprising that the state flower is the ubiquitous magnolia, which blooms across the state from April to June. The magnolia is pollinated by beetles, however, not bees or hummingbirds. Seniors can enjoy the sound of the mockingbird, the official state bird, and some may enjoy catching the state fish, the largemouth bass.
Jackson is Mississippi's state capital and the only city in the state with a population over 100,000. Gulfport is the only other city with a population of more than 50,000, but Southaven and Hattiesburg both have populations in the high 40,000s.
What Is Assisted Living?
Assisted living facilities, which are also known as residential care facilities in Mississippi, provide seniors with a safe, home-like residential environment where they can get the assistance needed and maintain an independent lifestyle. There are two types of assisted living facilities in the state — adult foster care homes and personal care homes. At an assisted living facility, seniors can get help with basic chores, such as housekeeping, laundry and meal prep, as well as their normal activities of daily living (ADLs), which include personal grooming, bathing and dressing.
How Much Does Assisted Living Cost in Mississippi?
In Mississippi, the average monthly cost of assisted living is $3,493, according to the 2018 Genworth Cost of Care Survey.
This is somewhat lower than the national monthly average of $3,750. However, because the cost varies by location, seniors living in the Jackson area should expect to pay around $4,123 per month for assisted living, while seniors in the Gulf Port area can expect monthly assisted living costs around $3,525. Hattiesburg residents typically pay slightly less than the state average. The area's typical monthly assisted living costs average around $3,485.
Seniors age 55 and older make up 26.8 percent of Mississippi's population, making them the largest demographic in the state. The senior population in Mississippi is also the fastest-growing population segment in the state. The U.S. Census Bureau estimates that people age 60 and older will make up 25.3 percent of the state's population by 2030, which is a 39 percent increase from 2012.
How Is Assisted Living Regulated in Mississippi?
The Mississippi Department of Health's Health Facilities Licensure and Certification licenses and regulates two types of assisted living facilities in the state — adult foster care homes and personal care homes. Both types of assisted living facilities offer assistance with ADLs, three meals per day, laundry and housekeeping services. However, adult foster care homes are designed specifically for vulnerable adults who are at higher risk of elder abuse. These assisted living facilities also offer continued social services to residents. Some communities also have additional licenses that allow them to care for seniors with dementia and/or Alzheimer's disease.
How Is Assisted Living in Mississippi Affected by Laws and Taxes?
The Mississippi State Department of Health works hard to make sure all assisted living facilities follow the state's laws and regulations. This includes performing criminal background checks on staff members and conducting on-site inspections. They can even help seniors find appropriate housing options and financing options.
Overall, Mississippi is a very tax-friendly state for retirees, giving seniors more money to spend on their accommodations. Seniors in Mississippi aren't taxed on Social Security income, withdrawals from retirement accounts or pension payments.
Property taxes in the state are low, making it an ideal place for seniors to retire. As of 2018, homeowners pay about $841 for their annual property taxes on average — the sixth-lowest amount in the country. Some seniors qualify for the state's homestead exemption too, which gives them a credit of up to $300 on their property taxes.
One thing seniors should be aware of before retiring in Mississippi is the state's sales tax, which is 7 percent. While this isn't abnormally high, Mississippi is one of the few states that does impose a sales tax on groceries. However, prescription drugs aren't taxed.
Politics in Mississippi
Mississippi was a very Democratic state until the early 1960s when civil rights legislation and a Republican tactic called the Southern Strategy, which used racism to appeal to white voters, helped turn the state red. Since then, the state's electoral votes have only gone to a Democratic candidate once — in 1976 when the majority of the state supported Jimmy Carter. However, the votes don't always go to the Republicans either. Since World War II, Mississippi's electoral votes have gone to third-party candidates three times — more than any other state.
The Mississippi state government is set up like the federal government. It has three branches of government — executive, judicial and legislative — and its own constitution.
Mississippi Fun Facts
- Mississippi was named after the river, not the other way around. The Mississippi River got its name from the Ojibwa tribe's word for river, messipi. It literally means "big river."
- Barq's Root Beer may now be owned by the Coca-Cola company, which is based in Atlanta, but root beer was invented in Mississippi — Biloxi, specifically. It was invented by Edward Adolf Barq Sr. in 1898.
- Root beer wasn't the only good thing to come from Mississippi either. Blues music is derived from the Mississippi Delta, a section of the state that's sandwiched between the Mississippi and Yazoo Rivers. Several iconic blues musicians also hail from the state, including B.B. King.