Assisted Living in Kansas
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Families looking for assisted living in Kansas (KS) have a wide array of communities to choose from, since estimated that there are more than 30,000 assisted living communities serving seniors across the U.S., and over 181 statewide. The state is also home to a rapidly growing number of senior citizens, with adults over 65 making up an estimated 15 percent of the population. A resident in an assisted living community in Kansas will pay $4,556 per month on average.
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What You Should Know About Assisted Living in Kansas
Assisted living communities in Kansas are just one classification of adult care homes governed by the Secretary of Aging and Disability Services, with each type falling under different laws. For a home to be considered an assisted living community, it must serve six or more residents who are not related to the owner or administrator. The residents must demonstrate a need for supervised nursing care and personal care, either by choice or due to functional infirmity. Residents in assisted living communities must provide residents with an apartment with a kitchen and offer supportive services 24 hours a day to promote independent living.
Financial Assistance for Assisted Living in Kansas
To help its senior residents with the financial burden of assisted living services, Kansas offers a few state-run subsidy programs.
Frail Elderly (FE) Waiver
The Frail Elderly (FE) waiver is the Kansas Home and Community Based Services program available through Medicaid. The intent for the waiver is to delay nursing home placement for those who need a higher level of care but wish to remain living independently or in an assisted living community. Although this waiver does not pay for room and board, it does cover care services recommended by the assisted living facility's plan of care.
Who Is Eligible?
Eligibility for the FE waiver begins with enrollment in Medicaid. Applicants must also be at least 65 years old and demonstrate the need for a nursing facility level of care. This care level requires seniors to need help with at least 2 activities of daily living (personal hygiene, dressing, eating, etc.) and 3 instrumental activities of daily living (housework, shopping, transportation, etc.).
How to Apply
To apply for the FE waiver, seniors can contact or visit one of their local Aging and Disability Resource Center or they can call 1-855-200-2372 if they want more information.
IMPORTANT NOTE: Remember that not all subsidy programs are accepted at every assisted living community. Before choosing a community or a program to apply for, check to make sure the two are compatible.
More Ways to Finance Assisted Living
While many families use their own funds or personal assets to pay for assisted living, there are plenty of additional options to cover these costs. Visit our 9 Ways to Pay for Assisted Living page for more information.
Free Assisted Living Resources in Kansas
Kansas residents in need of assisted living care and their families can take advantage of the many resources the state offers for information and guidance.
Kansas Area Agency on Aging
The Kansas Area Agency on Aging is available to all Kansas residents over the age of 60 who need help with planning and coordinating necessary services. The goal of the organization is to prevent seniors from premature and unnecessary institutionalization by offering supportive services to help retain their independence. Resources are unique to each region of the state and include a range of services such as transportation, caregiver support programs, case management and referrals for long-term care.
Seniors can contact the Kansas Area Agency on Aging by calling or visiting one of their local offices.
2622 W. Central, Suite 500, Wichita, KS 67203
132 South Main Street, Ottawa, KS 66067
2910 South West Topeka Boulevard, Topeka, KS 66611
11811 South Sunset Drive, Suite 1300, Olathe, KS 66061
401 Houston Street, Manhattan, KS 66502
1803 Oregon Street, Hiawatha, KS 66434
510 W 29th St, Suite B, PO Box 610, Hays, KS 67601
304 South Summit Street, PO Box 1122, Arkansas City, KS 67005
1 West Ash Street, PO Box J, Chanute, KS 66720
238 San Jose Drive, PO Box 1636, Dodge City, KS 67801
1300 North 78th Street, Suite 100, Kansas City, KS 66112
Veterans Administration (VA) centers are located all over Kansas and are available to seniors who have served in the U.S. Armed Forces and their families. VA representatives are available to help elderly veterans navigate the process of obtaining and using veteran's benefits. Seniors can speak with someone to help determine benefit eligibility, assist in applying for benefits and explain the benefits they receive. Some potentially relevant benefits include pension, disability compensation and healthcare.
To speak with a VA representative, call 1-866-606-8198 or visit your local VA center.
Seniors who are over the age of 62 are eligible to receive Social Security benefits minus early retirement penalties. The representatives at Social Security offices can help seniors navigate their options and determine which benefits they should apply for. They can also assist with completing and submitting applications and explain the details of their benefits package.
To speak with a Social Security representative, call customer service at 1-800-772-1213 or visit your local Social Security office.
2204 Summerlon Cir, Dodge City, KS 67801
1-877-694-5494 or TTY: 1-800-325-0778
1212 E 27th St, Hays, KS 67601
1-888-552-7176 or TTY: 1-800-325-0778
811 E 30th Ave, Hutchinson, KS 67502
1-877-846-8333 or TTY: 1-800-325-0778
2125 N Penn Ave, Independence, KS 67301
1-877-512-3855 or TTY: 1-800-325-0778
850 Nebraska Ave, Kansas City, KS 66101
1-800-772-1213 or TTY: 1-800-325-0778
1440 Wakarusa, Lawrence, KS 66049
1-866-698-2561 or TTY: 1-800-325-0778
15375 W 95th St, Lenexa, KS 66219
1-800-772-1213 or TTY: 1-800-325-0778
1121 Hudson Ave, Manhattan, KS 66503
1-877-840-5741 or TTY: 1-800-325-0778
1410 E Iron Ave, Salina, KS 67401
1-877-405-3494 or TTY: 1-800-325-0778
600 Sw Commerce Pl, Topeka, KS 66615
1-888-327-1271 or TTY: 1-785-233-5951
3216 N Cypress St, Wichita, KS 67226
1-866-931-9173 or TTY: 1-800-325-0778
If seniors or their loved ones are concerned about potential abuse or neglect, the Kansas Ombudsman's office is available to register any complaints. As advocates for senior rights, the Ombudsman is responsible for investigating any claims of elder abuse, neglect, exploitation, any violation of rights or long-term care facilities breaking regulations. Any complaints made will be resolved by the Ombudsman's office in consideration of the safety, well being and personal preferences of the resident. The program operates with 10 staff members and over 130 volunteers.
600 Andrew Ave, Hutchinson, KS 67505
900 SW Jackson, Suite 1041, Topeka, KS 66612
300 W Douglas, Suite 202, Wichita, KS 67202
1509 Avenue P, Dodge City, KS 67801
332 E 8th Street, Hays, KS 67601
300 N 17th St, Parsons, KS 67357
The Kansas Department for Aging and Disability Services is available to seniors who wish to research what state-sponsored services are available to them. Residents can find information about Medicare programs, in-home services and disaster preparedness for seniors. Assistance can be found at one of the Aging and Disability Resource Centers (ADRC), which are located all over the state and coexist with the Area Agency on Aging Offices. Representatives offer help in future long-term support and service needs. Staff can also help connect seniors connect with service programs that are either publicly and privately funded.
To access the resources available at the Department for Aging and Disability Services, visit your local ADRC (see list of Area Agency on Aging Offices in section below) or call 1-855-200-ADRC (2372).
The Kansas Health Care Association (KHCA) represents many of Kansas' long-term care providers as a statewide nonprofit organization. As an advocate for care communities and their residents, the KHCA works to improve legislation, licensing procedures and reimbursement while working to improve the health care offered to senior long-term care residents. The organization offers a comprehensive resource library and extensive information on Kansas long-term care facilities.
Check out the KHCA online information center for details on resident rights, Medicare, government programs, home and community services and information about navigating the health care system.
1100 SW Gage Blvd., Topeka, KS 66604
Assisted Living Laws and Regulations in Kansas
For Kansas seniors who live in assisted living communities, the state has several laws and regulations on the books to protect their rights and set an appropriate standard of care. Some of these laws are listed below.
Assisted Living Service Plan Requirements
Residents of assisted living communities must be provided a copy of a written admission agreement either before admission or the day of. This agreement must include the responsibilities of the community, any services offered and a price breakdown of what they provide. A resident assessment must be performed to develop a service agreement, listing any preferences, identifying service providers and noting any services that are refused. If any charges are not disclosed, the resident will not be liable for them.
Every resident or their legal representative must also participate in the development of a negotiated service agreement. This agreement covers the services that will be provided, who will provide them, and who will pay for third-party services should they be utilized. This agreement must be reviewed each year or when requested by anyone who collaborated in drafting it. Any services the resident refuses must be listed along with possible consequence of refusal and it must be noted that the resident has been informed of the risks and accepts them. If health care services are required, a health care service plan must be created by a licensed nurse. This should include nursing care tasks and personal care. Any skilled nursing services that are required should be listed along with the service provider.
If third party services are needed, the assisted living community is responsible for offering a list of possible providers, assisting the resident in coordinating services if requested and monitoring third-party services to ensure the quality of care as the resident's advocate.
Assisted Living Admission Requirements
Some conditions disqualify an applicant from eligibility for an assisted living community unless they can negotiate a service agreement that deems the services offered sufficient. Those conditions are:
- Incontinence, when the resident is either unable or chooses not to assist in the management
- Immobility if the resident is unable to leave the building without full assistance
- Any chronic condition that requires at least two people to offer physical assistance
- The need for 24-hour skilled nursing care for an extended time period
- Behavioral symptoms beyond management by staff
- Clinical conditions that require physical restraints
Dementia care units are not licensed or certified but assisted living communities can provide care if they include admission and discharge criteria that clearly identifies the diagnosis, special needs or behavior of the resident. An order must be provided by a licensed physician with a diagnosis and progress notes to justify admission.
Assisted Living Scope of Care
Kansas assisted living facilities must maintain a standard of general care which includes health care services as deemed appropriate by a licensed nurse, dental, medical, planned activities, social transportation and other health and safety services. A licensed nurse may provide or coordinate health and wellness monitoring, personal care and supervised nursing services.
Assisted Living Medicaid Policy
Many assisted living facilities will accept payments through Kansas Medicaid which can be designated for nursing services. The funding for these services falls under the HCBS Frail Elderly Waiver.
Assisted Living Facility Requirements
Assisted living communities must provide residents with apartments that include a living area, full and accessible bathroom, storage area, a kitchen (with refrigerator, sink, stove or microwave, and storage space for kitchen items), a door that locks and a window that opens. There are no regulations requiring private accommodations. Any assisted living community that received intermediate personal care licensing before January 1, 1995, is exempt from offering kitchens and private baths.
Residents have a say on the meals they are served in assisted living facilities and when they receive them. If a physician or licensed dietitian deems it necessary, residents will be given therapeutic diets as outlined in the negotiated service agreement. Assisted living communities with 11 or more residents must schedule onsite supervision with a licensed dietitian or a dietetic services supervisor.
Medication Management Regulations
Medications must be administered by the assisted living facility unless a licensed nurse determines the resident can self-administer through an assessment. Only a licensed nurse or a medication aide can administer medications to residents. The licensed nurse may delegate nursing procedures beyond the medication aide's training, but this does not include subcutaneous or intravenous medications.
Medication regimens managed by the assisted living community must be reviewed quarterly by a licensed pharmacist and any change in condition warrants a review as well. This service must also be offered to any resident who self-administers medication. Any adverse findings on the review must be forwarded to the care provider and the review must cover:
- Any medication administration not supported by clinical indication
- Any medication administered below its effective dose
- Any ordered medications being skipped or withheld from the resident
- Medications administered over the ordered dose, such as duplicate dosing, or medication given beyond the ordered time frame
- Adverse reactions to medication or interactions
- Inadequate monitoring
The resident's friends or family members can offer medication administration, health care services and personal care to save costs to the resident.
Assisted living communities are required to have an administrator, a full-time operator (licensing is not necessary for communities with fewer than 61 residents) and a registered nurse to supervise licensed practical nurses.
There is no minimum staff to resident ratio requirements so the number of staff employed by the assisted living community is at the discretion of the administrator. There must be enough staff on hand to provide services and care to each resident based on the health care service plan and negotiated service agreement. Staff on site must remain awake and alert.
Staff Training Requirements
All employees must go through an orientation at the time of hire and the assisted living community must provide in-service training regularly. Employee training and orientation must cover the principles of assisted living, disaster procedures, fire prevention and safety, accident prevention, infection control, residents' rights and prevention of exploitation, neglect or abuse of residents. Every two years, administrators are required to complete 50 hours of continuing education. Operators are exempt from continuing education requirements.
Background Checks for ALF Staff in Kansas
All staff, even those who are contracted, must submit to a criminal background check.
Requirements for Reporting Abuse
Kansas has reporting laws regarding suspected elder abuse that identify mandated reporters as medical professionals (including mental health professionals), counselors and social workers, teachers, legal representatives and an assistance provider employed by a government agency. Reports should be filed any time abuse, neglect or exploitation of vulnerable adults is suspected. Reports may be made to the Department for Aging and Disability Services and the Kansas Department for Children and Families. If none of the agencies are open, reports can be made through law enforcement.
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Top-Rated Caring Stars Winners in Kansas
Caring.com’s Caring Stars award program recognizes the best assisted living facilities across the U.S. based on reviews from family caregivers and older adults. This award is meant to help older adults and their loved ones find the best assisted living or in-home care option in their area. The list below shows up to 10 listings that have won the most Caring Stars annual awards in their state, sorted by their current overall average rating. For a complete list of Caring Stars winners for each year, please visit our Caring Stars info center.
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