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.

Average Monthly Costs

States near Kansas

$4,978.00 Kansas
$4,370.00 Colorado
$4,000.00 US
$3,633.00 Oklahoma
$3,107.00 Missouri
Genworth lists the average cost of a private, one bedroom unit in an assisted living community in Kansas as $4,978. This places Kansas on the higher end of the scale at about $1,000 over the national average, and about $1,000 higher than the median cost of assisted living in nearby states.

Compare Monthly Care Costs

When it comes to care options, assisted living is just one of several choices available to seniors. Some care options, like part-time in-home care or independent living, may cost less, while others like memory care or skilled nursing are likely to cost significantly more. Seniors can speak with their medical practitioners to receive guidance on what level of care will best suit their needs and abilities.

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Average Monthly Costs

Cities in Kansas

$5,791.00 Topeka
$5,753.00 Lawrence
$5,572.00 Manhattan
$5,166.00 Wichita
$4,316.00 Rest Of State
When estimating the cost of assisted living, it's important to know that average prices can differ significantly between various parts of Kansas. For example, assisted living rates in areas such as Topeka are at least $800 more than the state average of $4,978, but in areas like Rest of State, you're saving on average $700. The most affordable region in Kansas for assisted living is Rest of State at $4,316.

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.

Central Plains Area Agency on Aging

2622 W. Central, Suite 500, Wichita, KS 67203
(316) 660-5120

East Central Kansas Area Agency on Aging

132 South Main Street, Ottawa, KS 66067
(785) 242-7200

Jayhawk Area Agency on Aging

2910 South West Topeka Boulevard, Topeka, KS 66611
(785) 235-1367

Johnson County Area Agency on Aging

11811 South Sunset Drive, Suite 1300, Olathe, KS 66061
(913) 715-8800

North Central-Flint Hills Area Agency on Aging

401 Houston Street, Manhattan, KS 66502
(785) 776-9294

Northeast Kansas Area Agency on Aging, Inc.

1803 Oregon Street, Hiawatha, KS 66434
(785) 742-7152

Northwest Kansas Area Agency on Aging

510 W 29th St, Suite B, PO Box 610, Hays, KS 67601
(785) 628-8204

South Central Kansas Area Agency on Aging

304 South Summit Street, PO Box 1122, Arkansas City, KS 67005
(620) 442-0268

Southeast Kansas Area Agency on Aging

1 West Ash Street, PO Box J, Chanute, KS 66720
(620) 431-2980

Southwest Kansas Area Agency on Aging

238 San Jose Drive, PO Box 1636, Dodge City, KS 67801
(620) 225-8230

Wyandotte/Leavenworth Area Agency on Aging

1300 North 78th Street, Suite 100, Kansas City, KS 66112
(913) 573-8531

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.

Staffing Requirements

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.

Assisted Living Facilities in Kansas



Top-Rated Caring Stars Winners in Kansas’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.


Glenwood Village of Overland Park

Overland Park, KS Cost Levels

22 reviews


Brookdale Overland Park

Overland Park, KS $$$

19 reviews


Sunrise of Lenexa

Lenexa, KS $$

16 reviews


Asbury Park

Newton, KS Cost Levels

9 reviews


Deer Creek Retirement Community

Overland Park, KS $$

9 reviews


Country Place Senior Living Basehor

Basehor, KS $$$$

6 reviews


Rose Estates Assisted Living

Overland Park, KS $$

12 reviews


The Atriums

Overland Park, KS $$$

8 reviews


Park Meadows Senior Living

Overland Park, KS Cost Levels

19 reviews