Nestled on the banks of the Arkansas River, Garden City is a small town that’s home to big attractions like the Lee Richardson Zoo and the historic Windsor Hotel. The city is home to 26,408 people, of whom 11.4% are seniors, which is below the national average. Garden City is an affordable choice for retirement and has relatively short and mild winters that many seniors enjoy. The city also has a good selection of health care providers.

As for long-term care, Garden City has a range of assisted living facilities that share an average cost of $3,900. Residents of these facilities have access to around-the-clock help with mobility, personal care and medication. Housekeeping and cooking staff in these communities take care of chores. In addition, assisted living facilities generally provide enrichment activities designed to help their residents stay entertained, fit and cognitively sharp.

This guide is designed to help seniors assess the costs and benefits associated with assisted living. It also lists more free resources that may be of assistance to seniors considering long-term care.

Directory of Assisted Living Facilities in Garden City, KS

Homestead of Garden City

2414 Henderson Dr, Garden City, KS, 67846

This facility is decorated beautifully and has a very homey feel. It has a very nice Chapel for the residents that choose to attend church. The own a mini-bus so that they can take the residents out t … (read more)
This facility is decorated beautifully and has a very homey feel. It has a very nice Chapel for the residents that choose to attend church. The own a mini-bus so that they can take the residents out t … (read more)

The Cottages Senior Care Living

2002 Labrador Blvd, Garden City, KS, 67846

What to Consider About Assisted Living in Garden City

Throughout Garden City and the rest of the state, assisted living facilities are licensed by the Kansas Department for Aging and Disability Services. This department works to ensure the safety and well-being of long-term care residents through legislation and enforcement.

Benefits and Drawbacks of Assisted Living in Garden City

  • The overall cost of living in Garden City is very low compared to the national median, at 81.9 points compared to the U.S.’s 100 points. Housing and transportation costs are especially affordable here.
  • Garden City sees more sunny days than the national average, at 246 compared to 205. The city also gets less snow and rain than national averages.
  • Unfortunately, Garden City has a low number of physicians, at 116 per 100,000 people compared to the national average of 210. However, the city’s St. Catherine Hospital has been recognized by Healthgrades as a top provider of knee replacement surgery.
  • The city has been recognized as one of the most diverse in the entire state.
  • Garden City’s air quality is a little better than the national average. With a score of 60 compared to the U.S.’s 58, Garden City has fewer particulates in the air to irritate allergies and other health conditions.
  • While crime rates here are higher than national averages, seniors living in long-term care homes can take advantage of already-established security systems.

Paying for Assisted Living in Garden City

Garden City’s seniors pay around $3,900 per month for assisted living. This is less than the state average, which comes to $5,090. Assisted living in Garden City is also more affordable than the national average cost of $4,300.

The Cost of Assisted Living in Nearby Cities

The cost of assisted living in Kansas can vary widely depending on the city, location and care plan chosen. The Garden City area has some of the lowest prices in the state. Topeka is a little more expensive, at $4,025. Seniors living in Wichita pay even more at $5,168. Manhattan has the highest assisted living costs in the state at $5,738.


Garden City




The United States







The Cost of Other Types of Senior Care

Fortunately, assisted living is one of the most affordable types of long-term care offered in Garden City. Nursing homes deliver a high level of care at a high cost, with a semiprivate room averaging $8,425. A private room is even costlier at $9,064. Homemaker services average $4,376 per month. Home health aide services have a similar monthly cost of $4,757.


Homemaker Services


Home Health Aide


Assisted Living


Nursing Home, Semiprivate


Nursing Home, Private Room

Note: Data for Garden City was unavailable, so data for the nearest city, Pueblo, Colorado, was used instead.

Financial Assistance for Assisted Living in Garden City

Low-income seniors who qualify for KanCare, the state Medicaid program, may qualify for the Frail Elderly Waiver, which helps pay the costs of assisted living for seniors who would otherwise qualify for placement in a nursing home.

Learn more about these programs, plus who’s eligible, on our Assisted Living in Kansas page.

Financial Assistance for Assisted Living in Garden City

More Ways to Pay for 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. Some additional ways to finance assisted living costs include:

  • Veterans Benefits
  • Life Insurance Policy
  • Long-Term Care Insurance
  • Reverse Mortgage

For more information about different ways to finance assisted living, visit our Assisted Living in Kansas page.

Free Assisted Living Resources in Garden City

Government and nonprofit organizations in Garden City offer a wide range of services for seniors living in or moving to long-term care homes. Some offer information and education while others provide advocacy.

ResourceContact Service
Southwest Kansas Area Agency on Aging(800) 225-8230This Agency on Aging offers a range of free services to older Kansans. Through a case management initiative, seniors can get help assessing their care needs, finding placement in an assisted living facility and obtaining insurance and benefits access. This organization also offers free legal aid.
Kansas Long-Term Care Ombudsman Program

(877) 662-8362Seniors living in long-term care homes can access support and advocacy through this state body. This agency’s ombudsmen serve as liaisons between seniors and their caregivers. As well as educating residents about their legal rights, they can help residents resolve concerns about their care and conditions.

Finney County Senior Center(620) 272-3620This center offers an array of free programs designed to help older adults stay physically and mentally fit. They include exercise classes, games and social activities. Seniors can also take part in trips to local attractions like casinos and state parks.

Assisted Living Laws and Regulations in Garden City

Garden City-area assisted living communities must adhere to the comprehensive set of state laws and regulations that all assisted living communities in Kansas are required to follow. Visit our Assisted Living in Kansas page for more information about these laws.

Assisted Living Laws and Regulations in Garden City