Assisted Living in Independence
Country Place Senior Living2120 North 13th Street, Independence, KS
Eagle Estates, Inc.1354 Taylor Road,, Independence, KS
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What to Consider About Assisted Living in Independence
Independence, Kansas, is a small city with a big senior population — a whopping 28.4 percent of the city's residents are age 55 or older. To accommodate its large senior community, the Independence area has three assisted living facilities, one located in Independence and two in neighboring communities. The Kansas Department of Aging and Disability Services licenses and regulates assisted living facilities in Independence and those in the rest of the state.
Benefits and Drawbacks of Assisted Living in Independence
Senior Services of Southeast Kansas, Inc. offers door-to-door transportation for Independence seniors. Rides have to be scheduled 24 hours in advance and are offered on a first-come-first-served basis.
Independence is prone to cold, snowy winters and hot, rainy summers, which might make life difficult for seniors who enjoy spending time outdoors. During the winter months, low temperatures dip into the high 20s, and in the summer high temperatures can reach the low-to-mid 90s.
- Seniors in Independence should take extra safety precautions when navigating the city. Violent crime rates in Independence are 72 percent higher than the state average and 69 percent higher than the U.S. average.
- Seniors on a low or fixed income might find that they get a bit more bang for their buck in Independence. While the cost of groceries only averages 1 percent lower than the national average, health care costs in Independence average 11 percent lower than the U.S. average and 6 percent lower than the state average.
- The Independence area is home to world-class medical facilities, including the Bronx Lebanon Hospital Center and the Independence Healthcare Center, in the event of medical emergencies or illness.
- Seniors in Independence, Kansas have to pay income tax on withdrawals from retirement accounts and pension payments at the state's rate of 4.90 percent. Social security payments are also partially taxed, and the state sales tax rate is 6.5 percent. When combined with city and county sales taxes, seniors might end up paying upwards of 9 percent sales tax on their purchases, including groceries.
Paying for Assisted Living in Independence
Average Monthly Costs
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Assisted Living costs in Independence start around $3,500 per month on average, while the nationwide average cost of assisted living is $4,000 per month, according to the latest figures from Genworth’s Cost of Care Survey.
It’s important to note that assisted living rates in Independence and the surrounding suburbs can vary widely based on factors such as location, the level of care needed, apartment size and the types of amenities offered at each community.
Financial Assistance for Assisted Living in Independence
Independence seniors who need help covering monthly assisted living costs can apply for KanCare. The state's expanded Medicaid program, combined with the Home and Community Based Services Waiver, pays for the costs associated with residing in an assisted living facility.
Learn more about these programs, plus who’s eligible, on our Assisted Living in Kansas page.
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 Independence
Independence and the surrounding area are home to numerous government agencies and non-profit organizations offering help for seniors searching for or currently residing in an assisted living community. These organizations can also provide assistance in a number of other eldercare services such as geriatric care management, elder law advice, estate planning, finding home care and health and wellness programs.
Assisted Living Laws and Regulations in Independence
Independence-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.