Assisted Living in Kansas City
The Piper2300 N 113th Terrace, Kansas City, KS
Victory Hills Senior Living1900 N 70 St, Kansas City, KS
Delaware Highlands Assisted Living12600 Delaware Parkway, Kansas City, KS
Life Care Center of Kansas City3231 North 61st Street, Kansas City, KS
Manor Place Retirement Apartments6016 Leavenworth Rd, Kansas City, KS
Senior Star at Wexford Place6500 North Cosby Avenue, Kansas City, MO
Bickford at Mission Springs5350 West 61st Place, Mission, KS
The Gardens at Barry Road8300 NW Barry Rd, Kansas City, MO
Brookdale Rosehill12802 Johnson Dr., Shawnee, KS
Brighton Gardens of Prairie Village7105 Mission Road, Prairie Village, KS
At A Glance
There are 28 assisted living communities in the city and surrounding suburbs to choose from. The average cost of assisted living in Kansas City is $3,409 per month, according to the latest estimates from Genworth.
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What to Consider About Assisted Living in Kansas City
Kansas City, KS, is the third largest city in Kansas with a population of 149,755 and is commonly referred to as "KCK" to differentiate it from Kansas City, Missouri. There are 63 assisted living communities in Kansas City, where seniors can live as independently as possible with access to 24-hour assistance with activities of daily living (ADLs). These include dressing, personal care and sometimes transportation off-site for medical appointments. The state regulates its assisted living properties through the Kansas Department of Aging and Disability Services, which monitors health and safety standards.
Benefits and Drawbacks of Assisted Living in Kansas City
- Kansas City's weather can be fickle. Winter lows here can get down to a brisk 18 degrees Fahrenheit in December and January, while summer days rise as high as 89 degrees. Annually, Kansas City gets about 34 inches of rain, which can circulate pollen in spring. This might be an issue for seniors with asthma or allergies.
- Kansas City's cost of living is about 19 percent lower than the national average. However, the average cost of groceries and health care is slightly higher than the state's average, which might make it difficult for seniors to find affordable options.
- Kansas has spent years slowly lowering its income tax to the current range of 2.9 to 5.2 percent. However, SSI and many forms of retirement income are not subject to state-level taxation. As income taxes have gone down, sales taxes have risen somewhat, including the prices of goods many aging citizens depend on such as nutritional supplements and durable medical goods.
- The crime rate in Kansas City is about double the national average. The silver lining is that rates used to be far higher still; crime has dropped by 40 percent since 2002.
- The Kansas City Area Transportation Authority (KCATA) operates 89 bus routes around the seven counties that the city sprawls into on both sides of the border. Seniors ride at a discount, but a valid ID must be presented at the time you pay your fare.
- The Kansas City area is home to world-class medical facilities, including St. Luke's Hospital of Kansas City, in the event of medical emergencies or illness.
Paying for Assisted Living in Kansas City
Average Monthly Costs
Cities in Kansas
Assisted Living costs in Kansas City start around $3,332 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 Kansas City 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 Kansas 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.
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 Kansas City
Kansas City 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 Kansas City
Kansas 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.