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10 Best Assisted Living Facilities in Wichita, KS for 2024

The biggest city in Kansas, Wichita has a growing community of older adults aged 65 and over, who account for 14.5% of nearly 400,000 residents. The city offers retirees affordable living and accessible health care options. As a large city, Wichita has many places of interest, including a public library, museums and picturesque parks.

Seniors in assisted living communities receive personal care services in a residential environment. Communities often have homelike settings, and housing options can range from shared rooms to apartments. Services such as housekeeping, laundry and meals are included in the rate. Residents can choose to take part in life enrichment and social programs based on their interests and abilities. Assisted living communities in Wichita cost around $5,425 per month, making the area one of the more expensive in the state for this type of senior care. 

This guide provides an introduction to topics such as what the city as a whole offers and how assisted living in Wichita ranks in cost compared with other areas. The page lists several helpful resources for residents in long-term care.

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What to Consider About Assisted Living in Wichita

Assisted living facilities in Wichita fall under the umbrella term “adult care home” and are heavily regulated by the state. Units must comply with a comprehensive list of laws determined by the Kansas Department for Aging and Disability Services.

Benefits and Drawbacks of Assisted Living in Wichita

  • Wichita is home to many quality medical facilities, including the Wesley Medical Center, Ascension Via Christi St. Francis and Wesley Woodlawn Hospital & ER. The city’s ratio of 212 medical professionals for every 100,000 residents is slightly above the national median of 210. 
  • Overall, Wichita residents benefit from an affordable cost of living that’s 17.9% below the national average. Seniors in the area pay less for groceries, transportation and even health care. 
  • As expected in such a large city, crime rates in Wichita are well above the U.S. average. However, resident safety is often a priority in assisted living facilities. Many units have locking systems and on-site security. 
  • Weather in the city varies greatly based on the season. During the winter months, temperatures can drop to 22 degrees, but the area receives only around 13 inches of snow each year, which is lower than the national average of 28. Temperatures in July can go as high as 92 degrees. 
  • The city’s air quality index of 56 is only a couple of points lower than the country’s average of 58. Air quality levels can determine seniors’ risks of developing respiratory illnesses and other conditions. 
  • City residents aged 65 years and older may be eligible for some statewide tax relief programs, including the Homestead Refund and Kansas Property Tax Relief for Low-Income Seniors. 
  • Seniors in Wichita can get around the city and access neighboring communities using the low-cost Sedgwick County Transportation service.

Paying for Assisted Living in Wichita

Assisted living communities in Wichita charge, on average, $5,425 each month, per the Genworth Cost of Care 2021 Survey. Costs in the area are close to $1,000 higher than the corresponding state and national medians of $4,580 and $4,500, respectively. 

The Cost of Assisted Living in Nearby Cities

As the largest city in Kansas, Wichita is also the most expensive for assisted living in the state. Costs in Manhattan are comparable to Wichita but still slightly lower at $5,398. Seniors in cities such as Topeka and Lawrence pay $4,495 and $4,538, respectively, for their monthly residential care, significantly less than those who live in Wichita. 

Wichita

$5,425

Kansas

$4,580

United States

$4,500

Manhattan

$5,398

Topeka

$4,495

Lawrence

$4,538

The Cost of Other Types of Senior Care

For an average monthly cost of  $4,767, older adults in Wichita can receive the care they need at home via an in-home care or a home health care provider. Adult day health care is another more affordable option for seniors in the area, costing around $1,706 each month. Nursing homes offer seniors the highest possible care level because they provide around-the-clock supervision. These facilities are also the highest priced in Wichita at an average rate of  $6,524.

In-Home Care

$4,767

Home Health Care

$4,767

Adult Day Health Care

$1,706

Assisted Living Facility

$5,425

Nursing Home (semiprivate room)

$6,524

Financial Assistance for Assisted Living in Wichita

Kansas seniors with limited income can get help affording assisted living through KanCare, the state’s Medicaid program. Unfortunately, there are no non-Medicaid programs available for assisted living.

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

Financial Assistance in Kansas

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 Wichita

Wichita seniors have access to an array of programs and services that can help enhance their quality of life. Government and nonprofit agencies can help seniors locate suitable long-term care, understand their rights when living in a facility and apply for financial assistance programs they may be eligible for. 

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Wichita Senior Centers (316) 267-0302Senior Services of Wichita manages 4 senior centers in the city. In exchange for a yearly membership fee, older adults can attend many social and recreational activities such as pickleball, fitness classes and line dancing. The centers also offer a range of health promotion and educational programs.
RSVP Volunteer Program(855) 200-2372By joining the RSVP Volunteer Program, older adults can help deliver important services to their local community. Volunteers who chose to donate their time and skills benefit from full training and supplemental insurance.
Elder Law Hotline(888) 353-5337This is a statewide helpline for Kansas residents who are aged 60 and older provided by the Kansas Legal Services Organization. Seniors can get free legal advice on a range of civil matters such as advance directives, public benefits and guardianship.
Central Plains Area Agency on Aging(855) 200-2372Local AAA chapters offer assistance and supportive services for seniors in the Wichita area. Older adults can call the agency for help with resources, including options counseling and case management. The AAA also offers health and wellness programs such as A Matter of Balance classes and access to health screening tools.
Office of the Long-Term Care Ombudsman (316) 347-1429Residents of long-term care settings such as assisted living facilities can get assistance and support from their regional ombudsman, who advocates for the rights of residents and promotes a person-centered approach to senior care. Older adults can log complaints about their facilities and discuss concerns about the quality of care they're receiving.

Assisted Living Laws and Regulations in Wichita

Wichita Assisted Living Communities must adhere to the comprehensive set of state laws and regulations that all Assisted Living Facilities in KS are required to follow. Visit our Assisted Living in KS page for more information about these laws.

Assisted Living Laws and Regulations in Kansas

Reviews of Communities Nearby

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Dale

I am a friend or relative of a current/past resident

Review of Homestead of Wichita

My mother spent roughly the last 18 months of her life there, during COVID. During the first half of that period I was very satisfied, but then I felt like the quality of her care went down. I had...

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Arlene

I am a friend or relative of a current/past resident

Review of Brookdale Tallgrass

My mother-in-law moved to Brookdale Tallgrass. We know more now that she's been there, and it's all good. I think the smallness of it attracted us. She happened to get just a really nice room view,...

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Robert

I visited this facility

Review of Brookdale Tallgrass

The grounds at Brookdale Tallgrass were fine. I didn't get to see inside the room, but the common areas were very nice and very well kept up. The person that gave me the tour was not very, very...

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