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The 10 Best Memory Care Facilities in Olathe, KS for 2024

Olathe, KS, is a suburban community around 20  miles from Kansas City, Missouri. It’s home to about 143,000 individuals, of whom roughly 12% are seniors aged 65 and older. Elderly individuals are at an increased risk of developing Alzheimer’s, a condition that the Alzheimer’s Association projects could impact nearly 12.9 million seniors by the year 2050.

Dementia is an issue of growing concern in the community of Olathe. As reported by the CDC, the number of Alzheimer’s-related deaths nearly doubled from 2016 to 2020, while the number of all deaths rose by only 28% during this period. To support those living with Alzheimer’s, Olathe offers a number of memory care communities where seniors can receive personalized dementia care services. These facilities are staffed with specially trained caregivers who are available around the clock to assist with daily tasks and offer services such as housekeeping, meals and planned recreational activities.

This guide offers information about memory care for seniors and families exploring their long-term care options. It includes some of the benefits and drawbacks of living in Olathe, how much memory care services typically cost and a list of organizations that offer dementia-focused programs and services.

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What to Consider About Memory Care in Olathe

In Olathe, the Kansas Department for Aging & Disability Services regulates assisted living and residential health care facilities, including memory care communities. A preliminary inspection is conducted before licensure, and at least one unannounced inspection must be within 15 months of any previous inspection to ensure a facility complies with laws and regulations.

Benefits and Drawbacks of Memory Care in Olathe

  • Johnson County Transit is a countywide public transportation service that seniors in Olathe can ride free of charge. The system also operates a Freedom On-Demand service that provides scheduled curb-to-curb transportation for the elderly and disabled for a small fee.
  • Crime in Olathe is low, which may be comforting to seniors in memory care communities. Rated on a scale of 1 to 100, the city earns a score of 10.2 for violent crime and 24.5 for property crime. These scores are both lower than the U.S. national averages of 22.7 and 35.4, respectively.
  • Living in Olathe is a little more expensive than in the average Kansas city. Olathe’s cost of living index is rated 103.1, based on the U.S. average of 100. This is about 24% higher than the Kansas state median of 83.1. While housing costs are noticeably higher in Olathe, transportation and health care costs are moderate.
  • Seniors have direct access to world-class health care services at Olathe Medical Center. Open 24 hours a day, the hospital offers emergency care services as well as a number of specialties. In fact, it’s nationally recognized for heart attack and stroke care.
  • Olathe has a humid climate characterized by hot summers and cold winters. Residents can expect winter temperatures as low as 20 degrees Fahrenheit, accompanied by about 13 inches of snow throughout the season. Summer temperatures can climb to the high 80s, and the area often experiences severe thunderstorms. However, the city does see 12 more days of sunshine than the average American city.
  • According to data from the American Lung Association, the air quality in Johnson County is fair. The region receives a B rating in terms of high ozone days. However, it receives a C rating when observing levels of 24-hour particle pollution.
  • Kansas offers a moderately tax-friendly climate for retirees. Social Security benefits and public pension income are exempt from taxation, and the state does not have an estate or inheritance tax. However, other forms of retirement income, such as IRAs and 401(k)s, are subject to taxation.

Paying for Memory Care in Olathe

Note: Residential memory care is usually offered in assisted living facilities, and in general, memory care rates tend to be 20-30% higher than assisted living rates. No national database currently tracks memory care costs in the United States, so we’ve estimated the monthly memory care costs listed below by adding 25% to the rates listed in Genworth’s 2021 Cost of Care Survey.

While costs often depend on a facility’s location, amenities and services, the average rate for memory care in Olathe is $5,731 per month.

The Cost of Memory Care in Nearby Cities

While costs in Olathe are a bit higher than the U.S. national average ($5,625), they’re on par with the Kansas state median. Other cities in the state, such as Topeka and Lawrence, see rates that are similar to the national average. Seniors in these cities pay about $100 less per month for memory care than in Olathe. However, Olathe is much more affordable than Manhattan and Wichita, where average memory care costs exceed $6,700. These cities are over $1,000 more expensive than Olathe.

Olathe

$5,731

Kansas

$5,725

The United States

$5,625

Topeka

$5,619

Lawrence

$5,673

Manhattan

$6,748

Wichita

$6,781

The Cost of Other Types of Senior Care

Adult day health care is about $4,000 less than memory care but covers only part-time assistance during the day. Assisted living rates are also less expensive, at $4,585 per month. For seniors looking to age in place, both in-home care and home health care costs are more than $770 lower than memory care. Nursing homes are about $730 more expensive than memory care facilities, though they offer a higher level of specialized care.

Memory Care

$5,731

In-Home Care

$4,957

Home Health Care

$4,957

Adult Day Health Care

$1,733

Assisted Living Facility

$4,585

Nursing Home Facility (semiprivate room)

$6,464

Note: Data for Olathe was unavailable, so data for the nearest city, Kansas City, MO, was used instead.

Financial Assistance for Memory Care in Olathe

In Olathe there are options for seniors who need financial assistance paying for Memory Care. For more information about other options, who qualifies, and how to apply, visit our Memory Care in Kansas page.

More Ways to Pay for Memory Care

While many families use their own funds or personal assets to pay for memory care, there are plenty of additional options to cover these costs. Some additional ways to finance memory care costs include:

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

For more information about different ways to finance memory care, visit our Memory Care in Kansas page.

Free & Low-Cost Memory Care Resources in Olathe

Olathe offers a variety of resources to support local residents impacted by dementia. The following list features agencies and organizations that offer free or low-cost services for seniors, including benefits counseling, support groups, health screenings and wellness programming.

ResourceContactService
Alzheimer's Association - Heart of America Chapter(800) 272-3900The Heart of America Chapter of the Alzheimer's Association offers support and education for individuals impacted by dementia by hosting support groups, educational workshops and community events to raise awareness and funding for research. It also operates a 24-hour helpline to answer questions and provide information about Alzheimer's.
Johnson County Area Agency on Aging(913) 715-8800This Area Agency on Aging, which also serves as the regional Aging & Disability Resource Center (ADRC), helps seniors access community-based services and supports. Individuals can contact the organization for referrals to long-term care services such as benefits counseling, legal aid, caregiver support and the state ombudsman program.
Kansas Department of Aging & Disability Services(785) 296-4986The Kansas Department for Aging and Disability Services administers statewide programs and long-term care services such as the Older Americans Act, health insurance counseling and caregiver supports. It also operates an Alzheimer’s Disease Task Force, which advocates for the needs of seniors living with dementia.
University of Kansas Alzheimer's Disease Research Center(913) 588-0555The Alzheimer's Disease Research Center can help seniors and families cope with dementia by providing information about Alzheimer's free memory screenings, educational programs and family support groups. It can also help guide individuals through their treatment options.
Link for Care(913) 945-6612Residents of the greater Kansas City metropolitan area can explore Link for Care to quickly and conveniently locate services in their communities. The free online directory is designed to help individuals navigate resources for housing, health care, legal aid and financial assistance.
Kansas Legal Services(785) 233-2068 or toll-free (800) 723-6953Kansas Legal Services offers free civil legal assistance, including services for seniors aged 60 and older, on cases involving elder abuse, long-term care disputes, public health benefits and guardianship. It also operates an elder hotline that older adults can contact for information, advice and referrals.
Kansas Commission on Veterans Affairs(913) 371-5968The Kansas Commission on Veterans Affairs helps veterans and their dependents receive the benefits they're entitled to, including health care benefits, veteran's pensions and disability compensation. Veterans in Olathe are served by the agency's Overland Park Field Office.

Memory Care Laws and Regulations in Olathe

Olathe Memory Care Communities must adhere to the comprehensive set of state laws and regulations that all Memory Care Facilities in Kansas are required to follow. Visit our Memory Care in Kansas page for more information about these laws.

Reviews of Communities Nearby

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Kathy

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

Review of Villa St Francis

Having my mom at Villa St Francis has been great. They have great communication with us. They have a lot of staff and they are just very caring. I am very pleased. She is in the memory care wing...

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Elisabeth

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

Review of The Homestead of Olathe

My father moved into The Homestead of Olathe. They worked with him, but after a month he passed away. They were nice. Everybody seemed like they cared, but I don't feel like I was notified of all...

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Sue

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

Review of Anthology of Olathe

So far, everyone we've dealt with in Anthology of Olathe is fabulous. We are very comfortable with our decision, that's for sure. My father-in-law is in the memory care area and they are just...

Provider response

We are very proud of our staff. Thank you for the kind remarks.

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