Wichita is home to 397,532 residents, 14% of whom are seniors aged 65 and older. Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of dementia continue to impact an increasing number of seniors each year, which is certainly true in Wichita where these diseases claim dozens of lives annually. According to the Centers for Disease Control, the number of Alzheimer’s-related deaths in Wichita fell from 112 in 2014 to 111 in 2018, a decrease of 0.9%. Total deaths in the city rose 5.9% over the same period. Even though the number of dementia-related deaths fell, there’s no question that Alzheimer’s remains a dire issue in Wichita.

Thankfully, Wichita is home to dozens of memory care communities that help slow the progression of dementia in seniors and keep residents safe by providing 24/7 supervision and specialized therapies designed specifically for seniors living with memory loss. This guide includes a basic overview of memory care in Wichita, including a list of local resources for seniors with Alzheimer’s disease, benefits and drawbacks of retiring in the city, and a breakdown of memory care costs in nearby cities.

Memory Care Facilities in Wichita, KS

Park West Plaza

505 North Maize Road, Wichita, KS, 67212

Park West Plaza is located in Wichita, Kansas, with convenient access to shopping, movies, transportation and hospitals. Visitors mention the variety of living spaces available at the facility, which … (read more)
Park West Plaza is located in Wichita, Kansas, with convenient access to shopping, movies, transportation and hospitals. Visitors mention the variety of living spaces available at the facility, which … (read more)

2016

Regent Park Assisted Living & Memory Care

10600 E 13th St N, Wichita, KS, 67206

Regent Park Assisted Living and Memory Care is a senior assisted living and memory care facility located in Wichita, Kansas. Regent Park is a Continuing Care Retirement Community, offering several lev … (read more)
Regent Park Assisted Living and Memory Care is a senior assisted living and memory care facility located in Wichita, Kansas. Regent Park is a Continuing Care Retirement Community, offering several lev … (read more)

2016

Chisholm Place

1859 N. Webb Road, Wichita, KS, 67206

Chisholm Place is a very nice facility. The staff there was very helpful and answered all of our questions and made us feel very at home there, and their facility was excellent. The staff members were … (read more)
Chisholm Place is a very nice facility. The staff there was very helpful and answered all of our questions and made us feel very at home there, and their facility was excellent. The staff members were … (read more)

Brookdale East Wichita

9191 East 21st Street North, Wichita, KS, 67206

Our tour at Brookdale East Wichita was very good and it was very nice. The staff that gave the tour was very good, very helpful and able to answer all of the questions that we had. She was very good. … (read more)
Our tour at Brookdale East Wichita was very good and it was very nice. The staff that gave the tour was very good, very helpful and able to answer all of the questions that we had. She was very good. … (read more)

ComfortCare Homes – WEST

8629 W 29th Street North, Wichita, KS, 67205

The tour I had at ComfortCare Homes – West was good and very thorough. We were able to walk pretty much everywhere. We saw an occupied room, but there was no one there and it was perfectly OK to go in … (read more)
The tour I had at ComfortCare Homes – West was good and very thorough. We were able to walk pretty much everywhere. We saw an occupied room, but there was no one there and it was perfectly OK to go in … (read more)

ComfortCare Homes – EAST

219 S. Morningside, Wichita, KS, 67218


Homestead Estates of Wichita

10550 East 21st Street North, Wichita, KS, 67206

Chaucer Estates sits northeast of Wichita, providing independent and assisted living, memory care and short-term care for seniors in a premier residential community. Greenwich Place Shopping center is … (read more)
Chaucer Estates sits northeast of Wichita, providing independent and assisted living, memory care and short-term care for seniors in a premier residential community. Greenwich Place Shopping center is … (read more)

2022

Wichita Presbyterian Manor

4700 W 13th St N, Wichita, KS, 67212

Staff are not very skilled in dealing with dementia. I am worried my mother is over medicated to make her more manageable. Facility needs a way to deliver music to residents without resident needi … (read more)
Staff are not very skilled in dealing with dementia. I am worried my mother is over medicated to make her more manageable. Facility needs a way to deliver music to residents without resident needi … (read more)

KMH (Kansas Masonic Home)

402 S Martinson St, Wichita, KS, 67213

KMH (Kansas Masonic Home) is located in Wichita, Kansas, close to Via Christi Hospital St. Francis, Botanical Garden of Wichita and Interstate 135. Reviewers note the community’s well-landscaped groun … (read more)
KMH (Kansas Masonic Home) is located in Wichita, Kansas, close to Via Christi Hospital St. Francis, Botanical Garden of Wichita and Interstate 135. Reviewers note the community’s well-landscaped groun … (read more)

Advanced Care Home Plus, LLC

5501 Polo Drive, Wichita, KS, 67208


ComfortCare Homes-Founder’s Crest

6887 E Rockhill St, Wichita, KS, 67206

My husband has moved into ComfortCare Homes-Founder’s Crest. So far, I’m satisfied with it. The staff have been excellent and very caring. So far, there’s been no issues. They do a good job. The upkee … (read more)
My husband has moved into ComfortCare Homes-Founder’s Crest. So far, I’m satisfied with it. The staff have been excellent and very caring. So far, there’s been no issues. They do a good job. The upkee … (read more)

Avita Senior Living at Rolling Hills

629 S Maize Ct,, Wichita, KS, 67209

I looked at Avita Senior Living at Rolling Hills. The memory care and assisted living are all combined, so it’s just one great big campus. It was incredibly clean, well organized, and very efficient. … (read more)
I looked at Avita Senior Living at Rolling Hills. The memory care and assisted living are all combined, so it’s just one great big campus. It was incredibly clean, well organized, and very efficient. … (read more)

Catholic Care Center

6700 E. 45th N. , Wichita, KS, 67226

Catholic Care Center has two levels and it was pricey, and for some people it can be very confusing as to how they are going to get back upstairs. They have bingo and singing. The staff was friendly.
Catholic Care Center has two levels and it was pricey, and for some people it can be very confusing as to how they are going to get back upstairs. They have bingo and singing. The staff was friendly.

ComfortCare Homes, Inc.

7701 E. Kellogg, Suite 490, Wichita, KS, 67207

ComfortCare Homes Newton is not dedicated memory care. It’s more typical of a traditional nursing home, and it’s all levels of assisted living, not just memory care. It’s visually nice, but was also k … (read more)
ComfortCare Homes Newton is not dedicated memory care. It’s more typical of a traditional nursing home, and it’s all levels of assisted living, not just memory care. It’s visually nice, but was also k … (read more)

Accord Senior Care

6807 E Rockwood Road, Wichita, KS, 67206

I pop in every now and then at Accord. I appreciate what they do. They take good care of my mother; she’s OK with it but there are some times (she’s got dementia) she wants to know why she has to stay … (read more)
I pop in every now and then at Accord. I appreciate what they do. They take good care of my mother; she’s OK with it but there are some times (she’s got dementia) she wants to know why she has to stay … (read more)

The Mapleton

1419 W Central Ave, Andover, KS, 67002


Glen Carr House Memory Care

1433 N Hamilton Drive, Derby, KS, 67037


COVID-19 Rules for Memory Care in Wichita

Since most COVID-19 rules for Memory Care Communities and other Senior Living Facilities are set at the state level, you can view the specific rules for your state on our Guide to Memory Care in Kansas. Keep in mind that every community has specific policies that they put in place to protect their residents, so you should contact your local community for more information. Additionally, you can contact your local Area Agency on Aging to learn more – find contact information here.

What to Consider About Memory Care in Wichita

The Kansas Secretary of Aging and Disability Services licenses long-term care providers, including memory care facilities, in the Sunflower State, classifying them as either assisted living facilities or residential health care facilities — the difference being that residential health care facilities aren’t required to have kitchens. 

Benefits and Drawbacks of Memory Care in Wichita

  • Wichita is very isolated, surrounded by nothing but rural areas for well over 150 miles. The closest city is Tulsa, Oklahoma, which is 175 miles southeast of Wichita. Seniors thinking about retiring here should make sure Wichita has all the resources they need before moving.
  • Wichita has a low cost of living. The city’s overall cost of living is 17.9% below the national average and 1% below the Kansas statewide average. This latter statistic is remarkable considering the affordability of small, rural towns, which make up the majority of the Blue Hen State.
  • Wichita sees more crime than the majority of Kansas. On a scale of 1 to 100, where low scores indicate less crime, Wichita’s violent crime rating is 48.4, over twice as high as the Kansas statewide average (23.6) and the U.S. average (22.7). The city’s property crime rating (73.6) is also more than double the national average of 35.4.
  • Per the BestPlaces Water Quality Index, which rates cities’ water quality on a low-to-high scale of 1 to 100, Wichita’s water supply has a rating of 35, substantially lower than the U.S. average of 55. 
  • Wichita’s median home price of $160,700 is a little more than half the national median of $291,700 and 9.4% lower than the statewide median of $177,400.

Paying for Memory Care in Wichita

Assisted living facilities may offer memory care as an add-on service. Typically, memory care services cost 20-30% more than base-level assisted living care. Since there aren’t any authoritative resources on citywide, statewide or national memory care costs in the United States, we took the assisted living costs listed on Genworth’s 2021 Cost of Care Survey and increased them by 25% to arrive at the estimates below.

The Cost of Memory Care in Nearby Cities

On average, memory care facilities in Wichita charge $6,781 per month. This rate is $1,056 higher than the Kansas statewide average ($5,725) and $1,156 higher than the national average ($5,625). Manhattan’s average is close to Wichita’s, averaging $6,748 per month. Memory care facilities in Lawrence ($5,673) and Topeka ($5,619) charge nearly the same. Across the Oklahoma border, memory care costs just $4,819 per month in Tulsa.

$6781

Wichita

$5725

Kansas

$5625

The United States

$6748

Manhattan

$5673

Lawrence

$5619

Topeka

$4819

Tulsa, OK

The Cost of Other Types of Senior Care

In Wichita, adult day care is easily the most budget-friendly senior care option at just $1,706 per month. Home care and home health care are next up, both averaging $4,767 per month even though home health care includes additional clinical services. Assisted living costs slightly more, averaging $5,425. Nursing homes charge anywhere from $6,524 for

semiprivate and $6,965 for private rooms.

$4767

Home Care

$4767

Home Health Care

$1706

Adult Day Care

$5425

Assisted Living

$6524

Nursing Home (semiprivate)

$6965

Nursing Home (private)

Financial Assistance for Memory Care in Wichita

In Wichita, 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, Memory Care in Kansas page.

More ways to pay for memory care in Kansas

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 Memory Care Resources in Wichita

As the largest city in Kansas, Wichita is home to numerous resources for seniors with dementia who live in memory care communities. Local government agencies and nonprofit organizations run several programs and provide many areas of support to residents of memory care facilities, including grief and bereavement counseling, age-appropriate senior exercise opportunities and online self-help legal guides.

Resource

Contact

Service

(800) 860-5260

Senior Health Insurance Counseling for Kansas is the state's health insurance assistance program, a free program that gives seniors the opportunity to ask questions about Medicaid, Medicare, Medicare Part D, Medigap, long-term care insurance and other types of health insurance policies. SHICK counselors undergo lengthy trainings on all the aforementioned health insurance offerings, ultimately helping seniors better understand their options. SHICK's website includes several self-help resources that offer information about the various insurance policies available to them.

(800) 723-6953

Kansas Legal Services, a nonprofit community education organization and law firm, provides legal assistance to low- and moderate-income people in Kansas, including select populations such as seniors. The organization's Senior Citizen Law Project serves older adults ages 60 and up, rendering services related to a wide range of civil legal issues including public benefit assistance, Medicare and Social Security appeals, housing disputes, powers of attorney and advance health care directives. 

(800) 272-3900

The Central and Western Kansas Chapter of the Alzheimer's Association offers a broad variety of programs and services to seniors with Alzheimer's. The regional chapter, which covers a 69-county area that includes Wichita, arranges Alzheimer's support groups and offers several virtual education programs, covering topics such as early signs of Alzheimer's and effective communication strategies for friends and family members. 

(316) 265-0889

Funded and administered by the Department of Veterans Affairs, the Wichita Vet Center provides non-medical, clinical counseling and referral services to veterans, active service members and their family members. Trained, experienced counselors offer mental health care, couples and family counseling and grief and bereavement counseling and lead support groups on several veteran-oriented issues.

(855) 200-2372

The Central Plains Area Agency on Aging, one of 10 area agencies on aging in the Sunflower State, serves a three-county area that includes Sedgwick County — home to Wichita. CPAAA offers senior supports such as senior transportation, preventative health services, age-appropriate health and wellness classes. 

Memory Care Laws and Regulations in Wichita

Wichita 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.

Laws and regulations for memory care in Kansas