44 Assisted Living Communities in Kansas
The Sheridan At Overland Park (Coming Soon)
Park West Plaza
Aldersgate Village Life Plan Community
Regent Park Assisted Living and Memory Care
Brookdale Salina Fairdale
Brookdale Salina Kirwin
Brookdale Great Bend
Brookdale Liberal Springs
Assisted Living in the Kansas
Only 3 million people live in Kansas, which has wide-open spaces and vast fields of corn and wheat, just as it did in pioneer days. Over 15 percent of the people here are over 65, and many of them live in assisted living communities that operate under guidelines to ensure residents have as much independence and privacy as their health allows.
Sunflowers, the state flower, are both commercially farmed and growing wild all over the state, which is why Kansas is officially nicknamed the Sunflower State. About a million people live in the two largest metro areas of Kansas, Wichita and the larger Kansas City region on the eastern border of the state.
Kansas got its start as a farm colony on the edge of the unknown American interior, and by the 1850s it was ready for statehood. This period was marked by extreme violence between pro- and anti-slavery factions trying to take control of the state's government, and the Civil War arguably began with a series of clashes that became known as "Bleeding Kansas." Anti-slavery forces wound up in control of the central and western parts of the state, and several places in Kansas went on to become stops in the Underground Railroad for slaves escaping Texas and Missouri.
Today, in honor of the early anti-slavery struggle, Kansan natives are sometimes called the "Jayhawkers," after the popular name of the anti-slavery fighters. Since 1912, the University of Kansas has also used the name for its college sports teams. Several monuments and historic sites also commemorate the struggle, and seniors from all over Kansas often volunteer to staff and to preserve the state's legacy.
What is Assisted Living?
Assisted living, which in Kansas is also sometimes known as residential care, is a level of long-term community living where seniors and adults with disabilities can get help with activities of daily living (ADLs). These ADLs are mostly routine activities, such as bathing, dressing and meal prep, though staff at some properties can assist residents with taking pre-dosed medications and travel outside of the facility.
What does Assisted Living Cost in Kansas?
In Kansas, the average monthly cost of assisted living is $4,250, according to the 2018 Genworth Cost of Care Survey.
Kansas seniors pay a median monthly cost of $4,250 for assisted living. This is a bit more than the $3,750 median cost nationwide. Home health aides in Kansas, which is a care level just below assisted living, costs an average $4,004 a month, though a private room in a nursing home can cost $6,167 a month.
How is Assisted Living Regulated in Kansas?
Assisted living communities in Kansas are regulated through the Kansas Department of Aging and Disability Services, which publishes guidelines for staff training and quality of care. Seniors who live in residential care communities, and their families and friends, can report to the department regarding conditions at their property. The department conducts inspections for health and safety and quality of care issues.
How is Assisted Living in Kansas Affected by Laws and Taxes?
Seniors who depend on Social Security for their retirement income pay no state taxes in Kansas. Income limits do apply to this exemption, and seniors who earn in excess of $75,000 a year from all sources put together may face state-level taxation on their federal benefits. State pensions are tax exempt on the state level, though private pensions are not. Kansas does not have estate or inheritance taxes, though sales taxes are above the national average, which can cut into the budget of seniors who shop for themselves. Property taxes are also high, relative to other states, but Kansas offers a refund program for seniors who still own real estate.
Politics in Kansas
Kansas has a three-branch state government that's similar to the federal system. The state executive branch is led by a governor and lieutenant-governor, who are elected on the same ticket. Three other executive officials are directly elected by the voting public, while others are appointed to their positions.
The state of Kansas has two senators and four members of the House of Representatives, giving the state six electors in presidential elections. These votes routinely go to the conservative candidate, and Kansas has been one of the most politically and socially conservative states in the U.S. since the 1960s.
Kansas makes it relatively easy for seniors to vote. Registration can usually be done online through the DMV, and absentee or advance voting is encouraged. Ballots may be mailed in or dropped off on election day at any polling station.
- Seniors who live near Wichita or Junction City can take a day trip to spend Easter Sunday in Lindsborg, where Handel's Messiah has been performed every year since 1889. This event has grown into an all-day festival that celebrates the life and accomplishments of the composer, and guests over 60 pay half price to attend.
- The Kansas Speleological Society welcomes seniors who might be interested in exploring some of Kansas' 538 known caves, underground warrens and sinkholes. Aging citizens can also volunteer their time with the society to make safety improvements for visitors to these caves, or to help new members get information about caving in Kansas' unusually common underground caves.
- The Geodetic Center of North America is on land known as Meades Ranch, about 40 miles south of Lebanon, KS. This spot is the main reference point for surveyors all over the country. When a team of government surveyors plots a line between any two other points in the lower 48 states, the coordinates are in reference to Meades Ranch. This is private property, and tour groups aren't allowed, though there is a marker 18 miles away, in Osborne, KS, that seniors and other visitors can observe.