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The average cost of assisted living in the city is $4,728 a month. This guide is a starting point covering the cost of assisted living care in the city, as well as financing options to pay for it. You'll find in-depth information on 12 assisted living facilities in Wichita and 2 in surrounding areas.
The Cost of Senior Care in Wichita, KS
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We were impressed with Park West Plaza, it all seemed new, attractive, and it was very well-organized. The lady that took us around showed us some model rooms. She answered all our questions, and explained anything we brought up. You can buy meals, they had very nice dining rooms, and it looked like a very active commu...Read more Park West Plaza reviews
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My mother-in-law is living in Park West Plaza. We liked the layout of it. We visited with the staff which we appreciated, and it just seemed like a place that she could be involved in. She fell in love with it and said she doesn't want to look anywhere else. My mother-in-law participates in the exercises at 9:30 in the...Read more Park West Plaza reviews
The monthly cost for assisted living is fairly consistent between many Kansas communities. The average rates are comparable in Topeka ($5,300) and Lawrence ($5,265), and they’re only about $200 less in Manhattan, where the price is $5,100. Wichita is the lone exception, with an average assisted living cost of just $4,728. In spite of being lower than these other cities, the rate in Wichita is still over $700 higher than the national average of $4,000 and almost $200 above the state median of $4,556.
The Cost of Assisted Living in Surrounding Areas
Certain factors cause the price variances that exist between available senior care options in Wichita. Largely, they relate to the extent of care required and whether a senior lives at home or in a residential facility. Assisted living communities ($4,728) and nursing homes ($5,475) provide care in residential settings and include room and board. The 24-hour skilled nursing care offered in nursing homes results in a moderate $750 price increase compared to assisted living.
Adult day health services ($1,934) and in-home care services ($4,195) are notably less expensive than assisted living, but neither include room and board. With these two care options, seniors live at home and have to pay their own household operating bills and buy groceries. These expenses aren’t included in the monthly rates paid, which only cover the service hours of care provided.
Senior Care Cost Comparison Chart
The Medicaid programs administered by state governments provide vital health care coverage to the most economically vulnerable residents who are often low-income families with young children, expectant mothers, the elderly and adults who are blind or disabled. These essential programs are made possible with joint funding and a regulatory framework provided by the federal government.
Qualifying for KanCare for Long-term Care
Wichita residents can qualify for KanCare coverage for long-term care if they’re:
Residents must also meet the program’s financial guidelines that stipulate:
Seniors and disabled adults eligible to receive Supplemental Security Income benefits are automatically enrolled in KanCare when they apply to the Social Security Administration and don’t need to file a separate Medicaid application.
The state requires that income from all sources be put toward an applicant’s cost of care except $62 per month that’s reserved for personal needs. A number of assets don’t count toward the limit, including one vehicle, personal belongings, burial plots, life insurance with a value up to $1,500, a primary home worth no more than $585,000 and household furnishings.
Alternate Options to Qualify for Coverage
The Kansas Medicaid program does offer two options that may let over-limit individuals qualify for coverage:
Wichita residents can apply for KanCare coverage online or call (800) 792-4884 to learn more or obtain help with their application.
Frail Elderly Waiver Program
KanCare provides the Frail Elderly waiver program to give residents aged 65 or older an alternative to institutional nursing home care. This program is available to Medicaid-eligible seniors who’ve been assessed as needing a nursing home level of care but able to safely live in the community with waiver-provided support. The FE program doesn’t cover the cost of room and board in an assisted living facility, but it may pay for various provided services, such as:
For more information about the FE program or to apply, Wichita seniors can call the Central Plains Area Agency on Aging at (316) 660-5120.
Optional State Supplemental Payment
Seniors and disabled adults receiving SSI benefits who live in Medicaid-approved assisted living communities are eligible for an additional $62 monthly cash payment from the Kansas Optional State Supplemental program.
To qualify for these two benefits, Wichita residents must have:
To apply for SSI and OSS benefits, Wichita seniors can contact the Social Security Administration at (800) 772-1213.
Veterans Aid and Attendance Benefits
The Department of Veterans Affairs offers a top-up benefit program that can help Wichita senior veterans and surviving spouses pay for increased care costs. The Aid and Attendance program is open to those receiving a VA pension that’s not disability related who have a minimum 90-day active service record with at least one day during wartime and were honorably discharged.
Applicants must also have a yearly income of $22,577 or less and meet one of these health care criteria:
To learn more about the A&A program or receive assistance completing and filing an application for benefits, Wichita seniors should contact the Kansas Commission on Veterans Affairs at (785) 296-3976.
Senior Services of Wichita is a local nonprofit organization dedicated to helping city residents aged 55 and older enjoy independent, fulfilled lives. The organization offers a number of resources, including information and outreach services, a senior nutrition program that includes home-delivered meals and a roving pantry, in-home and caregiver support services, and a senior mentorship program.
The organization also operates four busy senior centers across the city that serve over 3,500 members. Each center hosts its own unique mix of social, recreational, cultural, educational and fitness activities. Diverse, life-enriching programs and events are planned with the goal of keeping older residents active and engaged in the community.
Senior Services of Wichita
200 S. Walnut St., Wichita, KS 67213
Senior veterans can access comprehensive medical services at Wichita’s Robert J. Dole VA Medical Center, including primary, secondary and extended care services.
Staff at the Kansas Commission on Veterans Affairs’ local field office are available to help area veterans and their families file applications and appeals for state and VA benefits and pensions.
Veterans can find shared bonds at either of the city’s active VFW posts.
Robert J. Dole VA Medical Center
5500 E. Kellogg Ave., Wichita, KS 67218
Kansas Commission on Veterans Affairs Office
700 SW. Jackson St., Ste. 1004, Topeka, KS 66603
VFW Post 112
1560 S. Topeka St., Wichita, KS 67211
Wichita Memorial VFW Post 3115
4801 W. Douglas Ave., Wichita, KS 67209
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