Part of Kansas City’s metropolitan area, Olathe is a medium-sized city of 140,000 that’s home to more than 14,000 seniors aged 65 and older. Milder winters and an absence of Social Security and inheritance taxes, in combination with the amenities that nearby Kansas City offers, make Olathe a feasible retirement option. The area offers many opportunities for recreation and relaxation, from wine-tasting to picnicking at local parks or antique-hunting at Sentimental Journey Marketplace. Seniors can also find socialization and fun at the local senior center or by joining Johnson County Parks and Recreation’s 50 Plus Program, which features a variety of leisure and recreational activities.
Assisted living facilities welcome seniors who want to stay socially engaged and independent but who need assistance with daily tasks, including personal care such as bathing and grooming. The Genworth 2021 Cost of Care Survey reports that the average price of assisted living in Olathe, which is $4,585 per month, is roughly on par with the national median rate and with payments for care in cities across Kansas.
Keep reading for an overview of assisted living costs in Olathe and various resources available to assisted living residents.
Hundreds of thousands of American seniors utilize assisted living, a figure that is only growing. For these seniors, assisted living combines residential housing,assistance in daily activities, and some healthcare. These communities also strive to provide an atmosphere that is comfortable and engaging for their residents… Read More >
COVID-19 restrictions and rules for Assisted Living Facilities are typically set by the state – to see the rules in your state, you can read our guide to Assisted Living in Kansas. Keep in mind that there may be other policies that communities 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.
In Olathe, seniors pay an average of $4,585 for assisted living each month.
The typical cost of assisted living in Olathe is around $4,585 per month. Average rates across the nation are slightly lower, at $4,500 monthly, while statewide prices are almost the same at $4,580.
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Assisted living costs among eastern Kansas towns, including Olathe, are fairly uniform. The town of Lawrence just west of Olathe offers comparable pricing at $4,538 per month. Similarly, you’ll pay an average of $4,495 every month at facilities in nearby Topeka. Fees become significantly higher in central Kansas compared to eastward options, with facilities in Manhattan charging $5,398 per month. Wichita is the least affordable city at $5,425 per month, which is almost $900 more than the statewide median.
Note: Data for Olathe was unavailable, so data for the nearest city, Kansas City, was used instead.
Since not everyone can afford to pay for assisted living out-of-pocket, it’s important to find alternative methods to help make assisted living more affordable. Some of these options include:
For more information about your options for making assisted living more affordable, visit our guide to Assisted Living in Kansas.
|Johnson County Area Agency on Aging||(913) 715-8861||As an advocate and resource for older adults and their loved ones in Olathe, the Johnson County Area Agency on Aging (JC AAA) provides information, referrals, caregiver support and more for free. In addition to the nutritious meals available at six nearby neighborhood centers, JC AAA provides legal services, private care management and insurance counseling.|
|Kansas City VA Center||(816) 753-1866||Located in nearby Kansas City, the Kansas City VA Center offers senior veterans and their loved ones a place for individualized counseling sessions for a variety of needs. In addition to benefits counseling, individual and group counseling is available, as is bereavement support. Employment referral is also available here, and the VA center also regularly engages with the community through outreach and education.|
|Wyandotte County VA Clinic||(800) 574-8387||Also in Kansas City, the Wyandotte County VA Clinic provides a variety of services to support the health and well-being of senior veterans and their dependents. In addition to primary care, behavioral health and psychiatry services are available. Veterans can have their prescriptions filled here, have lab work done and receive personal care from qualified primary care providers. Referrals to specialty care at the VA Medical Center are also available.|
|Lenexa Senior Center||(913) 477-7100||A hub for activity and events for local seniors, the Lenexa Senior Center provides connection, meaning and engagement. For a suggested donation, hot meals are served throughout the week, and regular activities such as card games and special parties are offered. The Lenexa Senior Center also provides transportation to seniors who are eligible.|
|Catch-a-Ride||(913) 715-8900||Part of the Aging and Human Services division, Catch-a-Ride is a volunteer-run transportation program for older adults who have no other means of transportation. Rides are available for a variety of purposes, including medical appointments, social events, grocery shopping and more. Though most destinations are within Johnson County, out-of-county trips are also available on a limited basis.|
Assisted Living Facilities in the Olathe area are required to follow a set of rules and regulations that are determined at the state level. For an overview of those rules and regulations, see the information below. For more specific information, talk with your local community or Area Agency on Aging.