Wichita is the largest city in Kansas and is home to 397,532 citizens, of whom approximately 57,600 are seniors. With an overall cost of living that’s 18% below the national average and housing costs that are a remarkable 44% below that same average, Wichita can make a particularly good retirement location for budget-minded older adults.
If you are considering a move in your later years and find that you occasionally require a bit of extra help getting around the house and handling everyday tasks, an assisted living community might fit your needs. According to Genworth Financial, the average monthly cost of assisted living in Wichita is $5,425, which is 17% higher than the U.S. average.
In this guide to assisted living in Wichita, we’ll break down the cost of such care in the city, across Kansas and in some bordering states. You’ll also find a chart detailing some of the low-cost supportive resources available to seniors in Wichita.
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COVID-19 Rules and Restrictions for Assisted Living in Wichita
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.
Wichita’s price of $5,425 is the highest in Kansas, according to Genworth’s data. Statewide, the average monthly cost of assisted living is nearly $1,000 lower at $4,580. That figure is just slightly higher than the national average of $4,500.
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Genworth reports price data for three other cities in Kansas. Manhattan’s prices are nearly as high as Wichita’s at $5,398. The state capital, Topeka, has the state’s lowest costs at $4,495 a month, and Lawrence is in the same ballpark at $4,538 a month. Major cities in bordering states also see lower prices than Wichita. In Oklahoma, seniors pay $3,855 a month in Tulsa and $4,800 a month in Oklahoma City. Meanwhile, residents of Kansas City, Missouri, pay an average of $4,585 a month.
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How to Get Financial Assistance for Assisted Living in Wichita
More Ways to Pay for Assisted Living
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:
Life Insurance Policy
Long-Term Care Insurance
For more information about your options for making assisted living more affordable, visit our guide to Assisted Living in Kansas.
Military veterans may access this always-open medical center for rehabilitation services, physical therapy, mental health support, vaccinations, weight management classes and other types of care. The center can also assist veterans who need help filling prescriptions. Same-day and walk-in appointments are available for urgent health concerns.
Adults 60 and older who apply before a given semester’s cutoff date may take certain history and politics courses for free at WSU. Sign up by submitting a registration form and showing a valid ID upon arriving for your first class.
KLS, a nonprofit law firm based in Topeka, operates an Elder Law Hotline that takes calls from and offers free legal advice to Kansas’ older population. KLS attorneys cover legal areas that include elder abuse, fraud, entitlement assistance and medical support, among others. Operators can also direct seniors in need of representation to the attorneys of the Senior Citizen Law Project.
Ombudsmen support the needs of residents of LTC communities by investigating and attempting to resolve issues regarding safety, quality of care and violation of rights. They can also help explain long-term care policies to facility residents and their loved ones.
Older adults are eligible to receive low-cost non-emergency transportation from this local-government program. The SCT partners with third-party providers to connect seniors with curb-to-curb service. Rides may be scheduled up to seven days in advance and must be reserved at least one day in advance.
Wichita Assisted Living Laws and Regulations
Assisted Living Facilities in the Wichita 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.