About Assisted Living in Kansas

Aside from the unpredictable spring-time weather there are several great reasons to retire in Kansas. Both the cost of living and the cost of assisted living are well below the national average. In 2013 Kansas cut its income tax rate from 6.45% to 4.9% - which is below the national average. State and local government pensions, as well as military, civil service, and railroad retirement, are all exempt from income taxes - social security also has exemptions based on adjusted gross income.

What Options are Available for Assisted Living?

In the state of Kansas, an assisted living facility is a place that houses 6 or more people, providing personal care and supervised care, assisting with activities of daily living (ADLs).

All licensed assisted living facilities are required to comply with National Fire Protection Association regulations regarding the use of smoke detectors, fire alarms, sprinklers, and evacuation. The state fire marshal conducts annual inspections for all licensed facilities.

What are the Alzheimer’s Requirements for Assisted Living Facilities in Kansas?

Facilities that offer Alzheimer’s and dementia care must provide in-service education and training to all staff relating to the specific needs of the residents.

Senior Assisted Living Details and Costs for Cities in Kansas

Found below are some of the larger cities in Kansas. Each listing page provides details on senior assisted living options, independent living, senior apartments and homes, and Alzheimer's care. Details may include amenities, services offered and other useful information.

What Training is Required for Assisted Living Facility Staff?

All new employees are required to complete an orientation and in-service education regarding the principles of assisted living, as well as abuse, neglect and exploitation, including disaster and emergency preparedness.

Is an Assessment Required Before Move-In?

A functional capacity screening must be conducted by a licensed nurse, licensed social worker, or the administrator on or before admission and at least annually thereafter (or upon a significant change in the resident’s physical, mental, or psychosocial functioning.)

What Care is Available in an Assisted Living Facility?

  • Assistance with ADLs.
  • Limited nursing services.
  • Monitoring wellness and health.

Licensed home health agencies and hospice services may be requested by the resident and can be negotiated and added to the facility service agreement.

How is Medication Managed?

Facilities can manage their residents’ medications or allow the residents to self-administer their own medications. A licensed nurse will assess each resident to determine if he or she can self-administer their medication safely.

What are the Bathroom Requirements for an Assisted Living Facility?

No bathroom requirements are specified.

What are the Move-In or Move-Out Requirements?

Assisted living facilities can only admit residents whose needs can be met by the facility, and they may not admit or retain residents who:

  • Have unmanageable incontinence.
  • Are immobile.
  • Require total dependence with mobility to exit the building.
  • Require two-people transfer.
  • Require ongoing skilled nursing intervention, 24-hour a day.
  • Have unmanageable behavior or require physical restraints.

Residents may remain or be admitted if the negotiated service agreement includes one or more of the above and services are sufficient and the facility can properly meet the resident’s needs. 30 days’ notice must be given to transfer or discharge a resident.

Is an Assisted-Living Facility Covered by Medicaid in the State of Kansas?

Yes. A Medicaid home and community-based services waiver covers assisted living facility services as long as the facility is enrolled as a provider and the resident meets nursing home level-of-care criteria.

Who can I contact for more information?

Department for Aging and Disability Services
Patty Brown
(785) 296-4986