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Senior housing types near Lawrence, KS

  • The Windsor of Lawrence

    The Windsor of Lawrence

    3220 Peterson Rd, Lawrence, KS 66049
    (14)
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    The Windsor of Lawrence is a licensed assisted living and memory care residence committed to providing quality services in a caring, comfortable environment. We offer professional, personalized services designed to enhance the quality of life for those we serve. We honor each resident's...

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  • Brandon Woods at Alvamar

    Brandon Woods at Alvamar

    1501 Inverness Drive, Lawrence, KS 66047
    (4)
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    Brandon Woods Retirement Community Brandon Woods Retirement Community is an assisted living community located in Lawrence, Kansas, in Douglas County and home to about 88,000 people. Located along the Wakarusa and Kansas Rivers, residents will enjoy this beautiful college town with its park-like...

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  • Lawrence Presbyterian Manor

    1429 Kasold Dr, Lawrence, KS 66049
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  • Anthology of Olathe

    Anthology of Olathe

    101 W 151st St, Olathe, KS 66061
    (16)
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    In America’s heartland, where sprawling fields of grass and wheat sway under gentle blue skies, sprouts a new kind of senior living community in South Olathe, Kansas. In this friendly city, residents of Anthology of Olathe are encouraged to live aspirationally by welcoming neighbors and kind,...

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  • Homestead of Olathe Memory Care

    Homestead of Olathe Memory Care

    791 North Somerset Terrace, Olathe, KS 66062
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    Homestead Assisted Living offers a warm and inviting atmosphere that allows residents to relax and enjoy every day. We strive to provide all the amenities of home to make them feel comfortable. Whatever residents like to do, they’ll be among friends who share common interests and needs. Residents...

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  • Sunrise of Lenexa

    Sunrise of Lenexa

    15055 West 87th Street Parkway, Lenexa, KS 66215
    (42)
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    Step into a Sunrise Assisted Living community and you can't help but feel at home. We stop at nothing to make your experience warm and inviting, from our homelike exterior architecture, to our comfortable community areas and choice of suites to our exceptional outdoor gardens and landscaping. Look...

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  • Atria Hearthstone

    Atria Hearthstone

    3415 Southwest 6th Avenue, Topeka, KS 66606
    (54)
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    Atria Hearthstone East in Topeka is a senior community with a warm, family-style atmosphere. The beautiful, three-acre campus—shared with Atria Hearthstone West—offers lovely area for walks and for relaxing with friends. Atria Hearthstone East is conveniently located to nearby shopping...

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  • Silvercrest College View

    Silvercrest College View

    13600 W 110th Terrace, Lenexa, KS 66215
    (7)
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    Silvercrest at College View is an exciting new concept in Senior Community Living with lots of variety and amenities to choose from. Our unique and beautiful brand new buildings are contemporary and do not look like the traditional retirement or Assisted Living community. Large spacious floor to...

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  • Our Home Senior Care

    Our Home Senior Care

    5745 Rosehill Rd, Shawnee, KS 66216
    (2)
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    Privately owned and operated Home Plus Assisted Living and Memory Care in the Shawnee area of Johnson County. We are a smaller community compared to others, but our biggest feature is our community provides the one on one direct personal support, while receiving quality care. Whether it is a long...

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  • Forest Creek Memory Care

    Forest Creek Memory Care

    12701 Pflumm Rd, Overland Park, KS 66213
    (2)
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    Forest Creek is a stand alone memory care community in Overland Park, KS. Our exceptional and specially trained staff can care for your family member, allowing you to be "the loved one" and not "the caregiver". Our beautiful community includes both indoor and outdoor walking spaces. This allows our...

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  • Brookdale College Square

    Brookdale College Square

    11000 Oakmont Street, Overland Park, KS 66210
    (27)
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    A Warm and Welcoming Community We know how difficult it is to care for a loved one dealing with Alzheimer’s or another form of dementia. We also understand how challenging it can feel to transition their care to someone else. But after you visit our memory care community in Overland Park, Kansas, we...

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  • Stratford Commons Memory Care Community

    Stratford Commons Memory Care Community

    12340 Quivera Road, Overland Park, KS 66213
    (23)
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    Stratford Commons Memory Care Community offers one of the most innovative approaches to senior memory care in Overland Park. Our approach treats residents with the utmost respect, patience, and kindness while offering a sense of purpose and pleasure. The Courtyard program and staff recognize and...

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  • Brookdale Shawnee

    Brookdale Shawnee

    11400 West 65th Street, Shawnee, KS 66203
    (29)
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    Safety For Them, Peace of Mind For You We understand how difficult it can be to transition your loved one’s care to someone else. That’s why we go above and cultivate a warm and welcoming memory care environment that fosters a sense of purpose and belonging without sacrificing quality care and...

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  • Sunrise of Overland Park

    Sunrise of Overland Park

    12500 West 135th Street, Overland Park, KS 66221
    (35)
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    At Sunrise of Overland Park, KS, we offer our residents and their families the best of both worlds in so many ways. Our senior living community is located close enough to Interstate 35 to make it accessible, but far enough from the hustle and bustle to allow our residents to retain the privacy they...

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  • Brookdale Topeka

    Brookdale Topeka

    5800 Southwest Drury Lane, Topeka, KS 66604
    (18)
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    Exceptional Memory Care for Exceptional Seniors If you or your loved one is considering Alzheimer’s or dementia care, you deserve a community with the special skills, special training, and specially designed community to deliver a stable environment where seniors with dementia can thrive. That’s...

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  • Legend at Capital Ridge

    Legend at Capital Ridge

    1931 SW Arvonia Pl, Topeka, KS 66615
    (16)
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    Legend at Capital Ridge is an assisted living and memory care residence committed to providing quality services in an inviting, comfortable environment. We offer professional, personalized services designed to enhance the quality of life for those we serve. We remain dedicated to those who entrust...

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  • The Heritage of Overland Park

    The Heritage of Overland Park

    10101 West 127th Street, Overland Park, KS 66213
    (8)
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    Thank you for your interest in The Heritage of Overland Park! Based on a foundation of customer service, associate satisfaction, and community, The Heritage is proving to be the premier provider of Alzheimer's and memory care services in the metro Kansas City/Johnson County area. Our mission is to...

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  • Golden Oaks Home

    Golden Oaks Home

    11701 West 60th Place, Shawnee, KS 66203
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    We want our home to become your home. We invite you to come and live with us, be cared for by our loving staff, and participate in enjoyable activities throughout the day that provides a sense of purpose and value. Our daily activities focus on keeping the mind, body, and spirit active & engaged. We...

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  • Glenwood Village of Overland Park

    Glenwood Village of Overland Park

    9201 Foster St, Overland Park, KS 66212
    (41)
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    Glenwood Village of Overland Park provides assisted living and memory care services to seniors in the Overland Park, Kansas area. The city of Overland Park has excellent healthcare and recreational options, making it an ideal place for retirement. Our spacious apartments come with all of the...

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  • Morningside Place Memory Care

    Morningside Place Memory Care

    6921 W 81st Street, Overland Park, KS 66204
    (38)
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    Morningside Place, an Anthem Memory Care Community is an assisted living conveniently located in the beautiful, upscale city of Overland Park, Johnson County, Kansas. With easy access to four major Interstate highways and a less than forty minute drive from Kansas City International Airport,...

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  • Bickford of Overland Park

    Bickford of Overland Park

    10665 Barkley Street, Overland Park, KS 66212
    (44)
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    We began our quest into senior living because of our love for our beloved mother, Mary Bickford, whose needs became too great for us to manage.  As we researched senior living options, we were shocked at our findings.  The options offered too much or too little — none met her needs...

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  • Brookdale Overland Park

    Brookdale Overland Park

    12000 Lamar Avenue, Overland Park, KS 66209
    (30)
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    Comforts of Home, Conveniences of Community If you want to exchange the burdens of everyday life for a senior living experience rich in wonderful friendships, quality care and luxury amenities, look no further. Nestled on a quiet campus with beautiful landscaping and fragrant flowers, our continuum...

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  • Park Meadows Senior Living

    5901 W. 107th Street, Overland Park, KS 66207
    (79)
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    In order to prevent the spread of COVID-19 within our communities, we are not accepting visitors at this time. However, we’d still love to talk with you! Reach out to schedule a virtual tour or e-meeting with a sales representative to learn more about our community. We can’t wait for you to call...

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  • Bickford at Mission Springs

    Bickford at Mission Springs

    5350 W. 61st Place, Mission, KS 66205
    (28)
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    We began our quest into senior living because of our love for our beloved mother, Mary Bickford, whose needs became too great for us to manage.  As we researched senior living options, we were shocked at our findings.  The options offered too much or too little — none met her needs...

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  • Sunrise of Leawood

    Sunrise of Leawood

    11661 Granada, Leawood, KS 66211
    (41)
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    Sunrise of Leawood is an assisted living community in Leawood, Johnson County, Kansas that specializes in long and short-term memory care stays. The community is conveniently located in an affluent suburb, that's south of I-435 in the Kansas City Metropolitan Area. Leawood is nestled between...

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  • Brighton Gardens of Prairie Village

    Brighton Gardens of Prairie Village

    7105 Mission Road, Prairie Village, KS 66208
    (27)
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    Brighton Gardens provides assisted living in an apartment-style setting that offers the simple pleasures - nutritious food, comfortable surroundings, and the support of a warm, caring and competent staff. Our Healthcare neighborhood emphasizes resident care and dignity in private or shared...

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  • Brookdale Leawood State Line

    Brookdale Leawood State Line

    12724 State Line Road, Leawood, KS 66209
    (18)
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    An Elevated Lifestyle You can rest easy knowing your loved one is in good hands here at our memory care community in Leawood, Kansas. With a dedicated care team available 24 hours a day, seven days a week, personalized care plans designed to meet your family member’s specific needs and a warm and...

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  • Kingswood Senior Living

    Kingswood Senior Living

    10000 Wornall Rd, Kansas City, MO 64114
    (3)
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    Kingswood is where you can live the life you love. Here you have maintenance-free living, great friends and neighbors, and a full continuum of care should you ever need it. All in the heart of Kansas City, and all at a great value. The Courtyards at Kingswood are designed for those who need...

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  • The Gardens at Barry Road

    The Gardens at Barry Road

    8300 NW Barry Road, Kansas City, MO 64153
    (19)
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    The Gardens at Barry Road supports seniors and gives them the help they need to maintain their independence through our assisted living and memory care options. We understand the important decisions that you face when transitioning to a retirement community and we want to help you every step of the...

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  • Senior Star at Wexford Place

    Senior Star at Wexford Place

    6500 North Cosby Avenue, Kansas City, MO 64151
    (75)
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    Welcome to Senior Star at Wexford Place! Wexford Place is an independent living, assisted living, and state-of-the-art memory support community located in the heart of "The Northland" in Kansas City, Miissouri. It's a community filled with friendship and lots of ways to enjoy a life full of purpose...

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  • Tiffany Springs Senior Living & Rehab

    Tiffany Springs Senior Living & Rehab

    9191 North Ambassador, Kansas City, MO 64154
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    Tiffany Springs offers upscale, luxury senior living with a variety of care options. By locating independent living, assisted living, memory care, and rehabilitation health care together on one campus in the Northland of Kansas City, we’re able to meet a variety of needs for individuals and couples....

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  • Carnegie Village

    Carnegie Village

    107 Bernard Drive, Belton, MO 64012
    (34)
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    The Carnegie Village is an assisted living community for senior residents in the city of Belton, Cass County, Missouri. Belton is an urban city though it is proximal to the Kansas farm lands. This is a clean city and the many parks around make it ideal for picnics and other outdoor activities for...

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  • Willow Creek

    Willow Creek

    3101 SW 3rd St, Lee's Summit, MO 64081
    (9)
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    At Autumn Leaves we have 6 distinctive differentiators that set us a part from other providers. 1.Strong Operational and Clinical Team. Our Director of Healthcare provides 7 day per week clinical support to our staff and residents. Our Executive Director has been serving older adults their entire...

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  • Benton House of Raymore

    Benton House of Raymore

    2100 Johnston Drive, Raymore, MO 64083
    (7)
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    Benton House of Raymore provides seniors with assisted living in Raymore, Cass County, Missouri. Those who choose to make this community their home will find that it offers much surrounding natural beauty, and that the location possesses a private feel. Benton House of Raymore offers a caring staff...

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  • John Knox Village

    John Knox Village

    1001 Northwest Murray Road, Lee's Summit, MO 64081
    (34)
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    Since it was established a little more than 40 years ago, John Knox Village has been the leading continuing care retirement community in the Midwest. Situated on a 420-acre campus in Lee's Summit, Mo., the Village is now home to more than 1,800 residents who enjoy a wide array of residential and...

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  • Addington Place of Shoal Creek

    Addington Place of Shoal Creek

    9601 N Tullis Dr, Kansas City, MO 64157
    (34)
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    Welcome to Addington Place of Shoal's Creek! A beautiful community of warmth decorated with fine furnishings, stunning artwork and more often than not the scent of something delicious baking in the kitchen. A place where independence thrives but help is just a call away. Addington Place of Shoal's...

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  • Addington Place of Prairie Village

    2700 Somerset Dr, Prairie Village, KS 66206
    (35)
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    Beautiful Addington Place of Prairie Village is located in Prairie Village, Kansas and can be a wonderful resting home for your elderly parent. We truly understand how difficult it can be for you to find the right spot for your parent to live if they can no longer live on their own. When choosing...

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  • Anthology at the Plaza

    2 Emanuel Cleaver II Blvd, Kansas City, MO 64112
    (1)
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    ANTHOLOGY OF THE PLAZA Virtue Memory Care is a solution for older adults living with memory loss, including Alzheimer’s and other forms of dementia. We also understand dementia doesn’t just affect yourloved one; it impacts your whole family. At Anthology Senior Living, we’re here to help you and...

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  • Benton House of Tiffany Springs

    5901 NW 88th Street, Kansas City, MO 64154
    (30)
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    Benton House of Tiffany Springs is coming soon into the area! Our beautiful senior living community will host a Grand Opening in early 2015 and we are a community where independence thrives but help is just a call away. Residents will enjoy a customized social calendar that includes exercise...

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  • The Village at Carroll Park

    5301 Harry Truman Drive, Grandview, MO 64030
    (9)
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    Here at the Village at Carroll Park in Grandview, MO we assist seniors with daily needs and task. We have activities to keep them engaged, healthy, moving and social. We try to make sure they continue to have well rounded lives just as they did before coming here. We provide meals for all of our...

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  • Addington Place of Lee's Summit

    2160 SE Blue Pkwy, Lee's Summit, MO 64063
    (34)
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    Welcome to Addington Place of Lee's Summit! A beautiful community of warmth decorated with fine furnishings, stunning artwork and more often than not the scent of something delicious baking in the kitchen. A place where independence thrives but help is just a call away. Addington Place of Lee's...

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  • RestWell Home Plus

    RestWell Home Plus

    508 Union St, Oskaloosa, KS 66066
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  • Benton House of Lenexa

    Benton House of Lenexa

    22000 Prairie Star Pkwy, Lenexa, KS 66220
    (3)
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  • Benton House of Olathe NOW OPEN

    Benton House of Olathe NOW OPEN

    15700 W 151st St, Olathe, KS 66062
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  • Blackhawk

    Blackhawk

    22550 S Franklin St, Spring Hill, KS 66083
    (3)
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  • The Sheridan at Overland Park

    The Sheridan at Overland Park

    10300 Indian Creek Pkwy, Overland Park, KS 66210
    (7)
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  • Leawood Gardens

    Leawood Gardens

    5201 W. 143rd Street, Leawood, KS 66224
    (4)
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  • Anthology at Burlington Creek

    Anthology at Burlington Creek

    6311 N Cosby Ave, Kansas City, MO 64151
    (9)
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  • Benton House of Staley Hills

    Benton House of Staley Hills

    11071 N Woodland Ave, Kansas City, MO 64155
    (4)
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  • The Oxford Grand at Shoal Creek

    The Oxford Grand at Shoal Creek

    8280 N. Tullis Ave, Kansas City, MO 64158
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Lawrence, Kansas

Memory Care

Memory care communities provide care in accordance with a dementia specific care curriculum. This style of community offers occupants with expert care in a setting especially constructed with numerous security features. Typically, residents in memory care need assistance with eating, medications, and dressing. Dementia living homes have supervised areas to limit wandering ; a standard symptom of the disease. Memory care provides 24-hour monitored care with recreational opportunities, meals, and health management for members. The monthly median cost for a private room is around $6,175 and the cost for a semi-private room is around $5,627 . The state of Kansas maintains a number of stipulations related to this type of community. The The Secretary of Aging and Disability Services certifies this community type.

Local Hospitals and Health Care Providers

For many seniors, particularly those who live with chronic disease or those who are in need of long-term therapy, access to hospitals may be a key component while determining which senior care community is best. In total, there is one hospital located in Lawrence which offer emergency services and other healthcare. The top hospitals that service Lawrence include Lawrence Memorial Hospital.

Cost of Living

The cost of care for a community is influenced by the neighborhood where it is located. Lawrence has a grocery-price index of 92.9 and a cost of living index of around 99.9. Index ratings are founded on a spectrum where 100 is considered the average score and anything beneath 100 is cheaper than said average. The sales tax in Lawrence is 6.50%.

Regional Climate and Weather Information

For many, weather and climate are the most important influence in deciding on a home that's right for your family's needs. The average air quality index rating in Lawrence is around 35.7. The average air quality conditions are rated as good. The air quality index rating is at its highest in the month of May at approximately 55.3. During this time, the average air quality conditions are rated moderate. This means that those who are unusually sensitive should consider limiting the amount of time spent on outdoor exertion. Monthly, Lawrence measures around 3 inches of precipitation. The most precipitation historically occurs in May with an average of 5 inches in a month. Lawrence experiences an average of 13.00 inches of snow in a year. On average, Lawrence has a humidity level of 59%. Humidity ratings reach their peak during the month of December at about 65%. Lawrence has a hot-summer humid continental type of climate. During the summertime, the temperature in Lawrence is approximately 78F. The low summer temperature falls to approximately 65F in June. The summer high is at around 91F in July. In the wintertime, the average air temperature dips to about 33F. The high winter temperature will rise to about 46F in the month of February. The lowest winter temperature will rise to around 18 F in the month of January.

Demographics and Values

The current population of Lawrence is growing at a rate of 0.006%. Lawrence has a population density of 1,095 people per square mile. Out of the total city population, 49.3% are male and 50.7% are female. The median age of Lawrence is 28 years old. In Lawrence, 18.2% of the population are over the age of 55, 7.4% are over the age of 60, 4.4% are over the age of 70, and 2.4% are over the age of 80. Out of the total population of Lawrence, 9.2% do not have health insurance, 69.4% participate in the labor force, 10.6% have some form of disability, and 21.8% live in poverty. In terms of crime, Lawrence has 27.5 property crimes per 1000 residents and 2.7 violent crimes per 1000 residents. In terms of education, 53.4% have a college degree, 15.8% have a high-school diploma, and 26.4% have a graduate degree. Demographically, Lawrence is 4.5% black, 6.6% Hispanic, 2.5% Native American, 80.8% white, 5.0% mixed race, 1.3% other or not specified, 5.9% Asian, and 0.0% Pacific Islander or Native Hawaiian. In terms of non-Christian denominations in Lawrence, out of the total population 0.0% practice Judaism, 0.3% practice an Eastern religion, and 0.3% practice Islam. In Lawrence, 68.3% are nonbelievers. In terms of Christian denominations, out of the total population of Lawrence 8.5% practice Catholicism, 7.0% practice another Christian faith, and 4.7% are Methodists. During the last presidential election, 62.3% voted Democrat, 29.3% voted Republican, and 8.4% voted for a third party candidate in Douglas county. In Lawrence, 4.7% of the population are veterans of the United States military. Lawrence is considered friendly to members of the LGBTQ+ community.

State Information

An overview of Kansas

In terms of resources, Kansas has a cost of living index of 89.7, a grocery index rating of 91.9, and a housing index rating of 73.8. These index ratings are based on a system where 100 is considered the national average and anything below 100 is considered less expensive than the national average. There are 144 hospitals and 75 health centers that service a population of 2,912,321. The top three hospitals in the state are considered to be University Of Kansas Hospital, Newton Medical Center, and Providence Medical Center. Overall, Kansas ranks 22nd in quality of life and 33rd in healthcare compared to other US states. Based on natural beauty, Kansas ranks 8th in the nation.

Social demographics of the state

In terms of diversity, Kansas ranks 25th in the nation and is considered LGBTQ friendly. In terms of religious values, 37% of Kansas's population regularly attend some form of service and there are in total 4,782 different congregations. The top three non-Christian denominations in the state are Jewish-<1%, Muslim-<1%, and Buddhist-<1%, with the most common Christian denominations consisting of Evangelical Protestant-31%, Mainline Protestant-24%, and Historically Black Protestant-2%. In Kansas there are 279 masonic lodges. During the latest presidential election, 57% voted for the Republican candidate while 36% voted for the Democratic candidate. The state has a median age of 37 and 29% of its population being over the age of 55.

State-wide weather information

Kansas experiences an average humidity rating of about 66%. The highest monthly average humidity rating is 72% in the month of December. The most precipitation occurs in May with an average of 6.73 inches of precipitation a month. The average monthly precipitation for the state of Kansas is around 2.55 inches. During the summer, the average temperature in Kansas is around 76F. Over the summer months the average high temperature peaks at around 95F during the month of July. The average low summer temperature is around 54F in the month of June. The average temperature in the winter falls to around 32F. The average high winter temperature is around 53F in the month of February. In the winter months, the average low temperature falls to around 12F during the month of January. The average air quality index rating in Kansas is 36.0 AQI. The highest seasonal air quality index rating occurs in the month of July with a rating of 46.4 AQI. While residents of Kansas mostly enjoy pleasant conditions, it's important to be aware of inclement weather as well, which in Kansas can include tornadoes, floods, and and earthquakes (high).

Wildlife to be found in Kansas

The state of Kansas has a diverse array of plant and animal life. Local plant life can consist of pawpaw, eastern red cedar, bur oak, and moonseed. While venturing throughout the state, you might see animals such as the woodchuck, the beaver, the muskrat, or the skink. The state animal of Kansas is the American buffalo.