Situated squarely in the Great Plains, Kansas offers a quiet, relaxing life for seniors. Its wide-open spaces and lower-than-average cost of living make the Sunflower State a great retirement destination. With its endless skies and yellow, flowing grasslands, the blank canvas of the Kansas landscape brings a calming sense of liberation. While driving from Wichita to Kansas City, take a detour on the Flint Hills Scenic Byway to experience Tallgrass Prairie National Reserve — you’ll see why Kansas adopted “Home on the Range” as its official state anthem.
Currently, Kansas has more than six home care agencies that provide home health aides for seniors who live alone at home. A Place for Mom’s Senior Living Advisors can provide you with a list of home care providers in Kansas to help you find one that fits your needs and budget.
In Kansas, the median monthly cost of home care is about $4,200, according to Genworth.
Each state regulates senior living communities differently. Because home care providers offer similar services to assisted living, states may regulate home care within their guidelines for assisted living. You can use APFM’s guide to assisted living regulations to learn more about access to facility records in Kansas.
In Kansas, home care — or in-home care — is a service which offers compassion and help to seniors who need assistance with activities of daily living (ADLs) and wish to remain in their homes. Levels of care vary according to need, and can include companionship, meal prep, cleaning, transportation, and help with ADLs like bathing and dressing. Home care aides are trained to understand the nuances of senior care but generally aren’t licensed to provide medical services.
Overall, the cost of living in Kansas is considered to be more affordable than the national average. All index scores are based on a scale with the national average set at 100.
Less than a fifth of the Kansas population are seniors. In the 2020 presidential election, Kansas leaned conservative. However, some of its counties with larger cities, like Lawrence and Kansas City, Kansas, tend to be more progressive.
Kansas has three different climate classifications: cold semi-arid in the western part of the state, humid continental in the eastern section, and humid subtropical in some southeastern counties. In general, Kansas has extreme temperatures, with hot summers, cold winters, and not much rainfall. As part of Tornado Alley, Kansas often has severe weather in the spring and summer months.