If you’re looking for independent living in the Kansas City area, our local senior living advisors can help you each step of the way. From affordable independent living for seniors to luxury options, we’ll work with you to understand the cost of independent living in Kansas City. From there, we’ll show you the best independent living communities for your lifestyle, interests, and budget.
Discover unique independent living amenities, social activities, dining, and more independent living benefits. With 28 independent living facilities in Kansas City, A Place for Mom makes it easier to find your new, maintenance-free home.
We are also serving Independent Living facilities in surrounding neighborhoods like Citadel, Crossroads and Royal Oaks.
You may also consider nearby communities such as Kansas City, Independence or North Kansas City.
Types of care available in Kansas City, MO
So far I'm very satisfied with Villa Ventura!!! I'm extremely pleased with [name removed] who set the expectation for the facility!!! She went over and beyond to accommodate getting my mom situated with limited notice. Most of the Interim Home Health staff are great as well. I'm grateful that the facility took appropriate action to keep the residences safe during this pandemic!!! I would recommend Villa Ventura!!!
It's very welcoming. There are a lot of friendly people, even for somebody who is moving from far away. There are a lot of activities, and the apartments are very nice. I like the layout and the fact that she has a full kitchen even if she doesn't use it. The bedroom is large, and they were willing to work with me on the location in the facility so she would have a view that would make her happy. They do what they say they'll do. My mom loves it here. Her only complaint is she says it Midwest food, with not enough protein and too many carbohydrates.
My loved ones seem to be pretty comfortable there. It is clean and nice and everyone is friendly. There have been some staffing changes within the facility and it is pretty expensive for what they get, the rates are already raising since they moved in.
9000 North Congress Avenue, Kansas City, MO 64153
I spent 8 months looking for the right retirement home for me. I visited 9 locations in the area and found the perfect place for me. The staff is outstanding! The food is wonderful because of the head...
Riverstone Retirement is Kansas City’s Premier independent living community. Riverstone Retirement comprises apartments for adults 55 and over — including studio apartments, one, two, and three bedroom suites and a variety of floor plans. Riverstone Retirement is an all-inclusive retirement...
6500 North Cosby Avenue, Kansas City, MO 64151
Everybody has been so wonderful here. It was a big change for my loved one to go from her home of over 50 years into Independent Living. Choosing a facility for her is something that we didn't take lightly....
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...
14001 Madison Ave., Kansas City, MO 64145
We chose The Madison Senior Living mostly because of the location and it just felt right after a visit with them. What has stuck out most about this facility is the friendliness of all the staff members.
Find the place where you truly belong with people who welcome you like family.The Madison is an exciting community filled with people who know how to live it up. To-do lists consist of seeing shows and socializing – not fixing the plumbing or mopping the floors. You get to spend your days trying...
501 West 107th Street, Kansas City, MO 64114
This is a wonderful community. The staff is exceptional and the care goes with that as well - exceptional. There are plenty of activities for residents. My friend was never bored!! There is a shuttle...
Good Times and Better CompanyNestled within a quiet and nature-filled neighborhood, our independent and assisted living community provides you with more than a wonderful backdrop to enjoy a life well lived. With spacious common areas for relaxing, dining and socializing, a dining room that...
2900 NE Kendallwood Pkwy, Kansas City, MO 64119
We do not really have much to compare it to as this is the first place that my loved one has stayed. The staff have been very accommodating. They can accommodate you pretty much with any room that your...
1010 E 68th St, Kansas City, MO 64131
I would recommend you look at the community for your loved one. The staff to resident ratio is good. They have transportation to doctor appointments. This is a newer community. The physical community is...
St. Anthony’s Senior Living is a gated, resort-style community that offers one and two-bedroom apartment homes in residential living and assisted living. Designed for residents who are 62 years of age and better, this modern community is perfect for those who wish to pursue an active, healthy,...
12100 Wornall Road, Kansas City, MO 64145
Everyone has been friendly. We picked this community because my friend liked the facility, the cost was better than other places, and he was impressed by the set-up. They have made him feel comfortable. They...
Welcome to Senior Star at Villa Ventura! Villa Ventura is an independent and assisted living community located near the southern edge of Kansas City. It's a community filled with friendship, sunshine, and lots of ways to enjoy a life full of purpose. Inside Villa Ventura, residents gather for...
8550 North Granby Avenue, Kansas City, MO 64154
What stood out to me about this facility is affordability and it's a facility where I thought my mom would be comfortable (not too fancy). Staff is very friendly as are other residents. Before the move in...
Garden Village provides a fulfilling, independent lifestyle in a welcoming environment. Our all-inclusive month-to-month rent covers: - Private apartment suites - Daily chef-prepared meals from scratch - A variety of enriching activities - Maintenance-free living - Weekly housekeeping and linen...
9101 N Ambassador Dr, Kansas City, MO 64154
My loved one lives at Tiffany Springs Senior Living and Rehab and everything is great. The staff is above and beyond kind and helpful. The community has had nothing but positive things to say about this...
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...
1201 NW Tullison Road, Kansas City, MO 64116
At any assisted living or memory care place, no matter how great the facility is, you will still encounter issues - so stay in close contact. I've had an issue with just a few of the nursing staff, but they...
McCrite Plaza at Briarcliff is a family owned and operated senior-living community that provides the full continuum of care. The McCrite family opened the original McCrite Plaza in 1975 in Topeka, KS and in December of 2013 opened their Kansas City location in the Northland. Nestled in the bluffs...
6050 Broadmoor St, Mission, KS 66202
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I looked for a place close to my familly and in between assisted living and independent living. This is awesome. It is exactly what we were looking for. Our mother loves it and it has provided her with...
Welcome to The Welstone At Mission Crossing! We are an active, independent senior living community in Mission, Kansas. Mission is a beautiful city to enjoy your retirement years; rich in culture and known for its friendly, laid-back residents. Whether you are moving closer to family or just love...
2160 Mercy Dr, Liberty, MO 64068
It is very convenient and comfortable to live here. I like that I can be involved when I want to but here is no pressure to the staff and the therapists are very patient and respectful. I love my apartment...
1051 Kent St, Liberty, MO 64068
My family and loved one had a great experience at The Wellington. This is a very nice community. The staff are very detailed, and give lots of information to answer all of our questions. Anytime my loved...
The Wellington Senior Living is a community that embraces technology to improve the lifestyle, health, and overall well-being of our residents.The Wellington's full service restaurant is open daily from 7:00 am to 7:00 pm with Bistro options available 24 hours a day.The Wellington offers a full...
10000 Wornall Rd, Kansas City, MO 64114
My mom has found a really good community to be a part of and is enjoying it. She appreciates being cooked for and having choices at mealtimes. The staff are friendly. And the apartment is great.
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...
1515 W White Oak St, Independence, MO 64050
It is clean and they go above in de orating for each holiday. Looks great and always festive. The staff are very friendly. The groves has a new activity director and she is adding more activities, they...
At The Groves, you’ll find we’re a community dedicated to your comfort and security. We’ll take care of the yard, the housekeeping, and the maintenance, leaving you free to do the things you choose to do! Feel carefree!We are located in Independence, MO-Harry Truman’s choice of retirement...
8100 Wornall Road, Kansas City, MO 64114
Overall, my loved ones are thrilled with their new home. They ended up securing a single family house that is adjacent to the main property. Armour Oaks is understaffed, but they get the job done. The...
Armour Oaks Senior Living in Kansas City, Missouri – Kansas City’s oldest continuing Not-For-Profit entity - is located in the eclectic Waldo neighborhood at the corner of 81st and Wornall Road with easy access to I-435. This historic senior living community, just 15 minutes from the famous...
2901 NE 72nd St., Gladstone, MO 64119
my aunt has lived here in independent living for 7 years. We just moved her into the [community name removed] community due to health issues. [name removed], [name removed],[name removed] and [name removed] and many others helped facility the move an...
2651 East 34th Street, Kansas City, MO 64128
While I was online I got to see a bunch of communities but I chose this one because I saw a bunch of good reviews. The staff is really nice. They’re friendly and personable. The staff makes sure my mom gets...
Palestine Commons is an independent living community that is located in Kansas City, MO. Kansas City is part of Jackson, Clay, Platte, and Cass counties. The city offers much to both residents and guests, providing them with the opportunity to get out and do something. Kansas City provides such...
15 N 10th St, Kansas City, KS 66102
2801 NE 60th St, Gladstone, MO 64119
4301 Madison Ave, Kansas City, MO 64111
My mother has been to all type of care center. This was one of the best ones out of all of them that we have been to. The staff was friendly they kept me informed on everything with my mother. They did not...
7115 Stewart Road, Liberty, MO 64068
1832 Vintage Lane, Liberty, MO 64068
11400 Hidden Lake Dr, Raytown, MO 64133
They are professional. The staff is attentive. They are open to suggestions. They show care toward residents. It is clean and smells nice. The food is good. The room size is sufficient. The layout is nice.
6220 Martway St, Mission, KS 66202
Kansas City independent living options average about $3,184 per month at our eight partner communities. This includes related fees and represents the average total cost residents paid. When compared to the cost of senior apartments, independent living communities are more expensive as they offer more amenities such as prepared meals, transportation and laundry services, optional organized activities, etc. For comparison, senior apartments average around $1,116 per month and are more similar to living in a traditional apartment.
The following figures represent baseline averages for independent living communities in the Kansas City area and don’t account for total move-in costs, add-ons, and related fees.
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Most seniors use their own income to pay for independent living. While Medicaid, Medicare, and long-term care insurance can help cover medically necessary in-home care services, they do not cover the costs of independent living. Listed below are useful resources regarding private pay, housing assistance, VA benefits, and Medicare/Medicaid resources for seniors.
Seniors who choose to live in an independent living community often pull money from pensions, savings accounts, Social Security benefits, or investment returns. Some seniors also use less-conventional methods to pay for independent living such as:
Because independent living facilities do not provide around-the-clock medical care, they are not subject to specific regulations. Instead, most independent living facilities are regulated like any other apartments. However, independent living communities that are combined with assisted living facilities, would be regulated by the Kansas Department for Aging and Disability Services or the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services (DHSS). Inspection reports for Missouri facilities can be found here. For Kansas facilities, inspection reports can be located here.
A full list of laws and regulations that apply to Missouri assisted living facilities can be explored on this page of the Missouri DHSS website. For Kansas residents, this page outlines the laws and regulations that apply. Some of the key regulations that pertain to facilities in both states center around staff training and availability. Someone must be awake and available 24-hours a day. Staff must be trained on disaster and emergency preparedness. Residents must be screened and provided with a care plan upon move-in.
The two states differ in their laws around administration. In Missouri, there must be a licensed administrator in charge of the facility at all times. In Kansas, a full-time operator must be employed, but it doesn’t have to be a licensed administrator if the facility has fewer than 61 residents. However, administrators and operators alike must hold a Kansas license as an adult care home administrator and complete the operator training.
Independent living communities, not combined with other care, usually have specific age, income, health, background check, and pet policies. Qualifications for senior housing vary depending on the type of housing, with low-income housing options (e.g., subsidized housing, public housing, co-op housing, and Section 8 housing) available for seniors on Social Security or a fixed budget.
In the interest of offering a quiet, child-free environment and features that appeal to active adults, there are also age requirements in many independent living communities. In most cases, these communities require residents to be at least 55 years old. Independent living facilities must also comply with the Fair Housing Act and the Americans with Disabilities Act.
930 Wildwood Drive
Jefferson City, MO 65102
Office Hours: Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.
1000 SW Jackson Street
Topeka, KS 66612
Hours: Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.
There are no specific COVID-19 regulations in place for independent living communities in the Kansas City metro area. Kansas City follows CDC guidance and provides general information and COVID-19 guidelines, including details on community spread, vaccinations, and requirements. The Kansas Department of Health and Environment also has recommendations.
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The Kansas City metropolitan area is home to more than 2.2 million people, many of whom are seniors enjoying their retirement in the beautiful Heart of America. For those looking for a comfortable living option, there are numerous independent living communities — four which are standalone and one is classified as senior apartment/independent living — available with a variety of floor plans and amenities to meet the unique needs of every resident. Whether you’re looking for a cozy one-bedroom or a more spacious residence, independent living communities in Kansas City offer many options.
Kansas City independent living communities are able to meet the living preferences of the region’s diverse population due to numerous available floor plans. Whether seniors opt for a smaller home with some cozy nooks for reading or a larger place with space to entertain guests, there are options. Most independent living options in Kansas City include resident parking and communal dining areas, and some include internet and cable TV service for all residents.
For those looking to age-in-place, three in-network options are a combination of independent living and assisted living. Another two facilities include combined independent living, assisted living, and memory care. While some independent living communities are standalone and treated as senior apartment complexes, combination independent living, assisted living, and memory care facilities offer a greater range of care and services for you, or the loved one in your life. No matter which type of facility you need or prefer, Kansas City has the perfect place for you to call home.
For seniors who love to stay active and social, independent living communities in Kansas City are a good option. These communities offer a wealth of amenities and services to support independent lifestyles, with features like fitness centers, swimming pools, jacuzzis, and indoor walking paths that can be utilized year round to avoid the temperature extremes that Kansas City can experience. Residents can mingle with their neighbors at community events like happy hours featuring adult beverages from the local Boulevard Brewing Company, barbecues and picnics that feature famous Kansas City BBQ, Bible study groups, or live music performances all within the comfort of their independent living communities.
Beyond recreational and social amenities, many independent living communities also provide practical services to make daily living easier. These services can include housekeeping, free transportation, and on-site options for laundry and grocery shopping. Some communities even offer raised garden beds for green thumbs, cooking classes for foodies, and on-site beauticians and barber shops for a bit of pampering.
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The Kansas City area provides truly excellent healthcare options for seniors. Several top-rated hospitals are in Kansas City, including:
The University of Kansas Hospital in Kansas City is nationally ranked in eight adult specialties and rated a high-performing facility in two adult specialties and 17 procedures and conditions. It is a general medical and surgical facility as well as a teaching hospital. 
St. Luke’s Hospital of Kansas City is nationally ranked in one adult specialty and rated a high-performing facility for five adult specialties and 13 procedures and conditions. It is a general medical and surgical facility as well as a teaching hospital. 
The Kansas City VA Medical Center offers a variety of care options for veterans and helps veterans access quality and affordable care.
More than half of our partner independent living communities in Kansas City offer complimentary transportation services to and from local restaurants, shops, attractions, and medical appointments, making it easier than ever to explore the greater Kansas City area. Another 40% of our partners provide at-cost transportation as an option.
The Kansas City Area Transportation Authority (KCATA) also offers bus routes throughout the metro area, and RideKC Freedom offers both ADA paratransit as well as non-ADA on-demand response. Note that anyone hoping to use these programs must first navigate an eligibility process. Kansas City residents can also opt to use ride-hailing services like Uber, Lyft, and taxis to travel throughout the city. There is a rapid transit option called RideKC Max but it is only available in limited areas. In the downtown, you can catch the free Kansas City streetcar.
The walk score in Kansas City is 35 out of 100, meaning most errands will require a car. The bike score is 35 out of 100, as there is limited bike infrastructure around the city. The overall transit score for Kansas City is 25 out of 100, which means there are only a few public transportation options available.
There are many options for activities in Kansas City — especially for more active, independent seniors.
Music enthusiasts won’t want to miss the Kansas City Symphony. With multiple performances throughout the year, visitors can enjoy a wide range of music styles. Plus, the symphony offers discounted tickets for seniors and various accessibility options for people with disabilities.
There are also a plethora of parks in the Kansas City area, such as Loose Park. Located on 75 acres and known for its historical ties to the Civil War, Loose Park is one of Kansas City’s most popular parks. Seniors looking to enjoy some fresh air or take a walk in the sunshine will find Loose Park perfect for outdoor activities. Loose Park is also home to many events that take place during the course of the year, and you can find its calendar here.
If you are a senior who loves fresh food, local goods, and cultural happenings, the Kansas City River Market checks all the boxes. The River Market is a perfect way to spend the morning. With over 10 specialty grocers, flavors from around the world and unique shops and boutiques, there are plenty of ways to keep busy. The Kansas City Power & Light District is another exciting place to shop or dine. You don’t want to miss the Kansas City staple for shopping and eating, Country Club Plaza.
You can enjoy many professional sports teams in Kansas City from the Kansas City Chiefs and the Kansas City Royals to the Kansas City Sporting and the KC Mavericks. If NASCAR is your thing, you will want to work in a trip to the Kansas Speedway.
Kansas City’s arts scene is thriving. The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art offers free admission to its galleries, which feature works from all over the world spanning thousands of years. The museum also provides senior programming, such as tours and art discussions, enabling seniors to engage with art in a fun and social setting. For fans of history, you might want to stop by The National WWI Museum and Memorial or the Arabia Steamboat Museum.
Novel Place Overland Park, The Welstone and Riverstone Retirement Community are the top-rated Independent Living facilities near Kansas City, MO. These Independent Living facilities received the highest rankings based on verified family reviews. See full list of communities.
The average cost of Independent Living in Kansas City is 2,783 per month. This cost may vary based on location, amenities, floorplan, level of care and other factors.
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