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, there are more than 50 nursing homes in Kansas. Our Senior Living Advisors can provide you with a list of Kansas nursing homes to help you find one that fits your needs and budget.
In Kansas, the median monthly cost of a private room in a nursing home is about $6,200, according to Genworth.
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) is a federal agency that regulates and provides ratings for nursing homes and skilled nursing facilities. CMS offers guidance to state Medicaid services regarding rules for facilities that are Medicaid-certified. Medicare provides a national nursing home website to view the audit and licensing history of Medicare-approved nursing homes.
Each state regulates senior living communities differently, but you can use APFM’s guide to assisted living regulations to learn more about access to facility records in Kansas.
In Kansas, nursing homes — also called convalescent homes or skilled nursing facilities — are intended for seniors who require 24-hour monitoring and medical assistance. These communities are designed to promote independence among seniors who require constant nursing care to perform activities of daily living (ADLs), but do not require hospital-level care.
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.