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Outlined by Kansas state law, an assisted living facility is defined as a residential home with a population of six or more adults who are unrelated to the administrator and volunteer to receive broad care services such as personal care services to help with daily living, 24-hour supervision, meals and room and board. The term “residential health care facility” is the encompassing category under which assisted living falls according to Kansas’s law.
Currently, there are 130 assisted living communities operating in Kansas.
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The average cost of assisted living in Kansas is $4,187 per month. Compared to the other states, Kansas falls among the top half of the most expensive states for long-term care. Although prices vary from area to area within Kansas, all area average costs climb above the state median cost.
For more information about assisted living costs in Kansas, check out Genworth’s 2015 Cost of Care Survey.
Nestled in the heartland of America, Kansas offers a unique mixture of history ranging from the Wild West to the space age. Boot Hill Museum and Old CowTown Museum give visitors an experience of living history, telling the story of America’s expansion and evolution throughout the 19th century. Boot Hill Museum follows old Dodge City’s days through the 1920’s.
Jumping through time, Kansas displays its history in the expansion upward during America’s space age with the Kansas Cosmosphere and Space Center. For those looking to experience the natural beauty Kansas has to offer, the amazing natural 70-foot rock formations created 80 million years ago, named the Chalk Pyramids, give visitors breathtaking views of mother nature’s powerful artistry.
At the Tallgrass Prairie National Preserve, challenging walking trails twist through the Flint Hills of Kansas offering views of the native Kansas wildlife. For those looking for racing thrills, the Kansas Speedway excites racing fans with professional races and tours of the arena and track.
Situated in the heartlands of the United States, Kansas is full of rolling prairies and a history of agricultural excellence. The state is full of hard working conservatives that take a deep pride in their state and their work ethic.
Located in the middle of America, Kansas experiences a typical North American seasonal progression throughout the year. Kansas’s winters can vary from mild to harsh depending on the severity of snow and ice storms. January is the coldest month for Kansas bringing average temperatures hovering around freezing. Summers are sharply distinct from winter. Summer temperatures can rise into the 80 - 90 degree Fahrenheit range depending on the severity of the summer heat. Approximately 30-40 inches of precipitation fall upon Kansas each year.
Assisted living homes are regulated by a state-to-state basis. Every state has a publicly accessible legal document outlining the regulations, licensing, operation and other rules for assisted living. The full document outlining the regulations for assisted senior care by the Kansas Department on Aging can be obtained online. Inspections on assisted living homes in Kansas will take place unannounced once every 12 to 15 months. Records concerning violations, inspections, citations and other public records on individual homes fall under the jurisdiction of the Kansas Department of Aging, Survey, Certification & Credentialing Commission division, and can be obtained through the Kansas Department of Aging and Disability services website.
When looking for a new place to live, it is always important to consider the safety of the community you are in. If you are not sure where to start your search, look at some the safest communities in Kansas:
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For those looking for financial assistance, Kansas Medicaid (KanCare) offers the Home and Community Based Services Waiver (HCBS/FE) to elderly and disabled residents who are Medicaid eligible. This waiver offers services for those needing nursing care but opts to live in a personal home or an assisted living community. Services provided, inlcuding personal care services, can be self-directed, meaning the resident can choose who provides care in the assisted senior community. To find out if you are eligible for this KanCare program, please visit the official waiver website.
Alternate payment options are available. Families can apply for an assisted living family loan. This provides temporary or long-term financial assistance when paying for assisted senior care. The program allows multiple people to contribute to payment.
While residing in the home, a resident retains constitutional civil rights, rights of privacy, freedom of speech, and freedom of religion. The resident also retains the right to personal possessions, autonomy over personal finances, bodily autonomy, and power of attorney. The resident has a right to be informed of the process, to file a complaint of unsatisfactory living situations, abuse, neglect and the like. The complete list of resident rights as guaranteed by the state of Kansas can be obtained via the Office of the Long-Term Care Ombudsman.
Kansas assisted living homes are required to provide any type of heath services that are ordered by an attending physician, as well as keep all medical information confidential, accurate, and complete. Medical records shall be readily accessible upon request and should be kept for a period no less than 5 years from death or discharge date.
Residents in Kansas assisted living centers have access to their medical records and can request a copy of all or a portion of their medical records. They can also request a copy of some or all of the information at a cost not to exceed the community standard cost for photocopies.