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Page Reviewed / Updated – July 7, 2022

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Adults seeking a retirement location that helps them save money over time may find Kansas City, Missouri, fits the bill. This city of just over 500,000 people sports a cost of living that’s roughly 16% below the U.S. average, and its housing costs are exceptionally low at 37% below.  

Tax rates in Kansas City are slightly higher than national averages, though; the sales tax of 8.4% is 1.1% over the U.S. average, and the income tax rate of 6.9% outstrips the U.S. average by 2.3%. However, the monthly cost of assisted living here — $4,585, as reported by Genworth Financial — is within $100 of the national average.

This guide to financial considerations regarding assisted living in Kansas City covers both the cost of such care in nearby cities and the costs of similar types of care in Kansas City. It also includes a look at some free or inexpensive senior services available for the area’s older adults.

The Cost of Assisted Living in Kansas City, MO

The monthly cost of assisted living in Kansas City is $4,585. While that figure is nearly identical to the U.S. average price of $4,500 for such care, it’s also the highest such price in Missouri; the state average is $3,000 a month. St. Louis, which sits on the opposite side of the state, is the only other Missouri city with similarly high costs at $4,100 a month. Prices are their lowest in the centrally located state capital of Jefferson City, where seniors pay $2,075 a month for assisted living care. Cape Girardeau also has significantly below-average costs at $2,538 a month.

  • Kansas City: $4,585
  • Missouri: $3,000
  • United States: $4,500
  • Cape Girardeau: $2,538
  • St. Louis: $4,100
  • Jefferson City: $2,075

The Cost of Other Types of Care in Kansas City, MO

Assisted living care is the second-cheapest option for long-term care in the state. Seniors who prefer to receive care at home can expect to pay an average of $4,957 a month for such care, roughly $400 more than assisted living costs. Choosing nursing home care instead results in a notable price jump; seniors pay $6,464 for a month of care in a semiprivate room and $7,908 for a private one. Adult day health care represents the other side of the cost spectrum, carrying an average price of $1,733 a month.

  • In-Home Care: $4,957
  • Home Health Care: $4,957
  • Adult Day Health Care: $1,733
  • Assisted Living Facility: $4,585
  • Nursing Home Facility (semiprivate room): $6,464
  • Nursing Home Facility (private room): $7,908

Financial Assistance for Assisted Living in Kansas City, MO

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Other Ways To Pay for Assisted Living in Kansas City, MO

Since not everyone can afford to pay for assisted living out-of-pocket, it’s important to find alternative methods to help make assisted living more affordable. Some of these options include:

  • Veterans Benefits
  • Life Insurance Policy
  • Long-Term Care Insurance
  • Reverse Mortgage

For additional information and planning, read our comprehensive guide to paying for senior care in Missouri.

Free Resources for Seniors in Kansas City, MO

Kansas City seniors may take advantage of various services and programs designed to help them socialize with peers, remain up to -date on financial trends and handle civil legal issues. Some of these services are provided by government agencies, and others are the initiatives of private nonprofit organizations.




SPARK Flossie Pack Center for Lifelong Learning (816) 235-2870 This nonprofit provides low-priced educational opportunities for older adults in conjunction with the University of Missouri-Kansas City. Course topics include astronomy, Shakespeare analysis, Buddhist art and cryptocurrency, among others. Members may attend classes via videoconference or in person. 
Kansas City Public Library Senior Services (816) 701-3400 The city’s public library system offers three major services for its senior population. Its Library by Mail program allows seniors to reserve, receive and return books for free through the postal service, and its Lobby Stops program brings pop-up libraries to community living facilities such as assisted living homes. The library also maintains a regularly updated Senior Listen Line that seniors may call to hear prerecorded stories from the older community.
Missouri Senior Legal Helpline

(800) 235-5503

This federally funded helpline can help guide and direct seniors who need help with civil matters that often affect older adults, such as drafting living wills, managing trusts and transferring powers of attorney. While the helpline service is free, its staff cannot offer assistance in criminal matters.
Don Bosco Senior Center

(816) 691-2900 

The DBSC helps Kansas City seniors stay physically active through its fitness room and array of adult-friendly exercise classes, which include yoga, tai chi and Zumba. In addition, the site hosts regular health screenings that can help seniors stay on top of wellness concerns, organizes field trips and group outings and offers a seasonal farmers market.

Rules and Regulations for Assisted Living Facilities in Kansas City, MO

Assisted Living Communities in Kansas City are required to follow a set of rules and regulations that are determined by the state. For an overview of those rules and regulations, see the information below. For more specific information, talk with your local community or Area Agency on Aging.

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The 10 Best Assisted Living Facilities in Kansas City, MO

Senior Star at Wexford Place

Located in Kansas CIty, Missouri, Senior Star at Wexford Place offers a caring environment where seniors can thrive. It's recognized as one of the top facilities in the area because of its LAUGH philosophy, which considers the environmental, nutritional, physical, spiritual, mental and emotional factors that contribute to seniors' overall well-being. Daily meals are served in the community dining room where residents can enjoy delicious meals over lively conversation with friends. Residents benefit from the community's signature programs such as Laughter Yoga, Dakin BrainFitness games and Zumba Gold classes. Through its specialized concierge services, residents can arrange room service, coordinate appointments and schedule transportation.

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Senior Star at Villa Ventura

Known for its innovative signature programs and exceptional services, Senior Star at Villa Ventura is listed as one of Kansas City's top retirement communities. Though its Purposeful Moments program, residents have the opportunity to live a meaningful lifestyle. The community offers a comprehensive, personalized approach to senior care, ensuring each resident receives individualized support and attention. Residents also have the support of a full-time concierge and can enjoy a worry-free retirement with weekly housekeeping services and daily meals provided. The community features an array of amenities such as a media center, computer room, beauty shop and outdoor patio.

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  • Studio, one- and two-bedroom floor plans
  • Activities include fitness classes, brain games, discussion groups and off-site excursions

The Gardens at Barry Road

A Bethesda senior living community, The Gardens at Barry Road offers attentive service in a comfortable, homelike atmosphere. With its faith-based approach, the community is focused on serving residents' social, spiritual and physical health through individualized support, engaging programs and access to upscale amenities. Each day, residents can participate in fun activities, such as exercises, painting classes, ice cream socials, volunteer opportunities and cultural outings. Seniors can enjoy the convenience of an on-site library and chapel. Daily from-scratch specials are served in the restaurant-style dining room, and a country kitchen and private dining room are available for cooking classes and special events.

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  • Trained caregivers on-site 24 hours a day
  • Beautiful courtyard and walking paths

Brookdale Wornall Place

Located in a quiet, wooded area of Kansas City, Brookdale Wornall Place offers a peaceful retirement setting with easy access to local shops, restaurants and Saint Joseph Health Center. The community provides a full range of services to suit different care levels, with trained staff members on-site 24 hours a day. Apartments are available in several floor plans, each of which features wall-to-wall carpeting, fully-equipped kitchens and individual climate control. Without the hassles of home maintenance, seniors have the freedom to enjoy their favorite hobbies and take advantage of numerous amenities, such as an indoor pool, fitness center, sports bar and art studio.

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Armour Oaks Senior Living

Kansas City's oldest continuously operating not-for-profit community, Armour Oaks Senior Living is included on this list for its vibrant lifestyle and beautiful surroundings. The 25-acre campus features landscaped grounds with comfortable seating areas and walking paths. With the community's convenient location, residents are close to Rock Hill Medical Plaza, grocery stores and pharmacies and just a short drive from the famed Country Club Plaza. The community's wide range of life enrichment programs provides regular opportunities for seniors to remain socially engaged and physically active. Residents are treated to three daily meals that can be customized to meet special dietary needs.

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  • Personal care plans based on individual assessments
  • On-site beauty salon and barbershop

Addington Place of Shoal Creek

Addington Place of Shoal Creek is known for its person-centered approach to care and welcoming environment. The community is designed on a single level to minimize confusion and make it easy for seniors to get around on their own. Free from household chores, such as laundry and meal preparation, residents can focus on the things they love, whether that's getting active in a fitness class, joining friends at the weekly happy hour or simply relaxing with a book from the private library. Through the community's EmpowerMe Wellness program, seniors have access to on-site physical, occupational and speech therapies.

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  • Amenities include a movie theater, full-service salon and whirlpool bath
  • Weekly religious services

Anthology of Burlington Creek

Located just southeast of Weatherby Lake, Anthology of Burlington Creek is an engaging senior living community that's recognized as one of the best in Kansas City because of its spacious accommodations, thoughtfully designed care plans and wealth of amenities. Residents are served three gourmet meals prepared by in-house chefs, and menus are supervised by a registered dietitian to ensure seniors get the nutrition they need. Casual options are also available in the community's pub and bistro. To support residents' overall well-being, the community offers an engaging calendar of social, cultural and recreational activities, as well as a full range of exercise and fitness programs.

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  • Transportation available for appointments, shopping, dining and outings
  • Beautifully landscaped outdoor areas

Waterford South

Waterford South's small size allows seniors to enjoy a highly personalized retirement experience in a homelike atmosphere. Its services are designed to help residents maintain their independence, giving them the freedom to create their own schedules and choose how they spend their days. Seniors can participate in a variety of engaging daily activities, including exercise classes, Bible studies, crafts, movies and games. The community's centrally located dining room offers a place for residents to socialize and enjoy delicious meals with friends. Comfortable lounge areas are located throughout the building and feature large skylights so residents can enjoy the therapeutic benefits of natural daylight.

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Anthology of the Plaza

From its elegant, Spanish-style architecture, complete with fountains and statues, to its abundance of upscale amenities, Anthology of the Plaza offers a boutique-inspired senior living experience right in the heart of Kansas City. Residents can enjoy easy access to a variety of shopping and dining options, as well as nationally renowned art museums and theaters. Gourmet meals are served three times daily in the formal, restaurant-style dining room, and seniors are welcome to grab snacks and beverages throughout the day at the bistro and coffee bar. For residents' convenience, the community is designed with an in-house movie theater, fitness center and full-service salon with manicure services.

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  • Engaging exercise, fitness and wellness programs
  • State-of-the-art emergency call system

Benton House of Tiffany Springs

We've included Benton House of Tiffany Springs on this list for its efforts to provide a vibrant and fulfilling retirement lifestyle for seniors. Residents can stay active and social with the community's full calendar of activities and events, including daily fitness classes, educational seminars, spiritual services and volunteer programs. Benton House also hosts special seasonal events for residents, their family and friends. The community's innovative design features large open spaces so seniors can move from room to room with ease. Outside, an enclosed courtyard area offers a place for residents to garden, go for a walk and relax in the sunshine.

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  • 24-hour access to support staff
  • Weekly happy hour with hot hors d’oeuvres and entertainment