Page Reviewed / Updated - July 20, 2019
This guide provides detailed information regarding the cost of several types of senior care in Wichita, as well as important information about the resources and financial assistance programs that are available to seniors living in the area. To learn more about the cost of senior care and financial assistance programs throughout the state, read our guide to paying for senior care in Kansas.
According to the Genworth 2018 Cost of Care study, the average monthly cost of senior care in Wichita is slightly higher than state averages for all types of care. When compared with other major cities throughout Kansas, the average cost of senior care is considerably lower, but when compared with large cities in neighboring states such as Columbia, Missouri and Omaha, Nebraska, the average cost of senior care in Wichita is actually quite high.
Assisted living costs in Wichita are lower than in other major cities throughout Kansas. When compared with Lawrence, Manhattan and Topeka, Wichita's monthly average cost of assisted living is several hundred dollars less. Seniors looking for less expensive assisted living options can consider facilities that are located outside of major cities. Less expensive assisted living can be found in surrounding states. For example, in Columbia, Missouri, the average monthly cost of assisted living is only $3,975, which is considerably lower than in most cities throughout Kansas.
Home care costs in Wichita are higher than many other cities and towns throughout Kansas. The average monthly home care cost in Wichita is $4,195, which is only slightly lower than in Manhattan, where home care costs are the highest in the state at $4,290 per month. Less expensive home care is available in other major cities in Kansas such as Lawrence, where the average monthly cost is only $3,432 or in Topeka, where the average cost is only $3,623 monthly. In Columbia, Missouri, the average cost of home care is the same as in Wichita while in Omaha, Nebraska, costs are slightly higher at $4,338 per month.
The average monthly cost of adult day care in Wichita is slightly above the state average at $1,934. This cost is the highest in the state. In Manhattan, the average monthly cost of adult day care is only $1,419 and in Lawrence, it's slightly lower than in Wichita at $1,896. The variation in adult day care costs is just as dramatic when comparing Wichita to similar sized cities in surrounding states too. In Omaha, Nebraska the average monthly cost of adult day care is much lower at only $1,354 per month, while in Columbia, Missouri, costs are more expensive than in Wichita at $1,983 per month.
Nursing home costs in Wichita are only slightly above the state average of $5,414 per month. When compared with other major cities throughout the state, the average monthly cost of nursing home care in Wichita is among the lowest at only $5,475. In Lawrence, the average monthly cost is much higher at $6,494 and the same can be said for Manhattan, where the average monthly cost is $6,661. Less expensive nursing home care can be found in smaller cities and towns throughout the state, where the average cost is only $5,201 per month and one state over in Columbia, Missouri, where the cost is only $5,080 per month.
Kansas' Medicaid program is called KanCare. It's available to low-income seniors living in Wichita and throughout the rest of Kansas. The program is administered by the state within the parameters set forth by the federal government. KanCare covers the cost of nursing home care and, in some cases, may provide financial assistance with home care. Under KanCare, nursing care services are covered up to $2,250 per month. In addition to nursing care, KanCare covers the cost of all other basic medical services including doctor's visits, hospitalization, prescription medications, optometry, dental care and transportation services.
To be eligible for KanCare, an applicant's income must not exceed $727 per month unless they meet spend-down requirements, which stipulate that the individual may use their income to pay medical bills first and meet financial eligibility requirements with what is left of their monthly income. Assets may not be valued at more than $2,000 per month, with the exception of their home, which may not have a value exceeding $572,000.
To apply for KanCare, seniors can request an application by calling (800) 792-4884.
KanCare HCBS Frail Elderly Waiver
The HCBS Frail Elderly Waiver is intended to provide seniors with an alternative to nursing home care once they've reached the need for institutionalization. This waiver program provides access to services that include adult day care, personal care services, financial management services, medication reminders, nurse visits, dental hygiene care and wellness monitoring.
To be eligible for the Frail Elderly Waiver, seniors must be 65 years of age or older and submit to a comprehensive assessment to determine their need for nursing care. Applicants must also meet the financial eligibility requirements that are in place for KanCare.
To apply for the Frail Elderly Waiver, seniors can call (855) 200-2372.
Kansas Optional State Supplement
The state of Kansas provides eligible seniors with a cash benefit that's intended to increase federal Supplemental Security Income benefits. The benefit was created to help those receiving long-term care pay for the additional expenses that may not be covered by KanCare such as room and board and additional services. The amount of the benefit is determined by the applicant's living arrangement and income.
To be eligible for the state supplement, seniors must be 65 years of age and older and Medicaid eligible or receiving Supplemental Security Income.
Seniors living in the Wichita area can apply for the benefit in person at the Wichita Social Security Administration Office, which is located at 3216 North Cypress Drive. Alternatively, applications can be submitted by phoning (800) 772-1213.
Kansas Senior Care Act Program
The state of Kansas provides funding via the Kansas Senior Care Act (SCA) program, which is a non-Medicaid program. It offers elderly residents financial assistance with the cost of home care and is funded by the Kansas Department for Aging and Disability Services. Services provided by this program may include personal care and homemaker services, adult day care and respite care. The program may cover up to 100 percent of the cost of these services or for those with some expendable income, a small donation may be required.
To be eligible for the program, applicants must be assessed to determine their need for care and it must be determined that they have some functional limitations. They must also meet income requirements for this program, which are subject to change annually.
To learn more about this program's application process and eligibility requirements, seniors can contact (855) 200-2372.
Program of All-Inclusive Care for the Elderly (PACE)
PACE provides seniors in certain counties throughout Kansas with access to primary care physicians and healthcare services that may include prescription medications, nurse visits, personal support services and meal services. The program was designed to provide a comprehensive healthcare option to seniors who require a nursing level of care. In some cases, services are provided free of charge and in others, service costs are determined by the participant's income.
To be eligible for PACE, seniors must be 55 years of age or older and be determined by a medical professional to require a nursing level of care yet live safely within their community.
Seniors living in Wichita can apply for the PACE program by contacting Christi HOPE at (316) 858-1111.
|Housing Choice Voucher||(316) 462-3700||The Housing Choice Voucher program is provided by the Wichita Housing Authority. It provides low-income individuals, in particular seniors, disabled persons and large families, with financial assistance that's meant to help with the cost of rent. The program operates on a sliding scale and requires participants to pay 30 percent of their income to their landlord while the Wichita Housing Authority subsidizes the remainder of the rent.|
|Low Income Energy Assistance Program (LIEAP)||(800) 432-0043||Residents of Kansas, including seniors, who need help paying for home energy assistance may qualify for LIEAP, a federally funded program. Eligibility is based on income, the number of people living in the home as well as the type of dwelling, fuel used and utility rates. Applications are on the Department for Children and Families' website.|
|Emergency Home Repair||(316) 462-3713||Seniors who are residing in their own home can access zero-interest loans up to $5,000 that are designed to help with the cost of emergency home repairs. This program is available through the City of Wichita's Housing and Community Services Program.|
|Free Paint||(316) 462-3713||The Housing and Community Services Program in the city of Wichita offers Seniors age 62 and older who qualify to chance to have their home painted for free, provided they own and occupy their home and funding is available.|