Dementia, and specifically Alzheimer's, is a serious, growing problem. In fact, 1 out of every 10 adults over the age of 65 has Alzheimer’s dementia. As Kansas City’s senior population continues to grow (14.1% growth between 2013 and 2017), so does the concern about aging and the risk of cognitive impairment.
In Kansas City, the number of deaths for those 65 and older caused or partly caused by Alzheimer’s disease plummeted 18.1% between 2013 and 2017. To put that in perspective, the number of deaths from all causes for that same age group only increased by 7.51%, showing that while Alzheimer’s is in decline, it is still a growing concern in the region. Overall, the percentage of seniors’ deaths related to Alzheimer’s is lower than the rest of the nation (5.23% in Kansas City vs. 6.46% in the U.S.).
In order to help families and caregivers of those with Alzheimer's find the support and care that their loved ones need, we've compiled information below about the cost of Memory Care, how to get financial assistance to help make care more affordable, free resources, etc. Also included are reviews of the best memory care facilities in the area, which cover pricing, types of care provided, residents' reviews, and more.
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For memory care facilities, COVID-19 rules and regulations are typically set at the state level. You can view specific rules on our guide to memory care in Missouri. These rules change often, and many communities have policies in place that go above and beyond what's required by the state, so you should contact your local community for more information. Additionally, you can contact your local Area Agency on Aging to learn more.
Note: Memory care is typically provided in communities licensed as assisted living facilities, and in general, costs 20-30% more than standard assisted living services. No authoritative cost data is available for this type of care, so we estimated memory care rates by adding 25% to assisted living fees in the Genworth 2021 Cost of Care Survey.
Based on the 2021 Genworth Cost of Care Survey, memory care accommodations cost an average of $5,731 per month in Kansas City.
Kansas City’s rates for memory care are almost $2,000 higher than Missouri’s statewide median of $3,750 per month, exceeding costs in other major cities throughout the state. The city’s prices are about $100 over the national average of $5,625. Seniors in Columbia to the east pay $2,200 less than those in Kansas City, and Jefferson City residents pay $3,100 less. Further east near the Illinois border, Cape Girardeau sees memory care costs running about $2,500 under rates in Kansas City.
Memory care is on the more expensive end of senior care arrangements in Kansas City. Adult day health care is the most economical option at an average cost of $1,733 per month. Assisted living is almost $3,000 more at $4,585. Fees climb with in-home care and home health care, which cost $4,957 each per month. The priciest service is nursing home care, which costs an average of $6,464 per month for a semiprivate room.
Since not everyone can afford to pay for memory care out-of-pocket, it's important to find alternative methods to help make memory care more affordable. Some of these options include:
For more information about your options for making assisted living more affordable, visit our guide to Memory Care in Kansas City.
Kansas City offers a wealth of services and programs for individuals and families living with dementia at little or no cost. Seniors and their caregivers can connect with numerous support groups, find a wealth of information and get involved in groundbreaking dementia research.
|The University of Kansas Alzheimer's Disease Research Center||913-588-0555||The University of Kansas Alzheimer's Disease Research Center provides access to groundbreaking research study opportunities. The center also offers enrichment webinars, Alzheimer's prevention tips and support groups for individuals and families.||Fairway, KS|
|Alzheimer's Association - Heart of America Chapter||913-831-3888 or 800-272-3900||The Alzheimer's Association - Heart of America Chapter serves several counties in Missouri and Kansas with a free 24/7 helpline, early-stage socialization opportunities, educational programs, training and virtual support groups for individuals and families living with dementia.||Prairie Village, KS|
|Clay County Senior Services||816-455-4800 or 877-452-3297||Clay County Senior Services offers information on numerous support groups for caregivers of people with dementia, as well as opportunities to participate in research.||Gladstone, MO|
According to the Alzheimer’s Association, 83% of all caregivers are unpaid family members, relatives, or other friends, and nearly half of all care is for older adults with some form of dementia. Caregiving, especially when it involves Alzheimer’s or dementia, is extremely exhausting and time-consuming, leading many caregivers to feel isolated and overwhelmed.
As a loved one continues to progress through the stages of dementia and his or her cognitive abilities continue to decline, behavioral problems, safety, and general care often become more than one caregiver can handle. This is when it’s important to find extra help, and residential facilities that have specialized memory care programs are often the best solution.
In addition to providing a safe environment, memory care programs seek to delay or halt cognitive decline while providing the opportunity for a social, independent lifestyle.
To choose the best memory care facilities in Kansas City, our team of researchers started by using our unique methodology to develop a list of contenders. We further refined the list in the next phase of our process by completing hands-on research for each one of the companies that we developed. Finally, we compiled online reviews from residents and families and wrote summaries of each facility that made it through our selection process.
Overall, our team:
Homestead of Olathe offers assisted living and memory care in a quiet, upscale suburban setting that's just a short drive from everything the Kansas City metro has to offer. Residents enjoy three home-cooked meals each day, and those with dietary restrictions have their needs met. Staff members assist residents with daily living activities. such as eating, bathing and dressing, and the facility even features a barbershop/beauty salon on site. The community maintains a full events calendar that keeps residents active and social. When family members come to visit, they can easily drive to a Chiefs or Royals game or eat world-class barbecue in downtown Kansas City.
Reviewers praise Homestead of Olathe for its warm atmosphere and the friendliness of the caregivers. As one person noted, "They didn't make those who lived there feel like they were old or needy, they made them feel welcome, and they made me feel welcome." Most reviewers stated they felt residents were receiving excellent care and appear very happy.
Kingswood Senior Living is located in the Lea Manor section of Kansas City, Missouri, just west of the Kansas state line. Its focus is on taking care of the smallest details to make life more enjoyable for its residents. Seniors have access to several amenities, including 24-hour security, scheduled community transportation, an aquatic center, walking trails and fenced dog park. The dining area offers three meals a day with snacks available in the Bistro, and custom catering is available for special events. The skilled memory care unit includes technological programs and music therapy to assist residents with communication skills and unlocking memories. With a hands-on approach, therapists use Shirley, a robotic seal that responds to touch and sound. Shirley helps to calm and redirect behaviors in those with dementia without the aid of medications.
Residents and loved ones are pleased with the cleanliness of the facility and its "inviting" atmosphere. Staff members earn special praise for their positive attitude, with loved ones saying they are "very friendly. I’m very pleased and content with this facility for my loved one."
Colonial Oaks at Leawood is an assisted living and memory care facility nestled in an upscale residential neighborhood in Leawood. Memory care residents live in bright, spacious accommodations in the GENERATIONS neighborhood. Some of the amenities available to these residents include a beauty salon and secured outdoor courtyards. Seniors can participate in several signature programs, which help them reminisce about the past and celebrate their achievements. In these programs, residents may create personalized jukeboxes or prepare favorite recipes from the past. They may also have opportunities to connect with children through intergenerational programming. Art, music and pet therapies are offered to seniors to relieve them from agitation.
People love the facility for its comfortable environment and attentive staff. “I like that it feels like home. It is all in one floor. It has no elevators,” notes a resident’s family member. “My mom loves living there and I love that she is in such great hands,” says another relative. Reviewers appreciate the varied menu options available to residents.
Morningside Place is an Anthem Memory Care Community located in downtown Overland Park. The building features a circular design, giving residents freedom of movement while still providing a secure, monitored environment. Anthem’s memory care program, Meaningful Moments, engages residents in routines they enjoyed prior to experiencing memory loss, which has shown to provide feelings of safety and belonging even as the disease progresses. Pet therapy, a multigenerational program called “Better Together” and the innovative “It's Never 2 Late” (iN2L) online interactive program provide comfort, socialization and stimulation to residents. Specialized menus accommodate physician recommendations while meeting the personal preferences of each resident. The facility's proximity to the vibrant downtown area allows for fun excursions to restaurants, shopping, galleries and movies. Social events are frequently scheduled to involve loved ones.
Family members appreciate the attentive care and safe environment at Morningside. One wrote, “My mother has been a resident here for two years. As her dementia has progressed and her physical abilities have declined, her plans of care have also changed and her needs are well met. The staff is genuinely kind and patient with her.”
Oak Point at Kearney is a cheerful, laid back facility in a country setting that's within driving distance of nearby Kansas City, Missouri. The facility is committed to providing modern care to the area's growing senior population while helping them stay integrated within their larger community by liaising with local businesses and causes. This sense of fellowship extends into Oak Point's communal areas, which are bright and airy with cozy, homestead-style decor and comfortable seating arrangements that are kept clean and well-provisioned. Residents' rooms are similarly well-kept with kitchenettes, updated appliances and personal heating and air-conditioning systems.
Online reviewers are particularly fond of Oak Point at Kearney's food. They mention, "the way the meals were served was excellent. They had a menu, so they were not just being fed a certain meal" and "The meals are excellent. They serve all three meals on time every day."
From lifelong learning programs to exercise classes at its state-of-the-art fitness center, Park Meadows Senior Living places an emphasis on healthy bodies and minds. Residents can enhance their computer skills through technology courses, engage in lively conversation with a discussion group or learn something new in a seminar from a guest speaker. Socialization and a sense of community are fostered through holiday and birthday celebrations, interactive games, such as bingo, and happy hours at the facility's Sky Lounge. Plus, with its suburban backdrop, Park Meadows is conveniently close to big city cultural and sporting venues while retaining its homey Midwestern charm. The community provides housekeeping, scheduled transportation services and chef-prepared meals, which include a variety of menu options. Flexible dining hours are available to accommodate residents' active lifestyles. Residents enjoy access to Park Meadows' beautifully manicured outside spaces and may keep small pets.
Family members and other facility visitors appreciate Park Meadows' extensive choice of activities, as well as the staff's professionalism and attentiveness. One reviewer notes, "I have found their activities department to be far above most that I have seen at other communities."
Senior Star at Wexford Place is a sprawling memory care facility located just steps from the heart of Kansas City. Its services to residents include room service, transportation to medical appointments or other errands and assistance with daily living activities, such as eating, bathing and dressing. The facility also offers an array of unique programs to support residents' quality of life and healthy living. These include Zumba, ShapeMaster exercise classes, Dakim BrainFitness interactive games and yoga. Also offered is BikeAround, a stationary bike with an interactive screen that simulates riding on some of the world's most scenic trails. Senior Star at Wexford Place is minutes from downtown Kansas City and Arrowhead Stadium, the home of the Chiefs.
Many reviewers mention seeing a positive change in the health and outlook of their loved ones since moving into Wexford Place. Says one reviewer, “They do a very good job communicating what's going on and if there is any incident or fall.” Others described the facility as “attractive and clean.”
Stonecrest at Burlington Creek is in a central location in North Kansas City and well-received by residents and family members, as it's close to a popular shopping center and just off two major highways. The large, upscale facility has broad hallways and plenty of big windows, creating an inviting environment that's easy to navigate. The tasteful decor compliments the spacious architecture; fresh cut flowers and tasteful sculptures are pleasantly arranged in the facility's common areas. The community prides itself on providing full-service amenities, such as a sauna, barbershop and a library, to satisfy residents who appreciate an extra bit of pampering.
In reviews, residents and family members make special mention of Stonecrest's complimentary transportation service. One resident writes "I noticed today that they are taking the residents out for those who want to. It's nice that they offer this ... to go shopping or on regular outings."
The Stratford Commons Memory Care located in Overland Park, Kansas, prides itself as the city’s preferred senior memory care facility, with the goal of promoting residents’ independence and quality of life. It boasts a luxuriously designed community with a shaded front porch, landscaped courtyard, music room and an activity center with fireplace. Residents are also treated to a full schedule of daily activities and restaurant-style dining prepared by the in-house chef. Manned by an expert team, the community provides personalized care services to its residents, including Alzheimer and dementia management, and the services of a full-time memory care director, 24-house licensed nurse, certified medication assistants and nursing assistants. Keypad entry systems and sensory auditory alarms for all exit points add security within the facility. Stratford Commons makes financial planning easy for families with its all-inclusive monthly pricing.
Reviewers described the place as nice, great smelling and homey, and they liked the spacious apartments. They also expressed appreciation for the caring staff, with one family member saying, “The nurses are phenomenal and extremely nice. They actually saved my father's life and brought him back to full recovery when another doctor said there was no hope.”
Sunrise of Lexana is designed to provide an environment for seniors in need of assisted living services and memory care that celebrates individuality, encourages independence and keeps family and friends involved in residents' daily lives. Staff members attend an internationally recognized training program to ensure they're fully prepared to provide each individual with the personalized care and attention they need. A full schedule of daily activities is offered with the intention of enriching residents' lives by promoting a healthy and active mind, body and spirit, including brain games, crafts, exercise classes and devotional services. The facility itself offers a number of amenities, such as a movie lounge, beauty salon and reading area, and it's located right next to a park with a lake and walking paths. Residents may also find comfort in the Reminisce living room, which is dedicated to those living with Alzheimer's disease or some form of memory loss.
According to relatives of seniors living at Sunrise of Lexana, the caring staff members are what sets the community apart from others. One woman mentioned, "Mom loves it at Sunrise of Lenexa. They made her feel needed, wanted and valuable as a person. They treat their people with dignity."
Conveniently located 10 minutes south of Kansas City International Airport, The Gardens at Barry Road is a pet-friendly, faith-based senior living facility offering assisted living and memory care. Daily activities, such as sing-alongs, crafts and baking, keep residents engaged and busy, and with an on-site Bible study and church across the street, it's easy for residents to stay connected to their faith. The manicured grounds of this secure facility feature continuous walking paths with a peacefulness that rivals the tranquility found in nearby Amity Woods Nature Park and Weatherby Lake. The combination of 24-hour monitoring from the highly trained staff, including licensed nurse supervision, and the emergency call systems ensure residents always receive prompt assistance. With group outings, family style dining and the inviting community lounges, socialization is an organic outcome of this community's thoughtful design.
Residents and their families are especially impressed with the friendly staff, tasteful decor and activities calendar. One resident's family member noted, "The staff was impeccable. The opportunities that they had for their residents as far as activities, amenities, services, and groups were just hands down top notch."
The Heritage of Overland Park uses a unique approach to help people with Alzheimer’s disease live life to the fullest. Residents live in small home environments with a maximum of 15 other seniors. Each resident has their own apartment with a private bathroom. To minimize confusion, the home's common areas have an open floor plan. Many outdoor spaces are accessible to residents, including walking paths and memory gardens. Each resident receives a customized Life Services Plan based on their needs and interests. They’re encouraged to participate in activities that promote wellness, such as discussion groups, music therapy and gardening. The community’s flexible activity offerings include evening and nighttime activities for residents who aren’t able to sleep.
Reviewers love The Heritage of Overland Park for the homelike environment it provides to residents. “The residents are happy and content,” says a reviewer. Visitors also compliment the facility’s food. “I eat there all the time, and it’s good. They encourage the families to come eat meals with the residents,” says a resident’s family member.
The Oxford Grand at Shoal Creek in Kansas City, is a newly built facility that opened in the summer of 2017. The beautifully landscaped campus features plentiful seating and walkways. Oxford Memory Care offers residents a secure homelike setting with 24-hour nursing and high staff-to-resident ratios. The staff, who are certified in dementia, works with families to understand their loved one's life prior to the illness, which staff then create a uniquely personalized plan that truly cares for the resident's needs. The Keats Suite provides memory care residents with a private studio and bath that opens to a great room where residents and dedicated life enrichment team members gather. Chef prepared family-style meals incorporate residents’ favorite foods to evoke happy memories. Therapeutic programs, including LinkedSenior, an evidence-based touch screen, along with music therapy and cognitive games, keep residents engaged with person-centered care.
The staff at Oxford receives consistently high praise for being “professional, thoughtful, loving, dedicated and compassionate.” One woman shared, “I moved my mother here from another memory care facility in September. I have found her care to be far superior at Oxford.”
Residents at Parkway Senior Living appreciate the facility's carefully considered interior design, which provides an environment to help memory care seniors feel safe and encouraged to participate in daily activities. Specialized life stations are set up in different locations throughout the community, engaging seniors in self-directed pursuits that replicate key moments in their lives. A garden area is used for therapeutic purposes, and seniors with Alzheimer's perform tangible tasks to promote mental acuity. Practical security features, such as electronic medication systems, monitoring networks and call systems, further add to the facility's modern functionality.
Residents and their family members make note of the community's spacious living areas. One left this positive message about their loved one's accommodations: "His apartment is good-sized considering he's in the memory care unit. The bathroom is huge and handicap-accessible. [It] has a walk-in shower, and the unit has a full closet and big windows. It feels very residential, almost like I'm in a house."
The Sheridan at Overland Park provides assisted living and memory care to Kansas seniors. The upscale community’s on-site amenities include an art center, library and rehabilitation gym and outdoors, there's a patio area and walking path. Seniors in the memory care wing live in private studio apartments and receive personalized care plans. The community offers several signature programs to help maintain seniors’ cognitive abilities, including Embrace, Discover Your Mark, Aromatherapy and Brain Health University, which residents solve puzzles, play games and make new friends. The facility also maintains a full schedule of activities, such as chair yoga, music trivia and a scrapbooking club. Every Sunday, a church service is provided via satellite, and Bible study is available throughout the week.
“The place was clean and had the look of an upscale hotel,” notes one visitor. The Sheridan at Overland Park receives compliments for its food, and reviewers say that seniors’ dietary preferences are taken into consideration. Other reviewers are pleased with the staff, who they say are “marvelous, kind and caring.”
Travanse Living at Olathe seeks to offer a homelike environment, providing privacy, safety, security and a sense of community to its residents. The team is focused on giving residents a sense of independence, with the added comfort that they're always available to assist in any way needed. A number of signature programs are available to residents, including Life Story Display, From Our Generation to Yours and It's All Right creative exploration. Travanse Living at Olathe offers diverse programming and amenities aimed at enriching the lives of its residents and making them feel at home. Residents can enjoy sunny days out in the secured courtyard and gardens, relax with a book in the Barton library, get active in the exercise room or participate in one of the many scheduled daily activities, such as painting class, yoga or coffee with your neighbor.
One reviewer shares, "I’ve been doing some volunteer work at the facility and have been amazed at how many great activities they plan for the residents. The staff have been great and very empathetic towards the residents. I love the feel I get when being there, the staff do a great job at treating residents like family."