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 Overland Park’s senior population continues to grow (20.7% growth between 2013 and 2017), so does the concern about aging and the risk of cognitive impairment.
In Overland Park, the number of deaths for those 65 and older caused or partly caused by Alzheimer’s disease rose 7.58% between 2013 and 2017. To put that in perspective, the number of deaths from all causes for that same age group only increased by 7.53%, showing that Alzheimer’s is a growing concern in the region. Overall, the percentage of seniors’ deaths related to Alzheimer’s is lower than the rest of the nation (4.40% in Overland Park 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 Kansas. 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.
In Overland Park, the cost of memory care is $5,731 per month, while the state average is $5,725 per month and the national average is $5,625 per month.
The monthly cost of memory care in Overland Park is only $6 higher than the state average and $106 higher than the national average. Wichita is the most expensive city in the state, with memory care costs $1,050 higher than Overland Park. With an average of $5,673, memory care in Lawrence is $58 more than in Overland Park. Topeka, the state capital, runs an average of $5,619 for memory care, which is $112 less than Overland Park's average.
The cost of both in-home care and home health care is $4,957 per month. These averages are $774 less than memory care. Adult day health care costs $1,733 per month, which is nearly $4,000 less than memory care. With a monthly average of $4,585, assisted living is $1,146 less than the cost of memory care. Nursing home care can cost $733 more than memory care and starts at $6,464 in Overland Park.
Note: Data for Overland Park was unavailable, so data for the nearest city, Kansas City, MO, was used instead.
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 Overland Park.
Seniors and loved ones can contact any of the organizations listed below for information about local resources, in addition to learning about treatment options for various cognitive conditions. The office of the long-term care ombudsman also assists current memory care residents with investigation and mediation services.
|Alzheimer’s Association — Heart of America Chapter||Main Office: (913) 831-3888 Toll-free 24/7 Hotline: (800) 272-3900||Offering services in English and Spanish, the Heart of America Chapter of the Alzheimer’s Association has resources for seniors and their caregivers. Individuals and families can connect with others through online and in-person support groups. A free tool helps seniors and loved ones evaluate their needs and plan for the future.|
|The University of Kansas Health System — Alzheimer’s Disease Memory Clinic & Research Centers||(913) 588-1227||The clinic team at the University of Kansas provides diagnostic and treatment options for a variety of cognitive conditions. Evaluations include MRI and CT scans, as well as neurological examinations. Seniors can also learn about groundbreaking research, including innovative treatment options, and participate in clinic studies. A convenient tool helps seniors search for local cognitive health specialists.|
|Office of the Long-Term Care Ombudsman||(877) 662-8362||Ombudsmen advocate for the health and rights of seniors residing in memory care communities and other long-term care facilities. Seniors and loved ones can contact an ombudsman to solve issues with facilities staff, such as lack of attentiveness to the residents and medication mismanagement. Ombudsmen are certified to ensure that facilities are following state and federal regulations. Families can also reach out for help searching for local memory care communities.|
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 Overland Park, 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:
Aberdeen Village is a Presbyterian Manors of Mid-America (PMMA) community located on a beautiful 35-acre campus in Olathe. The community's full continuum of care includes independent and assisted living, memory care, skilled nursing, respite and short-term rehab. Aberdeen is one of 17 PMMA campuses in Kansas and Missouri that provide quality senior services guided by Christian values. Amenities include a fitness center, indoor swimming pool, woodworking shop, putting green and walking paths. Whispering Meadows is the dedicated memory care neighborhood. Residents live in private studio apartments with 24/7 security and around-the-clock team supervision. A secured outdoor area enables gardening, art projects and music therapy, and residents enjoy many opportunities for social engagement. Each resident receives an individualized care plan that’s updated regularly, and the compassionate caregivers receive ongoing training and education in the latest methods of supporting those with memory loss.
In addition to the meticulously clean, beautifully decorated interiors, family members praise the very caring, attentive staff. One shared, “This facility is exceptional. The pleasing environment, well-planned accommodations and professional clinical staff have given us the confidence and assurance that our loved one is being cared for at the highest level of clinical service possible.”
Addington Place of Prairie Village is a Cedarhurst Senior Living community in a quiet, well-established neighborhood. The one-level facility features a tree-lined walking path around the community for a relaxing time in nature, but the Kansas City Metro Area location puts residents close to numerous amenities and resources. The assisted living community offers multiple levels of care from which residents, their families and doctors may choose. Memory care residents live in the separate, exclusive Beacon neighborhood. The open design is bright and homelike with keypad protection for residents’ safety. The Daily Life activities calendar combines familiar routines, special events and any needed therapies for a customized program. A dedicated neighborhood coordinator and a high caregiver-to-resident ratio help facilitate the dignified, person-centered care that’s a hallmark of the Cedarhurst Senior Living lifestyle.
Family members appreciate the numerous social events that include families as well as the daily activities and outings that help loved ones stay active and connected. One daughter shared, “Mom and I have enjoyed many an afternoon on one of the many porches with rockers and fountains. I love the way the memory care neighborhoods are set up with the apartments surrounding the living areas.”
Autumn Leaves of Overland Park is a family-operated assisted living and memory care community specializing in research-based dementia care. Its building's bright, open interiors and central outdoor courtyard provide a safe, secure environment for residents to explore their personal interests and skills through cognition-stimulating activities. Residents can breathe fresh air while strolling along the two manicured walking paths, get their hair done in the full-service beauty salon or invite family and friends to festive celebrations in the large private dining room. The community's culinary team prepares three nutritious meals per day as well as finger foods for those who prefer to move about the facility as they eat.
Family members praise the facility for its competent staff, fun activities and well-maintained building. One reviewer says, “I’m so glad we found this community for my aunt and uncle. The staff is great to work with. ... They have the knowledge and they care. They handed out candy at Halloween, and they had a dance. The community is always immaculate.”
This Pegasus Senior Living community in Overland Park, Kansas, offers assisted living and memory care. Glenwood Village’s warm and welcoming common areas for assisted living residents include a living room with fireplace, a pub, a library and a country kitchen. The Life Enrichment program helps engage residents with art therapy, live entertainment, pet therapy, exercise, outings and family involved activities. 24/7 nursing staff allows Glenwood Village to care for more medically complex residents. And a culinary team is able to provide delicious home cooked meals. The secured memory care neighborhood is staffed by a team who receives ongoing training in proper techniques for supporting those with dementia. Residents can safely participate in favorite projects that use life skills, such as gardening, cooking and sewing. A special focus is brought to mealtimes. Small dining rooms create familiarity and promote socializing. The culinary team creates memory-friendly menus with a diverse set of recognizable selections that appeal to the senses and are easy to eat.
Glenwood Village’s spacious accommodations and full schedule of activities, outings and social events appeal to residents and family members. One said, “I placed my father here. It’s a wonderful property. It’s very clean, bright, cheery and has lots of activities. The staff is very caring and responsive.”
The Heritage of Overland Park is a state-of-the-art memory care community specifically designed to serve the needs of seniors living with Alzheimer’s and other types of dementia. Residents live in three spacious homes, each accommodating 16 seniors in private studios and baths. The intimate environment features an open floor plan with several interactive living areas that encourage socialization and promote independence. Residents may move freely around the secure courtyard and memory garden outside each home, stroll the walking paths and visit with loved ones in the sitting areas. The family-style kitchen is available to staff 24/7 for cooking, socializing and sensory stimulation. It contains an island that lets residents comfortably participate in the meal prep. Each resident receives an individual life care plan that outlines their specific care and support needs developed in collaboration with their families.
Heritage’s clean, uplifting environment and the great food help family members feel at ease knowing loved ones are cared for. One shared, “All the wonderful buildings come together very nicely. It does not at all feel like something you would see in a movie with the long, dark hallway. We love this place, and I am glad my mom is here.”
Leawood Gardens Senior Living is a community offering assisted living and memory care. Staff members support residents' preferred lifestyles and promote engagement through the Vibrant Life program, where residents create their own schedules based on their skills and interests. Innovative outings and activities include zip-lining excursions, trips to area farms, casino nights and quilting classes. Signature memory care programs promote reminiscence and social connections through intergenerational activities, the creation of life memory boxes and playing favorite hit songs from the past. In the restaurant-style dining hall, the Elevate dining program combines home-cooked favorites with fresh ingredients and meals made mostly from scratch.
Family members praise the facility for its excellent dining program and capable staff members. One reviewer says, “My mom loves living there, and I love that she is in such great hands. I also love that they get to choose what they eat at each meal! My mom loves that it feels like a restaurant more than a lunch room.”
Morningside Place is an Anthem memory care facility focused on providing person-centered care in a warm, peaceful environment. The building surrounds a central courtyard with a gazebo where residents can garden or safely relax and enjoy the fresh air. Inside, the beauty salon offers professional hair and nail services, and the facility's numerous common areas permit residents to freely socialize and move about. Unique programs include pet therapy with visiting animals and It's Never Too Late technology that allows residents to learn new skills, play games and communicate online. Through the Better Together program, local students visit and stimulate residents' memories through intergenerational activities. To ensure residents' diets are tailored to their specific needs, staff members coordinate with nutritionists to create customized, healthy meal plans.
Loved ones comment that the facility stands out for its kind, attentive staff members who help residents feel engaged and at ease. One reviewer says, “The staff is very compassionate and caring. This is the fourth facility my father has lived in, and we have finally found him a HOME! He is happy here and states that, 'I love it here, they treat me like a person.'"
The Montessori-based approach at Park Meadows uses sensory activities catering to residents' preferences and abilities to increase engagement and learning. This facility takes care of the housekeeping, laundry and linen providing residents with more time to enjoy their hobbies. Community computers make it easy for residents to check email and connect with family and friends on social media. There are regular excursions to nearby museums, and many residents enjoy honing their culinary skills in the demonstration kitchen. An abundance of daily community-wide activities, such as yoga, technology classes, gardening and art shows, provides residents with ample opportunities to stay busy doing something they enjoy. Whether residents are on a low-sugar diet or seeking rich comfort food, the culinary team at Park Meadows has a variety of dining options to satisfy all tastes and requirements.
Residents and their family members speak very highly of the staff's friendliness, the food and the variety of fun activities. The sister of one resident said, "It's gorgeous, it never smells, and the whole campus is beautiful. They're very attentive; it's almost one-on-one, and they take good care of her. I've had lunch there, and it was wonderful."
Santa Marta is a full-service senior Life Care community providing independent living, skilled nursing, assisted living and memory care. Inspired by Catholic values, the facility strives to help residents feel a sense of purpose while compassionately assisting them with their unique needs. The Landmarks for Living Alzheimer's and dementia care program uses residents' personal histories to create personalized service plans that encourage independence and social engagement. Memory care residents can pet, play with and give commands to the facility's innovative PARO pet robot, schedule appointments in the on-site beauty salon or enjoy gardening in the secure outdoor courtyard. Additional community amenities include a library, fitness center and an indoor heated swimming pool.
Reviewers compliment the facility’s well-maintained building and grounds, good food and skilled, attentive staff. One person comments, “The Plaza at Santa Marta is a fantastic place for your loved one. The facility is immaculate, food is delicious and the staff is caring and highly trained … It's 5-star spectacular!!!”
At Sunrise of Lenexa, dedicated care managers provide focused, person-centered care to memory care, assisted living and respite residents. Nature lovers can easily step outside to stroll along the nearby park's walking trails or enjoy views of the lake. Inside the facility, residents can snack on popcorn while viewing their favorite film in the lounge or listen to a performer play music on the piano. The staff ensures memory care residents feel safe and secure in the Reminiscence neighborhood, where carefully selected activities such as letter writing, cooking clubs and morning exercises provide opportunities for connection, cognitive development and sensory stimulation. In the restaurant-style dining hall, residents eat chef-prepared made-from-scratch meals using high-quality local ingredients. Those with special dietary needs can choose from a selection of modified options such as fortified foods and purees.
Loved ones comment on the facility’s good food, thoughtful layout and convenient amenities. One reviewer says, “Everyone is friendly, and the room is close to the elevator, the dining room and the whirlpool bath. The food is excellent and prepared by chefs. They have special music performances, watch movies, have activities to honor veterans, and there’s a beauty shop.”
The Sheridan at Overland Park provides upscale assisted living and memory care in a country club-like setting. An abundance of common areas, such as the activity, club, family and entertainment rooms, makes it easy for residents to socialize and partake in exercise classes, sing-alongs and sensory-stimulating painting sessions. When Alzheimer's and dementia care residents wish to step outside, the rooftop patio is the perfect secure place to relax and enjoy the fresh air. Innovative programs designed to promote positive feelings, encourage reminiscence and improve cognition include aromatherapy, Brain Health University and Family Moments. Professional chefs and dining directors collaborate with residents to incorporate their favorite foods into the daily menu. Meals are prepared using fresh, local ingredients, and specialized dietary offerings such as purées and reduced concentrated sweets are available.
Family members rave about the facility’s positive atmosphere, well-maintained building and attentive staff members who honor residents’ preferences and choices. One reviewer says, “The Sheridan at Overland Park is clean, immaculate, uplifting and encouraging. My husband has done marvelously there, and I'm so pleased with it. They encourage his independence, yet they take care of him. The staff is marvelous, kind and caring.”