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How Much Do Kansas City Nursing Homes Cost?

Located along the western edge of Missouri, Kansas City is famous for its delicious home-style barbecue, booming jazz scene, and unique architecture. Residents also enjoy a cost of living that’s lower than the U.S. national average, making the city an ideal retirement destination. Kansas City seniors can find affordable, quality nursing care that fits any budget.

Taking a look at Missouri nursing care

According to The Kaiser Family Foundation’s Total Number of Residents in Certified Nursing Facilities, and AARP’s Long-Term Care in Missouri.

More than 38,000 Missouri residents received nursing care in 2014, which was over 3,000 more people than ten years beforehand.

Missouri spends over two-thirds of its Medicare budget on long-term care services provided by skilled nursing facilities.

More than one-third of Missouri nursing homes scored above average on Centers for Medicaid and Medicare Services (CMS) quality ratings.

What do Kansas City seniors pay for nursing care?

Skilled nursing care in Kansas City is not only easy to find, but also affordable. Locals pay less for both short-term and long-term care services than seniors nationwide. While the national median cost of private care in a nursing facility was $92,378 per year in 2016, Kansas City nursing homes charged residents an annual median of just $77,563 for similar services. A semi-private room was even cheaper, costing around $63,000 per year.

Kansas City residents can choose from a wide range of local nursing homes, from upscale living options to low-cost facilities. With more than 30 nursing communities to choose from, Kansas City residents are sure to find something to suit any budget and lifestyle.

What to expect from local nursing homes

Whether you need long-term assistance or short-term care, you can count on Kansas City nursing homes to provide the services that you need. Local nursing homes help to improve the quality of life for thousands of Missouri seniors each day. Nursing facilities offer round the clock care for seniors and older adults who are recovering from an accident or injury, or who are coping with a chronic condition. Some even offer specialized wings for Alzheimer’s and dementia patients that need 24-hour supervision.

Kansas City nursing facilities provide a spectrum of health care services for adults who are unable to live independently. A Registered Nurse (RN) is on hand at all times to oversee individualized care plans that are carried out by Certified Nursing Assistants, or CNAs. CNAs act as a liaison between patients, their families, and their doctor. They provide one-on-one care for nursing home residents, helping with everything from medication schedules to physical therapy sessions.

Daily nutrition is just as important for nursing patients as access to skilled medical care. Nursing homes strive to meet the unique dietary needs of each resident by providing carefully crafted meals and snacks throughout the day. Most facilities are happy to accommodate those with special diets, offering vegetarian dishes, low sodium meals, kosher options and more. Residents can enjoy a quiet dinner in their room, or join friends for a communal meal in the nursing home dining room.

Things to do, people to see

Nursing homes aim to help seniors preserve as much independence as possible as they receive care. Scheduled events and activities let patients get out, exercise, and socialize each day. Every nursing home offers something a little bit different for its residents, from dancing classes to pet therapy visits to spiritual services. Seniors are encouraged to keep active and engaged as they age.

No matter what your interests might be, you can find a nursing home in Kansas City that will embrace your unique lifestyle. Don’t want to part with your pooch? Several nursing homes offer pet-friendly accommodations and amenities. Want to keep up with your exercise routine? Some nursing homes have gyms conveniently located onsite. Kansas City is full of top tier nursing homes that offer so much more than just medical care. Residents can live life to the fullest as they enjoy food, fun, and festivities with their friends and neighbors.

How to find the best care for your loved one

No two nursing homes are exactly alike, and it's important to vet any facility that interests you thoroughly. There are a couple of questions that you should ask when visiting any nursing home:

Is the facility licensed?

Is everything clean and odor-free?

Is there an accessible hospital nearby?

What training and certifications do the staff have?

Do residents receive adequate care?

Were there any deficiencies in the latest state inspection report?

How are complaints and concerns addressed?

Although you can learn a lot from checking out a nursing home’s websites or by speaking with staff members over the phone, the best way to get a feel for a facility is to schedule a visit. You can observe how the staff interacts with patients, speak with residents about their experiences, and even try out some of the food.

Cut back on your monthly care expenses

 The cost of long-term care can be overwhelming, particularly if you don’t have a long-term care insurance policy to help reduce your monthly medical expenses. Many seniors find themselves in the red just months to years after moving into a nursing home. Luckily, though, there are several ways that Missouri seniors can offset care costs and make their medical bills a bit more manageable.

Many senior homeowners that are moving into a nursing community choose to sell their home to help partially cover their care costs. If you still have someone living at home, however, this isn’t always possible. Instead, you may be able to take out a reverse mortgage on your house and use the loan to help pay for nursing services. Before selling your property or taking out a reverse mortgage, make sure that you talk to your lawyer, tax advisor and estate planner about the legal and financial ramifications.

Some Missouri seniors may qualify for financial aid through the state government. Medicare benefits cover limited nursing services for patients recovering from a hospital stay, but the program does not offer long-term support. Low-income seniors who need help can apply for ongoing aid through Missouri’s Supplemental Nursing Care (SNC) program, which offers MO HealthNet (or Medicaid) coverage for elderly and disabled adults.

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