Assisted Living in Wichita, KS
There comes a time in everyone’s life where the decision to leave home for either an assisted living facility or a nursing home must be made. If your loved one can no longer safely live alone, and you cannot provide the necessary supervision because of your own work and family obligations, then it’s time to consider assisted living. There are assisted living facilities in Wichita to choose from.
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What are the Costs of Assisted Living?
The average cost of basic assisted living care in Kansas is $3,501 a month. This is a bit higher than you’d find in neighboring states, and is also more expensive than the U.S. national average. Your actual costs may vary depending on the community, amenities, and services offered.
Kansas Assisted Living Regulations
Kansas state law requires all assisted living facilities to provide basic health monitoring services. Staff involved directly in patient care may also provide assistance with daily living activities. Skilled nursing services must either be routine, limited, or provided on an intermittent basis. Contact the facility you are interested in to learn more about the services offered, as many offer more than basic health monitoring.
Assisted living facilities in Kansas are not allowed to accept anyone who may be a danger to themselves, the staff or other residents. They also may not accept anyone who cannot move themselves out of the building on their own, anyone with major incontinence issues, or anyone who requires two people to transport. Regular health assessments are made to determine if residents’ conditions change to where they no longer meet these requirements.
Does My Loved One Qualify for Assisted Living?
While we cannot provide a strict yes or no answer, because we are not qualified medical professionals who can properly assess your loved one’s condition, we can provide some guidelines for your consideration. If your loved one can function fairly well on his or her own, requiring only basic assistance with daily activities and medication management, then he or she is likely a candidate for assisted living.
If your loved one has a serious medical condition that requires constant medical monitoring and support, then it is likely that he or she will not be an ideal candidate for assisted living care, and instead, nursing home care could be the better answer. Nursing home facilities provide skilled medical care at a level much higher than you’d see in an assisted living - in fact, it is the highest level of care your loved one can receive without being admitted to the hospital.
The decision about which facility to place your parent or grandparent in should not be made hastily. Take your time to research and review information available about the facilities in your area. Contact the ones you are interested in to learn more about the costs associated with it, the services provided, and to schedule a tour of the facility. Observe both the staff and the residents when you tour, also taking into consideration the appearance and condition of the community itself.