2021 Senior Living Communities Guide

There are a lot of factors to consider when evaluating what type of Senior Living Community is right for you or your loved one. For example, location, mission and purpose, type of community are just a few. Thankfully there are a lot of options in Wichita and the surrounding area.

Our hope is to help educate you. Provide you with resources that best equip you to make the right decision for you or your loved one.

Here is a guide to Senior Living Communities in Wichita and the surrounding areas:

55+ Active Adult Communities

Homes in this section have minimum age requirements for seniors. Meals and transportation are not generally provided. Typically, they are located near key services such as shopping centers, restaurants, and medical clinics. Many have community areas such as a library or game and fitness room. Often there are resident led social activities. Residences can be single-family, duplex, cottages, or condo style homes. Click here for a list of Senior Living Communities.

Continuing Care Retirement Communities


Continuing Care Retirement Communities (Life Care Communities) are residential campuses that provide seniors with the full spectrum of lifestyle and health care options. Most importantly, that includes independent living, assisted living, and skilled nursing care. They often include memory care. CCRCs are age restricted, so in order to qualify, at least one person in the household must meet a minimum age requirement. Click here for a list of Senior Living Communities.

Independent Senior Living Communities


Independent Senior Living Communities typically offer full kitchens, some meals in a common dining room and housekeeping.  In addition, paid utilities (except for telephone and cable), laundry facilities, 24-hour staffing, and private areas for residents are some more benefits. Since these communities are not licensed, they can charge whatever the market will bear. They are not subject to uniform regulations like licensed communities. Some are affiliated with churches, schools, or other community programs. Click here for a list of Senior Living Communities.

Assisted Senior Living Communities


Assisted Senior Living Communities are often an ideal choice for individuals. Seniors unable to function in an independent environment, but do not require the level of supervision and care provided in a skilled nursing community. Most residents need some assistance with Activities of Daily Living (ADLs). For example bathing, dressing, grooming, housekeeping and medication monitoring. Residents are free to come and go as they please. They have access to in-house amenities such as salons and whirlpool tubs. Click here for a list of Senior Living Communities.

Memory Care Communities


Skilled Nursing Communities have added areas specifically designed for patients with dementia. Some Life Care and Continuing Care Communities now include special Alzheimer’s care. Such areas are typically secured, requiring codes for access in and out. In addition, helps safeguard the residents who are apt to wander. Not all memory care communities are affiliated with CCRCs. Since all specialized services in memory care differ, it is important to ask questions. In addition, tour the entire community. Learn all levels to get a feel for the overall care provided and the services offered as one’s health or memory may change over time. Click here for a list of Senior Living Communities.

Home Plus Communities


Home Plus Communities are state licensed and assist not more than eight individuals who, due to functional impairment, need personal care to compensate for limitation on activities of daily living. Often these facilities are geared toward Alzheimer, dementia care, and disability. Click here for a list of Senior Living Communities.

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