Wichita, Kansas, is a former “Cowtown” that provides many assisted living facilities and a cost of living well under the national average. The city is the southern half of Kansas and holds a population of over 380,000, while the metropolitan area holds more than 630,000, making it the most populous city in the state. It is a thriving metropolis which has been ranked in the top 10 U.S. best big cities to live. Wichita assisted living facilities benefit from the city’s many centers, amenities, and activities that are designed with seniors in mind. Visiting SeniorLiving.org will help you make sense of what specific accommodations are available in the area. If you are looking for senior apartments, nursing homes, or other types of assisted living, the site will give you all the information you need. The city also has many outdoor activities and elderly tailored programs that make it a great destination for your retirement.
While the cost for private rooms at ALFs in Wichita average $4,198, or over $600 the state median, the cost of nursing home care is in line with the state average, at $4,410 and $5,109 for semi-private and private rooms, respectively. Wichita’s low cost of living, rated 83.7 by the March 2012 cost of living index, makes housing, transportation, food, and health care all afford-ably priced.
Some attractive venues for seniors to visit in Wichita are, Botanica: The Wichita Gardens, Exploration Place, the Museum of World Treasures, Old Cowtown Museum, the Orpheum Theatre, the Sedgwick County Zoo, and the Wichita Art Museum. The city is Kansas’ cultural center, with the Downtown and Old Town neighborhoods playing host to dozens of festivals, cultural and historical activities, flea and farmers’ markets, and block parties. Seniors are offered discounts at Botanica and Old Cowtown. The city is also teeming with restaurants, entertainment venues, shopping centers, and parks. A short distance to the east, outdoor recreation is abundant at the Cheney Reservoir, Cheney Wildlife Area, and Cheney State Park.
The city has 32 miles of walking paths and is pedestrian friendly. The many horseshoe and shuffleboard courts would be very appealing to senior residents. Seniors also receive discounts at each of the five Wichita municipal golf courses, and receive half-fare bus service. The city also has four senior centers, the Downtown Senior Center, Linwood Senior Center, Northeast Senior Center, and Orchard Park Senior Center, which all have many interesting classes and programs. Seniors Services, Inc. of Wichita has programs to enhance the lives of the city’s senior citizens, like Meals on Wheels, neighborhood connections, senior mentors, medical and legal assistance, and in-home respite care. There are also eight acute care hospitals within the city. To find the best Wichita assisted living facility, enter your desired zip code in the toolbar above.