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Memory care units in Kansas, which can also go by the terms Alzheimer’s care, dementia care, or special care units, are facilities that are specifically designed to meet the needs of individuals with forms of dementia. They include specially trained staff that constantly monitors residents to prevent wandering, ensure safety, and provide care suitable for cognitive impairment.
Location Monthly Minimum Monthly Maximum Wichita $3,800 $6,180 Overland Park $2,430 $6,650 Lawrence $5,000 $7,320
*Average monthly cost for single occupancy room in a memory care community
Throughout the state, there are multiple museums, parks, and other attractions including the Museum of World Treasures, Overland Park Arboretum and Botanical Gardens, Kansas Speedway, and the Oz Museum. Kansas is also known for its abundance of agriculture.
The climate in Kansas supports four seasons with the summers and winters often reaching extremes. The average high during the summer is 92 degrees and the average low during the winter is 18 degrees. Kansas averages around 230 days of the sun per year and when combined with the moderate humidity levels, summers can get quite hot. Short-term temperature extremes are not uncommon. Intense storms are also relatively common with blizzards, thunderstorms, and tornados occurring every year.
The culture in Kansas is similar to that of other parts of the west with generosity, hospitality, and courteousness being essential. Kansas is also known for being the home of Dorothy from the popular movie, The Wizard of Oz.
In Kansas, Alzheimer’s care facilities are required to provide education on treatment and behavior of dementia. Before being allowed to work with residents, staff must undergo training that explores the specific needs of Alzheimer’s and then a record must be kept that shows that the training had been completed. There must by direct care staff present and available at all times.
Kansas is ranked 30th in overall safety according to 2016’s Safest States to Live In.
Location Violent Crimes Per 1,000 Residents Property Crimes Per 1,000 Residents Andover 1.36 22.3 Prairie Village .41 10.29 Leawood .67 11.92
Medicare, private long-term insurance, and out of pocket payment are the typical methods to pay for dementia care in Kansas. Medicaid provides services through a home and community-based waiver for residents in a community that is enrolled as a provider and who meet certain level-of-care criteria. The average monthly cost for Memory Care in Kansas is around $4,922.
Patients have the right in KS to be informed of their health status and be involved in the consent or refusal of treatment in a manner they understand. The patient’s privacy should be respected to the highest extent possible. They should also be treated in a manner that promotes safety for the patient, other patients, and staff. The patient of an Alzheimer’s care community has the right to designate someone to make health care decisions for them if they do not have the capacity to do so themselves.
In Kansas, access to medical records can be requested and should be made available within 30 days. The request can be denied if the medical provider believes that the information would harm either the patient or someone else. A power of attorney should also be able to have access to medical records, especially if the patient is part of a memory care community and does not have the cognitive ability to understand the information provided.