Sometimes, the senior members of our families move to maintenance provided communities during retirement years so that they have more time for such things as bridge, fishing, golf, church, volunteer activities and/or entertaining grandchildren. Before their needs become too pronounced, (ie- they need help with dressing, bathing, transportation, or with remembering to take medication), they should think aboout their options at facilities providing more extensive care and services. It is much easier to make this transition while they are still self sufficient and can move to an apartment, BEFORE they require daily assistance and the move must be made directly into a nursing home.

Downsizing at this age, from home ownership to a small apartment in a retirement community, requires help in packing, planning an estate sale, space planning for furniture placement in the new apartment, and setting up a few things upon arrival at the new place. We know of two companies designed to help with this transition: Gentle Changes, owned by Linda Scardino at 913-345-9014 and Senior Move Services, owned by Gerre Ann Davis at 913-897-6309.

The Kansas City area offers many choices for senior adults. We have gathered information on many different communities and their websites are posted below.

Aberdeen Village in Olathe

Benefits Checkup by the Nat'l Council on Aging


Bishop Spencer Place


Carondelet Long Term Care


Cedar Lake Village in Olathe


Claridge Court


John Knox Village

Ks Assoc of Homes and Services for the Aging


Kansas City Elder Law


Kansas City, Missouri Senior Communities


Kansas Department on Aging and Disability Services


Kingswood Senior Living


Lakeview Village


Mo Aging Information Network

Mo Dept of Health and Senior Services

Overland Park Place - rental only, no entrance fee, may hire home health to give medications, have to go somewhere else for nursing care


Park Meadows in Overland Park


Presbyterian Manors of Mid-America

Senior Star at Villa Ventura

Santa Marta


Senior Star at Wexford Place in the Northland

Sunrise Senior Living


Tallgrass Creek


The Forum at Overland Park


U.S. Administration on Aging


Village Shalom in Overland Park


Visiting Nurse Association of Kansas City