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Tuesday, Jan. 8th 2019

Choosing Dementia Assisted Living in Kansas City

Choosing dementia assisted living in Kansas City is a decision that many people would prefer to put off thinking about, if not ignore it completely. There are any number of reasons why – it could be that they don’t want to give up the comforts of their own home, or they don’t want to leave the place where they raised their family. For others, going to an assisted living facility is an option to look forward to – especially when someone is downsizing or widowed with no family close by.

More than 8 million people every year receive support from long-term care services, i.e. home health agencies, nursing homes, hospices, residential care communities and adult day service centers. By 2050, the number of individuals receiving paid long-term care services in any setting (e.g., at home, residential care such as assisted living, or skilled nursing facilities) will likely reach 27 million people.

The trend in Kansas City over the past decade is growing more and more to dementia assisted living communities that are standalone properties. They offer an alternative to people who have mild memory loss but are still capable of functioning independently. Senior adults can gain from the benefits of dementia assisted living. Not only can they enjoy life in an independent home, but also enjoy shared spaces like gardens and recreation centers.

How To Tell When Loved Ones Need Dementia Assisted Living
Making the decision to move yourself or a family member to an assisted living community can be complicated. Some people wait for a crisis to occur while others plan the move before something happens. The best option is to plan in advance while you and the loved one still have the cognitive ability to make choices. Making the right choice is easier when you start the search prepared, so start by making a plan.

Choosing an Assisted Living Facility
Focus on finding a dementia assisted living community that will keep you or your loved one happy and healthy in the present and for the years to come. Carefully consider the safety and assistance features you need now and those you may need in the future. If you have a progressive disease, such as Parkinson’s or Alzheimer’s, ideally you would look for a place that provides care for these types of conditions. While presently you may only need a grab bar in the shower and help with housekeeping, in the future you may need wheelchair access and assistance showering and dressing.

Decide What You Need
There are many assisted living communities in Kansas City to choose from. Finding the one that best suits your needs, or those of your loved one, can take time and needs to be researched carefully. Prioritize your list from what you must have to what you would like to have and look for communities that match your needs. 

Acute care providers and other caregivers across the continuum are becoming better educated about dementia and offer increasingly sophisticated memory support. Memory care and continuing care retirement communities, including standalone memory care facilities such as Clover Care Home in Kansas City, offers a full complement of amenities, an affordable, person-centered care approach and professional, trained staff.

Find the best location
Location is an important consideration so you should search for dementia assisted living communities in your chosen locale. Many communities incorporate infrastructure changes, such as safe, accessible streets and parks. Additionally, workers like bus drivers and bank clerks receive training in how to serve people with memory needs.

We are seeing ongoing changes in medicine, technology and how we view healthy aging. Those who choose dementia assisted living will find a wide range of offerings in new, booming areas like eco-friendly housing and so-called “smart homes,” as wee as expanded amenities at more traditional assisted living communities. Clover Care Home in Shawnee is convenient to all the services metro Kansas City offers. 

Set A Budget
If you’re thinking of moving to an assisted living community and are concerned about the cost, you may be surprised to know that the total cost of dementia assisted living is significantly less than living at home. Not to mention the daily assistance provided enhances the quality of life and improves a senior’s health and safety.

Consult with several of the communities that you are considering. The costs may vary widely among the different providers. With that in mind, choose a community that fits within your budget. Clover Care home offers competitive rates based on industry standards. We can discuss your options including what services that Medicare, Medicaid and private insurance cover.

Schedule The Move
Taking care of the practicalities should not be overlooked. Once a dementia assisted living community has been chosen, keeping the moving date in mind, start the process of closing up the home. Cancel utilities and other services, sort and pack your belongings. You will be taking some of your household and personal items with you so plan this with your new space in mind; you can sell or donate the rest.

When you must choose dementia assisted living for yourself or a family member, it can be an emotional and mentally exhausting experience. Searching for the right community adds to the stress. At Clover Care Home we can help you determine if someones needs the specialized dementia care that you or they can’t manage at home. We are dedicated to providing respectful, dignified care of our residents. We competently attend to the physical, emotional, intellectual, social and spiritual needs of residents at our facility.

Clover Care Home in Shawnee is a well-respected dementia assisted living provider. Give us a call today to arrange to meet with our administrators and tour our dementia assisted living facility. Visit our website here, or call 913-991-2605.


The care our mom has received at Clover Care has been nothing short of exceptional. The country setting helps to add to the inviting atmosphere in which our mom has thrived. The staff is always friendly, knowledgeable and caring. Clover Care has made a difficult situation seem like a natural transition in life. We would recommend it to anyone looking for long term care of a loved one.

- Jeanne D. & Vicki L.

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