With just over 389,000 residents, 13.1% of which are adults age 65 and older, Wichita offers seniors a friendly Midwestern culture, a large number of entertaining attractions and a cost of living more than 18% lower than the national average. Nature enthusiasts can soak in the beauty of Botanica, The Wichita Gardens or explore the city’s over 5,000 acres of parkland, including Great Plains Nature Center and Pawnee Prairie Park. Organizations such as the Wichita Art Museum and the Wichita Symphony Orchestra attract art and music aficionados, and educational sites such as The Museum of World Treasures and Old Cowtown Museum are appealing destinations for seniors to share with visiting family.
Along with Wichita’s many cultural attractions, the city ranks as 54th in a list of the best places to retire in the United States. Aging Wichita residents have access to a number of senior resources including four active senior centers offering informational seminars, tax assistance, social celebrations and Pickleball games. Because we realize finding the perfect spot to call home is a significant decision even in a city with so much to offer, we’ve formed a list of our top 10 Wichita assisted living favorites.
The Oxford Grand Assisted Living & Memory Care
3051 N. Parkdale Cir.
Wichita, KS 67205
The Oxford Grand Assisted Living & Memory Care’s abundance of scenic outdoor living spaces is why we had to include it in our list of Wichita’s top 10. The facility’s stunning 13-acre grounds include tranquil ponds, a wheelchair-accessible pier and a courtyard with fire pits and a stage for live performances. When not enjoying the fresh air, residents can cook in the community kitchen or relax in the building’s luxurious indoor living room surrounded by large windows and an attractive fireplace. Additionally, this facility’s convenient location is close to the many shops at NewMarket Square.
2455 N. Woodlawn Blvd.
Wichita, KS 67220
Located minutes from the shops at Brittany Center, Sedgwick Plaza is an independent and assisted living facility where residents receive convenient, time-saving services designed to help them live as freely as possible. The restaurant-style dining room offers anytime dining so residents can eat according to their own schedule, and scheduled transportation is available for rides to medical appointments, errands and fun outings. The spacious apartments include kitchenettes and washers and dryers, and the friendly staff assists with housekeeping and linen tasks. In the on-site beauty salon, residents can enjoy a fresh haircut without leaving the comforts of home.
Park West Plaza
505 N. Maize Rd.
Wichita, KS 67212
At this continuing care community, residents can age in place if they please. Park West Plaza offers a wide range of personalized services so seniors can pay only for the level of care they need. The spacious apartments include personally controlled thermostats, private bathrooms with walk-in showers and kitchenettes perfect for cooking a light meal, and the facility’s exceptional, holistic Gold Leaf dining program serves residents food from a nutritious, flavorful menu at any time. Additionally, seniors with spiritual beliefs can attend group Bible studies or take a complimentary ride to the local church of their preference.
Homestead of Crestview
600 N. 127th St. E.
Wichita, KS 67206
Staff members at the comfortable Homestead of Crestview prioritize helping residents feel comfortable and at-home. Residents enjoy cozy, private suites with abundant closet space and private bathrooms with walk-in showers, and the memory care unit has a one-story layout designed to make it easier for residents with Alzheimer’s and dementia to navigate. In the community dining hall, the home-cooked meals are tasty and nutritious, and when not engaging in stimulating group activities, residents can visit the on-site beauty salon for a convenient, professional haircut and styling.
10550 E. 21st St. N.
Wichita, KS 67206
Chaucer Estates is an upscale facility decorated with elegant furnishing and soothing paint colors. Within the independent living, assisted living and embrace memory care wings, residents can make their own schedules, receive assistance with housekeeping and laundry and take advantage of the facility’s many pleasurable amenities. For stimulating recreation, there’s a relaxing indoor swimming pool, an on-site movie theater and a well-stocked library. Outside, residents can take their pets for a scenic stroll along the landscaped grounds’ paved walking paths.
8600 E. 21st St. N.
Wichita, KS 67206
Brookdale Tallgrass’ desirable location is set within easy walking distance of the many restaurants and stores at the Shops at Tallgrass. Selected for our list of Wichita’s top 10 for its homelike atmosphere and plethora of amenities, this cozy assisted living facility helps residents lead vibrant, active lives. Residents can engage daily in B-Fit exercise programs, practice their gardening skills or stroll the manicured grounds with the walking club. The fireside living room has a piano for live music performances, and residents can choose to eat restaurant-style in the community dining hall, in the private dining room for intimate gatherings with loved ones or in their private apartments with kitchenettes.
5516 Polo Dr.
Wichita, KS 67208
Nestled in a peaceful residential neighborhood minutes from MacDonald Park Golf Course, Rosewood Cottage offers residents an intimate, warm atmosphere with multiple common areas designed for residents’ comfort. The facility encourages residents to remain as independent as possible and in control of their daily activities, and the caring staff members take residents to frequent off-site recreational events to help them stay involved in the greater community.
Regent Park Assisted Living & Memory Care
10600 E. 13th St. N.
Wichita, KS 67206
Regent Park Assisted Living & Memory Care is a vibrant facility with a staff that encourages residents to be social and develop their many skills, interests and talents. The many on-site amenities include a cute and colorful on-site beauty salon, a well-stocked activities room and cozy living areas with fireside seating, flat-screen televisions and a popcorn machine. The restaurant-style dining hall helps residents easily meet their nutritional needs, and when not dining or socializing, residents can enjoy the comforts of their private apartments, which include kitchenettes, large bathrooms and emergency call systems. Outside, the large, well-landscaped courtyard is secure and filled with greenery, walking paths and a shady gazebo.
Via Christi Village Georgetown
1655 S. Georgetown St.
Wichita, KS 67218
Located in Southeast Wichita, Via Christi Village Georgetown is a non-profit facility providing independent and assisted living in a warm, compassionate and homelike environment. The expansive community great room has skylights to let in an abundance of natural light, and in its center, comfortable seating surrounds a striking three-story fireplace. We selected this facility for our list of Wichita’s top 10 for its unique amenities and activities that help residents stay healthy and well-stimulated. Residents gather frequently for organized movie nights, book clubs and scavenger hunts, and in their spare time, residents can socialize in the pub, shoot a game of pool, exercise in the fitness room and even attend interfaith worship services in the on-site chapel.
Wichita Presbyterian Manor
4700 W. 13th St. N.
Wichita, KS 67212
In addition to this facility’s indoor aquatics and wellness center, ample outdoor living spaces make it easy for residents to get fresh air, sun and exercise. Inside, seasonal dishes add flair to the restaurant-style dining hall’s creative menu, and residents have access to an on-site chapel, well-stocked library and an art studio perfect for exploring their creative talents. For off-site entertainment, staff members take residents on frequent outings to exciting local attractions such as the Sedgwick County Zoo and the Kansas Aviation Museum. Wichita Presbyterian Manor is a continuing care community that allows residents to age in place.
Is Wichita the Right Choice for You?
Set along the Arkansas River, Wichita’s attractive landscapes filled with parks and more than 200 farms provide seniors with ample opportunities to explore the outdoors. The city’s light traffic makes it easy to navigate, and the climate offers an appealing average of 221 sunny days per year. When not enjoying the comforts of one of the city’s top assisted living homes or exploring the city’s many artistic and educational sites, seniors age 60 and older can enroll in courses tuition-free at Wichita State University.