Frequently Asked Questions

What can I expect?

The Next Step program is designed to advance your recovery process after stroke. We are a group-oriented wellness program where people support each other after stroke and develop healthy lifestyles. Smoking is not permitted at any of our facilities. People first visit, obtain a physician’s release, complete an intake assessment, and then participate as much as you’d like. If you stay all day for programming, you are responsible for your own lunch. A refrigerator and microwave are available. A monthly fee is charged for participating in the program which provides access to any of our locations. We ask you to complete periodic reassessments to measure progress.

We have community outings monthly and holiday closures, so please check the monthly calendar to note days that sites are closed. For inclement weather conditions, we follow the closures of the school district for the site you are attending.

How Do I begin?

We want you to be sure that the American Stroke Foundation (ASF) is right for you so the first step is to come for a visit; sit in on a class or two and meet some of the stroke survivors. You will know after this visit if the ASF is where you want to be. We highly recommend calling and setting up an appointment. Please call 913-649-1776 and say that you are interested in visiting (this phone number will work for all Next Step locations).

Once you’ve decided that you would like to participate in our program we will schedule an intake interview. The interview lasts approximately one hour. We would like your completed physician’s release prior to the intake. Please bring telephone numbers of people you would like us to contact in case of an emergency (these numbers are very important). After the intake interview, we will determine whether or not a caregiver will be required to attend with you. Caregivers are always welcome.

When can I start participating in the programs?

After your intake interview, you may begin right away. On your first day of programming be prepared to pay your first monthly payment.

Am I eligible to participate?

To participate in our programs all stroke survivors must be able to perform their own toileting and other personal care needs, be able to get their lunch and be safe in eating. If survivors are not independent in these areas of self-care, a caregiver must assist onsite. This is not an adult day care program, so people with advanced cognitive impairment are not eligible to participate.

To be eligible for our fitness and aquatic programs, you must have approval from a physician according to your release. We check blood pressure prior to exercising and your blood pressure must be within the limits set by your physician. A person whose resting vital signs are above or below the permitted level is not permitted to exercise that day for his/her safety. If hospitalized, the release must be updated before resuming physical activity in our program.

How much does it cost?

There is a monthly program fee of $70 for each participant. This allows participation in all classes and the fitness program, based on available appointments and eligibility.

Does Insurance, Medicaid, or Medicare cover any of the cost?

The American Stroke Foundation is a non-medical wellness facility and cannot bill insurance, Medicaid or Medicare.

What if I cannot afford to pay the program fee?

Special assistance is available for those who qualify. If you require financial assistance you must complete a financial assistance application and provide the correct documentation. Contact 913.649.1776 to obtain a financial assistance application.

Does the American Stroke Foundation provide transportation?

The American Stroke Foundation does not provide transportation. Upon request, a list of transportation resources in the Kansas City area will be provided.

Where are the Next Step programs located and when are they open?

Mission, KS

Sylvester Powell Community Center
6200 Martway
Mission, KS 66202

Hours: Monday Wednesday & Friday 9:30am-2:30pm

Lee’s Summit, MO

Legacy Park Community Center

901 NE Bluestem

Lee’s Summit, MO 64086

Hours: Tuesday & Thursday 10:30am-1:30pm (with aquatics from 1:30-2:30 pm)

Kansas City, MO

Southeast Community Center

4201 E 63rd St

Kansas City, MO 64130

Hours: Monday & Wednesday 10am-2pm