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Cost of Iowa Assisted Living Facilities
The average cost of assisted living in Iowa is $2,200 per month
The range of costs is from $1,300 to $3,600 per month
This data is based on 15 of the larger facilities within the state and may not represent all facilities within the state. Additional fees may apply.
Iowa Assisted Living Information
Iowa defines an assisted living facility as a residential facility that provides 24 hour staff services to three or more residents in a homelike environment. Those services may include IADL’s (instrumental activities of daily living), health-related care and personal care. Additional values include family involvement, tenant self-direction and tenant participation in decisions that focus on choice, privacy and dignity.
Iowa Assisted Living Facilities Scope of Care
Staff in an assisted living facility may provide assistance with no more than four ADL’s or IADLs and health related care by an LPN or RN cannot exceed 28 hours per week. A home health agency may be used, but the facility is required to meet minimum standards of care.
Iowa Assisted Living Admission Requirements
A resident cannot be admitted if he or she is under 18, requires two or more people to transfer them, is in an acute stage of mental illness, drug addiction, or alcoholism, and needs more than part-time or intermittent care. An exception may be made if the condition needing additional care is self-limiting within 21 days. An introductory assessment must be completed.
Iowa Assisted Living Care Plan Requirements
Individual service plans must be developed for each resident at specific intervals.
Iowa Assisted Living Medication Management Requirements
Tenants may either self-administer their medication, or staff may administer. Under the supervision of an RN, unlicensed staff may administer medication. Every three months, a nurse must evaluate the resident’s medications for adverse affects and confirm the medications are being given in compliance with medication orders.
Iowa Assisted Living Facility Requirements
Single units (minimum of 240 square feet for newer units, 190 for old) may have one resident, and doubles (340 square feet minimum for new buildings, 290 for old) can have no more than two residents. Each unit must have a private bathroom.
Iowa Assisted Living Staffing Requirements
There must be adequate staff available at all times to meet the needs of residents. Assisted living facilities must be overseen by an RN. Administrators and delegating nurses must complete special training related to Iowa laws regarding assisted living facilities. All staff must complete two hours of continuing education a year.
Iowa Assisted Living Medicaid Policy
Direct care in an assisted living facility may be covered under the Medicaid home and community-based services (HCBS) for up to $1117 per month. The State Supplementary Assistance In-Home Health may provide additional funding as needed.
Iowa’s Disclosure Requirements
Iowa law requires that a number of pieces of information be disclosed in writing in the occupancy agreement, including a description of all rates and fees, the procedure for non-payment of fees, appeals process and more.
Iowa Department of Inspections and Appeals, Adult Services BureauPhone: (515) 281-6325
Phone: (515) 281-5077
Much of the information above was adapted from the National Center of Assisted Living 2010 Regulatory Review.
Iowa Assisted Living Communities
Iowa assisted living facilities are listed by city below. We recommend you search by ZIP code to include nearby facilities. However, you may choose a city to view all assisted living options in that area.
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