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Cost of Iowa Assisted Living Facilities
According to the 2015 Genworth Financial cost of care survey, the average cost of assisted living in Iowa is $3,500 per month.
The monthly base rate for Iowa assisted living is typically average when compared to neighboring states. Iowa is also less expensive compared to the national average.
This cost is the base cost for a one-bedroom assisted living unit in Iowa. Additional fees beyond the base rate may apply.
Monthly Costs Compared to Neighboring States
Much of the information above was adapted from the National Center of Assisted Living 2010 Regulatory Review.
Researching Iowa Assisted Living? Ask these questions:
What terms does Iowa require to be disclosed to you prior to making a decision?
Iowa may require the base price, payment schedule, services included in that rate and other items to be disclosed in writing - be sure to find out.
What is the Scope of Care offered?
Find out the minimum services the facility MUST provide to you, as required by Iowa. These may include 24-hour supervision, types of meals, medical attention, etc.
What are the admission requirements to live at the facility?
Each state is different; find out what the age and physical health requirements are for this specific facility as well as facilities in Iowa. Determine if the type of care you need is offered by the individual facility.
Will the facility complete an assessment and create a care plan for the resident?
Iowa probably requires an initial evaluation and the creation of a care plan - be sure to find out exactly what the facility offers.
Ask about the handling of medication in the facility?
There are sure to be specific requirements in Iowa - ask how the facility handles administering your medication.
Does the facility offer rooms and other areas that meet or exceed those required by Iowa?
Iowa will have a minimum size of rooms, a limit to number of people per room, and even requirements as to privacy of available bathrooms - make sure you ask.
Does the facility offer the available required staff?
Make sure the facility staffs the proper professionals, as Iowa requires. These may include an administrator and caregivers, as well as round-the-clock staff.
Is memory care offered?
Find out of the facility is licensed to be able to handle dementia or Alzheimer's care in Iowa.
Are Medicaid waivers available for Iowa for this specific facility?
If you are unable to cover the costs, find out if the facility may offer a Iowa Medicaid Waiver. You can also research at dhs.iowa.gov.
Helpful Iowa Assisted Living Resources
Tollfree: (800) 532-3213
Tollfree: (866) 227-9878
Spanish: (515) 281-7230
The Iowa AAAs (Area Agency for the Aging) are very helpful. These offices can provide guidance to those 60+ in Iowa regarding elder abuse, caregiver support, insurance counseling, transportation and much more.
Find your local Iowa AAA below:
Iowa Assisted Living Facilities by City
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- What is Assisted Living?
- Who Lives in Assisted Living?
- Services Provided
- Staff and Administration
- Quiz: What type of care is right for me?
- Talking to a Parent
- Assisted Living Costs
- Ways to Pay for Assisted Living
- Putting Together a Financial Plan
- If You Can't Afford Assisted Living
- Planning Your Social Security to Better Pay for Retirement
- Prescription Drug Assistance
- Choosing an Assisted Living Facility
- Moving Out of the Family Home
- Moving Into an Assisted Living Community
- Resident Activities
- Resident Health
- Medication Management and Adherence Education
- How Tech Advanced are Facilities?