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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.

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Monthly Costs Compared to Neighboring States

Missouri$2,525
South Dakota$3,023
Minnesota$3,468
Iowa$3,500
U.S.$3,600
Nebraska$3,628
Wisconsin$3,980
Illinois$4,050

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

Do you have a question about licensing or regulations of assisted living facilities in Iowa? Questions about licensing and regulations are handled at the state level. You can contact the Iowa licensing and regulatory agency at:
Department of Inspections and Appeals, Health Facilities Division
dia-hfd.iowa.gov
(515) 281-6325
Do you want to report an issue or have a dispute with a senior living facility in Iowa? Your local Iowa long-term care ombudsman can help resolve disputes and offer assistance in your long-term care decisions. You can contact them at:
Department of Elder Affairs of Iowa
aging.iowa.gov
Local: (515) 725-3333
Tollfree: (800) 532-3213
Are you aware of all the Iowa health-based programs available to you? Your Iowa Health Department can be a great resource. Contact them at:
Iowa Department of Public Health
idph.state.ia.us
Local: (515) 281-7689
Tollfree: (866) 227-9878
Spanish: (515) 281-7230
Are you familiar with the Iowa Area Agencies on the Aging and all the assistance they can provide to you?

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:

Elderbridge Agency on Aging
Mason City, IA
(641) 424-0678
The Heritage Area Agency on Aging
Cedar Rapids, IA
(319) 398-5559
Aging Resources of Central Iowa
Des Moines, IA
(515) 255-1310
Connections Area Agency on Aging
Council Bluffs, IA
(712) 328-2540
Milestones Area Agency on Aging
Davenport, IA
(563) 324-9085
Northeast Iowa Area Agency on Aging
Waterloo, IA
(319) 874-6840

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