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Are you searching for the perfect assisted living facility in Iowa? Whether it’s your first time exploring the state or you have been enjoying your stay in The Hawkeye State for decades, it’s essential to identify the best assisted living facility for you or your aged parent. If you are searching for the best assisted living facility in Iowa, you should understand that there are a variety of factors to consider. This is not a decision to be rushed into, and if you do require immediate care, then find in-home senior care while you search for the best assisted living facility to age in place.

How to Find the Best Assisted Living Facilities in Iowa

It is certainly possible to find your ideal, assisted living facility without even realizing it. But do not make these common mistakes during your Iowa assisted living search:

  • Too many options to choose from that make the entire process complicated

Iowa is home to a variety of senior housing and assisted living options for the elderly. If you are not well prepared and clear about the qualities that are most important to you, then you might become confused with the various senior living options presented to you.

  • Inadequate preparation

Before you begin your search for an assisted living facility in Iowa, you must evaluate your options and make adequate preparations accordingly. Usually, you might come across an assisted living facility that meets all your needs, but the costs might be too high for your budget.  Hence, it is essential to prepare financially, to understand your budget, and to be knowledgeable about the various benefits and supplemental financial resources that may be available to you.

  • Narrowed options

When it comes to assisted living options, you can unconsciously narrow your search options when you are not aware of the opportunities available. If you find yourself in such a situation, you should seek the services of an expert. Most times, the staff at the assisted living community will be ready to answer your questions.

What if you have taken these steps already, how can you identify the perfect assisted living facility in Iowa when you see one?

  • How did you feel when you walked through the door of the assisted living facility?

Did you feel welcomed or comfortable when you toured the assisted living facility? Were the staff compassionate and happy with their respective jobs? Were they comfortable answering the questions you asked?

  • Do they provide a wide range of amenities and residential recreational activities?

Do you feel like you would enjoy participating in their residential recreational activities and excursions?

Many assisted living facilities in Iowa offer a wide range of residential recreational activities according to the anticipated general needs of senior Iowans. If you have special needs as an elderly, you must inspect the amenities and services provided by each facility. What are the amenities that you noticed?

  • What if your needs change?

You might need minimal assistance with daily living now, but what if your needs change in the future? What will the community manager and coordinators do in such cases? How will the costs change? If they do offer increased care as your needs change, it’s to your advantage.

These questions are vital to enable you to make the right choice. Ensure you are aware of all such factors, so that when you find a facility that meets all your needs, you will quickly identify it. It is also important to remember that no senior care place is perfect, but you should identify the assisted living facility where you would feel comfortable aging in place for years to come.

Cost of Assisted Living in Iowa & Available Payment Resources

The average cost on the least expensive end of an assisted living facility in Iowa is $3,847 monthly in areas such as Sioux City and Dubuque.  That’s slightly below the national average. Davenport and Cedar Rapids are among the more expensive areas for Iowa senior living. All cities rank just below the national average up to slightly more. We must of course keep in mind that these are base-rates. What this means is, when it comes time for memory care then the rate goes up. It can bring the monthly cost over and above $1,000 more. This means some careful planning must be done both for the present and the possible future to be able to afford assisted living or assisted living with memory care in Iowa.

If paying for assisted living and memory care both is an issue, you may want to get a bit creative with the resources you may already have at your disposal. If the senior that needs care is a veteran or retired public servant then there may be some organizations to benefit them there. If they have a reverse mortgage, annuities or a home they can rent out, that is another good resource to help pay for assisted living. Long-term-care insurance is also another option if you are not in your mid to late 70’s, which is generally the time when LTC insurance companies will reject new policy sign-ups. Additionally, make sure that assisted living is the right level of care needed. There are other long-term care and living options available, such as retirement homes in Iowa among others. Start making an action plan toward some of these things and see what you come up with.

The Health and Disability waiver is available for assisted living, adult day care and adult foster care costs, as well as for seniors who are at home and want to avoid or delay a nursing home stay. The age requirement is 65 plus.

Medicaid on its own without one of the waiver programs will not cover personal care services in Iowa assisted living centers. The waivers can help but they, like most states, are geared to keep the person at home and out of any type of senior living facility because it costs the state less money.

Regulations for Iowa Assisted Living Facilities

Assisted living institutions are referred to as Assisted Living Programs or Dementia-Specific Assisted Living Programs in Iowa.

The governmental division that oversees the licensing of assisted living in Iowa is The Department of Inspections and Appeals in the Health Facilities Division or ALP. They are actually certified, not licensed, in this state but certification is considered legally equal to licensing.

The physical unit requirements for assisted living centers are as follows. After July 4, 2001 the single occupancy Iowa assisted living units are to be no less than 240 square feet and 190 square feet for a converted structure that is not new construction. This is not including closets, bathrooms or any non-living space. For two person assisted living units, no less than 340 square feet for new construction and 290 square feet for converted are required.

Single and double occupancy senior living units are determined by the square footage allowed for each. A single allows max 1 person and double allows max 2 people. Each unit must have a full bathroom with a full bathtub, sink and toilet.

Assisted Living Facilities in Iowa

    Otsego Place

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  1. Otsego Place
  2. Otsego Place provides assisted living services in Storm Lake, Iowa. It can accommodate a maximum of 84 elderly adults at a time. With a location at 520 Otsego Street, in the 50588 area code inside Buena Vista county, Otsego Place assists those 55 and older adults who need aid with activities of daily living. Some of the services offered by Otsego Place include an on-site pharmacy, laundry service and a registered dietitian. Otsego Place is fully licensed by Iowa to provide assisted living services, with license number S0184.

    Ridgeway Place

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  3. Ridgeway Place
  4. Ridgeway Place specializes in providing senior assisted living in Blackhawk county, Iowa. It includes a total of 169 studio and 1-bedrooom apartments for elderly adults. Ridgeway Place is pet-friendly and can provide help with bathing, dressing and transferring to any elderly adults living in Waterloo, IA and surrounding areas. Ridgeway Place is located at 155 East Ridgeway Ave, 50702 zip code. Ridgeway Place includes services such as: a library area, help with medications and continence management.

    Martin Health Center

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  5. Martin Health Center
  6. When looking for assisted living in Cedar Falls, Iowa, you will find Martin Health Center as an excellent luxurious senior care option. It has a total of 132 assisted living units. It is located at 420 East 11th Street, 50613 zip code and provides services such as housekeeping, outdoor walking grounds and a staff dietitian. Its license number is 02384. Martin Health Center provides assisted living not only to Cedar Falls residents, but also to all Blackhawk county residents as well.

    Newaldaya Lifescapes

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  7. Newaldaya Lifescapes
  8. If you need assistance with daily living, Newaldaya Lifescapes, located at 7511 University Avenue in the 50613 zip code area can assist you or your loved one to locate the assistance and care you need in Cedar Falls, Iowa. Newaldaya Lifescapes has a total capacity of 135 elderly residents. It offers community outings and social gatherings, laundry and linen service and incontinence management. Newaldaya Lifescapes is licensed with Iowa and its license number is 002902.

    Prairie Hills At Cedar Rapids

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  9. Prairie Hills At Cedar Rapids
  10. Prairie Hills At Cedar Rapids has a capacity of 86 senior citizens. Prairie Hills At Cedar Rapids provides amenities such as: caregivers available 24/7, private laundry service and a staff dietitian. It is located at 2903 F Avenue Nw, and it is fully equipped to provide assisted living to Cedar Rapids, IA seniors. Prairie Hills At Cedar Rapids is licensed with Iowa and its license number is S0277.

    Bickford Cottage Ii Sioux City

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  11. Bickford Cottage Ii Sioux City
  12. Located at 4022 Indian Hills Dr, inside 51108 zip code area in Woodbury county, Bickford Cottage Ii Sioux City provides assisted senior living to Sioux City, IA senior citizens and includes amenities such as arts & crafts, private laundry services and assistance with daily living. Bickford Cottage Ii Sioux City can accommodate up to 41 seniors at a time. Bickford Cottage Ii Sioux City has official license # of S0063.

    Colonial Manor Of Elma

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  13. Colonial Manor Of Elma
  14. Located at 407 Ninth Street, Elma, Iowa, 50628, Colonial Manor Of Elma will help any Howard county senior citizens with daily tasks and offers services like all meals included, walking gardens and incontinence management. Colonial Manor Of Elma can offer long-term assisted living to a maximum of 57 senior citizens at a time.

    Highland Ridge

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  15. Highland Ridge
  16. Seniors looking for assisted living in Williamsburg, Iowa will find Highland Ridge, located at 100 Village View Circle inside 52361 zip code as a great choice for all of their care needs. Highland Ridge is able to care for up to 94 older adults and allows seniors to stay with cats and small dogs. Iowa records show that Highland Ridge has a license number of S0196. With services that include transportation to doctor's appointments, medication assistance and pet-friendly services, Highland Ridge will be a perfect senior living option for any senior citizens.

    Eagle Pointe Place

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  17. Eagle Pointe Place
  18. With a location at 2700 Matthew John Drive in Dubuque county, Eagle Pointe Place excels at providing assisted care services for senior citizens in Dubuque, IA as well as those who live in surrounding areas. Eagle Pointe Place includes amenities such as scheduled transportation, personalized assistance and Alzheimer’s care services. Eagle Pointe Place is equipped of caring for a maximum of 138 Dubuque elderly adults and provides several levels of senior care. Eagle Pointe Place has an official license to provide senior living for Dubuque, IA residents, with license # S0348.

    Clearview Home Mt Ayr

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  19. Clearview Home Mt Ayr
  20. Clearview Home Mt Ayr, located at 406 West Washington provides assisted living and care in Mount Ayr, Iowa and includes services such as a barbershop, laundry service and regular health assessments. Clearview Home Mt Ayr is equipped to care for up to 82 older adults from 50854 zip code in Ringgold county and nearby areas. Clearview Home Mt Ayr is licensed to provide assisted living services in Mount Ayr, Iowa, with license # 1108.

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