221 Assisted Living Communities in Idaho
Fairwinds Sand Creek
Brookdale Boise Parkcenter
Pacifica Senior Living Coeur d'Alene
Pacifica Senior Living Pinehurst
Courtyard at Coeur d'Alene
Brookdale Castle Hills Idaho
Brookdale Twin Falls
Brookdale Coeur d'Alene
Garden Plaza of Valley View
Aarenbrooke Place Cory Lane
Alpine Meadows Assisted Living
Ashley Manor Hawthorne
Assisted Living in Idaho
Idaho might be most famous for its potatoes -- at least, that's what the state's license plates declare -- but there's a lot more to the Gem State than spuds. Idaho occupies the northern edge of the American Rockies, where the peaks are a little lower and easier for some very adventurous seniors to scale than in the Central Range farther south. Idaho has over 100 named mountain ranges, some of them just a few ridges long, others enormous, and multiple National Parks, including a slice of Yellowstone on the eastern border. Only around 1.7 million people live in Idaho, but over 33 million visitors come from out of state each year.
It's not hard to see what draws them in. Even outside of the mountain-heavy parks, open meadows in Idaho come alive in spring with wildflowers like the syringa (the state flower) and calls of the mountain bluebird (the state bird). Visiting these sites is easy for aging citizens on a day trip from almost any part of the state since no city or town is very far from a vast natural wilderness area.
What is Assisted Living?
Assisted living communities, which in Idaho are also known as retirement communities or residential care facilities, help aging citizens with diminished ability live as freely and as independently as possible. They do this by providing room and board, emergency response from trained staff and help cooking, cleaning, bathing and doing other activities of daily living (ADLs) that might have become difficult for senior residents to do alone.
What does Assisted Living Cost in Idaho?
In Idaho, the average monthly cost of assisted living is $3,150, according to the 2018 Genworth Cost of Care Survey.
Seniors who live in Boise, Coeur d'Alene, Pocatello or Idaho Falls, some of the state's most popular cities for aging citizens in residential care, can expect to pay roughly $3,150 a month for assisted living. This is quite a bit less than the $3,750 national median cost seniors pay elsewhere in America. Moving into assisted living can even represent significant monthly savings for seniors who have been paying for assistance from an in-home health aide, which costs an average of $4,099 a month in Idaho.
How is Assisted Living Regulated in Idaho?
Assisted living is licensed and monitored through the Idaho Department of Health and Welfare, which inspects and regulates long-term residential care properties. The department oversees matters related to senior care, including:
- Quality of care
- Billing and financial issues
- Dining, meal prep and special diets
- Safety issues, including use of restraints and other interventions
- Staff training
- Medical procedures, especially preparation of pre-dosed medication for residents
How is Assisted Living in Idaho Affected by Laws and Taxes?
Seniors in Idaho who get by on their Social Security pay no state income tax in Idaho. Public sector pensions can be taxed, but most seniors are able to claim a substantial deduction on their state return. Private sector pensions and income from other sources, such as 401(k) revenue and money from IRAs, is taxable like any other income. Single taxpayers earning over $11,000 should expect to pay the full 7.4 percent Idaho charges on personal income.
Politics in Idaho
Idaho's state government is divided into three branches like the federal government, except the Lieutenant-Governor is elected separately from the Governor. There is also a legislature and a judiciary in the state, both of which operate largely independently of the executive branch. Local governments in Idaho are required by the state's constitution to adopt one of two management models, either the Mayor-Council model or the City Manager model. Other forms of city government are not allowed.
Seniors in Idaho can register to vote in person at the DMV or by mail at least 24 days prior to the election. Alternatively, they may register in person at their designated polling station on the day of the election itself, provided they bring valid state-issued ID and some proof of residency, such as a utility bill or bank statement with their address on it. Absentee voting is also allowed in Idaho.
Politically, Idaho leans to the right in national elections. Conservative candidates win most state and federal contests in Idaho. The state is sufficiently conservative that the 2014 Lieutenant-Governor's race included an independent candidate named "Pro-Life," which got 0.7 percent of the votes cast. Idaho has four votes in the Electoral College, and all four have gone to the Republican candidate for President in every election between 1968 and 2016.
- Olympic skier Cory Engen started the McCall Winter Festival in 1924 to help his fellow Idahoans cope with what he felt were long and boring winters. The festival gained official status in the 1960s, and today it hosts multiple events local seniors are drawn to, such as multi-day bingo tournaments and senior golfing. The main event also features snow statues and vendors' booths, as well as raffles for snowmobiles and other grand prizes.
- The Anderson Dam, part of the Boise Project, has created a large artificial reservoir that's getting famous for its very productive fly fishing. Seniors who've lived in Idaho for at least 6 months can apply for a discount hunting and fishing license from the state Fish and Game Department. Prices vary for licenses, but veterans with disabilities can pay as little as $5 for a combination license that's good all year.
- The National Oldtime Fiddlers Contest and Festival is held each year in Weiser, a small town outside of Boise. This event bills itself as the national finals of competitive fiddling, and seniors are welcome to pick up discount admission tickets at the gate. Aging citizens on a trip to Weiser who can spare an extra day or two can also take the short hop out of town to Hell's Canyon, where river rafting and Pacific salmon fishing are open to the public on Snake River--taking in the scene is just as much fun.