316 Assisted Living Communities in Iowa
Western Home Communities
United Presbyterian Home
Cottage Grove Place
Village At Legacy Pointe
Heritage At Fox Run Assisted Living
Senior Star At Elmore Place
Rowley Masonic Assisted Living Community
Southcrest Manor Ii
Perry Lutheran Home Assisted Living
Rockwell Community Nursing Home
Sunrise Retirement Community
Just over 3 million people live in Iowa, a largely rural state of rolling prairies and enormous corn fields. Roughly one-fifth of the corn produced in the United States was grown in Iowa, which produces the crop for human and animal consumption and for conversion into ethanol fuel. Nearly 17 percent of the state's population is over 65, and senior assisted living communities can be found in both city areas like Des Moines, and in more rural small towns throughout the western part of the state. There's still a lot of open, unfarmed land in Iowa, where the state flower, the wild rose, grows freely. You can also see the state bird, the American goldfinch.
Iowa's nickname is the Hawkeye State, which seems to have been cooked up as part of a book tour in 1826. Two promoters looking to sell the recently published Last of the Mohicans in Iowa reportedly hit on the idea of referring to the state by the name of one of the characters in the book. The idea caught on, and in 1838 the nickname was officially adopted by the territorial government.
What is Assisted Living?
Assisted living in Iowa sometimes goes by the names residential care and elder group homes, where independent, active lifestyles are encouraged for adults of different degrees of physical and mental ability. Whatever they're called, these long-term care facilities provide room and board for seniors who need help with the regular activities of daily living (ADLs), such as bathing and personal care, that have become difficult to do alone.
What does Assisted Living Cost in Iowa?
Monthly fees in Iowa average $3,736, very close to the national median of $3,750 a month. This represents significant savings for many seniors with disabilities since many go into assisted living after paying an average of $4,576 a month for a home health aide.
How is Assisted Living Regulated in Iowa?
Assisted living in Iowa is overseen by the Iowa Department of Inspections & Appeals (DIA), which conducts inspections and regulates both staff training and facility conditions at specific properties. Guidelines for licensed residential care homes are oriented toward maximizing residents' privacy and freedom of action, with specific requirements for residents' rooms and amenities required in common areas. Amenities vary by property, though all offer room and board and some offer group events and help with offsite transportation.
How is Assisted Living in Iowa Affected by Laws and Taxes?
Seniors who live on fixed incomes may find Iowa a comfortable place to live. The state charges no income tax at all on Social Security benefits for aging citizens. Other forms of income, such as IRA and 401(k) accounts, are subject to state tax, but seniors can claim a deduction of up to $6,000. Seniors who shop for themselves pay up to 6 percent extra on Iowa's sales tax, while the state inheritance tax ranges from 5 to 15 percent and affects widowed partners, family members and beneficiaries.
Politics in Iowa
Iowa's government is similar to the U.S. federal government in that it also has three independent branches and a bicameral state assembly. In presidential politics, Iowa wields influence beyond its size. Though the state has only six votes in the Electoral College, the Iowa Caucus is one of the premiere events of each presidential campaign season. Winners in Iowa advance in each party's primary largely on the strength of their showing, and positive coverage from a win in Iowa may set the pace for later primaries that choose party candidates.
Aging citizens' votes carry a lot of weight in Iowa. According to the state government, more than 86 percent of Iowa's seniors are registered to vote, and turnout among the over-65 demographic is usually very high. Seniors can register to vote in advance of an election, or on the day itself, though same-day registrations require provisional ballots that are subject to verification later.
- One quirk of Iowa's laws is that it's one of 17 "monopoly states" with regard to the wholesale and retail trade in alcoholic beverages. That means that when an adult in Iowa wishes to buy wine or beer from a private shop, the beverages must have been bought from state-owned warehouses, while hard liquor is sold only from state-owned retailers. Special licenses are required for sales on Sunday, and for delivery to customers' homes.
- The house that inspired Grant Wood to paint his masterpiece American Gothic is a real building in Iowa. Seniors looking for something to do can visit the historic site in Eldon. Visitors are allowed to take pictures of themselves posing in front of the house, in the exact spot Wood painted his models, who were based on his dentist and sister.
- Iowa's wildlands have an issue with feral hogs. For every single human being in the Hawkeye State, there are an estimated seven wild pigs. These are considered to be invasive pests, which destroy agricultural crops, so hunting is both permitted and encouraged. Seniors who hold a hunting license may take as many of these animals as they like, with no bag limits whatsoever, though the state does require a report after the hunt to tally the numbers.