314 Assisted Living Facilities in Iowa

Cobblestone Court Assisted Living

Estimated $3,042/month Not Yet Rated
3187 140th Street, Sumner, IA
Suite  ·  Studio  ·  One Bedroom
Assisted Living

Allen Place

Not Yet Rated
1406 East 19th Street, Atlantic, IA
Suite  ·  Studio  ·  One Bedroom
Assisted Living  ·  Respite Care

Irving Point

Estimated $4,551/month Not Yet Rated
910 7th Avenue Se, Cedar Rapids, IA
Suite  ·  Studio  ·  One Bedroom
Assisted Living

Homestead Assisted Living

Not Yet Rated
2501 W. State Street, Mason City, IA
Suite  ·  Studio  ·  One Bedroom
Assisted Living  ·  Respite Care

Homestead Of Chariton

Not Yet Rated
1110 North 6th Street, Chariton, IA
Suite  ·  Studio  ·  One Bedroom
Assisted Living

Homestead Of Knoxville

Estimated $5,586/month Not Yet Rated
908 South Park Lane, Knoxville, IA
Suite  ·  Studio  ·  One Bedroom
Assisted Living

Ellen Kennedy Living Center

Estimated $3,560/month Not Yet Rated
1177 7th Street Sw, Dyersville, IA
Suite  ·  Studio  ·  One Bedroom
Assisted Living  ·  Independent Living  ·  Respite Care

Apple Valley Assisted Living

Not Yet Rated
300 Lyndale Street, Osage, IA
Suite  ·  Studio  ·  One Bedroom
Assisted Living

Forest Plaza Assisted Living

Not Yet Rated
635 Hwy. 9 East, Forest City, IA
Suite  ·  Studio  ·  One Bedroom
Assisted Living  ·  Respite Care

Cresco Assisted Living

Not Yet Rated
1004 North Elm Street, Cresco, IA
Suite  ·  Studio  ·  One Bedroom
Assisted Living

Amelia Place

Not Yet Rated
57 West Ferndale Drive, Council Bluffs, IA
Suite  ·  Studio  ·  One Bedroom
Assisted Living  ·  Respite Care

Franken Manor

Not Yet Rated
527 North Main Ave, Sioux Center, IA
Suite  ·  Studio  ·  One Bedroom
Assisted Living

Courtyard Estates Of Walcott

Estimated $3,642/month Not Yet Rated
510 North Main Street, Walcott, IA
Suite  ·  Studio  ·  One Bedroom
Assisted Living  ·  Independent Living  ·  Memory Care  ·  Respite Care

Journey Senior Living Of Ankeny

Estimated $5,616/month Not Yet Rated
3602 Nw 5th Street, Ankeny, IA
Suite  ·  Studio  ·  One Bedroom
Assisted Living  ·  Memory Care

Cornerstone Assisted Living

Not Yet Rated
302 2nd Street Ne, Mason City, IA
Suite  ·  Studio  ·  One Bedroom
Assisted Living  ·  Respite Care

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?

In Iowa, the average monthly cost of assisted living is $3,736, according to the 2018 Genworth Cost of Care Survey.

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.

Our local Seniorly Partner Agents often have the ability to negotiate monthly rent and fees on your behalf at many of the communities you might be interested in. This is a free service to you. To connect to a Seniorly Partner Agent email us now at ask@seniorly.com or call (855) 866-4515.

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.

Fun Facts

  • 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.