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Nursing Home Costs in Iowa

$175
/day
*This is the median daily rate for all IA facilities. $63.8k
/year
*Annual cost at the Iowa median rate
Iowa Nursing Home Costs
Daily Rate IA Nursing Homes
$270
high
$115
low

Highest/Lowest Daily Rates

Nursing home costs in Iowa are far below the national average. With a daily cost for a semi-private room of $175, it is $45 less than the national median for all states, which is $220.

The highest nursing home rate (semi-private room) of $270 was reported in Ames. A full year of care at that rate would be $98,550.

The record-high rate could be from a single exceptional facility, and is not typical of all nursing homes. The median rate for the Ames area is much less, at $172/day.

The median rate is the middle point between the highest and lowest. It is similar to an average, but not exactly the same.

The lowest median rate in the state was $157 per day; in the Davenport–Moline–Rock Island area.

The median rate for the entire state was $175 per day for a semi-private room, and $187 for a private room.

FACTOID
NO
Medicare does not pay for long-term care. (It might pay for short-term stays for rehab after surgery or other treatment.
FACTOID
79
Average age upon admittance to a nursing home.
ccrc decisions

Planning ahead for lifetime care? A CCRC (Continuing Care Retirement Community) may be your answer.



What's a CCRC?

Simply put, CCRCs are retirement communities with an important added benefit: lifetime care, which ensures that you can "age in place," having planned ahead in terms of access to additional services and the cost of long-term care. The typical CCRC is a community that includes independent living in apartments or house units, an assisted living facility, and a nursing home or skilled nursing facility.

Some CCRCs also include short term rehab, hospice, special memory care facilities, and even home health care services.

You can check out Iowa's CCRCs at our page: Iowa Continuing Care Retirement Communities, Life Care Communities, CCRCs.

Comparing Long Term Care in Iowa
Estimated Annual Cost (median rates)
$64k
nursing homes
$43k
assisted living
$52k
home health aide
$51k
homemaker
$16k
adult day care
Nursing
Home
Assisted
Living
Home
Health
Aide
Home
maker
Non-Med
Adult Day
Care
Nursing Home data is based on a Semi-Private Room.

Snapshot:
Costs Around the State

Nursing Home Median Daily Rates (Semi-Private Room)
Ames $172
Cedar Rapids $165
Davenport–Moline–Rock Island $157
Des Moines–West Des Moines $185
Dubuque $
Iowa City $184
Sioux City $172
Waterloo–Cedar Falls $176

More From .gov Sites About Paying For Long-term Care:

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FACTOID
$80k
That's the median yearly cost for all nursing homes in the US (Semi-Private Room). In cost-per-day, its $220.
FACTOID
70%
At least 70% of people over 65 will need long-term care services and support at some point in their lives.
(Source: 2015 Medicare & You, Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services)

A BIG thank you to Genworth.

Much of the data used on this page was sourced from the "Cost of Care Survey 2015 - Massachusetts" published by Genworth Financial, Inc. You can download a copy here We are very grateful that this excellent report is available to the public.

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