The capital of Idaho, Boise is located near the Boise River in the southwestern part of the state, about 41 miles east of Oregon. Approximately 235,684 people live in the mid-sized city of Boise, including around 32,760 senior citizens. With its pleasant climate combined with a blend of cultural and outdoor opportunities, Boise is a great spot for active outdoorsy seniors.

Assisted living facilities help seniors who need assistance with daily tasks, such as personal care, meal services, housekeeping and laundry. Assisted living may be an ideal alternative for older adults who are no longer able to live independently and don’t require 24-hour medical care as provided by nursing homes. Assisted living care in Boise costs seniors an average of $3,586 per month, which is about 10% less than the Idaho median of $3,838.

This guide is designed to provide seniors with information about assisted living in Boise. The following provides an introduction into the benefits and drawbacks of retiring in the city as well as average monthly costs of various types of senior care and free local resources available to seniors. Assisted living laws and regulations are also included.

Directory of Assisted Living Facilities in Boise, ID

Truewood by Merrill, Boise

2600 North Milwaukee Street, Boise, ID, 83704

Willow Park Assisted Living is nestled in a quiet residential area in Boise, Idaho, close to parks, restaurants and shopping. Visitors appreciate the personal touch the facility provides to its reside … (read more)
Willow Park Assisted Living is nestled in a quiet residential area in Boise, Idaho, close to parks, restaurants and shopping. Visitors appreciate the personal touch the facility provides to its reside … (read more)

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Overland Court Senior Living

10250 W. Smoke Ranch Drive, Boise, ID, 83709

I toured Overland Court Senior Living. They were in the middle of a remodel, and it looked like they were updating it, so it was going to be nice. It was clean. There was hardly any staff interaction. … (read more)
I toured Overland Court Senior Living. They were in the middle of a remodel, and it looked like they were updating it, so it was going to be nice. It was clean. There was hardly any staff interaction. … (read more)

Arbor Village at Hillcrest

1093 S Hilton Street, Boise, ID, 83705

We toured Arbor Village at Hillcrest for my mom. The building was older, but it had been remodeled and very recently in the last maybe two or three years. From the outside, it didn’t look anything gre … (read more)
We toured Arbor Village at Hillcrest for my mom. The building was older, but it had been remodeled and very recently in the last maybe two or three years. From the outside, it didn’t look anything gre … (read more)

MorningStar of Boise

5850 N. Five Mile Rd., Boise, ID, 83713

MorningStar of Boise is near the River Greenbelt, the Idaho State Capitol Building and the Boise Art Museum in Boise, Idaho. The facility is described by visitors as welcoming and comfortable with an … (read more)
MorningStar of Boise is near the River Greenbelt, the Idaho State Capitol Building and the Boise Art Museum in Boise, Idaho. The facility is described by visitors as welcoming and comfortable with an … (read more)

Garden Plaza of Valley View

1130 N. Allumbaugh St., Boise, ID, 83704


Barber Station Assisted Living and Memory Care

3266 East Barber Valley Drive, Boise, ID, 83716

It is a nice and clean facility. It’s only three years old. My friend is there. The food is great, and the people are really good. They have places where they can do sewing classes. They have a librar … (read more)
It is a nice and clean facility. It’s only three years old. My friend is there. The food is great, and the people are really good. They have places where they can do sewing classes. They have a librar … (read more)

The Bridge at Valley View

1120 N. Allumbaugh St., Boise, ID, 83704


Brookdale Boise Parkcenter Assisted Living

739 East Parkcenter Boulevard, Boise, ID, 83706

Brookdale Boise Parkcenter Assisted Living is a very nice facility. It’s close to where I live. My mom has a one-bedroom unit and the people are just very friendly and professional. They have activiti … (read more)
Brookdale Boise Parkcenter Assisted Living is a very nice facility. It’s close to where I live. My mom has a one-bedroom unit and the people are just very friendly and professional. They have activiti … (read more)

Aspen Valley Senior Living Community

4455 E Warm Springs Ave, Boise, ID, 83712

ZERO star if I could . All they think is MONEY THEY DON’T CARE about your love ones. POOR COMMUNICATIONS FROM THE BEGINNING TO THE END. NO PRORATE ON STAYS . THEY WILL ENTER IN YOUR ROOM WITHOUT PERMI … (read more)
ZERO star if I could . All they think is MONEY THEY DON’T CARE about your love ones. POOR COMMUNICATIONS FROM THE BEGINNING TO THE END. NO PRORATE ON STAYS . THEY WILL ENTER IN YOUR ROOM WITHOUT PERMI … (read more)

The Terraces of Boise

5301 E Warm Springs Avenue, Boise, ID, 83716

My husband and I love living at the Terraces. It is the very best place to retire. We are originally from California, and Boise is the perfect city to retire in on the west coast. If you pick Boise, d … (read more)
My husband and I love living at the Terraces. It is the very best place to retire. We are originally from California, and Boise is the perfect city to retire in on the west coast. If you pick Boise, d … (read more)

Grace Assisted Living at Englefield Green

250 S. Allumbaugh Way, Boise, ID, 83709

Grace Assisted Living at Englefield Green is located in Boise, Idaho, close to Borah Park, Hillcrest Country Club and Boise Towne Square. Visitors comment on the friendly, professional staff and compl … (read more)
Grace Assisted Living at Englefield Green is located in Boise, Idaho, close to Borah Park, Hillcrest Country Club and Boise Towne Square. Visitors comment on the friendly, professional staff and compl … (read more)


Edgewood Castle Hills

5955 Castle Drive, Boise, ID, 83703

My dad has been living in Edgewood Castle Hills for around two years now. In those two years, it has been all over the place. There have been five directors in under two years. I checked with the Stat … (read more)
My dad has been living in Edgewood Castle Hills for around two years now. In those two years, it has been all over the place. There have been five directors in under two years. I checked with the Stat … (read more)

Plantation Place in Boise

3921 Kessinger Lane, Boise, ID, 83703

We chose Plantation Place for my mom because we think it’s really good. It’s small and the people there are very friendly. They do a lot of activities. The rooms are small studios. It’s a great place … (read more)
We chose Plantation Place for my mom because we think it’s really good. It’s small and the people there are very friendly. They do a lot of activities. The rooms are small studios. It’s a great place … (read more)

Regency Columbia Village

3521 East Lake Forest Drive, Boise, ID, 83716

I went to visit. It was excellent and the rooms were a nice size. Basically, it was a one bedroom. It had a division between the galley kitchen and the living area, and it had a nice little view, and … (read more)
I went to visit. It was excellent and the rooms were a nice size. Basically, it was a one bedroom. It had a division between the galley kitchen and the living area, and it had a nice little view, and … (read more)

Applewood Assisted Living

779 South Tennyson Way, Boise, ID, 83709

I visited Applewood Assisted Living on Easter of 2011. The facility was gorgeous inside, containing beautiful hardwood floors. Everything was very clean from the bathrooms to the individual rooms that … (read more)
I visited Applewood Assisted Living on Easter of 2011. The facility was gorgeous inside, containing beautiful hardwood floors. Everything was very clean from the bathrooms to the individual rooms that … (read more)

Valley View Nursing and Rehabilitation

1130 North Allumbaugh Street, Boise, ID, 83704

I have had friends who have lived here in the past, and a friend who currently lives here. They have always been very happy with this place. In the assisted living area, the apartments are roomy enoug … (read more)
I have had friends who have lived here in the past, and a friend who currently lives here. They have always been very happy with this place. In the assisted living area, the apartments are roomy enoug … (read more)

Ashley Manor Senior Living

9327 West Cory Lane, Boise, ID, 83704

I have visited Ashley Manor Senior Living. The place was nice and clean. I took my grandchildren there to sing at Christmas time and the people were very open and friendly. There’s a Mormon church nea … (read more)
I have visited Ashley Manor Senior Living. The place was nice and clean. I took my grandchildren there to sing at Christmas time and the people were very open and friendly. There’s a Mormon church nea … (read more)

Edgewood Spring Creek Overland

10139 West Overland Road, Boise, ID, 83709

My mother-in-law was in Edgewood Spring Creek before she passed. She had a nice little patio, and the place seemed like it was smaller and more friendly. They have personable staff, and we felt that i … (read more)
My mother-in-law was in Edgewood Spring Creek before she passed. She had a nice little patio, and the place seemed like it was smaller and more friendly. They have personable staff, and we felt that i … (read more)

Shaw Mountain of Cascadia

909 Reserve St, Boise, ID, 83712

Marquis Shaw Mountain was real nice. I like the location. It’s a residential area, but it’s very, very close to the main hospitals here in town which was attractive, too. The grounds were nice; th … (read more)
Marquis Shaw Mountain was real nice. I like the location. It’s a residential area, but it’s very, very close to the main hospitals here in town which was attractive, too. The grounds were nice; th … (read more)

COVID-19 Rules for Assisted Living in Boise

Since most COVID-19 rules for Assisted Living Communities and other Senior Living Facilities are set at the state level, you can view the specific rules for your state on our Guide to Assisted Living in Idaho. Keep in mind that every community has specific policies that they put in place to protect their residents, so you should contact your local community for more information. Additionally, you can contact your local Area Agency on Aging to learn more – find contact information here.

What to Consider About Assisted Living in Boise

Assisted living facilities in the Boise area are overseen by the Idaho Department of Health and Welfare. This office is responsible for the licensing of residential care and assisted living facilities throughout the state. It monitors and conducts regular and surprise inspections to ensure facilities abide by state rules and regulations.

Benefits and Drawbacks of Assisted Living in Boise

  • Boise averages about 18 inches of snow each year, with December being the snowiest month. High temperatures in the summer range from 70 to 85 degrees. July is the hottest month of the year, with an average high of about 92 degrees. With 206 sunny days each year, Boise gives seniors more time to enjoy the great outdoors.
  • The overall cost of living index in Boise is 103.6, which is slightly above the national average. While this is mostly driven by the high cost of housing, seniors can save on the lower costs of groceries, health care, utilities and transportation. These savings can help seniors have peace of mind during their retirement years.
  • Idaho is a tax-friendly state and doesn’t tax Social Security or Railroad Retirement benefits. Seniors can also save more money with lower property and sales tax rates, as well as no estate or inheritance taxes.
  • In case of medical emergencies or illness, Boise seniors have access to state-of-the-art medical care facilities, including St. Luke’s Boise Medical Center and Saint Alphonsus Regional Medical Center.
  • Several public transportation options are available in Boise to help older adults get around. Valley Regional Transit provides eligible seniors with discounted fares. Seniors may also qualify for SHIP or ACCESS which is a curb-to-curb transit service. Additionally, most assisted living communities provide transportation services for their residents.
  • Boise has been a member of the AARP Network of Age-Friendly Communities since 2018. Membership in this program means elected leadership “has made a commitment to actively work with residents and local advocates to make their town, city, county or state an age-friendly place to live,” according to AARP.

Paying for Assisted Living in Boise

Assisted living care in Boise costs around $3,586 per month, according to Genworth’s Cost of Care Survey. This is slightly lower than the Idaho monthly average of $3,838 and considerably lower than the national median of $4,500 per month.

The Cost of Assisted Living in Nearby Cities

The most budget-friendly cities for assisted living are Idaho Falls, costing approximately $3,500 per month, and Boise at a comparable rate of $3,586. At $3,820 per month, Twin Falls is just below the state average of $3,838. In nearby Pocatello, the average monthly cost is much higher at $4,206. Lewiston is among the most expensive cities in Idaho, coming in at around $4,419 per month.

$3586

Boise

$3838

Idaho

$4500

The United States

$3820

Twin Falls

$4206

Pocatello

$3500

Idaho Falls

$4419

Lewiston

The Cost of Other Types of Senior Care

Older adults in Boise have access to a range of long-term care options. Seniors who wish to remain in their homes can pay an average of $5,720 for homemaker or home health aide services. For those who only need weekday supervision, adult day health care is the most affordable alternative at $2,167 per month. Seniors who require a more intensive level of care provided by nursing homes pay about $8,608 per month for semiprivate rooms or around $10,646 for private accommodations.

$5720

Homemaker Services

$5720

Home Health Aide

$2167

Adult Day Health Care

$3586

Assisted Living Facility

$8608

Nursing home (semiprivate room)

$10646

Nursing home (private room)

Financial Assistance for Assisted Living in Boise

Financial Assistance is available to seniors in Boise through the Medicare Medicaid Coordinated Plan (MMCP). Seniors who receive Social Security income may also qualify for the Optional State Supplement

Learn more about these programs, plus who’s eligible, on our Assisted Living in Idaho page.

Financial Assistance for Assisted Living in Idaho

More Ways to Pay for Assisted Living

While many families use their own funds or personal assets to pay for assisted living, there are plenty of additional options to cover these costs. Some additional ways to finance assisted living costs include:

  • Veterans Benefits
  • Life Insurance Policy
  • Long-Term Care Insurance
  • Reverse Mortgage

For more information about different ways to finance assisted living, visit our Assisted Living in Idaho page.

Free Assisted Living Resources in Boise

Boise seniors have access to a variety of resources to help them pay for long-term residential care. Local government agencies and nonprofit organizations offer free or low-cost services, including information about assisted living facilities, benefits counseling, wellness programs and recreational activities.

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Contact 

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(208) 898-7060

The Southwest Idaho Area Agency on Aging is a federally funded program that offers services to Idaho seniors aged 60 and over and their caregivers. Programs include mobility assistance, meal plans, housing assistance, benefits counseling, respite care and supplemental services. Caregiver training is also available.

(800) 772-1213

The Social Security Administration helps eligible seniors with any Social Security benefit that may be available. Benefits counseling can help older adults understand eligibility requirements and the application process.

(208) 334-3833

The Idaho Commission on Aging assists older Idahoans by connecting them with the proper state and federal organizations. Representatives offer information about housing, homemaker services, case management, transportation, meal assistance and caregiver services.

(800) 247-4422

The Idaho Department of Insurance offers a Senior Health Insurance Benefits Advisors (SHIBA) program designed to guide older adults through the state Medicare process. SHIBA answers questions and explains benefits and determines senior Medicare needs and provides assistance with applications.

(208) 608-7580

The Dick Eardley Senior Center welcomes local seniors and offers a variety of educational, social and recreational programs, including billiards, book clubs, fall prevention classes, arts and crafts, games, bingo and fitness classes. Congregate dining, curbside pickup and Meals on Wheels are also available.

Assisted Living Laws and Regulations in Boise

Boise Assisted Living Communities must adhere to the comprehensive set of state laws and regulations that all Assisted Living Facilities in Idaho are required to follow. Visit our Assisted Living in Idaho page for more information about these laws.

Assisted Living Laws and Regulations in Idaho