The small city of Idaho Falls is nestled in southeastern Idaho’s Bonneville County, just a short drive away from Pocatello. While only 13.7% of its approximately 64,820 residents are seniors, Idaho Falls was recently named one of the best places to live and retire. Its retiree-friendly features include its interesting museums and its beautiful outdoor scenery, such as its namesake waterfalls and the Snake River.

Assisted living is a senior living option for adults who can no longer live on their own but who don’t need the round-the-clock medical care provided by nursing homes. Staff members are available to help with personal care and other daily tasks, as needed. This type of care costs an average of $3,500 per month in Idaho Falls, though prices may vary from one facility to another.

This guide provides an introduction to assisted living in Idaho Falls. Keep reading to learn why seniors may choose to retire here and how care costs compare to other cities in Idaho.

Directory of Assisted Living Facilities in Idaho Falls, ID

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Lincoln Court

850 Lincoln Drive, Idaho Falls, ID, 83401

Lincoln Court is an assisted living facility nestled in a quiet, residential neighborhood in Idaho Falls, Idaho. Visitors have high praise for the facility’s spacious, clean apartments, which they say … (read more)
Lincoln Court is an assisted living facility nestled in a quiet, residential neighborhood in Idaho Falls, Idaho. Visitors have high praise for the facility’s spacious, clean apartments, which they say … (read more)

MorningStar Senior Living of Idaho Falls

4000 S. 25th East, Idaho Falls, ID, 83404

MorningStar Senior Living of Idaho Falls was pretty spacious. They had a lot of different options for room types. They had great amenities and lots of different common areas for people to hang out. Th … (read more)
MorningStar Senior Living of Idaho Falls was pretty spacious. They had a lot of different options for room types. They had great amenities and lots of different common areas for people to hang out. Th … (read more)

Parkwood Meadows Assisted Living

1885 Parkwood St., Idaho Falls, ID, 83401

Parkwood Meadows Assisted Living in Idaho Falls, Idaho, is located just a few blocks away from plenty of dining options and a shopping center along South Woodruff Avenue. When touring the facility, re … (read more)
Parkwood Meadows Assisted Living in Idaho Falls, Idaho, is located just a few blocks away from plenty of dining options and a shopping center along South Woodruff Avenue. When touring the facility, re … (read more)

Tambree Meadows

3620 Potomac Way, Idaho Falls, ID, 83404


The Gables of Idaho Falls Assisted Living

3400 South 5th West, Idaho Falls, ID, 83404


Fairwinds – Sand Creek

3310 Valencia Dr, Idaho Falls, ID, 83404

Fairwinds-Sand Creek in Idaho Falls, Idaho is conveniently located near the Eastern Idaho Regional Medical Center, the shops along 25th Street and not far from Grand Teton Mall. This community combine … (read more)
Fairwinds-Sand Creek in Idaho Falls, Idaho is conveniently located near the Eastern Idaho Regional Medical Center, the shops along 25th Street and not far from Grand Teton Mall. This community combine … (read more)

The Gables of Ammon

1405 Curlew Dr, Idaho Falls, ID, 83406

The Gables of Ammon is a mid-size facility offering assisted living located about three miles east of Idaho Falls in Ammon, Idaho. There is a Walmart Supercenter a short walk down the road, and the Gr … (read more)
The Gables of Ammon is a mid-size facility offering assisted living located about three miles east of Idaho Falls in Ammon, Idaho. There is a Walmart Supercenter a short walk down the road, and the Gr … (read more)

Turtle & Crane Assisted Living

1950 1st Street, Idaho Falls, ID, 83401

Turtle & Crane Assisted Living is situated in Idaho Falls, ID, a short drive from Lincoln Hill. Residents are pleased by a full menu of different choices of appetizers and entrees. They also look … (read more)
Turtle & Crane Assisted Living is situated in Idaho Falls, ID, a short drive from Lincoln Hill. Residents are pleased by a full menu of different choices of appetizers and entrees. They also look … (read more)

Life Care Center of Idaho Falls

2725 EAST 17TH STREET, Idaho Falls, ID, 83406

Life Care Center of Idaho Falls is located in the eastern Idaho Falls suburb of Ammon, less than a mile from the Grand Teton Mall. The facility offers a wide range of amenities, including a pair of co … (read more)
Life Care Center of Idaho Falls is located in the eastern Idaho Falls suburb of Ammon, less than a mile from the Grand Teton Mall. The facility offers a wide range of amenities, including a pair of co … (read more)

Lily and Syringa Assisted Living

840 1st Street, Idaho Falls, ID, 83401

Lily and Syringa Assisted Living in Idaho Falls, Idaho, is an assisted living and memory care facility just off of 1st Street near a variety of shops and restaurants, including a pharmacy and grocery … (read more)
Lily and Syringa Assisted Living in Idaho Falls, Idaho, is an assisted living and memory care facility just off of 1st Street near a variety of shops and restaurants, including a pharmacy and grocery … (read more)

Briarwood Assisted Living

140 Science Center Drive, Idaho Falls, ID, 83402


COVID-19 Rules for Assisted Living in Idaho Falls

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 Idaho Falls

The Idaho Department of Health and Welfare licenses assisted living facilities in Idaho Falls and the rest of the state. Its Residential Assisted Living Facilities (RALF) team conducts regular unannounced inspections of licensed facilities. RALF personnel also conduct complaint investigations, as needed.

Benefits and Drawbacks of Assisted Living in Idaho Falls

  • Idaho Falls may appeal to seniors who want to stretch their retirement savings. The city’s cost of living is 12.3% lower than the national average and 10.2% lower than the Idaho norm. Groceries, transportation and assisted living care are just a few of the items that cost less in Idaho Falls.
  • Retirees in Idaho Falls may see some savings on their taxes. The state doesn’t tax Social Security benefits, and it offers a generous tax deduction for retirees with eligible public pensions, such as military and federal government retirement plans. The state also offers a grocery tax credit of up to $120 which could help seniors supplement their assisted living menu.
  • Public transit options are limited in Idaho Falls. The city’s fixed-route bus service ceased in May 2019, but a new provider, Greater Idaho Falls Transit, plans to start service in Spring 2022. Seniors who don’t have access to a car may prefer an assisted living community that provides transportation for residents.
  • Despite its small size, Idaho Falls is well-served by healthcare resources. It’s home to the Eastern Idaho Regional Medical Center, a 330-bed facility that offers a number of specialty services for the region, including neurology and oncology. Seniors can also visit the physician-owned Mountain View Hospital.
  • Crime rates in Idaho Falls are high compared to other cities in Idaho. At 4.49 per 1,000 residents, the city’s violent crime rate is about 86% higher than the state average. Its property crime rate, at 17.77 per 1,000 residents, is about 61% higher. However, this doesn’t mean Idaho Falls is a dangerous place to live. Its crime rates, while high by Idaho standards, are comparable to national figures.
  • Seniors who enjoy variety may appreciate the four-season climate in Idaho Falls. Temperatures range from a low of 13 degrees in January to a high of 86 degrees in July. Spring weather tends to be mild and rainy, while in the fall, conditions may be chilly and dry.

Paying for Assisted Living in Idaho Falls

The Genworth 2021 Cost of Care Survey revealed that seniors in Idaho Falls pay an average of $3,500 per month for assisted living care. This is nearly 9% lower than the statewide average of $3,838 and 22% lower than the national average of $4,500.

The Cost of Assisted Living in Nearby Cities

Care costs vary throughout Southern Idaho. Idaho Falls offers the region’s lowest care costs at $3,500, though Boise City isn’t much higher at $3,586. Seniors in Twin Falls pay an average of $3,820 for assisted living care. Meanwhile, in Pocatello, costs are the region’s highest at $4,206 per month.

$3500

Idaho Falls

$3838

Idaho

$4500

The United States

$4206

Pocatello

$3820

Twin Falls

$3586

Boise City

The Cost of Other Types of Senior Care

Homemaker services, which provide help with everyday household tasks, cost an average of $5,720 per month in Idaho Falls. This is on par with the cost of basic medical care provided by home health aides. Assisted living care is much more affordable at $3,500 per month. Seniors who need a higher level of care than an assisted living facility can provide may consider nursing home care, which costs $9,186 per month, on average.

$5720

Homemaker Services

$5720

Home health aide

$3500

Assisted Living Facility

$9186

Nursing home (semiprivate room)

$9186

Nursing home (private room)

Financial Assistance for Assisted Living in Idaho Falls

There are a number of federal programs that provide financial assistance for eligible Idaho Falls seniors to help pay for an assisted living facility. These include Supplemental Security Income Category G.

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 Idaho Falls

Idaho Falls offers a number of resources for both assisted living residents and seniors who are still considering their long-term care options. The area’s free resources include senior centers, legal aid services and assisted technology loan offices.

Resource

Contact 

Service

(208) 522-4357

Idaho Falls’ senior center offers a broad range of services and programs for older adults. Seniors can sign up for one of the crafting clubs or play fun games such as pool, bridge and mah-jongg. The center connects seniors with volunteer lawyers and insurance counselors. It also holds AARP driver safety classes to help seniors keep their skills sharp. 

(208) 522-5391

As the region’s Area Agency on Aging (AAA), the Eastern Idaho Community Action Partnership offers many programs for seniors. Its long-term care ombudsmen help protect the rights and quality of life of assisted living residents. The AAA’s Senior Medicare Patrol volunteers help seniors protect themselves from Medicare fraud.

(208) 529-8610

Life is a nonprofit organization that helps seniors and people with disabilities overcome barriers. It offers loans of assisted technologies and durable medical equipment. Seniors can borrow items such as walkers, speech recognition devices and communication technology at no cost. 

(208) 746-7541

This nonprofit law firm operates a free legal advice line for seniors. Idahoans who are 60 or older can call if they have a civil legal question. The firm’s lawyers can provide advice about elder abuse, discrimination, health benefits and other issues facing seniors. 

(208) 522-5712

The East Idaho Vet Center offers free counseling and mental health support for senior veterans and their spouses. Seniors can visit the center to get help managing issues such as depression, anger and grief. The center also schedules a variety of fun group activities, such as coffee breaks and guitar classes, for seniors who want to mingle with other veterans.

Assisted Living Laws and Regulations in Idaho Falls

Idaho Falls-area assisted living communities must adhere to the comprehensive set of state laws and regulations that all assisted living communities 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