Located in Nez Perce County, Lewiston is situated at the confluence of the Clearwater River and Snake River in Idaho’s North Central region. Of the 32,788 residents in Lewiston, approximately 19% are 65 or older. Considered a midsized town, Lewiston offers transportation services, a mild climate, a low crime rate and a low cost of living. There are various activities to keep seniors busy throughout the year, including area hiking trails and indoor events at the Town of Lewiston Senior Center.

Seniors needing assistance with daily activities, such as help with housekeeping, medication management and personal care, might consider moving to an assisted living community. Accommodations could include private rooms or apartments with shared communal areas. Assisted living communities also offer meal plans and snack selections. Other advantages include a secured environment and social and recreational activities. Seniors in Lewiston pay an average of $5,203 per month for an assisted living residence, higher than both the state and national averages.

This guide includes details about the average cost of assisted living and local resources available to seniors. It also highlights the advantages and disadvantages of retiring in the Lewiston area.

Directory of Assisted Living Facilities in Lewiston, ID

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Brookdale Lewiston

2975 Juniper Drive, Lewiston, ID, 83501

I toured Brookdale Lewiston for my parents. The business manager spent a lot of time with me answering all my questions. No questions were out of bounds or too basic. She was very, very helpful. She g … (read more)
I toured Brookdale Lewiston for my parents. The business manager spent a lot of time with me answering all my questions. No questions were out of bounds or too basic. She was very, very helpful. She g … (read more)

Royal Plaza Retirement & Rehabilitation Center

2870 Juniper Dr, Lewiston, ID, 83501

My mother moved into Royal Plaza Retirement & Rehab Center, and it’s been a very good experience. They take care of her, and anything you want, they try to get. I’ve eaten there a few times, you h … (read more)
My mother moved into Royal Plaza Retirement & Rehab Center, and it’s been a very good experience. They take care of her, and anything you want, they try to get. I’ve eaten there a few times, you h … (read more)

Wedgewood Terrace

2114 Vineyard Avenue, Lewiston, ID, 83501

The rooms are huge and very clean. They have been upgrading this facility on a regular basis. The staff are some of the most loving and kind people we have ever met. During the pandemic everyone from … (read more)
The rooms are huge and very clean. They have been upgrading this facility on a regular basis. The staff are some of the most loving and kind people we have ever met. During the pandemic everyone from … (read more)

Joyce’s Orchard Residential

615 Cedar Avenue, Lewiston, ID, 83501

The people at this facility genuinely care about the residents. It is a smaller home, I would say averaging six residents. Joyce and her help not only take care of their residents physically, they a … (read more)
The people at this facility genuinely care about the residents. It is a smaller home, I would say averaging six residents. Joyce and her help not only take care of their residents physically, they a … (read more)

Life Care Center Of Lewiston

325 Warner Dr, Lewiston, ID, 83501


Riverview Residential Home & Care

1842 Golfview Drive, Clarkston, WA, 99403

I couldn’t be more pleased with Riverview Residential Home & Care. They are a 5 out of 5 stars so far, on every single thing. My father-in-law has only been there a couple of weeks and I can’t eve … (read more)
I couldn’t be more pleased with Riverview Residential Home & Care. They are a 5 out of 5 stars so far, on every single thing. My father-in-law has only been there a couple of weeks and I can’t eve … (read more)

Evergreen Estates

1215 Evergreen Court, Clarkston, WA, 99403

My mom lived in Evergreen. It was a very nice and clean community that took care of the needs of their patients, had good meals, and always made Mom feel safe and secure. The rooms were of a good size … (read more)
My mom lived in Evergreen. It was a very nice and clean community that took care of the needs of their patients, had good meals, and always made Mom feel safe and secure. The rooms were of a good size … (read more)

Avalon Progressive Care Llc

1937 2Nd Ave, Clarkston, WA, 99403

Avalon Progressive Care is very nice, clean, and has wide aisles. They have a nice dining room and a living room. It’s very nice for the patients there. The staff is wonderful and just fabulous, there … (read more)
Avalon Progressive Care is very nice, clean, and has wide aisles. They have a nice dining room and a living room. It’s very nice for the patients there. The staff is wonderful and just fabulous, there … (read more)

What to Consider About Assisted Living in Lewiston

The Idaho Department of Health & Welfare is the licensing and regulatory agency responsible for assisted living facilities in Lewiston and throughout the state of Idaho. Its representatives conduct routine and unannounced site visits to monitor facilities and ensure they remain in compliance with state mandates.

Benefits and Drawbacks of Assisted Living in Lewiston

  • Although Lewiston is an isolated community, it provides a strong network of medical providers and facilities. Seniors may receive care at one of the city’s three hospitals, including the Jonathan M. Wainwright Memorial VA Medical Center and several outpatient clinics and surgery centers. Lewiston also has 225 physicians per 100,000 residents, a rate higher than the nation’s average of 210. Another benefit for seniors is the city’s low health cost index of 95 compared to the national average of 100.
  • Lewiston’s property crime index of 49.6 is nearly double Idaho’s 26; however, the city’s 12.8 violent crime index is markedly lower than the state’s 15.2. The 24/7 security and around-the-clock staff that most assisted living facilities provide are a couple of their many benefits. 
  • The overall cost of living in Lewiston is more affordable than both the state and nation as a whole. Seniors living in the area realize the most significant savings on transportation and utilities. While more expensive than Idaho’s average, Lewiston’s grocery and health costs are lower than the U.S. average.
  • Even though Lewiston is located in a mountainous region of the northwestern United States, its residents enjoy a moderate climate. Situated in a valley, the city averages 169 days of sunshine with 15.8 inches of rainfall and 12.5 inches of snow annually. Summer highs average 88 degrees in July. 
  • Seniors with respiratory issues may be able to breathe easier in Lewiston, where the air quality is 66 out of 100, eight points higher than the national average.

Paying for Assisted Living in Lewiston

According to the Genworth Cost of Care Survey, assisted living in Lewiston costs an average of $5,203 per month. This is higher than both the state ($3,675) and national ($4,300) averages.

The Cost of Assisted Living in Nearby Cities

At $5,203 per month, Lewiston’s average assisted living cost is the highest in the state. Pocatello and Coeur d’Alene have the next highest rates, averaging $4,425 and $4,373, respectively. These cities are followed by Idaho Falls, where assisted living facility residents pay an average of $3,673 per month. Boise’s monthly average of $3,375 is among the lowest in the state. Only Sun Valley is lower, with an average monthly cost of $3,175. 

$5203

Lewiston

$3675

Idaho

$4300

The United States

$3375

Boise

$4425

Pocatello

$4373

Coeur d’Alene

$3673

Idaho Falls

$3175

Sun Valley

The Cost of Other Types of Senior Care

In addition to assisted living, seniors in Lewiston have other long-term care options. Individuals who prefer to remain in their homes pay somewhat less for homemaker services or a home health aide, each of which averages $4,767 per month. Providing the highest level of care, nursing home facilities are also the most expensive. Seniors living in semiprivate rooms pay an average of $7,254 per month, while those in private rooms are responsible for $8,045 average monthly costs. Adult day health care is generally the least expensive option. While no data is available for Lewiston, the state average is $2,297 per month.

$4767

Homemaker Services

$4767

Home health aide

$

Adult day health care

$5203

Assisted Living Facility

$7254

Nursing home (semiprivate room)

$8045

Nursing home (private room)

Financial Assistance for Assisted Living in Lewiston

There are a number of federal programs that provide financial assistance for eligible Lewiston 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 Lewiston

Lewiston offers a number of resources to seniors residing in assisted living communities. Some of the free and low-cost services local government agencies and nonprofit organizations provide include recreational activities, wellness programs and financial and benefits counseling.

Resource

Contact

Service

(208) 746-3671

The Lewiston Parks & Recreation Department offers a wide variety of free and low-cost senior resources and events. Its senior nutrition program includes lunch at the center or home delivery Monday through Friday for $5 for individuals 59 and younger; those aged 60 and over may pay the center's $4 suggested donation. Seniors can also participate in a weekly, low-cost fitness class. Its 50 & Active group enjoys monthly meals and activities at various restaurants around the city.

(208) 298-1340

Disabled individuals, those with a Medicare card or who are aged 62 and older may apply for a Half Fare card. With this card, riders can use the transit system all day for $.50. The transit department also provides ADA Paratransit Service to those unable to use a regular bus. The buses are outfitted with lifts for those in wheelchairs. 

(208) 743-5580

Working on behalf of residents in assisted living and other long-term care facilities, Lewiston-area ombudsmen investigate complaints and work with family members and facility staff to help resolve issues and concerns. They advocate for residents' rights and overall health and welfare. They work cooperatively with other area agencies and provide families with the necessary resources to make informed decisions about which long-term care facility to choose. Ombudsmen also conduct community outreach programs and in-service sessions for facility staff.

Assisted Living Laws and Regulations in Lewiston

Lewiston-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