3 Assisted Living Facilities in Ames, IA

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The Waterford at Ames

Provides: Assisted Living
1325 Coconino Rd, Suite 300, Ames, IA 50014
"My family and I toured The Waterford at Ames looking for options for our mother that can no longer live alone. The marketing director was very knowledgeable and understanding of our situation and..." More

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Bickford of Ames

Provides: Assisted Living
2418 Kent Ave., Ames, IA 50010
"Bickford of Ames was very nice, but it was smaller, and I needed something a little bigger for my mother. It was a lot more expensive, too. However, the people were very wonderful, kind, helpful,..." More

The Rose of Ames

Provides: Assisted Living
1315 Coconino Rd., Ames, IA 50014
"The Rose was nice, but it didn’t have what my mother needed because the caregiver of it was not to the standard that my mother would need after a certain point. It was clean and the staff seemed..." More

Assisted Living near Ames, IA

Recent Reviews of Assisted Living in Ames

  • Review of Bickford of Ames

    Staff is very unfriendly, facility is locked making it feel very much like a nursing home. Cost to live at Bickford of Ames is very expensive, lady who gave us a tour was not very helpful or knowle... Read more

    S. Needly
  • Review of The Waterford at Ames

    My family and I toured The Waterford at Ames looking for options for our mother that can no longer live alone. The marketing director was very knowledgeable and understanding of our situation and w... Read more

    S. Needly
  • Review of The Waterford at Ames

    My mom was at The Waterford at Ames. Her room was clean. They had activities. The staff members were kind, but the food was average. We had my mom out there for rehab after a fall, but they didn't ... Read more

    Loved One
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What to Consider About Assisted Living in Ames

The Ames region, home to Iowa State University, has a population of 27,546.  It offers 10 assisted living facilities, with three located within the city and an additional seven situated nearby. In Iowa, assisted living is broken down into two categories: assisted living programs and residential care facilities. Assisted living programs provide housing for three or more seniors who are able to self-direct and participate in making decisions regarding their care. Residential care programs are for seniors who need assistance with the activities of daily living. All assisted living facilities are licensed through the Department of Inspections and Appeals, Health Facilities Division

Benefits and Drawbacks of Assisted Living in Ames

  • Ames ranks low on Sperling’s Comfort Index, rating 33 out of 100 for the number of days per year outside of a comfortable temperature range. The July high in this city is 84 degrees, and the January low is 11 degrees. This may be a consideration for seniors who enjoy spending time outdoors. 

  • Ames seniors don't have their Social Security income taxed, and there's a deduction for other types of retirement income. This may leave more money in the assisted living budget.  

  • The overall cost of living in Ames is slightly below the national average. Seniors can expect to spend about 5 percent less on groceries and 3 percent less on miscellaneous expenses, though health care and transportation may cost somewhat more than they would elsewhere.  

  • The overall crime rate of Ames is 70 percent lower than the national average, and the city is among the top 20 percent of safest cities in the United States.  

  • Ames city bus service is provided courtesy of CyRide, which operates nearly two dozen routes throughout the city. Seniors age 65 and over are eligible to receive a discounted fare.  

  • The Ames area is home to world-class medical facilities, including Mary Greeley Medical Center, in the event of medical emergencies or illness.  


Paying for Assisted Living in Ames

Average Monthly Costs

Cities in Iowa

$4,000.00 US
$3,939.00 Perry
$3,884.00 Johnston
$3,659.00 Des Moines
$3,498.00 Urbandale
$3,383.00 Ankeny
$2,766.00 Ames

Assisted Living costs in Ames start around $2,766 per month on average, while the nationwide average cost of assisted living is $4,000 per month, according to the latest figures from Genworth’s Cost of Care Survey.

It’s important to note that assisted living rates in Ames and the surrounding suburbs can vary widely based on factors such as location, the level of care needed, apartment size and the types of amenities offered at each community.

Financial Assistance for Assisted Living in Ames

Services in both assisted living and residential care facilities in Ames may be covered through the Medicaid 1915 (c) Elderly Waiver program. Additionally, Iowa provides an optional state supplement for qualifying seniors who live in residential care facilities.  

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

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 Iowa page.


Free Assisted Living Resources in Ames

Ames and the surrounding area are home to numerous government agencies and non-profit organizations offering help for seniors searching for or currently residing in an assisted living community. These organizations can also provide assistance in a number of other eldercare services such as geriatric care management, elder law advice, estate planning, finding home care and health and wellness programs.


Assisted Living Laws and Regulations in Ames

Ames-area assisted living communities must adhere to the comprehensive set of state laws and regulations that all assisted living communities in Iowa are required to follow. Visit our Assisted Living in Iowa page for more information about these laws.