The Cedar River and Interstate 380 runs through the city of Cedar Rapids. It’s the second-largest city in Iowa, located about 20 miles north of Iowa City and 100 miles northeast of the state capital of Des Moines. The city is home to an estimated 137,710 citizens, including around 21,000 adults aged 65 and older. With its low cost of living, seniors in Cedar Rapids can retire comfortably while enjoying the flourishing arts and culture scene.

Assisted living facilities provide seniors with assistance with activities of daily living, personal care, housekeeping, laundry and transportation. Assisted living may be an alternative for older adults who can’t live on their own but don’t need the higher level of care provided by nursing homes. Cedar Rapids seniors pay an average of $4,748 per month for assisted living care, which is almost $250 higher than the national average of $4,500 per month.

This guide provides information regarding assisted living in Cedar Rapids. Read on to learn more about the types and average monthly care costs of senior care, financial assistance programs and the benefits and drawbacks of retiring in the city. Free resources available to seniors are also included.

Directory of Assisted Living Facilities in Cedar Rapids, IA

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The Keystones of Cedar Rapids

6325 Rockwell Dr NE, Cedar Rapids, IA, 52402

Keystone Cedars is located on a peaceful street in Cedar Rapids where visitors are sure to find themselves at home. The facility offers a variety of exciting activities such as arts and crafts, games … (read more)
Keystone Cedars is located on a peaceful street in Cedar Rapids where visitors are sure to find themselves at home. The facility offers a variety of exciting activities such as arts and crafts, games … (read more)

Cottage Grove Place

2115 First Ave SE, Cedar Rapids, IA, 52402

Cottage Grove Place is located in the southeastern section of Cedar Rapids, Iowa. It sits near three bus stations, providing residents with easy access to Cedar Rapids and Marion, as well as the Bever … (read more)
Cottage Grove Place is located in the southeastern section of Cedar Rapids, Iowa. It sits near three bus stations, providing residents with easy access to Cedar Rapids and Marion, as well as the Bever … (read more)

2022

Garnett Place Retirement Community

208 35th St. Dr. SE, Cedar Rapids, IA, 52403

Located on the outskirts of Cedar Rapids, Iowa, Garnett Place Retirement Community provides assisted living care in a loving and compassionate way. Family members appreciate that their loved ones are … (read more)
Located on the outskirts of Cedar Rapids, Iowa, Garnett Place Retirement Community provides assisted living care in a loving and compassionate way. Family members appreciate that their loved ones are … (read more)

The Views Senior Living of Cedar Rapids

3005 F Avenue NW, Cedar Rapids, IA, 52405

It is a very nice place. I’ve been very happy with the staff there, really. They are just very friendly people. I have not tried the food because of COVID, but my mom is kind of picky and she only eat … (read more)
It is a very nice place. I’ve been very happy with the staff there, really. They are just very friendly people. I have not tried the food because of COVID, but my mom is kind of picky and she only eat … (read more)

Corridor Crossing Place

136 36th Ave. Southwest, Cedar Rapids, IA, 52404

Corridor Crossings Place is located in a residential neighborhood of Cedar Rapids, Iowa, just blocks from Interstate 380 and minutes from area restaurants. Visitors appreciate the facility’s cleanline … (read more)
Corridor Crossings Place is located in a residential neighborhood of Cedar Rapids, Iowa, just blocks from Interstate 380 and minutes from area restaurants. Visitors appreciate the facility’s cleanline … (read more)

Prairie Hills at Cedar Rapids

2903 F Ave NW, Cedar Rapids, IA, 52405

Prairie Hills at Cedar Rapids is an assisted living and memory care facility located in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. The community is a short drive away from Mercy Medical Center and Lindale shopping mall. The … (read more)
Prairie Hills at Cedar Rapids is an assisted living and memory care facility located in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. The community is a short drive away from Mercy Medical Center and Lindale shopping mall. The … (read more)

The Views of Cedar Rapids – RidgeView Assisted Living

2975 F Ave, Cedar Rapids, IA, 52405

My mom is in RidgeView Assisted Living. It is wonderful. They are very personable, helpful for the moving process, and kind. My mom likes the food very much. The place is well-appointed and elegant. T … (read more)
My mom is in RidgeView Assisted Living. It is wonderful. They are very personable, helpful for the moving process, and kind. My mom likes the food very much. The place is well-appointed and elegant. T … (read more)

Meth-Wick Community

1224 13th Street NW, Cedar Rapids, IA, 52405

I liked many things about Meth Wick Health Center. I was born and raised in that neighborhood as a child. It also had many people from the Church that I served, and it was a full care. It was near to … (read more)
I liked many things about Meth Wick Health Center. I was born and raised in that neighborhood as a child. It also had many people from the Church that I served, and it was a full care. It was near to … (read more)

Higley Mansion Care Center

860 17th Street Southeast, Cedar Rapids, IA, 52403

Higley Mansion Care Center is an assisted living facility for seniors located in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. The community receivies high marks from residents and visitors for being well-kept and clean, and f … (read more)
Higley Mansion Care Center is an assisted living facility for seniors located in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. The community receivies high marks from residents and visitors for being well-kept and clean, and f … (read more)

Evergreen Estates III

2204 Johnson Avenue Northwest, Cedar Rapids, IA, 52405

Evergreen Estates III is tucked away on a cozy street in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, just moments from Apache Park, Weland Clinical Laboratories, Christ Church Presbyterian and First Church of the Open Bible. … (read more)
Evergreen Estates III is tucked away on a cozy street in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, just moments from Apache Park, Weland Clinical Laboratories, Christ Church Presbyterian and First Church of the Open Bible. … (read more)

Evergreen Estates I

3410 12th Avenue Southwest, Cedar Rapids, IA, 52404


Evergreen Estates II

307 Edgewood Road Southwest, Cedar Rapids, IA, 52404


Kingston Hill

202 12th St NW, Cedar Rapids, IA, 52405


The Gardens Of Cedar Rapids

5710 Dean Road Sw, Cedar Rapids, IA, 52404


Bickford of Marion

1100 Linden Dr., Marion, IA, 52302

Bickford of Marion is located in Marion, Iowa, near major highways, restaurants and the East End Shopping Center. Residents and their loved ones give high marks to this community for its spacious apar … (read more)
Bickford of Marion is located in Marion, Iowa, near major highways, restaurants and the East End Shopping Center. Residents and their loved ones give high marks to this community for its spacious apar … (read more)

2016

The Villages at Marion

345 Marion Boulevard, Marion, IA, 52302

The Villages at Marion is situated against a backdrop of trees and greenery at the edge of Thomas Park in Marion, Iowa, next to the Legion Disc Golf Course. Seniors compliment this community’s well-ma … (read more)
The Villages at Marion is situated against a backdrop of trees and greenery at the edge of Thomas Park in Marion, Iowa, next to the Legion Disc Golf Course. Seniors compliment this community’s well-ma … (read more)

Summit Pointe

3505 English Glen Avenue, Marion, IA, 52302

Summit Pointe is located in the northeastern Cedar Rapids suburb of Marion, Iowa, just north of Butterfield Park. Residents and visitors describe the grounds as beautiful, especially in the summer whe … (read more)
Summit Pointe is located in the northeastern Cedar Rapids suburb of Marion, Iowa, just north of Butterfield Park. Residents and visitors describe the grounds as beautiful, especially in the summer whe … (read more)

Emery Place Assisted Living & Memory Care

901 S. Mentzer Rd., Robins, IA, 52328

Located close to the restaurants, stores and amenities of Robins, Iowa, Emery Place & Memory Care is also within easy reach of I-380. Relatives praise the grounds, the convenient location and the … (read more)
Located close to the restaurants, stores and amenities of Robins, Iowa, Emery Place & Memory Care is also within easy reach of I-380. Relatives praise the grounds, the convenient location and the … (read more)

Terrace Glen Village

3400 Alburnett Road , Marion, IA, 52302

I did a tour of Terrace Glen Village. It was beautiful and very inviting. The staff was very friendly. The place is beautiful, and the upkeep and maintenance are very good.
I did a tour of Terrace Glen Village. It was beautiful and very inviting. The staff was very friendly. The place is beautiful, and the upkeep and maintenance are very good.

Promise House

1320 Litchfield Drive, Hiawatha, IA, 52233

My grandma was at Promise House for two years before passing away, so I visited there several times. I did not notice much staff turnover, which I think is a plus. The staff was always very friendly a … (read more)
My grandma was at Promise House for two years before passing away, so I visited there several times. I did not notice much staff turnover, which I think is a plus. The staff was always very friendly a … (read more)

COVID-19 Rules for Assisted Living in Cedar Rapids

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 Iowa. 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 Cedar Rapids

Assisted living facilities in Cedar Rapids are inspected and monitored by the Iowa Department of Inspections and Appeals. The department is responsible for licensing assisted living facilities throughout the state. Regular inspections are conducted to ensure facilities are in compliance with state rules and regulations.

Benefits and Drawbacks of Assisted Living in Cedar Rapids

  • The overall cost of living index for Cedar Rapids is 81.6, which is slightly lower than Iowa’s average of 83.7. Transportation costs in the city are among the cheapest in the nation. These savings can help older adults retire more comfortably.
  • Cedar Rapids has a high comfort index of 8.8 out of 10, which indicates a more comfortable year-round climate. The national average is 7.8, which is lower than Cedar Rapids. The city gets an average of 28 inches of snow and 36 inches of rain each year. Winter low temperatures can be in the teens, and summer highs range in the 80s. Active seniors can enjoy low humidity for most of the year.
  • The city is home to state-of-the-art medical facilities, including Mercy Medical Center Cedar Rapids and UnityPoint Health-St. Luke’s Hospital.
  • Cedar Rapids Transit provides public bus service throughout the city as well as after-hours rides and door-to-door transportation for those who qualify. Discounted rates may apply, and priority is given to seniors and disabled individuals. Many assisted living facilities offer transportation services for their residents.
  • The crime rate in Cedar Rapids is average for a city its size. The local rates are comparable to national rates for property and violent crimes. Those in assisted living often have extra security measures such as gated entrances and security cameras.

Paying for Assisted Living in Cedar Rapids

According to the most recent Genworth’s Cost of Care Survey, the average cost for assisted living in Cedar Rapids is $4,748 per month. The average cost in Iowa is $4,367 per month, and the national median is $4,500 per month.

 The Cost of Assisted Living in Nearby Cities

Seniors in Cedar Rapids pay around $4,748 per month for assisted living, which is higher than both state and national averages. However, Des Moines is the state’s most expensive city, with an approximate cost of $4,803. Iowa City costs an average of $4,410 per month, and Davenport offers more affordable assisted living care at $4,350 per month.

$5005

Cedar Rapids

$4073

Iowa

$4300

The United States

$3723

Iowa City

$3750

Davenport

$4450

Des Moines

The Cost of Other Types of Senior Care 

Older adults in Cedar Rapids have access to a range of long-term care options. For those who wish to stay at home while receiving care, both homemaker and home health aide services cost the same at about $5,529 per month. At an average of $1,353 per month, adult day health care is an affordable option for seniors who just need someone to provide assistance during the day. Seniors who require a higher level of care provided by nursing homes pay around $6,844 for a semiprivate room and $7,483 for a private room.

$5529

Homemaker Services

$5529

Home Health Aide

$1353

Adult Day Health Care

$4748

Assisted Living Facility

$6844

Nursing Home Facility (semiprivate room)

$7483

Nursing Home Facility (private room)

Financial Assistance for Assisted Living in Cedar Rapids

The Iowa Medicaid HCBS Elderly Waiver is a managed care plan that helps low-income seniors pay for the cost of assisted living in Iowa. This plan is provided by the state as part of its Medicaid partnership with the federal government.

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

Financial Assistance for Assisted Living in Iowa

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 Cedar Rapids

There are numerous resources available for seniors who reside in or are contemplating moving into an assisted living community. Government agencies along with nonprofit organizations assist with identifying services and supports that are available in Cedar Rapids.

Resource 

Contact 

Service 

(866) 468-7887

Under the Older Americans Act, Area Agencies on Aging (AAA) provide seniors and their loved ones with information on available services and referrals and coordinate support services such as transportation and home-delivered meals.

(800) 772-1213

Social Security benefits are operated by the federal government, and the SSA may be able to help seniors find out about the programs they are eligible for and how those benefits can be used. These services can help with nutrition services, caregiver support and case management.

(866) 236-1430

The Office of the State Long-Term Care Ombudsman operates within the Iowa Department on Aging and protects seniors who live in long-term care facilities. The ombudsman program investigates and resolves complaints and problems and advocates on behalf of seniors to enhance quality of life and care.

(515) 252-4698

The Iowa Department of Veterans Affairs helps qualifying veterans apply for federal and state VA benefits. Programs include Aid and Attendance and pensions, which may be used to cover assisted living costs. Benefits specialists can advise senior veterans of what VA benefits may be available to them.

(800) 992-8161

Iowa Legal Aid provides free civil legal assistance and doesn't charge for legal services. Iowa seniors 60 years old and above can call the Legal Hotline for Older Iowans for more information and eligibility requirements.

Assisted Living Laws and Regulations in Cedar Rapids

Cedar Rapids-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.

Assisted Living Laws and Regulations in Iowa