9 Assisted Living Facilities near Iowa City, IA

Top 5 Assisted Living Facilities in Iowa City, IA

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Bickford of Iowa City

Provides: Assisted Living
3500 Lower West Branch Road, Iowa City, IA 52245
"I was very impressed with the overall appearance of Bickford of Iowa City. I think that's important that the first time you walk in seeing that everything was clean, and the residents that I saw at..." More

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Legacy Retirement Community

Provides: Assisted Living
1020 South Scott Blvd, Iowa City, IA 52240
"Both of our parents lived in the independent building for a year and loved it. After mom passed away, dad continues to live there and be with the many friends they made together. The facility is..." More

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Provides: Assisted Living
1 Oaknoll Court, Iowa City, IA 52246
"Oaknoll Retirement Residence is a very pleasant and nice place. The setting is really nice. There are several dining rooms and a number of activities. They have a theater and a pool. The studio..." More

Emerson Point

Provides: Assisted Living
1355 Shannon Dr, Iowa City, IA 52246
"both my mother and my late aunt, her sister were residents of Emerson Point . I cannot say enough about the caring and attentive nature of both staff and administration. it is my firm belief..." More

Melrose Meadows Retirement Community

Provides: Assisted Living
350 Dublin Drive, Iowa City, IA 52246
"I found Melrose Meadows Retirement Community to be very nice, light, and pleasant. One of the nicest things was the pool. The dining room and everything that was presented was very nice. The staff..." More

Legacy Gardens

Provides: Assisted Living
15 Silvercrest Place, Iowa City, IA 52240

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Keystone Place at Forevergreen

Provides: Assisted Living
1275 W Forevergreen Road, North Liberty, IA 52317
"The person that showed us around Keystone Place at Forevergreen was very informative. It was very nice and modern. The rooms were nice sized. They have a lot of activities and lots of options for..." More

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Brown Deer Place

Provides: Assisted Living
1500 1St Ave N, Coralville, IA 52241
"My visit at Brown Deer Place went very well and was very informative. The person who helped me was very knowledgeable and very friendly. The staff couldn't have been any better. Activities were..." More

Country View

Provides: Assisted Living
1515 West Penn Street, North Liberty, IA 52317
"We are very pleased with Country View and the living situation. We like it because it's not hospital-like and very homey. The staff is very friendly and caring. They serve homecooked meals, and Mom..." More

    What to Consider About Assisted Living in Iowa City

    Iowa City, home of the University of Iowa, is the sixth largest city in Iowa with a population of 72,385. There are more than a dozen assisted living facilities located in the Iowa City area, with six in the city proper and an additional seven facilities in the surrounding region. In Iowa City, as in the rest of the state, assisted living facilities are divided into two categories, depending on the level of care and supervision they provide: assisted living programs and residential care programs. Both types of facilities are licensed and monitored by the Department of Inspections and Appeals, Health Facilities Division

    Benefits and Drawbacks of Assisted Living in Iowa City

    • Iowa City has a fairly low crime rate, which may provide peace of mind for seniors and their families. The overall crime rate is 3 percent lower than the state average and 18 percent lower than the national average. The rate of violent crime here is 10 percent lower than the state average and 32 percent lower than the national average, and the rate of property crime is 2 percent lower than the Iowa average and 16 percent lower than the U.S. average.  

    • The climate in Iowa City can be harsh, with chilly, snowy winters making it difficult for seniors to be out and about. The July high in this city is 85 degrees, and the January low is 13 degrees. The city receives about 27 inches of snow and 36 inches of rain, and it rates 36 out of 100 on Sperling’s Comfort Index, compared to the national average of 54 out of 100.  

    • The cost of living in Iowa City is slightly higher than the U.S. average. Seniors can expect to pay 5 percent more on transportation and 3 percent more on miscellaneous expenses than they would in other U.S. cities, though health care costs are about 4 percent less.  

    • In Iowa City, seniors do not pay a tax on their Social Security benefits, and the state provides a deduction for other types of retirement income. This may leave more money in a senior’s assisted living budget.  

    • The Iowa City area is home to world-class medical facilities, including University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics and Mercy Iowa City, in the event of medical emergencies or illness.    

    •  Iowa City has an array of community resources for seniors, including the Elder Services, Inc., an organization that provides medical transportation, nutrition services and other programs and resources for seniors, as well as two senior centers.   

    Paying for Assisted Living in Iowa City

    Average Monthly Costs

    Cities in Iowa

    $4,425.00 Cedar Rapids
    $4,100.00 Marion
    $4,000.00 US
    $3,950.00 North Liberty
    $3,623.00 Iowa City
    $3,558.00 Muscatine
    $3,161.00 Anamosa

    Assisted Living costs in Iowa City start around $3,623 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 Iowa City 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 Iowa City

    Low-income seniors in Iowa City may be able to receive financial aid to cover assisted living through the Medicaid 1915 (c) Elderly Waiver program. Additionally, seniors who receive Supplemental Security Income may also receive the optional state supplement to help cover their living expenses if they reside in a residential care facility.

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

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    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 Iowa City

    Iowa City 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.

    To see a list of free assisted living resources in Iowa City, please visit our Assisted Living in Iowa page.

    Assisted Living Laws and Regulations in Iowa City

    Iowa City-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.

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    Assisted Living near Iowa City, IA

    Recent Reviews of Assisted Living in Iowa City

    • Review of Legacy Retirement Community

      We have moved into Legacy Retirement Community. We are pleased with the facility itself. We were in another assisted living prior to this. This was quite a bit cheaper per month for a larger apartm... Read more

    • Review of Bickford of Iowa City

      I was very impressed with the overall appearance of Bickford of Iowa City. I think that's important that the first time you walk in seeing that everything was clean, and the residents that I saw at... Read more

    • Review of Bickford of Iowa City

      My mother moved into Bickford of Iowa City for respite. Their staff seems very attentive, they call if they have questions, so it seems like it's a very well-organized facility. They've got a nice ... Read more

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