Located off Highway 90 about 20 miles southeast of Lafayette, New Iberia is a compact city populated by around 28,500 residents, almost 16% of whom are aged 65 and older. It’s known as a homey place with excellent culture and cuisine drawn from many influences, including Native American, Spanish, French and Creole. The median cost of living is low by state and national standards, and crime rates are below average too.

Assisted living facilities provide 24/7 care for seniors with varying levels of nonmedical needs, although they can discharge limited medical care when necessary. Residents’ needs can vary, but a typical inhabitant is someone requiring assistance with daily living tasks, such as bathing and dressing. The facilities also have staff to take care of housekeeping duties, including laundry, and chefs to prepare fresh meals daily. New Iberia’s average monthly fee is $3,850, which is around $100 more than the state average but significantly less than normal for the country.

This guide discusses the advantages and disadvantages of living in New Iberia, as well as costs for assisted living and other types of senior care. There’s also a list of resources seniors may find useful.

Directory of Assisted Living Facilities in New Iberia, LA

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Azalea Estates of New Iberia

1318 Andre Street, New Iberia, LA, 70563

It will be 3 years in April that Dad moved to Azalea Estates. The transition was a little hard, but the entire staff welcomed him and made sure he got out of his room and participated in just about ev … (read more)
It will be 3 years in April that Dad moved to Azalea Estates. The transition was a little hard, but the entire staff welcomed him and made sure he got out of his room and participated in just about ev … (read more)

Garden View Assisted Living

1000 Darby Lane, New Iberia, LA, 70560

Garden View Assisted Living is located in New Iberia, Louisiana, adjacent to the Squirrel Run Golf Course and close to Spanish Lake. Visitors mention a caring, helpful staff, and compare the facility’ … (read more)
Garden View Assisted Living is located in New Iberia, Louisiana, adjacent to the Squirrel Run Golf Course and close to Spanish Lake. Visitors mention a caring, helpful staff, and compare the facility’ … (read more)

COVID-19 Rules for Assisted Living in New Iberia

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 Louisiana . 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 New Iberia

The Health Standards Section of the Louisiana Department of Health is responsible for licensing assisted living facilities in the state as well as managing certifications for those authorized to accept Medicaid and Medicare. To check on facilities’ regulatory compliance, it frequently conducts unannounced surveys and inspections. It investigates service complaints and abuse and exploitation allegations. 

Benefits and Drawbacks of Assisted Living in New Iberia

  • Property crime in New Iberia is above the national average but below the norm for the state, with the chances of being a victim 1 in 42, compared to Louisiana’s 1 in 35. Violent crime is below the state median also, but by a much more significant margin of 1 in 453 against 1 in 157. Seniors concerned about crime may be interested to know assisted living facilities frequently employ security systems that include surveillance cameras and have staff on-site 24/7.
  • Several medical facilities serve New Iberia’s population, including the Iberia Medical Center and the Iberia Rehabilitation Hospital, a resource with an excellent reputation for helping patients recover from an array of ailments as well as surgery. There’s also the New Iberia Behavioral Health Clinic, which supports clients dealing with a range of mental health conditions.
  • Summers in New Iberia can be trying for seniors with respiratory conditions due to regular highs of 92 degrees and significantly above-average rainfall, the combination of which makes the frequent sunny days occasionally oppressive. However, the subtropical climate has also created a landscape brimming with lush trees and green lawns. In winter, average temperatures are much more comfortable at 42 degrees, which, although cool, isn’t so chilly that New Iberia’s seniors need to worry about slipping on icy sidewalks.
  • At 81.5, the average cost of living index for New Iberia is below the state median of 86.9 and significantly lower than the national average of 100. Health care costs can be a little above the norm for Louisiana, but they’re still below what the average American expects to pay.
  • SMILE is a nonprofit community action agency that provides low-cost transportation throughout Iberia parish, as well as limited services in the parishes of Lafayette and St. Martin. Although its primary purpose is to help needy residents get to critical appointments on time, it can also be used for trips to grocery stores.

Paying for Assisted Living in New Iberia

The results of the 2021 Genworth Cost of Care Survey show New Iberia’s average monthly fee for assisted living is above the state median of $3,748 by around $102 per month. However, it’s also below the national average by approximately $650.

The Cost of Assisted Living in Nearby Cities

Despite costing more, New Iberia’s average assisted living fee compares favorably with other cities in southeastern Louisiana, such as Lake Charles ($4,000), New Orleans ($3,973) and particularly Houma ($4,800). However, fees further north are frequently lower, such as in Monroe, where $2,650 is the norm.

$3850

New Iberia

$3748

Louisiana

$4500

United States

$4000

Lake Charles

$4800

Houma

$3973

New Orleans

$2650

Monroe

The Cost of Other Types of Senior Care

Despite offering different services, in-home care and home health care cost around the same, at $3,813 per month. Assisted living is costlier at $3,850, but this also pays for accommodations and meals. Nursing home facilities also deliver medical care with accommodations, which is why fees increase to $5,272 for a semiprivate room. The Genworth survey doesn’t record New Iberia’s adult day health care fees, but the state average of $1,788 may hint at likely costs.

$3813

In-Home Care

$3813

Home Health Care

$3850

Assisted Living Facility

$5272

Nursing Home Facility (semiprivate room)

Note: Data for New Iberia was unavailable, so data for the nearest city, Lafayette, was used instead.

Financial Assistance for Assisted Living in New Iberia

Individuals who qualify for Medicaid may be able to obtain partial or full coverage of assisted living facility services via a Community Choice Waiver, which allows Medicaid to cover ALF costs. 

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

Paying For Assisted Living in Louisiana

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 Louisiana page.

Free Assisted Living Resources in New Iberia

Although assisted living facilities are dedicated to helping the seniors in their care, they’re not the only resource New Iberia’s older citizens can call upon for assistance. The following list includes agencies that provide help for free. They support vets looking for the benefits they’ve earned and help seniors concerned about the quality of their care or unsure how to challenge denied health care benefits.

Resource

Contact

Service

(800) 738-2256

The Louisiana Long-Term Care Ombudsman Program is an advocate for the rights of seniors residing in the state's residential care facilities. Its work often involves investigating complaints by residents, their families and third parties, followed by negotiating solutions with care providers if the complaint is deemed valid. Seniors comparing assisted living facilities in New Iberia for their long-term care plans can also request free copies of inspection reports from the ombudsman.

(337) 373-0001

The purpose of the Louisiana Department of Veterans Affairs is to aid those who served the country, in addition to their spouses and dependents. Its services are wide-ranging and include helping vets get the state and federal benefits they're entitled to and supporting their compensation claims. It can also assist with burial entitlements and refer seniors to one of its five long-term residential care facilities in Louisiana if nonmedical care is no longer enough.

(337) 373-0021

The Cajun Area Agency on Aging is a state-approved organization dedicated to helping enhance the lives of seniors in its region. A subsection of the agency is the Iberia Voluntary Council on Aging, which administers many free and low-cost resources. These include legal assistance in matters of civil law, transportation within the city's limits (except in health care matters that necessitate longer journeys) and protective services for the elderly. It's also responsible for New Iberia's recreational services developed for seniors, such as the Center Street Meal Site and Senior Center.

(337) 234-3272

SMILE Community Action Agency supports residents throughout the parishes of Iberia, Lafayette and St. Martins. Its senior-suitable resources include RSVP, an AmeriCorps program that connects adults aged 55+ with nonprofits looking for volunteers, and the computer technology center, which helps those with limited IT experience.

Assisted Living Laws and Regulations in New Iberia

New Iberia Assisted Living Communities must adhere to the comprehensive set of state laws and regulations that all Assisted Living Facilities in Louisiana are required to follow. Visit our Assisted Living in Louisiana page for more information about these laws.

Louisiana Assisted Living Laws and Regulations