Located on the outskirts of Dixie National Forest, Cedar City, UT is a picturesque city of a little more than 34,000 residents. More than 10% of those living here are seniors aged 65 and older, some of whom require residential care in one of the area’s assisted living facilities. With a relatively low cost of living and comfortable summer weather, Cedar City is a great place for older adults to spend their golden years.

Seniors who require frequent help with daily tasks, such as grooming, mobility and preparing their meals, can benefit from taking up residence in one of the city’s assisted living facilities. Assisted living is an ideal option for seniors who can no longer live independently but who don’t require 24-hour medical care, such as the care that a nursing home provides. The average cost of assisted living in Cedar City is $3,400 per month, which is on par with the state’s median cost.

In this guide, seniors and their families can learn more about assisted living in Cedar City, including average senior care costs, benefits and drawbacks of living in the city and some of the free resources available to local seniors.

Directory of Assisted Living Facilities in Cedar City, UT

Cedar City

995 South Regency Road, Cedar City, UT, 84720

It was nice and clean. The staff I dealt with seemed okay. The place was neat and they seemed to be doing a good job. They did not have available parking if I had a car there, so that’s a negative.
It was nice and clean. The staff I dealt with seemed okay. The place was neat and they seemed to be doing a good job. They did not have available parking if I had a car there, so that’s a negative.

What to Consider About Assisted Living in Cedar City

Assisted living facilities in the Cedar City area are regulated and overseen by the Bureau of Health Facility Licensing. This department is responsible for regularly conducting on-site inspections of senior housing facilities and ensuring that direct care staff have undergone background screenings when required by law. Additionally, this department investigates complaints against facilities and care providers.

Benefits and Drawbacks of Assisted Living in Cedar City

  • Seniors can easily get around the city on buses provided by the Cedar Area Transportation Department. An affordable Dial-A-Ride service is provided for those aged 65 and older. Those who don’t need Dial-A-Ride can access the city’s fixed routes, which run six days per week.
  • The cost of living in Cedar City is 9% lower than the national average. Grocery costs are nearly 8% below the national average, while transportation costs are 34.3% lower. In addition to being below the national average, the overall cost of living in the city is nearly 20% below Utah’s average.
  • While Cedar City’s winters are relatively harsh, with an average of 52 inches of snow per year and average January low temperatures of 17 degrees, summers in the city are mild and comfortable. Cedar City only gets about 13 inches of rain annually, 25 inches less than in the average US city, and the average high temperature in July is around 89 degrees.
  • Cedar City’s property crime rates are below both national and state averages. In the average Utah City, there are 21.69 property crimes per 1,000 residents each year, while in Cedar City, just 18.18 property crimes per 1,000 residents occur annually.
  • Air and water quality in Cedar City are well above national averages. On a scale of one to 100, the average U.S. city has a water quality index of 55 and an air quality index of 58. In Cedar City, the water quality is rated 79, while air quality is rated 91.
  • Cedar City is home to world-class medical facilities, including Cedar City Hospital. This hospital’s emergency room is open 24 hours a day. It also features an array of specialty clinics, including active aging services, cancer care and pain management.

Paying for Assisted Living in Cedar City

According to Genworth’s 2020 Cost of Care Survey, the average cost of assisted living in Cedar City is $3,400 per month. This is the same as Utah’s average cost and $900 below the national average of $4,300.

The Cost of Assisted Living in Nearby Cities

At $3,400 per month, the cost of assisted living in Cedar City is the second-lowest in the state. Provo is the lowest at $3,200 per month, while seniors in Ogden can expect to pay about $3,675 monthly for their care and residence in an assisted living facility. Salt Lake City carries the highest costs in the state at $3,700 per month.

$3400

Cedar City

$3400

Utah

$4300

The United States

$3200

Provo

$3700

Salt Lake City

$3675

Ogden

The Cost of Other Types of Senior Care

While assisted living is the best option for some seniors, others may want to consider other types of senior care. Homemaker services and home health aides in the state cost an average of $4,576 per month. Those living at home and only require care during the day can also consider adult day health care, which comes with an average cost of $2,438. Nursing care is the most intensive level of care, as well as the most expensive. A semiprivate room in a nursing home in Cedar City is about $6,388 per month, while a private room costs about $7,148.

$4576

Homemaker Services

$4576

Home Health Aide

$2438

Adult Day Health Care

$3400

Assisted Living Facility

$6388

Nursing Home Facility (semiprivate room)

$7148

Nursing Home Facility (private room)

Note: Care cost data for Cedar City was not available, so data for the closest city, St. George, was used instead.

Financial Assistance for Assisted Living in Cedar City

Seniors in Cedar City can cover assisted living expenses with the Aging Waiver for Individuals Age 65 or Older or the New Choices Waiver. The latter is reserved for current facility residents only.

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

Financial Assistance for Assisted Living in Cedar City

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 Utah page.

Free Assisted Living Resources in Cedar City

In Cedar City, there are several resources available for seniors who are residents of assisted living facilities or are considering making the move to one. That includes financial support programs, as well as wellness programs, advocacy services and benefits counseling.

ResourceContact Service
Area Agency on Aging – Five County(435) 673-3548The Area Agency on Aging – Five County serves seniors in Beaver, Garfield, Iron, Cane and Washington Counties. Its team works with seniors to help them access benefits and other supports to help them live better independently or transition successfully into long-term care. Other services provided by this organization include caregiver education and the long-term care ombudsman program, which advocates for the rights of residents in senior care facilities.
Cedar City Senior Center(435) 586-0832Operated by the Utah Department of Human Services, the Cedar City Senior Center promotes healthy aging by engaging seniors in a variety of safe activities. It offers fitness programs, socialization opportunities, day trips and education programs to enrich the lives of its members. 
Saint George Vet Center(435) 673-4494The Saint George Vet Center and its Cedar City Access Point provide services for U.S. veterans and their spouses. Services include help accessing VA benefit programs, such as the Veteran’s Aid and Attendance Benefit, as well as other programs and services that are provided by Veterans Affairs.
Iron County Care & Share(435) 586-5142Iron County Care & Share is a nonprofit organization that provides help for seniors, disabled persons, homeless individuals and families facing crises. Services include rental assistance, emergency shelter, monthly food boxes, warm meals and financial assistance for transportation and medical copays.

Assisted Living Laws and Regulations in Cedar City

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

Assisted Living Laws and Regulations in Cedar City