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  • Nursing Home Facilities in Cedar Rapids, Iowa
  • Nursing Home Costs in Cedar Rapids, Iowa
  • Financial Assistance for Nursing Home Care in Cedar Rapids, Iowa
  • Free Resources for Seniors in Cedar Rapids, Iowa
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Nursing Home Costs in Cedar Rapids, Iowa

Nursing homes offer both private and semiprivate rooms. In Cedar Rapids, a private room costs $7,467 per month, while a shared room costs $6,540. 

The Cost of Nursing Home Care in Nearby Cities

Cedar Rapids is among the most affordable cities in Iowa for nursing home care. The average price of $6,540 for a semiprivate room is slightly under Iowa’s median cost of $6,570. Seniors in cities such as Waterloo ($7,118), Ames ($7,080) and Des Moines ($7,148) pay $540-$600 more each month for a semiprivate room than they would in Cedar Rapids. In Iowa City, skilled nursing facility care costs less at $6,859 per month, but this is still a few hundred dollars above the corresponding cost in Cedar Rapids. 

Cedar Rapids

$6,540

Iowa

$6,570

The United States

$7,756

Iowa City

$6,859

Waterloo

$7,118

Ames

$7,080

Des Moines

$7,148

The Cost of Other Types of Senior Care

Moving a senior loved one to a nursing home can be a difficult choice, so it’s worth considering other types of senior care available in Cedar Rapids. At an average monthly price of $1,353, adult day health care is the most affordable option. Families might also consider hiring either a home care or home health care provider, which costs $5,148 per month, on average. Assisted living communities provide less restrictive residential care at an average monthly cost of $4,450, which is about $2,100-$3,000 less than nursing home care. 

Home care

$5,148

Home health care

$5,148

Adult day health care

$1,353

Assisted living

$4,450

Nursing home (semiprivate room)

$6,540

Nursing home (private room)

$7,467

Financial Assistance for Nursing Home Care in Cedar Rapids, Iowa

Many seniors and their families use some form of financial assistance to help them pay for nursing care. The main options available are Medicare, Medicaid, and veterans benefits. These programs can be complicated, especially when it comes to benefit terms. Below, we give a brief overview of how these programs may be used towards paying for skilled nursing care.

  • Medicare: Medicare will typically cover all skilled nursing costs for the first 20 days of one’s stay in a nursing home and a portion of the costs until day 100. After 100 days in a skilled nursing facility, Medicare will not cover any part of the cost of the stay. While this is adequate when short-term care is needed, those in need of long-term care will need to either pay out-of-pocket or use another source of financial assistance.
  • Medicaid: Medicaid covers most of the costs of living in a skilled nursing facility for those who qualify. Care, room, and board are covered with no time limit, but residents may be charged for extras like specially prepared food or cosmetic services. Medicaid eligibility standards are strict and complex, so not all seniors are eligible for Medicaid benefits.
  • Veterans Benefits: Veterans receiving a VA pension may also be eligible for the Aid and Attendance benefit administered by the VA. Aid and Attendance is a monthly allowance that beneficiaries may use to pay for their long-term care, including skilled nursing care.

If these options aren’t available to you, check if your loved one has long-term care insurance or contact your Area Agency on Aging to ask about any local financial assistance programs for seniors.

Free Resources for Seniors in Cedar Rapids, Iowa

The resources below may allow older adults to delay transitioning to a nursing home, offer advice on financial assistance available in Cedar Rapids and aid seniors and their family members in making the right decisions about long-term care needs. 

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Senior Health Insurance Information Program(319) 369-7475SHIIP is a statewide program that provides older adults with free, unbiased information about Medicare. Fully trained counselors can help seniors understand their coverage options with Original Medicare, Medigap, Medicare Advantage and prescription drug plans so they can make informed choices that meet their health care needs. They can also provide assistance with enrollment and understanding Medicare statements.
Heritage Area Agency on Aging(800) 332-5934Seniors and their caregivers in Linn County can contact the Heritage Area Agency on Aging for an array of helpful services. Programs managed by Heritage include home-delivered meals for homebound seniors, caregiver support, options counseling and transportation services. 
Office of the State Long-Term Care Ombudsman(866) 236-1430This independent state-funded program provides advocacy and support for older adults who either live in or are considering moving to a long-term care facility. Ombudsmen can advise seniors and their caregivers about nursing homes and other care options in their area. They also investigate and help resolve complaints, advise residents about their rights and advocate to ensure that care is provided in accordance with state and national laws. 
Iowa Legal Aid – Cedar Rapids(800) 532-1275Staff at Iowa Legal Aid’s Cedar Rapids office provides free advice and representation in civil matters to residents aged 60 and over. The nonprofit organization also provides an online resource with information on an array of legal topics relevant to seniors, including public benefits, health and long-term care, credit concerns and consumer rights.

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Review of Manorcare Health Services

My grandfather was transferred here and only survived less than 72 hours and their care. CNAs that were on the clock at the time of his death sat back and watched him die. Unfortunately he bled to...

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Review of Northbrook Manor Care Center

Under staffed. Not able to handle someone that can't walk by themselves. Doesn't respond in a timely manner to a fall alarm (took them 20 minutes). Fell out of bed 3 times. Was told I couldn't...

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Review of Heritage Specialty Care

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