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  • Nursing Home Facilities in West Des Moines, Iowa
  • Nursing Home Costs in West Des Moines, IA
  • Financial Assistance for Nursing Home Care in West Des Moines, IA
  • Free Resources for Seniors in West Des Moines, IA
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Nursing Home Costs in West Des Moines, IA

West Des Moines nursing homes can accommodate residents in semiprivate rooms for $7,148 per month on average and in private rooms for $7,756.

The Cost of Nursing Home Care in Nearby Cities

Rates for skilled nursing facilities in West Des Moines are significantly lower than the national median of $7,908 but a few hundred dollars above the state’s average of $6,874. In the cities of Ames and Waterloo, nursing home costs are in line with the Iowa norm and lower than in West Des Moines. Costs in Cedar Rapids are $304 lower, while seniors in Iowa city pay $76 less on average than in West Des Moines. 

West Des Moines

$7,148

Iowa

$6,874

The United States

$7,908

Ames

$6,874

Waterloo

$6,874

Cedar Rapids

$6,844

Iowa City

$7,072

The Cost of Other Types of Senior Care

Placing a senior loved one in institutionalized care is a difficult decision to make; other types of care might better suit their needs and budget. Home care and home health care in West Des Moines cost around $5,815 each month. Seniors can maintain their independence while receiving residential care in an assisted living community for an average monthly cost of $4,803. Adult day health care providers in the region charge around $1,517 per month. 

Home Care

$5,815

Home Health Care

$5,815

Adult Day Health Care

$1,517

Assisted Living Facility

$4,803

Nursing Home (semiprivate room)

$7,148

Nursing Home (private room)

$7,756

Financial Assistance for Nursing Home Care in West Des Moines, IA

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 West Des Moines, IA

These resources are run by nonprofit and government agencies. They can help seniors apply for help with the cost of their long-term care and find other benefits they might be eligible for. Some programs can help older adults postpone a nursing home placement. 

ResourceContactService
Aging Resources of Central Iowa(515) 255-1310As the regional Area Agency on Aging, Aging Resources of Central Iowa is the first point of contact between older adults and local programs. The nonprofit’s information and referral line connects seniors to services and benefits they are eligible for, and it can help them plan for their long-term care.
The SHIIP-SMP Program(800) 351-4664This statewide service helps Medicare beneficiaries learn about the complexities of Medicare on a one-to-one basis with a trained counselor. Seniors can receive advice on all Medicare-related topics, including how to access financial aid programs to pay for their care.
WesleyLife Meals on Wheels(515) 699-3243Homebound seniors in West Des Moines can receive weekday lunches through this program. Meals on Wheels delivers low-cost, fresh, nutritious food during the week and provides frozen meals to last for the weekends.
Office of the State Long-Term Care Ombudsman(515) 725-3308The Office of the State Long-Term Care Ombudsman is part of the State’s Department of Aging. Nursing home residents and their loved ones can get in touch with the ombudsman to express concerns about individual facilities. Volunteers investigate complaints and inspect facilities to ensure they offer a suitable level of care.
Home- and Community-Based Services Elderly Waiver(515) 256-4606This is a statewide Medicaid waiver that can help older adults who qualify for nursing home placement receive care in the community. Low-income seniors may benefit from an in-home caregiver and receive skilled nursing care and medical transportation services.

Reviews of Communities Nearby

Nursing Homes

Michelle

I visited this facility

Review of Pine Acres Rehabilitation and Care Center

The primary thing we liked about Pine Acres Rehabilitation And Care Center was that they have Medicaid beds immediately available. Secondly, just walking in and seeing the seniors that were there...

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dhalblom

I am/was a resident of this facility

Review of Manorcare Health Services of West Des Moines

Therapy was great. The beds were not the most comfortable.

Provider response

Thank you for your post regarding our therapists. Your feedback is important to us and will review them with our team. We have a Care Line that is available to address your concerns if you are not...

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jgiannetto

I am/was a resident of this facility

Review of Manorcare Health Services of West Des Moines

The therapy here helped me get back home. I went from a wheelchair to walking with a cane. My medication was managed well.

Provider response

Thank you for sharing! We are glad to hear you were happy with your care and that you thought we worked so well with you to get you back on the road to recovery.

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