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“The Hawkeye State” is a land of rivers that connects a variety of exceptional nursing homes in Iowa together. Iowa long term care facilities rank in the Top 10 for being the most affordable, as the intentions of skilled nursing in Iowa is not to take away elderly residents’ hard-earned money.

Iowa nursing homes provide a high quality of living in a state known for its low housing costs, low crime rate, and second lowest murder rate in the nation. Retirement homes in Iowa, whether you seek a traditional nursing home or an assisted living facility, are very safe and secure.

Iowa Nursing Home Costs

Iowa nursing home costs are far below the national average with the cost for a semi-private room of only $175 per day. Private rooms average $187 per day. The national average for a semi-private room in a nursing facility is $225. It means that you could save as much as $50 per day by selecting Iowa nursing homes over other skilled nursing care in other states.

Still, even in some of the more expensive units (such as in Ames, Iowa) a full year of long-term care costs less than $100,000 per year, which may seem like a lot but compared to most long term care facilities in the rest of the nation, it is a bargain.

The most affordable Iowa nursing homes are located in the Davenport-Moline-Rock Island part of the state. Affordable long term and short-term care in Iowa can also be found in Ames and Des Moines.

While Iowa nursing homes are most definitely affordable, one drawback is Medicare does not cover long term care in Iowa. However, in certain instances and at certain skilled nursing facilities in Iowa, Medicare may provide coverage for rehabilitation or short-term care.

In case you are wondering, the average age upon admittance to a nursing home in Iowa is 79.

Iowa Nursing Home/Skilled Nursing - Amenities

The amenities provided at high quality nursing homes in Iowa are what you would expect from any good retirement home. The amenities include food preparation with three well-balanced meals and snacks per day, a variety of activities and services offered, clean and comfortable rooms, assistance with daily activities (getting in and out of bed, bathing, using the restroom) and more.

Iowa nursing homes provide semi-private or private rooms for long term care, short term care or rehabilitation requirements. Shop around and ask a variety of friends about who they might recommend as a high-quality Iowa nursing home provider.

Who are Iowa Nursing Homes for?

The best nursing homes in Iowa represent the five pillars of quality senior care. They include, 1) making the resident priority number one, 2) properly informing residents about their choices and allowing them to make them, 3) providing an adequate number of staff members that are knowledgeable, professional, courteous and respectful, 4) providing flexible and extended visiting hours, and 5) delivering meaningful and plentiful activities.

The top retirement facilities in Iowa provide all of the above with staff that will not only respect patients privacy but also do everything possible to make the new skilled nursing facility feel like home.

Nursing and Retirement Homes in Iowa

There are a total of 442 nursing homes in Iowa that Iowa senior citizen residents can take advantage of. Iowa nursing facilities can be part of larger nursing care communities, including continuing care, dementia or Alzheimer's care communities. Most skilled nursing facilities in Iowa will provide older adults with both long term care as well as short term rehabilitative nursing care. Most Iowa nursing homes accept Medicaid and all will accept private pay. All nursing facilities throughout Iowa state that you can locate through Senior Guidance are officially licensed by Medicare. provides comprehensive resources on various senior living options, including: assisted living facilities, senior living communities, nursing homes, independent living communities, continuing care retirement communities (CCRC) and all other long term senior care options, including memory care such as Alzheimer's or Dementia.

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