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Cost of Iowa Nursing Homes

According to the 2015 Genworth Financial cost of care survey, the average cost of skilled nursing in Iowa is $5,323 per month.

The monthly base rate for Iowa nursing homes is typically lower when compared to neighboring states. Iowa is also less expensive compared to the national average.

This cost is the base cost for a in Iowa. Additional fees beyond the base rate may apply.

The rate for a is typically higher. In Iowa, the average cost is $5,688.

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Monthly Costs Compared to Neighboring States

South Dakota$6,064

Iowa Nursing Home Statistics

Iowa contains 443 certified Medicare and Medicaid nursing homes. These nursing homes have a total of 31,147 available beds for skilled nursing residents and at the time when we updated this data 77% of those beds were full. The overall average Medicare 5 Star Quality rating for Iowa skilled nursing homes is 3.6 which ranks 22 nationally.

Below, we display graphs that show the breakdowns of various important quality ratings and other helpful statistics for skilled nursing facilities in Iowa. You can use these statistics to compare an individual nursing home against the averages of the other Iowa facilities.

Overall Ratings of Iowa Nursing Homes

Capacity of Skilled Nursing Facilities in Iowa

Ownership of Nursing Homes in Iowa

Percent of Iowa Nursing Homes in a Hospital

Percent of Iowa Facilities that are in Continuing Care Retirement Communities

Percent of Iowa Skilled Nursing Facilities with Counseling

Number of Complaints in the Past Year per Skilled Nursing Facility in Iowa

Researching Skilled Nursing Facilities in Iowa? Ask these questions:

  • What are the staffing ratios per resident per day and how does that compare to other nursing homes in Iowa?
    Does the nursing home's reported time compare favorably to other Iowa nursing homes?
  • What is the nursing home's staff turnover like?
    How does this staff turnover compare to other facilities in Iowa?
  • How much time do the nursing home's staff spend with residents each day?
    Compare the daily time spent to other facilities in Iowa.
  • How does the nursing home's quality measures compare against other Iowa facilities?
    Compare the long stay and short stay quality measures against other Iowa nursing homes.
  • What's the nursing home's Medicare rating and how does that compare to others in Iowa?
    The Medicare rating is based on evaluation of Iowa's nursing homes.
  • What types of activities does the nursing home offer residents?
    Is there a monthly activity calendar? What resident activities are available?
  • Is transportation offered to the nursing home residents?
    How does this compare to other Iowa nursing homes?
  • Does the nursing home accept Medicaid?
    If you cannot afford the service, does the facility accept Iowa Medicaid?

Important Helpful Contacts for Nursing Home Residents and Seniors in Iowa

Have a complaint about a Iowa Nursing Home? If you or a loved one in Iowa have a complaint about the qualify of care or overall conditions in a nursing home located in Iowa, report it to:
Department of Inspections and Appeals of Iowa - Health Facilities Division
Local: (515) 281-4115
Tollfree: (877) 686-0027
Tollfree Notes: Complaint Hotline
Do you have a dispute with a nursing home in Iowa or maybe you are simply seeking some more information regarding the care or services received? If so, your local long-term care ombudsman is a valuable resource. You can contact them at:
Department of Elder Affairs of Iowa
Local: (515) 725-3333
Tollfree: (800) 532-3213
As a Iowa resident, do you have questions about your Medicare coverage or a Medigap Policy? You can contact the Iowa state department of insurance at:
Insurance Division of Iowa
Local: (515) 281-5705
Tollfree: (877) 955-1212
Are you aware of all the Iowa health-based programs and services that may be available? If not, the Iowa Health Department is a valuable resource, contact at the following:
Iowa Department of Public Health
Local: (515) 281-7689
Tollfree: (866) 227-9878
Spanish: (515) 281-7230
Are you on a low income in Iowa and having trouble covering your medical bills? The Iowa medical assistance office may be able to help, contact at:
Department of Human Services of Iowa
Local: (515) 256-4606
Tollfree: (800) 338-8366
Are you familiar with the Iowa Area Agencies on the Aging and all the assistance they can provide to you?

These offices provide a number of different services to Iowa residents that are 60 years of age and older. The AAAs can assist and offer guidance on nutrition, caregiver support, assistance programs and referrals, ombudsmen assistance, insurance counseling and even transportation.

Find and Contact your local Iowa AAA below:

Elderbridge Agency on Aging
Mason City, IA
(641) 424-0678
The Heritage Area Agency on Aging
Cedar Rapids, IA
(319) 398-5559
Aging Resources of Central Iowa
Des Moines, IA
(515) 255-1310
Connections Area Agency on Aging
Council Bluffs, IA
(712) 328-2540
Milestones Area Agency on Aging
Davenport, IA
(563) 324-9085
Northeast Iowa Area Agency on Aging
Waterloo, IA
(319) 874-6840

For national organizations, see our list of senior care resources

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