Guide to Iowa Nursing Homes

Learn why thousands of seniors are retiring in Iowa nursing homes each year.

Iowa is a state with a great focus on family, which makes it a perfect location for seniors to retire while remaining near their children and grandchildren. Because of this, there are about 450 nursing homes in Iowa for families to choose from when searching for senior care for their loved one. While 450 may seem like an intimidating number, these nursing homes are spread throughout the state, so focusing your search on a specific area will help you narrow down your search quite a lot. Once you have narrowed your sights to a specific location or two, there are a variety of questions that you can ask about nursing home care to better understand what will be the best fit for you and your loved one. To learn more about this and browse a list of questions, see our nursing home information article.

Average Daily Cost of Iowa Nursing Homes

While you can definitely narrow your search down to a few Iowa nursing homes that simply feel right, budget is always a reality we all must face. Because of this, it's important to know what to expect when it comes to the costs of a nursing home in Iowa. To begin, it's important to note that Iowa nursing home costs are typically calculated by day as opposed to month. This is because many nursing homes have both short-term and permanent residents, so they must accommodate both when structuring costs.

The average cost of a nursing home in Iowa is only $140-$148 per day. This is well below the national average, and therefor highly affordable. Of course, costs vary based on the type of room a resident chooses as well as the geographic location of the home in Iowa. Despite this, the discrepancies are miner and even the best location and best room still fall under the national average when it comes to daily costs. Here is a breakdown of nursing home costs in Iowa:

Cost of Des Moines, Iowa Nursing Homes:

  • Semi-Private Rooms: $125-$196/day ($158/day average)
  • Private Rooms: $130-$214/day ($167/day average)

The Rest of The Sate (Costs of Iowa Nursing Homes):

  • Semi-Private Rooms: $116-$155/day ($131/day average)
  • Private Rooms: $118-$160/day ($140/day average)

Finding a Nursing Home in Iowa

If you are starting your search for a nursing home in Iowa, we provide two ways to find the perfect fit for your loved one. You may choose to review all of the nursing homes available in your area, and you can do this by typing your zip code into the search form at the top of this page. Upon hitting "search," you will be directed to our partner site where you will be able to review a list of licensed nursing homes in Iowa. Here you can also request free information from the nursing homes that you like best. If you prefer to speak with someone directly instead, please don't hesitate to call our toll-free number at the top of this page. Our dedicated nursing home referral experts are standing by to answer any of your questions free of charge.