The Iowa Aging Statistics & Resource Guide contains key information, links and statistics for senior citizens in Iowa. With an aging population, the average cost of care in Iowa averages between $25.00 an hour for home care to $6,878 a month for skilled nursing care.  This guide also contains helpful contact information for county offices, Alzheimer’s Disease organizations and government agencies that offer assistance to caregivers and senior citizens. 

Iowa Key Statistics

  • 23.6% of the Iowa population is aged 60 or over with 12.2% of seniors aged 65+ living alone. 
  • With above average income and property taxes, Iowa is one of the least tax friendly states for retirees, with the highest income tax set at 8.53% and an average property tax set at $1,678 per $100,000 in home value. 
  • 57.3% of certified nursing home beds were rated four or five-stars over a three-month period compared to a US national average of 47.3%.
  • The median household income for an Iowa senior (65+) is $41,369.
  • 66,000 people aged 65 and older are living with Alzheimer’s in Iowa.

Choosing Long Term Care in Iowa

  • Iowa Home Care Agencies Directory: The average hourly home care rate in Iowa is $25.00, making Iowa more expensive than the national average ($22.50) for home care. 
  • Iowa Adult Day Care Directory: The average cost of adult day care in Iowa is $1,376 per month making Iowa less expensive than the national average ($1,625) for adult day care.
  • Iowa Assisted Living Directory: The average cost of assisted living in Iowa is $4,078 per month making Iowa more expensive than the national average ($4,051) for assisted living.
  • Iowa Skilled Nursing Directory: The average cost of skilled nursing in Iowa is $6,878 per month making Iowa less expensive than the national average ($8,517) for skilled nursing.

Iowa Senior Services

Iowa Department on Aging

Address: 510 E 12th St., Ste. 2, Des Moines, IA 50319

Phone: (515) 725-3333

Toll Free: (800) 532-3213

Website

Iowa State Plan on Aging

Iowa Elder Justice and Advocacy

To report Elder Abuse: 

  • Iowa Department of Human Services / Abuse Hotline: 

Phone: (800) 362-2178

  • Iowa Department of Inspections & Appeals, Health Facilities Division / Complaint Intake Line: 

Phone: (877) 686-0027

Iowa Support for Caregivers

Iowa Health Care Fraud

If you suspect fraud, errors or abuse:

Phone: 1-800-351-4664 

TTY: 1-800-735-2942

Email: smp@iid.iowa.gov

Iowa Long-Term Care Ombudsman

Office of the State Long-Term Care Ombudsman

Address: 510 E 12th St., Ste. 2, Des Moines, IA 50319

Phone: (515) 725-3308

Phone: (866)236-1430

Fax: (515) 725-3313

Iowa Medicaid Elderly & Disabled Waiver Programme

Iowa Medicaid Member Services:

Toll Free: 1-800-338-8366

Des Moines Area: 515-256-4606

Fax: 515-725-1351

Iowa Medicare and Insurance Counseling

Iowa Elderly Nutrition & Wellness

Iowa Prescription Assistance

Iowa County Offices for Aging

Elderbridge Area Agency on Aging – Mason City Office

Address: 1190 Briarstone Drive, Ste 3, Mason City, IA 50401-3435

Phone: 641.424.0678

Phone: 800.243.0678

Fax: 641.424.2927

Website

Elderbridge Area Agency on Aging – Fort Dodge Office

Address: 308 Central Ave, Ft Dodge, IA 50501-3637

Phone: 515.955.5244

Phone: 800.243.0678

Fax: 515.955.5245

Website

Elderbridge Area Agency on Aging – Carroll Office

Address: 603 N West, Carroll, IA 51401-2346

Phone: 712.792.3512 

Phone: 800.243.0678

Fax: 712.792.3534

Website

Elderbridge Area Agency on Aging – Spencer Office

Address: 714 10th Avenue East, Ste 1, Spencer, IA 51301

Phone: 712.262.1775

Phone: 800.243.0678

Fax: 712-262-7520

Website

Connections Area Agency on Aging – Council Bluffs Office

Address: 231 S. Main Council Bluffs IA, 51503

Phone: 1-800-432-9209

Website

Connections Area Agency on Aging – Sioux City Office

Address: 2301 Pierce St Sioux City IA, 51104

Phone: 1-800-432-9209

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Connections Area Agency on Aging – Creston Office

Address: 109 N Elm St Creston IA, 50801

Phone: 1-800-432-9209

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Aging Resources of Central Iowa

Address: 5835 Grand Avenue, Suite 106, Des Moines, IA 50312-1444

Phone: (515) 255-1310

Fax: (515) 255-9442

Toll Free: (800) 747-5352

Website

Milestones Area Agency on Aging – Davenport Office

Address: 935 E 53rd St., Davenport, IA 52807-2664

Phone: (563) 324-9085

Phone: (855) 410-6222

Fax: (563) 324-9384

Website

Milestones Area Agency on Aging – Burlington Office

Address: 509 Jefferson St., Burlington, IA 52601-5427

Phone: (319) 752-5433

Phone: (855) 410-6222

Fax: (319) 754-7030

Website

Milestones Area Agency on Aging – Ottumwa Office

Address: 623 Pennsylvania Ave., Ottumwa, IA 52501

Phone: (641) 682-2270

Phone: (855) 410-6222

Fax: (641) 682-2445

Website

The Heritage Area Agency on Aging

Address: 6301 Kirkwood Blvd. SW, Cedar Rapids, IA 52404

Phone: (319) 398-5559

Toll Free: 1-800-332-5934

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Northeast Iowa Area Agency on Aging

Address: 3840 W 9th St, Waterloo, IA 50702

Phone: 1-800-779-8707 

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Resources

National Healthcare, Caregiving & Senior Living Resources

Iowa Healthcare, Caregiving & Senior Living Resources

Alzheimer’s Organizations & Resources

Iowa Senior Health Studies

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