In order to find the top assisted living communities in the Iowa City area, our team of researchers:

  • Sorted through 36 communities using our unique methodology
  • Spent over 10 hours researching assisted living communities in Iowa City
  • Read more than 100 reviews left by residents and their family members

After filtering out facilities that didn’t meet our high standards, we were left with 10 assisted living communities that earned our seal of approval. Through this process we discovered that the average cost of assisted living in the city of Iowa City is $4,106, which is similar to the state average of $4,073 and the national average of $4,051.

Christina Drumm-Boyd
Certified Senior Advisor (CSA) and Geriatric Care Manager (GCM)
Christina Drumm-Boyd
Certified Senior Advisor (CSA) and Geriatric Care Manager (GCM)

Christina is a Certified Senior Advisor (CSA) and Geriatric Care Manager (GCM) who is passionate about seniors and their families. Along with her staff, Christina works hands-on with each client to find the best solutions for the challenges that often come with aging.

Read on for in-depth information about the top assisted living facilities in Iowa City, a brief dive into our methodology for determining the best assisted living communities, and a searchable directory of 36 communities in the Iowa City area.

AssistedLiving.org Institute Trusted Communities

The Assisted Living Research Institute spent dozens of hours researching the top assisted living communities in the Iowa City area to allow seniors and their families to find the community that’s right for them. Click through the facilities listed below to read in-depth reviews, what residents are saying, and details such as base pricing, room types, and more.

Bickford Senior Living
37
Studios
Assisted Living, Respite
Assisted Living: $3,346
Bickford Senior Living is located in a peaceful residential neighborhood surrounded by trees and landscaped gardens. The team of professional caregiving staff is always on hand to provide assistance with the tasks of everyday life and medication management. A registered nurse coordinates the care of residents and monitors their general health and well-being regularly. The community has a perimeter security system for the safety of residents, and each apartment has an emergency call system that is constantly monitored. The Bread Basket Scratch Kitchen provides home-style meals made from scratch using only fresh ingredients from the local market. A wide variety of meal options are offered, and special diets can be accommodated. There is a private dining room for celebrations with family and friends. Activities offered include fitness classes, group outings, art classes and themed events.
What Residents are Saying:
A former resident was impressed by the attention to detail and excellent staff, saying, "It was a very good experience, and the staff was very helpful. The food was fine, and they were extra careful to provide things that were gluten-free. I appreciated that. It was a smaller community, so they were able to pay attention to that."
4.32 out of 5 stars
(18) Reviews
3500 Lower W. Branch Rd., Iowa City, IA 52245
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Prairie Hills Senior Living
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Our Methodology

It’s not what we research, but the way we research that makes AssistedLiving.org stand out. We start by identifying problems and challenges in the senior care industry by gaining insight from conversations with industry professionals, older adults, and those that care for them. Next, our research team led by industry experts apply our data-driven research techniques to understand the magnitude of the challenge and how to overcome it. Finally, we present our findings in easy-to-understand guides and studies and share our actionable results with influencers and caregivers, as well as the general public.

Facility Features (40%)

Facility Health Services Graded on health services provided
on the facility including, but not
limited to, on-site nursing,
pharmacy, skilled nursing,
medicine administration, etc

Facility Amenities Graded on the available
amenities.

Affordability Financial assistance acceptance
and overall costs and value.

Residential Quality (40%)

Resident Satisfaction Polling & survey of overall facility satisfaction.

Facility Complaint and Violations Number of complaints and violations the facility had. Taking into account improvement over time.

Online Reviews Aggregated verified online reviews.

Location (20%)

Location-Based Benefits Including, but not limited to, proximity to
hospitals, ambulance response times, senior
resources available, and state and city
financial assistance.

Location Quality Local crime rates, incidents against older
adults, air quality, climate.

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