Cedar Rapids is an ideal retirement destination for seniors who love nature due to its bright scenery and the presence of several parks. Senior residents may enjoy the perks that come with living in a town with shorter commute times, including elderly transportation to and from medical appointments or grocery stores.
The air quality in Cedar Rapids is ranked 67 on a scale of 1 to 100, which is better than the U.S. average of 58. The area may be suitable for senior citizens with respiratory illnesses. The city is also home to world-class hospitals, including UnityPoint Health-St. Luke's Hospital and Mercy Medical Center, and seniors can enjoy numerous arts and cultural facilities available in the area, such as Cedar Rapids Museum of Art, Orchestra Iowa and Brucemore.
The cost of living in Cedar Rapids is 87, which is much lower than the U.S. average of 100. Seniors looking for assisted living facilities in this city should expect to pay an average cost of $4,020 per month, but the price may fluctuate depending on the facility and the services available
Read our list of the top 10 assisted living facilities in Cedar Rapids.
The Keystones of Cedar Rapids
6325 Rockwell Drive, NE
Cedar Rapids, IA 52402
The Keystones of Cedar Rapids offers residents a homey environment surrounded by scenic ponds and courtyards. Keystone Cedars, the assisted-living facility, has private one and two-bedroom apartments, all with kitchenettes. There are numerous activities available in this thriving community, and all are aimed at maintaining physical, social, spiritual and emotional well-being for the residents.
Garnett Place Retirement Community
202 35th Street Drive SE
Cedar Rapids, IA 52403
Garnett Place Retirement Community offers a continuum of care for seniors in a choice of standard or deluxe one-bedroom apartments. We ranked this community in our top ten because of its unique programs, such as Live 2B Healthy, a senior fitness program led by a certified personal trainer, and Music Speaks, taught by a certified music therapist. Residents can enjoy the flower gardens and quiet courtyard, shop at the resident country store and participate in the many scheduled activities. Garnet Place has a weekly vital signs clinic on-site, and wireless emergency call pendants are available for all residents. Garnett Place is a pet-friendly community.
RidgeView Assisted Living Community
2975 F Ave NW
Cedar Rapids, IA 52405
Seniors who live at RidgeView Assisted Living Community can enjoy countryside drives and grocery shopping trips along with numerous other scheduled activities. RidgeView offers multiple apartment sizes and provides weekly housekeeping and laundry services as well as three daily meals. Activities abound and residents can participate in exercise classes, manicures and chat sessions, happy hours, group crosswords, cooking classes and weekly outings to events in the surrounding community.
Prairie Hills Retirement Community
2903 F Avenue NW
Cedar Rapids IA 52405
Building new friendships is encouraged at Prairie Hills Retirement Community, where quaint nooks and cozy visiting areas make socializing easy. A variety of apartment floor plans are available to choose from, and there is a patio and barbecue area for those who enjoy outdoor cooking. The friendly staff keeps residents busy with an abundance of activities, including craft clubs, art lessons and a full calendar of on and off-site events.
1224 13th St NW
Cedar Rapids, IA 52405
Located on 65 pristine acres of land dotted with walking paths, a koi pond and fitness stations, Meth-Wick Community is described as a small village, which is one of the reasons it ranked in our top ten assisted living facilities. Along with seven living residences, there is a 14,000 square foot Town Center that includes a coffee shop, library, fitness room and billiards, so residents can always find something to do. Assisted living at Meth-Wick includes daily distribution and monitoring of medication, and transportation between the various buildings that make up the facility.
Higley Mansion Care Center
860 17th St. SE
Cedar Rapids, IA 52403
Higley Mansion Care Center offers award-winning quality and customized living plans based on individual needs. The facility provides a wide variety of on and off-site activities and free Wi-Fi, and there are beautiful gardens and a multitiered deck for outdoor living in a park-like setting. Higley Mansion charges a flat fee that covers all personal care with no recurring administrative fees. Private units provide independent living with social activities, meals and 24-hour personal assistance when needed. We included Higley Mansion Care Center in our top 10 list because it is the recipient of Iowa's Governor's Award for Quality Care.
Cottage Grove Place
2115 First Ave SE
Cedar Rapids, IA 52402
High ceilings and lots of windows make Cottage Grove Place, which is run by a community-based, non-profit organization, a cheerful place to live. The facility offers care programs designed to meet individual needs, including consultations with registered dietitians. One and two-bedroom suites all have a 24-hour emergency call system, in-suite washer and dryer and individually controlled heating and cooling systems. For residents who drive, a heated garage with parking spaces is available.
Villages at Marion
365 Marion Boulevard
Marion, IA 52302
Backing onto beautiful Thomas Park, the Villages at Marion is comprised of two sections: the independent living area called Village Ridge and 42 assisted living apartments called Village Place. Village Place, where residents receive help with medication management, bathing and other personal needs, is comprised of private studio, one and two-bedroom apartments. All units are equipped with pull cords, and residents also have a personal alert pendant for added safety.
Emery Place Assisted Living & Memory Care
901 South Mentzer Road
Robins, IA 52328
At Emery Place Assisted Living furry best friends are welcome in the large one and two-bedroom apartments offered. Each has walk-in showers, and the residence provides a private dining room for family and guests. A spa, courtyards and patios make this community a cozy place to live. Unique programs are offered and only charged as services are used, allowing each resident to have their own payment plan. Social and recreational activities are readily available, and the facility has a relaxing fireplace lounge and reading room for residents to socialize in. There is an on-site beauty salon and barbershop, and snacks and refreshments are always available.
Bickford Senior Living
1100 Linden Drive
Marion Drive, IA 52302
Bickford Senior Living offers a variety of services to meet the individual needs of its residents. Three daily meals are made from high-quality ingredients, and the chef caters to special dietary needs. There is a private dining room for family and guests, who are always welcome to visit. The Life Enrichment program includes off-site outings to shops, parks and local restaurants, and there are theme days and activities geared towards spiritual, social, emotional and physical well-being. Bickford Senior Living is a pet-friendly assisted living facility whose full-time staff offers pet assistance including feeding, walking, bathing and cleaning litter boxes.