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Get Pricing & Availability for Assisted Living in Iowa City, IA

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Located in the center of the state along I-80, Iowa City is a growing town that is home to 75,130 people. Though it is a college town, approximately 10.5% of the city is aged 65 and older, indicating some seniors like to settle down in the city alongside the collegiate population. 

Iowa City has many perks that make it an ideal place to retire, and its active Senior Center is one of them. It is also home to the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics, which are ranked as High Performing by U.S. News & World Report. The University is home to the Iowa Hawkeyes, which provide entertainment for local residents. Seniors who prefer outdoor recreation appreciate the beautiful Coralville Reservoir and the hiking trails in Hickory Hill Park.

As seniors age, they may need a little extra help, and assisted living in Iowa City is fairly affordable. The average cost is $4,106 per the 2020 Genworth Cost of Care Survey, which is less than the $4,300 national average and close to the $4,073 state average.

This guide will help seniors and their families choose the right assisted living community by discussing the top 10 local options.

Bickford of Iowa City

Bickford of Iowa City provides a comfortable place to live while enjoying an active retirement. Residents have many activities to choose from, from family game nights to movie nights in the TV room. The community spa provides a place for personal care, and the resident library is well-stocked with books for recreational needs. Laundry and housekeeping services are included for every resident. This community also readily welcomes pets.

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Legacy Retirement Community

Legacy Retirement Community is located on the eastern edge of Iowa City. Here, residents benefit from elegant common areas where they can gather with their friends or visitors as well as private apartments to live in. An ice cream parlor is a popular gathering place, and staff is always available to help with daily living needs. Each apartment has a private bathroom and a spacious kitchenette, and both internet and cable are included. Meals are restaurant-style in a community dining room to help encourage socialization.

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Oaknoll provides its residents with many different choices throughout the day. Those choices start with dining. Three separate dining venues, as well as kitchenettes within the apartments, mean residents can always find something to fit their tastes. The Resident Council is often consulted to decide activities and recreation programs. A community room provides space for live concerts and other activities. A spacious 45-seat movie theater provides a space to catch classic films and new blockbusters. Oaknoll has a full-service salon for hair and nail care as well.

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Melrose Meadows Retirement Community

Melrose Meadows has private apartments for seniors in a community designed to look like a neighborhood. Its location in the heart of Iowa City is close to the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics, as well as the shopping and entertainment of the downtown region. Regular church services in a variety of faiths help keep residents centered, while card and game nights are a common occurrence here as well. Live entertainment and a resident choir bring music and other performance types to residents each week.

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Keystone Place at Forevergreen

Keystone Place at Forevergreen is not far from Iowa City in North Liberty. The beautiful landscaping here gives residents the chance to enjoy the natural beauty of the area. Residents can choose from studio and one-bedroom apartments, and each one has storage and a kitchenette. The resident clubhouse boasts a theater, activity center and library, while there is a fitness center and putting green to keep residents active.

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The Keystones of Cedar Rapids

The Keystones of Cedar Rapids provides a high level of support to seniors who need assisted living. The community’s design encourages independence while providing support when it is needed. Each day, seasonal dishes are crafted by the culinary team and served in a community dining room. Several floor plans, including apartments with sitting rooms, provide residents with variety, while onsite wellness services encourage healthy living. The community’s pool and fitness center both provide options for active living.

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Garnett Place Retirement Community

From the moment they move in, residents of Garnett Place Retirement Community know they have found a welcoming place to live. Here, residents' needs are carefully met with personal care, laundry service and housekeeping, so they can focus on enjoying the community's amenities. Scheduled transportation helps residents get to medical appointments or other local events. This Cedar Rapids community is close to a local park and walking trails, and it also has its own enclosed courtyard, so residents have many options for spending time outdoors.

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The Views of Cedar Rapids Meadowview Memory Care

The Views of Cedar Rapids Meadowview Memory Care provides both memory care and assisted living on the same campus. The community is divided into neighborhoods to help residents stay comfortable. Each apartment connects to a central courtyard that looks like a small town complete with an ice cream parlor. Regular visits from local schools and non-profit organizations in the community provide meaningful social interactions for residents of this community.

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Prairie Hills at Cedar Rapids

Beautiful outdoor terraces make Prairie Hills at Cedar Rapids stand out. This assisted living community provides studio, one- and two-bedroom apartments with in-room kitchenettes for residents’ comfort. Because the staff helps with laundry and housekeeping, residents are free to take part in fitness classes, visit the billiards and game room, exercise in the fitness center or sit in one of the common areas and chat with friends. This pet-friendly community has Wi-Fi and cable TV service throughout.

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Corridor Crossing Place

Corridor Crossing Place in Cedar Rapid just off of Highway 380 has a Red Carpet Service for every resident. Each month, one resident is chosen to have their bucket list item become reality through the Dare to Dream program, while the LifeShare program keeps residents informed of community happenings by broadcasting information into TVs in apartments and common areas. Restaurant-style meals are provided each day, but residents can also choose to dine in their apartments if they want some privacy. Each resident has a wireless emergency pendant for security reasons.

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