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Cost of Iowa Home Care

According to the 2015 Genworth Financial cost of care survey, the average hourly home care rate in Iowa is $22.44.

The monthly base rate for Iowa home care is typically higher when compared to neighboring states. Iowa is also more expensive compared to the national average.

This cost is the base cost for home maker services in Iowa. The rate for home health care services is typically higher. In Iowa, the average hourly rate is $23.00. Additional fees beyond the base rate may apply.

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Monthly Costs Compared to Neighboring States

South Dakota$22

Percentage of Home Care Agencies that Accept Medicare

It is difficult to determine exactly what percentage of home health care agencies in Iowa accept Medicare because there is no complete list of home health care agencies. According to our data, approximately 35% of Iowa home care agencies are certified by Medicare. We have found 312 Iowa certified Medicare home health care agencies and anoother 162 Iowa home care companies. Realize that while Medicare provides a great deal of data about certain agencies, those agencies are also likely to be the type with trained nursing staff and therapists. If that isn't the type of care you or your loved one needs, be sure to examine all home care agencies in your area. Learn more about home care and Medicare

Iowa Home Care Services

Of the home care agencies in Iowa that were surveyed by Medicare, the percentage of agencies that provide common services is listed below.

Nursing Care Services: 100.0%

Home Health Aid Services: 97.5%

Physical Therapy Services: 93.8%

Occupational Therapy Services: 89.5%

Speech Pathology Services: 81.5%

Medical Social Services: 41.4%

Researching Home Care in Iowa? Ask these questions:

  • Is the home care agency licensed in Iowa?
    Does Iowa license home care agencies, and if so, does the agency have a good-standing license?
  • What type of services does the home care company provide?
    Does the agency provide supportive care services such as housekeeping and bathing/dressing? Does the agency provide home health services provided by an adequately trained health care aide, therapist or nurse?
  • What funds will pay for the services provided by the Iowa home care agency?
    Was the home care prescribed by a doctor? Will Medicare or other health insurance cover the visits or are you requesting home care that is private duty and therefore you will be responsible for the cost?
  • What staff will be providing your home care service?
    Does the staff meet your needs and the requirements, if any, of Iowa? Depending on your needs, staff could include therapists, nurses, social workers, aides or home attendants.
  • How long has the home care worker been employed? Has the caregiver been evaluated recently?
    Ensure the staff has met the Iowa requirements for the tasks and has been property trained and vetted by the agency.
  • Will you have the same staff member for every future visit?
    Ask if the same caregiver or staff member will return on future visits.
  • Does Medicaid cover home care services in Iowa?
    If you cannot afford the service, does the agency accept Iowa Medicaid waivers?

Important Helpful Contacts for Iowa Home Health Consumers and Iowa Senior Citizens

Do you have a complaint against a Iowa home health care agency? If you or a loved one have a complaint about the service provided by a home health care agency in Iowa, report it to:
Department of Inspections and Appeals of Iowa - Health Facilities Division
Local: (515) 281-4115
Tollfree: (800) 383-4920
Does your Medicare or Medigap cover Iowa home health? Do you have a general question about your Medicare or Medigap policy? Then contact:
Insurance Division of Iowa
Local: (515) 281-5705
Tollfree: (877) 955-1212
Do you know all of the Iowa health-based programs and services that are available to you? Find out by contacting the Iowa Health Department at the following:
Iowa Department of Public Health
Local: (515) 281-7689
Tollfree: (866) 227-9878
Spanish: (515) 281-7230
Are you on Iowa resident seeking home care or having trouble paying your medical bills? Contact the Iowa medical assistance office at:
Department of Human Services of Iowa
Local: (515) 256-4606
Tollfree: (800) 338-8366
Are you familiar with the assistance Iowa Area Agencies on the Aging can provide to you?

Your Iowa Area Agencies on the Aging are a GREAT Resource. The AAA offices provide different assistance to Iowa residents 60+ years of age. Iowa Area Agencies on the Aging offer guidance on caregiver support, nutrition, ombudsmen help, assistance programs and referrals, insurance counseling and even transportation.

Find your local Iowa AAA below:

Elderbridge Agency on Aging
Mason City, IA
(641) 424-0678
The Heritage Area Agency on Aging
Cedar Rapids, IA
(319) 398-5559
Aging Resources of Central Iowa
Des Moines, IA
(515) 255-1310
Connections Area Agency on Aging
Council Bluffs, IA
(712) 328-2540
Milestones Area Agency on Aging
Davenport, IA
(563) 324-9085
Northeast Iowa Area Agency on Aging
Waterloo, IA
(319) 874-6840

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