Ames Assisted Living

Average Cost: $4,500

Ames Assisted Living Facility Costs

The median cost of Assisted Living in Ames for a single-occupancy apartment is $3,975/month (Genworth - 2013). This monthly cost typically includes rent, utilities, dining, housekeeping and transportation.

Cost of Ames Assisted Living Facilities

Community Starting Price
Bickford of Ames $2,738/month

Cost of Nearby Assisted Living Facilities

Community City Starting Price
Courtyard Estates at Hawthorne Crossing Bondurant $4,215/month
Edencrest at Riverwoods Des Moines $3,900/month
Edencrest at Green Meadows Johnston $4,300/month
3801 Grand Des Moines $3,000/month
Journey Senior Living of Ankeny Ankeny $2,800/month
Edencrest at Beaverdale Des Moines $4,500/month
Edencrest at The Legacy Norwalk $4,000/month
Edencrest at Siena Hills Ankeny $4,400/month
Cost data provided by senior living communities and compiled by is subject to change without notice. This data is for informational purposes only and may contain inaccuracies. Your actual senior living costs may vary depending on your personal situation.
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Reviews of Ames Assisted Living Facilities

The Waterford at Ames

Review by Daughter looking for Mom and Dad


I toured last week for my Mom and Dad. Absolutely beautiful facility and large apartments. I was very impressed how good it smelt also. You don't get a "nursing home" smell when you walk in. The staff were all very welcoming and seemed to enjoy their work...

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The Waterford at Ames

Review by Greg Kilmer


Wonderful facility with great staff as well as great amenities. Executive director (Amber) and director of sales & marketing (Logan) went above and beyond to make sure my parents needs & wants were meet. The Waterford at Ames is very inviting and comforting while being very clean...

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The Waterford at Ames

Review by Jody


Very nice facility with large beautiful apartments. Staff is very friendly and caring, while providing exceptional service. Food is very good and give a variety of choices! Daily activities that are fun and give a variety of options to choose from...

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The Waterford at Ames

Review by Sharon


My sister is at The Waterford at Ames. Their service has been fine. She has a small apartment and her own bedroom. She gets her room cleaned once a week. She can get her laundry done if she needs to, which she does right now because of an arm injury. She thinks the food is good. For her, everything is fine...

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The Waterford at Ames

Review by Cindy


Waterford was a very nice place, but they didn’t need any respite because they did not have surgeries. The rooms were clean and nice enough. The dining area looked nice and clean. They had a library, an exercise area, and laundry facilities.

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Map of Ames Assisted Living Facilities

Information About Assisted Living Facility in Ames

Established in 1864 as a stop on the Cedar Rapids and Missouri Railroad, the city of Ames was named after United States Congressman Oakes Ames, who was influential in bringing trains to the area. Ames now sits along Interstate 35, which runs all the way from Minnesota to Texas. Located in the central part of Iowa, about 30 miles from the capital of Des Moines, residents of assisted living in Ames enjoy small-town charm with easy access to big city amenities and services.

Ames Attractions

Home to Iowa State University (ISU), the city affords many cultural opportunities to its residents. Seniors enjoying assisted living in Ames can browse the collections at the Brunnier Art Museum, Christian Petersen Art Museum and Anderson Sculpture Garden, all of which are located on the University’s campus. The University also owns the beautiful Reiman Gardens, a 14-acre botanical attraction that can be enjoyed all year round. One of the largest public gardens in Iowa, Reiman Gardens features both indoor and outdoor areas, a conservatory and 2,500-square-foot butterfly display.

Ames Senior Activities

For companionship and activity, residents of assisted living in Ames head to the Heartland Senior Services Activity & Resource Center. Offering a robust schedule of daily activities ranging from Yoga and Tai Chi classes to Bingo and card clubs, the center is a gathering place for local seniors.

Ames Medical Facilities

Seniors who choose assisted living in Ames benefit from close proximity to top-notch healthcare should a medical emergency arise. Located in Ames, Mary Greely Medical Center is a 220-bed, state-of-the-art hospital serving 13 counties in central Iowa. In addition to specialty cancer, diabetes, heart and surgical services, Mary Greely operates a number of programs aimed at the senior community. From driver safety programs to disease support groups, the hospital does its best to help seniors live their best life.

Ames Transit

Traveling to and from a community of assisted living in Ames is easy using CyRide, the city’s public transportation system. Jointly operated by the City of Ames, Iowa State University and the ISU Government of the Student Body, rider fares are subsidized so travel is available at an affordable, reduced cost. There are 10 bus routes serving the city as well as Dial-A-Ride shuttle service for seniors with disabilities.

Cost of Assisted Living in Ames

Ames is the most expensive place to receive assisted living in Iowa, but still compares favorably with much of the United States. The average monthly rate is $3,928,* with communities charging between $3,400 and $4,140 for a one-bedroom, private assisted living apartment. Seniors should budget at least $47,130 annually for assisted living in Ames.

Find Assisted Living in Ames

Assisted living in Ames has a lot to offer to any senior and their family. To view a list of communities in this area, visit our Ames Assisted Living page.
*Genworth Financial 2011 Cost of Care Survey.
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