Independent Senior Living Communities in Idaho

Independent living communities in Idaho are great places for older adults still able to carry out their normal routine but who enjoy the added benefit of receiving care as needed. Devoted to social enrichment, support, and overall well-being, Idaho's independent living communities can offer something for everyone. Although each location varies, seniors are sure to find a range of amenities and recreation opportunities. With flexible housing options like studio apartments, townhouses, or small cottages, it's easy to see why more seniors are choosing independent living in Idaho.


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Cost Comparison of Idaho Independent Living Communities

City Monthly Minimum Monthly Maximum Monthly Median
Boise $1,374 $2,145 $1,760
Coeur d'Alene $900 $1,695 $1,298
Idaho Falls $2,140 $2,205 $2,173

Idaho has 34 independent living homes with an average cost of $1,880 per month.

With each community offering its own unique amenities and services, costs will vary based on location, size, and the housing options available. In most every Idaho independent living community, you’ll find housekeeping and linen services, transportation, meal plans, and fitness centers, all included in your monthly payments. It is likely that your community will provide medical services, however, they often come at an additional cost. Here are a few prices found throughout Idaho.

Recreation & Attractions in Idaho

Idaho is home to many of nature’s most beautiful sights such as the Sawtooth National Recreation Area, Shoshone Falls, Hell’s Canyon National Recreation Area, Bear Lake, and many other beautiful natural sights. Sawtooth National Recreation Area is a great place for different activities such as hiking, horseback riding, snowmobiling, skiing, and more. There are three mountain ranges and over three hundred lakes all over the area. Shoshone falls is the called the Niagara Falls of the West with the beautiful multiple waterfalls cascading down 212 feet. Hell’s Canyon National Recreation Area has the deepest gorge that was carved out by the Snake River. It is 95 miles long and is the home to a variety of wildlife such as bobcats, elk, cougars, and bears. Bear Lake is called the Caribbean of the Rockies due to the turquoise hue of the water and its size of 109 square miles.

Idaho's Climate, Geography & Culture

Idaho has an average temperature of 53 degrees, a high temperature of 64 degrees, and a low temperature of 41 degrees. This state has low humidity and the summers are usually warm with temperatures in the 80s and 90s with winter temperatures between the 30s and 40s. January is the coldest month with common temperatures below freezing while July is the hottest month with temperatures in the 90s. The spring temperatures can range from the 50-70s and fall temperatures range from the 40s-70s.

Due to Idaho’s location, the northern part of the state usually receives more precipitation and the southern part has warmer temperatures during the summertime. Idaho annually receives 11.58 inches of rainfall and 29 up to 55 inches of snowfall can accumulate, depending on the location.

Idaho is famous for its many generations of farmers and strong agricultural production. The Idaho potato has national acclaim as does its barley and other grains. Second only to Utah, Idaho has a large population of Mormons and its people are known to be conservative, yet friendly with a love for the outdoors. 

Crime & Safety in Idaho

Sperling’s Best Places ranked Idaho 35 on a scale of 100 (1 being the lowest crime) for violent crime and 33 for property crime; the United States overall ranked 41 for violent crime and 44 for property crime. The Idaho Crime Prevention Association focuses their attention on crime prevention and being the link between the police department and the community. The association aims to increase defense tactics against crime, prevent it further through resources for the community. 

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Payment Options for Idaho Independent Living

Medicaid and Medicare do not usually (if ever) cover independent living communities costs. Most seniors will pay for their own independent living costs with their pension, savings, and by selling off their assets. However, if paying privately is not an option, seniors may need to consider other methods.

Veterans can take advantage of veteran’s benefits to pay for their senior care. A single veteran would receive $1,644 monthly, veteran couples would receive $1,949, and the surviving spouse would receive $1,056. Long-term care insurance can also be purchased to pay for independent living costs, providing daily funds toward the care option of your choice. 

For individuals over 65 who are blind, have a disability, have children to support, or have little income and assets, Supplemental Security Income (SSI) can provide U.S. citizens with about $733 a month. A senior living line of credit is another payment option, which allows up to $50,000 of unsecured credit. The funds are sent directly to one's senior care community, requiring little to no collateral. Becuase repayment options are flexible, this option is becoming increasingly popular, especially among seniors looking for independent living in Idaho.

Senior & Elderly Rights for Independent Living in Idaho

Residents of independent living communities in Idaho retain the right to remain autonomous over their medical care and financial matters. If find that your rights have been violated, don't hesitate to reach out to a lawyer familiar with elderlaw for assistance.  For more details about exercising your rights, review the Idaho Ombudsman.  

Idaho Independent Living Medical Record Rules & Regulations

State and federal HIPAA laws require that all resident medical records and reports of applicable community services are maintained by the administration and are to be made available to individuals pending their request. If a disclosure of this information is to be made, you will be notified in order to authorize this action. Additionally, medical records in Idaho must be maintained up to 7 years after your discharge from a community or medical facility. 

Finding the perfect senior care community is only part of making your loved one’s senior living transition smooth. At SeniorCaring, we know that it is also equally important to be aware of what other community services and resources are available to your family’s senior. Choose your location and find local resources for your senior.