An assisted living community is a residential community which provides aid, care, and support to self-sufficient seniors who are not in need of skilled nursing services. The services offered often involve assistance with ADLs. Residents may be kept under observation and assessment. In certain instances, communities may offer respite, “aging in place”, or skilled nursing. In Iowa, the annual median cost for an assisted living community is around $48,933 . Iowa maintains specific rules related to this kind of community. The Department of Inspections and Appeals, Health communities Division regulates this community type. This community type has a number of provisions pertaining to medication assistance. These provisions include medications may be administered by community staff, reading instructions or other label information, and packaging at the resident’s direction. Staff must obtain training in a variety of areas. These include: emergency procedures, accident, fire safety, and assisted living management or nursing course. Public assistance is available through Medicaid 1915(c) Elderly Waiver program. This community has a number of provisions concerning food and diet which include a health care provider must prescribe a therapeutic diet, communities must provide hot meals at least once a day, all meals must follow recommendations of the National Academy of Sciences Food and Nutrition Board, and a healthcare provider must review food preparation and service procedures. The minimum number of residents for this community type is 3. This type of community is required to have a staff member on duty 24 hours a day. There must be one bath or shower for every 1 residents and one toilet for every 1 residents. This type of community is required to offer a number of services. These include assistance with activities of daily living, health-related services, assistance with personal care, and resident access to a 24-hour personal emergency response system. Before a resident is accepted, they must go through a service plan screening to ensure their needs are going to be met. This screening includes a number of areas of interest such as a comprehensive mental and physical assessment, a multidisciplinary team must be involved in service planning when residents require personal care or health-related services, and negotiated risk agreement.
Demographics and Values
Out of the total population of Clarinda, 13.3% live in poverty, 17.3% have some form of disability, 3.4% do not have health insurance, and 54.0% participate in the labor force. In Clarinda, 7.5% of the population are veterans. Clarinda has a population density of 397 people per square mile. Currently, the population of Clarinda consists of 5,184 people and in total the Clarinda metro area has a population of 5,334. Demographically, Clarinda is 0.2% Pacific Islander or Native Hawaiian, 3.8% black, 1.0% other or not specified, 1.5% mixed race, 2.2% Hispanic, 92.5% white, 0.2% Asian, and 0.9% Native American. Of the population of Clarinda 4.9% have a graduate degree, 34.8% have a high-school diploma, and 19.2% have a college degree. Out of the total city population, 56.9% are male and 43.1% are female. The median age of Clarinda is 42 years old.
Cost of Living
Cost of living is a big influence in choosing which community fits best. The rent burden for Clarinda is about 10.9% of the average monthly income. Clarinda has a median home value of about $78,095 and the median cost of rent is around $512 per month.
An overview of Iowa
Based on natural beauty, Iowa ranks 32nd in the nation. Out of a national average of 100, Iowa has a cost of living index rating of 92, a grocery index rating of 96, and a housing index rating of 80. Iowa is ranked 14th in quality of life and 20th in healthcare. There are 120 general hospitals and 75 health centers that provide care for 3,168,703 Iowa residents. Mercy Hospital, St. Lukes Hospital, and And Mercy Medical Center Cedar Rapids are among the top three highest ranked hospitals in the state.
Social demographics of the state
During the latest presidential election, 51% voted for the Republican candidate while 42% voted for the Democratic candidate. The median age in the state is 38, and 30% of the population is over the age of 55. In terms of diversity, Iowa ranks 43rd in the nation and is considered LGBTQ friendly. In Iowa, 36% of the population attend some form of religious service and there are 5,107 different congregations. The top three non-Christian denominations in the state are Jewish-<1%, Muslim-<1%, and Buddhist-<1%, with the most common Christian denominations consisting of Evangelical Protestant-28%, Mainline Protestant-30%, and Historically Black Protestant-2%. In Iowa there are 289 masonic lodges.
State-wide weather information
The average air quality index rating in Iowa is 41.2 AQI. The highest seasonal air quality index rating occurs in the month of May with a rating of 53.8 AQI. The average temperature in the winter falls to around 22F. The average high winter temperature is around 40F in the month of February. In the winter months, the average low temperature falls to around 4F during the month of January. The average temperature in the summer rises to around 72F. Over the summer months the average high temperature peaks at around 88F during the month of July. In the summer, the average low temperature drops to around 55F during the month of June. The average humidity across the state is 72%. The highest monthly average humidity rating is 78% in the month of December. The average amount of precipitation peaks during the month of July at around 6.46 inches. On average, the state receives 2.93 inches of precipitation a month. While residents of Iowa mostly enjoy pleasant conditions, it’s important to be aware of inclement weather as well, which in Iowa can include floods and earthquakes (high).
Wildlife to be found in Iowa
The state of Iowa has a diverse array of plant and animal life. Local plant life can consist of Bearberry, Tumblegrass, Western Beard-tongue, and Dryflower. While venturing throughout the state, you might see animals such as the Black Wolf, the Porcupine, the Lynx, or the Bison. The state animal of Iowa is the Eastern Goldfinch.