In the state of Iowa, there are four levels of care for our aging population: Senior Housing, Assisted Living, Residential Care Facilities, and Skilled/Nursing Facilities. Residential Care o­ffers greater supervision than assisted living, yet its primary focus is on socialization and an active lifestyle. Many states do not diff­erentiate between assisted living and residential care, but Iowa is one that does.

Evergreen Estates o­ffers Independent Senior Apartments and Residential Care. When a resident needs a nursing facility, the social worker and administrator work with the family to arrange placement to this higher level of care. Evergreen Estates does not o­ffer a locked memory care unit.

Respite care off­ers the same services as residential care but is generally for a limited period. It is most often used by individuals needing assistance for 30 days or less while transitioning from hospital to home or for caregivers going on vacation. The daily rate is slightly higher than the long-term rate, but no notice is required for terminating the contract.

All residents must have a physician, nurse practitioner or physician’s assistant complete an admission form and a history/physical form. The medical professional must be licensed and practicing in Iowa. There may be an assessment process completed by an Evergreen administrator, nurse, or social worker. The purpose of this is to be certain that our staff­ can adequately meet the residents’ needs. Once the paperwork is completed, admission can occur immediately. It is not uncommon for residents to be admitted directly from the hospital to our facility. However, many other residents come to our apartments or care centers from home after determining they no longer wish to live alone.

Contracts are signed at the time of admission and semi-annually after that. Rates are guaranteed for the contract period. Our long-term contracts ask for two weeks’ notice should a resident choose to move from our community.

No, Evergreen Estates does not require any deposit. We do not charge any admission fees or move-in fees.

We provide beds, linens, dressers, nightstands, and a chair in each of our resident rooms. Families are encouraged to bring in items that will be familiar to the resident such as family pictures, clocks, a radio, a TV, a special blanket or chair. If you have other furniture you would prefer to use from home, please let us know in advance and we can accommodate these requests.

No, all residents at Evergreen are under the direct care of their private physician. Our residents are still active and on the go, such as going to their doctor’s office for appointments. Residents choose their own physicians and dentists. It is our job to provide 24/7 professional nursing care.

Yes, you certainly may keep your car. Many residents still drive. However, we remind you to keep your insurance and driver’s license current. Parking is limited.

When you need more information, please don’t hesitate to reach out. We’re here to help guide you through the process.