3801 Grand Independent Living

3801 Grand Ave, Des Moines, IA, 50312

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Describe the overall population of independent living residents at 3801 Grand. What is their average age? What are their favorite things to do?

Our independent living residents are very active. With a capacity of just 34 apartments, they are a tight-knit group. They enjoy our weekly Happy Hour and our monthly Brunch Buffet. They enjoy a variety of card games and cribbage. They attend exercise classes, off-campus Lunch Bunch gatherings and shopping trips. Although we provide scheduled activities for our Grand Suites (independent) residents, they also organize their own activities and gatherings.

What places are nearby for independent living residents to enjoy?

At 3801 Grand and Grand Suites we are fortunate to be located just blocks west of Des Moines' busy downtown area, home to cultural, the arts, and sporting venues. Additionally, we are just minutes from the revitalized Ingersoll Avenue District, where residents will find historic restaurant choices as well as new dining options and boutiques. Some well-known area icons include The Art Center, The Civic Center, The Des Moines Community Playhouse, Wells Fargo Arena, Principal Park (home to the Iowa Cubs), Pappajohn Sculpture Park, Noah's restaurant, and Jesse's Embers restaurant.

What are some recent off-site events that the community activity director at 3801 Grand has organized?

Our Activity Coordinator organized a trip to another community to watch the Bean Bag Baseball league in action -- our community loved it and plans to join in the fall. Another favorite was O.W.L.S. (Older Wiser Livelier Seniors) at Jester Park Lodge -- a nature program and catered lunch. In nicer weather, residents enjoy going to Reiman Gardens, the National Balloon Championships, John Wayne's birthplace, and the Pella Tulip Festival.

What transportation services does 3801 Grand offer to independent living residents?

At Grand Suites, we are happy to help our residents get to doctor, dental and vision appointments, as well as scheduled off-campus activities! We have a comfortable fully accessible mini-bus, and our driver works Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. We provide regularly scheduled trips to the local grocery store.

What makes the chef or dining program at 3801 Grand exceptional? What kind of menu can independent living residents expect?

Our chef takes pride in using fresh foods. It's not unusual to walk past the kitchen and see potatoes being peeled by hand. Additionally, our chef is very responsive to the culinary desires of our residents, facilitating "Food Forum" on a regular basis.

What common areas are available for independent living residents?

In our Grand Suites building, we provide a first-floor area with comfortable seating, a beautiful grand piano, and a large-screen television. This area is used for our Happy Hour but also for Book Club and informal gatherings such as to watch a football game together. Just off the formal dining room is an area that includes a puzzle table; several tables for card games or board games; coffee, tea and cappuccino; and a display cupboard for residents to share collections. This area is used for our monthly Brunch Buffet. Additionally, on the second floor is an area that has a television and Wii game system, a treadmill and Nu-Step, a small library area, many sturdy chairs and a full kitchen. In addition to exercise, movie matinee and Wii bowling and golfing, this area can also be reserved (free of charge) by residents who would like a little extra space to entertain guests or large family gatherings.

What safety features or security measures does 3801 Grand offer to independent living residents?

A key or the code to the keypad is required to gain entrance to the Grand Suites building. Security cameras are installed in the hallways. There is underground, secured parking available (for additional fee).

If 3801 Grand accepts dogs or cats, what indoor/outdoor areas can they enjoy?

We consider cats and small dogs when residents are able to meet their pet's needs. 3801 Grand staff are not able to assist with pet cares.

Does 3801 Grand work with an agency or registry to provide nursing and medical assistance as needed?

3801 Grand staff respond to emergency calls from our independent living residents.

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Features of 3801 Grand


  • Minimum Rate: $2400/month
  • All Inclusive Rent

Room and housing options

  • 1-bedroom apartments
  • Studio Apartments


  • Resident Capacity: 94
  • Pets: Small Pets Allowed

About 3801 Grand

Our Campus

Welcome to lovely 3801 Grand! When you come to visit, you'll likely notice our professionally landscaped grounds. Come inside and you'll be greeted by our friendly staff who are excited to show you around our beautiful campus. You'll most certainly be captivated by our comfortably modern décor. And if you're there at the right time of day, you just might get a whiff of a fresh, homemade meal being prepared.

Our Neighborhood

Beautiful Location! Located on picturesque Grand Avenue in Des Moines, 3801 Grand is in one of the most desirable neighborhoods in the city. The North and South of Grand neighborhoods house some of the city’s most elegant, stately homes. Ingersoll Avenue, just a block away, is the city’s epicenter for revitalization efforts and development of a small business that include restaurants, boutiques, and unique multi-use buildings. Our 3801 Grand community is only 5 minutes from downtown entertainment venues and major medical centers.

Dining Experience

In the kitchens of 3801 Grand it is our philosophy to offer fresh, homemade food every day. Just as you would have in your own kitchen, the simplest of foods are prepared with great care. You can find staff peeling potatoes for homemade mashed potatoes, made with real cream and butter. Signature dishes such as the seared lamb chops or roasted Cornish game hen are resident favorites, appearing on the special menus regularly. Don’t feel like having a rich, heavy dessert? No worries, a variety of fresh fruit is available year-round for residents' enjoyment here in our community.

Join us for an a la carte breakfast with daily specials; buttermilk pancakes and waffles, biscuits and gravy, French toast, pastries, and eggs any way you want. At the noon and evening meals, we offer two specials or order from our always available menu. Our homemade soups are offered daily with fresh, quality ingredients. Our residents always have a say in what items they like to see on the menus, feedback is always welcome.

Included Services and Amenities

  • Three meals a day plus snacks
  • Medication management
  • Personal assistance with activities of daily living
  • 24-hour on-site personal care staff
  • Call pendant
  • Monthly rent
  • Wellness events and entertainment
  • Laundry service and housekeeping
  • Scheduled weekday transportation
  • Internet and expanded basic cable through Mediacom

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