The 10 Best Assisted Living Facilities in West Des Moines, IA for 2023

Directory of Assisted Living Facilities in West Des Moines, IA

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Bickford of West Des Moines

Provides: Assisted Living
5050 Hawthorne Dr., West Des Moines, IA 50265
"What I liked the most about Bickford of West Des Moines was the setup of the place. It seemed very personable and it's got a beautiful courtyard. My least favorite was it's over $8,000 a month...." More

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MorningStar Assisted Living & Memory ...

Provides: Assisted Living
525 S 60th Street, West Des Moines, IA 50266
"I've toured MorningStar at Jordan Creek. It was really nice, it's just really high-priced. My mom really liked it and she'd love to be there, but it was about $1,000 more than all the rest of them...." More

Grand Living at Tower Place

Provides: Assisted Living
540 S 51st St, West Des Moines, IA 50265
"Grand Living at Tower Place was geared toward active seniors. It was beautiful and there's always something going on. They have several different community areas where staff gather and do crafts...." More

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Edgewater, A WesleyLife Community

Provides: Assisted Living
9225 Cascade Ave, West Des Moines, IA 50266
"Edgewater - West Des Moines couldn’t be any nicer. The environment was beautiful and had everything you could dream of and more. The lady who took us around was very nice and very helpful. The..." More

Arbor Springs of West Des Moines

Provides: Assisted Living
7951 EP True Parkway, West Des Moines, IA 50266
"My wife was in Arbor Springs West Des Moines. It was a great place. It was very clean and nice, but it's just very expensive, and they don't accept Medicaid at all. It's a very top-end place. If..." More

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Heritage Court

Provides: Assisted Living
1499 Office Park Road, West Des Moines, IA 50265
"My mother moved into Heritage Court. They've been very nice to her, they've been very attentive to her blood pressure, and they have lots of activities. They have 3 different church services,..." More

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Independence Village Of Waukee

Provides: Assisted Living
1650 SE Holiday Crest Circle, Waukee, IA 50263
"The staff genuinely cares for the residents. Daily, weekly & special activities keep the residents engaged in life and with each other. My parent’s apt. is spacious and they appreciate weekly..." More

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Bickford of Urbandale

Provides: Assisted Living
5915 Sutton Place, Urbandale, IA 50322
"I liked Bickford of Urbandale very much. It's a little newer. Taylor, the administrator, was lovely and extremely helpful. I liked the fact that it had an enclosed courtyard where the residents..." More

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Ramsey Village

Provides: Assisted Living
1611 27th St., Des Moines, IA 50301
"My mother has moved into Ramsey Village. The employees there are very helpful and extremely friendly. They know all their residents and they treat them all with respect. They appear to have, and..." More

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Holland Farms Senior Living

Provides: Assisted Living
2800 Sunset Drive, Norwalk, IA 50211
"Holland Farms Senior Living was nice. It was almost brand-new. It was only there for two years or so. The staff members were all nice. They were great. The building overlooked a nice little park in..." More

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Woodlands Creek Retirement Community

Provides: Assisted Living
12605 Woodlands Pkwy, Clive, IA 50325
"My parents moved to Woodlands Creek Retirement Community. I liked them the most because they were so accommodating, and the atmosphere is just very relaxed, warm, and friendly. The staff is very..." More

Walnut Ridge

Provides: Assisted Living
1701 Campus Drive, Clive, IA 50325
"Mom likes the location of Walnut Ridge, and it was affordable. It was in the suburbs. She was on the ground floor, she wanted a walkout, and they accepted dogs. The people were very nice, and the..." More

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Edencrest at Beaverdale

Provides: Assisted Living
3410 Beaver Ave, Des Moines, IA 50310
"We did a tour at Edencrest at Beaverdale. I found everybody to be just as lovely as can be. The lady who gave us the tour was very helpful, and everything was just perfect. I have no criticism of..." More

Deerfield Retirement Community

Provides: Assisted Living
13731 Hickman Road, Urbandale, IA 50323
"My aunt has been at Deerfield Retirement Community for about 18 months now. The staff is phenomenal. They'll call me if there's a problem with her. Any medical thing that comes up with her, I get a..." More

Regency Care Center

Provides: Assisted Living
815 W High Rd., Norwalk, IA 50211
"Regency Care Center is gorgeous. Any person that needs assisted living would be immensely happy here, and not to mention I want to add they don't necessarily have to wait for the elderly waiver...." More

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Edencrest at Green Meadows

Provides: Assisted Living
6750 Corporate Drive, Johnston, IA 50131
"Edencrest at Green Meadows was a new facility in a beautiful environment. I felt that it had adequate open spaces. The programming seemed to be very good, especially for the memory care unit, which..." More

Valley View Village

Provides: Assisted Living
2555 Guthrie Ave, Des Moines, IA 50317
"We moved my parents to Village Assisted Living two years ago and have been very pleased with the care they have received. The facility had only been opened for a short time when they moved there. ..." More

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McCauley Terrace

Provides: Assisted Living
5921 Winwood Drive, Johnston, IA 50131
"The staff at McAuley Terrace is perfect, very friendly, very open, and very helpful. The condition of the rooms is great. My mother-in-law is in a studio, which seems to meet all her needs. It's..." More

The Gardens Assisted Living

Provides: Assisted Living
2910 East 16th Street,, Des Moines, IA 50316
"We chose The Gardens at Luther Park for my husband because of the price, convenience, and location. It's beautiful, and I love it. The staff is great, and very helpful. The food looks good, though..." More

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Bishop Drumm Retirement Center

Provides: Assisted Living
5837 Winwood Drive, Johnston, IA 50131
"We tour Martina Place in Johnston Iowa and we actually love the place! My parents are happy since they moved in and I will definitely recommend Martina Place to others. I find Martina Place very..." More

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Edencrest at Riverwoods

Provides: Assisted Living
2210 E. Park Ave., Des Moines, IA 50320
"My parents have moved into Edencrest at Riverwoods. Everything is great. They are very helpful. There is good communication. They are making sure they are checking in with me and making sure my..." More

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Wesley Acres

Provides: Assisted Living
3520 Grand Avenue, Des Moines, IA 50312
"My father is living in Wesley Acres. What we liked about it was they have three levels of care in the assisted living area. They kind of base it on what your needs are. You have to pay for a..." More

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Senior Suites of Urbandale

Provides: Assisted Living
4700 84Th St, Urbandale, IA 50322
"I cannot say enough about the quality of care and staff at this facility. Mom exceeded our capacity to care for her in our home, and a relative recommended Senior Suites of Urbandale. We spoke with..." More

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Edencrest at The Legacy

Provides: Assisted Living
2901 Cedar Street, Norwalk, IA 50211
"My tour at Edencrest at The Legacy was very nice. Everything was pretty much included, like the laundry. They had a nice place to eat that's restaurant style and they'd come out to take your order...." More

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Calvin Community

Provides: Assisted Living
4210 Hickman Road, Des Moines, IA 50310
"My dad is a resident of Calvin Community for about two years now. He started on the skilled nursing floor and got better and then moved to assisted living. It is a Christian faith-based community..." More

Rose of Des Moines

Provides: Assisted Living
1330 19th St., Des Moines, IA 50314
"My sister moved into The Rose of East Des Moines, and it's a very comfortable place. It's well maintained, and when you walk in it's calm -- and that's what we're looking for. The staff is very..." More

Walden Point

Provides: Assisted Living
1200 Fourth St., Des Moines, IA 50314
"I liked the rooms at Walden Point. There was an open area that everybody could go in to. It's got a little store and the residents could play cards. The staff was good. The rooms were very big,..." More

University Park Nursing & Rehabilitat...

Provides: Assisted Living
233 UNIVERSITY AVENUE, Des Moines, IA 50314

VA Central Iowa Healthcare System Com...

Provides: Assisted Living
3600 30th Street, Des Moines, IA 50310
"The staff is very good with the residents and takes very good care of them. They call me with the slightest issue. It could be cleaner, as my grandfather sat in a room in which he had peed in the..." More

Meadowview of Johnston

Provides: Assisted Living
5555 Pioneer Parkway, Johnston, IA 50131
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    What to Consider About Assisted Living in West Des Moines

    West Des Moines, which is the second-largest city in the Des Moines metropolitan area, has numerous assisted living options for seniors. The region is home to 27 assisted living facilities, four of which are located in the city proper and 23 of which are located in nearby cities. The  Department of Inspections and Appeals, Health Facilities Division, which licenses and monitors assisted living facilities in West Des Moines, splits facilities into two categories, depending on the level of care they provide. Assisted living programs are for three or more seniors who can care for themselves and participate in making decisions regarding their care, and residential care programs are for seniors who need more supervision and assistance with daily living activities. 

    Benefits and Drawbacks of Assisted Living in West Des Moines

    • West Des Moines ranks low on Sperling’s Comfort Index, rating 38 out of 100, compared to the national average of 54. The July high in this city is 85 degrees Fahrenheit, and the January low is 13 degrees. These extreme temperatures may be unpleasant for seniors who enjoy being outdoors.  

    • The air quality in West Des Moines is good overall, making the city an attractive option for seniors with respiratory illnesses. According to the American Lung Association, the city tied for first place for cleanest metropolitan areas in the country for ozone pollution, and it ranked 83 out of 201 metropolitan areas for 24-hour particle pollution.   

    • West Des Moines is an affordable city for seniors, coming in nearly 5 percent under the overall national average. Seniors can expect to pay about 7 percent less on groceries, 13 percent less on health care, 4 percent less on transportation and 10 percent less on miscellaneous expenses than they would in other U.S. cities.  

    • The overall crime rate in West Des Moines is 7 percent higher than the Iowa average and 11 percent lower than the national average. The rate of violent crime is 22 percent lower than the national average and 41 percent lower than the U.S. average, and the property crime rate is 11 percent higher than the state median and 6 percent lower than the country’s average. This may provide peace of mind for older adults and their loved ones. 
    • The city’s public transportation system is provided courtesy of the Des Moines Area Regional Transit Authority, or DART. Seniors age 65 and over are eligible to receive reduced fare. To apply for this program, seniors simply need to provide a photo I.D. with their date of birth such as a driver’s license or state identification card.  

    • The West Des Moines area is home to world-class medical facilities, including Methodist West Hospital and Mercy Medical Center – West Lakes, in the event of medical emergencies or illness. 

    Paying for Assisted Living in West Des Moines

    Average Monthly Costs

    Cities in Iowa

    $4,644.00 Johnston
    $4,495.00 Norwalk
    $4,479.00 West Des Moines
    $4,258.00 Urbandale
    $4,000.00 US
    $3,887.00 Ankeny
    $3,814.00 Des Moines

    Assisted Living costs in West Des Moines start around $4,479 per month on average, while the nationwide average cost of assisted living is $4,000 per month, according to the latest figures from Genworth’s Cost of Care Survey.

    It’s important to note that assisted living rates in West Des Moines and the surrounding suburbs can vary widely based on factors such as location, the level of care needed, apartment size and the types of amenities offered at each community.

    Financial Assistance for Assisted Living in West Des Moines

     West Des Moines seniors who meet income guidelines may apply to receive financial assistance through the Medicaid 1915 (c) Elderly Waiver program, and those who live in a residential care facility and qualify for Supplemental Security Income may also receive the optional state supplement to help cover their living expenses.

    Learn more about these programs, plus who’s eligible, on our Assisted Living in Iowa page.

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    More Ways to Pay for Assisted Living

    While many families use their own funds or personal assets to pay for assisted living, there are plenty of additional options to cover these costs. Some additional ways to finance assisted living costs include:

    • Veterans Benefits
    • Life Insurance Policy
    • Long-Term Care Insurance
    • Reverse Mortgage

    For more information about different ways to finance assisted living, visit our Assisted Living in Iowa page.

    Free Assisted Living Resources in West Des Moines

    West Des Moines and the surrounding area are home to numerous government agencies and non-profit organizations offering help for seniors searching for or currently residing in an assisted living community. These organizations can also provide assistance in a number of other eldercare services such as geriatric care management, elder law advice, estate planning, finding home care and health and wellness programs.

    To see a list of free assisted living resources in West Des Moines, please visit our Assisted Living in Iowa page.

    Assisted Living Laws and Regulations in West Des Moines

    West Des Moines-area assisted living communities must adhere to the comprehensive set of state laws and regulations that all assisted living communities in Iowa are required to follow. Visit our Assisted Living in Iowa page for more information about these laws.

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    Assisted Living near West Des Moines, IA

    Recent Reviews of Assisted Living in West Des Moines

    • Review of Bickford of West Des Moines

      Bickford of West Des Moines was nice, and they had a lot to offer in terms of the level of care. The lady who gave me the tour was really nice. They had lots of social activities. But because this ... Read more

    • Review of Bickford of West Des Moines

      I met with the Sales Director (Taylor) and the facility nurse. Both were very pleasant and extremely accommodating. The facility is a little smaller than some of the newest ones, but also appears t... Read more

    • Review of Bickford of West Des Moines

      Bickford of West Des Moines was very well kept up. Their staff was very professional and very accommodating. It was Taylor that gave me the tour. She was very helpful and followed up with me. She w... Read more

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