Brown Deer Place

Offers Assisted Living, Independent Living, and Memory Care

14 Reviews
1500 1St Ave N, Coralville, IA 52241
Call (800) 385-2527
Brown Deer Place (800) 385-2527

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Assisted Living Reviews for Brown Deer Place

June 29, 2012

By doscatos

I visited this facility

I really enjoyed the location. It is out of the way but close enough for public transportation. I also really enjoyed the scenery, lots of beautiful land surrounding the area. There are also many activities that the elderly can participate in. There are many nature trails nearby-which is great because my grandmother likes to be outside. One negative I found was that they do not provide transportation of their own, no mini-bus owned by the facility. Also for the space provided the cost is a little high. Most of the indoor common areas were small and seemed clustered. They do allow pets, with approval; which is excellent. The staff was really helpful, but knew when to back off and let us ask the questions.
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Independent Living Reviews for Brown Deer Place

May 13, 2018


I am/was a resident of this facility

Brown Deer Place is a smaller independent living and memory care place. It is very nice and the food is good. They serve three meals a day. They do the cleaning and the laundry. If there are any additional services that you need, you pay extra for that. I know that they provide transportation to grocery stores and to Wal-Mart once a week. There are some exercise activities. We haven't participated in the activities, but we are doing outpatient therapy three times a week. Our particular place is right across the dining room. We have a full kitchen. Brown Deer Place is all very good. The staff is very good. The management is involved with the residents. He will eat with us sometimes. The maintenance has been very good. They try not to invade our privacy when they're still trying to do a little bit of work in our room. It has been very good.

Provider Response

Thank you so much for your kind review! We are so glad that you are happy at Brown Deer Place and look forward to seeing you at activities!

April 09, 2018

By James

I visited this facility

The rooms at Brown Deer Place were dark and dreary looking, but they were nice, and the layout was OK. The rooms have a refrigerator and a microwave. We didn't pay too much attention to the kitchen since we're going to eat in the dining hall. They had a few free weights and that was the extent of the exercise room. The staff was informative.

Provider Response

James, Thank you for taking time to share your experience at Brown Deer Place. We're happy to hear that your found our apartments to be nice and the staff to be very informative. We definitely consider ourselves to be a tight-knit family here! Your feedback about the apartments is being taken into consideration and we are working to make improvements right away. We appreciate your feedback!

August 21, 2017

By Phyllis

I visited this facility

Brown Deer Place was nice, but we were looking for assisted living. We told them ahead of time that that's what we needed, but when we got there they only had independent and memory care, so we had to pick another place. Their rooms were appropriate and adequate, and the grounds were nicely landscaped.

December 16, 2016

By Pam686350

I visited this facility

I toured Brown Deer Place. The building has been going through rehab, so some of the units that I looked at were older. The place seemed small. However, if I had been interested in staying in Iowa City, it certainly would have been a major contender because it was close to my parents' doctors, church and other things. The staff was lovely.

Provider Response

We sincerely appreciate your valuable feedback following your recent visit. Because we are always looking to improve, we will use your comments to make changes in our building. We were so happy to hear that your interactions with our team members were pleasant and that the location was convenient for your family. Thank you again for your time!
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Memory Care Reviews for Brown Deer Place

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Questions about Brown Deer Place

What ongoing training does the staff receive in dementia care?

Our staff members log a minimum of 40 training hours prior to engaging into the resident network. We host training sessions several times per month to keep staff members informed about the needs of current residents and changes in standards of care.

Describe the overall population of assisted living residents at Brown Deer Place. What is their average age? What are their favorite things to do?

The overall population of the residents at Brown Deer Place are varied in age. Brown Deer Place is a small, close knit community that enjoys a variety of activities on a daily basis.

What programs or activities does Brown Deer Place offer to enrich residents' well-being?

Brown Deer Place offers many activities. One resident favorite is Live 2B Healthy, an exercise program designed specifically for seniors. A physical therapist works with our residents 3 times a week, doing light exercises to reduce the risk of falls. We offer Music Speaks, an interactive music therapy program, capturing the idea of the many benefits of music therapy: communication. As music is known as a universal language, their board certified music therapists use the power and versatility of that language to improve communication both verbally and non-verbally. ‘Where words fail, music speaks.’

What places are near Brown Deer Place or within walking distance for assisted living residents to enjoy?

Brown Deer Place is located in Coralville, in the heart of the exclusive Brown Deer Neighborhood. There are many walking trails nearby, as well as a man-made walking path on our property for residents to enjoy.

What transportation services does Brown Deer Place offer to assisted living residents?

Brown Deer Place is pleased to offer complimentary transportation services to appointments for our residents.

What makes the chef or dining program at Brown Deer Place exceptional? What kind of menu can assisted living residents expect?

Chef Nathan has prepared delightful seasonal menus to appeal to the palate of all of our residents. Our meals are served "restaurant-style" to offer our guests a remarkable dining experience at all mealtimes.

What safety features or security measures does Brown Deer Place offer to assisted living residents?

Brown Deer Place has staff on-site around the clock. Management staff is on call 24/7. The building is secured nightly and all of our residents are provided a call button to alert staff to any emergency, at any time of the day or night.

How does Brown Deer Place keep residents' families informed about their loved ones?

Our nurse is on site daily to communicate with family regarding any care issues.

What is the care staff-to-resident ratio at Brown Deer Place during daytime and nighttime hours?

Depending on resident needs and occupancy we have one to two staff on duty during overnight hours.

If Brown Deer Place accepts dogs or cats, what indoor/outdoor areas can they enjoy?

Brown Deer Place is a pet-friendly community! Our resident animals enjoy large, open outdoor spaces as well as a secured fenced-in area to run off-leash

What ongoing senior care training does the staff receive?

Brown Deer Place is very committed to supporting families dealing with dementia and Alzheimer's. We have routine in-services devoted to that illness, as well as intense training regarding all levels of senior care.

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

In our Independent Living community, the average age of our active residents is 80. They enjoy a lot of various activities that we offer; from live music performances that we bring in to our community, Scenic Rides and Field trips, Arts and Crafts, Liv 2 B Healthy Program, Bingo, Happy hour and other exciting and friendly contests on Holidays!

What places are nearby for independent living residents to enjoy?

Brown Deer Place is conveniently located, right off of Interstate 80. We are close to shopping, dining, and many other area attractions.

What are some recent off-site events that the community activity director at Brown Deer Place has organized?

The activities at Brown Deer Place are varied and designed to cater to the interests of all of our residents. Our Life Enrichment Coordinator works hard to provide a variety of activities that include attending plays at area theaters, as well as weekly grocery store trips and scenic tours.

What transportation services does Brown Deer Place offer to independent living residents?

We have a bus and van that are available for use for our residents.

What makes the chef or dining program at Brown Deer Place exceptional? What kind of menu can independent living residents expect?

Variety of options! We have our "Always Available Menu" on top of the daily special that we offer. Our meals are delicious, healthy and always catered to the individual preference of our residents.

What common areas are available for independent living residents?

Brown Deer Place offers many common areas for our residents to congregate and socialize. We have a library for reading, a beautiful lobby to enjoy our weekly popcorn socials, as well as the activity room, where we hold a variety of activities for our residents.

What safety features or security measures does Brown Deer Place offer to independent living residents?

Our Independent Living residents are provided with an emergency pendant that they can push at any time they need help. Our Building is secured and has staff specially trained staff to take care of requests, no matter how big or small, 24/7.

If Brown Deer Place accepts dogs or cats, what indoor/outdoor areas can they enjoy?

Brown Deer Place is a pet-friendly community! Our furry-friends enjoy our outside patio including all the public areas in our community!

Does Brown Deer Place work with an agency or registry to provide nursing and medical assistance as needed?

Brown Deer Place has a nurse on staff and is available 24/7

How many staffers are on duty in the daytime and overnight?

At Brown Deer Place, we have a minimum of two dedicated health care staff members on duty during waking hours. During weekday business hours, there are significant staff numbers in order to accommodate for our resident's needs and services.

What safety features or security measures does Brown Deer Place provide to protect residents who wander?

Residents who are a wander risk are provided with a "wander guard". We also have a secure memory care unit that is staffed 24/7

What programs or activities does Brown Deer Place offer to keep residents engaged? How does the staff engage residents' long-term memories?

Brown Deer Place offers Senior Housing Companies' signature such as Music Speaks Music Therapy, access to the Smile Program, Live 2B Healthy exercise program, podiatry services, in and out of town transportation, Dare to Dream Program, religious services and a busy activities calendar prepared by our Life Enrichment Coordinator.

Who assesses residents' health and cognitive functioning? How often is that assessment repeated?

Our Health Care Coordinator/Registered Nurse will complete an initial assessment in the prospective residents home to ensure we are prepared to meet their needs and expectations. Assessments continue 30-days after move-in and annually as well to ensure we are providing the best care possible.

Is Brown Deer Place affiliated with a hospital if more care is needed?

Our residents are free to utilize any area hospital that they choose.

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Services and Amenities of Brown Deer Place


  • Rent Plus Care Fees
  • Fee Structure Extra: We Offer A Month To Month Rental
  • Assisted Living Starting At: $3195/month
  • Independent Living Starting At: $3195/month
  • Memory Care Starting At: $4250/month

Room and housing options

  • 1-bedroom apartments
  • Companion Suites: We Offer Companion Suites
  • Studio Apartments

Dining options

  • In Room Kitchenette
  • In Room Kitchens
  • Dining Room Shared Meals
  • Room Service For Meals


  • Beauty Barber Shop
  • Resident Transportation
  • Coffee Shop
  • Party Space
  • Tv Room
  • Garden And Patio
  • Resident Parking
  • Features Extra: Library, Fitness Room/Gym

Cleaning services

  • Laundry For Linens
  • Private Cleaning Services
  • Housekeeping
  • Laundry For Clothing

Technology and entertainment

  • Cable In Rooms
  • Internet Enabled Rooms
  • Wifi
  • Technology Extra: Emergency Call System

Health services

  • Hospice Care
  • Medication Management
  • Physical Therapy


  • Offsite Activities
  • Music
  • Games
  • Stories
  • Religious Services
  • Lectures Discussions
  • Book Clubs
  • Wii Sports
  • Fitness Room
  • Gardening
  • Cooking
  • Arts And Crafts
  • Activities Extra: Live 2 B Healthy, Massage Therapy, Music Speaks Music Therapy, Smile Program

Financial guidance

  • Home Sale Assistance
  • Va Benefits Consultation
  • Financing Advice

Guest services

  • Guest Parking
  • Guests At Mealtime
  • Overnight Guests


  • Resident Capacity: 44
  • Minimum Age: 55
  • Pets: Small Pets Allowed

Range of services

  • Physical Therapy


  • Licenses: Certified by the Iowa Dept. of Inspections and Appeals
  • State Licenses: S0111
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About Brown Deer Place

Welcome to Brown Deer Place, an independent living, assisted living and memory care community in Coralville, Iowa!

When you move to Brown Deer Place, life will get a little more exciting and a lot more convenient. We believe in providing an all-inclusive lifestyle for all of our residents. This means, we don’t nickel and dime for every amenity we provide.

Brown Deer Place’s Retirement Living program provides the extra care and comfort you need. With a variety of floorplans, you are sure to find an apartment that is perfect for you. Apartments can be decorated to your preferences, just like home!

In our memory care program, residents who need closer care with one-on-one interactions for socialization and activities of daily living can reside in a secure area with trained staff to provide positive life experiences according to their individual needs and preferences.

What Makes Us Special

Brown Deer Place, formerly Windmill Pointe & Hawthorne Inn, is undergoing some very exciting structural and operational changes. Programming is being enhanced and a remodeling project is underway to improve the lives of current and future residents.

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