Des Moines is home to almost 215,000 citizens, with 12% of the population ages 65 and older. Given its large contingent of seniors, Alzheimer’s and other forms of dementia impact hundreds of seniors in this area every year. Understanding the regional challenges of memory conditions in Iowa, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention notes that in Des Moines, Iowa, the rate of Alzheimer’s-related deaths increased by 60% between 2014 and 2018, from 20 to 32. The overall death rate rose just a little more than 8% in this four-year period, indicating that Alzheimer’s is a growing issue in Iowa. 

Numerous memory care communities in Des Moines provide safe environments for those struggling with memory conditions. These communities are designed to provide care, therapy and social interaction for those dealing with memory loss. This guide will provide information about memory care, including the cost of memory care in Des Moines, resources for those with memory conditions and a directory of memory care communities in the area. 

Memory Care Facilities in Des Moines, IA

Ramsey Village

1611 27th St., Des Moines, IA, 50301

Ramsey Village is an assisted living facility based in Des Moines, Iowa just moments away from Buel Field, Cowles Library and the bustling downtown area. The facility earns praise for being well-kept … (read more)
Ramsey Village is an assisted living facility based in Des Moines, Iowa just moments away from Buel Field, Cowles Library and the bustling downtown area. The facility earns praise for being well-kept … (read more)

3801 Grand

3801 Grand Ave, Des Moines, IA, 50312

3801 Grand, a Newbury Living community, is close to commercial establishments in the North Grand neighborhood of Des Moines, Iowa. Independent and assisted living residents enjoy plenty of activities … (read more)
3801 Grand, a Newbury Living community, is close to commercial establishments in the North Grand neighborhood of Des Moines, Iowa. Independent and assisted living residents enjoy plenty of activities … (read more)

Edencrest at Beaverdale

3410 Beaver Ave, Des Moines, IA, 50310

Edencrest at Beaverdale is a retirement living community in a peaceful neighborhood just minutes from downtown Des Moines, Iowa. Loved ones are impressed with the facility’s restaurant-style dining, … (read more)
Edencrest at Beaverdale is a retirement living community in a peaceful neighborhood just minutes from downtown Des Moines, Iowa. Loved ones are impressed with the facility’s restaurant-style dining, … (read more)

Prairie Hills at Des Moines

5815 SE 27th Street, Des Moines, IA, 50320


Edencrest at Riverwoods

2210 E. Park Ave., Des Moines, IA, 50320

Edencrest at Riverwoods, an assisted living and independent retirement living community in Des Moines, is conveniently located next to a commercially-zoned area. Residents and their loved ones rave ab … (read more)
Edencrest at Riverwoods, an assisted living and independent retirement living community in Des Moines, is conveniently located next to a commercially-zoned area. Residents and their loved ones rave ab … (read more)

The Delaney at the Vale

400 Locust Street, Ste 820, Des Moines, IA, 50309


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Bickford of Urbandale

5915 Sutton Place, Urbandale, IA, 50322

Bickford of Urbandale is nestled in a residential neighborhood just off of I-80 and I-35, near the Urbandale Healthcare Center. Visitors note the homey, personable feel of the facility right away and … (read more)
Bickford of Urbandale is nestled in a residential neighborhood just off of I-80 and I-35, near the Urbandale Healthcare Center. Visitors note the homey, personable feel of the facility right away and … (read more)

Glen Oaks Alzheimer’s Special Care Center

8525 Urbandale Avenue, Urbandale, IA, 50322

My father was at Glen Oaks Alzheimer’s Special Care Center for 20 days and passed away. It was fabulous. He got COVID a week ago and that pretty much was our problem. I couldn’t have asked for a bette … (read more)
My father was at Glen Oaks Alzheimer’s Special Care Center for 20 days and passed away. It was fabulous. He got COVID a week ago and that pretty much was our problem. I couldn’t have asked for a bette … (read more)

Courtyard Estates

6132 NE 12th Avenue, Pleasant Hill, IA, 50327

My dad is at Courtyard Estates at Cedar Pointe. The people are very helpful, and they take good care of him. It’s a smaller community, and he shares an apartment with another guy. He gets his own bedr … (read more)
My dad is at Courtyard Estates at Cedar Pointe. The people are very helpful, and they take good care of him. It’s a smaller community, and he shares an apartment with another guy. He gets his own bedr … (read more)

Edencrest at Green Meadows

6750 Corporate Drive, Johnston, IA, 50131

Edencrest at Green Meadows is located in the Des Moines suburb of Johnston, Iowa, about two blocks north of Interstate 35. Residents and visitors appreciate the modern feel of Edencrest and the beauty … (read more)
Edencrest at Green Meadows is located in the Des Moines suburb of Johnston, Iowa, about two blocks north of Interstate 35. Residents and visitors appreciate the modern feel of Edencrest and the beauty … (read more)

Edencrest at Siena Hills

455 SW Ankeny Rd, Ankeny, IA, 50021

Just south of Des Moines Area Community College and minutes west of Fidley Springwood 9 Theaters, Edencrest at Siena Hills is an assisted and independent living and memory care facility in Ankeny, Iow … (read more)
Just south of Des Moines Area Community College and minutes west of Fidley Springwood 9 Theaters, Edencrest at Siena Hills is an assisted and independent living and memory care facility in Ankeny, Iow … (read more)

Senior Suites of Urbandale

4700 84Th St, Urbandale, IA, 50322

My wife has moved into the Senior Suites of Urbandale. She’s in memory care. She seems to be adapting to her surroundings. They tell me that she’s being calm and pleasant. They like her company. When … (read more)
My wife has moved into the Senior Suites of Urbandale. She’s in memory care. She seems to be adapting to her surroundings. They tell me that she’s being calm and pleasant. They like her company. When … (read more)

Edencrest at The Legacy

2901 Cedar Street, Norwalk, IA, 50211

We were so afraid to put my mother in a facility like this she has dementia but the staff has been amazing to me my mother and all of our family we are very pleased so far with this facility for it to … (read more)
We were so afraid to put my mother in a facility like this she has dementia but the staff has been amazing to me my mother and all of our family we are very pleased so far with this facility for it to … (read more)

Copper Shores Village

1500 Edgewater Dr, Pleasant Hill, IA, 50327


COVID-19 Rules for Memory Care in Des Moines

Since most COVID-19 rules for Memory Care Communities and other Senior Living Facilities are set at the state level, you can view the specific rules for your state on our Guide to Memory Care in Iowa. Keep in mind that every community has specific policies that they put in place to protect their residents, so you should contact your local community for more information. Additionally, you can contact your local Area Agency on Aging to learn more – find contact information here.

What to Consider About Memory Care in Des Moines

Des Moines memory care communities fall under the purview of Iowa’s Department of Inspections and Appeals. This agency is responsible for carrying out routine inspections to assure quality care for residents.

Benefits and Drawbacks of Memory Care in Des Moines

  • Iowa exempts Social Security income from state taxes and provides deductions on other forms of retirement income, which means seniors have more money to divert towards other living expenses. 
  • Des Moines is a member of the AARP Network of Age-Friendly Communities. This means the city boasts an “age-friendly progress report shows a focus on promoting civic and social inclusion for older adults and planning, designing and building infrastructure that responds to the older population’s changing needs.”
  • Seniors in Des Moines have access to paratransit services from the Des Moines Area Regional Transit Authority (DART). This service is door-to-door and wheelchair accessible and is geared towards seniors who can’t independently utilize regular DART bus service. 
  • The overall cost of living in Des Moines is lower than the national average. While the cost of health care is a bit higher on average than the rest of the country, area seniors pay less for groceries and housing. 
  • Des Moines enjoys a moderate climate, with an average of 204 sunny days per year. This is on par with the average number of sunny days in the U.S. in general. As such, Des Moines seniors have plenty of opportunities to enjoy time outdoors. 

Paying for Memory Care in Des Moines

Memory care costs in Des Moines average around $6,004 per month, while the nationwide average cost of memory care is $5,625 per month, according to figures from the 2021 Genworth Cost of Care Survey. This cost was established by adding 25% to the overall cost of assisted living in Des Moines based on the fact that memory care typically costs 20%-30% more than assisted living care. 

The Cost of Memory Care in Nearby Cities

At $6,004, the cost of memory care in Des Moines is higher than the state average of $5,459 and the national average of $5,625. However, the costs for this type of care in Des Moines are roughly $800 less than Sioux City ($5,185), which is about three hours away. Comparatively, the cost for this type of care is $5,513 in Iowa City and $5,438 in Davenport, making both more affordable than Des Moines. 

$6004

Des Moines

$5459

Iowa

$5625

The United States

$5513

Iowa City

$5438

Davenport

$5185

Sioux City

The Cost of Other Types of Senior Care

Memory care costs in Des Moines are lower than the around-the-clock care provided in local nursing homes, where the costs are $7,756 for a private room and $7,148 for semiprivate, respectively. However, memory care is more expensive than home health aide and homemaker services, which are both $5,815 and assisted living, coming in at $4,803. Adult day health care remains the most affordable option at $1,517 in Des Moines. 

$5815

Homemaker Services

$5815

Home Health Aide

$1517

Adult Day Health Care

$4803

Assisted Living Facility

$7148

Nursing Home (semiprivate room)

$7756

Nursing Home (private room)

Financial Assistance for Memory Care in Des Moines

In Ashland, there are options for seniors who need financial assistance paying for Memory Care. For more information about other options, who qualifies, and how to apply, Memory Care in Iowa page.

More ways to pay for memory care in Iowa

More Ways to Pay for Memory Care

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

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

For more information about different ways to finance memory care, visit our Memory Care in Iowa page.

Free Memory Care Resources in Des Moines

Des Moines and the surrounding area provide access to a number of free and low-cost resources relating to memory care. These services are put in place to provide support to seniors dealing with dementia-related conditions and their loved ones in need of caregiver support.

Resource

Contact

Services Offered

(800) 272-3900

The Greater Iowa chapter of the Alzheimer's Association serves all 99 counties in the state. The association acts as a key resource for individuals with memory care conditions and their loved ones. In addition to advocacy for Iowa seniors, the organization provides educational outreach programs, caregiver support, updates on Alzheimer's research and more.

(319) 335-7569

This program provides opportunities for area seniors to participate in memory care research and clinical trials, mostly centered on Alzheimer's. These clinical trials are valuable in providing opportunities for researchers to better understand the progression of conditions in individuals over age 50.

(800) 532-3213

This nonprofit operates in association with the state and provides counseling and education on memory care options in Iowa. It also provides access to statewide resources for those who need assistance finding memory care communities ideal for their specific memory care condition.

Memory Care Laws and Regulations in Des Moines

Des Moines Memory Care Communities must adhere to the comprehensive set of state laws and regulations that all Memory Care Facilities in Iowa are required to follow. Visit our Memory Care in Iowa page for more information about these laws.

Laws and regulations for memory care in Iowa