18 Memory Care Facilities in Polk County, IA
The average cost of memory care in Polk County is $5,282 per month. This is higher than the national median of $4,800. Cheaper nearby regions include Warren County with an average starting cost of $5,023.
To help you with your search, browse the 19 reviews below for memory care facilities in Polk County. On average, consumers rate memory care in Polk County 3.7 out of 5 stars. Better rated regions include Dallas County with an average rating of 4.0 out of 5 stars.
Caring.com has helped 11 families in Polk County find high-quality senior care. To speak with one of our Family Advisors about memory care options and costs in Polk County, call (855) 863-8283.
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What to Consider About Memory Care in Polk County
An estimated 64,000 Iowa residents age 65 and over have Alzheimer’s disease or another type of dementia, including 10.2 percent of Polk County residents in the 65 and over age group. Out of the approximate 481,830 county residents, 12.7 percent are 65 and over. For those who need Alzheimer’s and/or dementia care, there are 14 memory care facilities in Polk County. Some of these facilities are in cities such as Clive and Des Moines. Memory care facilities in Iowa, including Polk County, are called assisted living programs (ALPs) and are licensed by the Iowa Department of Inspections and Appeals, Health Facilities Division.
- The cost of living in Polk County ranks 94.8, slightly higher than the Iowa state average of 90 but lower than the U.S. average of 100. Seniors in memory care and/or family members handling their finances may find that expenses such as healthcare and transportation may be a bit higher in Polk County than in areas with a lower living cost.
- As with the rest of Iowa, there are no taxes on Social Security income in Polk County. Other forms of retirement income, such as IRAs and 401(k) accounts, may qualify for a deduction. These favorable tax laws may provide a financial benefit to seniors in memory care or those handling money matters for them.
- Polk County has January lows that can drop to 13 degrees, which may limit the amount of time seniors in memory care can spend outdoors. The county ranks 36 out of 100 on Sperling’s Comfort Index, while the U.S. average is higher at 54. This indicates Polk County has fewer days in the 70 to 80 degree comfort range than the U.S. on average.
- Air quality in Polk County is ranked 66 out of a possible 100, based on the EPA’s National Air Toxics Assessment. This may make Polk County a good place for seniors who are sensitive to pollution or those with respiratory conditions.
Paying for Memory Care in Polk County
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Memory Care costs in Polk County start around $5,282 per month on average, while the nationwide average cost of memory care is $4,939 per month.
It’s important to note that memory care rates in Polk County 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 Memory Care in Polk County
Learn more about these programs, plus who’s eligible, on our Memory Care in Iowa page.
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 Polk County
Polk County and the surrounding area are home to numerous government agencies and non-profit organizations offering help for seniors searching for or currently residing in a memory care 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 memory care resources in Polk County, please visit our Memory Care in Iowa page.
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Memory Care Laws and Regulations in Polk County
Polk County-area memory care communities must adhere to the comprehensive set of state laws and regulations that all memory care communities in Iowa are required to follow. Visit our Memory Care in Iowa page for more information about these laws.
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Recent Reviews of Memory Care in Polk County
Review of Bickford of West Des Moines
Bickford of West Des Moines was very helpful. However, the main issue there was when my dad ran out of money they were going to boot him out. Most other places would at least accept his Social Secu... Read more
Review of Glen Oaks Alzheimer's Special Care Center
Glen Oaks looks fancy on the outside, but don’t let that fool you. When you first tour this facility it’s marketed well. The first few months are the honeymoon period. After that all the lies you’v... Read more
Review of Brio of Johnston
My husband is in Brio. It's brand new and well-staffed. They always have a nurse or two out there and a lot of well-trained younger people. It's more expensive than others, but everything is includ... Read more