18 Memory Care Facilities in Polk County, IA

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Caring Star 2020

Woodlands Creek Retirement Community

Provides: Memory Care
12605 Woodlands Pkwy, Clive, IA 50325
"Woodlands Creek Retirement Community is located on Woodlands Pkwy in Clive, IA. We're dedicated to providing best-in-class service, amenities, and lifestyle. We care deeply about our residents,..." More

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Caring Star 2015

Bickford of Urbandale

Provides: Memory Care
5915 Sutton Place, Urbandale, IA 50322
"My father moved into Bickford of Urbandale and we love it. It's all on one floor, they have small rooms, but large enough for a TV, recliner, and a queen-size bed, and they encourage the residents..." More

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3801 Grand

Provides: Memory Care
3801 Grand Ave, Des Moines, IA 50312
"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..." More

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Bickford of West Des Moines

Provides: Memory Care
5050 Hawthorne Dr., West Des Moines, IA 50265
"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..." More

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Journey Senior Living of Ankeny

Provides: Memory Care
3602 NW 5th Street, Ankeny, IA 50023
"Journey Senior Living of Ankeny has been great. My husband hasn't really taken advantage of a lot of things, but they offer things and they're very patient with him. It's a beautiful facility...." More

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Vintage Hills

Provides: Memory Care
1275 SW State Street, Ankeny, IA 50023
"For over 25 years, Vintage Hills has been creating meaningful connections with our residents and providing them with personalized retirement experiences. From various apartment types to handcrafted..." More

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Courtyard Estates at Hawthorne Crossing

Provides: Memory Care
601 Hawthorne Crossing Drive SE, Bondurant, IA ...
"My dad is at Courtyard Estates at Hawthorne Crossing. It’s very clean and has a nice layout. The people are very helpful. The food is great and has nice options. The activities seemed adequate for..." More
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Edencrest at Siena Hills

Provides: Memory Care
455 SW Ankeny Rd, Ankeny, IA 50021
"My father moved into Edencrest at Siena Hills, and we're very happy with it. The staff is very caring. They have trivia and different activities. My dad has been eating their food. His room is very..." More
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Edencrest at Beaverdale

Provides: Memory Care
3410 Beaver Ave, Des Moines, IA 50310
"Edencrest at Beaverdale is the fourth in a series of Assisted Living and Memory Care Communities built by Hubbell Realty Company and managed by Senior Housing Management. Edencrest at Beaverdale..." More
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Edencrest at Green Meadows

Provides: Memory Care
6750 Corporate Drive, Johnston, IA 50131
"Welcome home to Edencrest at Green Meadows! Edencrest at Green Meadows is managed by Senior Housing Companies, who has a reputation for providing excellent care for seniors and truly helping..." More
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Ramsey Village

Provides: Memory Care
1611 27th St., Des Moines, IA 50301
"Welcome to Ramsey Village Ramsey Village has been providing quality retirement living for seniors since 1950. We offer Independent Living, Residential Care, Assisted Living, Memory Care,..." More

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MorningStar Assisted Living & Memory ...

Provides: Memory Care
525 S 60th Street, West Des Moines, IA 50266
"Des Moines, Iowa…included among “2019 Top 100 Best Places to Live” by Livibility.com. MorningStar Assisted Living & Memory Care at Jordan Creek proudly brings the finest assisted living West..." More

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Edencrest at Riverwoods

Provides: Memory Care
2210 E. Park Ave., Des Moines, IA 50320
"Edencrest at Riverwoods is a certified assisted living community offering memory care through the Iowa Department of Inspections and Appeals. Based in Des Moines, the new senior community features..." More
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Prairie Hills Des Moines Retirement C...

Provides: Memory Care
5815 SE 27th Street, Des Moines, IA 50320
"Senior living comes in a variety of styles and with many different types of services. Regardless of the type of Apartment or the personal services required, Prairie Hills treats every one of our..." More

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Courtyard Estates - Pleasant Hill

Provides: Memory Care
6132 NE 12th Avenue, Pleasant Hill, IA 50327
"I toured Courtyard Estates. It seemed fine, and clean. Their assisted-living apartments were very tiny, and really cramped for the price. " More
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Glen Oaks Alzheimer's Special Care Ce...

Provides: Memory Care
8525 Urbandale Avenue, Urbandale, IA 50322
"Glen Oaks Alzheimer's Special Care Center was my second choice because I really thought it was a great place. The rooms were very nice with very pleasant atmosphere. The staff was great and very..." More

Brio of Johnston

Provides: Memory Care
6901 Peckham Street, Johnston, IA 50131
"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..." More

Walnut Ridge

Provides: Memory Care
1701 Campus Drive, Clive, IA 50325

    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

    Average Monthly Costs

    Counties in Iowa

    $6,205.00 Marshall County
    $5,765.00 Johnson County
    $5,700.00 Carroll County
    $5,401.00 Dallas County
    $5,282.00 Polk County
    $5,023.00 Warren County
    $4,939.00 US
    $4,680.00 Putnam County

    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.

    Directory of Winners in the Polk County Area


    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.

    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

      Carla
    • 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

      leftie
    • 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

      She102519
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