22 Memory Care Facilities in Polk County, IA

Top 10 Memory Care Facilities in Polk County, IA

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Caring Star 2022

Woodlands Creek Retirement Community

Provides: Memory Care
12605 Woodlands Pkwy, Clive, IA 50325
"My mom started out in independent living, moved to assisted and finally memory care all while at Woodlands. At each level we found the staff to be very caring. There was always excellent..." 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 awesome. The atmosphere was great. They were super friendly, very helpful, and answered all my questions. The staff was awesome. It was clean and very homey. I felt..." More

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Caring Star 2015

Bickford of Urbandale

Provides: Memory Care
5915 Sutton Place, Urbandale, IA 50322
"Bickford of Urbandale is doing a good job. My wife is in the memory care area and the only people who work there are the people that enjoy it. It's very clean and neat. They've got a barber shop..." More

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Independence Village of Ankeny

Provides: Memory Care
1275 SW State Street, Ankeny, IA 50023
"Welcome to Independence Village of Ankeny! This isn’t just a place to reside — it’s a place where our community members truly shine, and we are glad to share this experience with them. Our senior..." More

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3801 Grand

Provides: Memory Care
3801 Grand Ave, Des Moines, IA 50312
"I toured 3801 Grand. It was actually my top choice. It's a nice facility. They're very friendly staff, and their price was better. Activities and amenities seemed good. They had lots of several..." More

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Rock Creek Senior Living

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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Ramsey Village

Provides: Memory Care
1611 27th St., Des Moines, IA 50301
"I went to Ramsey Village, but they're too expensive. The gal that showed me around I liked. The gal that I was really supposed to meet with and talked to, I didn't care for too much. The rooms are..." 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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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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Glen Oaks Alzheimer's Special Care Ce...

Provides: Memory Care
8525 Urbandale Avenue, Urbandale, IA 50322
"My dad moved into Glen Oaks Alzheimer's Special Care Center. First off, their staff there is fabulous. They've been very helpful. They had to do an emergency intake on my dad from the hospital to..." More

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Courtyard Estates

Provides: Memory Care
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..." 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

Walnut Ridge

Provides: Memory Care
1701 Campus Drive, Clive, IA 50325
"We went to look at Walnut Ridge. It was beautiful and probably newer than the other ones. It was just a lovely campus. I could have moved in there. They have lots of amenities. They had a gym for..." More

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Edgewater, A WesleyLife Community

Provides: Memory Care
9225 Cascade Avenue, West Des Moines, IA 50266
"Edgewater is a state-of-the-art senior living facility with many amenities. Residents enjoy a maintenance-free lifestyle and the opportunity to live life their way. Edgewater offers residents the..." 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

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

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Edencrest at The Tuscany - Opening Ju...

Provides: Memory Care
1600 8th St SE, Altoona, IA 50009
"Edencrest at Tuscany is a resident-centric senior living community focused on providing Independent Living, Assisted Living, Memory Care, and Respite Care residents with a level of hospitality they..." More

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Prairie Hills at Des Moines

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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Edencrest at Siena Hills

Provides: Memory Care
455 SW Ankeny Rd, Ankeny, IA 50021
"My husband just moved into Edencrest at Siena Hills. It looks beautiful, it's clean and the interaction with the staff, so far, has been great. Today, they're hanging a TV and curtain rod, and so..." More

Copper Shores Village

Provides: Memory Care
1500 Edgewater Dr, Pleasant Hill, IA 50327
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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

The Delaney at the Vale

Provides: Memory Care
400 Locust Street, Des Moines, IA 50309
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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

    Average Monthly Costs

    Counties in Iowa

    $6,205.00 Marshall County
    $6,155.00 Marion County
    $5,700.00 Carroll County
    $5,522.00 Dallas County
    $5,395.00 Polk County
    $5,330.00 Warren County
    $5,294.00 US
    $4,730.00 Wapello County

    Memory Care costs in Polk County start around $5,395 per month on average, while the nationwide average cost of memory care is $5,294 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 Ramsey Village

      I went to Ramsey Village, but they're too expensive. The gal that showed me around I liked. The gal that I was really supposed to meet with and talked to, I didn't care for too much. The rooms are ... Read more

    • Review of Bickford of West Des Moines

      We went to Bickford of West Des Moines. It's a beautiful place, very secure. There were several common areas, and the dining room was very well kept. They weren't so far spaced apart, but they were... Read more

    • Review of Edencrest at Siena Hills

      Patient is found in dirty clothes. Dirty bed. Had to clean bathroom myself. Had to bring food in as the food was not good. Nurse on staff is home sick more than she is working. Very expensive ... Read more

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