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The 10 Best Memory Care Facilities in West Des Moines, IA for 2024

There are 12 Memory Care Facilities in the West Des Moines area, with 4 in West Des Moines and 8 nearby.

The average cost of memory care in West Des Moines is $5,579 per month. This is higher than the national median of $5,500.

To help you with your search, browse the 57 reviews below for memory care facilities in West Des Moines. On average, consumers rate memory care in West Des Moines 4.62 out of 5 stars. Better rated regions include Urbandale with an average rating of 4.77 out of 5 stars.

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Memory Care Facilities in West Des Moines, Iowa

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What to Consider About Memory Care in West Des Moines

West Des Moines, which is home to about 66,000 people, has a large senior community that comprises about 13 percent of the population. It's located in Iowa, where it's estimated that 64,000 people have Alzheimer's. The chapter headquarters for the Alzheimer's Association is located in this city, providing a variety of events, informational resources and volunteer opportunities for residents.  

Memory care facilities to meet the needs of those with dementia. Generally speaking, these facilities are situated within assisted living programs. West Des Moines has one memory care facility, and there are twenty more in the area for families to choose from. 

Benefits and Drawbacks of Memory Care in West Des Moines

  • Summers in West Des Moines are warm and humid with highs in the mid-80s, and winters are cold with lows in the mid-teens. The area gets 34 inches of snow annually, compared to the national average of 26 inches, which may be a concern for families who travel to the city to visit their loved one in memory care.
  • While the overall cost of living in West Des Moines is on par with the national average, healthcare costs here are about 11 percent higher than they are in the nation as a whole. This may make it difficult for families on a tight budget to afford the expense of managing a chronic condition like dementia. 
  • The West Des Moines area tied for first place for cleanest metropolitan areas in the country for ozone and is ranked 83 out of 201 metropolitan areas for short-term particle pollution by the American Lung Association, suggesting decent air quality. This may appeal to families whose senior loved one has a respiratory or cardiovascular condition. 
  • Social Security income is not taxed in Iowa, and all other forms of retirement income are partially taxed. This may affect how much money can be put in the memory care budget.

Paying for Memory Care in West Des Moines

Memory Care costs in West Des Moines start around $5,579 per month on average, while the nationwide average cost of memory care is $5,694 per month.

It’s important to note that memory care rates in West Des Moines 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.

Cities in Iowa

Johnston

$6,480

Pleasant Hill

$6,000

Des Moines

$5,702

Norwalk

$5,695

US

$5,694

West Des Moines

$5,579

Urbandale

$5,491

Financial Assistance for Memory Care in West Des Moines

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 West Des Moines

West Des Moines 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 West Des Moines, please visit our Memory Care in Iowa page.

Memory Care Laws and Regulations in West Des Moines

West Des Moines-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.

Reviews of Communities Nearby

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Darren

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Review of MorningStar Assisted Living & Memory Care at Jordan Creek

When we went to MorningStar Assisted Living & Memory Care at Jordan Creek and took the tour, they had a big audience. They only handle 55 people, but on the side of the full memory care, there's a...

Provider response

Hi Darren! Thank you for sharing your positive experience at MorningStar Assisted Living & Memory Care. We strive to create a vibrant and enjoyable environment for our residents and really...

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Susan

I visited this facility

Review of Bickford of West Des Moines

We like Bickford of West Des Moines. The only thing that we would be careful about is, on one side of the memory unit is that the windows face a wall outside and we wouldn't do that, and then the...

Provider response

Hi, Susan. We are delighted to hear you are considering Bickford of West Des Moines for your loved one! We appreciate your feedback on your visit with us and want to thank you for sharing your...

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Susan

I visited this facility

Review of MorningStar Assisted Living & Memory Care at Jordan Creek

We like MorningStar Assisted Living & Memory Care at Jordan Creek. It was well-appointed and bright, and the atmosphere was good. The staff knew everyone that we met. They were getting ready for a...

Provider response

Life at MorningStar is an invitation to “more”…more connection, more vibrancy, more love. Thank you for affirming our success in this.

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