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Assisted Living in Des Moines, Iowa

Des Moines is the capital and most populated city in Iowa and is known as a political and business hub in the United States. The city offers an array of prestigious attractions, including the gilded dome on the Iowa State Capitol and the Greater Des Moines Botanical Garden, one of the largest plant collections in the Midwest. Des Moines enjoys mild summers and chilly winters, making it ideal for those who like a range of seasons and want to avoid the oppressive Southern heat.

Des Moines has an average monthly assisted living cost of $4,450, although prices depend on location and range of amenities offered. Iowa consistently ranks as one of the best states for retirees due to its affordability, safety and moderate tax-friendliness. The state does not collect income tax on Social Security payments and it offers deductions on other forms of income for seniors over 65.

15 Assisted Living communities in Des Moines, IA | 20 nearby communities

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1. Edencrest at Beaverdale

3410 Beaver Ave, Des Moines, IA, 50310

Assisted Living

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2. Ramsey Village

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

Assisted Living

Call for Pricing (866) 946-6888

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3. Prairie Hills at Des Moines

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

Assisted Living

Call for Pricing (866) 956-0235

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4. Edencrest at Riverwoods

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

Assisted Living

Call for Pricing (866) 975-4278

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5. Wesley Acres

3520 Grand Avenue, Des Moines, IA, 50312

Assisted Living

Call for Pricing (866) 981-1799

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6. Calvin Community

4210 Hickman Road, Des Moines, IA, 50310

Assisted Living

Call for Pricing (866) 983-0331

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Rose of Des Moines, Des Moines, IA

7. Rose of Des Moines

1330 19th St., Des Moines, IA, 50314

Assisted Living

Call for Pricing (866) 984-3845

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8. Trinity Center at Luther Park

1555 HULL AVENUE, Des Moines, IA, 50316

Assisted Living

Call for Pricing (877) 828-9665

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9. Genesis Senior Living Center

5608 SW NINTH STREET, Des Moines, IA, 50315

Assisted Living

Call for Pricing (877) 843-7557

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10. Iowa Jewish Senior Life Center

900 Polk Blvd, Des Moines, IA, 50312

Assisted Living

Call for Pricing (877) 853-5446

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11. Arbor Heights Assisted Living

233 University Ave, Des Moines, IA, 50314

Assisted Living, Respite Care-Short Term Stay

Call for Pricing (877) 867-8105

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12. City View

1725 6th Ave, Des Moines, IA, 50314

Assisted Living

Call for Pricing (877) 874-4734

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Shelly Rose Estates, Des Moines, IA

13. Shelly Rose Estates

3721 Indianola Ave, Des Moines, IA, 50320

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Call for Pricing (877) 876-4096

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The Rose Of East Des Moines, Des Moines, IA

14. The Rose Of East Des Moines

1331 Idaho St, Des Moines, IA, 50316

Assisted Living

Call for Pricing (877) 881-2933

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Virginia Park, Des Moines, IA

15. Virginia Park

2111 E Virginia Ave, Des Moines, IA, 50320

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Call for Pricing (877) 892-7839

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20 matching communities nearby Des Moines

1. Independence Village of Waukee

1650 SE Holiday Crest Circle, Waukee, IA, 50263

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2. Independence Village of Ankeny

1275 SW State Street, Ankeny, IA, 50023

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3. Bickford of West Des Moines

5050 Hawthorne Dr., West Des Moines, IA, 50265

Assisted Living

Call for Pricing (866) 956-0235

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4. Bickford of Urbandale

5915 Sutton Place, Urbandale, IA, 50322

Assisted Living

Call for Pricing (866) 975-4278

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5. Journey Senior Living of Ankeny

3602 NW 5th Street, Ankeny, IA, 50023

Assisted Living

Call for Pricing (866) 981-1799

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6. Courtyard Estates at Hawthorne Crossing

601 Hawthorne Crossing Dr. SE, Bondurant, IA, 50035

Assisted Living

Call for Pricing (866) 983-0331

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7. Edencrest at Siena Hills

455 SW Ankeny Rd, Ankeny, IA, 50021

Assisted Living

Call for Pricing (866) 984-3845

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8. MorningStar Assisted Living & Memory Care at Jordan Creek

525 S 60th Street, West Des Moines, IA, 50266

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9. Edencrest at Green Meadows

6750 Corporate Drive, Johnston, IA, 50131

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10. Bishop Drumm Retirement Center

5837 Winwood Drive, Johnston, IA, 50131

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11. Holland Farms Senior Living

2800 Sunset Drive, Norwalk, IA, 50211

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12. Edencrest at The Legacy

2901 Cedar Street, Norwalk, IA, 50211

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Call for Pricing (877) 874-4734

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13. Edencrest at The Tuscany – Opening June 2021!

1600 8th St SE, Altoona, IA, 50009

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14. Mill-Pond

1201 Southeast Mill Pond Court, Ankeny, IA, 50021

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Call for Pricing (877) 881-2933

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15. Edgewater, A WesleyLife Community

9225 Cascade Avenue, West Des Moines, IA, 50266

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Call for Pricing (877) 892-7839

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Deerfield Retirement Community, Urbandale, IA

16. Deerfield Retirement Community

13731 Hickman Road, Urbandale, IA, 50323

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Call for Pricing (877) 897-5038

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Shores at Pleasant Hill, Pleasant Hill, IA

17. Shores at Pleasant Hill

1500 Edgewater Drive, Pleasant Hill, IA, 50327

Assisted Living

Call for Pricing (877) 949-3278

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18. Senior Suites of Urbandale

4700 84Th St, Urbandale, IA, 50322

Assisted Living

Call for Pricing (877) 987-3784

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Suites of Ankeny, Ankeny, IA

19. Suites of Ankeny

420 NW Ash Drive, Ankeny, IA, 50023

Assisted Living

Call for Pricing (877) 996-2447

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20. Heritage Court

1499 Office Park Road, West Des Moines, IA, 50265

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Call for Pricing (866) 882-3746

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What is Assisted Living?

Hundreds of thousands of American seniors utilize assisted living, a figure that is only growing. For these seniors, assisted living combines residential housing,assistance in daily activities, and some healthcare. These communities also strive to provide an atmosphere that is comfortable and engaging for their residents… Read More >

Paying for Assisted Living in Des Moines, Iowa

The Cost of Assisted Living in Des Moines

Assisted living in Des Moines costs an average of $4,450 per month, which is costlier than both the state average of $4,078 and the national average of $4,051. Nearby Illinois and Indiana have similar assisted living prices, coming in at $4,170 and $4,100, respectively. Southern neighbor Missouri has one of the lowest monthly medians in the country, coming in at $2,881, and Nebraska to the west has an average assisted living cost of $3,819 per month.

$4450

Des Moines

$4078

Iowa

$4051

The United States

$2881

Missouri

$3400

South Dakota

$3819

Nebraska

$4100

Indiana

$ 4170

Illinois

$ 4473

Kansas

Assisted living costs in the state can vary widely, and prices in Des Moines fall close to the median. Waterloo and Iowa City are more expensive, coming in at $4,601 and $4,500 respectively. The nearby Ames area is the most affordable retirement destination in the state, with an average monthly cost of $3,610. The Cedar Rapids area comes in at $4,020, and on the state’s eastern border, Davenport averages $4,165. Across the state on its western border, Sioux City has an average assisted living cost of $3,700 per month.

$4450

Des Moines

$4078

Iowa

$3610

Ames

$3700

Sioux City

$4020

Cedar Rapids

$4165

Davenport

$4500

Iowa City

$4601

Waterloo

Des Moines Assisted Living Financial Assistance

Iowa’s Medicaid program offers an Elderly Waiver program to help defray the costs of home and community-based services such as personal care, mental health outreach and assisted living. This program is open to seniors over the age of 65 who meet thresholds for care needs and income. To learn more about the Elderly Waiver and its application process, visit our Assisted Living in Iowa page.

Des Moines Assisted Living Resources



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Aging Resources of Central Iowa

(515) 255-1310As the area agency on aging, this state-run nonprofit offers several resources for seniors, including fall prevention and chronic disease management education and caregiver support groups. A variety of nutrition services include congregate and home-delivered meals, nutrition counseling with a registered dietitian and financial assistance for purchasing fresh produce at the farmer’s market. An Elder Abuse Prevention and Awareness program is designed to protect seniors and improve quality care in assisted living facilities.
Des Moines Vet Center

(515)284-4929Veterans and their families can access financial assistance, employment placement and educational support initiatives. Health care services include support groups for PTSD, traumatic injury and caregivers, as well as laboratory and pharmaceutical services. Assistance with housing, pension benefits and life insurance is also available here.

Polk County Central Senior Center(515) 286-3677This senior center offers a day program with social activities such as craft clubs and game tournaments. Physical fitness workshops include yoga, tai chi and strength training, and hot lunches are available each day. An annual Wellness Fair offers free health screenings and educational opportunities for seniors over 60.

WesleyLife Meals on Wheels

(515)699-3243Volunteers prepare nutritious and heart-healthy meals and deliver them to isolated and mobility-impaired seniors throughout the Des Moines metro. These visits offer not only nutrition but also socialization and can improve feelings of loneliness and depression. This organization also provides transportation, housekeeping and personal assistance services to low-income seniors who qualify.

Catholic Charities Diocese of Des Moines 

(515) 244-3761

This faith-based charity provides several services designed for older adults, including a hot meal program and a food pantry. An outreach center offers empowerment services such as financial education and professional counseling.

Des Moines Assisted Living Laws and Regulations

Care homes in Des Moines are regulated by the Department of Inspections and Appeals of Iowa, Health Facilities Division. They must adhere to state standards concerning the upkeep and quality of care. To learn more about these regulations, visit our Assisted Living in Iowa page.