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Assisted Living in West Des Moines, Iowa

West Des Moines is a medium-sized city of about 70,000 people in the Des Moines metropolitan area. It has a large senior community that accounts for about 14% of its population, promoting a variety of social opportunities for retirees. The city boasts over 200 chain and local restaurants and is a retail hub with the Valley West Mall, the Jordan Creek Town Center, Galleria, West Glen Town Center and Valley Junction, a historic commercial district filled with unique shops. The city has an active senior center and a library with digital and print media, fostering engagement and lifelong learning. 

There are 10 assisted living facilities within the West Des Moines areas, including three in West Des Moines and seven more in the neighboring city of Des Moines. On average, assisted living facilities in this region charge $5,005 per month for services, according to the Genworth 2020 Cost of Care Survey, although fees may be higher or lower depending on a facility’s pricing structure, location and amenities.   

4 Assisted Living communities in West Des Moines, IA | 20 nearby communities

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1. Bickford of West Des Moines

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

Assisted Living

Call for Pricing (866) 882-3746

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2. MorningStar Assisted Living & Memory Care at Jordan Creek

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

Assisted Living

Call for Pricing (866) 946-6888

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3. Edgewater, A WesleyLife Community

9225 Cascade Avenue, West Des Moines, IA, 50266

Assisted Living

Call for Pricing (866) 956-0235

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4. Heritage Court

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

Assisted Living

Call for Pricing (866) 975-4278

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20 matching communities nearby West Des Moines

1. Independence Village of Waukee

1650 SE Holiday Crest Circle, Waukee, IA, 50263

Assisted Living

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2. Bickford of Urbandale

5915 Sutton Place, Urbandale, IA, 50322

Assisted Living

Call for Pricing (866) 946-6888

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3. Independence Village of Ankeny

1275 SW State Street, Ankeny, IA, 50023

Assisted Living

Call for Pricing (866) 956-0235

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4. Journey Senior Living of Ankeny

3602 NW 5th Street, Ankeny, IA, 50023

Assisted Living

Call for Pricing (866) 975-4278

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5. Edencrest at Beaverdale

3410 Beaver Ave, Des Moines, IA, 50310

Assisted Living

Call for Pricing (866) 981-1799

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6. Edencrest at Siena Hills

455 SW Ankeny Rd, Ankeny, IA, 50021

Assisted Living

Call for Pricing (866) 983-0331

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7. Ramsey Village

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

Assisted Living

Call for Pricing (866) 984-3845

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8. Edencrest at Green Meadows

6750 Corporate Drive, Johnston, IA, 50131

Assisted Living

Call for Pricing (877) 828-9665

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9. Prairie Hills Des Moines

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

Assisted Living

Call for Pricing (877) 843-7557

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10. Bishop Drumm Retirement Center

5837 Winwood Drive, Johnston, IA, 50131

Assisted Living

Call for Pricing (877) 853-5446

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11. Edencrest at Riverwoods

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

Assisted Living

Call for Pricing (877) 867-8105

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12. Edencrest at The Legacy

2901 Cedar Street, Norwalk, IA, 50211

Assisted Living

Call for Pricing (877) 874-4734

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Holland Farms Senior Living, Norwalk, IA

13. Holland Farms Senior Living

2800 Sunset Drive, Norwalk, IA, 50211

Assisted Living, Assistive Living, Respite Care-Short Term Stay, Supportive living

Call for Pricing (877) 876-4096

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14. Mill-Pond

1201 Southeast Mill Pond Court, Ankeny, IA, 50021

Assisted Living

Call for Pricing (877) 881-2933

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15. Wesley Acres

3520 Grand Avenue, Des Moines, IA, 50312

Assisted Living

Call for Pricing (877) 892-7839

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Shores at Pleasant Hill, Pleasant Hill, IA

16. Shores at Pleasant Hill

1500 Edgewater Drive, Pleasant Hill, IA, 50327

Assisted Living

Call for Pricing (877) 897-5038

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17. Senior Suites of Urbandale

4700 84Th St, Urbandale, IA, 50322

Assisted Living

Call for Pricing (877) 949-3278

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18. Trinity Center at Luther Park

1555 HULL AVENUE, Des Moines, IA, 50316

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. Calvin Community

4210 Hickman Road, Des Moines, IA, 50310

Assisted Living

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 West Des Moines, Iowa

The Cost of Assisted Living in West Des Moines

The $5,005 monthly cost of assisted living in West Des Moines is considerably higher than the statewide median of $4,073 and the national average of $4,300. Assisted living costs in nearby states are all higher, except in Missouri, where the average is $3,000 per month. In Nebraska and Minnesota, costs are closer to the national average at $4,188 and $4,283 per month, respectively. Illinois is the most expensive bordering state at $4,575.   

$5005

West Des Moines

$4073

Iowa

$4300

The United States

$4283

Minnesota

$4188

Nebraska

$3000

Missouri

$4575

Illinois

Assisted living fees in West Des Moines are higher than in other Iowa cities. In Dubuque, costs are over $400 less at $4,568 per month, and in Iowa City, seniors pay $4,106. Assisted living facilities in Ames average $3,723 per month, while Davenport has the lowest rate statewide at $3,478.  

$5005

West Des Moines

$4073

Iowa

$3723

Ames

$4106

Iowa City

$3478

Davenport

$4568

Dubuque

Note: Data for West Des Moines was unavailable, so data for the nearest city, Des Moines, was used instead.

West Des Moines Assisted Living Financial Assistance

There are two Iowa Medicaid waiver programs that cover assisted living services. The Home and Community Based Services Elderly Waiver is for seniors who need nursing home care but want to live in an assisted living community. The Health and Disability Waiver is for those under age 65 who reside in an assisted living facility. 

For more information about these programs and their eligibility requirements, see our Assisted Living in Iowa page.

West Des Moines Assisted Living Resources

 Contact Description 
Aging Resources of Central Iowa (515) 255-1310 Aging Resources of Central Iowa is the Area Agency on Aging that serves West Des Moines seniors. Its Information & Assistance specialists help seniors identify and apply for services and programs in the community, and its Aging and Disability Resource Center provides one-on-one consultations and options counseling and arranges assistance as needed. The agency’s Nutrition & Wellness program promotes seniors’ well-being through congregate meals and nutrition counseling and education, and the award-winning A Matter of Balance program helps seniors prevent falls through education and exercise classes that increase strength and balance. 
Polk County Senior Services (515) 274-0373 Polk County Senior Services provides a broad range of services to West Des Moines seniors. At its congregate meal sites, including West Des Moines’ Westside Community Center, older adults can meet new people, enjoy a hot meal, play games, learn a craft and participate in group fitness activities. Services are available to all seniors regardless of income.   
Des Moines Vet Center (515) 284-4929 The nearest vet center is in Des Moines, about 4 miles from West Des Moines. At this location, staff helps veterans determine what state and federal benefits they’re eligible for, gather necessary documents or request discharge upgrades and apply for benefits. Some benefits seniors may be eligible for include the Aid and Attendance benefit, the VA pension and service-related disability benefits, which may help cover assisted living expenses. Veterans may also find out more about veterans’ homes and VA healthcare services.  
Central Iowa RSVP (515) 246-6544 The Central Iowa RSVP offers a broad range of volunteer opportunities for those aged 55 and over in the West Des Moines region. Volunteer opportunities vary throughout the year but may include coordinating volunteers to mobilize following a public health emergency or natural disaster, maintaining flower beds throughout the community and tutoring and mentoring local children. In exchange for volunteering, seniors receive supplemental liability insurance and invitations to recognition events.  
Iowa Legal Aid (800) 992-8161 Iowa Legal Aid provides free legal assistance and advocacy for seniors statewide. Through its 60+ Elder Law program, it addresses issues pertaining to consumer and finance, health care, long-term care, wills and end-of-life planning, public benefits and identity theft.  

West Des Moines Assisted Living Laws and Regulations

Assisted living facilities in West Des Moines are governed by the Iowa Department of Inspections and Appeals. This department enforces a comprehensive set of regulations to ensure quality care. To learn more about these regulations, see our Assisted Living in Iowa page.