In order to find the top assisted living communities in the Des Moines area, our team of researchers:

  • Sorted through 46 communities using our unique methodology
  • Spent over 12 hours researching assisted living communities in Des Moines
  • Read more than 80 reviews left by residents and their family members

After filtering out facilities that didn’t meet our high standards, we were left with 10 assisted living communities that earned our seal of approval. Through this process we discovered that the average cost of assisted living in the city of Des Moines is $4,350, which is higher than the state average of $4,078 and the national average of $4,051.

Jonathan Frank
Licensed Social Worker and Certified Dementia Practitioner
Jonathan Frank
Licensed Social Worker and Certified Dementia Practitioner

Jonathan Frank is a Licensed Social Worker with over 10 years experience working with the geriatric population in a variety of different settings. He received his Masters degree from Rutgers University with a certificate in Aging and Gerontological Services. Additionally, he is a Certified Dementia Practitioner accredited by the National Council of Certified Dementia Practitioners. Jonathan also has Bachelors degree in psychology and worked as an Emergency Medical Technician for 14 years. His passion lies with the elderly and ensuring they age with dignity.

Read on for in-depth information about the top assisted living facilities in Des Moines, a brief dive into our methodology for determining the best assisted living communities, and a searchable directory of 46 communities in the Des Moines area. Trusted Communities spent dozens of hours researching the top assisted living communities in the Des Moines area to allow seniors and their families to find the community that’s right for them. Click through the facilities listed below to read in-depth reviews, what residents are saying, and details such as base pricing, room types, and more.

3801 Grand
Studios, 1-Bedroom Apartments, 2-Bedroom Apartments
Assisted Living, Independent Living, Memory Care
Assisted Living: $3,500, Independent Living: $2,550, Memory Care: $6,300
Residents at 3801 Grand appreciate its convenient location, which is just minutes from major medical centers as well as the city's vibrant downtown entertainment and dining options. This family-owned facility boasts attractive modern decor and professionally landscaped grounds. Seniors enjoy fresh, homemade food, including signature favorites, such as seared lamb chops, plus a daily selection of soups. Fresh fruit is always available, and resident feedback is incorporated into menu changes. The facility's minibus is available to shuttle seniors to and from local events.
What Residents are Saying:
Relatives like how willing caregivers are to comfort residents and address their individual living requirements. One said, "When my aunt has bad times during the day, the staff works with her to engage her in an activity, support her with comforting words, or just sit with her until she feels better."
4.51 out of 5 stars
(21) Reviews
3801 Grand Avenue, Des Moines IA 50312
Bickford of Urbandale
Calvin Community
Prairie Hills Des Moines Retirement Community
Prairie Vista Village
Ramsey Village
The Gardens Assisted Living
The Rose of Des Moines
Valley View Village
Wesley Acres

Our Methodology

It’s not what we research, but the way we research that makes stand out. We start by identifying problems and challenges in the senior care industry by gaining insight from conversations with industry professionals, older adults, and those that care for them. Next, our research team led by industry experts apply our data-driven research techniques to understand the magnitude of the challenge and how to overcome it. Finally, we present our findings in easy-to-understand guides and studies and share our actionable results with influencers and caregivers, as well as the general public.

Facility Features (40%)

Facility Health Services Graded on health services provided
on the facility including, but not
limited to, on-site nursing,
pharmacy, skilled nursing,
medicine administration, etc

Facility Amenities Graded on the available

Affordability Financial assistance acceptance
and overall costs and value.

Residential Quality (40%)

Resident Satisfaction Polling & survey of overall facility satisfaction.

Facility Complaint and Violations Number of complaints and violations the facility had. Taking into account improvement over time.

Online Reviews Aggregated verified online reviews.

Location (20%)

Location-Based Benefits Including, but not limited to, proximity to
hospitals, ambulance response times, senior
resources available, and state and city
financial assistance.

Location Quality Local crime rates, incidents against older
adults, air quality, climate.

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