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  • Higley Mansion Care Center

    Higley Mansion Care Center

    860 17th St SE, Cedar Rapids, IA 52403
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    Higley Mansion Care Center is a remarkably, beautiful senior citizen facility located in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. Our highly trained staff are available to assist those living in our facility. Our monthly fees include many services to our residents. These services would include furnished bedrooms with...

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  • Hansen House

    Hansen House

    2331 Nash Blvd, Council Bluffs, IA 51501
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    Hansen house is a residential care home located in the serene city of Council Bluffs, Iowa which is the county seat for Pottawattamie County. Strategically located in close proximity to the home are a number of major healthcare providers in the area, as well as churches, parks and drug stores. The...

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  • Waterford at Wilderness Hills

    Waterford at Wilderness Hills

    8939 Keystone Drive, Lincoln, NE 68516
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    The Waterford at Wilderness Hills is a family centered Memory Care community which specializes in Alzheimer's and Dementia related needs. We offer surroundings that feel like home. Our staff is committed to using their God given talents to serve the needs of your loved one. We value their life...

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  • Sunny Meadows Living Center

    Sunny Meadows Living Center

    419 N Prospect Ave, Sedalia, MO 65301
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  • Shirlee's Retirement Home

    1302 E 2nd Ave, Indianola, IA 50125
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    Shirlee's Retirement Home offers a lot of services for the elderly in Indianola, Iowa. Not only are they focused on their nursing home, but also have assisted living, senior community, and is a micro community. The nursing home facility of Shirlee's Retirement Home offers help to those in need on...

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  • Plummer Place

    1050 Plummer Circle, Rochester, MN 55902
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    At Plummer place, we know that when it comes to your senior loved one, that it's all about meeting and exceeding their needs, so that they can and will enjoy the best with their golden years. We are proud to be located in beautiful and wonderful Rochester, Minnesota, where your senior will enjoy...

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  • Sunset Home Assisted Living Company

    3686 Kenosha Dr. NW, Rochester, MN 55902
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    Welcome to Sunset Homes Assisted Living! This is a new home with a maximum occupancy of four residents. The home is located in the new development site of Badger Hills, northwest of Rochester city. It is only 5-7 minutes away from the Mayo Clinic. The location is new and has a quiet neighborhood...

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  • Blessed Homes

    305 E 63rd St, Kansas City, MO 64113
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    Blessed Homes is a senior care home located in Jackson, Clay, Platte, and Cass counties, Kansas, MO. Loving caregivers provide assistance to seniors in a group home setting. Renowned musical styles Kansas City Jazz and Blues were created here in the 18th and Vine Neighborhood. Kansas City played a...

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  • An Angel's Touch, Inc.

    340 N 93rd St, Omaha, NE 68114
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  • Collier Care Home

    3001 NW Vesper St, Blue Springs, MO 64015
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  • Willows & Water

    707 Upper Meadow Lane NW, Rochester, MN 55901
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Care Homes in Des Moines, IA

Residential care homes — sometimes called care homes, board and care homes, group homes, or personal care homes — are often houses in residential neighborhoods that are adapted, equipped, and staffed to care for a small number of residents, usually 10 or less. Similar to assisted living but in a smaller, more residential setting, these homes provide supervision, organized events, and assistance with activities of daily living (ADLs). This means care homes can help with everyday routines but typically do not provide 24-hour skilled nursing assistance.

The cost of living in a care home depends largely on location. Since the homes are private residences, costs are tied to real estate value and therefore may vary greatly.

A Place for Mom’s local Senior Living Advisors can help you find the right residential care home in Des Moines for you or your loved one.

Cost of Living in Des Moines, IA

Des Moines is considered to be much more affordable than other similarly sized cities. The cost-of-living index is rated 14 points below the national average and the grocery index is rated 7 points below the national average. All index scores are based on a sliding scale with the national average set at 100.

Cost-of-living index Grocery index Median rent Rent burden Median home value Median family income Estate tax
86 93 $992 18.4% spend over 30% of their income on rent $123,403 $49,999 The top inheritance tax rate is 15% and there is no exemption threshold

Local Medical Providers

The top hospitals that service Des Moines include:

  • VA Central Iowa Health Care System - This government run community provides care to the region's veterans. They offer acute care as well as specialized medical services including surgery, mental health care, and geriatric care.
  • MercyOne Des Moines Medical Center - Consistently ranked as the top hospital in the city and one of the best in the state, this community offers a range of services across 875 staffed beds.
  • Iowa Lutheran Hospital - This community provides care to a total of 224 staffed beds. They offer emergency and trauma treatment, behavioral medicine, general surgery, critical care, and home health care.

Climate and Weather

Des Moines has a hot-summer humid continental type of climate. This means that the city experiences four distinct seasons with extreme high temperatures in the summer and extreme low temperatures in the winter. The summers are humid and in the winter the city receives a high volume of snowfall. On average, the humidity level for Des Moines is roughly 70%. The average humidity levels are highest during the month of December at roughly 75%.

Seasonal Temperatures

Average summer temp Typical summer high Typical summer low Average winter temp Typical winter high Typical winter low
76°F 89°F (July) 62°F (July) 27°F 39°F (February) 14°F (January)

Air Quality

Average air quality index rating Average maximum air quality index rating
42 (Good) 59 in the month of December (Moderate)

Moderate air quality conditions means that those who are unusually sensitive to particulates in the air should consider limiting the amount of time spent on outdoor exertion.


Average monthly precipitation Average maximum monthly precipitation Average yearly snowfall
3” 7” (June) 33”

Demographics and Values

Des Moines tends to lean liberal in most elections. This is due in part to the large population of college students that live there as well as the city being the capital of Iowa and the largest metropolitan area in the state.

2016 Presidential Election for Polk County

Voted Democratic Voted Republican Voted Third Party
51.74% 40.38% 7.89%

Population Statistics

Population metro area Population city proper Population density Population trend
481,222 217,521 952 people per square mile Shrinking at a rate of -0.07%


Median 55+ 60+ 70+ 80+
34 23% 10% 5% 3%

Highest Level of Education

High-school diploma College degree Graduate degree
31% 25% 8%

Race & Ethnicity

Asian Black Hispanic Native American Pacific Islander or Native Hawaiian White Two or more
6.5% 11.3% 13.3% 0.4% 0.1% 65.4% 4%


Total crimes Property crimes per 1,000 citizens Violent crimes per 1,000 citizens
11,045 44 7


Unemployed Participate in the labor force Have some form of disability Live in poverty Widows Veterans
7% 71% 14% 18% 6% 6%

Des Moines is considered very friendly to members of the LGBTQ+ community. This means that members of the community can participate in public life without fear of bigotry and discrimination.

Arts, Culture, Entertainment, and Recreation

As the capital of Iowa, Des Moines combines Midwest charm and metropolitan sensibilities to create a city that is filled with arts and culture. Dominating the skyline of the historic East Village neighborhood is the gold-domed Iowa State Capitol building. Located nearby is the Des Moines Art Center which houses a wide collection of contemporary works as well as the Pappajohn Sculpture Park. The park is host to a number of annual events including the Des Moines Art Festival and the 80/35 Music Festival. The Downtown Farmers Market also features live music as well as local goods and produce. The Salisbury House and Gardens is another popular venue that also features tours of the estate that highlight the architecture, local history, and regional biodiversity.

For those who enjoy outdoor recreation there are a number of excellent parks located within the city limits. These include the Des Moines Water Park which features a beautiful garden filled with fountains and other water displays. Walnut Woods state park is one of the largest parks in the city, spanning over 260-acres and miles of walking trails. The Robert D. Ray Asian Gardens features a pagoda, ponds, and a large collection of sculptures and outdoor art exhibits. The Greater Des Moines Botanical Garden has outdoor and indoor gardens and a large geodesic dome.


Mass transit is available in the city through the Des Moines Area Regional Transit authority or DART which operates 26 routes throughout the city and surrounding metropolitan areas. Greyhound buses also connect Des Moines with regional transit hubs in Minneapolis, Detroit, and Chicago.

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