Glen Oaks Alzheimer's Special Care Center

8525 Urbandale Ave Urbandale IA 50322

866-465-5993

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Overview of Glen Oaks Alzheimer's Special Care Center located in Urbandale, Iowa

At Glen Oaks Alzheimer's Special Care Center, we provide a host of community amenities. Residents can take part in frequent off-site adventures and outings. Our campus is conveniently located nearby public transportation. We have free wi-fi. Free resident parking is available at our location. Our purpose-built community provides the support of specialized care; every facet of the community is designed to cater to the unique needs of its occupants.

Dining Amenities

We provide occupants with meals throughout the day. We love to entertain visiting company, meals provided. Dining includes restaurant-style dining, private dining rooms for residents who wish to celebrate special occasions or entertain visitors, and specialized dining programs available to meet the needs of residents. We offer specified dining options such as vegetarian food and low/no sodium options.

On-Site Activities

Residents can stay active with specially curated on-site activities that stimulate both mental and physical well-being. To ensure residents enjoy a diverse cycle of events and entertainment, we employ a full-time activities director. The exercise program includes stretching classes. We love to celebrate with holiday parties, birthday parties, BBQ's, picnics, and outdoor parties and resident karaoke nights. Our entertainment center includes Wii Sports(add TM) Bowling for bowling enthusiasts. Residents enjoy regular trips and outings to local neighborhoods and towns. Our community offers a healthy living program ensuring cognitive, dietary, and physical health to ensure residents live their best and healthiest lives. For residents who are reluctant to participate in social or recreational activities, we offer pet therapy as a positive and stimulating alternative. We offer inter-generational programs that have many benefits for both children and seniors - that emphasize the joys of human connectivity and propagate longer and happier. We provide regular musical entertainment for the use of our residents - and in some instances, to take a trip down memory lane. Residents may participate in recreational activities such as art classes designed to inspire and stimulate mental well-being and instructive community cooking classes. Residents can also join our gardening club. Our community activities cycle includes trivia nights, regular educational lectures covering a wide range of academic topics, and dances and "Senior Proms".

Outdoor Common Areas

Outdoor common areas are designed with accessibility, flow, and movement for resident mobility. Our community grounds includes raised gardening beds available to residents during their leisure hours, an outside patio garden accessible to all residents, indoor and outdoor walking paths for the pleasure and convenience of our residents, and an enclosed-courtyard to enhance recreation hours.

Indoor Common Areas

Indoor common areas are a nice, quiet place to enjoy the company of fellow occupants or to just relax. Our community is secured to ensure the safety of our residents. Residents have access to our communal spaces including a fully-stocked arts and crafts center, a TV lounge, perfect for catching the latest episode of your favorite show or enjoying sports programming with other residents, a game room, where you can socialize while enjoying games of all varieties, and a jacuzzi available for residents to relax.

Community Attributes at Glen Oaks Alzheimer's Special Care Center

Living Options and Amenities

We offer wheelchair accessible units, studio units, and handicapped units designed for easy accessibility and for use by wheelchair users. Northern, Eastern, Southern, and Western-exposure and ground floor rooms are available. We have free wi-fi for all of our residents. To accommodate our residents, our community has air conditioning, and temperatures are regulated to optimize comfort and safety. Resident units featuring roll-in and wheelchair accessible showers are available. Our residents also enjoy free access to cable satellite TV.

Featured Services at Glen Oaks Alzheimer's Special Care Center

Transportation

Our community provides complimentary transportation services. All of our residents have access to our transportation services at a reasonable cost.

Personal Services

We have a beautician conveniently located on-site - residents can easily receive beauty treatments for all occasions. Personal housekeeping services are provided as needed. Our convenient on-site beauty salon provides hair care and beauty treatments. Both laundry and dry cleaning services are offered.

Religious Services

We offer devotional services on-site, so residents can practice or worship in the privacy of our community. Catholic religious services are available, provided by a visiting chaplain. There are also several churches located within the surrounding neighborhood.

Medical Care Services

Our 24-hour awake staff is at hand to assist your loved one in fulfilling time-sensitive needs, should they arise. All services are delivered by licensed practitioners present on staff 24/7. There are licensed nurses on-site to administer injections when needed. Our medication-care managers organize the medication services available to our residents. Available services include on-site RN's and LPN's. We have registered nurses on our community staff. We have a registered dietician / nutritionist on site. Our caregivers receive specialized training in all applicable fields. We recruit first-class visiting podiatrists whose job it is to ensure our residents are happy, fit, and mobile. Regular visits from specialized occupational therapists are available to residents to aid development, recovery, improvements, and maintenance of skills needed for daily living. Speech therapy services are provided by trained and certified speech-pathologists. A visiting nurse is available to all residents. We always have a doctor on call to handle adjustments in medication, continued consultation, and urgent medical needs when they arise. At our community we offer adjunct therapies, such as reminiscence therapy, which stimulates sight, sound, smell, and touch faculties to encourage memory recall and the enjoyment of sensory experiences. Additionally, we offer sensory-based programming (like Snoezelen therapy) that creates relaxing and stimulating spaces for residents coping with anxiety or agitation. Our residents may schedule reminders for medication and care activities. On-site hospice care is provided. Our community offers respite care - a short-term stay at a senior living community - perfect for those recovering from a hospital visit, the interim during which a caregiver takes an extended vacation, or simply to experience a senior living trial period. This community provides ADL assistance, administered injections, medication administration, and licensed nurses are onsite to administer injections when needed. We can administer a sliding scale program to monitor insulin levels via glucose tests, and adjust medications based on the results. Staff members are versed in the usage of the Hoyer Lift for total transfers. Services include incontinence care for bladder-related and bowel-related symptoms. Services for residents with Disorientation/Lack of Awareness issues ensure residents are well-directed and receive support in living a healthy lifestyle, and that no one's needs are neglected. Alzheimer's and dementia may encourage wandering as a means of coping with anxiety. Our facility utilizes a locked and secured perimeter to ensure the safety of our residents.Our facilities are secure and the staff is specially trained in de-escalating exit-seeking behaviors. We accept residents with behavioral issues - our staff is specially trained in de-escalating behavioral episodes and our facilities are fully equipped to handle any related occurrences that may arise. Our staff is specially trained in de-escalating exit-seeking behaviors.

What to expect at Glen Oaks Alzheimer's Special Care Center

Community Certifications

Our community is licensed for 66 residents. The building was constructed in 2008, and most recently renovated in 2012. We do not have age restrictions and accept residents of all ages.

Local Emergency Assistance

Local fire, police, and EMT services are nearby and ready to respond.

Local Area Amenities

There are shopping centers and beautiful parks located in the surrounding neighborhood. Hotels are conveniently located near the facility for residents' guests and visitors.

Pricing at Glen Oaks Alzheimer's Special Care Center

Room Type
Monthly Range* (USD)

Studio
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Semi-Private
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*Prices quoted are monthly rental charges and are provided by the communities themselves. Actual prices may differ due to one-time fees, timing and care services required. Speak with your Senior Living Advisor to learn more.

Reviews of Glen Oaks Alzheimer's Special Care Center

3.9 of 5 Average rating
30 Reviews
Reviews gathered from across the web
(16) A Place For Mom
(14) SeniorAdvisor.com
  • Bottom of the barrel

    This place is a mess and a new fancy remodel will not help turn them around. Staff talks to residents like they are children. All the good staff have pretty much left and I don't blame them. Administrator just sweeps things under the rug or tells you what she thinks you want to here but never addresses concerns. She takes absolutely no responsibility for anything. I never see her out and about the facility. The times I've been there when she is she is just sitting in her office most of the time with the door shut. She will go to family meetings to make a big show and is always super fake during them. I know for a fact that one time a nurse worked a 21 hour shift! When it was mentioned she just shrugged it off and really didn't address it. Makes me wonder how often this happens and makes me fear for resident's safety. Every time I come into visit at night or weekends the residents are just all positioned around the front lobby area staring at each other or parked in front of a TV. Such a sad place.

    Review originally written on A Place For Mom

    Bottom of the barrel

    This place is a mess and a new fancy remodel will not help turn them around. Staff talks to residents like they are children. All the good staff have pretty much left and I don't blame them. Administrator just sweeps things under the rug or tells you what she thinks you want to here but never addresses concerns. She takes absolutely no responsibility for anything. I never see her out and about the facility. The times I've been there when she is she is just sitting in her office most of the time with the door shut. She will go to family meetings to make a big show and is always super fake during them. I know for a fact that one time a nurse worked a 21 hour shift! When it was mentioned she just shrugged it off and really didn't address it. Makes me wonder how often this happens and makes me fear for resident's safety. Every time I come into visit at night or weekends the residents are just all positioned around the front lobby area staring at each other or parked in front of a TV. Such a sad place.

  • A Great Move for Mom

    This was a great move for Mom! She really is happy at Glen Oaks. She reminds us frequently how nice everyone is there. We think so, too! In addition, the staff is super helpful and interacts so well with their residents. We are always impressed by what we witness between staff and residents and the obvious care and respect that is shared. Mom is safe, healthy and happy. She participates more in activities as they really do a nice job of making them fun and interesting. Her room is bright and sunny and always clean. She likes a little more room, so we were able to find a double room for her and use the extra bedroom space for a living area. She loves it! The facility as a whole looked great already, but is now going through a renovation to spruce it up. Our whole family is very happy with Glen Oaks and Staff! More importantly, Mom is very pleased with her new home!

    Review originally written on A Place For Mom

    A Great Move for Mom

    This was a great move for Mom! She really is happy at Glen Oaks. She reminds us frequently how nice everyone is there. We think so, too! In addition, the staff is super helpful and interacts so well with their residents. We are always impressed by what we witness between staff and residents and the obvious care and respect that is shared. Mom is safe, healthy and happy. She participates more in activities as they really do a nice job of making them fun and interesting. Her room is bright and sunny and always clean. She likes a little more room, so we were able to find a double room for her and use the extra bedroom space for a living area. She loves it! The facility as a whole looked great already, but is now going through a renovation to spruce it up. Our whole family is very happy with Glen Oaks and Staff! More importantly, Mom is very pleased with her new home!

  • Extreme Caution.

    I noticed that the reviews for Glen Oaks are approximately 2 years old. They do not accurately reflect, in my opinion, the experience that I am having with my relative. Residents are injured and reports do not get completed. Staff are scared to say anything, because they are afraid of reprisals from management. When you bring a concern forward, you are treated hatefully and in a manner that just demonstrates that they do not care. There have been a number of inspections into this facility, to respond to complaints. They seem to clean up the complaints long enough to pass whatever inspection they have to pass, and then once the authorities have left, things backslide in the manner in which they were before. This is a very expensive facility, and it seems to me that there should be a greater amount of care and attention afforded to the residents. Most of what I observed was staff standing around. Even during mealtimes, staff stood in the corner, expecting individuals in the full throes of dementia who could not get their own plate of food to feed themselves. I watched the staff gathered together in the back of the dining room, joking and laughing with one another, while residents begged for their food.

    Review originally written on A Place For Mom

    Extreme Caution.

    I noticed that the reviews for Glen Oaks are approximately 2 years old. They do not accurately reflect, in my opinion, the experience that I am having with my relative. Residents are injured and reports do not get completed. Staff are scared to say anything, because they are afraid of reprisals from management. When you bring a concern forward, you are treated hatefully and in a manner that just demonstrates that they do not care. There have been a number of inspections into this facility, to respond to complaints. They seem to clean up the complaints long enough to pass whatever inspection they have to pass, and then once the authorities have left, things backslide in the manner in which they were before. This is a very expensive facility, and it seems to me that there should be a greater amount of care and attention afforded to the residents. Most of what I observed was staff standing around. Even during mealtimes, staff stood in the corner, expecting individuals in the full throes of dementia who could not get their own plate of food to feed themselves. I watched the staff gathered together in the back of the dining room, joking and laughing with one another, while residents begged for their food.

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Community Details at Glen Oaks Alzheimer's Special Care Center

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    • Glen Oaks Alzheimer's Special Care Center Amenities

      • Activities Onsite
      • Outdoor Common Areas
      • Activities Offsite
      • Vegetarian
      • Meals Provided
      • Indoor Common Areas
      • Devotional Services Onsite
      • Beautician Onsite
      • Kosher

    Senior Housing Types Provided at Glen Oaks Alzheimer's Special Care Center

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      • Memory Care
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