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Independence Village of Ames

1325 Coconino Rd, Ames, IA 50014

4.9
(35 reviews)

Studio, 1 Bed, 2 Bed, Semi-Private

Welcome to Independence Village! At Independence Village of Ames, we enjoy spending time getting to know our residents and helping them explore the best living options for each of their specific needs. We’re here to assist with daily tasks like housekeeping, getting ready for the day, or even...

The Rose of Ames

1315 Coconino Road, Ames, IA 50014

4.8
(4 reviews)

1 Bed, 2 Bed

The Rose of Ames Affordable Assisted Living community is located in Ames, Iowa. The community has 56 units situated in a tranquil residential neighborhood on the border of Ames in Story County. It is also located in a part that has low crime rates making it quite safe for residents. The Mary...

Independence Village of Waukee

1650 SE Holiday Crest Circle, Waukee, IA 50263

4.4
(93 reviews)

1 Bed, 2 Bed, Studio, Semi-Private

At Independence Village, everything we do is for you. From personalized services to help you make the most of every day to menus crafted with a mix of old favorites and new options, fulfilling your wants and needs is our highest priority. Our community offers independent living, assisted living,...

Woodlands Creek Senior Living

12675 Woodlands Pkwy, Clive, IA 50325

4.2
(49 reviews)

Studio, 1 Bed, 2 Bed, Semi-Private

At Woodlands Creek Active Retirement Community, we offer 3 different levels of care to meet our residents wants and needs ranging from independent living to memory care. Independent Living Woodlands Creek Independent Living opened in 2005 and expanded in 2008. Our independent living setting...

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Edencrest at Riverwoods

2210 East Park Avenue, Des Moines, IA 50320

3.8
(33 reviews)

Studio, 1 Bed, 2 Bed, Semi-Private

Edencrest at Riverwoods is an assisted living community located in Des Moines, Polk County, Iowa. Our beautiful community is located near Lake Easter and several parks. Des Moines is a wonderful area for both residents and their loved ones to enjoy. We are committed to our residents by providing...

Edencrest at Green Meadows

6750 Corporate Drive, Johnston, IA 50131

4.2
(27 reviews)

Studio, 1 Bed, 2 Bed, Semi-Private

Edencrest at Green Meadows is professionally managed by Senior Housing Companies.We are committed to providing Red Carpet Treatment for everyone who lives, works, and visits Green Meadows. Enjoy peace of mind and a wide variety of all-inclusive amenities when you reserve your apartment today. Ask...

Glen Oaks Alzheimer's Special Care Center

8525 Urbandale Ave, Urbandale, IA 50322

3.9
(33 reviews)

Studio, Semi-Private

Welcome to Glen Oaks Alzheimer’s Special Care!Founded in 2007, Glen Oaks Alzheimer’s Special Care Center has been providing the best quality Memory Care services to the residents of Waukee, Urbandale, West Des Moines, Clive, Windsor Heights and Ankeny.When the time comes to transition a loved one...

Independence Village of Ankeny

1275 SW State Street, Ankeny, IA 50023

4.5
(27 reviews)

Studio, 1 Bed, 2 Bed, Semi-Private

Welcome to Independence Village of Ankeny! This isn’t just a place to reside — it’s a place where our community members truly shine, and we are glad to share this experience with them. Our senior living options include assisted living and memory care. Throughout each service level, we strive to...

Bickford of Urbandale

5915 Sutton Place, Urbandale, IA 50322

4.1
(23 reviews)

Studio, 1 Bed

We began our quest into senior living because of our love for our beloved mother, Mary Bickford, whose needs became too great for us to manage.  As we researched senior living options, we were shocked at our findings.  The options offered too much or too little — none met her...

Prairie Hills of Des Moines

5815 SE 27th St, Des Moines, IA 50320

4.5
(23 reviews)

Studio, 1 Bed, 2 Bed, Semi-Private

Prairie Hills Des Moines is tucked in to a beautiful wooded setting just south of Easter Lake and Ewing Park in Des Moines. Our quiet country location is near the shopping, dining, and entertainment options of the Southridge Mall area. Hospitals and medical services are also just minutes away....

Bickford of West Des Moines

5050 Hawthorne Dr, West Des Moines, IA 50265

3.8
(18 reviews)

Studio, 1 Bed

We began our quest into senior living because of our love for our beloved mother, Mary Bickford, whose needs became too great for us to manage.  As we researched senior living options, we were shocked at our findings.  The options offered too much or too little — none met her...

Courtyard Estates at Hawthorne Crossing

601 Hawthorne Crossing Drive SE, Bondurant, IA 50035

4.4
(14 reviews)

1 Bed, 2 Bed, Semi-Private, Studio

Courtyard Estates at Hawthorne Crossing been a staple in the Bondurant Commuity for nearly a decade. We are a locally owned community that offers Assisted Living and Memory Care Services. Our motto is 'Rolling out the Red Carpet'! Which we do not only to our residents, but our staff and guests as...

The Shores at Pleasant Hill

1500 Edgewater Drive, Pleasant Hill, IA 50327

4.1
(15 reviews)

Studio, 1 Bed, 2 Bed, Semi-Private

Welcome to The Shores of Pleasant Hill.  We provide independent living, assisted living, and memory care — a flexible range of support, without a buy-in.  The building is remarkable; up on a hill, overlooking Copper Creek Lake.  Likewise, the interior has many comforts, and...

Edencrest at Siena Hills

455 SW Ankeny Rd, Ankeny, IA 50023

4.6
(11 reviews)

Studio, 1 Bed, 2 Bed, Semi-Private

Edencrest at Siena Hills Assisted Living and Memory Care is your community of choice in Ankeny! We are committed to providing Red Carpet Treatment for everyone who lives, works, and visits Siena Hills. Red Carpet Treatment is more than simple hospitality; it is our way of life! Our 'Resident...

Vintage Hills of Indianola

604 E Hillcrest Ave, Indianola, IA 50125

4.3
(13 reviews)

Studio, 1 Bed, 2 Bed, Semi-Private

Vintage Hills is located in Indianola, Iowa just 15 minutes south of Des Moines. There are 46 assisted living apartments ranging from 414 to 813 square feet. The memory care consist of 20 apartments with private and shared rooms. We have immediate availabilities for memory care. There is a town...

MorningStar Assisted Living & Memory Care at Jordan Creek

525 South 60th St., West Des Moines, IA 50266

5.0
(9 reviews)

Studio, 1 Bed, 2 Bed, Semi-Private

Here at MorningStar Senior Living Community,our reputation of excellence and authenticity sets us above the rest. We pride ourselves on our ability to incorporate faith in our everyday responsibilities. We offer 56 Assisted Living Suites and 29 Memory Care suites. We are located in a prime spot...

Rock Creek Senior Living

3602 NW 5th Street, Ankeny, IA 50023

4.4
(7 reviews)

Studio, 1 Bed, 2 Bed, Semi-Private

Journey Senior Living of Ankeny is an Assisted Living and Memory Care community serving Ankeny, Iowa and surrounding communities. We provide the ideal solution for seniors who value their independence but may require some assistance with activities of daily living.Opened November 2016. Journey...

King's Gardens Campus of Perry Lutheran Homes

2323 Willis Ave, Perry, IA 50220

4.4
(7 reviews)

Studio, 1 Bed, Semi-Private

Innovative, Personalized, and Christ-Centered - Perry Lutheran HomePerry Lutheran Home in Perry, Iowa is Your Christian, Caring Community offering a Continuum of Care for your loved one to meet their changing needs. Perry Lutheran Home offers education and expertise, home care, assisted living,...

Glenwood Place

2907 South 6th Street, Marshalltown, IA 50158

3.9
(7 reviews)

Studio, 1 Bed, 2 Bed, Semi-Private

At Glenwood Place, we know the difference between truly living life to its fullest and just getting by. In fact, we playfully and lovingly refer to our community as a 'cruise ship on land!' Our proven track record of excellent care and premier lifestyle is the perfect fit for any retiree. From...

Lakeside Village

2067 Highway 4, Panora, IA 50216

4.3
(5 reviews)

Studio, 1 Bed, 2 Bed, Semi-Private

The Lakeside Village is an absolutely beautiful 64- apartment, senior living community located in Panora, Iowa right on the east side of Lake Panorama. The community is a wonderful choice for seniors who want to retain their much-needed independence, while not having to worry about the hassles of...

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What are nursing homes?

Nursing homes, also called skilled nursing facilities, provide long-term care for seniors with significant physical or mental health conditions, and short-term care to people recovering from an injury or hospital stay. Nursing homes provide personal assistance and medical care from licensed professionals. Services in skilled nursing facilities often include:

  • Help with personal care
  • Rehabilitation care, including physical and speech therapy
  • Mobility assistance
  • Palliative and hospice care
  • Health care services
  • Complimentary transportation
  • 24-hour care and supervision
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Ames, Iowa

Nursing Homes

A nursing home community provides room and board to two or more seniors who are not related by blood or by marriage to the administrator. A nursing home community provides its occupants with care by registered nurses. These nurses provide health related services for seniors who cannot care for their needs.

Nursing homes are a familiar and comfortable care alternative for persons 65 years and above, however nursing homes will frequently take in individuals 55 and greater infrequently heard of in senior care regarding care types. Nursing homes are required to provide routine personal hygiene items, a professionallly directed program of activities, emergency dental services, and specialized rehabilitative services (treatment for mental illness or intellectual disability) to residents. As a resident of a nursing home, you can expect the right to form or participate in resident groups, be free from discrimination, be treated with respect, and make complaints. Many occupants are bachelors or widows with smaller social support groups, and almost half of nursing home residents are over 85 years old. The most frequent mental condition effecting nursing home residents is dementia, which can hinder their decision making capacities, memory function, and and familiarity. Examples of amenities and services offered at nursing homes can include monitoring serious illness and unstable health status, meal programs, help with shopping and transportation, and home care (like cooking, cleaning, or help with other daily activities).

Cost of Living

The price of a care community is determined by the destination in which it is located. The rent burden for Ames is around 13.8% of the average monthly income. Monthly, the median cost of rent in Ames is $1,079 and the median value of a home in Ames is $185,653.

Demographics and Values

Out of the total city population, 53.3% are male and 46.7% are female. The median age of Ames is 23 years old. In Ames, 64.2% participate in the labor force, 6.0% have some form of disability, 2.1% are widows, and 4.5% do not have health insurance. In Ames, 4.0% of the people are veterans. Demographically, Ames is 2.7% black, 3.5% Hispanic, 83.0% white, 10.2% Asian, 3.3% mixed race, 0.1% Pacific Islander or Native Hawaiian, 0.2% Native American, and 0.5% other or not specified. Ames has a population density of 935 people per square mile. In terms of education, 31.4% have a graduate degree, 62.7% have a college degree, and 13.3% have a high-school diploma.

State Information

An overview of Iowa

There are 120 general hospitals and 75 health centers that provide care for 3,168,703 Iowa residents. The three highest ranked hospitals in Iowa are Mercy Hospital, St. Lukes Hospital, and And Mercy Medical Center – Cedar Rapids. Residents of Iowa enjoy its natural beauty which ranks 32nd in the United States. The state of Iowa has a cost of living index of 91.8 where a score of 100 is the national average, and anything below 100 is considered less expensive than the national average. The state has a grocery index rating of 95.9 and a housing index rating of 79.6. The quality of life enjoyed by the average Iowa citizen is ranked 14th nation-wide. Additionally, Iowa is ranked 20th by standards of healthcare.

Social demographics of the state

The state of Iowa ranks 43rd in the country for diversity, and the state is considered LGBTQ friendly. The median age in the state is 38, and 30% of the population is over the age of 55. Thirty-six percent of Iowa residents regularly attend a religious service from one of the state’s 5,107 different congregations. The top three non-Christian denominations in the state are Jewish-<1%, Muslim-<1%, and Buddhist-<1%, with the most common Christian denominations consisting of Evangelical Protestant-28%, Mainline Protestant-30%, and Historically Black Protestant-2%. In Iowa there are 289 masonic lodges. In the most recent presidential election, 51% of Iowa residents voted Republican and 42% voted Democrat.

State-wide weather information

On average, the humidity rating for Iowa is around 72%. The highest monthly average humidity rating is 78% in the month of December. The most precipitation occurs in July with an average of 6.46 inches of precipitation a month. The average monthly precipitation for the state of Iowa is around 2.93 inches. The average air quality index rating in Iowa is 41.2 AQI. The highest seasonal air quality index rating occurs in the month of May with a rating of 53.8 AQI. The average temperature in the winter falls to around 22F. The average high winter temperature is around 40F in the month of February. The average low temperature during the winter drops to around 4F in the month of January. During the summer, the average temperature in Iowa is around 72F. The average high summer temperature is around 88F in the month of July. The average low summer temperature is around 55F in the month of June. While residents of Iowa mostly enjoy pleasant conditions, it’s important to be aware of inclement weather as well, which in Iowa can include floods and earthquakes (high).

Wildlife to be found in Iowa

The state of Iowa has a diverse array of plant and animal life. Local plant life can consist of bunchberry, western beard-tongue, bearberry, and tumblegrass. While venturing throughout the state, you might see animals such as the coyote, the black wolf, the bison, or the bear. The state animal of Iowa is the eastern goldfinch.

Frequently asked questions about Nursing Homes in Iowa

There are 36 nursing homes near Ames, Iowa. See the full list.

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