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6 Memory Care Communities in the Ames Area

Premium Community

Green Hills

A 55+ Life Plan Community

  •  2200 Hamilton Drive, Ames, IA 50014 $$$$

Condominium-style ownership agreement

  • 58 condominiums and 80 townhomes
  • Restaurant-style dining
  • Entertainment and recreation spaces
  • Browsing and leisure library
  • Barbering services
Premium Community

Independence Village of Ames

Experience A Senior Living Community That’s Like A Family

  •  1325 Coconino Road, Ames, IA 50014 $$
  • Affordable, all-inclusive, monthly rates
  • Daily activities and recreational programs available for your interests
  • Entertainment programs and special events
  • Three delicious meals daily served in our dining room
  • Weekly housekeeping & linen service

Windsor Manor at Nevada

Welcome to Windsor Manor at Nevada!

  •  1642 South G Ave., Nevada, IA 50201 $$$
  • 30 assisted living one and two bedroom apartments each with its own private bath and kitchen or kitchenette
  • Personal laundry and housekeeping services provided, as is assistance with the activities of daily living
  • Personalized emergency wireless pendant and round-the-clock assistance
  • Convenient access to highways and scheduled transportation to shopping, medical services, restaurants and places of worship
  • Windsor Manor also offers 10 memory care studio apartments in its Windsor Gardens

Bickford of Urbandale

Enriching Happiness.

  •  5915 Sutton Place, Urbandale, IA 50322 $$
  • An extension of your home, your apartment is yours to personalize and decorate to your unique tastes
  • Home-style food at the Family Table
  • Registered Nurse Provides Care Coordination
  • Life Enrichment & Support Programs
  • Every customized service plan is all inclusive, with no hidden charges

Ramsey Village Continuing Care Retirement Community

The Comforts of Home with the Support You Need

  •  1611 27th St., Des Moines, IA 50310 $$
  • Ramsey Village is a Continuing Care Retirement Community offering; Exceptional Independent Living, Personalized Assisted Living, Alzheimer's and Dementia care and Skilled/intermediate Nursing Care.
  • Spacious one- and two-bedroom style plans to suit every taste
  • Our full-service dining program offers three meals a day, with a variety of menu options prepared with only the freshest ingredients.
  • There's always something fun and exciting to do here. Our diverse programs, outings and events offer something for everyone.
  • Our staff is available around the clock for your peace of mind.

What is Dementia, Alzheimer’s, & Memory Care?

Memory Care is a long-term residential care option in senior housing that provides specialized, around-the-clock care to older adults living with all types of dementia.  Memory Care, also referred to as Alzheimer’s Care or Dementia Care, may become necessary once cognitive disorders reach a stage that makes living at home or receiving care at home too difficult. It’s common to find a Memory Care unit within an Assisted Living community, often in a specialized building or neighborhood.  Memory Care housing may also be found in a Continuing Care Retirement Community, a Skilled Nursing Facility, Nursing Home or as a standalone entity or community.

Dementia vs Alzheimer’s

Dementia is a broad term applied to a group of symptoms related to a decline in mental function that is severe enough to interfere with daily living.  Huntington’s disease, Parkinson’s disease and traumatic brain injuries are all linked to dementia.  Alzheimer’s is a specific brain disorder, and the most common form of dementia, that destroys memory and cognitive skills over time.  Both dementia and Alzheimer’s may result in memory loss, mood swings, speech impairment, confusion/hallucinations and incontinence.

When Might Memory Care be Necessary?

It may be time to look into a memory care community if you’re concerned for your loved one’s health and safety due to one or more of the following issues:

  • Wandering from home or getting lost on familiar routes
  • Forgetting to turn off stoves or other appliances
  • Changes in personality, such as aggression or hostility
  • Misplacing items and forgetting important dates and names
  • Incoherent thoughts and speech
  • Impaired judgment
  • Physical changes, including weight loss, poor hygiene and falls or unexplained bruises
  • Unpaid bills, insufficient or spoiled food in the home, pets and/or housekeeping are neglected
  • Changes in health and behavior that are beyond your family’s ability to manage

What is the Difference between Memory Care and Assisted Living?

Memory Care and Assisted Living communities both providing housing, meals, and assistance with activities of daily living (ADLs), such as bathing, dressing, toileting and walking.  However, Memory Care communities offer additional features that are specifically designed to help residents with Alzheimer’s and other forms of dementia, in the following areas:

  • Safety: Memory Care communities typically have locked entrances and exits with keypad codes, door alarms and enclosed outdoor spaces. Staff will also escort residents to and from meals and activities.
  • Layout: Soothing spaces, color-coded walls and common rooms clearly marked with pictures to help reduce confusion.
  • Activities: While both Assisted Living and Memory Care communities both offer activities that encourage socialization, Memory Care communities often include therapies and exercises that help maintain cognitive skills and increase relaxation, such as occupational, art or music therapies. They also have predictable schedules and follow set routines.
  • Staff and Training: The staff in a Memory Care community are trained to manage wandering, and to redirect behaviors common to dementia, such as agitation, confusion, aggression and anxiety. There is 24/7 care, a higher staff-resident ratio and personalized care plans.

A Memory Care community can offer your loved one more independence, engagement, safety and specialized support, along with peace of mind for you.   Begin your search for a Memory Care community using our US map above. Our search results include facility pictures, descriptions, floor plans and pricing where available.