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Glen Oaks Alzheimer’s Special Care Center

Glen Oaks Alzheimer’s Special Care Center

8525 Urbandale Avenue

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About Glen Oaks Alzheimer’s Special Care Center

Located in beautiful Urbandale, The Glen Oaks Alzheimer’s Special Care Center community was opened in December, 2012, making it one of the newest and most comprehensive upscale specialized memory care communities in Iowa. Our memory care community is committed to being Iowa’s leader in providing quality personal services to residents and families, becoming a true partner in care for those whose lives are influenced by Alzheimer’s and dementia.

Glen Oaks Alzheimer’s Special Care Center is designed to perfection in order to embrace each resident’s life experiences, offering an approach that incorporates the individual story into the whole care program. The center offers around the clock care and supervision; private and companion accommodations; three quality, gourmet meals every day; snacks; special guest meals; and a vast array of activities. Whether on a field trip, exercising, attending a class, enjoying pet visits, socializing, or participating in weekly church services, residents at Glen Oaks are always doing something!

Often the mental demands of those struggling with Alzheimer’s disease can take over the emotional needs of this population. But at Glen Oaks Alzheimer’s Special Care Center, we keep the emotional needs and feelings of your loved one at the very center of what we do. Our exclusive Meaningful Moments ® program is specifically designed to help meet the needs of those residents with memory loss. We begin by finding out the life story of each individual by finding out their preferences, likes, dislikes, and cherished memories. By adding details and preferences from the residents’ life stories into their day we can build comfort and a sense of meaning for each resident individually. The result is a familiar atmosphere for your loved one.

Glen Oaks Alzheimer’s Special Care Center is designed to offer long-term residential options as well as respite services to families seeking short-term care for those impacted by Alzheimer’s, dementia, and memory care issues. Arranged into private and companion accommodations, our specialized community offers the benefit of our distinctive and compassionate emphasis on Meaningful Moments® assisting families through the recovery process and allowing for caregiver relief. We are committed to honoring the experience of aging at Glen Oaks Alzheimer’s Special Care Center and ensuring that our residents’ life stories are incorporated into their individual respite care design, thereby distinguishing our dementia care services and provisions in the Des Moines region.


All utilities included. TV and phone outlets in all resident rooms.

Dining Options

We offer foods and fluids frequently throughout the day and actually have six dining times. This gives ample opportunity to receive nutrition and hydration. We utilize past eating habits, routines, and preferences recognizing that it is essential to life; but also, can be one of life’s greatest pleasures.

Cleaning Services

Glen Oaks furnishes linens and routine housekeeping.


Glen Oaks Alzheimer’s Special Care Center provides a fully supervised, success-oriented activity program that is specially designed for our residents with regularly scheduled social events. We believe quality of life is enhanced by listening to music, singing, baking, and doing crafts. Exercise and pet visits are also an important part of the daily routine. Friends and family are always welcome to participate.


We provide scheduled transportation.

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