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Independent Living in Des Moines: Communities Spotlight accent

September 20, 2023 | By
If you’re considering moving into an independent living community in the Des Moines area, WesleyLife provides several exciting options. Our Des Moines metro communities offer full suites of services that cater to most needs and life stages. Check out what makes each community special to find the right fit.

Independent Living in the Des Moines Area

When it comes to independent living in Des Moines, you have several options from which to choose. This area is home to WesleyLife’s flagship community and several other beautiful independent living campuses. Learn more about each community below.

Brio of Johnston

Located just northwest of Des Moines is Brio of Johnston, a welcoming, inclusive community that contains all levels of living under one roof (independent living, assisted living, short-term rehabilitation, memory support, and long-term care). This community is also expanding, with the addition of 16 townhomes and three single-family homes on the campus. 

All residents enjoy a beautiful campus inside and out, complete with a broad range of amenities. When you feel like staying on campus, a bank, general store, chapel, and salon are at your disposal. If you want to take a walk and enjoy the weather, stroll down our walking trails, which connect to Johnston’s trail system. You can also exercise in our state-of-the-art wellness center with classes led by fitness professionals.


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In West Des Moines, Edgewater sits on 50 acres of lush natural beauty, complete with walking trails, manicured gardens, and impressive water features. As you stroll through the campus, you can’t help but feel energized!

Across campus, you’ll find villas and apartments with various floor plans, allowing you to enjoy your private space while taking advantage of the many amenities at Edgewater. Those include five-star dining options, an expansive fitness center with an indoor heated saltwater pool, an art studio, a newly built event center, and more.


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The Village

Situated south of Des Moines in Indianola, The Village is characterized by a rich history, with second- and even third-generation residents calling this community home. We provide a variety of apartment and townhome floor plans so you can find the best fit for you.

On The Village campus, you can enjoy scenic outdoor areas, including peaceful meditation and vegetable gardens. Other on-site amenities include a solarium and chapel, library, woodworking shop, salon, and more. Plus, transportation is available for off-site outings — including to nearby Simpson College, where The Village residents can take classes or attend special events.


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Wesley on Grand 

Wesley on Grand is WesleyLife’s flagship community, formerly known as Wesley Acres. Located in the heart of Des Moines, the community recently underwent a $25 million redevelopment, enhancing its value to the Greenwood Historical District. 

Ideal for anyone who wants to enjoy independent living in an exciting metropolitan area, Wesley on Grand offers beautiful new recreation and gathering spaces, health- and well-being-focused amenities, and a stunning campus just miles from the Ingersoll entertainment corridor and downtown Des Moines. In addition, Wesley on Grand operates its own on-site pub and bed and breakfast, both of which welcome residents, clients, and the general public.

Whether you want to enjoy the soaking tub in our state-of-the-art aquatic center, read a book in the comfortable library, or receive some pampering in our professional hair salon and spa, Wesley on Grand offers something for everyone.


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A Full Continuum of Services and Care

In addition to independent living, our communities in the Des Moines area offer a full continuum of care. If you move into independent living and your health needs change, you could smoothly transition to:

No matter the level or type of support you need to live your best life, you’ll find it in our Des Moines-area senior living communities. Our independent living residents enjoy peace of mind, knowing they’re right where they need to be — not only now but in the future. 

Want to explore all your independent senior living options? Take a moment to find a community that perfectly fits your needs.

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