The Cottages: Iowa's First Freestanding Nursing Homes for People with Dementia

A diagnosis of Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of dementia can be devastating to both patients and their families. It can be difficult to navigate what a diagnosis like this will mean for your loved one. And it often prompts questions as to what the best path of care will be.

According to the World Health Organization (WHO)[AS1] , nearly 50 million people worldwide are living with some form of dementia. This number is projected to reach 82 million by 2030 and 152 million by 2050. With the prevalence of these diseases on the rise, so comes an increase in the number of memory care communities—a senior living option that provides specialized care for those with dementia.

The Benefits of a ‘Household Model’ for Memory Care

Memory care programs are designed to provide residents with 24/7 care in a comforting and supportive environment. At Western Home Communities, assisted living memory support at Thalman Square serves early- to mid-stage dementia care needs in a friendly, town square setting with privacy and therapeutic recreational programming that creates moments of joy.  

When more care is required in mid- to late-stage dementia, nursing care is provided in the household model of care.  This matches a comfortable environment with personalized care that allows seniors facing a dementia diagnosis to live their best day, however that looks.  

The household model in The Cottages at Western Home Communities serves just 16 residents in each.  This smaller care setting allows seniors to feel more at home and create stronger connections with their consistent caregivers and fellow residents.  

Additionally, spacious bedrooms with attached bathrooms are private—meaning every senior has access to a space that is uniquely theirs, an integral part of feeling at home.  

The Cottages at Western Home Communities

Western Home Communities is proud to offer the first freestanding nursing home for memory care in Iowa (photo above). Since June 2015, The Cottages have provided personalized, patient-centered care for those with Alzheimer’s and other forms of dementia in a setting that looks like anything but a traditional nursing home.

These Craftsman-style family homes house 16 residents and features a great room with a fireplace and an open kitchen, as well as private bedrooms and bathrooms. What won’t you find? Nurses’ stations, long hallways, and one-size-fits-all daily routines.

Like other household model communities, care is dictated by the resident and works to prioritize quality of life, dignity, purpose, choice and spontaneity each day. And staffing and schedules are based on how our residents want to live.

Learn More About The Cottages

If your loved one has been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s or another form of dementia, it’s important to understand all your care options. Contact Western Home Communities today to learn more about our assisted living memory support living options, as well as our unique, household model of care in The Cottages.