Welcome to your local Senior Helpers team website, with our office located in Urbandale, IA. One of 300 Senior Helpers offices nationwide, our office serves the entire Central Iowa area, including but not limited to Adel, Altoona, Ankeny, Bondurant, Carlisle, Clive, Dallas Center, Des Moines, Grimes, Indianola, Johnston, Mitchellville, Norwalk, Pleasant Hill, Polk City, Urbandale, Van Meter, Waukee, West Des Moines and Windsor Heights.
Senior Helpers of Central Iowa was opened in 2008 and is locally owned. One of our owners was the primary caregiver for a year for his mother after she had a stroke. He knows the challenge of being both a caregiver and a son or daughter, as well as the difficulties caregivers face on a daily basis. The relationship with parents is very different when a son or daughter serves as a caregiver. One of his goals is to make sure our clients receive the quality care they need so family members can interact as loving family members, not as stressed-out caregivers.
Our other owner is a disabled Vietnam veteran, and wants to make sure the veterans we care for receive the respect and care they deserve. He was a medic in Vietnam and was a nurse by profession, and is passionate about quality care.
Since opening in 2008, Senior Helpers of Central Iowa has been trusted as the premier reliable partner to assist with senior care needs. Expanding our in-home care and senior services across Central Iowa, we are able to accommodate the increasing need for higher quality home care. The safety of our clients is of primary concern to us. We provide security, comfort and professionalism to our clients and their families, with our goal to lift the burden and provide peace of mind for both the client and the family.
We pride ourselves on having the best and most compassionate caregivers in our area. We work hard to match up your loved one with the most appropriate caregiver(s). We have extensive training programs for our caregivers to prepare them for whatever circumstance they may find in the home. Our Alzheimer’s and Dementia training program is considered the best in the industry. Our Parkinson’s training is also second to none. However, we do not just train our staff. We also offer training to family caregivers and other family members of our clients. It’s important that you know what to expect as well. We take our responsibility of informing our families and community very seriously.
Senior Helpers is well known for our work ethic, compassion and professionalism, which has helped us become the home care agency of choice for local hospitals, residential communities, and healthcare professionals. Having the highest standards in the industry is important to us, and has allowed us to be recognized as “Best of Home Care” by Home Care Pulse in 2013, 2014 and 2015. We are proud of these honors, but it is the testimonials from families we have cared for that truly gives us pause. Whether for one hour a day or 24/7 care, we will be there for your family.
We invite you to call and speak with a professional care consultant. We will answer your questions honestly and directly, without any pressure to move forward unless you so choose. Bringing a home care agency into your loved one’s home is a huge decision with multiple implications, and you should approach it cautiously but with a sense of purpose. Find a care partner you can trust. We believe we are that care partner. After discussing your needs by phone, our owner and/or our Director of Nursing will come to your home and discuss your needs with the family. You can then make an informed determination of the care you are seeking.
We also offer after-hours consultation by phone to assist with your research in choosing the most appropriate care provider for in-home senior care services. Simply call us at (515) 251-7444 to speak to a care consultant. We are happy to provide this information whenever you need it.
Many families have never had to begin the process for in-home care services. It can be very stressful selecting a home care agency to help your loved ones. In the initial consultation with clients and their families, there will probably be many questions you will not know to ask. We strive to help make the entire process simple and stress-free, and calling our local office at (515) 251-7444 is the first step. The sooner you reach out to us, the better you will feel by having your questions answered. You will also have less anxiety after receiving advice and recommendations from our experienced staff.
A Client Services team member will discuss and review your loved one’s specific needs, and explain a typical day with the in-home care services that are the best match for the current situation. We will properly outline and summarize the cost of care, and then set up a convenient time to meet with you and your loved one – typically at the location care is needed. This complimentary in-home assessment is part of the normal process, and is designed to introduce your loved one to our services, and describe our mission and our culture. We meet many individuals that are naturally very private and resistant to care. This first meeting assists in creating comfort, and starts the process in gaining their trust and confidence, as well as yours. From here we set up a care plan that addresses their needs, and a schedule that is affordable and practical. There are no contracts to commit to. Our Service Agreement is highly flexible to meet the needs of each individual client. We look forward to hearing how we can help your family’s specific needs.
Office Hours: M-F 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Phone: (515) 251-7444
2951 86th Street
Urbandale, IA 50322
Senior Helpers is pleased to offer monthly training for clients, caregivers, family members and community partners. You do not have to be a family member of a current client to attend. The sessions are open to anyone who wants to know more. This program will offer insight into the best possible care through all stages of Parkinson's disease, Alzheimer's and dementia.
Senior Gems® Alzheimer's & Dementia Training
Senior Helpers is a leader in the in-home care industry when it comes to Alzheimer's and dementia care with the program Senior Gems®. Developed by nationally renowned dementia expert Teepa Snow, the focus of Senior Gems® is on what people with dementia can do, instead of what they cannot do. Teepa's gems classification system (based on the Allen Cognitive Disability Theory) allows us to understand which stage of dementia the person is experiencing so the best service plan can be created for that individual.
Balancing Act® Parkinson's Training
Senior Helpers has developed a new Parkinson's Care program called Balancing Act®. In collaboration with staff at Johns Hopkins Parkinson's Disease and Movement Disorders Center, Senior Helpers has designed a program that discusses symptoms of Parkinson's disease and offers strategies and techniques for managing Parkinson's. Senior Helpers has partnered with the Michael J. Fox Foundation to advance Parkinson's education.
Please call our office if interested in either GEMS or Parkinson's training. If you would like to bring one of these training programs to your organization or group, please call our office to set that up. We can tailor the program to the time and dates you have available. We hope to see you soon!
Director of Nursing
Client Service Coordinator
Wow! What a great turn-out! Saturday, September 20th, our Senior Helpers team of walkers showed up at the state capital to show support for the Alzheimer's Association. There was music, food, dancing, vendor booths, doggie and kid's area. In addition, they had a special ceremony that inspired all! Our team raised well over $1,000 from on-line donations and several individuals putting their loose change in cans. We appreciate everyone's contribution; small or large!
We had a great event on September 20, 2014 at our 6th Annual Senior Helpers & Urbandale Senior Center Wii Bowling Tournament. There was a record crowd of 35 teams and many cheerleaders filling the room. We saw great competitive enthusiasm, good snacks, lunch and of course good bowling!
Congratulations to all of our winners!
Wow, did we have fun at our 1st Annual Master's Putt-Putt event. Senior Helpers of Des Moines and Woodlands Creek Community partnered to put this event on to raise funds for our local Alzheimer's Association on April 9th. We had 9 fun filled designed holes to play, plenty of food, as well as some great auction items for people to bid on. The event raised over $2,000 for the association. Here are just a few photos taken at this event. (See photos below). We want to thank all our hole sponsors and gift donors for helping make this a successful event!
Senior Helpers has taken a bold step by telling the world that age does not erase hopes and dreams. And by implementing the Virtual Dementia Tour companywide, Senior Helpers has further demonstrated its commitment to those it serves. Senior Helpers is proud to support Second Wind Dreams® on this mission by encouraging donations, raising awareness, and sensitizing the world to dementia as a corporate partner.
What is the Virtual Dementia Tour?
Learning to create a positive environment for those with dementia can only come from attempting to walk in their shoes. Created by P.K. Beville, a specialist in geriatrics, this valuable, easy to follow experiential tour is designed to instill hope in professional and family caregivers, providing them with a tool to move from sympathy to empathy and better understand the behaviors and needs of their loved ones and patients.
Interested in learning how you can bring the Virtual Dementia Tour to you?
Contact us today to help us and you learn more about changing the perspective on aging!
"Until There’s a Cure, Take The Tour!"