Older Adult Support Services at UnityPoint Health | Des Moines, Iowa
UnityPoint Health - Des Moines

Older Adult Support Services

The staff and physicians of UnityPoint Health - Des Moines are committed to high-quality and compassionate health care for our patients. Whether it's providing some of the finest cardiovascular and cancer care in the country or working to keep residents healthy through excellent preventative health care and health education programs, we're working every day to improve the quality and convenience of health care services in Central Iowa.

The Counseling Centers for Central Iowa

The Counseling Centers for Central Iowa provide high quality, comprehensive outpatient behavioral health services. Services include adjustment to life changes, family and marital counseling and bereavement counseling. For more information, please call 515-241-2300.

The Diabetes Education Center

The Diabetes Education Center provides knowledge, which is a key factor to managing diabetes. A team of healthcare professionals at Iowa Methodist Medical Center and Iowa Lutheran Hospital offer information, instruction and support to people with diabetes through educational programs and counseling sessions. For more information, please call 515-241-5074.

The Health and Fitness Centers

The Health and Fitness Centers are located at both Iowa Methodist and Iowa Lutheran. Personal equipment orientation, aerobic and muscle conditioning consultation, demonstrations of proper stretching techniques and supervision by a staff member are all benefits available to fitness center members. For more information, please call 515-241-6073.

Hearing Health

Hearing Health is a hearing aid dispensing program at Iowa Methodist, Iowa Lutheran and Blank Children's Hospital that aids patients in taking steps to better hearing. For more information please call, 515-263-5143.

UnityPoint at Home

UnityPoint at Home provides skilled nursing, home care aides and companions, rehabilitation therapy, hospice, palliative care, infusion therapy and home medical equipment to meet your needs. Home health care is an alternative for individuals of any age whose condition does not require hospitalization or admission into a care facility, but does require continuing care, treatment or instruction. For more information, please call 515-557-3100.

Home Care Centers

UnityPoint at Home features four home care centers to give patients and their families convenient access to home health services and equipment. Located in Des Moines, Clive, Urbandale and Grinnell, these centers feature a large lineup of equipment to view and a staff that can knowledgeable and friendly. For location information, please call 515-557-3130.


UnityPoint at Home offers Lifeline, a personal home emergency response system for a small monthly fee. Whenever you need help, one press of your lightweight, waterproof help button activates the two-way voice communicator that puts you in touch with a caring Lifeline monitor who gets you the help you need. For more information, call 1-866-674-9900 ext. 4395. Once connected, please mention program IA012.

Hospice Care

UnityPoint Hospice offers hospice care to assist and comfort terminally ill patients and their families. It is available both in a patient's home and at Taylor House in Des Moines. A coordinated, interdisciplinary team delivers hospice care. Holistic care is provided to meet the physical, emotional, social and spiritual needs of patients and their families. Taylor House Hospice offers patients and families an alternative to hospitals and nursing homes and provides patients with a "home-like" setting. Most hospice care is delivered right in a patient's home. For more information, please call 515-557-3100.

The John Stoddard Cancer Center

The John Stoddard Cancer Center offers programs and support services for cancer patients, families, and friends. Support services available include support groups, individual and group counseling, one-on-one support services for people diagnosed with cancer, etc. Programs offered:

Day to Day

Support group for adults affected by life-threatening illnesses such as cancer. Meets twice a month. For more information, please call 241-6107.

Us Too

Monthly Prostate Cancer Support Group for men and women affected by prostate cancer. For more information, please call 241-8505.

After Breast Cancer (ABC)

Monthly Support Group for women with breast cancer. For more information, please call 241-8505.

Blood Cancer Support Group

Monthly Support Group for people diagnosed with leukemia, lymphoma and multiple myeloma as well as their family members and friends. For more information, please call 241-8505.

The Buddy Program

One-to-one support service for those diagnosed with cancer. For more information, please call 241-8505.

What's On Your Mind?

Individual and group counseling for people with cancer. For more information, please call 241-4280.

Lymphedema Clinic

Comprehensive treatment program for individuals with lymphedema. For more information, please call 241-6839.

The Look Good, Feel Better

Designed for cancer patients undergoing chemotherapy or radiation therapy treatments. Wigs, turbans, make up, swimsuits and camisoles are available. This program offers a free consultation by a licensed cosmetologist who can provide tips on skin care, make up and hair care during treatments. In addition, wigs and turbans can be conveniently fitted and purchased at John Stoddard Cancer Center. For more information, please call 241-4243.

LifeLong Links

The LifeLong Links website provides a place to start for consumers and providers who are thinking about and planning for long-term living. LifeLong Links also connects informed consumers and providers with a coordinated entry point to Iowa's information and referral resources: Iowa COMPASS, the Iowa Association of Area Agencies on Aging, Iowa Family Caregiver Support Program, and Iowa 2-1-1. Visit www.lifelonglinks.org for more information.


The LiveWell program is an event-based program that includes education and prevention events as well as community outreach. Information provided will help keep our community members healthy. Please call to receive additional information, 515-241-6302.

My UnityPoint Nurse

My UnityPoint Nurse is a free, health information service for the public, sponsored by UnityPoint Health and staffed by registered nurses 24-hours a day, 7 days a week. The nurses at My UnityPoint Nurse answer your health questions, help you find a doctor, and register you for classes and health programs. Contact My UnityPoint Nurse toll free at 1-800-424-3528 during normal business hours Monday through Friday.

The Nutrition Centre

The Nutrition Centre offers a three class series in conjunction with the Cardiac Rehabilitation Department. The focus of the services emphasize buying healthy foods, evaluating body composition and addressing the nutrition concerns of those people with high blood cholesterol levels or coronary artery disease. For more information, call 515-241-8686.

Outpatient Therapy Services

With seven convenient locations throughout the Des Moines metro area, our outpatient clinics provide a variety of specialized therapies ranging from athletic training to hand therapy.

Parkinson's Disease Information and Referral Center

The Parkinson's Disease Information and Referral Center provides educational materials, serves as a physician and services referral source, maintains support groups and offers free support statewide. For more information, call 515-241-6379 or toll free at 1-877-872-6386.

The Pulmonary Rehabilitation Program

The Pulmonary Rehabilitation Program offers you and your family information and support to help you meet the day-to-day challenges of living with a chronic lung disorder. The program teaches you how to make positive life changes, including supervised exercise, allowing you to lead a more active and productive life. For more information, please call 515-263-5488.

The Reserve on Walnut Creek

Sponsored by UnityPoint Health - Des Moines, The Reserve on Walnut Creek is independent living for seniors over the age of 60 and located in the heart of Urbandale just north of Hickman at 2727 82nd Place, adjacent to the scenic Urbandale walking trail. The Reserve is locally owned by a non-profit corporation with a Board of Directors consisting of residents and sponsor representatives who govern the community, which affords enjoyment of retirement without the hassle of home ownership. Develop new friendships at The Reserve with freedom to stay involved in the activities you enjoy such as bridge, golf, or volunteering. A beautiful array of community areas await you at The Reserve including fireside/dining room, private dining room, coffee shop, home theatre, wood shop, creative studio, game room, beauty/barber shop, wellness area with spa, library, computer center, guest rooms, and under-building parking. Sizes of residences range from 700 to 1600 square feet. Tours are by appointment to see this unique senior living opportunity! For more information, please call 515-727-5927, or visit them on the web at www.reserveonwalnutcreek.com.

The Senior Health Insurance Information Program

The Senior Health Insurance Information Program (SHIIP) can help you find answers to the important questions you have about Medicare, Medicare supplement insurance, long-term care insurance and other health insurance issues. Our SHIIP volunteers are an experienced, objective trained group of people who will give you the best information available. For a free, confidential appointment or for questions, call 515-263-5227. For SHIIP services in other parts of Iowa, call 1-800-351-4664.


Telecare is a free program for people who live alone in the Des Moines area to have telephone contact with someone who cares. Volunteers at Iowa Lutheran Hospital provide this service. You may call in each morning, or you may arrange to have a volunteer call you. For more information, please call 515-263-5262.

The Wound Healing Center

The Wound Healing Center provides specialized outpatient treatment for wounds that have not healed in six weeks or longer. A condition that may result in a non-healing wound includes complications from diabetes, poor circulation, pressure or friction, animal or insect bites and surgical complications. For more information please call, 515-241-4325.