Where To Begin

Getting started on your journey

Your first steps on your way to better-quality of living.

When you first start talking about senior living, you need to make sure the senior living community will treat you and your loved ones like family. It is hard enough for seniors to start looking for the senior living, they have to move from their home, sometimes a home they have lived in for generations.

Elite Lodge of Ashworth will feel like home the first time you step into the Lodge, Compassionate staff that will listen to you, your needs and offer an atmosphere that is engaging, fun and loving. Elite Lodge recognizes how difficult it is to entrust you or your loved one to the care of someone else. We understands the trust it takes, and we will not let you down!

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To Elite Lodge, our members and their families are our most important priority; we create an atmosphere where seniors love to live. We offer several dailies, weekly and monthly activities you or your loved ones will never be bored; they can have a full day every day if they want with all our activities and very active social activities to get involved in. Check out our monthly events calendar to see everything that Elite Lodge has to offer.

When you or a loved one becomes a member, they will appreciate a fine dining experience where our members help set the menus, an indoor heated pool, and spa that we encourage family members to come to the Lodge and enjoy with the members. Elite Lodge’s Park-like setting for nature walks, well planned daily activities with our professional staff ready to help anytime you need.

Elite Lodge of Ashworth has been serving seniors for thirty-seven years and understands that making your mind up what senior living location is essential, and is never easy to make the right choice by yourself. Picking the right senior living does not have to happen in a day. Elite Lodge is glad to go through it with you, take you on tour, talk with members and have lunch with us; we will help you through your journey even if you are not ready at this time. It is always good to plan.

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When looking for assisted living.

When searching the internet, you will find more than you can imagine senior living choices. So many to choose from. Starting out you might feel overwhelmed, with all the google search results, newspaper ads, TV & Radio ads. It is a good idea to write down the ones you might want to visit but before you start calling before you even set up appointments to visit and tour, speak with friends and loved ones about Senior Living locations to learn from their experience and advice.

Check with trusted consultants: physician, attorney, stockbroker, pastor, in-home health providers and others who have already guided you through significant life decisions, ask some friends that are currently living at a senior living location, wright down everything about the facility that you are looking for in the next level of your life.

Now, narrow the field geologically, then limit yourself to 4-5 candidates within the needed category: 55+ community, continuing care retirement community, independent living, assisted living, memory care or skilled nursing, depending on what your needs are.

On your initial tour, expect many specifics. Take notes, however, focus on the global picture, start with costs compared to value. If you like what you see and hear, come back to your highest rated two or three with your loved one and family members for a more community tour. Make sure you stop and talk with current members and see what they feel about the senior living location, you need to work with the general manager he/she is the best person to work with, they know the bottom-line. Be careful of high-pressure sale people they generally work on commission. That’s why you want to work with the General Manager!

Live where you will be happy.

It is a good idea to go back to your top few top picks and visit at different times of the day and week, make sure they offer everything you are looking for in assisted living. Talk to them about coming in for dinner to see what the food is like and while you are visiting do a few activities to get a feel for the senior location.

Who makes the final decision on which senior living location to choose? Let’s remember this is for assisted living only! The Senior that will be living at the location should choose their own location. However, family members can give their loved ones an option. After all, this is their new home moving forward.

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You want a senior living location to feel like home right away; staff feels like family and many activities to do daily if you want.

At the Lodge of Ashworth, you will find everything you want in your next adventure in life, experience the Lodge for yourself, call the Lodge, and we will customize your tour and priorities, so you get everything you are looking for, please allow 45-90 minutes for your tour, if you are not used to walking no worries we have scooters for you to use.

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Grand Entry

Park-Like Setting

Three-Story Buildings

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Interested? Let’s get in touch!

Elite Lodge of Ashworth is located in West Des Moines on historic Ashworth Road. A truly picturesque setting surrounded by mature trees provides seclusion and privacy. Our location is only minutes away from Valley Junction, Jordan Creek, and Valley West Mall. And ten minutes to downtown Des Moines.

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