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The Illahee Hills retirement community offers a homey senior living experience in Urbandale, IA, just eight miles from downtown Des Moines. Take advantage of the combined benefits of a lively neighborhood and a quiet, comfortable independent living community.
Just outside your door, you’ll find an expansive trail system that connects several of the area’s parks. Follow it to the shores of North Walnut Creek or keep going to reach a bustling shopping center home to restaurants, shops and a movie theater. Residents also enjoy living within a short drive of Urbandale’s top sites. Learn more about Iowa's rich agricultural history at Living History Farms, only three miles away, or drive 25 minutes north to immerse yourself in nature with a stroll along the beautiful shores of Saylorville Lake. Schedule a tour today.
Keeping You Informed
Our commitment to helping older people live better means sharing important and timely information to help you make an informed decision to live in a Holiday community. Illahee Hills operates with extensive protocols that mitigate the spreading of COVID-19. If a resident tests positive for COVID-19, we notify residents and their designated contacts, our employees, and the local health department. In addition, the number of active cases is shared here. We are so proud of our team’s efforts and hard work to protect our community. See here for more information on our prevention and response measures.
In the neighborhood
Moving to a new home can be challenging, but you’ll find familiar comforts and discover new favorites at Illahee Hills and in the surrounding Urbandale area. With so many entertainment options and transportation services, residents at Illahee Hills enjoy a lifestyle that’s anything but boring.
Floor Plans & Room Planner
Illahee Hills features inviting floor plans designed to maximize resident access and everyday comfort in your new home. Use this convenient guide to choose from the many available room sizes and layouts, then use our room planning tool to help arrange the furniture in your new home.
Community Amenities and Services
- Activity Room
- Barber/Beauty Salon
- Billiard Lounge
- Bistro Area
- Community Fireplace
- Community Grounds
- Computer Room with Internet Access
- Covered Parking
- Fitness Equipment
- Game Room
- Large Screen TV Lounge
- Laundry Facilities
- Locked Mailboxes
- Lounge Area
- Patio Area
- Patio Dining
- Pets Welcome
- Safety Rails
- Smoke Alarm and Sprinkler System
- Spa Services
- Walking Paths
- Washer and Dryer
- Wheelchair Accessible
- Guest Suite
- Renters Liability Insurance Program
- Basic Cable TV
- Carpet and Window Treatments
- Full Kitchen in Units
- Individually Controlled Heating and Air Conditioning
- Kitchenette in Units
- Patio or Balcony
- Telephone Hookups
- Walk-in Tub
- Wheelchair Accessible Units
Services Included with Monthly Rent
- Common Area WiFi
- Complimentary Scheduled Transportation
- Three Chef Prepared Meals Daily
- Full Calendar of Enriching Activities
- Light Linen Service
- Lively Mobile Plus Personal Emergency Response Device
- Weekly Housekeeping
- Exclusive Travel and Stay Program
- Most Utilities Included
Connection isn’t our goal. It’s our promise.
That’s why life at Holiday Retirement isn’t prescriptive, it’s personal. This is an era of opportunity to find passions that spark curiosity and people that inspire us to learn who one is. Life at Holiday Retirement isn’t about a building or amenities, it’s about the ways those simple pleasures and the people we share them with transform us every day. A meal becomes a memory. A trip to the store becomes an adventure. And a walk around the grounds becomes a tradition between friends. We are Holiday Retirement and we believe life is best lived among friends on your terms.
What are your interests?
Beauty Care Needs Met On-Site
The convenience of Illahee Hill's on-site beauty salon and barber means all you have to do is walk in to get your hair and nails done. Of course, appointments are available.
Book massages with the massage therapist on Wednesdays. Enjoy a complimentary manicure from beauty service volunteers on Fridays.
Fitness Right at Home
Illahee Hills residents enjoy a variety of health and fitness activities, from weekly group exercise classes to anytime access to on-site fitness equipment.
Illahee Hills offers premium fitness and well-being options not found at the average senior living facility. Your list of options includes such resident favorites as Chair Aerobics and guided Tai Chi classes. On-site walking paths and patios help make the outdoors accessible to all. Onsite physical therapy is available if you need a tune up.
Let Us Serve You
Enjoy restaurant-style dining served by courteous staff who know you. Chef-prepared meals are served every day in Illahee Hills' dining room. Sit with friends or invite your family for a special occasion in our private dining room. Each meal is designed to meet the unique nutritional needs of community members.
Our chef is a certified master baker and creates food that's delicious and well-balanced. He's always open to possibilities, even hosting a monthly roundtable, and likes to surprise people with their favorite dishes. Residents especially love his chili, cornbread, and liver & onions.
Make Memories Exploring the Surrounding Community
There’s so much to explore in the Urbandale area, and Illahee Hills makes sure you get to experience as much of it as possible. Regular outings to favorite restaurants, local events and more introduce residents to all their neighborhood has to offer and connect them to the greater community.
Complimentary transportation provides residents with easy access to a variety of local activities, events and attractions, including a monthly “Lunch Bunch” outing to resident-selected restaurants, and field trips to Prairie Meadows Casino, Saylorville Lake, Water Works Park, and Valley West Mall.
Life is Never Boring
Illahee Hills’ comprehensive calendar is packed with both recurring activities and special events, so you’ll always have something to look forward to. The variety of available activities is meant to enrich the whole person by stimulating physical, emotional, spiritual, intellectual, creative, social or vocational wellness.
Sports fans love Saturday tailgates for Iowa games on a 72-inch TV with surround sound. Our Easyriders Club listens to blues music while riding aerobic bikes. Other favorite activities include sponsored movie nights, a pool league, happy hours, and Men & Ladies Tea Club.
Pets Make Life Better
Furry friends are welcomed as residents at Illahee Hills. We understand how important the companionship and bond that seniors share with their pets. We’re delighted to have cats, dogs, birds, and even bunnies as part of our community.
Stay Connected with Technology and Wifi
Illahee Hills is fully equipped with Wi-Fi access to help you connect to friends, family, and important information. You can use a community desktop to stay up-to-date or connect your personal devices to the Wi-Fi in common areas throughout, so you'll never miss a thing. Public computers are located in the activity room, as well as in the onsite library. Private Internet hookups are also available.
Travel and Adventure is Always Available
The exclusive Travel & Stay program offers residents exciting opportunities to travel around the country, with free stays of up to seven days at any of Holiday Retirement’s more than 260 communities. Three chef-prepared meals are included with each trip. Visit all 43 states or just choose a favorite new location or two.
From your new home community you can also travel to destinations throughout the world through the Travel Adventure Program, through educational activities and food specific to the chosen destination. Reserve your seat for the next travel destination with us!
Lend a Helping Hand
A group of residents knits hats for babies and children in Africa. We also host school supply drive and military drives for items needed overseas. The surrounding community gives back to us as well. Volunteers from school groups and Adult Connections visit us regularly.
We have empowered residents to become resident ambassadors. These individuals have often lived in the community for quite some time and enjoy helping new residents get acclimated to senior living. They encourage new residents to take their time settling in and them feel comfortable in their new home.
Join us for a Complimentary Meal
At Holiday Retirement, we love our food and know you will too. We invite you and a guest to join us for a flavorful meal and the opportunity to see first-hand if independent retirement living is right for you.
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