Stopping the Greatest Risk to Seniors

The leaves can fall but not you! This month is Fall Prevention month, which is a great reminder to assess fall risks. Commonly, chronic health conditions such as heart disease, low blood pressure and dementia can play a role, as well as vision impairment, medications and muscle weakness. Many can be dismissive of falls as   Read more…


With Hospice You’re Not Alone

The daughter of a long-time resident shares her experience with Wesley Hospice. Marie Meyers is one of five sisters who are all daughters of Wally Meyers, who passed away late last year. After a lifetime of living independently, Wally expressed to his daughters that he needed more help. Marie Meyers followed Wally’s health closely as   Read more…


What is Catered Living?

Learn about Wesley’s Catered Living service. Catered Living is a flexible home care program offered in The Commons apartments at Wesley Lea Hill and Wesley Bradley Park. It is designed with enough flexibility to meet each individual’s care needs so people can live with confidence. The program offers a complete daily dining service, weekly housekeeping,   Read more…


5-Star Care at Wesley

Wesley has recently earned three 5-star Medicare ratings! Three Wesley health divisions have been awarded Medicare’s top marks in this year’s state survey. Wesley Des Moines Health Center earned an overall 5-star rating based on a state review of health inspection, fire safety, staffing and care quality. “Our five stars signal superior care and personal   Read more…


Wesley Home Health Earns a 5-Star Rating

Wesley Home Health just recently received a 5-star rating from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services on their Home Health Compare site. This makes Wesley Home Health one of 2 HHAs in the state to achieve a 5-star rating. This “quality of patient care” rating means that the agency performed better than other agencies on   Read more…


The Difference Between the Flu and a Common Cold

We’re right in the middle of flu season, and despite our best efforts, sometimes we get sick no matter what. How can you know if what you have is the flu or just a common cold? They’re both respiratory illnesses and share many similar symptoms. The simplest way to look at it is that, generally,   Read more…


How to Communicate Effectively with Someone with Dementia

Dementia can be difficult to cope with, but there are ways to improve communication and create more positive experiences. By Melinda Moore, Wesley Health & Home Care Executive Director How can we find ways to communicate more effectively with people who have dementia? It can be difficult to understand how dementia affects people, but there   Read more…


By Leaps and Bounds at the Lea Hill Care Center

After Sally Steiner had a hip replacement earlier this year, she chose Wesley Lea Hill Rehabilitation & Care Center for her physical therapy. When Sally first arrived at the care center, she had nearly lost all of the mobility in her legs. However, by the time she was discharged approximately a month later, she was   Read more…


Meet Our Hospice Team

Wesley Hospice staff share why the work they do is important to them and why it should be important to all. The Wesley Hospice team is ready to serve with their compassionate, respectful style of end-of-life care. Our integrated team consists of professionals with a range of specialties: a nurse case manager, social worker, chaplain,   Read more…


Cultivating a Greater Understanding of Dementia

Wesley has started a new, hands-on dementia training program to help improve person-centered care. The Virtual Dementia Tour is a clinically developed, evidence-based program that offers participants a hands-on simulation of what it’s like to have dementia. The program was brought to Wesley Des Moines by Chaplain Michael Byrd and funded by the Wesley Community   Read more…