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…


98 Year Old Resident Volunteers Care for Wesley Hospice

Des Moines resident Harriet Farman recently reached out to Wesley Hospice to provide volunteer care for patients in need. Wesley’s new hospice program provides emotional and spiritual support, pain management and personalized end-of-life care. The program is also legally required to have volunteers who help support the patient and provide bereavement care. While it is   Read more…


Making a Full Recovery with Wesley Health & Home Care

Wesley Des Moines resident Ronnie Bialik talks about what helped her most during her recovery from a serious neck injury. Ronnie Bialik has been a resident of Wesley Des Moines for three years. She enjoys spending time with friends, participating in fitness classes and painting with oil and pastels. That is until recently, when she   Read more…


Urgent Care or ER?

Knowing the difference between emergency care and urgent care can be tricky, but there are important distinctions that include the severity of symptoms and level of care. In a study published by the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention, the National Center for Health Statistics found that 48 percent of patients who had visited the   Read more…


Make Your Health Last as Long as Your Life with Joe Piscatella

How can you live a healthy lifestyle in the real world? Joe Piscatella is one of the nation’s foremost experts on the practical science of healthy living. He recently celebrated the 40th anniversary of his coronary bypass surgery, making him one of the longest-living examples of the effectiveness of healthy lifestyle habits. This April, Joe   Read more…


Wesley Hospice Now Open to Volunteers

The accredited Hospice program is looking for caring listeners. Wesley Health & Home Care’s Hospice service provides emotional and spiritual support, pain management and personalized end-of-life care. After receiving accreditation last year, the Hospice team is now creating their volunteer program. “Hospice is rooted in volunteer work,” said Wesley Hospice Director Margaret Shepherd. Hospice started   Read more…


Wesley Homes Receives Hospice Accreditation

The Wesley Homes continuum of care now includes Medicare Certified hospice services. Wesley Homes proudly announces approval of its accreditation status by Accreditation Commission for Health Care (ACHC) and approval by Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) for the services of hospice care. “Hospice is an important component of care that’s been on the   Read more…