Wesley Homes’ donors can make a difference in the lives of older adults by designating their gifts to one or more of the following areas:
Wesley Homes has been serving NW older adults and their families since 1944. It’s time to remodel and rebuild the campus of this acclaimed community. $10 million in philanthropic support is needed to complete the $120 million project, reflecting evolving trends and desires in retirement living.Learn More
Land has been purchased adjacent to Bradley Lake Park to create the only not-for-profit, life plan community in East Pierce County. Reaching the $8.5 million funding goal will make this $80 million two-phase community project, a reality.Learn More
Over $2 million in support was raised to build the $10.6 million Rehabilitation & Care Center, completing the campus. $1.5 million has also been raised to fund Circle of Concern, which will provide financial support for qualifying residents who have outlived their resources through no fault of their own.Learn More
Make a difference through a variety of Wesley Homes’ Foundation Initiatives
Giving to the Greatest Need Fund allows Wesley Homes Foundation to respond quickly as needs arise and provide funding for special projects or programs. For example, Greatest Need gifts allowed the Wesley Homes Health Center to purchase specialized, high-tech medical equipment that could not be funded through regular fees and government reimbursements. It also funds programs such as Brain Fit and Music & Memory (noted below).
Giving to Circle of Concern makes it possible for Wesley Homes to continue to provide financial support for qualifying residents who have outlived their resources through no fault of their own. Older adults are living longer than ever before and a well thought out financial plan can prove to be inadequate. The sense of security and peace of mind that comes from knowing that one's care and residential needs are assured provides great comfort to residents and enhances the quality of life at Wesley Homes.
Donations to this fund are made by staff, residents, and caring members of the community. These funds provide emergency financial assistance to employees who, through no fault of their own, are experiencing difficulty in meeting their obligations. Causes may be natural disasters, needed medical and dental services not covered by insurance, and death in the family. Gifts also allow the Foundation to provide grants to employees who wish to further their education or seek additional skills training.
Funded through gifts to Greatest Need, Brain Fit has been on our Des Moines Campus since 2014. Our Life Enrichment Program sought to implement a cognitive enhancement course series to serve residents in Independent Living who are experiencing mild to moderate levels of cognitive impairment.
Brain Fit is modeled after a program called Train Your Brain, created by Dr. Robert Winningham, a professor of psychology. According to Winningham, there are many lifestyle and behavior choices we can make that could dramatically improve our memory ability and decrease our chances of developing dementia. Numerous studies have reported that older adults who engage in a greater number of cognitively stimulating activities are less likely to develop memory problems.
This 12 week course incorporates brain stimulation through a variety of exercises and activities, utilizing computer applications on iPads and includes trips to museums, plays, cooking demonstrations and physical exercise which works on mobility, balance and cognitive functioning.
Funded through gifts to Greatest Need and produced by the Pastoral Care and Activities Department, Music & Memory has been a part of dementia care in the Des Moines Health Center since 2013 and was added to the Lea Hill campus in 2015.
The Music & Memory approach is simple and effective. Trained elder care professionals set up personalized music playlists delivered on iPods, and other digital devices, for those in their care. These musical favorites tap deep memories not lost to dementia and can bring residents back to life – enabling them to feel like themselves again – and to converse, socialize and stay present.
This program is rooted in extensive neuroscience research and the results can be nothing short of miraculous. In more than 60 certified centers it has helped thousands of residents struggling from dementia and other chronic cognitive and physical impairments to reconnect with family, friends and caregivers. Click here for the program’s website: www.musicandmemory.org
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