Curious about why Wesley communities are a top choice? Let’s hear from some of those who know Wesley best:
Board of Trustees member Monte Windsor’s mother lives at Wesley Bradley Park in Puyallup. And former Wesley Community Foundation Board of Directors member Brent Smith’s mother lived at Wesley Lea Hill in Auburn.
Both Monte and Brent offer insight about life at a Wesley community. They agree Wesley communities stand out in three ways:
- It’s very easy to make friends. Social-emotional engagement is encouraged with an array of activities and a welcoming spirit from neighbors and staff.
- The continuum of care is very important. All of the services are delivered by people who radiate kindness. The residents, staff, and leaders share a call-to-service mentality.
- The nonprofit status of Wesley enables leaders to focus on resident satisfaction and community stewardship.
Connecting with people and forging friendships is easy at Wesley communities. That’s because they are designed for neighborly engagement and budding friendships.
“What home really represents is relationships, community, and making memories with people you love,” says Monte. “For many older adults, there is talk about staying in your house. Yet that house can keep you from connections that matter. That’s why a move to a senior living community can be a good thing. You get lots of connection from people who you can relate to.”
With an array of activities and ample dining options, it’s easy to break bread and connect with neighbors. There is always something happening. Residents engage in volunteer activities, fitness in the gym and swim center, and walking groups. For those who like to get out and about there are several weekly excursions.
Monte’s mother moved into her apartment home at Bradley Park sight unseen. She is delighted by her spacious, light-filled apartment. She speaks often about the thoughtful details included in her home. She hasn’t had a lonely day yet. That’s because she quickly bonded with neighbors over bridge card games. She also loves to go to meals with friends.
Kindness though the Continuum of Care
When you walk around a Wesley community, everyone greets you. Residents, their families and staff are friendly and welcoming. Deep, caring bonds develop. Monte says his mother relishes a special laundry set up the staff designed for her. It’s a special touch just for her.
Through supportive Catered Living services, staff help residents remain independent and socially engaged in the community. Residents receiving memory care services in The Arbor also bond with their caregivers.
Brent’s mom lived with him and his family for five years. Once she entered her mid 90s, she needed more care than Brent’s family could provide in their home. That’s when she made the move to Lea Hill. She connected easily with staff and received quality care in The Arbor for years.
Brent and his family visited her several times every week until she passed away in 2023 at age 100.
“My mom’s care providers remarked about my mom’s sense of humor,” says Brent. “Every time I visited, the care team had charming stories about her to share with me. I continue to be very impressed with the level of care, kindness, and personal approach to care that my mom received.”
Wesley Leadership Embraces Stewardship Role
Wesley is a 501c3, nonprofit organization led with a spirit of stewardship.
“Every board and executive team meeting begins with prayer,” says Brent, who is now Wesley’s Lean systems advisor. “I feel very blessed to be of service and with a group dedicated to making continuous improvement. Our core mission and belief in serving others in a Christ-like manner is consistent at every one touch point.”
Brent and Monte share a commitment to serving others, and this value serves as a major connection point with the Wesley mission.
“A lot of care is taken to be good stewards,” says Monte. “This means we keep growth sustainable, focus on being of service to residents, create efficiencies, and keep quality standards high.”
“Inspired by and grounded in faith, Wesley enriches the lives of older adults through community, choice, and continuing care.“
Wesley is governed by a non-compensated board of trustees who are elected by corporate members from churches in the Pacific Northwest Conference of the United Methodist Church. At Wesley, our commitment to excellence is driven by our dedicated board of trustees who work with our executive leadership to provide guidance and perspective.