Finding the Right Community Can Change Lives

Discover how a mom and daughter found their community at Bradley Park. When Ilene Whitman moved into a for-profit facility five years ago, she happily lived an independent lifestyle. It wasn’t until the pandemic changed visiting regulations her daughter recognized something had to change. During COVID-19, Ilene’s facility implemented extreme visiting restrictions. No outside guests   Read more…


How To Assess Your Home For Safety Issues

Check out our list of simple adjustments to make daily activities more comfortable, reduce accidents, and support independent living. According to the CDC, among adults age 64 and older, falls are the number one cause of injury, hospital visits due to trauma, and death from an injury. With more than half of all falls occurring   Read more…


Caregiver Fatigue: Coping Tips

Learn more about caregiver fatigue, what it is, and how to prevent it. As the population ages, more people who aren’t health care professionals are providing caregiving. Many family members who are actively caring for an older adult often don’t self-identify as a caregiver. A caregiver is defined as anyone who provides help to another   Read more…


Here come the holidays. Now add a pinch of Family Dynamics.

Michelle Graham sheds light on the holidays and dynamics of family communication. By Michelle Graham of Graham & Graham Eldercare Consultants Take a cup of family love and caring, a tablespoon of stress, a basket of concerns with fears surrounding aging and current or future care needs. Mix in different personalities and opinions. What do   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…


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…


Thanking Mom with Home Care

Our mothers worked hard to provide and care for us, and now may be the perfect time to provide excellent care for them at home. May is not only Older Americans Month; it is also the month for Mother’s Day. This might be the right time to thank Mom for all she’s done by giving   Read more…


Prepping for the holidays as a caregiver

The holiday season is filled with cheer, good tidings and fun family get-togethers. For family caregivers assisting with a loved one experiencing memory impairment, this can easily become the hardest time of the year. It is important to prepare ahead of time and follow these helpful tips for the best holiday season! A crowded room   Read more…


Brenda Drinkwine: Thankful to help others

Brenda Drinkwine has worked with older adults most of her life. Before starting her career as a CNA in her early 20s, Brenda was a teacher. She taught Sunday school classes, elementary school and piano. Brenda has dedicated her life to helping people, which makes her a perfect fit for Wesley Homes Home Health. Brenda   Read more…