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…


Loving Volunteers Help Get Wesley Vaccinated!

As residents of Wesley communities get their second dose of vaccines, volunteers have lovingly supported these efforts. While Wesley team members coordinated with pharmacies to administer the vaccines, resident volunteers helped sign people in and some retired nurses observed people for side-effects afterward. “This was a big day for the folks living here, and I   Read more…


Wesley Health & Home Care Heroes

Messages of gratitude from Wesley Health & Home Care How do you describe a year that many would like to forget? Covid-19, PPE, protocols and the bizarre over-purchasing of bath tissue could be key highlights of what most would remember about 2020. COVID-19 has affected families, friends and strangers alike, with some unable to tell   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…


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…


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…


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…


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…