How Do You Know When It’s Time for a Move?

Residents of Wesley share when they knew it was time to move. After Karleen Kennedy’s husband passed, she was hesitant to leave her home of over 30 years. Although it was well maintained, the home needed repairs and the nearly three acres of landscaping was more than she could handle alone. This got her thinking   Read more…


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…


Mothers & Daughters at Wesley

With generations of families not uncommon at Wesley, meet some of our mother-daughter duos! WesleyDes Moines resident Janet Schempf knew she would eventually live on the campus she grew up visiting when she was a child. Janet is a Wesley legacy, one of the generations of mothers and daughters who’ve lived on the Des Moines   Read more…


The Joy is in the Journey

At 100 years old, Harriet is loving her journey at Wesley. Along that journey, there are many people and places that give meaning to life. Harriet Farman, a long-time resident of Wesley, lives her journey joyfully. Having lived previously at Wesley Des Moines and now at Wesley Bradley Park, Harriet is a cherished friend of   Read more…


Celebrate the Season with These Cranberry Delights!

In November, Wesley held its first Teaching Kitchen for priority reservation list members and Wesley prospects. The first subject of our Superfood Series, cranberries, was a resounding success! View the complete presentation here: Wesley Teaching Kitchen: Cranberries After our host, Community Relations Director Rob Lanouette, introduced our speakers and thanked our culinary partners, Morrison Living,   Read more…


The Smith Family comes to Wesley Des Moines

By Carol Smith Hosler and Hal Smith Perhaps Wesley has seen a first – four siblings all living on the Des Moines campus. Or maybe when the fifth comes, that will set the record. The first to come to Wesley were Judy and Terry Shimono. They came to the Brownstone in September of 2018.  They   Read more…


Transform Your Space With A Winter Garden

Gardening in the winter can transform your indoor and outdoor spaces with living color. Cultivate your love of gardening all year long with our list of hardy flowers and delicious edibles designed to survive the cold. Outdoor Garden Beds Semi-hardy vegetables adapted for winter gardening include swiss chard, kale, spinach, collards, leaf lettuce, carrots, beets,   Read more…


Our Guide to a Safe and Fun Thanksgiving

The Thanksgiving festivities might look different than previous years, but it’s no reason not to celebrate. This year seize the opportunity to break away from the norm and try something new. Check out our list of ideas to keep your day of giving feeling festive and unique, even while social distancing. Who knows, you may   Read more…


Angels Among Us

By Ellen Johanson Compassionate care matters.  Family members know it.  Excellent caregivers provide it.  And residents feel it, even those unable to verbalize it.   Ardith, a Lea Hill resident for over three years, knew Wesley was where she wanted to live because she had received excellent care at the Wesley Des Moines Health Center.  In   Read more…


Resident Panel Highlights Community

During a recent panel discussion, Wesley residents shared their experience about moving into and living in their respective Wesley communities. Residents from each Wesley community shared their experience and advice about moving into their campuses during a recent online video discussion. While the stunning mountain and calming water views were contributing factors, the deciding factors   Read more…