Bonding with the Boeing Retirees Group at Wesley

The Wesley Des Moines campus is home to over 50 Boeing retirees, and they’ve now started their own group. When Eldon Davis moved to Wesley in September of 2020, he started looking for a way to get to know more people in the Des Moines community.  On his third week at Wesley, he noticed a   Read more…


Surviving the Pandemic & Thriving at Wesley

Residents of Wesley Lea Hill share autobiographical perspectives about life during the pandemic. The residents of Wesley Lea Hill in Auburn put together a collection of perspectives from the early months of the pandemic. Here are a few excerpts, each with their own unique viewpoint: The pandemic provided challenges for the Resident Council. Face-to-face meetings   Read more…


Camp Harmony Sculpture Dedication

Wesley Des Moines resident Cho Shimizu will be speaking at a sculpture dedication in remembrance of Camp Harmony. Cho Shimizu will be speaking at an upcoming dedication of a sculpture in downtown Puyallup. The sculpture, by John Zylstra, refers to the temporary internment camp that existed on the Washington State Fairgrounds in Puyallup in 1942   Read more…


A Day In the Life: What is Living at a Wesley Community Really Like?

A Wesley resident shares a glimpse of her day-to-day life living in a 65+ community. Judy Moyer has lived in her Wesley Des Moines Cottage for nearly nine years. As a single woman with a family history of Alzheimer’s disease and her sister living out of state, she found peace of mind in a place   Read more…


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…


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…


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…