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…


Ahoy from the Wesley Bradley Park Yacht Club!

See how this club emerged from passionate hobbyists at Wesley Bradley Park. Model building is an ancient art. King Tut commissioned the construction of approximately 18 model ships to be placed in his tomb upon his death. Most children have built and played with models of one sort or another. Some might recall the excitement   Read more…


The Artist Behind the Sculptures at Wesley Lea Hill

The beautiful sculptures at our community in Auburn were donated by a priority reservation list member. Alex Kamola is known to those at Wesley Lea Hill as the sculptor who created the beautifully unique ceramic pots that adorn the campus’s front doors. He creates these pieces by meticulously building up the walls of the pot   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…