Wesley Acres

Wesley Acres


On the summer solstice, team up with us!!! We are participating in the Alzheimer's Association event called The Longest Day, 2018! Together, we will raise funds and awareness for care and support for advancing research. Our chosen activity for this event is a great picnic followed by a fun, easy dog walk. All dog-friendly dogs (and their humans) are welcome. Bring a food item to share and comfy shoes for a walk around Gray's Lake. Register here and join team The Hound Society http://act.alz.org/site/TR?fr_id=10935&pg=entry (Registration is free
Walking Works! How much do you know about walking? Take what you learn & go for a walk on this beautiful weekend!
To see what is happening in therapy dog training, and see when therapy dogs will be at Wesley, follow our page www.houndsocietytraining.com. The Hound Society trains therapy dogs within Wesley Acres as well as provides certified therapy dogs for visits.

Stay connected and updated with the latest happenings at Wesley Acres, a vibrant and engaging community located in the heart of Des Moines. Stay connected and updated with the latest openings at Wesley Acres, a vibrant and engaging community located in the heart of Des Moines.

If you've ever been concerned about becoming bored or inactive during your retirement years, Wesley Acres will surely cure those fears! Wesley Acres was created to offer older adults a living option that fits active lifestyles, while providing wellness assistance if needed. Wesley Acres is brimming with opportunities to participate in on-site activities and its proximity to local sites and attractions will keep you as active as you desire. Choose from a variety of living options throughout the Wesley Acres campus, and know that you'll be celebrating life years with others who share your interests and passion for living.

Operating as usual

Letting our residents know they are appreciated is always a priority. Today our team said "we are thankful for you" by surprising residents with cinnamon rolls with a message.

"My idea of Christmas, whether old-fashioned or modern, is very simple: loving others.” – Bob Hope

If you're looking for ways to make a difference this holiday season, please consider being matched up with a Wesley Acres resident to spread cheer and hope!

To sign up or have questions, please reach out to Danielle Bloxham at [email protected]

In an effort to always promote wellness within our Wesley Acres community, Bolton residents now have a more accessible option to fit movement into their daily lives. This NuStep is safe and low impact with an array of benefits.


Elaine Voted 2020!!!! - YouTube

As we all know this election has been one to remember. 2020 has marked many challenges for most, but through it all we press forward and try to make a difference in any way.

Wesley Acres resident Elaine Hamilton recognizes the importance of voting and found a safe way to do so. With the support of her daughter and Wesley Wheels, Elaine, was able to exercise her right to vote and have her voice heard. Thank you, Elaine for your passion and leadership showing us all how to break barriers to make a change.

More to come as we will be spotlighting Elaine and her service to our country.


We honored our Veterans today at during our Veterans Day Luncheon.

"Thank you" to ALL who has served this wonderful nation and to ALL who is currently serving while sacrificing so much for our freedoms!

Wesley Acres had a Walk-Tober challenge the whole month of October with many participants. Here are our three winners! They had their choice of a massager, YETI or Love Your Melon stocking cap.


On this evening before Veterans Day, we want to remind you that WesleyLife Hospice is a proud top-tier partner of We Honor Veterans, enabling us to provide the best end-of-life care to the veterans we serve.

Through this program of the National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization in collaboration with the Department of Veterans Affairs, WesleyLife Hospice is able to train hospice team members and volunteers to recognize the unique needs of veterans and their families. We Honor Veterans can help guide those veterans to share their stories and navigate toward a peaceful life ending.

We're grateful to be a part of We Honor Veterans, and we are honored to serve so many brave men and women who sacrificed so much for our freedoms. This week especially, we express our thanks and gratitude.

To learn more about WesleyLife Hospice, visit wesleylife.org or call (515) 978-2777.


If you're like most of us, you probably had no idea today is National Stress Awareness Day! Founded by the International Stress Management Association, the observation of the day reminds us all to examine the primary causes of stress in our lives and develop coping tools.

Many of us are prone to such stress-relieving behaviors such as overeating when we're stressed, as this tongue-in-cheek photo demonstrates! But the association suggests these coping tools instead:

- Develop a routine to help you lessen your tension. Do some deep breathing, get some exercise or a massage, or take a long, relaxing bath.
- Exercise! A good workout can produce endorphins to help combat stress.
- Don't try to manage stress alone. Talk with a trusted friend or family member. Sometimes "venting" makes all the difference; just don't hold everything in to try to be "strong." We all need an outlet.
- Seek professional help. Get a referral from your primary healthcare provider to see a mental-health provider, or check to see if your employer offers an Employee Assistance Program.

To learn more, visit Mental Health America at mhanational.org.

Happy Birthday to the BEST office manager, Rita Nims! Team members enjoyed celebrating Rita today and surprising her was so much fun.

Happy Halloween 🎃

We are proud of our health center!

U.S. News and World Report released its rankings today of the United States' best Skilled Nursing communities, and Wesley Acres is proud to have received a "High Performing" rating for short-term rehabilitation! Only 21% of the 15,000 health centers in the country earn that annual rating.

What does this mean to you? When you choose to rehabilitate at Wesley Acres after a hospital stay, you can be assured you are receiving services from specialists in resident care and safety who work consistently to help our community achieve superior outcomes on behalf of those we serve.

To learn more about rehabilitating at Wesley Acres, call WesleyLife liaisons Jessica, (515) 314-2044, or Alicia, (515) 314-6529. They'll tell you all about our services and amenities, and about our team of physical, occupational, and speech therapists who can help get you well and send you home quickly.

Come see what U.S. News and World Report is talking about. We would love to welcome you to Wesley Acres!

As a CNA, you have options. Consider Wesley Acres, one of the Metro's most comprehensive providers of services and care for older adults ... all wrapped up in a framework of health and well-being!

If you're ready to make a difference, Wesley Acres is your employer of choice. Our active, positive residents will make coming to work a joy. You'll form relationships that will leave you wondering why you didn't make the move sooner!

We also know you are more than just your job. So we offer flexible schedules to make it easier for you to manage all the parts of your life. We have a variety of shifts to choose from!

The team at Wesley Acres is eager to talk with you about ALL the reasons the community is special. Call Jennifer Freking at (515) 380-6697, or apply online at wesleylife.org/careers. We can't wait to welcome you to Wesley Acres!

While looking for ways to help the broader community lead us to donating Halloween 🎃costumes to children through Children & Families of Iowa. Making a difference feels so good.


The end of the year is a popular time for elective surgery. If someone you love is scheduled for knee or hip replacement and will require short-term rehabilitation after his or her hospital stay, consider a WesleyLife Community for Healthy Living!

Our award-winning health centers with teams of physical, occupational, and speech therapists are uniquely qualified to restore strength and well-being in older adults. Our health centers are open to anyone -- NOT just residents of our communities -- and in most cases, services are covered by insurance.

What's more, our network of at-home services means your family member can continue to regain health and strength after returning home. And more than 97% of rehabilitation clients say they recommend our services to family and friends!

Want to learn more? Call Ward at (515) 201-9675 to arrange your private tour today, and take a moment to read the article in the link below for more information. We would love the opportunity to serve you!


Today is Global Cat Day!! 😺

At Wesley Acres we cherish our feline friends. We recognize and acknowledge all the benefits of welcoming pets in our community.

According to AARP, not only do pets combat feelings of loneliness and isolation, but they can also help alleviate symptoms of depression and anxiety and have even been found to decrease high blood pressure and cholesterol.


As we observe Global Diversity Awareness Month in October, we are grateful for each team member who gives of his or her time and talents to serve those who place their trust in us. Diversity and inclusion are the foundations of our culture, and are vital to the continued success of our organization. Our 1,500-plus team members represent a broad spectrum of perspectives, backgrounds, abilities, and beliefs, and the individuals we serve benefit from the varied life experiences we all bring to our mission.

We do our best work when we learn from and share with one another, and we celebrate ALL our team members this month and always!


Congratulations to WesleyLife CEO Rob Kretzinger, who this weekend celebrates 24 years with the organization!

Rob was named CEO in 2003 after having served as chief operating officer of WesleyLife from 1996 until that year. Since his installation as CEO, Rob has grown WesleyLife from a provider of senior housing to 1,000 older adults to one that enhances the health and well-being of more than 10,000 individuals through an integrated and comprehensive network of services. Last year, we extended our mission to the Quad Cities, and in 2021, we'll open our 12th community.

Congratulations, Rob!

Thank you!

Monday, October 5, is World Teachers Day. Many of our residents and clients are retired teachers, and our partnerships with such educational institutions as Simpson College in Indianola and Central College in Pella help make it possible for the individuals we serve to be lifelong learners. A big “thank you” to our educators for the important roles they have played and continue to play in the lives of our team members, residents, clients, and families!

Executive Director, Damon Buskohl, joined team members and residents in a head-to-head bean-bag toss game today. Results are in and our residents remain hard to beat: they're undefeated! 👏

We are enjoying Fall and everything that goes with it at Wesley Acres! We've enjoyed apple sweet treats, beautiful weather and making great use of the array of donated pumpkins and gourds. 🍂🎃

We are so proud to see our residents reach their goals! Jim had a need for short-term rehabilitation in our Health Center and worked very hard and never gave up! Because of his dedication, Jim, was able to return to his apartment at Wesley Acres.

One of the great benefits of living at Wesley Acres is that we are a continuum of care and offer many different levels of care and services.

Jim credits the Health Center team for pushing him. Jim said, "I appreciate all that the staff has done for me from therapy to nursing to social services, I just can't thank them enough."

We had a great time at our bean bag tournament today! Beautiful weather and even and more importantly, building lifelong relationships. Thank you to all who participated.

Today is National Falls Prevention Day and National Ice Cream Cone Day! How did we make use of such a great day? We passed out a brochure to residents covering tips to prevent falls with 10 exercises to improve balance, and of course ice cream!🍦


Vote for Metro's Best 2020

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We are proud to announce Dahl Adult Day Center has reopened! We are thrilled to offer services for individuals in need of maintaining assistance and involvement during the day, all while enjoying a sense of independence while receiving support and encouragement.

Happy Grandparents Day!

By: Waechter L.

This year has been hard without family by your side,
It's no doubt this year has taken us on one crazy ride.
It hasn't been easy, that we all know,
But in the meantime the grandkids continue to grow.
They look forward to seeing you, in person or by phone,
To tell you they love you and that you are not alone.
They love to tell you about all they have done,
And how when they see you, you will have so much fun!
They can't wait to see you and hug you again,
No matter how long the time has been.
Either side by side or far apart,
You are always special in their hearts.
We wanted to honor you in a special way,
By wishing you THE BEST Grandparents Day!

Yesterday may have been chilly outside but what fun we had taking the scenic route for a Dairy Queen run! 🍦🍨

Do you have a Grandmother or Grandfather who lives at WesleyAcres? If so, we'd LOVE to invite you to send a message to your loved one on Grandparent's Day - THIS SUNDAY, September 13. Please email a short message and picture (if possible) to Lindsay Waechter at [email protected]


This Labor Day, we thank all our team members for all the dedication, expertise, and compassion that go into helping to enhance a sense of purpose and meaning in the lives of those we serve. We are indeed better together!


Just a reminder that WesleyLife is working with an abundance of caution toward reopening all 11 of our communities, and we look forward to the day we'll be able to welcome family members and friends back to all our campuses!

As you may know, the state of Iowa has recommended a phased reopening process for all senior living communities, and WesleyLife is following that guidance. Each community is reopening at its own pace according to standards and benchmarks outlined in the plan, weighing such variables as the positive percentage of COVID in the greater geographical community.

In addition, to take advantage of all tools in our arsenal, we are routinely testing all team members, residents, and partners in our Health Centers in a further attempt to protect those we serve, and those who are providing care.

Any questions about the reopening of a specific campus may be directed to the leadership of that community. We are grateful to all those who have shown us such tremendous support as we work to keep our communities safe!


If you're trying to assist a parent or other loved one in making a decision about senior living and have some uncertainties because of COVID, these comments from Maria Morahn, a resident at Wesley Acres in Des Moines, might be helpful! Like many of our residents, Maria has found comfort in "riding out the storm" with other residents, and has appreciated our team members' efforts to help residents stay connected with loved ones.

ALL of our communities are offering private and/or virtual tours at this time. To inquire about a community or schedule a tour, please contact Ward at (515) 201-9675. We would love to welcome you or someone you love to WesleyLife!

"When I made the decision to move to Assisted Living, I chose Wesley Acres because I wanted to live a worry-free lifestyle in a community where I felt comfortable, safe, and secure. Well, I’ve lived here one year now and I can’t believe the time has gone by so fast. Everyone I’ve met has been very kind and genuinely cares about me. The staff is so pleasant and helpful, even during COVID-19. I can’t tell you how appreciative I am that I live here."

It's a new week. You've been thinking about looking for a new job. Why not start today by visiting wesleylife.org/careers?

At Wesley Acres we're looking for nurses and CNAs as well as culinary team members, housekeepers, wellness professionals, and more.

For the past three years, we've been designated a Great Place to Work by the Great Place to Work Institute, and Best Senior Living in the Metro and several other communities by readers of the Des Moines Register. We offer competitive compensation and benefits -- and most of all, we provide opportunities for our team members to do GREAT work in environments that foster an enhanced sense of purpose and meaning in the lives of those we serve and the people who serve them.

On wesleylife.org/careers, you can search by job category, location, or both. Take a look and see if anything interests you. Then, you can apply quickly and easily online.

It's a beautiful Monday, and it's time for a change. We would love to welcome you to the WesleyLife family!

The health and wellbeing of our team members is very important at Wesley Acres. We often enjoy wellness challenges learning how to implement healthy habits in our daily lives. Sonya Hayes is the winner of our most recent water challenge. Way to go, Sonya!

This has been such a fun week celebrating the Iowa State Fair! Although we celebrated a little differently this year, residents and team members alike enjoyed several days with different themes to bring back a bit of normalcy.

Celebrating State Fair week continues. Today was a day of fun! We enjoyed buckets of cookies and a Cornhole tournament.

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