Lea Hill: A Safe Place to be in the Event of a Disaster

Residents of Wesley Homes Lea Hill test their emergency preparedness with a disaster simulation drill. It’s the Saturday after Thanksgiving at Wesley Homes Lea Hill, and at 9:00 a.m., there’s a weather alert for a severe wind and storm watch. With minimal staff and the campus director out of town, what do you do? If   Read more…


Helms’ Legacy Honors Both Departed Husbands

Wesley Homes Des Moines resident Gloria Helms pays tribute to her late husbands through a chapel designation. Gloria Helms, born Gloria Traynor, grew up in North Dakota. She moved to Washington State in 1951 with her soon-to-be husband, John White, where she worked as a secretarial assistant at General Electric for 58 years. John passed   Read more…


Resident Helped Develop Stealth Bomber

Fred Gangl, a five-year resident of Wesley Homes Lea Hill and a WWII veteran, is credited with helping to develop the B-2 Stealth Bomber. Born in Cincinnati Ohio, Fred Gangl went into the service at 18 years old. He was in the Navy during WWII from February 1943 to February 1946. He spent two and   Read more…


Meet Our 100 Year Old Residents

Wesley Homes Des Moines currently has a dozen 100+ year old residents. Wayne Griffen turned 100 last September and has been a resident of Wesley Homes Des Moines for the past 13 years. Wayne is a retired Methodist minister who also worked in real estate for a time. He’s a prize-winning dahlia grower and helps   Read more…


Big Squash Ready for Fall

They resemble pumpkins, but they are big squashes! Story by Pat King of The Grapevine Des Moines residents Ed LaCrosse and Frank Needles like to show off their fifteen pound Boston squashes. The golden orange squash are from seeds from the Baker Creek Seed Heirloom Company. Frank has been gardening since he planted his first   Read more…


New Cottages Take Shape

Residents and staff on the Wesley Homes Des Moines campus are seeing a lot of progress on the new Cottages. With the new Cottages on track to be completed soon, excitement is building among current residents who have selected a new Cottages as their future homes. As part of a four-phase plan to update the   Read more…


Fremont Artist Joins the Wesley Family

By Diana Rawls, Des Moines Health Center Activities Assistant The Des Moines Health & Rehabilitation Center welcomes an acclaimed Fremont artist and mask-maker. Roger Robert Wheeler is a Fremont artist who is best known for his paintings and mask sculptures. His artwork has been seen in international exhibitions, Northwest galleries and festival events for the last   Read more…


Tell Us What You Love

Happy Valentine’s Day! To celebrate today, we’re sharing a short video with you. See why Wesley Homes is for people who love life™ as our residents share their passions and creative interests. Tell us what you love!


The Tradition of Making: Transcending Generations

Building model trains may seem like just a hobby, but it’s also a part of a larger movement among millennials. Depending on which generation is asked, model train building might be dismissed as an eccentric middle aged man’s hobby, but this form of building dates back to the mid-1800s and is making a comeback in   Read more…


A New Look at Wesley Homes Bradley Park

As Wesley Homes Bradley Park comes closer to groundbreaking this fall, excitement is building for the new community in the age-friendly city of Puyallup. When completed, Wesley Homes Bradley Park will offer Wesley Homes’ full continuum of care for older adults and feature a contemporary design with an extensive variety of apartment styles for independent   Read more…