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…


Home of the Month: The Bradley

Make your new home this spacious two bedroom apartment in the Lodge at Wesley Homes Bradley Park. The Bradley is a distinctive floor plan now available for reservation at the new Bradley Park campus in Puyallup. This 1,500 square foot apartment has two large walk-in closets, a den, two bathrooms, a balcony and an extra   Read more…


Home of the Month: Cottage A-101

This spacious two bedroom Cottage is move-in ready! The Cottages at Wesley Homes Des Moines provide comfortable, private living without the hassle of maintenance and yard work. Spacious and well lit, the Nooksack floor plan features hardwood floors, a fireplace, ample storage, full kitchen, and washer and dryer. This particular residence quietly faces west with   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…


When to Start Looking for Senior Living

Should active, independent seniors be looking for senior housing? From a very early age, we strive to be self-reliant. Independence is important and is a matter of pride for many, but times of transition happen to all of us. For some, that time comes when they find that they are not able to do all   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…


Wesley Walkers’ Alzheimer’s Walk

View photos from the Walk to End Alzheimer’s! Wesley Homes had a great turnout this year for the Walk to End Alzheimer’s in September. The team raised just over $2,118. That amount is 85 percent of the goal. It’s not too late to help us reach $2,500. Wesley’s Living the Mission team is still taking   Read more…


Oktoberfest Open House

Wesley Homes is changing! Come to our Open House to see how we’re revolutionizing senior living! In 2014, Wesley Homes announced plans for a multi-year, multi-phase redevelopment of the Des Moines campus. The first phase started construction at the end of 2016 and is projected to be completed in July 2018. Now, we are getting   Read more…