From its start in 1946 serving five retired ministers, WesleyLife has expanded into a health and wellness network of seven -- soon to be eight! -- Communities for Healthy Living with a comprehensive array of services, and is committed to creating more and better ways of serving older adults.
In celebration of our milestone 70th year, WesleyLife announced in summer 2016 it would break ground in the fall for a $29.5 million upscale senior living community in Johnston, Iowa.
Brio of Johnston, a WesleyLife Community will open in fall 2018. The community will offer independent living, assisted living, a skilled residential environment designed for those with memory loss, and short-term skilled care/rehabilitation for adults age 55 and older, all built around a model of vivacity and activity! For more information, call (515) 253-2500.
Farther west, the active lifestyle at Edgewater has continued to attracted many since its opening, creating a extensive waiting list. So in 2015, WesleyLife announced an intent to serve a greater number of older adults by expanding that community. The response was quick, and the majority of the new apartments are already pre-sold. To tour the remaining few, call (515) 978-2982.
Halcyon House - Washington, Iowa
With the incidence of Alzheimer’s disease expected to increase 40 percent nationally over the next 10 years, Halcyon House in Washington announced plans for a new skilled memory care household to provide licensed 24-hour care and services for people with mid- to late-stage dementia.
This new household, funded in part by a $750,000 Washington County Riverboat Foundation grant, was completed in 2017 and offers 18 private accommodations with full baths in a secure home-like atmosphere with an always-open kitchen and comfortable living rooms for socializing.
The $10.55 million expansion also includes demolition of the original skilled nursing center, whose residents transitioned to three new skilled nursing households, each offering private suites with a full bath and a home-like way of living. The new health center includes a therapy gym with the latest equipment to promote recovery after illness, injury, or surgery.
In addition, the project includes renovation of the community’s common spaces and a new covered entrance off South Avenue B, providing more comfort for residents and guests in all types of weather.
The expansion was supported by $1.4 million in local gifts and grants, including the Riverboat Foundation grant.
Heritage House – Atlantic, Iowa
From its hilltop location overlooking the west-central Iowa town of Atlantic, Heritage House has held a special place in the hearts of many for more than 50 years. With its $7 million expansion, Heritage House opened a new lifestyle pavilion in 2017 that offers new ways to host members of the community.
Positioned near the community’s entrance, the pavilion includes the Gingery Cafe, which is open to the public, as well as a fitness center with wellness programming, a dance studio, a hair salon, and rooms for classes, meetings, and events.
The project also included renovation and expansion of the community's dining areas and kitchen, as well as updates to make the community’s health center and skilled memory care neighborhood feel more like home.
The expansion was supported by $1.9 million in local gifts and grants.