WesleyLife and COVID: What You Need to Know
As our geographical communities across Iowa and into western Illinois begin to open up, our priority continues to be the safety and health of those who have placed their trust in us. Although you may see some changes on our individual campuses, WesleyLife and WellSpire continue to proceed with an abundance of caution to help ensure the well-being of our residents, clients, and team members. Please scroll down for details.
Please note: Due to increased need for meal delivery among members of the Greater Des Moines community, we continue to seek additional volunteer drivers for WesleyLife Meals on Wheels. Read the details. Also, if you know any older adult or military veteran who could benefit from meal delivery at this time, please call us at (515) 699-3243. We operate on a sliding-fee scale and will do our best to work with anyone in need.
Adult Day Center Closures: How We Can Help You at Home
Although WesleyLife's three Adult Day centers remain closed by government order, we are still able to assist families and individuals who are caring for loved ones in their homes. Through our WesleyLife at Home network of services, we offer assistance ranging from medical and non-medical home health care to hospice care, transportation, and Meals on Wheels.
Simply call Kelli or Irina at (515) 978-2777 to learn more, or to start services. And please be assured our caregiver are following Centers for Disease Control recommendations regarding hygiene, health, and safety.
We continue to follow Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) protocols put in place in early March to combat the virus. Visitors may enter senior living communities only in situations in which a loved one is near the end of life. As of late May, some of our communities are beginning to allow outdoor visits; please contact your loved one's community for specific information.
CMS also announced in March that all communal dining and group activities in senior living communities should cease. This decision was accordance with guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention that advises individuals not to gather in crowds. We continue to follow this restriction in all our communities.
CMS officials said the restrictions, based on guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, represent “a massive mobilization of our country's resources to combat this terrible virus.” Of course, all WesleyLife and WellSpire communities are complying with these protocols.
During this time, we are committed to helping families maintain connections to their loved ones. if you need assistance staying in touch, please reach out to your contact at your loved one's community.
Thank you for your support and understanding as we work to ensure the safety and health of those we serve.
Personal Health and Safety
All individuals should continue to practice the following health, safety, and personal-hygiene practices:
- Wear a face covering when you are in public.
- Wash your hands frequently, for about 20 seconds each time, using hot water and soap. Don’t forget wrists and fingernails. In between washings, use hand sanitizer frequently.
- Sneeze or cough into a tissue, and throw the used tissue into a receptacle with a lid. A second choice is sneezing into your elbow, but keep in mind that germs can live on the fabric of your clothing for a period of time. Please wash your hands after coughing or sneezing, following the protocols listed above.
- At all times, practice social distancing: Make every effort to remain 6 feet from the closest person.
- Make a conscious effort to keep your hands away from your face.
- Avoid contact with people who are unwell.
- Monitor yourself for symptoms. Most people with COVID-19 report fever and tiredness, a cough, muscle aches, and/or breathing difficulties.
- In an ongoing effort to keep our clients and residents safe, all WesleyLife team members are asked to be vigilant about the protocols above when they are away from work.
Community-Specific COVID-19 Updates
Brio of Johnston
Illini Restorative Care (WellSpire)
WesleyLife at Home
Westwing Place (WellSpire)
The Iowa Department of Public Health offers this comprehensive look at COVID-19. If you have specific questions or concerns, please contact your physician. Additional resources are listed below.
Thank you for helping us keep our communities healthy and safe.
COVID-19 in Iowa
Centers for Disease Control comprehensive coronavirus site
Myth-busters and protective measures from the World Health Organization