Well-known Retirement Community in Dothan Reveals New Name and Logo

In addition to a renovation and new model of care, Wesley Manor Retirement Community gains a fresh face.

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October 31, 2016

fairhaven-wesley-logos_final-lrDothan, AL – Wesley Manor Retirement Community, a well-respected retirement community in Dothan, has just introduced a new name and logo in conjunction with the renovation of the campus.

“Although Wesley Manor has been a part of this community for nearly 50 years,” says Christopher Tomlin, President and CEO of Methodist Homes of Alabama and Northwest Florida, Wesley Manor’s parent organization, “the term ‘manor’ has become outdated and no longer meets the image that we want to convey to the Dothan community.”

The name will drop the word “manor” and be replaced by “Wesley Place on Honeysuckle.”

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A Sneak Peek into Wesley Place on Honeysuckle’s New Rehabilitation Center, The Rehab Inn

frontviewrehabWesley Manor has made many changes this past year to renew, refresh and restore the exceptional services it provides to the Dothan community, including a renovation, a name change, and a new logo. Starting in October, Wesley Manor will now be known as Wesley Place on Honeysuckle, and feature a beautiful, bright new logo.

As part of Wesley Place on Honeysuckle’s renovation and expansion, the community will be opening a newly constructed rehabilitation center, The Rehab Inn. Unlike other rehabilitation centers, The Rehab Inn will host a revolutionary new model that is changing the way people look at how rehab services are provided. Rather than being treated as a patient, people will be treated as guests.

“It will be similar to going to a hotel. We have concierge service and you’ll be taken to your suite, have hospitality type amenities, and be in a home-like environment,” says Jeff Kirby, Administrator at Wesley Place on Honeysuckle.

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Wesley Place on Honeysuckle Assisted Living “Keeps Connected”

nalw_logo_colorAssisted Living plays an important role in the lives of senior adults all over the United States. To recognize the importance of and educate the public on assisted living services, the National Center for Assisted Living established an annual weeklong celebration known as Assisted Living Week. This year, Assisted Living Week is September 11 through the 17.

The National Center for Assisted Living website states that “the annual observance encourages assisted living communities around the country to offer a variety of events and activities to celebrate the individuals they serve, as well as to help educate members of the public about this distinctive aspect of long term care.”

This year, Wesley Place on Honeysuckle, formerly known as Wesley Manor, will be participating in this weeklong celebration with a number of events and activities for staff and residents. Each day will have a different theme, with a corresponding lunch, including the highly anticipated “Southern Cooking Day.” Continue reading “Wesley Place on Honeysuckle Assisted Living “Keeps Connected””

Carol and Dennis Rodgers Enjoy Their Maintenance-Free Lifestyle at Wesley Place on Honeysuckle

IMG_1684Residents at Wesley Place on Honeysuckle, formerly known as Wesley Manor, spend their free time doing the things they enjoy most, from making music, creating art and dining, to relaxing, exercising and socializing, all thanks to the exceptional services and amenities provided to them.

Carol and Dennis Rodgers have been residents of Wesley Place on Honeysuckle for nearly two years, and in that time, they have taken many opportunities to change their lifestyles for the better.

Carol, an avid piano player, and Dennis, an Alabama sports fan, take advantage of the services and amenities offered at Wesley Place on Honeysuckle in order to spend more time doing the things they enjoy most.

“Living at Wesley Place on Honeysuckle sure does make it easier for me to play the piano,” says Carol. “I don’t have to cook and clean up. Not having to do those things frees up time.”

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Friends of Wesley Manor Auxiliary Enriches Lives of Residents and Staff at Dothan Retirement Community

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August 23, 2016

Friends of Wesley Manor and other volunteers prepare for one of five birthday parties they host each month.
Friends of Wesley Manor and other volunteers prepare for one of five birthday parties they host each month.

Dothan, AL – The exceptional staff at Wesley Manor Retirement community in Dothan spend their days focused on the health and wellness of residents who live there. Working in someone’s home is a privilege, and the relationships that are built with the residents grow every day. But there are no limitations on friendship and compassion when it comes to our aging population. There are always additional opportunities to enhance someone’s life, and this is where Friends of Wesley Manor steps in.

Friends of Wesley Manor is a special group of community volunteers that focuses on enriching the lives of the staff and residents who live and work at Wesley Manor, the Dothan retirement community that has been providing quality care to seniors for nearly 50 years.

“We connect the needs of those at Wesley Manor with the people and organizations who I know can help,” says Teresa Lassiter, president of Friends of Wesley Manor.

The group is comprised of individual volunteers and church groups in the Dothan area. It brings special touches to Wesley Manor by planning birthday parties for the residents, decorating during the holidays, and assisting in running the local convenience shop, Molly’s Market. Members spend quality time with residents sharing in their favorite activities, and raising the funds to make it all possible. They also decorate more than 20 trees at Christmas time, with the help of 60 volunteers.

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How to Help Your Parent Choose the Right Assisted Living Community

Home healthcare nurse with senior adult patient. Hug.Helping your parent find the right assisted living community can be an enjoyable experience for both you and your parent. When you know what to look for during your community visit, you can focus on the experience and truly learn about each community, rather than worrying about whether or not the community is capable of fulfilling your parent’s unique wants and needs.

In helping your parent choose the right assisted living community, it’s your job to collect and supply your parent with all the necessary information for him or her to make the right decision. We’ll review the steps to help you find the right information and to get the most out of your community visits, so your parent can make the best decision possible.

Step 1: Do Your Research

Start your research online. Even just a quick Google search can provide you with plenty of information about the assisted living communities in your area. In your results, you’ll find customer reviews, information on services, blogs, news and more.

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More than 500,000 Meals Prepared by Wesley Manor Retirement Community Through Longstanding Partnership with Meals on Wheels

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June 29, 2016

Dothan, AL – Almost 15% of the Dothan population is aged 65 years and older, and many of these seniors struggle to shop, prepare, and cook healthy meals for themselves. For those who can’t make it out, not being able to cook their own food often means they go unfed.

(From Left to Right) Tina Chambers, Wesley Manor Employee; Seth Youngblood, Wesley Manor Employee; Maria Shelor, Meals on Wheels Volunteer.
(From Left to Right) Tina Chambers, Wesley Manor Employee; Seth Youngblood, Wesley Manor Employee; Maria Shelor, Meals on Wheels Volunteer.

However, with the help of Meals on Wheels, a ministry of the First United Methodist Church of Dothan, and Wesley Manor Retirement Community, people who are unable to prepare their own food have access to meals every weekday. Wesley Manor Retirement Community has been a partner with Meals on Wheels since the retirement community’s beginning more than forty years ago.

“For those who are not able to get out or cook, it means being able to have a hot, nutritious meal,” says Donna Everett, Wesley Manor’s Dining Services Director.

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Resources for Caregivers

Three female generations.It begins gradually: helping dad maintain your childhood home, driving mom to her physical therapy appointment or attending doctors’ appointments to act as the second set of ears. More and more middle-aged adults find themselves caring for an aging parent or loved one.

Nearly 10 million adult children over age 50 now care for an aging parent.* According to Pew Research Center, 47 percent of middle-aged adults are caught between raising their children and caring for an aging parent. Dubbed as the sandwich generation, these adults often live dual lives racing from soccer games to parents’ medical appointments.

To add to the complexity of senior care, the Alzheimer’s Association states that one in nine people age 65 and older has Alzheimer’s disease. Before the myriad of affairs in your life becomes unmanageable is the best time to take proactive steps and evaluate the support your aging parent(s) or loved one may need.

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5 Signs Your Parent May Need Memory Care

iStock_000049062280_MediumEveryone has trouble remembering things from time to time, but when memory loss begins to disrupt your parent’s or loved one’s daily life, it may be time to consider Memory Care.

Memory Care is a level of senior health care that specifically caters to people who struggle with memory related illnesses such as Dementia and Alzheimer’s. Residents of Memory Care have the assistance of 24/7 on site staff specially trained to care for those with memory loss. Residents enjoy regular meals, housekeeping, wellness programs, activities and events, and medication management.

But how do you know that your parent may need the support provided by Memory Care? Below are the top 5 signs to look for:

1.) Difficulty Communicating

Does your parent have trouble speaking, or become confused easily during conversation? Take notice if your parent has developed new difficulties with writing, speaking, or communicating their needs, wants, feelings, or ideas. They may become frustrated with their inability to communicate effectively, and may be quick to blame others for misunderstandings.

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A New Care Model: The Household Model

page3There are many retirement communities to choose from, and at times, it can be difficult to find the right one for you or a loved one. Research, scheduling visits, and planning can feel repetitive and monotonous because the care models in retirement communities are almost always the same. They typically offer hospital or facility-like care, with separate rooms, strict schedules and a heavy health care focus. But what if this isn’t the kind of care model you’re looking for? In recent years, Action Pact, a culture change company, has introduced a different model of care that changes the way people have traditionally approached rehabilitation, skilled nursing, assisted living and other levels of senior care. They’ve created a model called the “Household Model” that refocuses the goal of successful aging and recovery in senior care.

The Household Model in the New Rehabilitation Center

The Household Model comprises of groups of 16 to 22 residents who live together in what is known as a ‘household.’ Each resident has his or her own apartment with a bedroom, bathroom, and kitchen, while also sharing additional common living spaces with other residents.

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