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Wesley Enhanced Living Commends Congressman Mike Fitzpatrick for Introducing the Medicare Residential Care Coordination Act of 2015

Hatboro, PA  (February 12, 2015) — Wesley Enhanced Living CEO Jeff Petty today praised U.S. Rep. Mike Fitzpatrick (R-PA, 8th District) for the introduction of H.R. 837, a proposal that would allow the residents of continuing care retirement communities to receive Medicare services through care coordination onsite. The Medicare Residential Care Coordination Act of 2015 was introduced by Fitzpatrick on Feb. 10 to provide better care for seniors, as well as a substantial savings to the government. The bill will help save money for Medicare and Medicaid and lower the operational barriers to the best possible care, by enabling testing of models like WELShift, a new senior housing and health care model developed by Wesley Enhanced Living, owner and operator of eight senior living communities in Pennsylvania. “By paving the way for new service delivery models, such as WELShift, Rep. Fitzpatrick and the bill’s cosponsors join Wesley Enhanced Living in meeting senior housing and health care needs while demonstrating fiscal responsibility with taxpayer resources,” said Petty. Rep. Fitzpatrick said, “Continuing care retirement communities in Pennsylvania and around the country are equipped to serve seniors at the right time, in the right setting. This proposal would enable these communities to continue providing seniors and their families with accessible, affordable long-term care plans.” Additional sponsors of the Medicare Residential Care Coordination Act of 2015 include:
  • Rep. Kelly, Mike (R-PA-3rd district)
  • Rep. Cartwright, Matt (D-PA-17th district)
  • Rep. Rothfus, Keith J. (R-PA-12th district)
  • Rep. Boyle, Brendan F. (D-PA-13th district)
  • Rep. Doyle, Michael F. (D-PA-14th district)
  • Rep. Barton, Joe (R-TX-6th district)
  • Rep. Brady, Robert A. (D-PA-1st district)
  • Rep. Fattah, Chaka (D-PA-2nd district)
  • Rep. Buchanan, Vern (R-FL-16th district)
  • Rep. Jenkins, Lynn (R-KS-2nd district)
About Wesley Enhanced Living (WEL) Wesley Enhanced Living (WEL) continuing care retirement communities are non-profit and faith-based with a mission to deliver a purpose-filled life to residents.  Serving approximately 1,200 residents with more than 900 employees throughout Southeastern Pennsylvania, WEL provides various combinations of independent living, personal care services, dementia care, rehabilitation, and skilled nursing services. WEL also manages affordable senior housing facilities in Philadelphia. For more information, visit www.WEL.org.

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Holy Family University and Aging Services Provider Wesley Enhanced Living Develop Continuing Professional Education (CPE) Seminars for Social Workers and Nurses

Wesley Enhanced Living Communities to Host Complimentary CPE Seminars Presented by Holy Family University Educators throughout 2015
Hatboro, Pa., February 11, 2015 – Today, Wesley Enhanced Living (WEL) and Holy Family University announced an innovative collaboration that will bring complimentary, university-designed continuing professional education to nurses and social workers who work with aging individuals and their families. Recognizing a need for specific continuing professional education that enhances skills and knowledge in geriatric care and services, the two entities have developed a series of unique CPE seminars that each award two CPE units approved by the National Association of Social Workers-Pennsylvania and the Pennsylvania State Nurses Association. Holy Family University educators will present the seminars at Wesley Enhanced Living Pennypack Park, 8401 Roosevelt Boulevard and Wesley Enhanced Living Burholme, 7040 Oxford Avenue, throughout the spring and fall of 2015. The complete schedule with seminar descriptions, as well as access to registration, can be found at visit.wel.org/ceu. “Holy Family University is invested in the success of our community and particularly in providing quality training for those who work tirelessly for our most vulnerable citizens. These kinds of partnerships in education give us a wonderful opportunity to invest in the lifelong learning of those who care for our loved ones, supporting Holy Family University’s core value: family,” says Dr. Linda Thompson, Director of Counseling Psychology programs at Holy Family University. “This is an exciting collaboration for Wesley Enhanced Living. Not only is WEL committed to ministering to the needs of seniors, but also to continually enhancing knowledge and skills for professionals who work with this population. The seminars that will be offered by Holy Family University educators will not only offer invaluable practical information, but also promise to be very rewarding for all participants,” says Shelley Ballet, Vice President of Sales and Marketing for Wesley Enhanced Living communities. For more information or to register call 267-348-3345 or visit visit.wel.org/ceu.

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Wesley Enhanced Living to Hold Monthly Caregiver Support Group

Free Support Group to Help Those Caring for an Aging Loved One
Wesley Enhanced Living (WEL), a personal care community located at 7040 Oxford Avenue, will host a free, monthly support group for those who are caring for an aging loved one. A licensed social worker will facilitate the group, which is set to gather the last Thursday of every month, January- May, from 6:30-8:00 pm, with the first meeting to begin on January 29th. The group will discuss and explore a range of key concerns including caregiver stress and burnout, family dynamics, and future planning. Caregivers may choose as many sessions as they want to attend. Additionally, a light dinner will be served at no cost. Space reservation is required and can be made by calling Tracy Felderstein at 267-348-3345 or emailing tfelderstein@wel.org. About Wesley Enhanced Living (WEL) Wesley Enhanced Living (WEL) continuing care retirement communities are non-profit and faith-based with a mission to deliver a purpose-filled life to residents. Serving approximately 1,200 residents with more than 900 employees throughout Southeastern Pennsylvania, WEL provides various combinations of independent living, personal care services, dementia care, rehabilitation, and skilled nursing services. WEL also manages affordable senior housing facilities in Philadelphia.

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Nazareth Hospital, Wesley Enhanced Living Pennypack Park Partner for New Health Education Series

Nazareth Hospital, Wesley Enhanced Living Pennypack Park Partner for New Health Education Series Series kicks off Jan. 20 with discussion on vision health. Free vision screenings will be provided. Nazareth Hospital and Wesley Enhanced Living Pennypack Park have partnered to present a new and engaging educational program – the Adult Healthy Living series -- to improve the health of residents of our community. Members of the public are welcome to attend free monthly events and learn from healthcare and clinical experts how to live healthier. The series kicks off on January 20 with a free lecture on nutrition and healthy vision, along with free vision, blood pressure and BMI screenings, and information on advance healthcare planning. In addition, representatives from Associated Services for the Blind & Visually Impaired will be in attendance. The Philadelphia-based organization provides adaptive devices and books with Braille. Attendees can learn more about how nutrition plays a role in eye health and the different conditions that affects eyes (cataracts, dry eye, glaucoma and macular degeneration). Adult Healthy Living educational events will take place each month from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. and will be held at Wesley Enhanced Living Pennypack Park, located at 8401 Roosevelt Blvd., Philadelphia, PA 19152. Pre-registration is preferred. For more information and to register, please call 1.866.NAZARETH (1.866.629.2738). Attendees can enter through the Wesley Hall entrance. “We at Nazareth Hospital are proud to partner with Wesley Enhanced Living on the Adult Healthy Living program. It aligns with our mission to provide people-centered care to those we serve; and gives both organizations an opportunity to work together to improve the health of our community through education and screening,” said Nancy Cherone, FACHE, executive director at Nazareth Hospital. “Both Nazareth Hospital and Wesley Enhanced Living are dedicated to the comprehensive well-being of seniors, and this new collaboration is a natural outgrowth of that commitment. Together we provide a vital regional resource that seniors can look to and trust for excellence in healthcare education, disease prevention and management, and senior living options,” says Wesley Enhanced Living Pennypack Park Executive Director Suzanne Lachman. If you miss our January event, you can still learn more about how to stay healthy during our future events:
  • February 17: Heart Health, Advance Health Care Planning
  • March 19: Nutrition and Healthy Eating
  • April 21: Physical Health and Wellness
  • May 19: Arthritis and Osteoporosis Presentation
  • June 13: Health and Wellness Fair (10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.)
  • July 21: Medications…bring your meds for free consultation
  • August 18: Stress, Dementia and Depression
  • September 15: Cancer Awareness and Prevention
  • October 20: Infection Prevention, Flu Vaccines
  • November 17: Living with Diabetes, Advance Health Care Planning
  • December 15: Home Safety Awareness
Light refreshments will be provided by Wesley Enhanced Living Pennypack Park Culinary Department.

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Wesley Enhanced Living & Martins Run Sign Affiliation Agreement

Martins Run will Join Eight Other Wesley Enhanced Living Retirement Communities Hatboro, Pa., and Media, Pa., December 1, 2014 - Today, Wesley Enhanced Living (WEL), and Martins Run—non-profit continuing care retirement community (CCRC) providers—entered into an affiliation agreement.  Under this agreement, Martins Run will become part of the Wesley Enhanced Living organization. Pending the completion of regulatory approvals, this affiliation is expected to become effective during the first quarter of 2015. Martins Run, a single-site 258 unit senior living community, provides independent living, personal care, and rehabilitation and skilled nursing services on a  22-acre suburban campus minutes from the Main Line in Marple Township, PA. WEL operates CCRC’s and affordable adult housing facilities throughout Philadelphia, Montgomery and Bucks counties, with 1,140 units, serving over 1,200 seniors in their eight communities. This affiliation will provide Martins Run with more opportunities for service enhancements, operational efficiencies, and access to capital for campus re-investment projects. The partnership enables WEL to establish a footprint in Delaware County and further its mission to provide high quality retirement living services at incomparable value. “Martins Run is delighted to be joining forces with WEL, a respected regional leader in senior living known for innovative approaches in the management and operation of retirement campuses.  More importantly, Martins Run and WEL share a values-based commitment to enhancing the lives of residents.   These shared values bode well for a great working relationship that will benefit our residents, their families, and our staff," said Linda Sterthous, Chief Executive Officer, Martins Run. “Martins Run’s reputation is stellar and the campus has been beautifully maintained, with exciting opportunities for enhancements in the years to come. We are thrilled that the Martins Run board has chosen WEL as its partner and we look forward to what we can accomplish together,” said Jeff A. Petty, President & Chief Executive Officer, Wesley Enhanced Living. ### About Martins Run Martins Run is a not-for-profit, senior living community located in Marple Township, Delaware County, a suburb of Philadelphia. The premier retirement community provides a warm and fulfilling lifestyle for people of all races, religions and backgrounds. Martins Run is dedicated to offering residents a wide variety of recreational and lifelong learning opportunities, including Martins Run University, a series of on-site lectures designed to inspire seniors to embrace continued education. Established in 1980, Martins Run is a proud participant in Quality First, a philosophy of quality and a framework for earning public trust in aging services. For more information, please call 610-353-7660 or visit www.martinsrun.org. About Wesley Enhanced Living Wesley Enhanced Living (WEL) continuing care retirement communities are non-profit and faith-based with a mission to deliver a purposeful life to residents. Serving over 1,200 seniors with more than 900 employees throughout Pennsylvania, the Wesley Enhanced Living communities provide independent living, personal care services, dementia care and rehabilitation and skilled nursing services throughout Philadelphia, Montgomery and Bucks counties. The organization also manages three affordable adult housing facilities in northeast Philadelphia. Wesley Enhanced Living is headquartered in Hatboro, PA. For more information, call:  215.354.0565, or visit www.WEL.org.

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