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Martins Run Joins Wesley Enhanced Living; Becomes Wesley Enhanced Living Main Line

The partnership, announced December 2014, will build on the longstanding continuing care retirement community’s proud legacy with new investment and innovative service offerings
MEDIA, PA (March 1, 2015) — Effective March 1, longstanding continuing care retirement community Martins Run affiliated with Hatboro-based senior living provider Wesley Enhanced Living and will now be known as Wesley Enhanced Living Main Line. The affiliation, which was announced in December 2014, will allow operating synergies, economies of scale and provide greater access to capital for community re-investment projects anticipated over the coming years. Wesley Enhanced Living Main Line will also offer a new fee schedule that will provide high-quality senior living accommodations and services that are more affordably priced. As a member of a 125-year old regional leader in aging services with nine senior living communities throughout the Philadelphia region, Wesley Enhanced Living Main Line has pledged to continue to offer outstanding apartment options with high-end upgrades, as well as programming, amenities and services that make for a memorable and vibrant lifestyle. The valued luxuries and traditions established by Martins Run will continue under Wesley Enhanced Living Main Line, including multiple dining venues, modern fitness facilities, a state-of-the-art theater and the renowned Martins Run University Series, which offers a roster of lectures presented by local college professors. Celebration of various holiday-related traditions and the availability of worship services for all faiths are also available. “With a proud heritage rooted in a spirit of warmth, family and traditions, Martins Run has had an unwavering commitment to excellence and innovation in the industry,” said Wesley Enhanced Living CEO Jeff Petty. “Throughout its rich history, Martins Run has made it a priority to exceed expectations, and Wesley Enhanced Living Main Line looks forward to continuing this legacy with the most satisfying retirement lifestyle at the very best value in our region.” “Joining the Wesley Enhanced Living family enables us to continue provide world-class care to seniors and their families throughout the region –from independent living to skilled nursing care. We’re eager to build on our strong community foundation and to enhance our service offerings to continue to exceed expectations through this partnership,” said Linda Sterthous, Executive Director of Wesley Enhanced Living Main Line. Wesley Enhanced Living Main Line invites all neighbors and interested prospects to tour the community and learn more about its new and more affordable fee schedule for independent living and personal care accommodations and services. Staff is available to answer questions and schedule private tours by calling 610-355-1336.

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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 at Stapeley Completes Multi-Million Dollar Renovation

Wesley Enhanced Living at Stapeley Completes Multi-Million Dollar Renovation Wesley Enhanced Living at Stapeley, a continuing care retirement community with deep roots in Northwest Philadelphia, has just completed a $5 million dollar renovation that includes a total reconstruction of its rehabilitation and skilled nursing center, as well as major improvements to dining and recreational spaces for independent living and personal care residents. The community’s Rehabilitation and Skilled Nursing Center features new rooms and baths, remodeled dining rooms and lounges, as well as a refurbished entrance. Additionally, the Rehabilitation Suite received a new supported ambulation system, making Wesley Enhanced Living (WEL) the first skilled nursing facility in Pennsylvania to offer this type of supportive rehab device. Comprised of an overhead track and harness, the system eliminates the fear of falling while patients perform rehabilitation activities. Other areas of Stapeley that have been renovated include the recreational lounge, dining room/restaurant, library, and entrance for independent living and personal care residents. Additionally, hallways that connect the community’s 43 senior living apartments were enhanced with new finishes including flooring, paint and lighting. New landscaping and a covered, outdoor patio completed the improvements. The transformation has helped to improve demand for Stapeley’s senior living apartments, as well as its personal care and memory care accommodations. “Our recent renovations have piqued a lot of interest among area seniors and their families. We continue to receive great feedback about the new décor and improved amenities.  Demand is so strong that we have begun a waiting list for some of our apartment styles,” says sales manager Julie Flanagan. Stapeley offers daily tours and welcomes neighbors to view its renewed design and amenities. Tours can be scheduled by calling 215-991-7110.

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