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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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Wesley Enhanced Living Upper Moreland Hosts Tennessee Youth Choir

Wesley Enhanced Living Upper Moreland residents and staff were the guests for a vocal performance by the Fountain City United Methodist Church youth choir.   The student choir added a stop at the continuing care retirement community to their 2013 tour of the east coast and the residents and staff were elated. "I think it's wonderful that the young people came up," resident Ethel Johnson said.  "I really love being a part of it," 17-year-old performer Kate Smith said.  "I really love coming to places like this." Quotes featured in the Public Spirit newspaper.

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