Staff Blogger: Mallory Glenn, Advancement and Communications Intern
People choose The Wesley Communities for the same reason that people choose Lakeside: the faith, kindhearted community and multifaceted focus on wellness.
The Wesley Communities is a nonprofit organization that provides high-quality housing, healthcare and services for older adults in central Ohio. They manage three continuing care retirement communities in the Columbus area as well as Wesley Hospice and Wesley at Home.
The communities include Wesley Glen Retirement Community, which is located South of Worthington, Wesley Ridge Retirement Community, located in Reynoldsburg, and Wesley Woods at New Albany, located just minutes away from downtown New Albany.
The organization provides social, recreational, spiritual, educational and cultural opportunities for its residents and is also an affiliate of the West Ohio Conference of The United Methodist Church. Wesley Glen and Wesley Ridge even have annual Chautauquas that are run by the campus chaplains.
“At The Wesley Communities, we truly focus on all of the different aspects of wellness in order to provide the best possible care and experience for our residents,” said Margaret Carmany, the President/CEO of The Wesley Communities.
The Wesley Communities have dementia-specific programs, health centers and rehabilitation programs.
Additionally, like Lakeside, one of the ways The Wesley Communities focuses on recreational wellness is through physical fitness facilities. Wesley Glen and Wesley Ridge have 24-hour fitness centers and full time wellness directors. Wesley Glen has a 20,000 square foot heated, indoor, LEED certified, green aquatic center which includes a HydroWorx Pool. The pool has features such as a moveable, underwater treadmill, and resistance and jet technology.
The Wesley Communities also provides opportunities for residents to learn new skills and continue their education. The communities have libraries, arts and crafts studios, and activity rooms.
“Our diverse programs and facilities allow us to meet the unique needs of each resident,” said Carmany.
The Wesley’s multifaceted approach to wellness is by far not its only unique feature. Its thriving community is another feature that sets it apart from other communities and services, yet parallels the values and features of Lakeside.
“People who live here will say, ‘There’s a special feeling here. There’s a welcoming here,’” said Carmany.
The Wesley’s hand-picked staff of knowledgeable and compassionate individuals allows the organization to exceptionally meet the needs of their residents to provide top-notch customer service.
“Of course we’re looking for people that are good at what they do,” said Carmany. “But we’re also looking for people with a good attitude.”
Staff members operate under the motto of ‘Ministry in Motion’ which contain the core values of action, compassion, excellence, service, and wellness.
“We treat every resident exactly as we would like our family to be treated,” said Carmany. “All the staff love and revere the people we serve and it shows.”
If you are considering enrollment for yourself or a family member, the first step is a campus visit. Feel free to call ahead to schedule a time that is convenient for you, and a team member will give a guided tour of the community.
“I encourage people to visit more than one community,” said Carmany. “It’s almost like picking a college.”
For more information, visit www.thewesleycommunities.com or call (614)-396-4990.