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Wesley Manor Holds Ceremonial Groundbreaking Celebration


Wesley Manor Crowd Wesley Manor Stage Wesley Manor Groundbreaking Honorees

2/12/16 - Dothan, AL– About 150 people turned out to enjoy Wesley Manor Retirement Community's groundbreaking celebration for its renovation project on February 12, 2016. The project is scheduled for completion in January of 2017. Speakers for the groundbreaking event included Rev. Eddie Biss, Chaplain, Gentiva Hospice; Christopher Tomlin, President & CEO of Methodist Homes; Bob McKee, Chairman of the Board of Trustees; Dothan Mayor Mike Schmitz; Houston County Commission Chairman Mark Culver; John Matson of the Alabama Nursing Home Association; Jeff Kirby, Wesley Manor Administrator; Dr. Jim Sanders, Senior Minister of Dothan First United Methodist Church; Rev. Sara Shaver, Dothan District Superintendent of the UMC; and Dr. Jerry Dooling, retired pastor, former Dothan District Superintendent. Each speaker donned a hardhat and participated in the ceremonial act of groundbreaking. Honorary groundbreakers also included William Tynes, Vice President of Golden Construction; and Martin Dickman, CFO, Action Pact LLC.

Fair Haven Holds Ceremonial Groundbreaking Celebration


Fair Haven Crowd Fair Haven Stage Fair Haven Crowd FH Groundbreaking Honorees

2/11/16 - Birmingham, AL– About 250 people turned out to enjoy Fair Haven Retirement Community's groundbreaking celebration for its renovation and construction project on February 11, 2016. The project is scheduled for completion in August of 2017. Speakers for the groundbreaking event included Rev. Wayne Vickery, Retired Minister and resident of Fair Haven; Christopher Tomlin, President & CEO of Methodist Homes; Robert L. McKee, III, Chairman of the Board of Trustees; Kim Rafferty of the Birmingham City Council; John Matson of the Alabama Nursing Home Association; Tom Kent, Executive Director of Fair Haven; Rev. Sam Williamson of Canterbury UMC; Bishop Debra Wallace-Padgett of the North Alabama Conference of the United Methodist Church; and Rev. Jordan Gervin, Chaplain of Fair Haven. Each speaker donned a hardhat and participated in the ceremonial act of groundbreaking. Honorary groundbreakers also included Brent Balogh, Senior Vice President of Commercial Banking, Cadence Bank; William Tynes, Vice President of Golden Construction; and Casey Culbertson, Project Manager, Action Pact Design.

Fair Haven Retirement Community Announces $42.4 Million Expansion


From Fair Haven Rendering

Birmingham, AL– Fair Haven, a Birmingham continuing care retirement community of Methodist Homes of Alabama and Northwest Florida, will be undergoing an extensive expansion and repositioning over the next two years. More than a physical change, the project includes a move to a revolutionary model of care not currently present in Alabama.

Over the past decade, senior services and retirement housing in the United States have been slowly preparing for the oncoming wave of baby boomers. However, with the oldest of that generation turning 70 this year, the time has come for rapid change. In 2014, more than 15% of the population of Alabama was 65 years of age and older, a number that will continue to grow in coming years. Fair Haven’s expansion is poised to accommodate this changing demographic, as it will serve almost 400 individuals upon completion.

Not only is the community physically expanding, but Fair Haven is transitioning to a different form of senior living known as the “Household Model.” This model has transformed the way people experience senior living, providing a more personalized retirement experience in communities that closely resemble home in both form and function.

Developed by Action Pact, a leader in senior living development, the “Household Model” takes a person-centered approach by emphasizing independence, choice and interpersonal relationships. Smaller groups of residents live together in a household with common areas such as a kitchen and living room, with each resident enjoying private accommodations.

Christopher Tomlin, President and CEO of Methodist Homes, explains that while the “Household Model” has become a trend nationally, he is thrilled that Methodist Homes is the first operator to comprehensively implement it in Alabama.

“We are excited to begin the complete transformation of the Fair Haven campus,” said Tomlin. “The project will incorporate changes to both the physical buildings and the operating model which will ensure our residents experience true home, wherever they reside. We are proud of our history of providing quality care and services to our residents, and consider the Household Model to be the best way to serve the seniors of today and tomorrow.”

The expansions include the demolition of multiple existing buildings to make way for construction of new assisted living residences, additional independent living apartments, and two new skilled nursing buildings, including a dedicated short-term stay rehabilitation center. Existing community areas of the campus will be redesigned to include medical and dental offices, fitness center, bistro, ice cream parlor, and other amenities. The campus will incorporate a traditional Birmingham Tudor style for new and existing building façades.

The project is expected to cost approximately $42.4 million over the course of roughly two years. Golden Construction, a Birmingham construction company, will be completing the renovation and expansion in August 2017.

Fair Haven is kicking off the project next Thursday, February 11 at 11:30 a.m. with a groundbreaking ceremony and celebration at the retirement community, located at 1424 Montclair Road, Birmingham, Alabama 35210.

Media Contact: Kayla Caw; kcaw@loveandcompany.com; 240-575-3337

Wesley Manor Announces $8.4 Million Construction Project


From Fair Haven Rendering

Dothan, AL – Wesley Manor, a retirement community of Methodist Homes of Alabama and Northwest Florida, will begin an extensive construction and renovation project to accommodate the new generation of baby boomers coming into retirement in the next few years. More than a physical change, the project includes a move to a revolutionary model of care not currently present in Alabama.

The renovation, expected to cost approximately $8.4 million, will add to the community a new style of senior living known as the “Household Model.” Developed by Action Pact, a leader in senior living development, the “Household Model” takes a person-centered approach by emphasizing independence, choice and interpersonal relationships.

This model has transformed the way people experience senior living, providing a more personalized retirement experience in communities that closely resemble home in both form and function. Smaller groups of residents live together in a household with common areas such as a kitchen and living room, with each resident enjoying private accommodations.

Christopher Tomlin, President and CEO of Methodist Homes, explained that while the “Household Model” has become a trend nationally, he is thrilled that Methodist Homes is the first operator to comprehensively implement it in Alabama.

“We are excited about the changes coming to Wesley Manor,” Tomlin said. “We are proud of our history of providing quality care and services to our residents, and consider the Household Model to be the best way to serve the seniors of today and tomorrow.”

Wesley Manor’s renovation plans include the development of a dedicated short-term stay rehabilitation center, and modernizing the entire campus, including existing assisted living and healthcare areas. The main entrance and other building exteriors will be canvassed into a mid-century modern style.

The renovations will kick off with a groundbreaking ceremony and celebration on February 12 at 11:30 a.m., located at the community at 718 Honeysuckle Road, Dothan, Alabama 36305. Golden Construction, a Birmingham construction company, anticipates project completion in January of 2017.

Media Contacts: Sherri Easdon; seasdon@methodisthomes.org; 334-792-0921 Kayla Caw; kcaw@loveadcompany.com; 240-575-3337

Fair Haven Graduates First CNA Class!


Fair Haven's First Class of CNA Graduates

Fair Haven Retirement Community’s newly-formed Certified Nursing Assistant school held a brief ceremony on July 14 to formally graduate its first six students. Certified Nursing Assistants (CNAs) play a crucial role in caring for older adults at Fair Haven in Birmingham. In the first graduating class were Iesha Calhoun, Jasmine Calhoun, Kristal Douthard, Denishia Dyle, Vernesha Jackson and Britney Peoples, who each received a certificate and a pin to mark their important achievement.

Fair Haven opened the free CNA School in June to create a potential pool of qualified applicants for filling open positions at the retirement community and to give people an opportunity to pursue certification that they otherwise may not have been able to pursue on their own.

“The response has been overwhelming,” said Fair Haven CNA Instructor Barbara Johnson Dobyns. “We have a healthy waiting list and I am currently conducting interviews for winter classes.” The classes run for 5 weeks and then students take the State board exam.

The school’s graduates are not required to seek a job at Fair Haven, and graduation from the program does not guarantee that a job will be offered. However, it is hoped that many students who successfully complete the program will fill these important functions at Fair Haven as CNA jobs become available.

“Some students may use the classes as a stepping stone on the road to a nursing degree or into other careers such as physical therapy,” Dobyns said. “I see my job as an opportunity to pass on information to encourage and offer a higher quality of care to the older children of God.”

The school has incorporated one of Fair Haven’s residents who is a former nurse into the education process, as well as a geriatric dentist from Fair Haven’s Oral Health Center. These speakers present their unique and valuable perspective on resident care, Dobyns said.

After receiving permission to open the school, Fair Haven transformed a garden home on its campus and stocked it with equipment and supplies that are typically found in a nursing home setting. This hands-on environment allows students to get comfortable with the equipment likely to be a part of their day-to-day work.

For more about Fair Haven, cal 205-956-4150.

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Wesley Manor Takes Ice Bucket Challenge for ALS!


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Dr. Geary Speaks at Wesley Manor August 12!


Dr. Geary and Belinda Whatley

“Aging Gracefully with Benefits” was the topic for the August 12 Care Options Luncheon providing education on enjoying the benefits of aging.

Dr. Walter T. Geary, Jr., (pictured above with former Wesley Manor Marketing Director Belinda Whatley) discussed how to the benefits of aging can be enhanced with appropriate care. As a gerontologist, he has spent many years studying the needs and patterns of aging. He is the Director of the Bureau of Health Provider Standards for the Alabama Department of Public Health. The bureau grants license and conducts inspections of health care facilities such as hospitals, nursing homes and assisted living facilities in Alabama. They also work for the federal government to inspect and "Certify" that nursing homes and other facilities and agencies, such as Home Health and Hospice, are in compliance with federal regulations and approved to bill Medicare and Medicaid for the services they provide.

Wesley Manor celebrates life, values relationships, and embraces teamwork. Call 334-792-0921 for information about Wesley Manor where life is celebrated.

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Wesley Manor & Fair Haven Receive Quality Awards

Wesley Manor AQAF Award 2014 Fair Haven AQAF Award 2014

Pictured L-R: Liz Prosch, Director of Quality for AQAF with Judy Partin, RN and DON, Wesley Manor, and Mrs. Prosch with Nancy Morgan, RN, Fair Haven

Wesley Manor Retirement Community and Fair Haven Retirement Community’s medical teams have made significant improvements to the quality of life for many residents, earning awards for Outstanding Performance from the Alabama Quality Assurance Foundation (AQAF). Wesley Manor took home the top prize. Both Methodist Homes communities participate in a Patient Safety and Clinical Pharmacy Services Collaborative designed to identify and treat medical conditions that typically cause nursing home residents to go the emergency room. The awards were presented at AQAF’s Scope of Work Outcomes Congress on July 8 at the Cahaba Grand Conference Center in Birmingham.

“What this recognition means is that Fair Haven’s residents are in a safer environment,” said Nancy Morgan, RN, and Fair Haven manager for the project. “Residents get better care when we closely monitor lab work for specific signs of problems, and then treat those conditions before they get out of control.”

Morgan said that in addition to medical monitoring, residents are engaged in stimulating activities that significantly reduce the need for certain medications, especially antipsychotics. “Only 12 percent of Fair Haven’s health care residents are taking antipsychotics, which is well below the Alabama average of 15 to 20 percent,” Morgan said.

For more information on Wesley Manor and Fair Haven visit their pages or call 1-800-852-2093.

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Mary Holt Crowned as Mrs. Wesley Manor!

Mary Holt Crowned Ms. Wesley Manor

Click Here or on the picture above for link to story in the Dothan Eagle.

This year’s new Mrs. Wesley Manor Mary Holt confessed she is not really a pageant person. The staff nudged her into competing in this year’s pageant and it was a surprise to her when she won on May 13. She was so excited about her new crown that she couldn’t wait to get in front of a mirror to see how she looked. Pictured are Mary Holt, left, and Director of Nursing Judy Partain, right, Wesley Manor's Director of Nursing.

Mrs. Holt has only been a resident of Wesley Manor for eight months. Before moving to Wesley Manor, she said she had lost hope, but now Mrs. Holt is quite the social butterfly. “This is my home,” Mrs. Holt said. “There are so many activities to enjoy at Wesley Manor. My life has changed; they make me feel loved. They are my family”.

The annual pageant is part of National Nursing Home Week and this year’s theme “Living the Aloha Spirit “ focuses on the meaning of patience, kindness, respect and compassion. Pageant contestants’ questions focused on love, respect and joy. Tropical music and the “Aloha” theme filled Wesley Manor’s chapel for this special event. Five residents competed and each of the beautiful ladies is a winner: Conella Eubanks, Margarita Garcia, Janice Ellison, Nancy Mitchell, and Mary Holt. Judges for the event were Friends of Wesley Manor auxiliary members: Joyce Plummer, Rita Chapman, Sierra Harris, and Teresa Lassiter.

The goal in long term nursing care is to always provide person-centered care in a harmonious, caring environment. Embracing this “Aloha-Centeredness” each day casts a warm glow throughout Wesley Manor for its residents and employees. This is unlike what many previously thought of as “Grandma’s nursing home.” Today’s nursing home is person-centered for health, personal care, and spiritual enrichment.

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Dothan Mayor Mike Schmitz Makes Wesley Manor Proclamation!

Mike Schmitz Proclamation

Dothan Mayor Mike Schmitz presented Wesley Manor Retirement Community with a proclamation for National Nursing Home Week. Pictured L-R are: Judy Partin, Director of Nursing Services at Wesley Manor, Elizabeth Cosby, President, Resident Council for Wesley Manor, and Mayor Mike Schmitz.

Click Here or on the picture above for link to video news coverage by WTVY.


WESLEY MANOR CELEBRATES NATIONAL NURSES WEEK - Residents often recognize that their nurse is the person with whom they and their families have the most direct contact. But they might not realize that nurses are also leaders in improving the quality of care and expanding access to that care. May 6-12 is celebrated as National Nurses Week, and Wesley Manor takes this time to honor its nursing staff in a special way each day of this week. This year’s theme, “Nurses: Leading the Way,” recognizes nurses as leaders at the bedside, in the boardroom, throughout communities and in the halls of government. The public also holds nurses in high regard and trusts them to advocate for patients. For the past 12 years, the public has ranked nursing as the top profession for honesty and ethics in an annual Gallup survey. “All nurses as leaders, whether they are in direct patient care, administrative roles, or meeting consumers’ needs,” said Judy Partin, R.N., Director of Nursing Services at Wesley Manor. “This week, we honor and acknowledge the care and compassion shown by our nurses as they lead the way in improving nursing home care for our residents.” This leadership moved Wesley Manor to gold certification status with the Alabama Quality Assurance Foundation last year. They are the only one in Alabama to receive the recognition and one of 12 in the nation. Nurses are continuing to lead initiatives to increase access to care and improve outcomes by focusing on primary care, prevention, wellness, chronic disease management and the coordination of care among health care providers and settings. As the Affordable Care Act is fully implemented, nurses will be more crucial than ever in leading efforts to deliver more efficient and cost-effective care. Consider that: • Nursing is the nation’s largest health care profession, with nearly three million employed professionals. • Nursing is projected to grow faster than all other occupations: The federal government projects more than one million new RNs will be needed by 2022 to fill new jobs and replace RNs who leave the profession. • Demand for nursing care will grow rapidly as Baby Boomers swell Medicare enrollment by 50 percent by 2025 and millions of individuals obtain new or better access to care under the health care reform law. Wherever health care is provided, a nurse is likely to be there. Wesley Manor honors its nurses for the compassion and care provided to over 200 residents on a daily basis. Wesley Manor celebrates life, values relationships, and embraces teamwork. Call 334-792-0921 for information about Wesley Manor where life is celebrated.

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Methodist Homes in Birdies For Charity!

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May 2014 - Methodist Home for the Aging, d/b/a Methodist Homes of Alabama & Northwest Florida, participated in the Regions Tradition Golf Tournament Birdies For Charity Event! Pledges received for Methodist Homes benefit the Fountain of Love Fund which provides financial assistance to residents. Methodist Homes will receive 100% of the $9,649.15 that was raised for us during the event, plus any bonus money if we stayed in the Top 10 of Fundraisers! Thank you for your pledges and contributions to this exciting event!

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Ms. Alabama Nursing Home Visits Wesley Manor!

Ms. Alabama Nursing Home 2013

Verdell Goodson, Ms. Alabama Nursing Home 2013, paid a visit to Wesley Manor in September as part of their celebration of 45 years serving the needs of older adults. Verdell Goodson wrote of her visit:

Hello Everyone,
What a wonderful blessing you were to me last week while we were visiting your excellent facility. You are a great example for Nursing Homes everywhere. I am so honored and proud to be representing you - not only the warm greetings and fellowship you have with everyone you meet - but especially the residents. I felt so humble in every area I went in - but the dining room and chapel was awesome. The hard work and long hours, the commitment, the dedication on everyone's part to make it all come together is second to none. I am so proud for you all and my thoughts and prayers are with you as you continue the fine work you are doing.
"May God Bless You All" Verdell Goodson

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Wesley Manor Celebrates 45 Years, Rededicates Chapel

Wesley Manor Ribbon Cutting

More than 500 people enjoyed a weeklong celebration of Wesley Manor Retirement Community’s 45 years of providing housing and health care to elders in the Wiregrass Area. The Dothan Area Chamber of Commerce coordinated a Ribbon Cutting Ceremony to dedicate the newly renovated Chapel, the highlight of celebration events. Rev. Dan Morris, Dothan District Superintendent, presented the ceremony’s Prayer and Dedication. Other dignitaries present to mark this historic occasion were Ambassadors of the Dothan Area Chamber of Commerce, City Commissioner Critt Snellgrove, and Ms. Senior Wiregrass Florie Bess. A number of area ministers and church representatives also attended the event.

Jeff Kirby, Administrator of Wesley Manor, spoke about the retirement community’s heritage. “It all began in 1968 with a vision of leaders from the United Methodist Church,” Mr. Kirby said. “They wanted to build a comprehensive retirement community to serve senior adults in the Wiregrass area.”

Rev. Dr. Jerry Dooling, pastor of Sylvan Grove and longtime Methodist Homes Board Member, remembers being present at Wesley Manor’s grand opening ceremony 45 years ago.

“As a young minister, I remember the day in the 1960s that I drove to Dothan for the dedication of Wesley Manor,” said Dr. Dooling. “Excitement was in the air for the new home built especially for some of God’s Older Children, a Christian home for them to live in their last years.”

Dr. Dooling has served for many years in the Dothan area, including filling the roles of senior minister at Dothan First and Dothan District Superintendent. His own mother-in-law spent her last 10 years at Wesley Manor “being lovingly cared for by committed servants of God,” he said. “I am grateful for what Wesley Manor has meant to me, to so many of my friends, and even my very own family.”

Wesley Manor, one of 13 communities of Methodist Homes of Alabama and Northwest Florida (aka Methodist Homes Corporation), has undergone a number of renovations recently, and is scheduled to undergo major redevelopment beginning next year.

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Wesley Manor On TV about Quality Achievement!

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We're so proud of Wesley Manor's achievement - reaching GOLD team status from the Patient Safety and Pharmacy Services Collaborative! Click this link to watch the WTVY video!

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Fair Haven in the NEWS!

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JULY 2013 - Dental Clinic at Fair Haven is the only one of its kind in the state of Alabama.


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Wesley Manor On TV about Ms. Wesley Manor 2013!

Ms. Wesley Manor

Wesley Manor Administrator Jeff Kirby and Corporate Marketing Director Scott Bemish enjoyed some on-air time on June 25, 2013, to talk about Ms. Wesley Manor pageant winner Bessie James! The Ms. Alabama Nursing Home pageant will be held on July 22nd in Birmingham. Click this link to watch the WTVY video!

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Wesley Gardens Radio Commercial!

Paula Castanza in Studio

Wesley Gardens resident Paula Castanza and her son Mike hijacked a commercial for Chappy's Deli in Montgomery, Alabama, and turned it into a commercial for Wesley Gardens! Click below to hear the commercial!

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FEBRUARY 2013 - Valentine's Day at Fair Haven - with Students from the UAB School of Dentistry. The University of Alabama School of Dentistry operates an in-house dental clinic for residents.