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Senior Living Options: Levels of Living accent-12

Today’s older adults are vibrant, active, and ready to pursue lifestyles filled with their favorite passions and pastimes. For some, senior living communities are the perfect places to access the amenities and services they need to live the lives they love.

If senior living is new to you or you haven’t been to a community in the past few years, you’re in for a surprise. Baby boomers changed senior living, just as they’ve changed virtually every other industry. That’s great because it provides options when selecting the services, amenities, support, and resources you need to feel your best. 

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Your Options

Although a multitude of choices can feel empowering, too many options can also be confusing. WesleyLife has taken the confusion out of selecting the senior living option best suited for your current and future needs. Our Communities for Healthy Living include a full network of services, giving you the ability to find the level of living that best suits your needs and preferences.

We meet the needs of those we serve by offering various living options. Each level of living is unique, providing just the right amount of support to those who need our services. Explore independent living, assisted living, memory support, short-term rehabilitation, and long-term care at WesleyLife communities, as well as home-care services offered in some of our locations. (Not all communities offer WesleyLife at Home services.)

Iowa offers more than 1,000 senior living options, including: 

  • 1.1 million residents age 50 or older
  • 200 independent living communities 
  • 324 memory care communities 
  • 850 senior living providers
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Independent Living

Aging is an opportunity, and independent living is the perfect backdrop to discover that the second half of life is the best half. Spend your time however you want, and engage in programming you love. Hike a new trail, travel somewhere new, volunteer with your favorite organization, or do anything else you choose.

Who Is It For?

Simply put, independent living is living independently, as you would in a house, townhome, condo, or apartment that is not part of a community. It means exercising the greatest degree of choice about where you live, with whom you live, how you live, and how you use your time.

Amenities and Services

From a concierge team that pays attention to every detail to the WellAhead program to the events, programming, and initiatives offered on campus, you will find many ways to enhance your well-being.


How much does independent living cost? We're all about financial choice! At some communities, you'll pay a one-time entrance fee that's much like a down payment, whereas other communities offer a lease option. No matter which financial model works best for you, you can access other levels of living as desired and needed, and you'll pay a monthly service fee that will give you access to programming and amenities.

Independent Living at a WesleyLife Community

Here, independent living is all about choice. So the decisions are yours to make, from choosing a floor plan to deciding how you spend your leisure time!


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Assisted Living

Designed to offer the same amenities and services as independent living, assisted living comes with the additional benefit of peace of mind. Caregivers assist as needed and desired to help you remain as independent as possible.

Who Is It For?

Assisted living is for adults who could benefit from friendly assistance with daily tasks and the security of knowing someone is always there to help in case of an emergency.

Amenities and Services

Customized assistance is the cornerstone of assisted living. You can also enjoy on-site therapy, concierge services, housekeeping visits, and more.


Monthly fees cover your access to amenities throughout campus, including three meals per day, caregiver assistance, and entrance to a variety of programs and services.

Assisted Living at a WesleyLife Community

Assisted living at a WesleyLife community means you have the right amount of support that will empower you to remain as independent as possible.


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Memory Support

In a memory support household, specially trained caregivers help meet the challenges of Alzheimer’s disease and other types of dementia. You or your loved one can participate in comfortable routines, engaging programs, and respectful, personalized interactions.

Who Is It For?

Memory support is for individuals with Alzheimer’s disease or another form of dementia.

Amenities and Services

From the environment to the programming to the meals, everything in a memory support community is designed to meet your preferences or those of your loved one. This commitment to person-directed living means team members cater to the individual, placing your history and interests at the center of all decisions for personalized care.


Monthly fees cover all-inclusive living and specialized care, meals, and programming.

Memory Support at a WesleyLife Community

Our memory support communities begin with personalized and flexible approaches based on your or your loved one’s unique history. Additionally, creative and caring team members and a commitment to programming that fosters well-being make our communities feel like home


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Short-Term Rehabilitation

This option provides the skilled nursing and intensive therapy you need to build strength before returning home, creating an environment focused on recovery.

Who Is It For?

Short-term rehabilitation is for any adult who has recently undergone a procedure, surgery, or extended hospital stay that makes returning home right away unsafe or unrealistic.

Amenities and Services

On-site physical, occupational, and speech therapy services are a highlight, and 24-hour skilled nursing services assist with your pain, wound management, or other complex medical needs.


Following a qualifying hospital stay, Medicare usually covers the daily costs of short-term rehabilitation — up to 100% of costs for the first 20 days and 80% beginning on day 21. Typically, secondary insurance covers the remaining 20%, so you are typically not charged an out-of-pocket fee. 

Short-Term Rehabilitation at a WesleyLife Community

Our team works hard to provide you with the support and therapy services you need to recover quickly and return home confidently.


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Long-Term Care

Ideal if you are living with complex medical needs or chronic conditions that require skilled nursing support, long-term care communities provide a safe environment with caring team members.

Who Is It For?

Long-term care is for adults who require around-the-clock nursing care due to a complex medical need, chronic condition, or other circumstance.

Amenities and Services

Although skilled nursing and caregiver support are hallmarks of long-term care communities, you can also find vibrant programming, chef-prepared meals, and a great deal of family involvement.


Daily rates cover care, support, and access to all amenities. Long-term care insurance can potentially offset some of your daily fees.

Long-Term Care at a WesleyLife Community

WesleyLife communities are not nursing homes; they’re communities dedicated to forging connections, enhancing a sense of purpose and meaning, creating opportunities to pursue joy, and welcoming the involvement of family members and other loved ones.


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Home Care

Home care services allow you to remain in the home you choose while receiving the support you need to feel connected, healthy, and engaged.

Who Is It For?

Home care is for adults who need a little extra help, no matter where they live. We serve clients in our Communities for Healthy Living and in their own homes.

Amenities and Services

Non-medical home care services are personalized to your needs, whether you need help preparing meals, shopping for groceries, running errands, or completing personal tasks. Healthcare services are available if you need additional clinical support at home, including wound care, diabetes management, or health education.


Fees are billed hourly and can vary depending on the type of service you need.

Home Care at a WesleyLife Community

Whether you live in one of our Communities for Healthy Living or your own home, WesleyLife at Home is ready to assist you or someone you love!


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Breathing Life into Senior Living

Today’s senior living communities are nothing like those you visited 20 years ago. In WesleyLife’s communities, we’ve spent time learning what adults want — and need — to feel their best every day. We found that it doesn’t require running a marathon or eating a vegan diet to create a sense of well-being that can lead to enhanced quality of life.  

Instead, we found that no matter what senior living solution you choose, you can pursue your own definition of well-being by:

  • Moving naturally
  • Eating wisely
  • Having the right outlook
  • Being connected

These Core4 principles are the foundation of life in any WesleyLife community. Whether you live in one of our Communities for Healthy Living or in your own home, you can enhance your health and well-being — and become WellAhead.

About WesleyLife

We believe everyone should have the opportunity to live a life of continued growth, experience, engagement, and meaning, regardless of physical, social, or economic circumstances. Aging is an opportunity. Learn more about making this season of life everything it can be!

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