When it opened more than 35 years ago, Wesley Gardens was the first retirement community of its kind in the country. Today, it remains on the leading edge of comfortable, caring assisted living options.
HISTORY: Wesley Gardens opened in the 1980s as Halcyon Terrace and at that time, it was the first free standing domiciliary in the United States. In 1989, Wesley Gardens became part of the Methodist Homes Corporation, which operates a dozen communities in Alabama and Northwest Florida.
NUMBER OF EMPLOYEES: 56
WHAT ARE WESLEY GARDENS’ PRIMARY SERVICES? Wesley Gardens welcomes a wide range of individuals aged 62 and older. Its assisted living arrangements provide just the right balance of independence and support. Nurses and care staff are available around the clock to assist with medications, grooming and other personal care services. In addition, a memory care section adds security features for those with mild to moderate dementia. Wesley Gardens also offers full-service dining and provides three homecooked meals a day in a well-appointed dining room. During mealtime, residents order from a daily menu and are served by a friendly wait staff.
WHAT IS WESLEY GARDENS’ PATIENT-CARE PHILOSOPHY? Wesley Gardens provides a warm and caring home for seniors who still enjoy an active life. The gathering places, mealtimes and events are filled with friendly faces and lively activities, and there’s always help nearby whenever it’s needed. Wesley Gardens fully incorporates its mission: “To enrich the lives of older adults and all those who serve them in faith-based communities where life is celebrated, relationships are valued, teamwork is embraced, service excellence is expected, and the touch of God’s love is ever-present and ageless.”
WHAT SETS WESLEY GARDENS AND ITS SERVICES APART FROM OTHER RETIREMENT COMMUNITIES? The longevity of its staff. Wesley Gardens is blessed to have associates who have committed their career to serving our residents. A large majority of staff has served Wesley Gardens for more than 15 years. Administrator Randy Allen just completed 35 years of service. Also, Wesley Gardens’ Fountain of Love Fund was created to be an ever-flowing source of funds to help individuals in a Methodist Home whose own finances become exhausted. No resident has ever been asked to leave a Methodist Home due to their inability to pay.
1555 TAYLOR ROAD / 334-272-7917 / METHODISTHOMES.ORG