Pella Chronicle

January 25, 2013

Celebrating Three Years of Transforming the Aging Experience in Pella


The Chronicle

Pella — Increased access to health and well-being activities dedicated to spirit, mind and body is one benefit Hearthstone, a Ministry of WesleyLife, has created for the Pella community since its creation in January 2010. Throughout the entire month of January, Hearthstone has been celebrating three years of engaging and empowering older adults to live longer, healthier lives in Pella.

For Leona and Mart Nunnikhoven of Pella, becoming Hearthstone residents strengthened their independence. “When we moved to Pella Manor, we looked forward to a simpler life with more freedom and not being tied down with keeping up the farm,” says Leona.  “We enjoy growing in our Christian faith by attending the regular Bible studies and working one-on-one with Wellness Director, Natasha Jansen,” Leona adds.

“We thank our residents, clients, families and the greater Pella community for the confidence and support they have entrusted in the Hearthstone ministry in the last three years,” says Nancy Hamilton, Hearthstone Executive Director. “We are dedicated to the community of Pella to transform the aging experience by embracing the power of health and well-being,” she adds.

In 2012, Hearthstone launched home- and community-based services including home health and hospice to further its mission of supporting the independence, health and well-being of older adults wherever they call home. The programs are designed to help maximize personal health and well-being, independence, dignity and choice. Hearthstone also enjoyed a nearly 100 percent team member retention rate, a rare feat in the older adult lifestyle industry. The Jefferson Place community was one of seven in the state of Iowa which received the Excellence in Action award, signaling one of the highest resident satisfaction ratings in the state and country.

Looking throughout 2013, a very visible expansion for Hearthstone will be started–and finished–as The Cottages, a transformative project will redefine home for older adults. Additional home- and community-based services will be determined based on community feedback while researching the upcoming needs of the baby boomer generation.