Wesley Manor celebrates 50 years of service

FRANKFORT, Ind. – As Ty Pennington would say, “Welcome home Wesley Manor residents, welcome home!” Wesley Manor has been home for the United Methodist community since the first residents arrived in 1961.

Thanks to funds provided by Mr. and Mrs. Oliver M. Reid and monies raised through a variety of donors, Wesley Manor has grown from 33 acres to a total of 83 acres. That’s like saying Wesley Manor has grown from approximately 15 to 37 typical city blocks. Driving onto the campus, residents, guests, families and friends find themselves engulfed with a beautiful drive lined with trees and grounds that would make a golf course greens keeper jealous.

Wesley Manor is a get-away in a rural community not far from metropolitan areas such as Indianapolis, Lafayette and Kokomo. Not only has there been land expansion during the past 50 years, but activity options have been enhanced to create a more active community. Wesley Manor is a place to call “home” for residents and future residents, who are on the go and enjoy retirement living.

Continuing faith-based connection

Wesley Manor was founded on the values and beliefs of The United Methodist Church and continues to operate with those same values and beliefs today in order to meet the spiritual needs of residents.

Residents and staff are devotedly involved in a multitude of worship opportunities from chapel worship to mission services and from inspirational hymn sings to personal visitations by the in-house chaplain, just to name a few.

While a number of opportunities are provided, residents are encouraged to maintain their home church connections through prayer, participation, financial support and tithes whenever possible.

Under one roof

It is not always an easy task finding a retirement community to serve individual health needs from independent living to memory care and feeling the comfort of home while meeting one’s spiritual needs.

Dave Kinder, president and CEO of Wesley Manor, says, “From residents to staff, Wesley Manor provides a ‘welcome home’ feeling to each person who walks through our doors. Our residents are people who are anticipating their health needs for years to come and are looking for a home where they can express their spirituality while continuing on with their life as usual.”

Wesley Manor has expanded its services to become a continuing care retirement community (CCRC) that provides security and peace of mind all under one roof spanning approximately one-third of a mile for its residents when their health needs progress. Through an entrance fee, residents are assured access to Wesley Manor health facilities and services on a temporary or permanent basis for the remainder of their life.

Kinder says, “Today, Wesley Manor continues its original philosophy of services and ministry, care and compassion and through our philosophy, we provide peace of mind for our residents who know they can continue to live here, on one campus, with flexible accommodations designed to meet their changing health needs.”

Wesley Village

Residents who move into Wesley Manor at a younger age can take advantage of the services and amenities of a CCRC while living in one of the 91 residential dwellings of single-family homes, duplex or multi-plex units. One won’t find cookie cutter homes in this village. In a village home, others do the work with internal and external maintenance, lawn service and grounds care, no homeowner’s insurance, no real estate taxes and a 24-hour emergency response system.


Some residents choose to downsize to an apartment from a 200 square-foot studio apartment to the largest 1,134 square-foot three room apartment and anything in between. No matter the size, residents inside the Manor House have the added luxury of additional services included in their monthly fee. Services include: two-step level of assisted living accommodations when needed, healthy dining, bi-weekly housekeeping, weekly bathroom cleaning and laundry, utilities and cable TV.

Health center

When comprehensive nursing care is needed, Wesley Manor takes care of its residents and even the surrounding community members. These services include: private and semi-private rooms, short- and long-term stays, rehabilitation to home, specialty care and on-site physical therapy, occupational therapy and speech therapy.

Memory care

Memory loss can be very emotional for residents, families and friends. Wesley Manor is a healing resource at all levels. Specially designed facilities with residents and families in mind include: two, 25-bed facilities caring for stage-one and stage-two dementia patients, private and semi-private rooms, naturally lighted skylight, a secure, locked facility with a secure outdoor courtyard, daily specialized activities, indoor walking paths, memory display cases at the entrance of each room, and an on-site Alzheimer’s support group.


During its 50 years of ministry, Wesley Manor has grown to cater to its residents’ dietary wants and needs. Residents and their guests can be pampered in the main dining room with a full-service experience and a no-tipping policy. Residencts may choose from the daily specials at each meal, or choose from the multiple choices on the menu to meet their cravings and special dietary needs.

Wesley Manor offers many opportunities for residents and their families at no cost or a minimal fee for off-site day and overnight trips scheduled by the wellness department. Kevin Ward, Sr. Vice President, COO and Administrator at Wesley Manor, says, “The idea is not for our residents to come here and rest. The idea is that they come here, remain active and enjoy retirement living free of the obligations in life.”

On site activities and amenities include a bowling alley, free green fees on an 18-hole golf course, greenhouse and garden access, fully-equipped woodshop, exercise gym and classes, beauty salon, bank, bible study and game rooms, general store and library with an adjoining media center.

Retired pastor and/or spouse discounts

Retired United Methodist pastors and/or spouses can enjoy a generous discount off their entrance fee. The entrance fee for village homes is discounted at 10 percent off, whereas the discount for the apartments inside the Manor House is based on the years of obtained service; it is two percent per year of service up to 50 percent off.

Wesley Manor Retirement Community values its role as a ministry with a mission to serve older adults through love, benevolence and services. It also is a special privilege to be a resource for respite and renewal for United Methodist pastors. Pastors are encouraged to allow Wesley Manor to provide a scheduled, two-day, free suite Pastor’s Retreat while enjoying the amenities the campus has to offer.

50 years of ministry

After more than 50 years in ministry, Wesley Manor continues to welcome those who are 55 years of age and older to live and continue their faith. For those who have not yet experienced Wesley Manor, pastors and church groups are encouraged to visit for a free lunch or dinner and tour where guests can discover how Wesley Manor can add enjoyment to one’s retirement life. Guests may even come in contact with residents they know.

Carol Price, board chair of Wesley Manor, says, “Today our residents receive the same loving care as our first residents in 1961. The human need for connection, love and encouragement has not changed in the 50 years Wesley Manor has served seniors. I consider it an honor to carry on the legacy of those who have served before and those who have given so that others may benefit from living at Wesley Manor.”

For more information and to schedule a personal lunch and tour, call Wesley Manor at 765-656-2106. Also visit www.wesleymanor.org and connect with Wesley Manor on Facebook.com at Wesley Manor Retirement Community.

Alison Williams serves as Director of Marketing & Sales at the United Methodist-affiliated Wesley Manor Retirement Community in Frankfort, Ind. She can be contacted at 765-656-2106, or by e-mail at awilliams@wesleymanor.org.

Photo courtesy of Wesley Manor

The Singing Saints choir is one of many volunteer groups available to Wesley Manor residents.


“Wesley Manor provides a ‘welcome home’ feeling to each person.”

– Dave Kinder

Photo courtesy of Wesley Manor

United Methodist-related Wesley Manor in Frankfort celebrates 50 years of service to the church.