Sometimes people are surprised to learn that Wesley Woods is a not-for-profit organization. They assume that because it costs a significant amount of money to live here, we must be for-profit. Nothing could be farther from the truth.
Wesley Woods was founded in 1954 by the North Georgia Conference of the United Methodist Church. Our mission is to help people age with grace. What differentiates us from all the other for-profit providers in our area is our purpose for being: we are mission driven. We were not founded as a business venture to provide a return on investment to stock holders. We were founded to further the church’s ministry by providing services to the aging, and that makes all the difference.
At a time when long-term care is under intense scrutiny, not-for-profit providers are showing that there is a difference when it comes to quality. By consistently providing more hands-on care and developing new, more creative ways to meet the needs of their residents, not-for-profits are setting the standard for quality in the field.
The latest government statistics reaffirm the not-for-profit difference. For example, according to the most recent figures based on the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) data, not-for-profit Skilled Nursing facilities: provide more hours of care per resident per day; invest more resources in resident care; and average significantly fewer deficiencies than for-profit facilities.
Not-for-profits are where innovation happens. Around the country, not-for-profit communities just like ours are changing the face of retirement living. We are involved in providing leadership on legislative workgroups and are leaders in finding new ways to provide services in home-like environments by making adjustments to building design.
America’s not-for-profit providers are working today to ensure that tomorrow’s retirement communities will be the center of innovative, quality care for our older citizens.