Our residents don’t live where we work. We work where our residents live.
With this mantra in mind, lived out by our staff every day, our quest to provide the finest home we possibly can for our residents is neverending. While visiting Bethesda in recent months, you’ve
undoubtedly noticed our extensive construction project that’s underway.
So why all the changes? Administrator Ashley Bormann explains, “Staying current with the changing needs and standards of care our community, residents and family members deserve is something that is constantly on Bethesda’s agenda.” In other words, we want to make Bethesda even more special for you.
Phase I of our renovation is focused on the following elements and scheduled to be complete Summer 2016:
• The large long-term care building will house four neighborhoods of approximately 20 residents each. Each neighborhood will have its own kitchen, dining and living spaces and all newly constructed resident rooms will have private bathrooms and showers.
•The two smaller buildings on Willmar Avenue will implement the neighborhood model into the existing Pleasant View campus, with new kitchen/living/dining spaces in both and six new resident rooms off A Hall.
• The short-stay therapy center will offer 36-beds for those needing rehabilitation before returning home.
The highlights of Phase II, referred to as the Town Center, would include internal renovations of the current Pleasant View large dining room, activity room/chapel, beauty shop and restorative therapy areas. This new area will offer a holistic approach to active senior living.
As stated by Michelle Haefner, President/CEO, “Our vision is to invite residents into our senior living community, not just to live with us, but also, to thrive with us.”
The Town Center – the heart of Bethesda’s new campus – is completely dependent on the outcome of the $3 million “Investing in a Healthy Future” campaign. Philanthropic support toward the Town Center is a critical factor to this vision becoming a reality.
The Town Center vision features the Charles and Sharon Olson Chapel, meditation room, pastoral care office, the Norling Family Café, a bistro station, salon, activity/game area, general store, guest lounge, library/computer area, private party room, community/hobby areas, the Bill Linder Walking Trail and so much more.
The following comments were shared by family members:
“I’m excited for the Town Center to be completed! When I come to visit my mom, it will be so nice to take her out for a cup of coffee or visit over a sandwich at the new Cafe.”
“Spiritual care is a very important aspect of my mom’s life. Bethesda’s new Chapel will provide a space for her to continue to attend service without having to leave campus.”
“My dad isn’t as mobile as he used to be, so having these amenities available right here at Bethesda will be a day brightener not only for him, but also for us as visitors.”
These updates will add an extra level of comfort, choice and convenience for Bethesda residents and families. We hope you’ll stop in soon to see and experience all the great changes we’re making! Keep an eye out for upcoming open house tour dates, which will be listed on Bethesda’s website calendar once scheduled.
Town Center Questions? Interested in learning more about the building project and campaign? Contact Stefanie, Bethesda Foundation at 320-214-5600 or firstname.lastname@example.org.