Bethesda Home to dedicate special care addition

The Bethesda Home is planning an open house Aug. 20 for its new special care addition at 408 N. Main in Goessel. The dedication is set for 2:30 p.m. in the main dining hall. The open house for the new facility will take place from 3-5 p.m.

“The special care unit was a significant portion of a recently completed $1.025 million Heritage of Care capital campaign that generated nearly $1.1 million in cash and pledges,” said Pete Flaming, Bethesda’s director of development. Other projects funded by the campaign included a physical therapy facility upgrade, resident room renovations, bond reduction and the Bethesda Endowment Foundation.

“A large portion of the funds for the special care unit was received from business donors who participated in the Kansas Tax Credit Program administered by the Kansas Department of Commerce and Housing,” Flaming said. Other funding sources included a grant from the Mabee Foundation and individual donations.

The new unit features 12 private beds, a large kitchen/dining/activity area and an enclosed courtyard that will allow residents to walk outside and enjoy the garden without the fear they will wander away.

“People with dementia such as Alzheimer’s disease need special care and activity programming,” said Glendene Flaming, CEO. “We are pleased to provide these much-needed services through our staff, who has received specialized training to work with these residents.”

Six of Bethesda’s independent living duplex units and a few residents’ rooms will be available for viewing during the open house.

Paul Cavanaugh of PLACES Architects in Wichita was the architect for the new facility. Gerhardt Fast of Preferred Builders in Hesston was the general contractor.

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