About Bethany Home
The Bethany Home Association is a not-for-profit continuous care retirement community providing more than 100 years of Christ-centered services and care for the aging. Located in Lindsborg, Kansas, the Home is a social ministry of the Central States Synod of the Evangelical Lutheran Church of America. The campus includes a 100-bed nursing home facility, 20 assisted living apartments and 49 independent living units. The health care center accepts private insurance, long term care insurance, Medicare and Medicaid and is endorsed by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs.
The Bethany Home Association has a mission of creating a Christian environment and delivering Christ-centered care to all residents and guests. Join us as we Celebrate life’s journey together in God’s love.
Bethany Home is a vibrant, inclusive community where individuals receive the support needed to thrive and reach the highest level of independence attainable in a compassionate Christian environment. Highly trained, caring professionals provide peace of mind through thoughtful, personalized service and care, embracing innovation, forward thinking stewardship, and market-leading practices.
As a mission of the Evangelical Lutheran Churches of America, Bethany Home is privileged to offer spiritual support to the residents and staff through a full time Chaplain, Phillip Hett.
Opportunities to gather for worship include:
- Sunday: 9:30 a.m.
- Wednesday: 2:15 p.m.
For receiving Holy Communion:
- The third Wednesday of the month: 2:15 p.m.
- The first, second and fourth Thursdays of the month: 1:30 p.m.
- Monday – Friday: 8:30 a.m.
For study of God’s Word:
- Tuesday: 2:00 p.m. in the chapel
- Worship service on the second and fourth Sunday of the month: 4:00 p.m.
- The chaplain visits with the residents regularly. Local clergy are also invited to visit residents.
- Family and friends are invited to join Bethany Home residents for worship.
For more than 100 years, Bethany Home has provided care and services to seniors and has been a vital part of Lindsborg and the Smoky Valley community. Bethany Home honors the traditions that have helped make Lindsborg the vibrant community it is today. Swedish ancestors laid the groundwork and foundation upon which the Bethany Home Association was built and the mission of caring for “needy old people” continues today. For many in the community, Bethany Home symbolizes dignity, respect, and a sense of security for the future. Bethany home has “always been here” and will be here for many more years to come.
The first Bethany Home building was constructed in the early 1900s following a substantial donation from a local community member. Initially, the donor wanted the money to be used to construct an orphanage. However, after seeing a greater need to care for the aging, the donor approved his donation to be used for the construction of the area’s first nursing home. Construction began in 1907 on a quarter section located where the home stands today. In November of 1911, the home welcomed its first 9 residents.
The need for more rooms was realized almost immediately. So, in 1928, the previous Bethany Church parsonage was purchased and relocated to just north of the original Bethany Home. The new structure, which housed an additional 10 residents, was updated and connected to the original nursing home with an enclosed passageway. At that time, residents were very involved with chores and responsibilities around the home such as caring for the grounds and gardens, tending to the cows and chickens and helping with meals.
By 1947, requests for an “invalid home” could no longer be ignored. Construction soon began on Pioneer Memorial; a two-story building that is still in use today, although the second floor is no longer used for resident quarters.
Fifty years after the original Bethany Home opened, a groundbreaking ceremony was held for what is now known as Golden Annex. The Pleasant View addition, located north of Elin, was dedicated in 1966 and was originally used as an infirmary.
For decades, the two structures met the needs of the elderly population but aging buildings and new building codes and regulations forced the need for a new facility. Elin Manor, located on the west side of the block, was completed in 1973 and residents were moved from the old parsonage to the new, more practical space.
Construction on the chapel began in 1975 followed by the demolition of the original Bethany Home structure in 1976. With the completion of Hoglund Manor, the home reached its current capacity. In 1980, an expanded kitchen and dining room was completed to better accommodate the growing Bethany Home population, and in 1985, the activities center opened on the north end of the Bethany Home building.
Through the years, the association has grown and expanded to incorporate independent living and most recently, assisted living options. The independent living Cottages were built in three phases, all in the late 1970s. The duplex and triplexes were added in the late 1990s to accommodate those wanting a larger living space. The Assisted Living was completed in March of 2014 and offers customized services and supports.
Board of Directors
The Bethany Home Association is a social ministry of the Central States Synod of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America. A Board of Directors oversees the association, providing direction and leadership to administration and staff.
The following individuals currently make up the Bethany Home Association Board of Directors:
- Eric Anderson
- Rev. Tim Carey
- Connie Dorf
- Debbie Jacobson
- Rev. Tim Leaf
- Mike Losik
- Judy Murphy
- Jean Rowland
- Jim Ruble, Vice-Chairman
- Rev. James Strasen, Chairman
- Galen Swenson
- Rev. Amy Truhe