Goessel facility among top 17 in Kansas
Bethesda Home’s attentive staff and home-like atmosphere has earned it recognition from the state of Kansas.
Bethesda is one of 17 homes recognized this year by the state of Kansas. The facility was given an award from Kansas Department for Aging and Disability Services.
“Promoting Excellent Alternatives in Kansas” is given to facilities that have moved away from providing “institutional” care to providing people-centered care.
Sara Hiebert, administrator at Bethesda, said Bethesda partners with the community in many ways to help its 45 residents remain engaged with the world.
“Our daily goal is to make this feel like a resident’s home,” Hiebert said.
Elementary school students come to Bethesda and participate in a program called “Generational Bridge,” doing activities with residents. Preschoolers come monthly for intergenerational activities and high school students shadow facility staff.
Recently the group Circles began holding its meetings at Bethesda. Circles is a pathway out of poverty program.
“People-centered care” is accommodating the personal preferences of residents as well as providing services and supports residents need. These facilities provide a home-like environment and a sense of meaningful life for residents.
“Whatever their routine was prior to coming here, we try to incorporate that with life here,” Hiebert said.
Foods they like are offered, and residents with small pets are allowed to bring them as long as they are able to continue to care for the pets.
Another amenity Bethesda offers is Lincoln Perk Coffee Shop. The coffee shop is open to residents, staff, and the general public Monday through Saturday. Drinks include coffee and espresso, non-coffee alternatives, fruit smoothies, and blenders. Pastries also are sold.