Bethlen Home and Ligonier Gardens are open for visitation at any time. No scheduling required! Masks must be worn in the building, and visitor screening protocols will still be required. Social distancing with staff and residents is required. If you are bringing in a large group, we ask that you call ahead to allow our facilities to plan.
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Bethlen Home Skilled Nursing and Rehabilitation Center
Bethlen Communities is a non-profit organization. Bethlen is recognized as a 501(c)3 and is tax-exempt.
To provide for the many children left without means of support following the Smithton, Pennsylvania, Darr Coal Mine explosion, the Hungarian Reformed Federation of America (HRFA) opened an orphanage. Necessary expansion of the orphanage caused the HRFA to purchase the then Park Hotel near Ligonier for use as a home setting for the orphans and their caregivers. The orphanage was then named the Bethlen Home and the mountain where Bethlen is located became known as Moriah Mountain, meaning “Jehovah will see to it”. Over the next 14 years, 185 adjacent acres were also purchased to provide food and revenue for the orphanage. You can read more about our history here.
Bethlen Communities is a Continuing Care Retirement Community, or CCRC. A CCRC is a retirement community that offers a continuum of care, from independent living to skilled nursing to its residents and clients. Living at a CCRC affords ours residents and clients multiple levels of care as they age.
Yes, all those wishing to live in Bethlen's Independent Living Cottages must be age 65.
Yes. Bethlen Communities follows the leash law, and we require our residents to pick up after them.
No. Bethlen Communities owns the unit. You will pay a monthly fee, and when you leave Bethlen will fill the vacancy from our waiting list.
Medicare, Blue Cross Blue Shield, UPMC, Freedom Blue, Security Blue and Medicaid
If you are Private Pay the rate is higher, if you are covered by insurance there is no extra cost to you
If you are Skilled and a Physcian signs off on it you can go out for a visit but have to return by midnight. If you are Private Pay, you will have to pay a bed hold rate for overnight visits. If you are Medicaid they will pay a bed hold for 15 days
Bethlen Home maintains a 24-hour visiting time.
Yes, as long as Bethlen Home has documentation from the vet that the pet's shots are up to date. All pets must be on a leash.
Your loved one can bring anything that will make them feel at home, such as a favorite blanket or pictures. If they are participating in therapy, please bring comfortable clothes and shoes.