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About Bethlen Communities

Bethlen Communities is a faith-based non-profit organization that has been serving the needs of older individuals for over 100 years. Bethlen offers skilled nursing, personal care, home health and hospice, in-home companion caregiving services, and the Graceful Aging Wellness Center. 

Rooted in charity, Bethlen’s story begins with compassion when hundreds of orphaned children found their new home there after a deadly mine disaster. Today, Bethlen honors its humble beginnings by nurturing nearly 2,000 seniors through its comprehensive wellness services that honor all stages of aging. Anchored by the Graceful Aging Wellness Center, a state-of-the-art facility that provides in-person and virtual classes to keep members’ bodies, brains and spirit nurtured, our village includes a skilled nursing and rehabilitation center;  a personal care home that encourages supportive, independent living;  hospice care that ensures each individual’s last chapter is filled with spirit; and, independent living cottages that offer a world-renowned view of the scenic Laurel Highlands. Bethlen’s nurses and caregivers also provide nursing and rehabilitation services, including hospice, home health, and companion care that gives people the opportunity to live joyfully in their homes.

The Bethlen Difference

Bethlen Communities has been an active participant in the life of the greater Ligonier Valley and in the lives of thousands of individuals throughout the region and beyond. An independent and active lifestyle is encouraged throughout Bethlen Communities. We strive to help seniors within and beyond our community to increase active life expectancy, a longer life free of disability. When limitations occur, the skilled and professional staff at Bethlen are there to assist with medical, therapeutic, and spiritual care. 

The hallmark of Bethlen Communities has been from our early beginnings in 1921 and continues to be the exceptional quality of care offered by service-minded individuals. From independent retirement living at the cottages within the Bethlen Community to skilled personal care at the Bethlen Home, a continuum of care is available as necessary to meet both individualized medical requirements and personal requests. Our continuum of care includes independent, maintenance-free living in our Cottages; a Companion Caregiver program that offers individuals extra help in their homes; personal care at Ligonier Gardens; Home Health and Hospice services; Bethlen Home Skilled Nursing and Rehabilitation; and the Graceful Aging Wellness Center to keep our residents and community members fit and active, physically, spiritually and mentally. We offer:

  • Dedicated memory care nurse and certified nursing assistant 24 hours a day
  • Personalized plan, developed with resident, resident’s loved ones and our caring team
  • Specialized memory care programming
  • Assistance with medication management
  • Professional, friendly assistance with activities of daily living
  • Dietitian
  • Laundry and housekeeping services
  • Skilled therapy services with physical, occupational and speech therapy department
  • Pastoral Care
  • Hospice team that includes bereavement counseling
  • Non-emergency medical appointment transportation
  • Much, much more!

Interested In Learning More?

Choosing a retirement community for yourself or your loved one can feel like a daunting endeavor. Bethlen Communities’ knowledgable and compassionate staff are here to help. Contact us to today with any questions or concerns about our campus, team, or services.