Community Connections | Aging Population
Wellness | Mental Health, Physical Health

Bethany Care Foundation

We engage community donors in support of Bethany Care Society’s mission of Creating Caring Communities through innovative care and support for seniors and adults with disabilities.

Our Story

Why We Exist

“This is the only recreational experience left to us, in which we can communicate in a meaningful manner.  Observing responses she and all the residents demonstrate, as well as those of the family members and caregivers who participate in these heaven sent events, is a mind altering experience.  Seeing the light return (even temporarily), to their eyes, watching them recognize and sometimes remember the words, and realizing that those words and memories bring them joy.” – Don, resident’s spouse, on Music Therapy

“A compassionate presence, a gentle touch to their hand, a look into their eyes that acknowledges they are someone important gives a meaning to their day. Asking guided questions as to where their present thoughts may be on family, faith and what ‘forever’ means gives them a voice. Taking the time to listen even when the words may not make a composite sentence allows for our residents to feel enveloped in safety. They matter. Is there anything more important?” – Trudy, Chaplain – Bethany Care Society

Our Impact

What We Do

In 2003, Bethany Care Foundation was established as a registered charity to support the vision and mission of Bethany Care Society. Our purpose is to help donors contribute in meaningful ways to preserve and enhance the quality of life for residents of Bethany.

Established in 1945, Bethany Care Society is one of Western Canada’s largest not-for-profit providers of care, services and affordable housing for over 2,000 seniors and adults with disabilities in Calgary and southern Alberta. Bethany provides a full spectrum of housing and care options, from independent living, supportive living, long term care, affordable housing and community services. We are dedicated to building caring relationships with the residents and clients we serve and meaningful partnerships that support and celebrate aging within the communities we operate – fulfilling our vision of Creating Caring Communities.  As the senior population grows, so do we, responding to the evolving needs of our residents, their families and the communities they call home. We work closely with Alberta Health Services (“AHS”) to offer the only complex dementia care program in the Calgary Zone.  Bethany has established itself as a leader in dementia care, with specialized programming, highly qualified and experienced leaders and caregivers, and strong partnerships with clinical researchers and specialists working in this field.

Our Programs

How We Do It

Every day, the number of Albertans who reach the age of 65 grows by sixty people.  Over the next two decades, the number of seniors in Alberta is projected to increase by more than 50%.  Today, across Canada, health care spending for seniors accounts for 45% of health care budgets, despite seniors only comprising 15% of the population.  By 2038, an estimated one in 10 Albertans over the age of 65, and nearly half of those over the age of 90, are expected to be living with dementia. The aging effect on communities and health services could become more pronounced in 10 to 15 years, as baby boomers enter their mid- to late-70’s, placing even greater strains on services and costs.

At Bethany, we believe in holistic care. Our care model is shaped by this belief, and we monitor and respond to each person’s changing physical, emotional and spiritual needs. This philosophy, rooted in the same passion to serve that inspired Bethany’s founders, has become the hallmark of our mission. Bethany has an inclusive approach to caring for all people, regardless of their faith, beliefs or circumstances.

Our supportive model extends to the family and friends of our residents; when a loved one is experiencing the complex changes of aging, especially where dementia is involved, everyone close to them is impacted in some way too. Often, the toll on informal caregivers (family, friends and neighbours) can be profound.  Stress, depression and other mental health effects are common. With rates of dementia rising, Bethany recognizes that its specialized work in this field is increasingly essential, and that community partnerships hold the key to the creation and success of new models of care and support for our aging population.

The Bethany Care Foundation is the registered charity affiliated with Bethany Care Society.

Through your generosity we can provide valuable funding for:

Innovative Programming – sensory therapies that give residents access to music, art, horticultural and pet therapy sessions.

Comforts of Home – new furnishings, decor and gardens that help Bethany feel a little more like home.

Spiritual Support – through our Pastoral Care program, which attends to the spiritual needs and many diverse faith traditions of our residents and their families.

Our Communities – new facilities, such as Bethany Riverview which opened in September 2018, and renovations and refurbishments to our existing care centres.

Our Requests

What You Can Do

Choose to become a Leader in Care

Leaders in Care make a significant annual commitment of $1000 or more to Creating Caring Communities. Monthly gifts of $84 or more will qualify you as a Leader in Care. We’ll share opportunities with you to help us promote aging well in your community and you will receive special invitations to Bethany events in your community.

You can also choose to give in other ways:

  • a one-time gift for a special  project or program
  • a gift in memory of a loved one or in honour of a special birthday or celebration
  • become a monthly donor
  • host a fundraiser
  • leave a lasting legacy through a gift in your will
  • volunteer at a local Bethany care centre

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Patricia Lisevich

Director of Development

Charitable Number: 87575 4102 RR0001

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