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.