At a Glance

Services & Programs

Services & Programs

The Bethany Group manages the following programs and services in over 20 communities across central Alberta.

Currently, The Bethany Group manages various housing operations:

  • Lodge Living Providing affordable room and board for seniors with the assistance of community-based services, The Bethany Group manages 474 spaces, including: Autumn Glen Lodge (Innisfail), Bashaw Meadows (Bashaw), Big Knife Lodge (Forestburg), Eckville Manor House (Eckville), Peace Hills Lodge (Wetaskiwin), Rosealta Lodge (Camrose), and West Pine Lodge (Winfield).

  • Seniors Self-Contained Apartments Offering housing for living independently for low to moderate income seniors, The Bethany Group is the management body for subsidized apartment living in: Alliance, Alix, Bashaw, Bawlf, Blackfalds, Bowden, Camrose, Daysland, Eckville, Ferintosh, Forestburg, Galahad, Hardisty, Heisler, Innisfail, Killam, Lacombe, Lougheed, Millet, Mirror, New Norway, Penhold, Strome, and Wetaskiwin.

  • Independent Living Managing 270 spaces of life-lease and residential living, these buildings are designed to offer a supportive environment for independent seniors. The Bethany Group operates Life-Lease Buildings in Camrose: Hillside Village, Lakeside Village, and Brookside. Residential Living is offered at Deer Meadows in Camrose.

  • Affordable and Community Housing Providing 115 spaces of subsidized rental housing to low income families, seniors, and individuals, The Bethany Group manages affordable housing in Blackfalds, Camrose, and Lacombe. Under Community Housing, The Bethany Group manages 423 spaces in Bentley, Bowden, Camrose, Innisfail, Lacombe, Millet, Sylvan Lake, and Wetaskiwin.

The organization also offers a wide range of programs and services that provide quality care, comfort, and support to its clients in health facilities:

  • Long Term Care Alberta's Continuing Care system includes long-term care facilities such as nursing homes and auxiliary hospitals. Care is provided for people with complex health needs who are unable to remain at home or in supportive living and require unscheduled 24-hour RN care. The Continuing Care system isthe responsibilityof Alberta Health Services. Including long-term care facilities, The Bethany Group operates 130 spaces in the Louise Jensen Care Centre and Bethany Meadows in Camrose.
  • Designated Supportive Living Providing the security of 24-hour care and support depending on the level of care, The Bethany Group manages 25 spaces in DSL 4D, 30 spaces in DSL 4, and 66 spaces in DSL 3. In Camrose, these spaces include Memory Lane, Pine & Spruce Cottages, Faith House, and Viewpoint.
  • Rosehaven Provincial Program The Bethany Group manages 75 spaces of specialized outreach and inpatient services to support people who have behaviours that are difficult to manage in their current settings. Based in Camrose, a highly trained interdisciplinary team delivers support through Outreach Education and an In-House Program.

Crossroads Day Program
Offered in Camrose and Wetaskiwin, the Crossroads Day Program is intended to assist people and their caregivers who live in their own accommodation but suffer from chronic illness or disability, social isolation or memory impairment.

It helps people who need support and assistance to maintain their independent living situation. Program participants continue to live in their own residence, within the City of Camrose or the City of Wetaskiwin and surrounding areas, and come to the program during the day for a variety of social programs.

Committed to its faith-based roots, The Bethany Group provides Pastoral Care as a spiritual support for those who enter its doors. Under the direction of the Pastoral Care Services Team, residents and staff are able to:

  • benefit from a caring faith community;
  • receive assistance in maintaining their connection with their home clergy, congregation, or personal faith community; and,
  • enjoy a variety of worship services and religious opportunities at the various care facilities managed by The Bethany Group.

Education Centre
With its own in-house education and training centre, talented educators give staff the opportunity to continue with their personal education goals. The Bethany Group also offers courses and various workshops that help it to maintain qualified and well-trained staff.

Historical Timeline

Historical Timeline

The Bethany Old Peoples Home opens in Bawlf to create a home for the elderly.

In the late summer of 1949, the Sunset Home is relocated to Camrose in a new building that could accommodate more residents.

Expansion continues with a 50-bed Auxiliary Hospital in Camrose.

A Nursing Home is added to the organizations growing services and facilities. The nursing home expands from 68 to 100 beds in 1972. The site now becomes known as the Bethany Long Term Care Centre.

A new housing program is funded by the Alberta Housing Corporation that would see the beginning of the Seniors Self-Contained Housing Program. The first project developed is Wildrose Villa, which opens with 41 suites in May.

A chapter in Bethany Groups history ends as the Sunset Home closes.

Bethany Helpline, a medical alert system for older and handicapped people to live alone, is started. Initially funded by donations from Royal Canadian Legion and self-supporting with subscriber fees and volunteer involvement later, in 2006 it is turned over to Lifeline Canada.

The first Life Lease building, Lakeside Village, opens. Lakeside is considered the first Life Lease in Alberta and, possibly, Canada.

The Bethany Group takes over responsibility for The Rosehaven Provincial Program, providing specialized outreach and inpatient services to support people who have behaviours that are difficult to manage in their current settings.
In 2012, the Health Facilities Review Committee responsible for reviewing health care facilities in Alberta and reporting directly to the Minister of Health & Wellness, gives the Rosehaven Provincial Program an outstanding review with no recommendations for improvement.

The Bethany Group opens its second life lease building in Camrose, Hillside Village.

The Camrose and Area Lodge Authority is formed as a separate management body. At the same time, The Bethany Group becomes a management body taking responsibility for the management of Stoney Creek Lodge, Rosealta Lodge, and Bashaw Valley Lodge.

The Bethany Group is given responsibility for the Community Social Housing Program in the City of Camrose offering 35 units of affordable housing.

Eight residents from Bethany Long Term Care Centre move to the new Shepherd House, providing a quiet environment in a small home-like facility designed to meet the needs of people with dementia. Due to its small size, Shepherd House is decommissioned when the new care centres open.

The Bethany Group is contracted to provide home care support services to residents of Stoney Creek Lodge under a pilot project.

In January, The Bethany Group takes on management of Nordic Villa, and eight-suite complex located in New Norway under the Self Contained Seniors Housing Program.

Residential Living Program starts with Deer Meadows, a supportive living complex providing all the comforts of home with extra support if needed to maintain independence.

Designated Supportive Living (DSL) Program starts with Faith House.

These services are later provided at Memory Lane, Pine & Spruce Cottages at Bethany Meadows (in 2003 with the redevelopment of its long-term care program), and Viewpoint (built on the old site of Sunset Home in 2004).

Under the Self Contained Seniors Housing Program, The Bethany Group becomes responsible for Beaver House in Ferintosh, as well as Heritage I and II, and Lakeside Manor in Bashaw.

As part of Albertas Continuing Care system, the Louise Jensen Care Centre opens where care is provided for people with complex health needs who are unable to remain at home or in supportive living.

The Affordable Housing Program, providing accommodation to assist low/moderate income families and individuals begins with the Sparling Affordable Housing comprising 18 3-bedroom houses.

All Lodges and Government Housing in Wetaskiwin and area comes under the management of The Bethany Group and the Wetaskiwin & Area Lodge Authority.

The new Peace Hills Lodge opens its doors in Wetaskiwin.

The Bethany Group becomes the management body for Flagstaff Regional Housing Group, Lacombe Foundation, and Rimoka Housing Foundation.

Construction starts on a new 63-room project in Bashaw to replace the lodge and care centre. The Bethany Group will own the facility with 50% capital cost paid by government grants.

Brookside, the newest life lease building in Camrose, opens its doors offering 70 apartments with 1-bedroom, 1-bedroom plus den, and 2-bedroom options.

Jamieson Manor, a new 49-apartment affordable housing building, opens in Camrose.

The Bethany Group returns to its roots in Bawlf assuming management of Sanden Court.

Bashaw Meadows, combining Lodge and Designated Supportive Living, opens its doors. The older Bashaw Valley Lodge is closed and sold.

The Rosehaven / Heritage Building celebrates 100 years.

In January, The Bethany Group enters into a new relationship with Parkland Foundation, taking on management and CAO duties.

The Bethany Group receives accreditation from Accreditation Canada.

A new seniors self-contained housing facility is built next to Wetaskiwin Meadows. 

The addition to Rosealta Lodge in Camrose is set to open in December. Stoney Creek Lodge closes its doors.

In November, The Bethany Group and Rimoka Housing Foundation end their partnership.

The extension to Big Knife Villa in Forestburg opens it doors, adding an additional 20 units of lodge living.

Official openings for Rosealta Lodge and Wetaskiwin Meadows are held in July.

West Pine Lodge celebrates its 40th anniversary in November.

A new relationship with the MD of Opportunity is formed to build and manage a lodge in Wabasca-Desmarais.

The Bethany Group celebrates its 95th anniversary with an Open House on Canada Day.

In November, The Bethany Group holds its Faith & Aging Conference, open to the community and featuring Jann Arden as keynote speaker.