Bethany Village

 Bethany Village

Bethany Village makes retirement easy by expanding its living and music options.

By Laura Geraci

For the past 89 years, Graceworks Lutheran Services has provided faithful care for seniors with more than 50 locations throughout Ohio, Indiana and Kentucky. The Dayton location, Bethany Village, provides residential services and focuses on offering comfort, options, support and a sense of community. 

Nationally recognized in April by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services with a five-star rating, the faith-based, nonprofit company has much to brag about itself. 

“We have lots of levels of care,” says Jackie D’Aurora, senior director of marketing and public relations. “We have a whole spectrum of independent living to the highest level of care in a nursing home.”

The independent living options include apartments, cottages and villas all located on the 100-acre campus and are all hassle-free and unique to fit residents wants and needs. For those that require a higher need of care, Bethany Village also offers assisted living, a memory care unit for dementia and Alzheimer’s patients, and has a short-term rehabilitation center. 

With so many different options, the village allows its residents to maintain the amount of independence and privacy that they desire. The retirement community is even able to accommodate those who are unwilling to move, with its expansion to providing at-home services.

“Homecare is growing a lot. There are 90 homecare centers in Dayton and we put our big toe in that about six years ago,” says D’Aurora. “Not everyone wants to move to a retirement community and that’s a trend that will not change, so we thought we would go to them. We basically take the same skills that we provide here to their community.”

Along with offering so many living options within the community and at home, Bethany Village also ensures that its residents will never be bored by providing lots of different services and daily educational or recreational activities. 

All services are available to all residents, including fitness centers, worship services, salon services, free transportation, art classes, lectures from local college professors and even Wii bowling competitions. 

One of the more popular programs is music therapy, which, along with being fun for the residents, helps them to remember the past.

“There is lots of research on how significant music and music therapy can be,” says D’Aurora. “Especially when you look at anything with Alzheimer’s and how it helps bring people’s memories back.”

The full-time music therapist hosts two classes a day. One of the most popular classes is called Fit Beat and involves pounding on rubber balls with drumsticks to work up a sweat.

The exercise and memory unit also has residents simply sit and listen or sing along with music from an era they might remember to help bring back memories.