“Six months ago my mom’s life was altered when she was suddenly diagnosed with Lewy Body Dementia. This has been a living nightmare for her and our family. After a short stay at a private pay facility we moved her to Bethany Life & we couldn’t be happier with the transition! The administration was very helpful, kept in touch & held a bed for us for several days until Medicaid was finalized. The staff in mom’s house are kind & offer suggestions to help make her comfortable. And the receptionists at the front desk are so friendly & always have a smile on their face! I’m 100% thrilled with Bethany Life & highly recommend it!”
– Susan Hoshor
When Steve Gertsen came to Bethany Life in March of 2018, he could walk just 25 to 50 feet. He was close to needing hospice care. But now he’s walking many steps a day and has event moved into his own apartment at Cedar Place.
“He had a lot of cardiac problems and his blood pressure was really low,” said Kayla Haberl, a physical therapist at Bethany Life who has worked extensively with Steve. “Heart failure, heart attack, a-fib (atrial fibrillation), there was a long list of thing I had,” Steve said. “I almost died twice.”
At that time Steve needed assistance to sit up in bed, to stand, to walk. He initially came to Bethany Life for skilled care, then after a few weeks was moved to long-term care. He really didn’t think he was going to live much longer. In fact, his certainty that he was close to death is one reason that he chose to move to Bethany Life in his home town of Story City from where he was living in Missouri.
Steve Gertsen and Kayla Haberl
"Bethany gave me the opportunity to get so much farther. It extends a life, but more importantly, it extends the quality of life."
— Steve Gertsen