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Bethany Retirement Community

4950 North Ashland Avenue, Chicago, IL 60640

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About the community Bethany Retirement Community

Retirement should be a wonderful moment to look forward to. Here at Bethany Retirement Community in Chicago, Illinois, residents are empowered to live their best life. Revel in our quality car that enlivens the whole person via physical, social, and spiritual resources.

Bethany Retirement is a faith-based, non-profit community in proximity to all of Chicago’s greatest attractions, like the Navy Pier, Cloud Deck, SkyDeck Chicago, Field Museum and more. Our location and campus supports an active living atmosphere for residents and their guests. We are also conveniently located close to Methodist’s Hospital of Chicago, offering residents a safety net of 24/7 emergency medical care.

Bethany Retirement operates on our mission, “Called to Care,” which traces back to the Methodist Church. Today, we are home to a variety of faiths, which enriches our congenial, diverse, and understanding environment. With 125 years of service, we are proud to create a community where every resident is welcome. To learn more about our enriching community, contact a Senior Living Advisor at A Place for Mom, today!

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Senior Living Options Offered

Assisted Living
Assisted Living
Assisted living facilities offer housing and care for active seniors who may need support with activities of daily living, like bathing, dressing, and medication management.
Independent Living
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Independent living facilities offer convenient, hassle-free living in a social environment for seniors who are active, healthy, and able to live on their own.
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Amenities at Bethany Retirement Community

Health Care Services

Diabetic care
Incontinence care
Ambulatory care
Memory care
Medication management

Staffing & ancillary services

Hospice Available On-Site
Nurse
Speech Therapist
Dentist

Meals & Dining

Meals Provided
Restaurant Style Dining
Guest Meals
No Sugar

Room Amenities

Wheelchair Accessible Showers
Bath Tubs
Respite or Short Term Stays Offered
Wi-Fi/high-speed internet
Kitchenette
Handicap Accessible

Community Amenities

Transporation & parking

Resident Parking Available
Property Convenient to Public Transit
Transportation at Cost
Uncovered Parking

Common areas

Indoor Common Areas
Outdoor Common Areas
TV Lounge
Barber Shop

Services

Beautician
Housekeeping
Laundry Service / Drycleaning
Grocery Shopping and Errands

Pets

Cats Allowed
Dogs Allowed

Primary language spoken by staff

English

Recreational areas

Raised Garden Beds
Arts and Crafts Center
Fitness Center
Game Room

On-site dining options

Café or Bistro
Private Dining Room

Memory care services

Enclosed Courtyard
Outdoor Walking Paths
Indoor Walking Paths

Activities

Devotional Activities On-Site
Devotional Activities Offsite
Visiting Chaplain or Priest
Protestant Services

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3.9

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4.0
August 13, 2020
Kevin - Loved one of resident/client
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A Nice Place

Everyone At Bethany Retirement seems friendly and helpful. The room size and layout of the community is good. My likes the food. They have an outdoor courtyard for residents to use. My mom is happy there.


3.0
June 18, 2020
anonymous - Resident/client
Verified Review
Excellent Location

They have new owners. The place is nice. The environment is nice. But it needs some updating. The new administration does not help the residents. The activities are not for independent living. It is a transition right now. They have some remodeling planned. It is an excellent location. They do have transportation.


3.0
June 8, 2020
Louise - Loved one of resident/client
Verified Review
Great location, good size rooms, kind staff, icky food.

When the new management took over the food quality went down. The staffing went down as well when the the management changed. Rooms are good size. They have a good value for the neighborhood they are in and what you get for the money. The wellness/ activities director is doing the best she can with the Covid-19 virus. They are doing the best they can.The administrator has never returned my calls. They are not great with communication around working people hours.


3.0
September 5, 2019
Daughter-in-law - Loved one of resident/client
Verified Review
Good activities

Good social programs with several activities and outings- definitely the highlight. Residents complain about food (processed/pre made.) but this is improving gradually. Residents are nice and tend to welcome diversity. Nice facility. Look for increases in rent/care costs over your original quote. Our fees increased nearly 50% over the first two years.

Response from Bethany Retirement Community

September 6, 2019

Hello and thank you so much for the great comments about our activities and the community!..Regarding increases: Our rent increases are competitive with other communities in the area...in fact they are lower...right now the increases are at 4% annually. Please see the administrative office so we can take a look to make sure all is correct. Rents/Fees should not increase by 50% over two years....Thanks so much.


3.0
June 15, 2019
anonymous - Toured community

Our tour was great. [name removed] was a good tour guide. We love the free parking for residents and visitors. You can walk from the parking lot to the Center while being inside for most of the walk by cutting through the Hospital and though a connecting walkway. It had nice classy remodeling. They are home to a variety of faiths. You can transition to Assisted living with out having to make a move to another location. Typical city views. We did decide on a place by the lake. A Place For Mom Senior Living Advisor [name removed] is a gem and so very awesome. I am so glad she helped us out so comprehensively.

Response from Bethany Retirement Community

September 6, 2019

Thank you so much for your nice comments! Much happiness in your new home... :) Annette Murray replied at 2019-09-06 16:43


4.0
November 11, 2018
Patricia Islas - Loved one of resident/client
Good community for my dad

I moved our father in about 5 months ago. He likes the food a lot and the variety they have. We both think the staff are respectful, caring and really try to meet my fathers needs where needed. My father needs a little bit of support with his memory. He currently really likes the memory care staff and classes he takes. I like how Bethany offers a variety of activities for the residents. The staff are diverse. One thing that would be good to offer are excercise classes. And Overall it’s hard to find a place with residents of diverse backgrounds. But overall my father feels really good about Bethany.

Response from Bethany Retirement Community

September 6, 2019

Hi Patricia and thank you so much for your kind comments about Bethany Retirement Community! I am so happy your father is adjusting well! We love having him here! Regarding exercise classes: We have four exercise classes weekly in our auditorium. Please check our Activity Calendar or ask for one at our front desk. Thanks again! :)


5.0
September 17, 2018
Kevin Chan - Toured community

Great community with great staff and residents! Highly recommend.

Response from Bethany Retirement Community

September 6, 2019

Thank you so much for your nice comments! Much happiness in your new home... :) Annette Murray replied at 2019-09-06 16:43


5.0
October 2, 2017
Marvin - Resident/client
Great Active Community!!!

I have been a resident here for almost a month. I moved here because a neighbor of mine moved here and said great things about it. There are so many things to do! It would be hard to just sit in your apartment....nor would you want to. There are plenty of activities and outings and the staff and residents are wonderful and fun. The food is delicious and the gardens are beautiful! I would encourage everyone to give Bethany Retirement Community a try!

Response from Bethany Retirement Community

September 6, 2019

Thank you Marvin! We love having you here!!


4.0
July 25, 2017
anonymous - Toured community
Verified Review
Experience was A Nice One

This is a nice facility, and our tour of it went very well. The staff we met was polite, and informative. Our questions were answered. The community looked nice, and well-kept from what we saw. The experience went well, and everyone was kind to my family, and I.

Response from Bethany Retirement Community

September 6, 2019

Thank you so much for your kind comments. We hope you have made the choice of Bethany Retirement Community as your new home!


5.0
April 17, 2017
anonymous - Toured community
Verified Review
A community for care

We toured this community. We did visit and were going to move in, but there were some changes. The community is clean and maintained. The staff is so attentive and caring. They offer a nice variety of meals that are offered and a variety. They offer a lot of nice activities that would be nice if she is able to move in later on. We would recommend this community for the nice care and a good value for others.

Response from Bethany Retirement Community

April 21, 2017

Hello! Thank you so much for your nice comments! We really appreciate it! Feel free to come and visit us soon again as we have updated our first floor lobby area. I hope we are able to help your loved one at another time. We hope to see you again soon! Annette - Sales/Marketing Director :)


4.0
March 30, 2017
anonymous - Toured community
Verified Review
Great Floor Plan!!

I really liked the floor plan at this community. Everything was very open with lots of bright natural light throughout the building. The staff where on time to our appointment and made sure to answer any questions we had for them with patience and detail. Overall it was a pleasant experience and I have no complaints about our visit.

Response from Bethany Retirement Community

April 21, 2017

Hello, thank you so much for your kind comments. We really appreciate it! Feel free to come for another visit to take a look at our newly renovated lobby area on the first floor! Hope to see you soon! Annette - Sales/Marketing Director


5.0
February 26, 2017
Tija Walters - Loved one of resident/client
Verified Review
My mother is very pleased with the services.

My mother really likes Bethany. She says the staff are very nice and attentive and the food and activities are good. I highly recommend Bethany from what my mother has told me. I also have found the same to be true In regards to my own observations and interactions with staff and administration.

Response from Bethany Retirement Community

March 2, 2017

Hi Tija! Thank you so much for your positive comments! We really enjoy having your mother in our community. She has a great sense of humor and keeps us laughing! Its a pleasure hearing nice things from our residents and family members. Thank you again! Annette Murray - Sales/Marketing Director


5.0
January 1, 2017
Judith Pauly - Resident/client
Verified Review

This is by far the best retirement living available for the price and location. I am blessed to be part of this community. [Removed]

Response from Bethany Retirement Community

January 3, 2017

Hi Judy! Thank you so much for your kind words about Bethany Retirement! We are also so grateful to have you as a resident! You definitely bring in much sunshine to our community! Thank you again for your wonderful comments! That means a lot to us and to those who are searching for the perfect community! Happy New Year!


3.0
October 3, 2016
Joann N - Resident/client
A Newby's View

Bethany is one-half to one-third the cost of other places I learned of in Chicago so had to be my choice unless it were really awful. I chose on the basis of price and my son's viewing, as I was many states away and unable to visit. All things considered, I would have made the same decision though, in fair disclosure, I have not seen any other facility. Pro's: happy people, happy staff who seem to want to please, a hospital that is, literally, attached, some much appreciated green space in the city. Con's: lousy food (it is prepared by the hospital kitchen), limitations of a 1953 building, though well maintained. I cannot speak to care services but there are lots of nursing staff and many students supplementing them and the social worker. Worth your consideration.

Response from Bethany Retirement Community

October 5, 2016

Hi Joann - Thank you so much for taking the time to write about some wonderful reasons you enjoy Bethany Retirement! It's always nice to hear positive comments! Regarding food: it seems food is always the much talked about item in retirement communities. I am so sorry you are not enjoying all of your meals. I can suggest you join our "food committee" as we are always looking for ways to improve meals and please our residents. Thank you again and we absolutely love having you as a resident here at Bethany Retirement!


2.0
August 18, 2016
anonymous - Toured community
Verified Review
Nothing spectacular about it!

The community was very quiet and seemed to have a lack of energy. This community may be the right fit for less active residents. The dining room was like a schools cafeteria with nothing great about it. They had different layouts for the rooms but they were not as updated as we would like. The layout of the community had long hallways which could make it hard to get around the community.

Response from Bethany Retirement Community

August 19, 2016

Hello and thank you for your comments regarding our community. I'm truly disappointed you do not see what others see in Bethany Retirement Community. Perhaps you came in the morning time when residents were at breakfast or there was not an activity. Our community is a 55 and older community and is indeed very active. Our residents go on outings weekly and there are five exercise classes weekly also. Please visit our website to check out our "Activity Calendar". Our hallways are very bright and long and our active residents love the fact they can get exercise just by walking our hallways. Please let me know if you'd like to reschedule a time to come back and take another look. :)


2.5
May 30, 2016
anonymous - Loved one of resident/client
Verified Review
A Non-Resident View of Bethany Retirement Community

The environment is not hectic. There is a quietness that may be especially facilitating for retirees who've had multiple years of deadlines to meet at work and bills to pay at home. The first floor has a spacious seating area along with a piano (that really works --- not just a show piece). A water fountain is not far from the piano. It may add a welcome quietude and gentleness to your spirit. Be sure to have a seat or take a leisurely walk in the outdoor garden. There are medical personnel in the building to assist the residents and a hospital is very close by. Security personnel are on duty 24/7. Do make BRC a must see in your search for a congenial retirement community.

Response from Bethany Retirement Community

August 19, 2016

Hello. Thank you so much for your wonderful comments about Bethany Retirement! It is truly a special place for those who love a homey, comfortable yet active place to live. Our Heritage Garden is truly a beautiful, meditative place for our residents, their friends and family to come and sit and enjoy some quite and nature. Thank you again!


3.0
February 23, 2016
Anonymous - Toured community
Review of Bethany Retirement Community - Chicago, IL

Many open community rooms very nice staff clean and inviting. Actual resident rooms outdated but reasonably priced

Response from Bethany Retirement Community

July 11, 2016

Hello - Thank you so much for your wonderful review about Bethany Retirement Community! Not many people take the time to say the good things, and we really appreciate your comments. Being a not-for-profit, we are currently in the process of a fundraiser to help renovate our community. We've made many changes already! Most of the resident apartments have been newly updated. I am sorry you were not able to see one of those. I would love to invite you to come back for a lunch and to take a look at a few of our available newly renovated units. Thank you again for your kind words! -Annette Murray - Sales/Marketing Dirctor :)


3.5
September 4, 2015
anonymous - Loved one of resident/client
Verified Review
Overall it is an okay place

I think that they are very friendly and caring at Bethany Retirement Community. The communication is hard there. I'm not sure who is in charge or who the go to for a service request. The care service need improving but they are working on it. The services offered are also confusing to me. I would like more of explanation on everything. Overall it is an okay place but I get the feeling there is probably some place better.

Response from Bethany Retirement Community

September 8, 2015

Hi and thank you for your comment about our community. I'm sorry you feel a bit confused about our communication and services. Upon move in, we explain and go over the Resident Handbook with residents and family members who are interested, which talks about service requests. Service requests go through the front desk. If you would like these things explained to you, feel free to speaking with anyone in the Administration office on the first floor. Thank you again for your comments. Our goal is to keep our residents and family members pleased with our community and its services.


2.5
July 19, 2015
mary kay cashman - Resident/client

the biggest disappointment is the food. not to my liking. not enough vegetables and fruit or variety. not flavorful or healthy.

Response from Bethany Retirement Community

July 20, 2015

Hi Mary Kay - Thank you so much for your opinion on the food. I'm so sorry that our meals aren't to your liking. I know we spoke about this last week and its great you are now on our food committee! We always strive to improve our food to please residents. However, its very difficult to please everyone. As you know we've added a vegetarian menu also to fit the needs of those residents who don't eat much meat. Our meals are always cooked "heart healthy" meaning low salt, low seasoning and lean meats. We also offer fish several times a week. As there are always two choices for lunch and dinner, and you've only been here one month, I would encourage you to try some of the other entrees. The majority of our residents truly enjoy our meals. I hope being on our food committee will help resolve some of your concerns. Thanks so much for your comments! We always strive to improve! :)


3.5
July 16, 2015
anonymous - Toured community
Verified Review
Dated decor with limited amenities.

We toured here as we were looking for options. My loved one seemed to like it. The decor was a little dated, and I felt that the amenities were limited, compared to others I looked at.


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