Brethren Care Village
In 1972, the Fritzinger Family gifted a farm house on 31 acres to the Brethren National Church in Ashland. The church used that gift to start a mission organization to care for widows. In time, the property transitioned into a traditional nursing home and health care center to support all older adults. Brethren Care Village has evolved throughout the years to be more than a nursing home, but a true community resource.
Compassion, respect, and integrity are top priorities at Brethren Care Village. The Christian based senior living community goes above and beyond to serve seniors whatever their needs may be. The organization offers independent and assisted living options as well as home health
Compassion, respect, and integrity are top priorities at Brethren Care Village. The Christian based senior living community goes above and beyond to serve seniors whatever their needs may be. The organization offers independent and assisted living options as well as home health care to allow older adults to “age in place.” They also offer outpatient care, rehabilitation programs, and memory care services. While the services provided are exceptional, the mission of Brethren Care Village is more than senior care; it’s a family centered community impacting others for a better life.
Brethren Care Village is accountable to residents and their families. Chief Culture Officer (CEO) Troy Snyder explains, “We have a board of directors that is committed to our mission of being a Christian based non-profit 501c3 that exists to serve our community and residents, nothing more. With the decline in visitations due to COVID-19, we’ve made it a priority to keep up with our residents’ social needs.
BCV staff are encouraged to connect with residents and share stories to help process through the challenges of COVID.
Our staff isn’t on tight schedules, we take time to connect with our residents on a personal level while continuing to care for their physical needs. This can be as simple as sitting with them at their bedside listening to WWII stories or swapping baking tips and recipes. We aren’t a substitute for family, but an extension of it.”
COVID-19 has brought new challenges to senior care facilities across the globe. While taking the necessary precautions to ensure the physical safety of their residents, Brethren Care Village recognizes the emotional toll the pandemic and its restrictions have on the residents. They’ve gone outside the box to find solutions and maintain a sense of community, whether it be socially distanced bingo games in hallways, or incorporating technology to safely connect residents with their friends and families outside the facility. Increased sanitation measures and social distancing are in place to protect residents and staff without completely breaking ties to the community.
Brethren Care Village’s campus hosts a Wellness and Community Center to bring residents and community members a resource they can both utilize. The facility is open to residents, families, and members of the community with memberships and classes at the state of the art fitness center as well as the pool and spa. The Greens Bistro & Pub provides delicious meals and drinks and is the perfect backdrop for social visits. During the summer, the park and beautiful grounds give residents the opportunity to spend time with their family and watch their grandchildren grow and play.
When a loved one is in need of care, it takes a toll on the family. Brethren Care Village aims to ease that burden and make a positive impact on the whole family. Daughter of a former resident, Patricia Stine explains,
BCV features a state of the art fitness center which is open to residents and families.
“Our father was a resident for three years and called Brethren Care Village home. The staff became our family, our comfort and our strength. It wasn’t the fancy carpet, framed pictures, and manicured lawn that gave our father comfort at Brethren Care.... it was the human touch, caring voice and loving hands that guided him through his daily routine. Our dad was blind, this staff
“Our father was a resident for three years and called Brethren Care Village home. The staff became our family, our comfort and our strength. It wasn’t the fancy carpet, framed pictures, and manicured lawn that gave our father comfort at Brethren Care.... it was the human touch, caring voice and loving hands that guided him through his daily routine.”
was his eyes. Our dad had dementia, this staff was his memory. Thank you BCV Staff for coming out from behind your desk and putting your hands, heart and love on my father’s life. We appreciate you being a place where one can feel they can sleep at night because their loved one is in not just competent hands, but loving hands. Our family is forever grateful.”
If you or a loved one would benefit from services at Brethren Care Village, contact them at 419-289-1585 or visit them online at brethrencarevillage.org for more information. 2140 Center St | Ashland, OH
Residents at Brethren Care Village enjoy the community atmosphere.