Pastoral Care

Bethel Lutheran Nursing & Rehabilitation Center exists for the primary purpose of providing Christian care in its truest meaning - ministering to the physical, spiritual, and emotional needs of each person, not merely as a professional service, but as a work of love and mercy.  Thus, we minister to people in the name of Christ by "Recognizing Each Individual As A Child Of God".

Just as BLNRC employs qualified staff to meet the physical and emotional needs of our residents, we also employ a full-time Chaplain to help meet their spiritual needs.  Pastor Sheldon Sorenson, an ordained pastor of the SBC, provides pastoral care and visitation for residents, families and staff.  As a part of his ministry, he also provides emergency pastoral care and hospice ministry.

Sunday morning worship services are held in the Chapel at 9:30 a.m. each Sunday morning.  Communion is held the first Sunday of each month.  In addition, Catholic Mass is held each Thursday morning at 10:00 a.m. by a local priest, and residents are assisted by volunteers from St. Joseph's Catholic Church.  An inspirational message and gospel music is also offered on Wednesday mornings at 10:00 a.m.

BLNRC realizes the importance to our residents of staying connected to the people and places that have given them support and purpose.  For this reason, we encourage the continued connectiveness of our resident's home church congregation and clergy through visitation, monthly newsletters, prayers and monthly communion services.

Bethel Lutheran Nursing & Rehabilitation Center - Built on Christian Values

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Rehabilitative Care

Rehabilitative Care programs are carried out through the joint efforts of the resident and our professional care staff.  BLNRC partners with Rehab Vision to provide quality physical, occupational and speech therapy.  Our team approach encourages therapists to interact closely with residents, nursing staff, dietitians, social workers, physicians, and families to give optimal levels of service.

BLNRC's Rehab Therapy Department also provides evaluation and skilled therapy services for residents who have experienced the effects of various neuromuscular disorders including:

  • Cerebrovascular accident (CVA)/stroke
  • Parkinson's disease
  • Aneurysm
  • Multiple Sclerosis

In addition to neuromuscular rehab services, Bethel Lutheran Nursing & Rehabilitation Center provides evaluation and skilled therapy services for residents with a variety of musculoskeletal dysfunctions including:

  • Total joint replacements
  • Post fracture repair
  • Post surgery weakness
  • Shoulder injuries

Rehabilitation programs goals include:

  • Optimal functional performance of self care skills (activities of daily living)
  • Optimal and safe mobility with or without assistive devices
  • Reduction of fall risk
  • Functional goals focused on eventual discharge placement to a lesser care environment

Bethel Lutheran Nursing & Rehabilitation Center recognizes rehabilitation is not provided by one department or service alone.  Therefore, we provide the following three levels of rehabilitative services:

Skilled Therapy evaluation and services are provided for patients who meet the following requirements:

  • Physician referral for therapy services
  • Potential to progress
  • Functional goals or outcomes
  • Services require the skills of a therapist to perform

Rehabilitative Nursing services are often implemented following discharge from a skilled therapy program in order to "fine tune" functional performance of daily living skills and mobility.  This level of rehabilitation may also be appropriate for a resident who does not qualify for skilled therapy.  These programs may be carried out by rehabilitation staff or by nursing personnel following the recommendations of rehabilitation staff.

Maintenance Programs are used to help a resident maintain his/her highest practical level of function and mobility.  These are carried out by nursing personnel with recommendations by rehabilitation staff as needed.

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Adult Day/Respite Care*

Adult Day Stay is designed to serve persons who return to their own home each night.  An individualized plan of care is developed to assure proper health and medication management, involvement in activity programming and social interaction.  Daily hot meals are served during the prearranged hours of stay.

Respite Care is designed to provide short term care (no more than 13 days) to an individual when it is necessary to relieve family members or other person caring for the individual at home.  An individualized plan of care is developed and services include room and board, laundry, housekeeping, dietary, activities, restorative therapy, nursing, Chaplaincy, and Social Services.  

*Adult Day Stay & Respite Care is subject to availability.  Please contact our Admissions Team to check availability.


If you are interested in any of the above services please contact our Admissions Team at 701-572-6766 or

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