Bethany Riverside

2575 South 7th Street, La Crosse, Wisconsin

Five Star Skilled Nursing Facility

Setting the Standard for Every Phase of Recovery

Our team of dedicated nurses, rehab and dietary staff work in collaboration with specialized physicians to help one regain and develop the skills and strength necessary for living a healthy and happy independent life.

Conveniently located near Gundersen Health System in La Crosse, Wisconsin, this home-like, 123-bed skilled nursing campus offers a variety of room sizes, including semi-private and private. Beautifully situated along the Mississippi River with spacious landscaped courtyards and grounds, our residents are able to enjoy peace and serenity every day.

Bethany Riverside Lifestyle Options

At Bethany Riverside, we take a multidisciplinary approach to short-term rehab. We design individual, person-centered treatment plans that combine specialized therapies, pain management, strength, balance and mobility training and other techniques that can help give you or your loved one an opportunity to return home. In addition to techniques to help restore function and independence, our team of therapists, social workers, registered dietitians, nurses, and physicians work together to create an optimized personal care plan.

Amenities
  • Medicaid- and Medicare-certified services and programs
  • Clinically complex nursing services, including enteral feeding, IV antibiotics and wound care
  • Comprehensive rehabilitation services including physical therapy, occupational therapy and speech/language therapy
  • Social services
  • Recreational therapy available to help improve or maintain an individual’s cognitive, emotional, social or physical well-being through leisure activities
  • Spacious landscaped courtyard and grounds
  • Beauty/barber salon
  • Complimentary cable TV and local telephone service
  • Areas for comfortable private visits, family gatherings and dining opportunities
  • Pastoral care, offering one-to-one counsel or opportunity to attend ecumenical worship weekly in our Faith and Life Center
  • Priority access to other Bethany Lutheran Homes housing and care options based on availability
Faith Connections
  • Bible study Wednesdays at 9:30 am
  • Worship Sundays at 9:30 am
  • Catholic Mass Thursdays at 9:30 am (Rosary at 9 am)

Continuing care is an option for those who require high-quality nursing care for complex medical needs and extensive activities of daily living. Residents maintain their independence while benefiting from living in an energetic and vibrant community where residents have choices, feel affirmed and are purposefully engaged in a meaningful life.

Amenities
  • Medicaid- and Medicare-certified services and programs
  • Clinically complex nursing services, including enteral feeding, IV antibiotics and wound care
  • Comprehensive rehabilitation services including physical therapy, occupational therapy and speech/language therapy
  • Social services
  • Recreational therapy available to help improve or maintain an individual’s cognitive, emotional, social or physical well-being through leisure activities
  • Spacious landscaped courtyard and grounds
  • Beauty/barber salon
  • Complimentary cable TV and local telephone service
  • Areas for comfortable private visits, family gatherings and dining opportunities
  • Pastoral care, offering one-to-one counsel or opportunity to attend ecumenical worship weekly in our Faith and Life Center
  • Serenity Room for end-of-life comfort care
Faith Connections
  • Bible study Wednesdays at 9:30 am
  • Worship Sundays at 9:30 am
  • Catholic Mass Thursdays at 9:30 am (Rosary at 9 am)

The Lighthouse, a memory care community within Bethany Riverside, offers persons in advanced stages of dementia an option for skilled nursing care in a holistic environment. With a philosophy based on activity-focused care, our staff is committed to the belief that dignity and self-esteem are enhanced by providing residents with purposeful and meaningful activities. The Lighthouse recognizes the specialized needs for socialization, emotional expression, nutrition and religious or spiritual opportunities, as well as nursing care regardless of their stages in the disease process.

Amenities
  • A secure setting promoting freedom of movement
  • Staff trained in dementia-specific approaches, care and interventions
  • A great room for indoor activities, dining and entertainment
  • Opportunities for exercise, musical entertainment, arts, crafts, cooking and baking
  • A large, secured outdoor area with a screened-in gazebo offering opportunities for gardening, visiting, relaxing and small group discussions
  • An environment addressing therapeutic levels of stimulation
  • A proactive approach to the challenges of dementia care, including resident-specific activities, essential oils, massage, Music and Memory™ and pet-assisted therapy
  • A structured, yet flexible program designed to meet the needs of the resident as they occur
  • Weekly ecumenical worship
  • A pet-friendly atmosphere, including a live-in cat on each unit of The Lighthouse
  • Visiting pets are welcome
  • Staff trained to use creative interventions
  • Opportunities for family fellowship, support and education
Faith Connections
  • Bible study Wednesdays at 9:30 am
  • Worship Sundays at 9:30 am
  • Lighthouse 200 Worship Tuesdays at 9:45 am
  • Lighthouse 400 Worship Tuesdays at 10:15 am
  • Catholic Mass Thursdays at 9:30 am (Rosary at 9 am)

" In her later years, Ruth Margaret Gallagher, our much-loved mom, became an 'explorer.' Determined to walk from La Crosse to her childhood home in Chicago, she would slip out any unguarded door. After frantic searches and subsequent trips to the E.R., we reluctantly admitted her to The Lighthouse Dementia Unit at Bethany Riverside in La Crosse.

Under the care of the kind and professional staff, Mom thrived at The Lighthouse. She enjoyed the creative projects, ate meals with 'her gang', and often said she loved her 'art school.' As her dementia progressed, the staff was there for her — and for us. They taught us how to minimize her confusion and to help her enjoy each day.

When Mom's life drew to a close, The Lighthouse caregivers kept her comfortable. They wrapped her in a cheery yellow quilt, brought her out each morning to watch the birds and showed us how to ease her final days.

From the day Mom arrived at Bethany Lutheran Homes to the evening she died the entire staff treated Mom and all of us— her adult children, her grandchildren and great-grandchildren—with affection and respect. We are especially grateful to the staff of The Lighthouse for the peace and happiness they brought to our mom and all of our family."

The Gallaghers, family of former Lighthouse resident Ruth Gallagher