Residential and respite care
For those sympathetic to the Christian faith
About Bethany Christian Home in Plymouth, Devon
Bethany Christian Home is a 24-bed residential care home in Plymouth.
We offer residential care for older people, including for those who are living with dementia. We can provide respite care to those who need it and we are able to offer care at the end of life. Our rooms are available on three floors, the ground floor, the first floor and the second floor.
At Bethany Christian Home, all rooms have en-suite toilets and basins, with a mixture of assisted baths and open-plan shower wet rooms also available for use. All rooms are fully furnished, with aerial and satellite TV and telephone access points. Each resident is encouraged to personalise their room with their own belongings.
Bethany Christian Home has two communal dining rooms and two lounges, with one on the ground floor and one on the first floor from which there are beautiful views of both the city of Plymouth and out to sea.
The larger upstairs lounge is often used for activities, and it also has a small library space. The downstairs lounge is tranquil, quiet space for reading or a cup of tea. Bethany Christian Home has two gardens, one indoors and one outdoors. The outside garden includes a secluded sensory garden with brightly coloured, aromatic and tactile plants which residents can enjoy on their own or with visitors and has south-facing views over Plymouth Sound. There is access for those who need to use walking aids and/or wheelchairs and there are handrails around much of the outside garden, as well as seats and a patio area with seats and a parasol.
Want to find out more? Please fill in the Request a call back form and one of our team will be in touch. You can also submit your details to download a brochure.
24 hour care
Home cooked meals
Hymns and songs
Snacks and drinks
Caring and highly trained staff
The Home Manager is responsible for the dedicated team of around 40 staff members. Typically, Bethany Christian Home has up to three carers and one senior carer on shift every day. There are two carers on shift overnight. We also have an Activities & Community Engagement (ACE) Facilitator, Maintenance Officer and Catering Manager and Housekeepers who work in different parts of the home – one in the kitchen, a team of three carrying out cleaning throughout the home and one person providing a laundry service. This team ensures that the home is always clean and well-presented and that those who live with us have a well-laundered wardrobe.
To keep those who live with us safe, we also provide all care staff training in Manual Handling to Level 2 which is accredited by the Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents (RoSPA).
We are supported by a central team consisting of Operations, Property Services, Finance, Marketing and Communications, and Human Resources.
The Way We Care in our home
At Pilgrims’ Friend Society, our approach to care, The Way We Care, underpins life in our homes, helping us to create communities where older people can flourish.
At the heart of The Way We Care is our commitment to making sure we know each person really well so we can care for them in the way that’s best for them. When someone comes to live at Bethany Christian Home, a senior member of the care team will discuss their needs with them and create an individual Care Plan which covers everything from their history to their social interests, personal relationships, hobbies, and emotional, spiritual and cultural needs. We call those who live with us ‘family members’ reflecting our commitment to creating places where those who choose to live with us feel truly at home.
We support those who live with us to remain as independent as possible but our care team provide support with activities such as bathing, dressing and mealtimes for those who need it.
As part of The Way We Care, we build communities where those who live with us can live an active spiritual and social life. Bible study groups meet regularly, and we have main devotions in the lounge which are led by local ministers and staff. We also provide support for personal devotion and prayer.
Our Activities & Community Engagement (ACE) Facilitator oversees activities, for example singing, flower arranging, armchair exercises, coffee mornings and crafts. These are supported by a team of volunteers.
Watch the video below to find out more and visit our Facebook page to see what’s been going on at Bethany recently.
Care Manager, Bethany Christian Home
Sarah has been manager at Bethany since July 2023 after working as Care Facilitator in the home. Sarah started out in retail but moved into care, firstly in Yeovil Hospital and then in residential care where she continued to learn and gained a level 3 in Social Care. Since then, Sarha has not looked back and continued to build a career, acquiring a vast array of knowledge, skills and experience. On moving back to Plymouth to be nearer family, Sarah applied for a role a Bethany. She says, "I can remember how much I loved Bethany when I first walked in, I knew I wanted to work here. I feel utterly blessed to be working in such a special home."
After a career starting in the Royal Navy, including a spell in Gibraltar, Sharon feels she was called to this role at Bethany. Sharon joined the team in late 2016 and provides much valued support to the smooth running of the home using her administrative and organisational skills.
Sharon is an active member of the Roborough Team Ministry and regular worshiper at St Cecilia’s, Woolwell since moving to Plymouth in 2003. In her spare time she enjoys spending time with her family, walking, and is an avid reader.
Sally joined Bethany Christian Home as Activities & Community Engagement (ACE) Facilitator in September 2021. She has previously worked for organisations providing sheltered housing, adult day care, falls prevention and cardiac services. Most recently she has worked in a hospice training department which delivered end of life care training for care home staff.
Sally became a Christian at age 12 and serving God through church involvement has been a huge part of her life. Her creativity and desire to bring people together to share Jesus with them has led her to run outreach events and lead services.
In her spare time she enjoys baking, playing board games and playing the keyboard. She is a member of Mutley Baptist Church where her husband is the minister, and they have two grown-up daughters.
How to find us
Bethany Christian Home is about a 10-minute drive from the A38.
Plymouth train station is 0.8 miles away. Bethany Christian Home is about a five-minute taxi ride from both the main Plymouth train and bus stations.
Life at Bethany Christian Home
Bethany Christian Home in Plymouth appearance on ITV West with Fletewood School
Double celebrations as Bethany Christian Home marks its 50th anniversary and the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee
For our home in Plymouth, 10th June was a day filled with fun as Sally Lear, Activities & Community Engagement (ACE) Facilitator, explains