Beechwood Continuing Care was first established through the vision of a group of individuals and Methodist ministers. They recognized there was a need for a not-for-profit faith-based community that served the physical, social and spiritual needs of seniors in WNY. Upon the purchase of a parcel of 24 acres of land in Getzville, the Beechwood Residence opened its doors in 1964. Less than ten years later, the Beechwood Nursing Home admitted its first residents. (In 2006, both became known collectively as the Beechwood Homes.)
Today, the Beechwood Homes has the distinction of being the first nursing home in WNY to transition from a traditional institutional model to a person- centered care model, complete with households and neighborhoods. We call our person-centered initiative – “Welcome Home.”
Beechwood was the first nursing home in Erie County to partner with Hospice Buffalo to offer hospice support to our residents. Recently, we have have partnered with Hospice Buffalo to create a designated hospice unit for those individuals in Erie County who need skilled nursing hospice care.
In 1977, the Blocher Homes, an assisted living facility with a similar
mission based history, joined the Beechwood family. The Blocher Homes was established in 1904. Its noble lineage includes founder, John Blocher, a wealthy industrialist. He established the Blocher Homes to ensure that aging men, and women, who could no longer live on their own, would have a true “home” where caring support was available. John Blocher was well known for his philanthropic endeavors and love for family, as well as the famous memorial monument located in Forest Lawn Cemetery, built in
memory of his beloved son.
WESLEY REHABILITATION CENTER
Noting a growing need for short-term rehabilitation within the senior community, Wesley Rehabilitation Center opened its doors in 1996. Beechwood, known for its exceptional physical therapy professionals, built a state of the art rehab center. Located within the Beechwood Homes in a separate wing, Wesley offers 27 private rooms and its own private dining room. Over 800 patients of all ages are treated annually with the
majority returning to their homes in the community.
Opened in 2000, Asbury Pointe Independent Retirement
Community boasts award winning design in senior living. With 110 apartments, Asbury offers a luxurious yet neighborly lifestyle. Known for its extraordinary decor and attention to personal service, it is the perfect alternative for seniors who no longer want the demands of owning a home and instead want the freedom and security of retirement community living. As part of the Beechwood continuum, residents have priority admission into our other communities.