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Westminster Canterbury Richmond has openings for deserving seniors-in-need from the Richmond area to apply to live on our campus and receive financial aid that provides housing, meals, medical care and enriching programming. Read on to learn more! Westminster Canterbury Richmond, a life plan community on the north side of Richmond, Virginia, is a very special […]

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The Best! Five Reasons to Celebrate and Thank You!

Thanks to YOU, Westminster Canterbury Richmond was voted “The Best” by Richmond Magazine and Virginia Living magazine.  Winning these awards each year means so much because it lets us know that you see and value the work done here – the work that YOU, our generous donors and supporters make possible. It takes a village. […]

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New Spiritual Center Nears Completion

Isn’t it about time for some good news?  Excitement is rising at Westminster Canterbury Richmond as our new Spiritual Center nears completion! The one-year project is living up to our promise to put our mission first, lean into our spiritual roots and prioritize spiritual care for residents, staff, families and guests.  Spacious and beautiful, the […]

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Innovation in Times of Crisis

The new coronavirus has forced us to become innovative as we strive to find some normalcy. Innovation is a long held value of Westminster Canterbury Richmond – the creative pursuit of excellence. We are finding new ways to bring our residents the services they need to live life well. We hope a few of our […]

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Staying Well During Challenging Times!

The coronavirus pandemic has changed everyone’s life in so many ways. Stressful times like these challenge us to adhere to health-promoting routines and habits. Nourishing our body, mind and spirit to stay strong and healthy is exactly what we need to combat the stress while learning and improving! At Westminster Canterbury Richmond, the coronavirus pandemic […]

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Our Roots in Faith Call Us to Love…

Love, however, is often not easy – and infinitely difficult to know how it should look in community, in our homes and in the broader marketplace.  We acknowledge with deep humility that mere words cannot convey the pain and sorrow experienced in our country now, nor how that pain has been experienced for centuries.  We […]

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Join Us in Honoring Our Veterans

A huge thank you to all of the residents and staff who worked so hard to create this Memorial Day program. The prerecorded event aired on our in-house TV station and our YouTube channel so residents, families and friends could share this moving tribute to all those who have served our country. We invite you […]

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Leadership in Senior Services

One of Westminster Canterbury Richmond’s values is leadership – maintaining a position of excellence in the senior services industry. Much of that focus is on ensuring we have the right employees in the right roles and offering them excellent training. We also serve as leaders outside of our walls, sharing our resources and expertise while […]

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So Proud of Our Nursing Team!

During National Nurses Week, we thanked, honored and celebrated our nursing staff at Westminster Canterbury Richmond. National Nurses Day was on May 12, in honor of Florence Nightingale’s birthday. Florence Nightingale was born 200 years ago today, and she is known as the founder of modern nursing. She is best known for redefining nursing as […]

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Celebrating our Amazing Volunteers and Staff!

This week, we celebrate National Volunteer Week and Careers in Aging Week, honoring all who help others in so many ways. At Westminster Canterbury Richmond, we are so fortunate to have more than 500 residents and non-residents volunteer on campus. These hardworking people do so much: serving with Pastoral Care, transporting residents to and from […]

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Coming Together in Our Isolation

This has been a “holy season” like none other. While those of the Jewish faith were celebrating Passover—and Christians, Holy Week and Easter—we may feel more like we are still wandering in the wilderness rather than brought to the promised land or entered into resurrection joy. In this time of COVID-19 what we are to […]

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Press Release: Westminster Canterbury Richmond COVID-19 Response-March 17, 2020

  A resident of Westminster Canterbury Richmond, a continuing care retirement/life plan community, has been diagnosed with COVID-19. The resident is in the hospital after returning from travel to Florida. Westminster Canterbury is working closely with public health officials, who are on campus partnering with Westminster Canterbury healthcare staff. Virginia Department of Health officials are […]

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The Big Red Bus

Kathryn Murden recently graduated from Virginia Commonwealth University’s School of the Arts and shortly after that started working at Westminster Canterbury Richmond. She has quickly become a valuable member of our team who created wonderful original designs and illustrations for our many publications. Kathryn designed a full bus wrap that advertises that we are hiring […]

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Thank You to our Staff

When you walk through the doors of Westminster Canterbury Richmond, it doesn’t take long before you are greeted by a smiling face and warm hello. Everywhere you turn, that warm experience repeats. Hello. Good morning. Have a good day. You find yourself smiling and returning the well wishes to someone you just met. The joy […]

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Intergenerational Interaction Yields Positive Results

A sure sign of summer here at Westminster Canterbury Richmond is the sight of smiling teens, ages 13 – 18, adorned in their new white polo shirts and red string badges, walking the hallways, ready to serve as summer volunteers! Some are newbies, feeling timid at first. Others are veterans, willing to start more adventures […]

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Westminster Canterbury Richmond’s Memory Support Nourishes the Brain and the Spirit!

Our memory support therapies at Westminster Canterbury Richmond include music, art, horticulture and exercise. They involve more than residents. Family members, staff, and even our teen volunteers during summertime can participate and engage.  One program in particular, Opening Minds through Art, or OMA, is proudly supported by Westminster Canterbury Foundation and incorporates intergenerational art projects […]

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Westminster Canterbury Richmond earns LeadingAge Virginia’s Workplace Excellence Award

At the LeadingAge Virginia conference in Norfolk, Virginia, on June 5-7, it was announced that Westminster Canterbury Richmond earned the Workplace Excellence Award thanks to our commitment to staff and community. This award recognizes a LeadingAge Virginia member community that demonstrates investment in their staff and workplace environment for the delivery of quality care and […]

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Partnering with project:HOMES to Help Seniors-in-Need in Greater Richmond

Westminster Canterbury Richmond is committed to expanding our mission by reaching out into the community to help seniors-in-need. This year, we began a partnership with project:HOMES to build and install ramps on the homes of seniors who are unable to leave their homes without this special addition. Our employees have been working to raise the […]

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John Burns on Leadership

Hello – I’m John Burns, the President and CEO of Westminster Canterbury, and I enjoy writing to you from time-to-time through this blog. Recently, our Pastoral Care team published our 2018 devotion booklet, A Lenten Journey, our 21st collection of writings by staff and residents. Annually we distribute 7,000 of these to local churches and […]

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Talking about Dementia

The early signs can vary. Early signs of dementia may be very subtle and vary a great deal. You might notice that your mother keeps forgetting her best friend’s telephone number or your father no longer shaves every day. Should you be alarmed? Maybe. But you should be careful how you proceed to ensure you […]

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Preventing Falls at Home

Tips for preventing falls. Currently, falls are the leading cause of injury for adults aged 60 and over. Kristin Goodwin is a Doctorate of Occupational Therapy student and intern with Genesis, the rehabilitation services provider at Westminster Canterbury Richmond. Kristin suggests the following safety assessment and tips to help keep you safe during everyday activities […]

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Effective Exercises for Seniors

Our Westminster Canterbury Richmond Wellness and Recreation teams offer a wide variety of activities to help residents stay active. Recently we captured one of these great activities in a video. This exercise activity is facilitated by Wilmer De Vera, ACSM Certified Personal Trainer and his wife, J. Tracy De Vera, Certified Therapeutic Recreation Therapist. Residents […]

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Employee Hall of Fame

We appreciate our employees and honor their great work. Our employees are recognized for their excellent work and customer service regularly. We appreciate them for helping to ensure our residents and staff Live Life Well every day. The Hall of Fame Awards and The Brendan Hayes Appreciation Award are the highest honors given to employees […]

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Employee Fund!

Our residents wish our employees good tidings. Our residents recently showed the Westminster Canterbury Richmond staff the true meaning of the Christmas spirit and seasonal generosity. Working together, residents raised and donated a record amount of money to the Employee Christmas Fund (ECF). Full-time staff members received approximately $1,000 each (part-timers a little less) as […]

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Hands of Love.

An outstretched hand is an invitation to fill a need with a hug, smile or special program. Sometimes just our hands tell a full story. That is certainly true here at Westminster Canterbury Richmond. Hands fold in prayer and join in showing appreciation for an inspiring performance. Hands of caretakers offer loving care. The hands […]

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Getting Around!

Accessible transportation for seniors helps to keep them active and engaged. Westminster Canterbury Richmond residents have a lot of opportunities to attend events on and off campus. Our Transportation Department gives our seniors the mobility they might now lack to live an active, fun life filled with the events they have always enjoyed. Losing mobility […]

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Innovative Generosity

Small grants make a big difference in supporting our mission. Westminster Canterbury Richmond’s role as a leader in senior living is enhanced by grants for innovation and leadership, which are a further example of our goal to be mission-focused and people-centered. Gifts from generous donors help us honor our values and achieve our vision to […]

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Innovation Grants!

Our generous donors help us keep our promises. Each year, the Westminster Canterbury Foundation Board of Trustees reviews the areas of greatest need on our campus and uses undesignated gifts from generous donors to fill those needs. These grants, focusing on developing and sustaining leadership and innovation, vary in amount, but all have a big […]

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National Nurses Week!

We celebrate our own. Residents need them. Families depend on them. And we are celebrating them this week. Westminster Canterbury Richmond, in recognition of National Nurses Week, annually presents awards to exceptional nursing employees who perform many functions 24 hours a day to ensure all residents receive the care and concern they deserve. Our unique […]

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Housekeeping Offers Service and Love

A daily devotion sets the stage for kindness and hugs. When the Westminster Canterbury Richmond housekeeping staff makes its daily rounds, tidying up a resident’s apartment is not the only agenda. “Housekeepers and residents share a spiritual and emotional bond and that is key,” says Naomi Hines, manager housekeeping and laundry. “Our staff gets to […]

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Healthcare Excellence!

Our innovative Preceptor Program gives our nurses the skills to excel. Peace of mind. We often hear this phrase from family members who have loved ones as residents of Westminster Canterbury Richmond. This is especially important when residents need healthcare. Our nurses play a critical role in our healthcare excellence, and in order to ensure […]

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Healthcare Excellence

We surround our residents with care and life. Westminster Canterbury Richmond’s health professionals take special care to keep residents involved in life, not just surrounded by care. Healthcare here encompasses attention to all aspects of an individual’s life, including emotional, intellectual and spiritual well-being. That’s why you find healthcare residents at the Sara Belle November […]

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The Westminster Canterbury Way

Everyone here loves serving our residents. Living at Westminster Canterbury Richmond is a way of life, and we have a special way to make certain our values are honored. Our customer service model is The Westminster Canterbury Way (TWCW), and it guides how staff members treat each other as well as how the residents are […]

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We Wish You a Merry Christmas!

Employees and staff gather to share in the gratitude that marks the season. The holidays are very special here at Westminster Canterbury Richmond, and we celebrate the many aspects of the season with generosity. With that spirit, our residents work together to give a gift to our staff of nearly 700 through the Employee Christmas […]

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