Westminster Canterbury Richmond Video Update to Residents-April 14, 2020-3 p.m.

Westminster Canterbury Richmond is keeping our residents up-to-date on the latest news related to our COVID-19 response. Hear from our 3 p.m. live update to residents from John Burns, President and CEO; Anita Adkins, Development Officer-Strategic Gifts & Special Projects; Julie McElduff, Fitness Specialist; and Logan Augustine, Chaplain.

The following updates were shared during the live briefing on TV970.

John Burns

As of this morning, the Virginia Department of Health reports:

• 42,763 people have been tested for COVID-19

• Total positive COVID-19 cases in Virginia are 6,171

• 978 have been hospitalized

• 154 total deaths

• 432 cases in Henrico County. 175 cases in the City of Richmond.

COVID-19 is present in more than 2,500 senior living organizations nationwide, and there have been more than 3,600 deaths nationwide in this sector. Our utmost priority is to keep our residents safe. We are sharing knowledge and practices with other senior living organizations.

Our first employee to test positive for COVID-19 works evenings in Housekeeping and contracted the illness from her husband, who was exposed at a church function. Our employee’s health is good. Unfortunately, her husband passed away yesterday from COVID-19. We are saddened to bring you this news. Please keep her and her family in your thoughts and prayers.

We want to reassure you that as we continue with certain construction projects, we have processes in place to keep our campus safe. Contractors go through the same process as employees, with Gatehouse screening and temperature checks before being allowed to work. They are wearing masks while working.

A few new residents will move onto campus in the coming weeks. They will spend 14 days under mandatory quarantine, just like anyone else who returns from being off campus for any period of time.

Anita Adkins


Please continue to keep up-to-date through our live updates. If you can’t watch live, watch them on the hour on TV971 or see the video or read a written summary on Facebook, www.WCRICHMOND.org, or Touchtown Community Apps. Last week, TV970 content was updated to include your favorite theater performances, cultural film and other movies, a Sermon for Every Sunday twice weekly and exercise at 9 a.m. daily. Read The Tales newsletter each week to see what new content is coming to TV970 weekly.

Westminster Canterbury Foundation

Thank you for your generosity during these uncertain times. We are grateful for your gifts to two of our greatest needs right now, the W·E·A·V·E program for employees and the Fellowship Program for seniors-in-need. W·E·A·V·E stands for Workforce – Education – Assistance – Volunteerism – Engagement. Your gifts help our employees throughout the year as they pursue education, volunteer in greater Richmond, and especially when they need assistance during emergencies. Thank you for showing your appreciation for our employees with your tax-deductible gifts to this program. You make a big difference in the lives of our employees.

Westminster Canterbury promises every resident that they will never be asked to leave due to an inability to pay through no fault of their own thanks to our Fellowship program for seniors-in-need. Annually, around 110 residents receive financial support through this confidential program that provides housing, meals and medical care. Now, perhaps more than ever, the Fellowship Program is needed to help us keep this promise of security and peace of mind for all residents in these uncertain economic times. Thank you so much for your generous support of this important program.

If you have questions or are interested in making a gift to one of these programs or the area of greatest need, call Anita at ext. 6202. Thank you so much for your care and concern during these times.

Julie McElduff – Wellness

With many of us sitting more than usual these days, try these exercises that improve posture and strengthen the back. These exercises focus on the upper back muscles. The upper back muscles tend to tense when we are under stress. Watch the video for a demonstration of these five exercises:

1) Bring shoulders back and think about pinching your shoulder blades together. Relax. (repeat 5 times)

2) Place fingertips lightly on head, bring elbows together in front of your body and back to start position (repeat 5 times)

3) Shoulder shrugs and relax (repeat 5 times)

4) Try to depress the shoulder blades as if you are putting them in your back pockets (repeat 5 times)

5) Snow angels on wall, place shoulder blades on wall, backside will also touch wall, with arms up at sides bring arms up the wall and back down (repeat 5 times)

Logan Augustine – Pastoral Care

Joyful, Joyful, We Adore Thee (vs.1)

“Joyful, joyful, we adore thee, God of glory, Lord of love; Hearts unfold like flowers before thee, praising thee, their sun above. Melt the clouds of sin and sadness; drive the dark of doubt away; Giver of immortal gladness, fill us with the light of day.”


God we thank you that in the midst of change and uncertainty, you are present, and that we have the gift of time to see and hear your wonderful works! We give you thanks for this community and for the joyous life and love that surrounds us here. God, our spirits are uplifted by one another in this place: we find gratitude in encouraging signs posted around our campus, in friendly phone calls to each other, and in loving waves from afar. We are reminded that you are near O God, in the kindness of our neighbors and in the beautiful, warm spring days. Help us to remember that in times of worry and doubt, that you are ever present and actively working within and around each of us. For these blessings we give you thanks! Amen.

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