Westminster Canterbury Richmond Video Update to Residents-April 15, 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; Taryn Young, Fitness Specialist; and Vanessa Perry, Pastoral Care Administrator.

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

John Burns

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

• 44,169 people have been tested for COVID-19

• Total positive COVID-19 cases in Virginia are 6,500

• 1,048 have been hospitalized

• 195 total deaths

• 752 have recovered

• 453 cases in Henrico County. 177 cases in the City of Richmond.

Residents and family members are asking why Westminster Canterbury Richmond allows residents to return from the hospital after they have tested positive for COVID-19. We understand the concern, especially as we hear about the situation at other facilities around Richmond and the United States. Westminster Canterbury has a moral, legal and ethical responsibility to care for our residents. The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services and Virginia Department of Health would not allow us to refuse an admission of this type. It’s our job to care for patients with infectious disease. Our staff are professional, prepared, confident, competent and ready to provide this type of care. They are fully trained in isolation procedures and use of personal protective equipment (PPE). Our Materials Management team, including Tony Hepler and Annette Branch, have worked tirelessly to ensure we have a good supply of PPE to keep our residents and staff safe. It’s the same equipment you would see in a hospital. We are using it wisely in each encounter with residents who require it.

Parsons Health Center Fire Call

Last night Henrico Fire responded to a fire alarm in Parsons Health Center. There was smoke and a smell due to a motor that burned out in an electrical closet. The fire department cleared the smoke, and our Engineering team will be fixing the issue.


The on-campus bank will not reopen as planned on April 22. BB&T is working on a plan to get the ATM up and running.

Social Distancing

Staying home and maintaining social distancing is making a big difference in the fight against COVID-19. These are the best ways we can protect ourselves. Please continue keeping your distance from one another and from our employees. Stay in your homes, and connect with friends and family via phone, Skype, Facetime and other digital means. What we are doing as a community of residents and staff is working. Thank you!

Taryn Young – Wellness

Activities of Daily Living, our ability to move through life and around our environment, are dependent upon maintaining strength, flexibility and good circulation. The CV-19 Challenge is intended to do just that. Practicing the daily exercises and getting outside to walk will help you maintain your physical health. Add in the bonus challenges and weekly self-care tips, and you are giving yourself mental and emotional support as well. Put the week’s moves together and you have a quick and easy workout.

Watch the video to see Taryn and Melissa Markey demonstrate this week’s Challenge moves.

• Glute Squeeze and Hold

• Side Bends

• Leg Circles

• Biceps Curls

• Elbow to Opposite Knee Lift

Please call the Wellness team if you have questions.

Vanessa Perry – Pastoral Care

A Sermon for Every Sunday will air tomorrow at 11 a.m. on TV970. The Rev. Dr. Amy Butler is the speaker, presenting an Easter Sunday sermon.

Romans 12:9-16

Love must be sincere. Hate what is evil; cling to what is good. Be devoted to one another in love. Honor one another above yourselves. Never be lacking in zeal, but keep your spiritual fervor, serving the Lord. Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer. Share with the Lord’s people who are in need. Practice hospitality. Bless those who persecute you; bless and do not curse. Rejoice with those who rejoice; mourn with those who mourn. Live in harmony with one another. Do not be proud, but be willing to associate with people of low position. Do not be conceited.


Heavenly Father, I thank you for being an ever present and an ever knowing God. For you are the help that we need today. I thank you for keeping some of us to shine your light of love and hope to everyone we meet. I also thank you for welcoming those that are no longer with us into your heavenly kingdom. I ask that you continue to be with our appointed leaders here at Westminster Canterbury as well as the leaders at other retirement communities. For we are all in this together and we should support each other in thoughts, words and deeds. I ask that you be with every resident, staff member and their families. Be with us, Lord, and let us not forget the power in your word, to always be with us. Let us also not forget to take time out for a little bit of joy and rest. For your word says to rejoice in hope, be patient in tribulation and constant in prayer, and so let us do just that. For it is in your name that I humbly pray, Amen.

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