Westminster Canterbury of Richmond

Westminster Canterbury Corporation owns the Westminster Canterbury retirement community. The Episcopal and Presbyterian churches founded this not-for-profit facility with the mission of helping older adults maintain independence and spiritual well-being. This mission is overseen by a volunteer board of trustees. Despite its religious roots, Westminster Canterbury is nondenominational, and religious affiliation is not a factor in acceptance into Westminster Canterbury community. Currently, nineteen denominations are represented in the community, spanning one hundred and fifteen religious congregations. Westminster Canterbury is accredited by the Continuing Care Accreditation Commission.

Residences at Westminster Canterbury include detached, colonial-style homes at The Glebe, adjacent to the main campus; Garden apartments, spacious one- and two-bedroom residences in a combination of contemporary and traditional styles; The Tower, studio, one- and two-bedroom apartments located on eight different levels; two-, three- and four-bedroom single-family homes on The Green; one-, two- and three-bedroom Courtyard apartments, with patio or balcony; Avalon and Pavilion, one- and two-bedroom assisted living apartments; and The Gables, a residential center for those with memory loss. Small dogs and cats are allowed in some of the residences.

The majority of residents choose the community’s standard refund plan. This includes a one-time entrance fee, and then a monthly fee. By paying the entrance fee, residents guarantee their right of residency and are given the option of covering some or all of the healthcare services that may be needed. A lifecare plan is offered by Westminster Canterbury. This plan guarantees residents access to any healthcare services needed without an increase in monthly fees. The monthly service fee includes up to three meals daily in one of several dining rooms, with choice of buffet or seated service; weekly housekeeping and laundering of linens and towels; all utilities, including individually controlled heating and air conditioning; local telephone and basic cable television service; maintenance of all residences, including major appliances, landscaping and grounds keeping; an emergency call system in each apartment; 24-hour patrols by the Westminster Canterbury security staff; social and recreational activities; and amenities and full lifecare, if a lifecare entrance plan option is selected. These fees are updated annually. A portion of the entrance fee is tax deductible as a prepaid medical expense for those with lifecare plans as well as a part of the monthly fee. No one is asked to leave the facility due to inability to pay. The Westminster Canterbury Foundation provides over two million dollars per year in financial aid to residents.

Amenities for Westminster Canterbury residents include, an indoor pool, the Sara Belle November Theater , a computer center, a 4,000-volume library, billiards rooms, game room, numerous lounges, woodworking shop, art studio, a greenhouse, resident gardens, walking paths, flower gardens, a chapel, a fitness room, a whirlpool, a roof terrace with panoramic view, two auditoriums, a private dining room for special family or social occasions, resident’s association membership, concierge, and courtesy cart and driver. For additional costs residents can enjoy the Galleria Gift Shop, beauty salon and barber shop, a full-service bank, on-site mail services, dietitian consultations, an outpatient clinic, a pharmacy and therapy center, personal transportation, dry cleaning, a business center with copy and fax machines, and a Performing Arts Center with 320-seat theater. Exercise programs; water aerobic and swimming programs; seminars on nutrition and other health issues; preventive and primary care, with physicians and dentists on-site; and full pharmacy services on-site are all offered at Westminster Canterbury. Spiritual programs at Westminster Canterbury include a lecture series dedicated to religious topics several times a month. The Westminster Canterbury chapel also provides worship opportunities for residents.

Westminster-Canterbury of Richmond
1600 Westbrook Avenue
Richmond, VA 23227

Westminster Canterbury Website
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Profile prepared by Julie Miller
April, 2009