Hello from the Mary Morton Parsons Health Center Team!

When you hear the words “health care center” or “long term care center,” do you immediately associate the word “JOY?”  If not, glance at this very short video clip of the staff of the Mary Morton Parsons Health Center at Westminster Canterbury Richmond.  Nurses, administrators, recreational therapists, chaplains, nursing assistants, physical therapists, medical records staff – even Child Development Center teachers and their adorable students!  All these people – and our beloved residents and their families – work together to create the happiest possible place with the best possible care.  Enjoy!

For more information about Westminster Canterbury Richmond’s Healthcare Excellence – contact Gayle Haglund at ghaglund@wcrichmond.org.


Ageism – stereotyping, prejudice, and discrimination against people based on their age.  Sadly, ageism is so common, we scarcely notice.  Change is needed! With 10,000 Baby Boomers turning 65 every day and people enjoying much longer lives than ever before, it is imperative to understand the severe impact ageism inflicts.  The idea that seniors are weak, powerless, and burdensome is deeply seeded in our social psyche. Over our lifetimes, we’ve been exposed to negative portrayals of seniors in the media and movies – sad, grumpy and helpless with nothing more to contribute.  When such negative messages are internalized, they can cause serious anxiety, depression and withdrawal, even rob years of life.

In fact, seniors have much to contribute and to look forward to!  Abundant knowledge and wisdom to share.  Honed skills and talents to pursue.  Hearts full of love to lavish on family and friends.  Peacemaking to heal families and communities.  Curiosity to keep learning.  And what’s more – since the senior demographic is the fastest growing segment of western societies, innovation for the longevity economy will fuel business.

So let’s turn ageism on its head and instead start celebrating the wonderful privilege of growing older. Let’s honor one another at every stage of life. Let’s believe the best is truly yet to come.  Together, we can disrupt ageism.

Assisted Living

Westminster Canterbury Richmond residents invite you into their homes to share ways they live life well and benefit from thoughtful services. This video about our assisted living offerings may surprise you!

To learn more contact Sloan Lindsey at slindsey@wcrichmond.org

Happy Independence Day from Westminster Canterbury Richmond!

On Independence Day, the United States of America commemorates the adoption of the Declaration of Independence on July 4, 1776. At Westminster Canterbury Richmond, we celebrate in style!

One of the highlights of the year is our Independence Day parade, where residents, employees, and children from our Child Development Center come together to showcase their patriotic finest.

This year’s celebration included Firecracker Popsicle Parties, An Independence Day Celebration performance by the Reflections Band in the Sara Belle November Theater, and a special July 4 Picnic Buffet with hot dogs, hamburgers, barbecue, beer and all the fixings!

Enjoy this look at the parade and all the Independence Day spirit!

So Much to See and Do at Westminster Canterbury Richmond!

We are never bored.

Every month, every week, nearly every day, there are countless opportunities for fun and engagement at Westminster Canterbury Richmond. Life enrichment and cultural arts are a big aspect of ensuring the best life possible for our residents. These ideas are apparent in our extensive calendar of regular activities.

In the Sara Belle November Theater located right on our campus, more than 50 professional performing arts programs take place annually. It is one of the only theaters on the campus of a retirement community in the country! Performances are paid for by charitable donations, residents can attend regardless of health or financial status.

Residents expand their minds when they attend our WCR Forum Lecture Series, Chaplain’s lectures and Senior Summer Courses covering an array of interesting topics of professors, ministers and experts. Classes and workshops in the McGue-Millhiser Arts Studio bring an artistic flair to experienced or budding artists. Excursions to off-campus tours, shopping destinations, sporting events and theater engagements connect residents with new (and favorite) experiences!

We are never bored. But if you prefer the quiet to a schedule packed with activities, you can also enjoy a leisurely afternoon reading in our library, stroll through our exquisite gardens or play bridge and dominoes with your friends.

No matter your lifestyle, you can do as much or as little as you want when you live at Westminster Canterbury. Check out a sampling of the coming opportunities for our residents, staff and Canterbury Club members in the Summer 2018 Cultural and Educational Booklet.

Inspiring Innovation at Westminster Canterbury Richmond

One of Westminster Canterbury Richmond’s long held values is innovation. The senior living industry demands creative solutions to ever-evolving challenges, and we know we must keep up in order to ensure the best life possible for our residents.

Through our Foundation, we offer Innovation Grants to employees who come up with projects and ideas that improve the lives of those we serve. I wanted to share with you highlights of this year’s awards that demonstrate our commitment to being leaders in senior living.

Healthcare Excellence – The Foundation provides funding that creates a margin of excellence in healthcare services. Thanks to charitable gifts, a thorough orientation and mentorship curriculum called a preceptor program trains new employees. New nurses are paired with our best, most experienced nurses to learn The Westminster Canterbury Way of caring for our residents. This summer, we are piloting a new Nurse Aide intern program – read more about it here http://www.wcrichmond.org/careers-richmond-va.

Workforce Support – Generous donations make it possible for us to have a Professional School of Learning that trains every staff member annually, including leadership development, service excellence training, coaching and mentoring opportunities and more. A new offering this year is a formal innovation program that will teach staff how to better solve problems and design new products and services.

Wellness – Fitness is important at any age, and our Wellness team pilots a variety of classes such as taiko drumming, laughter yoga, ballroom dance and more to find the best ways to keep our residents active. These enhancements to our ongoing Wellness programming help us discover the right path forward for increased vitality.

These are just a few ways that philanthropy inspires innovation on our campus. We are grateful for our engaged employees who care deeply about those we serve, and for the inspiring generosity of so many who make it possible for us to provide excellence and compassion in equal measure.

Have You Read It? Have You Watched It?

Westminster Canterbury Richmond’s Annual Report this year is a little different. Not only can you learn about what it takes to ensure our residents live life well and read feature stories about our great programs and activities, you can also watch video highlights of campus news and events.

Everything from performance highlights in our Sara Belle November Theater, lectures by local and national speakers, renovation progress on our Roof Terrace and a special look at the wellness and art programs are just a click away. At the end of our feature stories, you will find a link to our online video page at www.livelifewellrva.org. There are so many wonderful things that happen at Westminster Canterbury on a daily basis, and we are delighted to share some of those moments with you!

If you do not have a copy of the 2017 Annual Report click here http://www.wcrichmond.org/publications-richmond-va. If you click the links in the document, you will go directly to our video page. Printed copies of the 2017 Annual Report are available to residents, donors and trustees by contacting Rebecca Hatch at (804) 264-6075 or rhatch@wcrichmond.org.

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 $15,000 needed to supply the first 10 ramps that will truly make a life-changing difference to those who receive them.

More than 150 employees stayed busy during three installs on homes out in the Richmond community and during a two-day Ramp Building Blitz held right on our campus. Enjoy this video that captures the hard work of our employees in partnership with project:HOMES staff and volunteers!

If you have questions about how you can support this project through Westminster Canterbury Foundation, email foundation@wcrichmond.org or call 804.264.6066.

Happy Mothers Day!

Mother’s Day weekend is always full of activity at Westminster Canterbury Richmond. Moms and caregivers of all ages are celebrated throughout the campus – from new moms in the Child Development Center to our more experienced resident moms and everyone in between. It is a time to offer thanks to that special person who loves us unconditionally.

Moms dropping kids off at the Child Development Center had the opportunity to relax before heading out for the day with a breakfast of muffins, fruit and coffee. The Center Galley was decorated with pictures of family and inspirational quotes. Infant room teacher Maryanna Stufflebeem observed that moms still came with their kids and made sure they had their breakfast before serving themselves. “Even on this day for them, they are still putting their kids first,” she said.

Friends and family members honored residents for Mother’s Day by sending beautiful flower bouquets that filled the lobbies upon delivery. Around 200 people gathered together for a special lunch in the Promenade dining room, the largest dining event of the year. Ida Hargrove, a dining employee, volunteered to work the event for the sheer enjoyment of being there. Ida commented, “I love the residents and serving them.” The menu included fried chicken, shrimp scampi, veal marsala, an omelet bar and scrumptious deserts. Guests participated in a raffle to win fun gifts.

Mother’s Day is a day of recognizing love and nurturing as well as celebrating the wisdom of mothers of all types and ages. Milania Marzouk, a mom and teacher in the Child Development Center, describes her experience as “needing enough energy for early morning wake ups, midday melt downs and nightly tuck-ins which include a million hugs, kisses and ‘just one more story.’” A resident who is about to celebrate her 107th birthday, was asked to offer some words of wisdom to those just starting out. “Patience,” she said. “Keep on and you will adjust.”

It is truly a day of showing love and appreciation to those who work so hard to give us so much. Thank you to all of our wonderful mothers!

Nurses Week

As part of our celebration of Nurses Week we hold our annual Nurses Award Celebration. Residents, family and fellow staff nominate nursing staff who they have seen go above and beyond in giving the best care possible. From those nominees a committee chooses the few who will receive our Tabb and Clinical Excellence Awards. As part of this year’s celebration we asked our staff to share their reflections on our nurses and certified nursing assistants and their care and compassion towards our residents.

“Nursing staff are here for the residents,” observes Laurie Youndt, RN and Director Clinical Services.

“Our residents and their families perceive our nurses and CNAs as family,” comments Sloan Lindsay, Assisted Living Administrator.

“The unique thing about Westminster Canterbury Richmond is that staff take every day interactions and make them extraordinary, even on the second floor of the Mary Morton Parsons Health Center where we have our dementia population and the environment requires patience and gentleness. . . I see that every day.” says Linda Stephenson, RN, Assistant Director of Nursing.

“Staff develop relationships with residents and get to fill in as a secondary family for lots of our residents. . . The love is mutual.  It goes both ways,” comments Chris Burton, LPN, Nursing Supervisor.

Our nurses are an inspiration, and we thank them for improving the lives of those we serve every day. We invite you to watch the full video of why our nurses are so exceptional.