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Never Too Old to Go for Gold

August 19, 2016

As the nation’s young rising athletes competed in the 2016 Summer Olympic Games in Rio, one 92-year-old resident at The Village at Rockville—A National Lutheran Community was doing just the same—vying for gold.

                For the past 27 years Edward “Ted” Murphy has been a devoted participant in the Maryland Senior Olympics. Who says old age limits your athletic ability?

 “Retirement is what lead to my participation,” Ted said. “I have nothing but time to do what I enjoy and remaining physically active is my hobby.”

                Stemming from his love of running in his younger years, Ted made his mark in the track and field arena. He competes in variety of events including standing long jump, pole vault, javelin, discus, shot put and the open pit throws. When asked which event is his favorite— “Javelin because that’s where it all started and eventually led me to the national competition.”

                On August 13 and 14, 2016, Ted completed his 27th competition in the 90-95 age bracket. He brought home five gold medals in standing long jump, shot put, javelin, football and softball throw. To date, he has won 57 medals—38 gold, 13 silver and 6 bronze. Ted also holds five all-time records in pole vault, standing long jump, football throw and softball throw. His softball throw record reached an impressive distance of 129 feet in the 80-85 age bracket.

                So what continues to motivate this perennial competitor?

“I’m in competition with myself. I realize I’m only getting older and naturally my physical abilities will fade,” Ted said. “However, each year I continue to tell myself that I’m capable of doing better. I also enjoy the comradery and catching up with the guys during the competition weekend.”

                The Maryland Senior Olympics features over 100 events in 24 sports throughout the state for adults age 50 plus. During the other 51 weeks of year, Ted practices his events with a fellow competitor at the Rockville Senior Center. His regimen consists of weight lifting, cardio and countless practice throws to prepare for next year’s competition.

Ted and his wife, Shirley, are also actively involved in the retirement community programs at The Village at Rockville, which they’ve called home since 2008. The community fosters an atmosphere of continued learning and encourages residents to pursue their interests regardless of their age. Ted is an exceptional example that you are never too old to do something. In fact, Ted and Shirley share a love for friendly competition in doubles table tennis and may consider putting their hat in the ring in next year’s Olympic event.

For more information about The Village at Rockville, visit www.thevillageatrockville.org.

For more information about the Maryland Senior Olympics, visit www.mdseniorolympics.org.

Marta Spangler Appointed as The Village at Rockville’s Director of Philanthropy

August 01, 2016

ROCKVILLE, Md. – The Village at Rockville—A National Lutheran Community is pleased to welcome Marta Spangler as the Director of Philanthropy, effective August 1, 2016. Spangler brings a unique perspective with years of global funding experience, most recently as the Resource Development and Board Liaison Officer for Lutheran World Federation in Jerusalem.

            Spangler will dedicate her time and efforts working with individuals to enhance giving programs at the community and raise the awareness of the parent organization, National Lutheran Communities & Services. She has spent the past two years abroad in Jerusalem and Geneva, researching and identifying funding and development opportunities for hospital programs, as well acting as a junior advocacy officer. With her global insight, Spangler is able identify the unique walks of life each individual comes from and help them understand the impact their donations can have, even with limited resources.

            “I am thrilled to be joining such a vibrant and caring community,” Spangler said. “I understand first-hand how important these kinds of communities are for families, through my experience with my grandparents. It is a true privilege to come onboard to serve in this capacity and support the important work happening at The Village at Rockville.”

            Spangler also served as an Advancement Associate for Gettysburg Seminary for four years, splitting her time between southwest Pennsylvania and Washington, D.C. NLCS’ Chief Philanthropy Officer Kathryn Baerwald noted that Spangler’s background will be an exceptional addition to the team.

            “We are so pleased that Marta is joining the Philanthropy Team,” said Baerwald. “She brings with her a donor-centered approach to fundraising, as well as a great deal of knowledge about faith-based organizations in the Washington, D.C. area.”

           Spangler is the daughter of Rev. Dr. Maria Erling, Professor at Gettysburg Seminary and Rev. John Spangler Executive Assistant to the President at Gettysburg. She obtained her bachelor’s degree in English Literature and Religious Studies from the University of Pittsburgh, then proceeded to receive her master’s degree in Ethics, Peace and Global Affairs, from American University School of International Service.

About The Village at Rockville (TVAR)
The Village at Rockville—A National Lutheran Community in Rockville, Md., is a CCRC (continuing care retirement community) that offers independent living, myPotential short-term and outpatient rehabilitation, respite, long-term nursing care, hospice, assisted living and memory support. For more information, visit www.thevillageatrockville.org

About National Lutheran Communities & Services (NLCS)
Based in Rockville, Md., NLCS is a faith-based, not-for-profit ministry of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America’s (ELCA) Delaware-Maryland, Metropolitan Washington, D.C. and Virginia Synods, serving people of all beliefs. With more than 125-years’ experience, NLCS provides seniors with a variety of lifestyle, residential and health care options through retirement communities and services in Maryland and Virginia.

Other communities and services sponsored by National Lutheran include The Village at Rockville in Rockville, Md., The Legacy at North Augusta in Staunton, Va., The Village at Orchard Ridge and myPotential at Home in Winchester, Va., and The Village at Crystal Spring in Annapolis, Md., subject to Maryland Department of Aging approval. For more information, visit www.nationallutheran.org

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myPotential at Home Announces Addition of Home Health Services in Fall 2016

July 15, 2016

Winchester, Va.- New home health services will be added to myPotential at Home—A National Lutheran Service starting in September 2016.  myPotential at Home will provide both home care and home health services to seniors in the comfort of their own homes in Winchester City, Clarke, Warren and Frederick counties.

Backed by National Lutheran Communities & Services’ 125 years of experience, myPotential at Home offers a non-franchise option for home care and home health that works to preserve seniors’ independence while helping them reach their potential at any age and any stage. The home health services that myPotential at Home will offer in September include skilled nursing, physical therapy, occupational therapy, speech therapy and social services.

“Unfortunately many seniors spend too much time dealing with chronic conditions or issues that keep them in the hospital longer than necessary,” myPotential at Home’s Executive Director Denise Kozlowski said. “With the addition of in-home health care services, we can deliver those added services in the comfort of one’s home, while lessening unnecessary hospital stays and simultaneously coordinating all care efforts.”

Currently myPotential at Home offers home care services, which feature both caregiver and wellness services such as meal preparation, respite care, escorting individuals to appointments, assistance with activities of daily living, medication monitoring, wound care, skin care and more.

About myPotential at Home

myPotential at Home—A National Lutheran Service offers in-home health, wellness and personal care services to seniors and their families in the comfort and privacy of their own homes.  Serving Winchester City, Clarke, Warren and Frederick counties, myPotential at Home’s desire is to preserve independence and help individuals reach their potential at any age and any stage.  For more information, visit www.mypotentialathome.com

About National Lutheran Communities & Services (NLCS)

Based in Rockville, Md., NLCS is a not-for-profit, faith-based ministry of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America’s (ELCA) Delaware-Maryland, Metropolitan Washington, D.C. and Virginia Synods, serving people of all beliefs. With more than 125-years’ experience, NLCS provides seniors with a variety of lifestyle, residential and health care options through retirement communities and services in Maryland and Virginia.

Other communities and services sponsored by National Lutheran include The Village at Rockville in Rockville, Md., The Legacy at North Augusta in Staunton, Va., The Village at Orchard Ridge and myPotential at Home in Winchester, Va., and The Village at Crystal Spring in Annapolis, Md., subject to Maryland Department of Aging approval. For more information, visit www.nationallutheran.org

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National Lutheran’s President & CEO Larry Bradshaw Joins Lutheran Services in America’s Board of Directors

July 01, 2016

Rockville, MD- Larry Bradshaw, president and chief executive officer for National Lutheran Communities & Services (NLCS), has been named to Lutheran Services in America Inc.’s (LSA) Board of Directors for a three-year term. Board elections took place during LSA’s Annual Meeting of the membership on April 27, 2016, in Minneapolis, Minnesota, as part of LSA’s 2016 Annual Conference. Bradshaw’s term as a Class A Board Director begins July 1, 2016 and runs through June 30, 2019.

“LSA and NLCS share a common bond in our efforts to help seniors live a higher quality of life,” said Charlotte Haberaecker, LSA’s president and chief executive officer. “With two-thirds of our members providing services to seniors, our organizations are focused on how to address some of our nation’s most pressing senior care issues. Adding Larry’s perspective, experience and expertise to our dedicated Board will help us continue to expand our focus on the growing, critical needs of seniors in our nation today.”

Bradshaw brings more than 30 years of experience in the not-for-profit senior living industry.  He has been the president and CEO of NLCS for six years and an active part of LSA’s CEO Academy since 2010, presenting on numerous topics relating to senior living services.  Bradshaw is an active member of LeadingAge, has served as a CCAC (now CARF) Commissioner, and as Chair of CCAC’s Financial Advisory Panel. He is a frequent presenter at several other national meetings, including LeadingAge, the National Investment Conference, and Ziegler’s Senior Living CFO Workshop.

“LSA is very focused on enhancing the network of Lutheran Social Services throughout the country,” Bradshaw said. “I feel honored to have the opportunity to work with the Board in this endeavor.”

About National Lutheran Communities & Services (NLCS)

Based in Rockville, Md., NLCS is a not-for-profit, faith-based ministry of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America’s (ELCA) Delaware-Maryland, Metropolitan Washington, D.C. and Virginia Synods, serving people of all beliefs. With more than 125-years’ experience, NLCS provides seniors with a variety of lifestyle, residential and health care options through retirement communities and services in Maryland and Virginia. Other communities and services sponsored by National Lutheran include The Village at Rockville in Rockville, Md., The Legacy at North Augusta in Staunton, Va., The Village at Orchard Ridge and myPotential at Home in Winchester, Va., and The Village at Crystal Spring in Annapolis, Md., subject to Maryland Department of Aging approval. For more information, visit www.nationallutheran.org

 

Lutheran Services in America, Incorporated (LSA) is one of the largest health and human services networks in the country with more than 300 members that provide a broad range of critical services from health care to children and family services, senior services, disaster relief, refugee services, disability support, housing, and employment support, among others. Collectively, LSA members serve 1 in 50 people each year in thousands of communities across the United States and are open to all regardless of their religious affiliation or social or economic background. The LSA network is ranked at #23 on the Philanthropy 400, an annual listing of top charitable groups, and has combined revenue of $21 billion. LSA is affiliated with the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA) and The Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod (LCMS). To learn more, please visit www.lutheranservices.org.

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National Lutheran Communities & Services Becomes a Satellite Site for Eastern Mennonite Seminary’s Clinical Pastoral Education Program

June 15, 2016

Rockville, MD- Theological students from Eastern Mennonite Seminary (EMS), along with clergy and laypersons pursuing Clinical Pastoral Education (CPE), will be able to continue earning credits toward their denominational ordination requirements and/or certification as professional chaplains at National Lutheran Communities & Services (NLCS). NLCS will now serve as a satellite site to EMS, enabling students to learn at various locations throughout the National Lutheran family.

“NLCS is on a journey.  This journey will enable us to walk with clergy, ministers and seminarians as they encounter pastoral, personal and professional growth through the CPE process,” said Rev. Dr. William Boldin, NLCS’ course assistant for the CPE program and chaplain at The Village at Orchard Ridge. “We are excited to partner with EMS on this journey.”

The program offerings will start at The Village at Orchard Ridge—A National Lutheran Community (TVOR) in Winchester, Va., in the fall of 2016. Program participants will gain hands-on ministry experience through supervised learning opportunities as a chaplain at TVOR. The CPE program is designed to help participants develop self and interpersonal awareness, conceptual knowledge, competence, and through learning reflection, become life-long learners for growing as ministers.

“NLCS is on the cutting edge of understanding what contributes to a purposeful and satisfying life in retirement, and TVOR is an excellent setting for equipping pastors, seminarians and lay leaders for effective ministry to seniors and their families,” EMS’s Director of CPE & Mentored Ministry Kenton T. Derstine said. “With the percentage of our population in their retirement years growing every year, it is essential that pastors understand the needs of seniors.”

EMS Dean Dr. Michael King echoed the value of this program and explained that it offers numerous hands-on learning opportunities.

“As one of the few seminaries in the country hosting its own CPE program, we’re delighted that EMS is able to offer resources to a growing number of practicum locations—including The Village at Orchard Ridge,” said King. “These hands-on CPE sites offer EMS students invaluable learning opportunities.”

About National Lutheran Communities & Services (NLCS)
Based in Rockville, Md., NLCS is a not-for-profit, faith-based ministry of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America’s (ELCA) Delaware-Maryland, Metropolitan Washington, D.C. and Virginia Synods, serving people of all beliefs. NLCS provides seniors with a variety of lifestyle, residential and health care options through retirement communities and services in Maryland and Virginia.

Other communities and services sponsored by National Lutheran include The Village at Rockville in Rockville, Md., The Legacy at North Augusta in Staunton, Va., The Village at Orchard Ridge and myPotential at Home in Winchester, Va., and The Village at Crystal Spring in Annapolis, Md., subject to Maryland Department of Aging approval. For more information, visit www.nationallutheran.org

About Eastern Mennonite Seminary (EMS)
Eastern Mennonite Seminary (EMS) provides training programs and graduate degrees to help people discern their call. EMS prepares people for a variety of ministry and leadership roles in the church, academy and beyond. As an Anabaptist seminary, EMS has special emphasis in peacebuilding, biblical studies, spiritual formation and theology. We train leaders for Mennonite Church USA, and The United Methodist Church, as well as other denominations.

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The Village at Orchard Ridge Celebrates Opening of The Engage Center

June 15, 2016

The Village at Orchard Ridge—A National Lutheran Community celebrated progress on Phase 2 expansion with a grand opening of its Engage Center on Wednesday, June 1. Orchard Ridge’s Phase 2 began in January 2015 and so far, has seen the addition of 18 cottages, the 150-seat expansion of the dining area, and a 15,000-square-foot wellness center, called the Engage Center.

The Engage Center’s conceptual idea was to have all health and wellness activities under one roof, which contains a lap pool, exercise pool and spa. It also includes an expanded gym, an art room, a physical therapy room, a multipurpose room and a massage studio. Residents are excited about the additional amenities and opportunity to remain active and connected.

During the ceremony, President and CEO Larry Bradshaw thanked the residents for their continued patience and trust, as they all faced initial uncertainty over the outcome of the various projects. Further remarks were made by residents John Bodanske, Susan Daily, Barbara Alderman and Executive Director Melissa Fortner. The event was well attended with 300 residents, staff, family members and local media including The Winchester Star and Northern Virginia Daily.

Remaining projects under Phase 2 include the addition of 104 independent living apartments and 10 skilled-nursing suites. Completion of the project is expected by the end of the year.

TVAR Receives National Accreditation for Excellence in Quality Assurance and Performance Improvement (QAPI)

June 03, 2016

ROCKVILLE, Md. – The Village at Rockville—A National Lutheran Community (TVAR) proudly received Basic Quality Assurance and Performance Improvement (QAPI) Accreditation in May 2016.

This accreditation is evaluated and presented by independent accreditor, Providigm, LLC. Through TVAR’s use of the abaqis Quality Management System, Providigm is able to verify that the community is continually assessing the quality of the care they provide to their residents against federal regulations and standards at an ongoing rate, and correcting identified issues.

“The Village at Rockville is an excellent example of a Continuing Care Retirement Community (CCRC) taking initiative to proactively identify and correct quality concerns,” says Andrew Kramer, M.D., chief executive officer at Providigm. “Their commendable use of the abaqis Quality Management System ensures that they are constantly monitoring important quality of care and life issues for their residents and guests.”

The Village at Rockville goes above and beyond to ensure proper processes are in place every day, not just during surveys.

“We take customer service very seriously here and are extremely proud of the work our care team has accomplished to achieve this accreditation,” said TVAR Executive Director Jason Gottschalk. “We strive to give all our residents and guests excellent care and the dignity they deserve.”

About The Village at Rockville (TVAR)

The Village at Rockville—A National Lutheran Community in Rockville, Md., is a CCRC (continuing care retirement community) that offers independent living, myPotential short-term and outpatient rehabilitation, respite, long-term nursing care, hospice, assisted living and memory support. For more information, visit www.thevillageatrockville.org

About Providigm, LLC

Providigm creates quality improvement solutions for health care. Through Providigm’s web-based systems and comprehensive training, providers are able to improve the quality of care and life of their residents. Providigm’s patented abaqis® Quality Management System is the nation’s leading assessment and reporting system based on CMS’s Quality Indicator Survey. abaqis goes far beyond survey readiness with capability to manage QAPI processes, Hospital Readmission tracking, and Customer Satisfaction measurement. Providigm’s accomplished Research Team provides the scientific foundation and cutting-edge methodology behind its quality systems. For more information, visit www.providigm.com.

Taking Aging By Storm—Therapy Dog Joins The Village At Rockville

May 24, 2016

ROCKVILLE, Md. – Storm, a two-year-old, 60-pound Black Labrador, is the latest addition to The Village at Rockville—A National Lutheran Community (TVAR) in Rockville, Md. TVAR welcomed Storm on Monday, May 16, 2016—her first week consisted of training and learning the ropes with residents and staff.  The addition of Storm was made possible by a donation from Metropolitan Washington, D.C. Synod’s Gifts of Hope program and the training provided by Lee Hamilton of Man’s Best Friend Dog Training in Madison, Ohio.

“We are so excited that Storm is making her home here. We believe in the power of pet therapy and how that benefits not only seniors, but our staff too,” Susannah Brooks, director of resident services at TVAR said. “It is proven that pets help lower blood pressure, relieve stress, and reduce feelings of depression and anxiety. Whether you are nine or 90, who doesn’t need that?”

Numerous studies support the practice of pet therapy. A German and Australian study* followed 9,000 pet owners from 1996 to 2001. The study found that pet owners had fewer doctor’s visits, resulting in health care savings of over $3 billion dollars.  The Journal of American Geriatric Society (Volume 2014) suggests that a care-taking role of an animal may give older individuals a sense of responsibility and purpose that contributes to their overall wellbeing.  The Journal discovered that pet owners are better able to perform certain activities of daily living, such as the ability to bend, kneel, stoop, take medication, prepare meals, bathe and dress.

“Storm is one of many pets we are incorporating to help seniors thrive,” TVAR Executive Director Jason Gottschalk said. “We believe that Storm, and our other pets, increase the health benefits for our residents and staff.  This is one of the many ways we cultivate an environment that empowers seniors to thrive in all dimensions of life.”  

About The Village at Rockville (TVAR)
The Village at Rockville—A National Lutheran Community in Rockville, Md., is a CCRC (continuing care retirement community) that offers independent living, myPotential short-term and outpatient rehabilitation, respite, long-term nursing care, hospice, assisted living and memory support. For more information, visit www.thevillageatrockville.org

About National Lutheran Communities & Services (NLCS)
Based in Rockville, Md., NLCS is a faith-based, not-for-profit ministry of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America’s (ELCA) Delaware-Maryland, Metropolitan Washington, D.C. and Virginia Synods, serving people of all beliefs. With more than 125-years’ experience, NLCS provides seniors with a variety of lifestyle, residential and health care options through retirement communities and services in Maryland and Virginia.

Other communities and services sponsored by National Lutheran include The Village at Rockville in Rockville, Md., The Legacy at North Augusta in Staunton, Va., The Village at Orchard Ridge and myPotential at Home in Winchester, Va., and The Village at Crystal Spring in Annapolis, Md., subject to Maryland Department of Aging approval. For more information, visit www.nationallutheran.org 

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*Headey, Bruce; Grabka, Markus; Kelley, Jonathan; Reddy, Prasuna and Tseng, Yi-Ping. Pet Ownership is Good for Your Health and Saves Public Expenditure Too: Australian and German Longitudinal Evidence. Australian Social Monitor, Vol. 5, No. 4, Nov 2002: 93-99.

The Village at Rockville Inspires Hearts with Art

March 24, 2016

In honor of national Inspire Your Heart With Art Day, The Village at Rockville hosted an art show celebrating senior artists. Eighty residents, family members, friends and community guests enjoyed the creative workings by TVAR residents and a few local artists. The mediums included watercolor, rug hooking, quilting, photography, cross stitching, bead working and more. The pieces were uniquely grouped together by color and presented a nice flow across all mediums. Guests were also entertained by a live pianist.

“I saw residents shine in their artistic element. The show was certainly a celebrated success,” TVAR’s Volunteer Coordinator Melissa Blackstone said. “Their talents and gifts are truly inspirational.”

Tim Peifer Joins the National Lutheran Family as Director of Philanthropy

January 12, 2016

National Lutheran Communities & Services (NLCS) welcomes Tim Peifer as the Director of Philanthropy for The Village at Orchard Ridge—A National Lutheran Community in Winchester, Va., and The Legacy at North Augusta—A National Lutheran Community in Staunton, Va.

            Peifer will split his time between the two communities, working with individuals to enhance giving programs at each location and raise the awareness of NLCS’ mission. Peifer has more than 15 years of experience in the financial services industry. He previously worked as the Vice President Retail Sales Manager for Blue Ridge Bank in Harrisonburg. With his financial acumen, he is able to help individuals understand the impact their donations can have and suggest a variety of ways in which a gift can be made.

            “I’m pleased to be a part of a great service organization with such a long and faithful history,” Peifer said. “I look forward to serving the needs of The Village at Orchard Ridge and The Legacy at North Augusta, and contributing to their philanthropic heritage.”

            NLCS’ Chief Philanthropy Officer Kathryn Baerwald noted that Tim’s background will be a welcome addition to the team.

            “Tim brings not only an understanding of the importance of charitable giving, but he also is very familiar with the area that NLCS serves in the Shenandoah Valley,” said Baerwald.

            Peifer attended Northern Virginia Community College and he’s had successful careers in retail management as well as financial sales.  He and his family have lived in Harrisonburg for 17 years.  His wife Kristy is a Vice President at Peak Construction at Massanutten Resort and their daughter is a junior at Virginia Tech.  He and his family are active members at Muhlenberg Lutheran Church where he currently serves as the Chair for the Finance Committee.  Peifer also is the board President for People Helping People, volunteers for Rebuilding Together and is a member of the Harrisonburg Lion’s Club.   

How a Typo Helped Those in Need

December 24, 2015

What do you do with 300 custom-imprinted blankets that have a typo?  The Village at Rockville—A National Lutheran Community (TVAR) was in that predicament earlier this week.  Rather than letting the warm fleece blankets go to waste because of a printing typo, several staff members took the blankets to be donated to Interfaith Works in Rockville, Md. 

On Monday, Dec. 21, staff members Alan Bangnam, Victoria Blakemore and Robert Forbes delivered the 300 blankets to Adriana Pulido at Interfaith Works.  The blankets will help keep needy individuals warm this holiday season.

“This was a very humbling and fulfilling experience to be able to donate these blankets,” TVAR’s Talent & Culture Director Victoria Blakemore said. “Our staff are thrilled that these blankets are being put to good use helping others this holiday season.”

To learn more about Interfaith Works click here. 

myPotential at Home Featured in Winchester Star

December 23, 2015

myPotential at Home—A National Lutheran Service was featured in The Winchester Star’s Open for Business column on Saturday, Dec. 19.  myPotential recently launched in-home health and wellness services to the greater-Winchester community in September.  After operating services on the campus of our sister organization The Village at Orchard Ridge—A National Lutheran Community, we are thrilled to bring these services to individuals in Frederick, Clarke and Warren Counties.    

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New IRA Tax Benefit for Donations

December 22, 2015

For those aged 70 & a half or older, it is once again possible to make tax-favored charitable gifts from traditional and Roth IRA accounts.

On December 18, Congress passed and the President signed legislation retroactively extending the charitable IRA rollover for 2015 and makes this provision permanent for future years. A total of up to $100,000 can be transferred directly from traditional or Roth IRAs to one or more qualified charities free from federal income tax each year. There may also be state income tax savings. Amounts given in this way count toward required IRA minimum withdrawal amounts for the year of the gift.

To make such gifts, it is important not to withdraw funds prior to a gift, but have the gift amount distributed directly from an IRA to one or more qualified charities. For those with check writing privileges on their accounts, this may be the most efficient way to make gifts directly from an IRA.

Check with National Lutheran’s philanthropy team, your IRA administrator or your tax advisor for more information.  Our team can be reached at:

Kirsten Haalboom, Director of Philanthropy
The Village at Rockville
khaalboom@thevillageatrockville.org
301-354-8422

George Sims, Director of Philanthropy
The Village at Orchard Ridge and The Legacy at North Augusta
gsims@thevillageatorchardridge.org
540-431-2808

Kathryn Baerwald, Chief Philanthropy Officer
National Lutheran Communities & Services
kbaerwald@nationallutheran.org
301-354-2703

 

National Lutheran Awards $221,250 in Grants to Local Organizations

December 01, 2015

National Lutheran Communities & Services’ (NLCS) Community Impact Council awarded 21 grants for the 2015-2016 grant year, totaling $221,250. This marks the third year of the grant program, with a significant increase in applicants and awarded funds throughout Maryland, Virginia, District of Columbia, and Delaware. 

 “Once again we are gratified by the response that the NLCS Community Impact Program has received.  Of greater significance is the wonderful work that all of these organizations are doing to enhance the lives of seniors throughout Maryland, Virginia, District of Columbia and Delaware,” NLCS’ Chief Philanthropy Officer Kathryn Baerwald said. “Thanks should also be given to the Community Impact Advisory Council and the NLCS Board of Trustees for making this possible.”

The Community Impact Program was established to enhance NLCS’ commitment to the greater community through working collaboratively with other organizations and continued efforts to enrich the lives of seniors. Each organization’s proposal met one of the following greatest needs identified by a recent community needs assessment: chronic disease management, navigating and accessing health care and social services, dealing with Alzheimer’s, dementia and memory loss, social isolation and financial insecurity. The awardees are:

  • Catholic Charities in Washington, D.C. $15,000
  • Colonial Heritage Community Foundation in Williamsburg, Va., $17,500
  • Community Ministries of Rockville in Rockville, Md., $10,000
  • Crossroads Community Food Network in Takoma Park, Md., $7,000
  • Diakon Adult Day Services in Hagerstown, Md., $10,000
  • Family Services Inc., in Gaithersburg, Md., $15,000
  • Gaithersburg HELP, Inc., in Gaithersburg, Md., $5,000
  • Govans Ecumenical Development Corporation in Baltimore, Md., $5,000
  • Grace Network of Martinsville and Henry County, Va., $5,000
  • GraceInside in Richmond, Va., $15,000
  • Hospice Caring, Inc., in Gaithersburg, Md., $3,750
  • Jewish Council for the Aging of Greater Washington in Rockville, Md., $15,000
  • Lutheran Community Services in Wilmington, Del., $15,000
  • Mental Health America of Fredericksburg in Fredericksburg, Va., $10,000
  • Mental Health Association of Montgomery County in Rockville, Md., $7,500
  • Our Saviour Lutheran Church in Warrenton, Va., $10,000
  • Shenandoah Area Agency on Aging in Winchester, Va., $8,000
  • Shenandoah Valley Lutheran Ministries in Tom’s Brook, Va., $20,000
  • Shepherd’s Center of Fairfax-Burke in Fairfax, Va., $10,000
  • St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Washington, D.C., $10,000
  • Upper Montgomery Assistance Network in Gaithersburg, Md., $7,500

 

About National Lutheran Communities & Services (NLCS) Based in Rockville, Md., NLCS is a not-for-profit, faith-based ministry of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America’s (ELCA) Delaware-Maryland, Metropolitan Washington, D.C. and Virginia Synods, serving people of all beliefs. Celebrating 125 years, NLCS provides seniors with a variety of lifestyle, residential and health care options through retirement communities and services in Maryland and Virginia.

Other communities and services sponsored by National Lutheran include The Village at Rockville in Rockville, Md., The Legacy at North Augusta in Staunton, Va., The Village at Orchard Ridge and myPotential at Home in Winchester, Va., and The Village at Crystal Spring in Annapolis, Md., subject to Maryland Department of Aging approval. For more information, visit www.nationallutheran.org

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NLCS Donated 682 Pounds of Food to Manna

November 16, 2015

While it is a season of thanks for many, the holidays can also be a difficult time of year. It is that spirit that spurred National Lutheran Communities & Services' (NLCS) office staff to collect canned goods and non-perishable items for those in need.

In honor of NLCS’ 125th Anniversary the team’s goal was to collect 1,250 items.  Although just shy of that goal, the team did collect 856 items, and more than doubled the amount of food that was donated last year.

This year, 682 pounds of food were donated to Rockville-based Manna Food Center. Food items included canned corn and green beans, soup, peanut butter, apple sauce, macaroni and cheese, and a variety of cereal, amongst others.

Manna Food Center provides food to 5% of all Montgomery County residents. As the main food bank in Montgomery County, the majority of all local non-profit and government organizations rely on Manna to provide the food essentials their clients need.

Manna Food Center, a nonprofit organization, strives to eliminate hunger in Montgomery County through food distribution, education, and advocacy. For more information on how you can donate to Manna Food Center, please visit www.mannafood.org

Hear Us On WASH-FM!

November 13, 2015

National Lutheran Communities & Services (NLCS) is getting into the Christmas spirit with its sponsorship of 24/7 holiday music on WASH-FM 97.1 from Nov. 12- Dec. 25. You'll hear on-air spots for several of our communities and services, including:

Be sure to tune in for a holiday greeting from our President & CEO Larry Bradshaw (@SeniorCEO_LRB). You can listen live with the iHeart radio application on your smartphone or tablet, or by visiting washfm.com.

Merry Christmas & Happy Holidays from the National Lutheran Family!

National Lutheran's Camille Roussel Named Chief Quality & Performance Officer

November 03, 2015

National Lutheran Communities & Services’ (NLCS) Camille Roussel was named to the newly-created position of Chief Quality & Performance Officer. Roussel, who has worked for NLCS for four years, previously held the role of Chief Information Officer (CIO).  

This is a new position for the organization that reflects a strategic focus on sustainable growth, risk management and key standards. Roussel will coordinate efforts across the National Lutheran family of brands to assess performance, identify opportunities for improvement, maintain the appropriate measurement systems, and manage risk throughout the organization.

“NLCS has grown from a single-site entity to a multi-site family of retirement communities and services,” Roussel said. “I’m excited about this stage of our growth as an organization and that I can play a role in helping to streamline operations across the National Lutheran family of brands.”

Roussel has spent more than 11 years in the information technology (IT) field in a variety of capacities ranging from an instructor to overhauling technology infrastructures. He holds an M.B.A., along with a M.S. in Technology Management, from University of Maryland University College.  Roussel also has a B.S. in Computer Science from University of Maryland College Park and is a Certified Aging Services Professional (CASP) and a Certified Healthcare CIO (CHCIO).

 About National Lutheran Communities & Services (NLCS) Based in Rockville, Md., NLCS is a not-for-profit, faith-based ministry of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America’s (ELCA) Delaware-Maryland, Metropolitan Washington, D.C. and Virginia Synods, serving people of all beliefs. Celebrating 125 years, NLCS provides seniors with a variety of lifestyle, residential and health care options through retirement communities and services in Maryland and Virginia.

Other communities and services sponsored by National Lutheran include The Village at Rockville in Rockville, Md., The Legacy at North Augusta in Staunton, Va., The Village at Orchard Ridge and myPotential at Home in Winchester, Va., and The Village at Crystal Spring in Annapolis, Md., subject to Maryland Department of Aging approval. For more information, visit www.nationallutheran.org

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The Village at Rockville Ranks 2 in County, 3 in State

October 30, 2015

The Village at Rockville—A National Lutheran Community (TVAR) in Rockville, Md., formerly known as The National Lutheran Home, ranks number three in the state of Maryland out of 205 senior care providers, and number two out of 32 providers in Montgomery County.

“Each year we have risen in our state scores and are incredibly proud to be listed as third in the State of Maryland and second in Montgomery County,” Executive Director Jason Gottschalk said. “This achievement would not be possible without the dedication and drive of all our staff.  We are grateful to receive this recognition.”

According to the Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene’s (DHMH) Office of Health Care Quality, the Pay for Performance (P4P) rankings assesses several criteria. Those quality measures include data from other surveys, weighted as a percentage of the P4P overall composite score.

The Maryland Health Care Commission Family Satisfaction Survey comprises 40 percent, along with staffing levels and staff stability accounting for another 40 percent; Minimum Data Set (MDS) Quality Indicators are 16 percent and employing an infection control professional and staff immunizations account for two percent each. 

The P4P program was created from the Maryland Senate Bill 101 in 2007 that authorized DHMH to initiate assessments on certain continuing care retirement communities and facilities in Maryland, based on non-Medicare patient days of service, in order to provide reimbursement cuts to those communities/facilities in the Medicaid program. 

About The Village at Rockville (TVAR)
The Village at Rockville—A National Lutheran Community in Rockville, Md., is a CCRC (continuing care retirement community) that offers independent living, myPotential short-term rehabilitation, respite, long-term nursing care, hospice, assisted living and memory support. For more information, visit www.thevillageatrockville.org

About National Lutheran Communities & Services (NLCS)
Based in Rockville, Md., NLCS is a faith-based, not-for-profit ministry of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America’s (ELCA) Delaware-Maryland, Metropolitan Washington, D.C. and Virginia Synods, serving people of all beliefs. Celebrating 125 years, NLCS provides seniors with a variety of lifestyle, residential and health care options through retirement communities and services in Maryland and Virginia.

Other communities and services sponsored by National Lutheran include The Village at Rockville in Rockville, Md., The Legacy at North Augusta in Staunton, Va., The Village at Orchard Ridge and myPotential at Home in Winchester, Va., and The Village at Crystal Spring in Annapolis, Md., subject to Maryland Department of Aging approval. For more information, visit www.nationallutheran.org

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Melissa Fortner Named Executive Director of The Village at Orchard Ridge

August 26, 2015

Winchester, Va. – The Village at Orchard Ridge—A  National Lutheran Community (TVOR) in Winchester, Va., announced Melissa Fortner as its Executive Director effective August 24, 2015.  Fortner brings 20 years of senior living experience, most recently as Vice President of Supportive Living for Virginia Mennonite Retirement Community. 

            “I am delighted to be joining the National Lutheran family, specifically The Village at Orchard Ridge,” Fortner said. “I look forward to being a part of this community’s success, as well as helping to develop more opportunities to connect our services with those who wish to age well.”

            Fortner’s expertise is in designing and implementing operational and strategic plans, with a record of transforming institutional-style nursing models into resident-focused social models.  She spearheaded the first Green House project in Virginia, which focuses on delivering care to seniors in a homelike atmosphere. Fortner has a B.S. in Health Care Administration from East Tennessee State University and an M.B.A. from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University.  She is a frequent conference speaker and presenter at LeadingAge and a guest lecturer at James Madison University.  She also formerly served on the boards of Harrisonburg-Rockingham Chamber of Commerce and Generations Crossing Adult and Child Daycare.

             “Melissa brings a wealth of experience in senior living, specifically in change management, strategic planning, servant leadership, health care reform and more,” National Lutheran Communities & Services’ President & CEO Larry Bradshaw said.  “We are pleased to welcome an individual of her caliber to TVOR and know that her skills will greatly benefit staff and residents alike.”

About The Village at Orchard Ridge (TVOR)
The Village at Orchard Ridge in Winchester, Va., is a new continuing care retirement community (CCRC) on 132-acres in the Shenandoah Valley. The community opened in February 2013 and offers independent living cottage homes and apartments with in-home services, memory care, and skilled nursing for both long-term care and short-term rehabilitation. Currently, The Village at Orchard Ridge is in Phase 2 of construction, which will include additional independent living apartments and cottages, a wellness center with an indoor pool, and the expansion of dining areas and skilled nursing. Construction is expected to be completed in 2016.
For more information, visit www.thevillageatorchardridge.org

About National Lutheran Communities & Services (NLCS)
Based in Rockville, Md., NLCS is a faith-based, not-for-profit ministry of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America’s (ELCA) Delaware-Maryland, Metropolitan Washington, D.C. and Virginia Synods, serving people of all beliefs. NLCS provides seniors with a variety of lifestyle, residential and health care options through retirement communities and services in Maryland and Virginia.

The National Lutheran family includes The Village at Rockville in Rockville, Md., The Legacy at North Augusta in Staunton, Va., The Village at Orchard Ridge and myPotential at Home in Winchester, Va., and coming soon The Village at Crystal Spring in Annapolis, Md., subject to Maryland Department of Aging approval. For more information, visit www.nationallutheran.org

Our CEO Shares Why Crystal Spring Will Serve All Seniors

May 29, 2015

Our CEO Larry Bradshaw shares in his guest column with The Capital Gazette that The Village at Crystal Spring (a new proposed continuing care retirement community) will be for all seniors, not just those who are wealthy.  

"The Village at Crystal Spring will not just exist for those seniors who will live there, but to serve seniors beyond the physical walls of our community. National Lutheran Communities & Services (sponsor of The Village at Crystal Spring) is celebrating its 125th anniversary this year, and with that comes a long legacy of caring for seniors across various socioeconomic demographics," Larry said. "We have never asked anyone to leave any of our communities because of financial hardship. In order to do that, we give back more than $5 million annually to offset the cost of care for residents."

Read more of his column here. 

Senior Health & Wellness Fair June 6

May 18, 2015

Saturday, June 6, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., The Village at Rockville
Hosted by Holy Cross Health and National Lutheran Communities & Services

Learn more about living well at any age!

Experience senior-friendly Zumba classes, bone density scans, fall risk prevention, caregiver resources, blood pressure checks, nutrition tips and more from experts at Holy Cross Health and The Village at Rockville—A National Lutheran Community.

Meet 97.1 WASH-FM's Jenni Chase between 11 a.m. and 1 p.m.

The Senior Health & Wellness Fair will be located at:

The Village at Rockville
9701 Veirs Drive
Rockville, MD 20850

Admission and all screenings are free!  To learn more and to register in advance, click here. 

The Legacy's Chef Cooks for Diabetes Awareness

April 10, 2015

On Friday, March 27, The Legacy at North Augusta—A National Lutheran Community’s Executive Chef Chris Faris served more than 150 individuals at the Augusta Lions Club Diabetes Dinner at Linden Heights Baptist Church in Staunton, Va.  The meals, specifically tailored for diabetics, were donated by The Legacy and lovingly crafted by Chris.    

Chris is personally passionate about diabetes awareness, as his now six-year-old son was diagnosed with type-one diabetes at age three.  Chris also knows how crucial the proper nutrition and menu planning are for children and seniors alike. 

For these efforts Chris was featured in The News Leader, where you can read more about his quest to cook diabetic-friendly meals.  http://bit.ly/1aw4PKJ

 

 

 

TVOR Receives Bond Financing for Phase 2

December 24, 2014

The Village at Orchard Ridge—A  National Lutheran Community (TVOR) in Winchester, Va., received its tax-exempt bond financing on Thursday, December 18, 2014 for approximately $67,835,000. Following such a successful opening of Phase 1, this is another milestone in advancing the construction timeline for the not-for-profit continuing care retirement community (CCRC)’s Phase 2 of construction.

            The bonds will fund construction costs related to Phase 2, which is slated to begin in January 2015. TVOR’s Phase 2 of construction will feature the addition of 104 independent living apartments, 10 skilled nursing suites, a 15,000 square foot Wellness Center with an indoor pool and a 150-seat dining expansion.  The bonds will also partially fund 18 independent living cottages that will be available for occupancy beginning in January 2015.

           This financing, through partnerships with Hamlin Capital Management, LLC and Crosspoint Capital, will feature a series of four, tax-exempt bonds providing a blend of variable and fixed-rate debt for the project. 

            “The financing for the TVOR Phase 2 construction will provide a continued array of services to seniors in the Winchester community,” National Lutheran Communities & Services’ Chief Financial Officer Michael Brady said. “We are thankful to our partners at Hamlin Capital Management and look forward to continuing to meet seniors’ future needs.”

            Joe Bridy, Partner and Portfolio Manager for Hamlin Capital Management, is pleased to partner with National Lutheran Communities & Services (NLCS) and TVOR once again.

          “Hamlin Capital Management is excited to grow our partnership with NLCS and provide innovative financial solutions that will help facilitate the build out of TVOR’s campus,” Bridy said.  

 

About The Village at Orchard Ridge (TVOR)
The Village at Orchard Ridge in Winchester, Va., is a new continuing care retirement community (CCRC) on 132-acres in the Shenandoah Valley. The community opened in February 2013 and offers independent living cottage homes and apartments with in-home services, memory care, and skilled nursing for both long-term care and short-term rehabilitation. Currently, The Village at Orchard Ridge is in Phase 2 of construction, which will include additional independent living apartments and cottages, a wellness center with an indoor pool, and the expansion of dining areas and skilled nursing. Construction is expected to be completed in 2016.
For more information, visit www.thevillageatorchardridge.org

About National Lutheran Communities & Services (NLCS)
Based in Rockville, Md., NLCS is a faith-based, not-for-profit ministry of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America’s (ELCA) Delaware-Maryland, Metropolitan Washington, D.C. and Virginia Synods, serving people of all beliefs. NLCS provides seniors with a variety of lifestyle, residential and health care options through retirement communities and services in Maryland and Virginia.

The National Lutheran family includes The Village at Rockville in Rockville, Md., The Legacy at North Augusta in Staunton, Va., The Village at Orchard Ridge and myPotential at Home in Winchester, Va., and coming soon The Village at Crystal Spring in Annapolis, Md., subject to Maryland Department of Aging approval. For more information, visit www.nationallutheran.org

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Holiday Outreach Drive for Needy Seniors 12/13

December 11, 2014

Each holiday season, National Lutheran Communities & Services (NLCS) partners with 97.1 WASH-FM to sponsor 24/7 Holiday Music.  As part of this sponsorship, we’ve teamed up with Fellowship Square Foundation to offer a Holiday Outreach Drive collecting toiletries and grocery store gift cards to benefit seniors in need this holiday season.  

Join WASH-FM's Chilli Amar on Saturday, December 13 from 10 a.m. to Noon at Hunters Woods Plaza in Reston, Va.  and drop off any of the following items: 

  • Grocery store gift cards
  • Soap
  • Shampoo
  • Perfume/Cologne 
  • Deodorant
  • Shaving cream
  • Toothpaste/toothbrush
  • Lotion

Fellowship Square Foundation operates four Fellowship Houses in Maryland and Virginia, providing housing to low-income seniors and disabled adults. www.fellowshipsquare.org 

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Hear Us On WASH-FM!

November 21, 2014

National Lutheran Communities & Services (NLCS) is getting into the Christmas spirit with its sponsorship of 24/7 holiday music on WASH-FM 97.1 from Nov. 21- Dec. 25. You'll hear on-air spots for several of our communities, including:

  • The Village at Rockville—A National Lutheran Community
  • The Village at Orchard Ridge—A National Lutheran Community
  • The Village at Crystal Spring—A National Lutheran Community

Be sure to tune in for a holiday greeting from our President & CEO Larry Bradshaw. You can listen live with the iHeart radio application on your smartphone or tablet, or visiting washfm.com.

Merry Christmas & Happy Holidays from the National Lutheran Family!

NLCS Receives Home Care License in VA

February 20, 2014

National Lutheran Communities & Services’ (NLCS) was granted licensure from the Commonwealth of Virginia’s Department of Health on Dec. 31, 2013 to begin providing in-home health services to seniors. myPotential at Home—A National Lutheran Service will begin its first phase of offerings in March 2014 on the campus of NLCS’ newest retirement community. 

Residents at The Village at Orchard Ridge—A National Lutheran Community in Winchester, Va., will be among the first to avail themselves of NLCS’ newest endeavor. NLCS, a faith-based, not-for-profit backed by 123 years of experience in senior living, will offer companion care and nursing services through myPotential at Home.

“We’re excited to introduce our first service into the National Lutheran family with myPotential at Home,” President & CEO Larry Bradshaw said. “We’ve had a strong presence in Maryland and Virginia with our retirement communities, but myPotential at Home will become the first, of what we hope will be many, services.”

It is anticipated that in late 2014, myPotential at Home will be made available to the broader Winchester and Staunton areas.

About National Lutheran Communities & Services (NLCS)
Based in Rockville, Md., NLCS is a not-for-profit, faith-based ministry of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America’s (ELCA) Delaware-Maryland, Metropolitan Washington, D.C. and Virginia Synods, serving people of all beliefs. NLCS provides seniors with a variety of lifestyle, residential and health care options through retirement communities in Maryland and Virginia. 
Other communities sponsored by NLCS include The Village at Rockville in Rockville, Md., a continuing care retirement community that offers independent living, rehabilitation, respite, assisted living, extended nursing care, hospice and coming soon, memory support; The Legacy at North Augusta in Staunton, Va., an independent living rental community offering assisted living services; The Village at Crystal Spring in Annapolis, Md., a new continuing care retirement community – subject to Maryland Department of Aging approval – which will serve as the centerpiece of a multi-generational residential and mixed-use project; The Village at Orchard Ridge in Winchester, Va., a new continuing care retirement community that opened in Feb. 2013. For more information about any of our communities, visit www.nationallutheran.org
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NLCS' Chief Information Officer Awarded CHCIO Certification

February 11, 2014

National Lutheran Communities & Services’ (NLCS) Chief Information Officer Camille Roussel recently became a CHIME (College of Healthcare Information Management Executives) Certified Healthcare CIO, also known as CHCIO. This certification is uncommon, as it is only held by approximately 200 healthcare professionals throughout the country.

The CHIME Certified Healthcare CIO (CHCIO) Program is the first certification program exclusively for CIOs and IT executives in the healthcare industry. A CHCIO demonstrates the commitment, knowledge, and experience required to master the core skills inherent to successful CIOs and IT executives. CHIME members who have been in a healthcare CIO or equivalent position for at least three years and want to enhance their professional stature are eligible to become certified.

Roussel has spent more than 10 years in the information technology (IT) field in a variety of capacities ranging from an instructor to overhauling technology infrastructures. He is charged with leading NLCS’ technology endeavors and ensuring NLCS stays current with evolving technological capabilities.

“Long-term and post-acute care requires aligning healthcare, business and technology. Getting any two of these working together smoothly is challenging,” Roussel said. “The CHCIO program helps ensure that aspects from all three are combined to enable the best care available.”

About National Lutheran Communities & Services (NLCS)
Based in Rockville, Md., NLCS is a not-for-profit, faith-based ministry of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America’s (ELCA) Delaware-Maryland, Metropolitan Washington, D.C. and Virginia Synods, serving people of all beliefs. NLCS provides seniors with a variety of lifestyle, residential and health care options through retirement communities in Maryland and Virginia.

Other communities sponsored by NLCS include The Village at Rockville in Rockville, Md., a continuing care retirement community that offers independent living, rehabilitation, respite, assisted living, extended nursing care, hospice and coming soon, memory support; The Legacy at North Augusta in Staunton, Va., an independent living rental community offering assisted living services; The Village at Crystal Spring in Annapolis, Md., a new continuing care retirement community – subject to Maryland Department of Aging approval – which will serve as the centerpiece of a multi-generational residential and mixed-use project; The Village at Orchard Ridge in Winchester, Va., a new continuing care retirement community that opened in Feb. 2013. For more information about any of our communities, visit www.nationallutheran.org

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Free Tax Prep March 11, 18 & 25

February 05, 2014

The Village at Rockville—A National Lutheran Community (TVAR) has partnered with AARP’s Tax Aide program to provide free tax preparation services to seniors on March 11, 18 & 25 from 9:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m.

Appointments fill up fast, so reserve your spot now by calling Amber Franks at 301-424-9560 ext. 17603. Be sure to bring all documents necessary for tax substantiation.

The Village at Rockville (formerly the National Lutheran Home) is located at 9701 Veirs Drive, Rockville, MD 20850. Tax preparation services will be held in the Luther Room on the ground floor, just off the cafe area.  www.thevillageatrockville.org

NLCS Partners with Fellowship Square Foundation

January 15, 2014

Rockville, Md. - National Lutheran Communities & Services (NLCS) announced it has entered into a management agreement with Fellowship Square Foundation (FSF) to act as the management agent for FSF’s five senior housing communities, effective January 1, 2014.

The collaboration between the two Lutheran-based, not-for-profits came out of a shared mission to serve area seniors with housing and health care options. Currently FSF has five Fellowship Houses, four located in Virginia and one located in Maryland, which serve more than 700 seniors daily. NLCS provides seniors with a variety of lifestyle, residential and health care options through retirement communities located in Maryland and Virginia. 

According to NLCS’ President & CEO Larry Bradshaw, the commonality of mission between the two organizations made this partnership a natural fit.

“FSF has a rich legacy of supporting seniors in need and we see this collaboration as an extension of both organizations’ commitment to seniors,” Larry Bradshaw said. “We’re enhancing our mission to seniors by helping FSF further its mission of providing affordable senior housing in the Washington, D.C.-Metro region.”

FSF’s Board President Charles Wortman said, “This agreement with NLCS will generate better service to our residents and further enhance our mission to those who are the most vulnerable in our society.”

 

About Fellowship Square Foundation (FSF)
Fellowship Square Foundation (FSF) operates five fellowship houses in Virginia and Maryland that care for more than 700 low-income elderly and the disabled. FSF provides housing and support services that ultimately enhances the personal freedom, independence, self-confidence and well-being of all its residents. FSF’s affordable houses include Lake Anne l and ll Fellowship House in Reston, Va., Hunters Woods Fellowship House in Reston, Va., Lake Ridge Fellowship House in Woodbridge, Va., and Largo Landing Fellowship House in Upper Marlboro, Md. For more information visit www.fellowshipsquare.org
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Legacy Residents Throw Pies at Staff to Raise Money for Alzheimer's Walk

October 15, 2013

Staunton, Va. – Every year residents, staff and family members from The Legacy at North Augusta—A National Lutheran Community, known as “The Legacy Legs,” participate in the Walk to End Alzheimer’s. This year, the group of 13 walkers decided to host a Pie-in-the-Face Raffle as a creative way to fundraise for the Alzheimer’s Association. 

Staff members were enlisted and jars were set up in the atrium lobby with each director’s photo on it. For one week residents were able to cast votes for their favorite director by putting donations in the jar. As a result, they raised $888 for the Walk to End Alzheimer’s held in Gypsy Hill Park on Saturday, Sept. 7.

The three highest bids were for Facilities Director Rick Stonier, Nursing Director Debbie Fitzgerald and Life Enrichment Director Melisa Shuler. Each humbly lined up to receive pumpkin, lemon and chocolate chip pies in the face in front of 60 onlookers.

“I never realized I would still smell like pie, even after showering!” Life Enrichment Director Melisa Shuler said. “I agreed to take a pie in the face to give the residents a good time, and because it was for a good cause.”

For resident Jane Shaffer, throwing a pie at Fitzgerald brought back great memories.

“It was the most fun I’ve had since I threw my 16-year-old son’s birthday cake in his face!” said Shaffer.

This is TLNA’s fourth year in fundraising for the Walk to End Alzheimer’s. To date, they have raised more than $3,000.

“I think this was a fun and creative way to raise awareness about Alzheimer’s and simultaneously raise funds for the 2013 Walk to End Alzheimer’s,” Executive Director Cherie Sims said. “We enjoy the opportunity to give back and every year this is one way we are able to do that.”

About The Legacy at North Augusta (TLNA)
The Legacy at North Augusta in Staunton, Va., is a 104-apartment rental community for seniors 55 and above that offers independent living with assisted living services. The Legacy boasts a variety of floor plans ranging from studio apartments to one- and two-bedroom apartments with several amenities included. For additional information, visit www.thelegacyatnorthaugusta.org

95% of Guests Would Recommend myPotential Rehabilitation

October 11, 2013

ROCKVILLE, MD – The Village at Rockville—A National Lutheran Community (TVAR) in Rockville, Md., formerly known as the National Lutheran Home, received high marks from guests who experienced its short-term rehabilitation program called myPotential. Approximately 95 percent of guests would recommend myPotential to others.

The Maryland Health Care Commission’s (MHCC) 2013 Short Stay Resident Survey measures a short-stay resident’s experience and satisfaction, as well as drawing comparisons between other nursing facilities in Maryland that provide short-term rehabilitation. A total of 77 facilities state-wide participated.

TVAR’s myPotential program received an overall rating of 8.7 out of 10, exceeding the overall statewide average of 7.9. The overall rating for care by staff was 8.5 out of 10, exceeding the statewide average of 8. Of the 43 survey questions, 39 of them exceeded 2012’s results and in many cases, exceeded statewide results.
myPotential is a coaching to wellness model for short-term rehabilitation, with a focus on holistic health and personalized details. myPotential features private suites in a spa-like environment, offering physical, speech and occupational therapies.

“Our commitment to guests is that we will create a plan of care together, that identifies their goals and needs throughout their rehabilitation process,” myPotential Coach Karen Sturtz said. “We focus holistically on each person’s path to wellness, paying attention to a guest’s physical, emotional, nutritional, intellectual, vocational, social and cultural needs. Guests can heal and rejuvenate in an environment that fosters achieving their highest potential.”

 

About The Village at Rockville (TVAR)
The Village at Rockville—A National Lutheran Community in Rockville, Md., is a continuing care retirement community that offers independent living, rehabilitation, respite, assisted living, extended nursing care, hospice and coming soon, memory support. For more information, visit www.thevillageatrockville.org


About National Lutheran Communities & Services (NLCS)
Based in Rockville, Md., NLCS is a not-for-profit, faith-based ministry of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America’s (ELCA) Delaware-Maryland, Metropolitan Washington, D.C. and Virginia Synods, serving people of all beliefs. NLCS provides seniors with a variety of lifestyle, residential and health care options through retirement communities in Maryland and Virginia.

Other communities sponsored by NLCS include The Legacy at North Augusta in Staunton, Va., an independent living rental community offering assisted living services; The Village at Crystal Spring in Annapolis, Md., a new continuing care retirement community – subject to Maryland Department of Aging approval – which will serve as the centerpiece of a multi-generational residential and mixed-use project; The Village at Orchard Ridge in Winchester, Va., a new continuing care retirement community that opened in Feb. 2013. For more information about any of our communities, visit www.nationallutheran.org

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TVAR Nurse Sandy Osei-Acheampong Retires in Style

September 30, 2013

It’s not every day that your employer sends a limo to escort you to and from work, but for Mr. Sandy Osei-Acheampong, an employee for almost 32 years at The Village at Rockville—A National Lutheran Community (TVAR) in Rockville, Md., that day was Friday, Sept. 20.

Sandy celebrated his retirement in style, complete with limo service, a farewell party and celebratory dinner at Clyde’s, arranged by TVAR to honor and recognize his achievements and contributions during his 32-year tenure. As a testament to Sandy’s contributions more than 100 people, comprised of staff, family and board members alike, attended the gathering to express their gratitude and wish him well.

Sandy began working at TVAR in 1982 when it was known as The National Lutheran Home, and quickly rose through the ranks. He started as a Floor Maintenance Aide in environmental services and moved into maintenance in 1984; after serving for nine years he was given the opportunity to pursue an education as a licensed practical nurse (LPN). Sandy provided direct care for many of TVAR’s seniors and always treated everyone he cared for as though they were his own family member.

“Sandy is a role model and an example to all who desire to learn and grow within our organization,” Executive Director Jana Broughton said. ”Because of his determination and drive, he not only furthered his career, but furthered the lives of others. Sandy has left a legacy of caring that will be remembered by all whose hearts and lives he touched.”

For Sandy, it has been a memorable 32 years. He and his wife plan to spend their retirement years in Ghana, where he was born. The couple will relocate there in early October, but have promised to come back for visits.

“I am thankful I was given the opportunity to work at TVAR. I have a special respect for my residents and their families … to be able to care for all the people who I came into contact with, there had to be a special bond, a love,” Sandy Osei-Acheampong said. “I was the first employee to receive tuition reimbursement and I hope others are able to take advantage of these benefits too.”


About The Village at Rockville (TVAR)
The Village at Rockville—A National Lutheran Community in Rockville, Md., is a CCRC (continuing care retirement community) that offers independent living, rehabilitation, respite, assisted living, extended nursing care, hospice and coming soon, memory support. For more information, visit www.thevillageatrockville.org

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98% of Families Would Recommend The Village at Rockville

August 07, 2013


The Village at Rockville—A National Lutheran Community (TVAR) in Rockville, Md., formerly known as The National Lutheran Home, received high marks from families in the Maryland Health Care Commission’s (MHCC) 2013 Nursing Facility Family Survey.

According to MHCC survey results, 98% of families would recommend TVAR’s nursing care to friends and family. Statewide, the survey reports that 90% of respondents would recommend the nursing care they were surveyed about. TVAR received a rating of 9.1 out of 10 for overall care; whereas the statewide average rating is 8.3.

MHCC’s survey sample included 222 nursing facilities throughout the state of Maryland; surveys were sent to the designated responsible parties of residents at each facility. TVAR’s sample size was 129 surveys with a 69% response rate (approximately 85 surveys returned), which is a 10% higher response rate than the state sample.

The 2013 survey contained two overall measures of satisfaction and 17 items which assessed a total of five domains/aspects of resident life and care. Those five domains represented are Staff/Administration of Nursing Home, Care Provided to Residents, Food and Meals, Autonomy and Residents’ Rights, and Physical Aspects of the Nursing Home.

“Out of the five ranked domains, when measured against our peer group categories, TVAR exceeded the 2013 statewide average scores and exceeded or met all of the average scores for Montgomery County,” Executive Director Jana Broughton said. “This is a wonderful affirmation from families that our staff is working hard to exceed care expectations and compassionately support family members’ loved ones.”

About The Village at Rockville (TVAR)
The Village at Rockville—A National Lutheran Community in Rockville, Md., is a CCRC (continuing care retirement community) that offers independent living, rehabilitation, respite, assisted living, extended nursing care, hospice and coming soon, memory support. For more information, visit www.thevillageatrockville.org


About National Lutheran Communities & Services (NLCS)
Based in Rockville, Md., NLCS is a not-for-profit, faith-based ministry of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America’s (ELCA) Delaware-Maryland, Metropolitan Washington, D.C. and Virginia Synods, serving people of all beliefs. NLCS provides seniors with a variety of lifestyle, residential and health care options through retirement communities in Maryland and Virginia.

Other communities sponsored by NLCS include The Legacy at North Augusta in Staunton, Va., an independent living rental community offering assisted living services; The Village at Crystal Spring in Annapolis, Md., a new continuing care retirement community – subject to Maryland Department of Aging approval – which will serve as the centerpiece of a multi-generational residential and mixed-use project; The Village at Orchard Ridge in Winchester, Va., a new continuing care retirement community that opened in Feb. 2013. For more information about any of our communities, visit www.nationallutheran.org

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Orchard Ridge Partners with Eastern Mennonite Seminary

July 09, 2013

Theological students from Eastern Mennonite Seminary, along with clergy and laypersons pursuing Clinical Pastoral Education (CPE) will now be able to earn credits toward their denominational ordination requirements and/or certification as professional chaplains at The Village at Orchard Ridge—A National Lutheran Community (TVOR).

Program participants gain hands-on ministry experience through supervised learning opportunities as a chaplain in retirement communities like TVOR, or in a hospital or congregation setting. The CPE program is designed to help participants develop self-awareness and interpersonal awareness, conceptual ability, pastoral functioning and ministry development and management. The goals are pastoral reflection, formation and competence.

“As a retirement community on the cutting edge of understanding what contributes to a purposeful and satisfying life in retirement, TVOR is an excellent setting for equipping pastors, seminarians and lay leaders for effective ministry to seniors and their families,” Eastern Mennonite Seminary’s Director of CPE & Mentored Ministry Kenton T. Derstine said. “With the percentage of our population in their retirement years growing every year it is essential that pastors understand the needs of seniors.”

CPE participants at TVOR will have assigned roles in areas of TVOR’s Pastoral Program including leadership, preaching, teaching and providing one-on-one pastoral care.

“We believe in equipping and encouraging those pursuing careers and ministry within senior care and see this partnership with Eastern Mennonite Seminary as an avenue to do so,” TVOR Executive Director John Midolo said. “This also underscores our commitment to providing spiritual resources and support for those who live and work in our community, regardless of faith affiliation.”

About The Village at Orchard Ridge (TVOR)
The Village at Orchard Ridge in Winchester, Va., is a new continuing care retirement community (CCRC) on 132-acres in the Shenandoah Valley. The community opened in February 2013 and offers independent living cottage homes and apartments with access to home-based assisted services, assisted living memory care, and coming soon—skilled nursing care options and short-term rehabilitation. For more information, visit www.thevillageatorchardridge.org

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Joan Lunden Speaks at Our Newest Retirement Community in Winchester

June 18, 2013

(WINCHESTER, Va.)  The Village at Orchard Ridge—A National Lutheran Community (TVOR) commemorated their community-wide Grand Opening Celebration on Monday, June 17 with caregiving and wellness advocate Joan Lunden and approximately 700 guests.

Lunden, the longest-running Good Morning America host, New York Times best-selling author and spokesperson for A Place for Mom, gave guests 10 tips on aging well and living a healthy lifestyle.  As a mother of seven and caregiver to her 94-year-old mother, she understands how imperative it is to take charge of your health.

“…  I thought of 50 as the end. But now I’m 62 and … I think I’m in one of the best decades of my life,” Lunden said, regarding aging well and retirement life.

TVOR kicked off the day’s festivities with a private Chapel dedication service in the morning, attended by residents, staff, local clergy and board members.  That afternoon guests enjoyed welcome remarks featuring Lunden, a ribbon-cutting ceremony followed by a champagne and hors d’oeuvres reception with live jazz, along with tours of the community and its new Orchard Woods Health Center.  Residents and Executive Director John Midolo also planted two apple trees—a Pound Sweet and Pristine—to enjoy for many years to come.  

“This day celebrates years of planning and represents our commitment to seniors and the greater community,”  Midolo said. “We look forward to serving seniors in the Shenandoah Valley for many years to come.”

TVOR welcomed its first residents in February 2013 and completed phase one of construction in May.  Approximately 222 residents now call TVOR home.

About The Village at Orchard Ridge (TVOR)
The Village at Orchard Ridge in Winchester, Va., is a new continuing care retirement community (CCRC) on 132-acres in the Shenandoah Valley. The community opened in February 2013 and offers independent living cottage homes and apartments with access to home-based assisted services, assisted living memory care, and coming soon—skilled nursing care options and short-term rehabilitation. For more information, visit www.thevillageatorchardridge.org

Joan Lunden Speaks at Orchard Ridge's Grand Opening Celebration

June 18, 2013

(WINCHESTER, Va.) The Village at Orchard Ridge—A National Lutheran Community (TVOR) commemorated their community-wide Grand Opening Celebration on Monday, June 17 with caregiving and wellness advocate Joan Lunden and approximately 700 guests.

Lunden, the longest-running Good Morning America host, New York Times best-selling author and spokesperson for A Place for Mom, gave guests 10 tips on aging well and living a healthy lifestyle. As a mother of seven and caregiver to her 94-year-old mother, she understands how imperative it is to take charge of your health.

“… I thought of 50 as the end. But now I’m 62 and … I think I’m in one of the best decades of my life,” Lunden said, regarding aging well and retirement life.

TVOR kicked off the day’s festivities with a private Chapel dedication service in the morning, attended by residents, staff, local clergy and board members. That afternoon guests enjoyed welcome remarks featuring Lunden, a ribbon-cutting ceremony followed by a champagne and hors d’oeuvres reception with live jazz, along with tours of the community and its new Orchard Woods Health Center. Residents and Executive Director John Midolo also planted two apple trees—a Pound Sweet and Pristine—to enjoy for many years to come.

“This day celebrates years of planning and represents our commitment to seniors and the greater community,” Midolo said. “We look forward to serving seniors in the Shenandoah Valley for many years to come.”

TVOR welcomed its first residents in February 2013 and completed phase one of construction in May. Approximately 222 residents now call TVOR home.

About The Village at Orchard Ridge (TVOR)
The Village at Orchard Ridge in Winchester, Va., is a new continuing care retirement community (CCRC) on 132-acres in the Shenandoah Valley. The community opened in February 2013 and offers independent living cottage homes and apartments with access to home-based assisted services, assisted living memory care, and coming soon—skilled nursing care options and short-term rehabilitation. For more information, visit www.thevillageatorchardridge.org

Orchard Ridge Opens Health Center

May 30, 2013

The Village at Orchard Ridge—A National Lutheran Community (TVOR) opened the doors of its on-campus health center—Orchard Woods Health Center, which offers assisted living memory care, nursing care and short-term rehabilitation services.

On Tuesday, May 28 the assisted living memory care neighborhood welcomed its first residents, featuring 14 private suites, two double-occupancy suites, a memory garden that facilitates outdoor strolls and stimulation in a secure environment, along with a salon and common spaces.  Amenities include daily housekeeping, laundry, transportation services, all meals and life enrichment activities. The nursing care and short-term rehabilitation neighborhood of Orchard Woods Health Center will open at the end of the summer.  

“The core concept of a continuing care retirement community (CCRC) is that residents have access to health care amenities should they ever need them.  At TVOR, we strive to preserve independence and choice by bringing health care services to a resident in the comfort of their residence on campus,” Executive Director John Midolo said. “Orchard Woods Health Center will provide more intensive health care services in a residential setting. It truly means that services are rendered in a space where all residents experience a home-like atmosphere, rather than an institutional setting.”

Residents began moving into TVOR in February 2013, with more than 200 residents currently calling TVOR home. The opening of the Chapel in May will mark the completion of phase one’s construction.  A free, community-wide Grand Opening Celebration that is open to the public will occur on Monday, June 17, 2013 at 2 p.m. featuring caregiving and wellness advocate Joan Lunden.

 

About The Village at Orchard Ridge (TVOR)
The Village at Orchard Ridge in Winchester, Va., is a new continuing care retirement community (CCRC) on 132-acres in the Shenandoah Valley. The community opened in February 2013 and offers independent living cottage homes and apartments with home-based assisted services, assisted living memory care, and coming soon—nursing care options and short-term rehabilitation. For more information, visit www.thevillageatorchardridge.org

About National Lutheran Communities & Services (NLCS)
Based in Rockville, Md., NLCS is a not-for-profit, faith-based ministry of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America’s (ELCA) Delaware-Maryland, Metropolitan Washington, D.C. and Virginia Synods, serving people of all beliefs. NLCS provides seniors with a variety of lifestyle, residential and health care options through retirement communities in Maryland and Virginia.

Other communities sponsored by NLCS include its flagship community The Village at Rockville (formerly the National Lutheran Home) in Rockville, Md., offering independent living, assisted living, short-term rehabilitation, respite, extended nursing care, hospice, and coming soon, memory support; The Legacy at North Augusta in Staunton, Va.,an independent living rental community offering assisted living services; and The Village at Crystal Spring in Annapolis, Md., a new continuing care retirement community – subject to Maryland Department of Aging approval – which will serve as the centerpiece of a multi-generational residential and mixed-use project. For more information about any of our communities, visit www.nationallutheran.org

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CEO Larry Bradshaw's Guest Column in The Capital

May 10, 2013

National Lutheran Communities & Services' (NLCS) CEO Larry Bradshaw wrote a guest column for The Capital Gazette in Annapolis, Md., which appeared on May 9. With more than 30 years experience in the senior care industry, Larry Bradshaw details why the mixed-use intergenerational concept for Crystal Spring is what Annapolis seniors desire and the trend for many future retirement communities.

Guest Column: The Village at Crystal Spring good for seniors

May 9, 2013

The Capital

By LARRY BRADSHAW


For the past two-and-a-half years, National Lutheran Communities & Services has worked closely with Crystal Spring Development to create a desirable continuing care retirement community — The Village at Crystal Spring — to meet the ever growing, and changing, needs of seniors in the Annapolis area.

We believe the collaborative approach our project development team has taken with city planning departments and the Maryland Department of Aging has made Crystal Spring Annapolis a better project.

From the beginning, The Village at Crystal Spring has been a planned component of the larger, integrated Crystal Spring Annapolis project to include the element of mixed-use. This concept of planned integration has been very attractive to prospective residents of this community; to date more than 1,600 seniors have shown great interest in TVCS and approximately 900 have attended informational sessions.

TVCS is not the stereotypical retirement community many think of. This mixed-use, inter-generational concept represents another alternative to more traditional retirement communities, and it is what makes this project so unique. Younger seniors in Annapolis have indicated a desire that their retirement years be interactive and involve more than just interactions with other seniors.

No detail of this project has been made in insolation; rather every detail has been integrated with thoughtful and intentional connection from all parties involved. TVCS’s proposed site has been carefully considered during the planning process and operationally planned to utilize the site effectively while exceeding the environmental standards.

The vision for TVCS is that seniors are vibrantly connected to the community around them with the security of health care at their fingertips. Seniors will be within walking distance of many amenities including retail, restaurants, a cultural arts center and more; but can also retain privacy and peaceful surroundings once they return to their respective residences on campus.

We envision residents using their village identification cards to pay for a meal in the CCRC, as well as any goods or services in the adjacent restaurants and shops. Many of the health care services will be provided directly in the residences on campus. This care model allows for enhanced independence and decreased separations from a spouse/significant other, providing safety is not compromised.

Annapolis seniors want to retire with the security of health care and wellness in a city they have grown to deeply love. In zip codes 21401 and 21403 alone, there are 22,540 individuals in the 55+ range (Nielson projected 2013 data). As more baby boomers look to retire, these needs will only increase.

Meeting the changing needs of seniors is the story NLCS started writing in 1890, and continues to write each day. What was The National Lutheran Home in Washington, D.C., is now a family of retirement communities and services located throughout Maryland and Virginia. As a faith-based, not-for-profit ministry of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America serving people of all beliefs, our desire to care for seniors comes from a deeply-rooted mission that we have championed for 122 years.

Innovation in the delivery of services and our continued commitment to benevolent care programs, which totaled more than $5 million in 2012, is quickly becoming the National Lutheran hallmark. In our 122-year history, we have never asked any resident to leave because of financial hardship. It is these same values and services we want to bring to the seniors of Annapolis.

For more information, visit www.nationallutheran.org or www.thevillageatcrystalspring.org.

The writer is president and chief executive officer of National Lutheran Communities & Services and has more than 30 years’ experience in senior care.

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Job Fair at The Village at Orchard Ridge April 25!

April 23, 2013

Are you looking for a new job? If so stop by The Village at Orchard Ridge's Job Fair on Thursday, April 25, 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. at the Sales Center(320 Westside Station Drive, Winchester).

You may either drop off your application and resume or participate in an onsite interview. We are currently looking for the following positions: 

  • Line Cooks
  • Dining Servers
  • Porters
  • Utility Aides
  • Laundry Assistants
  • Housekeepers
  • Security Guard (Sundays only)
  • Maintenance, PT
  • Life Enrichment Coordinator, PT
  • Move-In Coordinator
  • Concierge/Receptionist
  • LPN, PT
  • CNAs
  • Medication Aides

 

Bring your resume and stop by any time at our Sales Center Office from 10 a.m.- 6 p.m. The Village at Orchard Ridge is a not-for-profit EOE serving seniors. 

Assisted Living Comes to Rockville

March 28, 2013

ROCKVILLE, MD – The Village at Rockville—A National Lutheran Community (TVAR) in Rockville, Md., formerly known as the National Lutheran Home, unveiled 18 private assisted living apartments on Tuesday, March 26, in an opening celebration.

Guests gathered to herald the long-awaited addition of assisted living to TVAR’s campus with celebratory toasts, remarks and a ribbon cutting. Tours of the new wing were offered throughout the evening to showcase the various floor plans and layouts, along with available services and amenities. 

Over the past year, TVAR has had a lot of firsts. From the very first completed, renovated wing in February 2012 to new dining venues in October 2012, this added service of assisted living represents the first time it has ever been offered on TVAR’s campus.

General contractor Howard Shockey & Sons, Inc. is overseeing the transformations to improve the 32-year-old building’s aesthetics and functionality.

“Shockey is proud to partner with The Village at Rockville,” says Jeff Boehm, Vice President with Howard Shockey & Sons. “The opening of their Assisted Living unit represents just the start of many planned upgrades for this landmark senior living community – it marks the beginning of a multi-year phased transformation of the entire facility. They   should be commended for their ongoing commitment to excellence and innovation in the senior housing field.”

TVAR’s current location was built in 1980, after the move from its long-time Washington, D.C. location at 18th and Douglas Streets, N.E., where the original National Lutheran Home was located.

“TVAR started as a 300-bed skilled nursing facility with 144 independent living cottages and has been reconfiguring that mix to better meet the needs of today’s and tomorrow’s seniors,” Executive Director Jana Broughton said.

Once renovations are completed, the main building will feature all private rooms, including: 94 extended nursing care rooms, 66 short-term rehabilitation suites and a total of 50 assisted living suites (18 of which will be solely dedicated to memory support). New common spaces and dining venues will also be added, in addition to a second entrance on the main building.

About The Village at Rockville (TVAR)
The Village at Rockville—A National Lutheran Community in Rockville, Md., is a CCRC (continuing care retirement community) that offers independent living, short-term rehabilitation, respite, assisted living, extended nursing care, hospice and coming soon, memory support. For more information, visit www.thevillageatrockville.org

About National Lutheran Communities & Services (NLCS)
Based in Rockville, Md., NLCS is a not-for-profit, faith-based ministry of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America’s (ELCA) Delaware-Maryland, Metropolitan Washington, D.C. and Virginia Synods, serving people of all beliefs. NLCS provides seniors with a variety of lifestyle, residential and health care options through retirement communities in Maryland and Virginia.

Other communities sponsored by NLCS include The Legacy at North Augusta in Staunton, Va.,an independent living rental community offering assisted living services; The Village at Crystal Spring in Annapolis, Md., a new continuing care retirement community – subject to Maryland Department of Aging approval – which will serve as the centerpiece of a multi-generational residential and mixed-use project; The Village at Orchard Ridge in Winchester, Va., a new continuing care retirement community that opened in Feb. 2013. For more information about any of our communities, visit www.nationallutheran.org

Get the Facts on Crystal Spring Annapolis

March 15, 2013

Crystal Spring Annapolis is a new mixed-use planned development in Annapolis, Md., located at Forest Drive and Spa Road that NLCS is proud to be a part of. This vibrant, community-integrated neighborhood will be anchored by a continuing care retirement community (CCRC), known as The Village at Crystal Spring—A National Lutheran Community.*

As a National Lutheran sponsored community, The Village at Crystal Spring will offer seniors a variety of residential, lifestyle and healthcare options nestled amidst an inter-generational community setting, featuring a village green, cultural arts center, chapel, boutique shopping, restaurants, market and more. 

As the project continues to move through the approval process with the City of Annapolis, we will continue to provide informational updates and resources like the links below. We look forward to bringing our 122-year mission of serving seniors to those in the Annapolis area. 

Helpful Resources & Information:

FAQs: Get the Facts on Crystal Spring (pdf for print/download)

Crystal Spring Annapolis   (development website and site plans) 

The Village at Crystal Spring (CCRC website)

 

 *Subject to approval by the Maryland Department of Aging. 

The Village at Rockville's Rehab on Capital News Service

February 28, 2013

Capital News Service highlighted The Village at Rockville's short-term rehabilitation program in light of proposed sequestration cuts to Medicare. Projected Medicare cuts are approximately $9.9 billion, or a 2% cut in Medicare reimbursement rates to providers.

 The Village at Rockville's myPotential program provides physical, speech and occupational therapy to 60-65 guests a month. The majority of those guests come from the greater Rockville community after a surgery or acute illness, looking to get better and go home. 

"We will weather these cuts and continue to provide high quality of care, not only for our short-term rehabilitation guests, but for all our residents," Executive Director Jana Broughton said. "While these cuts will add up over time, we will continue to look at ways to enhance our efficiencies and offset that balance."

View the news clip here:

The Village at Rockville Ranks 8 in State, 2 in County

February 26, 2013

ROCKVILLE, MD – The Village at Rockville—A National Lutheran Community (TVAR) in Rockville, Md., formerly known as the National Lutheran Home, was ranked number eight in the state of Maryland out of 205 senior care providers, and number two out of 32 providers in Montgomery County.

According to the Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene’s (DHMH) Office of Health Care Quality, the Pay for Performance (P4P) rankings assesses several criteria. Those quality measures include data from other surveys, weighted as a percentage of the P4P overall composite score.

The Maryland Health Care Commission Family Satisfaction Survey comprises 40 percent, along with staffing levels and staff stability accounting for another 40 percent; Minimum Data Set (MDS) Quality Indicators are 16 percent and employing an infection control professional and staff immunizations account for two percent each. 

The P4P program was created from the Maryland Senate Bill 101 in 2007 that authorized DHMH to initiate assessments on certain continuing care retirement communities and facilities in Maryland, based on non-Medicare patient days of service, in order to provide reimbursement cuts to those communities/facilities in the Medicaid program. 

“This recognition highlights the hard work and dedication of the staff who work tirelessly to provide quality care and excellent customer service. I am thrilled for the team members at TVAR,” Executive Director Jana Broughton said. “Caregiving is difficult work and often goes unrecognized, this is an honor and something our staff should be incredibly proud of!” 

About The Village at Rockville (TVAR)
The Village at Rockville—A National Lutheran Community in Rockville, Md., is a CCRC (continuing care retirement community) that offers independent living, rehabilitation, respite, assisted living, extended nursing care, hospice and coming soon, memory support. For more information, visit www.thevillageatrockville.org

About National Lutheran Communities & Services (NLCS)
Based in Rockville, Md., NLCS is a not-for-profit, faith-based ministry of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America’s (ELCA) Delaware-Maryland, Metropolitan Washington, D.C. and Virginia Synods, serving people of all beliefs. NLCS provides seniors with a variety of lifestyle, residential and health care options through retirement communities in Maryland and Virginia.

Other communities sponsored by NLCS include The Legacy at North Augusta in Staunton, Va.,an independent living rental community offering assisted living services; The Village at Crystal Spring in Annapolis, Md., a new continuing care retirement community – subject to Maryland Department of Aging approval – which will serve as the centerpiece of a multi-generational residential and mixed-use project; The Village at Orchard Ridge in Winchester, Va., a new continuing care retirement community that opened in Feb. 2013. For more information about any of our communities, visit www.nationallutheran.org


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Orchard Ridge Welcomes First Residents

February 15, 2013

The Village at Orchard Ridge—A National Lutheran Community (TVOR), in Winchester, Va., welcomed its first residents on Monday, Feb. 4, 2013.

Dr. Hampton and Mrs. Judy Hylton were the very first to move into their cottage at the new community, located just off Route 50 and National Lutheran Boulevard. Hampton, a 77-year-old retired pediatrician and Judy, a 74-year-old manager at Winchester Medical Center’s gift shop, decided it was time to downsize their home and responsibilities.

The couple decided to move to TVOR after Hampton, an avid flower gardener, struggled with his health.  This left Judy tending to the plants and Hampton.  It was then that they decided a continuing care retirement community (CCRC) with access to health care amenities would be the best fit for their future.

“I looked at our age, and he’d had a spell of illness for about a year that put him out of commission and put me in charge of doing a lot of yard work …” Judy Hylton said. “I did not wish to do that kind of work and [as a result] the flower beds got neglected.”

The Hyltons were one of the very first Orchard Club members— individuals who put down a 10 percent deposit to secure a home at TVOR.  This is also their first move in 45 years, downsizing from their previous home in Winchester.

“To ensure a smooth transition, we only schedule two to three move-ins on any given day, which allows the staff to focus on each resident individually and provide the highest level of customer service possible,” TVOR Executive Director John Midolo said. “We want to celebrate our residents’ decision to move to TVOR by making that experience pleasant and stress-free.”

Approximately 64 percent of residents are from the Winchester-area (City of Winchester, Frederick, Clarke, Warren and Shenandoah counties) and 71 percent from Virginia. Phase 1 of construction will be fully completed with the Chapel opening in May.  A community-wide Grand Opening Celebration will be held on Monday, June 17, 2013 featuring guest speaker Joan Lunden.

 

About The Village at Orchard Ridge (TVOR)
The Village at Orchard Ridge in Winchester, Va., is a new continuing care retirement community (CCRC) on 132-acres in the Shenandoah Valley. The community opened in February 2013 and offers independent living cottage homes and apartments with home-based assisted services, memory care assisted living, nursing care options and short-term rehabilitation. For more information, visit www.orchardridgeva.org

About National Lutheran Communities & Services (NLCS)
Based in Rockville, Md., NLCS is a not-for-profit, faith-based ministry of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America’s (ELCA) Delaware-Maryland, Metropolitan Washington, D.C. and Virginia Synods, serving people of all beliefs. NLCS provides seniors with a variety of lifestyle, residential and health care options through retirement communities in Maryland and Virginia.

Other communities sponsored by NLCS include its flagship community The Village at Rockville (formerly the National Lutheran Home) in Rockville, Md., offering independent living, rehabilitation, respite, extended nursing care, hospice, and coming soon, assisted living and memory support; The Legacy at North Augusta in Staunton, Va.,an independent living rental community offering assisted living services; and The Village at Crystal Spring in Annapolis, Md., a new continuing care retirement community – subject to Maryland Department of Aging approval – which will serve as the centerpiece of a multi-generational residential and mixed-use project. For more information about any of our communities, visit www.nationallutheran.org

Free Tax Preparation March 13 & 20

February 13, 2013

The Village at Rockville—A National Lutheran Community (TVAR) has partnered with AARP’s Tax Aide program to provide free tax preparation services to seniors on March 13 and March 20, from 9:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m.

Appointments fill up fast, so reserve your spot now by calling Amber Franks at 301-424-9560 ext. 17603.  Be sure to bring all documents necessary for tax substantiation.

The Village at Rockville (formerly the National Lutheran Home) is located at 9701 Veirs Drive, Rockville, MD 20850. Appointments will be held in the Music Room on the lower level of the main building.   www.thevillageatrockville.org

Local Senior Urges Officials to Approve Crystal Spring Annapolis

February 02, 2013

Patricia Prescott of Arnold, Md., urges city officials and planners to approve the Crystal Spring Annapolis project in a Letter to the Editor published in the Capital Gazette on Saturday, Feb. 2. The project will be anchored by the proposed reitrement community, The Village at Crystal Spring—A National Lutheran Community.

The 70-year-old has lived in the Annapolis-area for 35 years and recognizes the urgency of getting a retirement community option like this in place.

"Failing this, people, like myself, will be forced to find alternative arrangements outside of the Annapolis area. Annapolis has been my home for many years, and I wish to remain here. However, there are no options comparable to Crystal Spring in this area."

Read the full article in the Capital Gazette here.

Free Glaucoma Screenings on Feb. 7 at TVAR

January 25, 2013

The Village at Rockville—A National Lutheran Community (TVAR) is offering free Glaucoma Screenings on Thursday, Feb. 7, from 2-4 p.m. in Lang Hall. Dr. Toufic Melki of the Retina Centers of Washington will be performing the screenings.

No need to sign up in advance, just show up! TVAR is located at 9701 Veirs Drive, Rockville, MD 20850.  For more information, click here.

Crystal Spring Project Receives Another Vote of Confidence

January 07, 2013

The Crystal Spring Annapolis project, which will feature our new continuing care retirement community The Village at Crystal Spring, received a vote of confidence from Bob Burdon, CEO of the Annapolis and Anne Arunndel County Chamber of Commerce in a recent Capital Gazette article on Sunday, Jan. 6.

To read the full article, click here.  For more information about the Crystal Spring Annapolis project development visit www.crystalspringannapolis.com or to learn more about The Village at Crystal Spring retirement community visit www.thevillageatcrystalspring.org

 

Rockville Announces Jana Broughton as Executive Director

January 02, 2013

ROCKVILLE, MD – The Village at Rockville—A National Lutheran Community (TVAR) in Rockville, Md., announced Jana Broughton as its new Executive Director. Following an executive search, Broughton was selected to take the helm at TVAR effective Jan. 2, 2013.

A native of Michigan, Broughton relocated to Northern Virginia with her husband in the spring of 2012. Most recently she was the Executive Director for Fellowship Square Foundation, a provider of affordable housing for the elderly and disabled in the Washington, D.C.-area.

Broughton, a licensed Nursing Home Administrator, has more than 19 years of administrative and leadership experience in skilled and long-term care settings with MediLodge Group, Inc. in Washington, Mich. In her career she has been a corporate-level specialist, professional speaker, educator, lobbyist, marketing project manager and consultant. She also served a four-year term on the Health Care Association of Michigan’s board as an advocate for senior care.

She has a B.A. in social work and sociology from the University of Michigan in Flint, Mich., and is currently pursuing her M.S. in management and leadership from Walsh College in Novi, Mich.  Broughton lives in Fairfax with her husband Jeff and they have three adult children and three grandchildren. They attend Good Shepherd Lutheran Church in Herndon, Va.

“Jana has demonstrated leadership throughout her career and is driven by a passion to serve seniors,” National Lutheran Communities & Services’ President & CEO Larry Bradshaw said. “She champions resident-focused care and is known for creating innovative solutions while building a team-oriented environment. With Jana’s expertise and enthusiasm, I have every confidence that she will serve TVAR well.”

About The Village at Rockville (TVAR)
The Village at Rockville—A National Lutheran Community in Rockville, Md., is a CCRC (continuing care retirement community) that offers independent living, rehabilitation, respite, extended nursing care, hospice and coming soon, assisted living and memory support. For more information, visit www.thevillageatrockville.org

About National Lutheran Communities & Services (NLCS)
Based in Rockville, Md., NLCS is a not-for-profit, faith-based ministry of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America’s (ELCA) Delaware-Maryland, Metropolitan Washington, D.C. and Virginia Synods, serving people of all beliefs. NLCS provides seniors with a variety of lifestyle, residential and health care options through retirement communities in Maryland and Virginia.

Other communities sponsored by NLCS include The Legacy at North Augusta in Staunton, Va.,an independent living rental community offering assisted living services; The Village at Crystal Spring in Annapolis, Md., a new continuing care retirement community – subject to Maryland Department of Aging approval – which will serve as the centerpiece of a multi-generational residential and mixed-use project; The Village at Orchard Ridge in Winchester, Va., a new continuing care retirement community under construction opening in early 2013 with 178 maintenance-free independent living cottage homes and apartments with home-based services, memory care assisted living and nursing care options. For more information about any of our communities, visit www.nationallutheran.org


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Rockville Renovations Highlighted in Construction Today Magazine

December 24, 2012

Construction Today Magazine highlighted the ongoing renovations at The Village at Rockville—A National Lutheran Community in Rockville, Md. The renovations, which are phased over four years, are designed to give the 32-year-old building a facelift, expand its health care offerings and reconfigure the internal footprint to accomodate new common spaces and all private suites. These enhancements create a more comfortable and relaxing envrionment for residents and guests, featuring modern amenities and technology.

To read the full article in Construction Today Magazine, click here.

NLCS Featured as Nortec Case Study

December 12, 2012

National Lutheran Communities & Services (NLCS) was recently featured as a case study for Nortec, an IT (information technology) infrastructure solutions vendor. As the National Lutheran family has grown from one retirement community into many, IT had to make a decision on the best infrastructure to deliver timely services.

"We needed to organize our IT infrastructure so that it could support new acquisitions, as well as future growth," Chief Information Officer Camille Roussel said of the decision to move to centralized functionality and partner with Nortec.

To read the full case study, click here.

William Hotchkiss Brings Experience to The Village at Crystal Spring

November 28, 2012

ANNAPOLIS, MD – The Village at Crystal Spring—A National Lutheran Community (TVCS) in Annapolis, Md., announced William Hotchkiss as its first Sales Counselor. Hotchkiss has more than 20 years of sales experience in senior housing, real estate development, recruiting and insurance.

Prior to joining TVCS, Hotchkiss was most recently a Sales Counselor at Glenmoor, a senior living community in St. Augustine, Fl. He was also a Senior Lifestyle Counselor at Ingleside at Rock Creek in Washington, D.C. and spent 24 years in real estate and insurance sales. A native of Broadway, Va., Hotchkiss was formerly a faculty member and Head Women’s Basketball Coach at the University of Richmond.

Hotchkiss received his B.S. in Health Science and a M.Ed. from the University of Richmond in Richmond, Va. He currently resides in Annapolis, Md.

“I see my position at TVCS as a rare and special opportunity to help shape the direction of this community for many decades to come,” Hotchkiss said. “Energy, enthusiasm, and a pioneering spirit are characteristics required of ‘start-up’ team members and those are qualities I bring with me.  My professional career has been spent working on new developments and the potential I see in TVCS is limitless."    

National Lutheran Communities & Services’ (NLCS) Chief Marketing Officer Melody Schneider notes this is an exciting time for the new proposed retirement community. To date, The Village at Crystal Spring’s informational sessions have hosted more than 600 people, representing 436 households throughout the Annapolis-area.

“We are grateful to welcome Bill as an exceptional addition to our sales team,” Schneider said.  “He exudes great enthusiasm and passion about serving seniors as this new retirement community develops.”

About The Village at Crystal Spring (TVCS)
The Village at Crystal Spring—A National Lutheran Community in Annapolis, Md., is a new continuing care retirement community – subject to the Maryland Department of Aging approval – which will serve as the centerpiece of a multi-generational residential and mixed-use project. Plans include residence apartments and one-story single and duplex homes for individuals 60 or older, along with access to an array of first-class amenities, wellness and health care services. For more information visit, www.thevillageatcrystalspring.org

 About National Lutheran Communities & Services (NLCS)
Based in Rockville, Md., NLCS is a not-for-profit, faith-based ministry of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America’s (ELCA) Delaware-Maryland, Metropolitan Washington, D.C. and Virginia Synods, serving people of all beliefs. NLCS provides seniors with a variety of lifestyle, residential and health care options through retirement communities in Maryland and Virginia.

Other communities sponsored by NLCS include its flagship community The Village at Rockville in Rockville, Md., offering independent living, rehabilitation, respite, extended nursing care, hospice, and coming soon, assisted living and memory support; The Legacy at North Augusta in Staunton, Va.,an independent living rental community offering assisted living services; The Village at Orchard Ridge in Winchester, Va., a new continuing care retirement community under construction opening in early 2013 with 178 maintenance-free independent living cottage homes and apartments with home-based services, memory care assisted living and nursing care options. For more information about any of our communities, visit www.nationallutheran.org


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NLCS Donates 122 Pounds of Food

November 19, 2012

While it is a season of thanks for many, the holidays can also be a difficult time of year. It is that spirit that spurred National Lutheran Communities & Services' (NLCS) office staff to collect canned goods and non-perishable items for those in need.

The NLCS team collected 122 pounds of food that were donated to Rockville-based Manna Food Center. Food items included canned corn and green beans, peanut butter, apple sauce, macaroni and cheese, and a variety of cereal, amongst others.

Manna Food Center provides food to 5% of all Montgomery County residents. As the main food bank in Montgomery County, the majority of all local non-profit and government organizations rely on Manna to provide the food essentials their clients need.

Manna Food Center, a nonprofit organization, strives to eliminate hunger in Montgomery County through food distribution, education, and advocacy. For more information on how you can donate to Manna Food Center, please visit www.mannafood.org

 

Follow us on Twitter!

November 13, 2012

To learn more about what's happening within the National Lutheran Family, follow us on Twitter!

@NLCSNews will be tweeting news items, project updates, events and more on behalf of all our retirement communities:

  • The Village at Rockville (formerly the National Lutheran Home), Rockville, Md.
  • The Village at Orchard Ridge, Winchester, Va.
  • The Legacy at North Augusta, Staunton, Va.
  • The Village at Crystal Spring, Annapolis, Md.

So if you tweet, follow us on Twitter @NLCSNews. Even if you don't, you can always view our postings at: www.twitter.com/NLCSNews

 

Collecting Toiletries for Seniors in Need

November 12, 2012

The Village at Rockville--A National Lutheran Community is collecting personal care items/toiletries to donate to Elderly Ministries of Rockville City for seniors in need. Items are being collected until Dec. 3, 2012.

Support a senior in need by donating any of the following:

  • powder (small)
  • shaving cream
  • mouthwash
  • hand cream
  • lip balm
  • combs
  • deodorant
  • CVS gift cards

Items can be dropped off at The Village at Rockville, located at 9701 Veirs Dr. Rockville, MD 20850. All donations will go to Elderly Ministries of Rockville City. For more information contact Felicia Brown, Volunteer Manager at 301-354-8447.

Resident Birgit Madsen Inducted into Hall of Fame

November 01, 2012

ROCKVILLE, Md. – Not too many seniors can say they have been inducted into the hall of fame, but Rockville resident Birgit Madsen has earned those bragging rights. A resident of The Village at Rockville—A National Lutheran Community (TVAR), Birgit was recognized on Thursday, October 18 at Michael’s Eighth Avenue in Glen Burnie, Md. She was one of 43 nominees inducted into the 26th Annual Maryland Senior Citizens Hall of Fame, Inc. for 2012.

Birgit has lived at TVAR for 11 years and has served as a volunteer for 10 of those years in a variety of key roles. As a former nurse, Birgit first began volunteering as an outpatient assistant. Five years later she became TVAR’s librarian. She still manages to find time to conduct EKGs, urinalysis and hema screens for TVAR’s medical offices while juggling librarian duties. Additionally, in 2011 she became a trained hospice volunteer with Montgomery Hospice so she can provide emotional comfort to families and patients receiving hospice services at TVAR.

“I’ve taken care of a lot of people in my lifetime and because there was a need for hospice volunteers, I felt like it was the right thing to do,” the 88-year-old Birgit Madsen said.

“Birgit is an invaluable asset to The Village at Rockville and is one of our most diligent volunteers,” Volunteer Manager Felicia Brown said, who nominated Birgit for the award. “Since serving as librarian she helped develop a computer tracking system for the incoming and outgoing books, has increased the volume of residents who utilize TVAR’s library services, and helps train and teach new library volunteers.”

Her 518 volunteer hours in 2011 earned her a Presidential Volunteer Award. To date, it is estimated that Birgit has donated more than 4,500 volunteer hours over the past 10 years.

“I’ve worked all my life and I like to stay busy,” Birgit said. “Although I stay busy, I make sure to keep time set aside for myself.”

The Maryland Senior Citizens Hall of Fame is a private, non-profit, volunteer-run organization which started in 1987. The sole purpose of the organization is to publicly recognize and honor senior citizens who are at least 65 years of age, living in Maryland and have performed outstanding service in their communities.


About The Village at Rockville (TVAR)
The Village at Rockville in Rockville, Md., is a CCRC (continuing care retirement community) that offers independent living, rehabilitation, respite, extended nursing care, hospice and coming soon, assisted living and memory support. For more info visit www.thevillageatrockville.org

About National Lutheran Communities & Services (NLCS)
Based in Rockville, Md., NLCS is a not-for-profit, faith-based ministry of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America’s (ELCA) Delaware-Maryland, Metropolitan Washington, D.C. and Virginia Synods serving people of all beliefs. NLCS provides seniors with a variety of lifestyle, residential and health care options through retirement communities in Maryland and Virginia. Other communities sponsored by NLCS include The Legacy at North Augusta in Staunton, Va., an independent living rental community offering assisted living services; The Village at Crystal Spring in Annapolis, Md., a new continuing care retirement community – subject to Maryland Department of Aging approval – which will serve as the centerpiece of a multi-generational residential and mixed-use project; The Village at Orchard Ridge in Winchester, Va., a new continuing care retirement community under construction opening in early 2013 with 178 maintenance-free independent living cottage homes and apartments with home-based services, memory care assisted living and nursing care options. For more information about any of our communities, visit www.nationallutheran.org

The Legacy's Seniors Help 1,051 Children

October 10, 2012

A group of 12-15 residents at The Legacy at North Augusta--A National Lutheran Community in Staunton, Va., put smiles on the faces of 1,051 local-area children this year with hand-crafted stuffed animals and pillows.

In 2011 the group lovingly created and stuffed 1,068 animals and 162 pillows that were donated to children at the Augusta Free Dental Clinic, Kluge Rehabilitation Center, and Augusta Health. To date in 2012, 880 animals have been gifted, along with 171 pillows. The group, founded three years ago, has created more than 3,600 items since its inception.

Patterns and fabric for the animals are carefully chosen based on the season, then various members embark on tracing, cutting, sewing and stuffing. And while the work can be tedious at times, these crafters say it is all worth it to assuage the fears or anxiety a child might have when visiting the dentist or hospital.

"We put a lot of work into it, but I think the [children] appreciate it and we enjoy doing it too," Emma Grant, co-founder of this crafting club said in her interview with Channel 3. Watch the full interview below.

WHSV Channel 3 came out to profile the residents' compassion and handiwork on Wednesday, Oct. 10.

Like residents at all National Lutheran communities, a deep sense of giving back and civic-mindedness is always present. The spirit of every National Lutheran community actively embraces serving others. Residents put that into action each day, not only caring for one another, but caring for those beyond the physical walls of their respective retirement community.

NLCS in The Virginia Lutheran

October 04, 2012

NLCS was featured in the Oct. 3 edition of The Virginia Lutheran for its senior ministry taking shape in the Shenandoah Valley. The article highlights the progress The Village at Orchard Ridge--A National Lutheran Community in Winchester, Va., and The Legacy at North Augusta--A National Lutheran Community in Staunton, Va. are making.

Read the article here: http://bit.ly/RDdygW

Senior Living in Staunton, VA Gets Better

September 24, 2012

GRAND REOPENING CELEBRATION UNVEILS
NEW COMMON SPACES AND HEALTH CARE SERVICES

(Staunton, Va.) – More than 175 guests attended The Legacy at North Augusta’s Grand Reopening Celebration on Wednesday, September 19, 2012 from 3:00 p.m.-7:00 p.m. Guest speakers included Staunton’s Mayor Lacy B. King, Jr., Greater Augusta Regional Chamber of Commerce’s President Linda Hershey, and Director of Licensing Lynne Williams from Virginia’s Department of Social Services, among others.

A ribbon cutting ceremony and time of formal remarks was held from 3:30 p.m. until 4 p.m., with guests touring the building and enjoying hors d’oeuvres throughout the remainder of the evening. The event not only marked the unveiling of a new approach to assisted living services, but also showcased five newly added common spaces (libraries, women’s lounge, men’s lounge and an expanded workout room).

Executive Director Cherie Sims was thrilled to celebrate this milestone and see assisted living services come to fruition, which is now being provided to 17 out of 75 total residents.

“I was here when we were known as Bentley Commons and I always wanted to offer assisted living services,” she said. “When National Lutheran Communities & Services acquired our community in August 2011, I had the privilege of spearheading the assisted living services initiative. I know how important this service is to the wellbeing of all seniors and the peace of mind it provides family and friends.”

This approach to assisted living in an independent living model is nuanced to best serve seniors so they can receive additional care without having to physically move to a new space, or pay for care they do not need. A similar approach will be used to deliver some health services at NLCS’ newest continuing care retirement community, The Village at Orchard Ridge in Winchester, Va., which is slated to open in February 2013.

About The Legacy at North Augusta (TLNA)
The Legacy at North Augusta in Staunton, Va., is a 104-apartment rental community for seniors 55 and above that offers independent living with assisted living services. The Legacy boasts a variety of floor plans ranging from studio apartments to one- and two-bedroom apartments with several amenities included. Daily meals prepared by an executive chef, housekeeping, scheduled transportation, maintenance, 24-hour concierge, putting green, a resident-grown herb and flower garden, and life enrichment programs represent some of the many amenities available. For additional information, visit www.thelegacyatnorthaugusta.org

About National Lutheran Communities & Services (NLCS)
Based in Rockville, Md., NLCS is a not-for-profit, faith-based ministry of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America’s (ELCA) Delaware-Maryland, Metropolitan Washington, D.C. and Virginia Synods serving people of all beliefs. NLCS provides seniors with a variety of lifestyle, residential and health care options through retirement communities in Maryland and Virginia.

Other communities sponsored by NLCS include The Village at Rockville in Rockville, Md., which offers residential living, rehabilitation, respite and extended nursing care and is currently undergoing a planned renovation to introduce assisted living, assisted living memory care and home & community based services for residents.; The Village at Crystal Spring in Annapolis, Md., a new continuing care retirement community – subject to Maryland Department of Aging approval – which will serve as the centerpiece of a multi-generational residential and mixed-use project; The Village at Orchard Ridge in Winchester, Va., a new continuing care retirement community currently under construction opening in early 2013 with 178 maintenance-free independent living cottage homes and apartments with home-based services, memory care/assisted living and nursing care options. For more information about any of our communities, visit www.nationallutheran.org

Rockville Resident Accepted into Senior Leadership Montgomery

September 21, 2012

ROCKVILLE, Md. – Doug Bly, a resident of The Village at Rockville (TVAR), A National Lutheran Community, was accepted into the 2013 Senior Leadership Montgomery program (SLM). Bly has lived at TVAR for 14 years and has served as President of its Resident Association for the past year and a half.

SLM is an exceptional course for individuals 55 or over, with leadership experience from the business, nonprofit or government sectors. Selected through a rigorous application process, chosen participants learn about the workings of Montgomery County through an intensive hands-on study. They will also explore the social and economic challenges facing Montgomery County through site visits, presentations and interactive dialogue. The program meets monthly from September until April 2013.

“This program will immerse Doug in the community, enabling him to discover opportunities to make a meaningful difference in Montgomery County and the wider area,” TVAR’s Director of Life Enrichment Jason Gottschalk said. “He will be able to network with a diverse group of seniors and, through these associations and the experiences of the course, gain a new perspective on the needs and strengths of the community. It is our hope that his experiences will spur other residents on toward greater community service.”

Bly, who is already civic-minded, welcomes the opportunities to learn. “I’m excited about working with a diverse group of people to explore new ways of engaging and helping seniors in Montgomery County.”


About The Village at Rockville (TVAR)
The Village at Rockville in Rockville, Md., is a CCRC (continuing care retirement community) that offers independent living, rehabilitation, respite, extended nursing care, hospice and coming soon, assisted living and memory support. For more info visit www.thevillageatrockville.org

About National Lutheran Communities & Services (NLCS)
Based in Rockville, Md., NLCS is a not-for-profit, faith-based ministry of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America’s (ELCA) Delaware-Maryland, Metropolitan Washington, D.C. and Virginia Synods serving people of all beliefs. NLCS provides seniors with a variety of lifestyle, residential and health care options through retirement communities in Maryland and Virginia. Other communities sponsored by NLCS include The Legacy at North Augusta in Staunton, Va., an independent living rental community offering assisted living services; The Village at Crystal Spring in Annapolis, Md., a new continuing care retirement community – subject to Maryland Department of Aging approval – which will serve as the centerpiece of a multi-generational residential and mixed-use project; The Village at Orchard Ridge in Winchester, Va., a new continuing care retirement community currently under construction opening in early 2013 with 178 maintenance-free independent living cottage homes and apartments with home-based services, memory care assisted living and nursing care options. For more information about any of our communities, visit www.nationallutheran.org

NLCS Featured in Senior Housing News

July 26, 2012

National Lutheran Communities & Services took the lead article in Senior Housing News on Thursday, July 26, 2012 for its innovative approach to assisted living services in an independent living model.

That model was unveiled in June at The Legacy at North Augusta, A National Lutheran Community in Staunton, Va., with a provisional license to provide assisted living services. In most assisted living communities or continuing care retirement communities, seniors are required to physically move throughout the continuum of care.

The model The Legacy at North Augusta is deploying allows seniors to stay together (such as couples), instead of being separated because one requires more care than the other. Assisted living services are delivered in the comfort and privacy of the resident's apartment.

Click here to read the full story in Senior Housing News.

175 Annapolis-Area Residents Sign Up for Crystal Spring Informational Meetings

June 14, 2012

More Than 175 Area Residents Sign Up for June Crystal Spring Informational Meetings

The Village at Crystal Spring has officially launched the "Expression of Interest" phase of the project to share information about this exciting new “community integrated” retirement community, which will be owned and operated by National Lutheran Communities & Services and part of the Crystal Spring Annapolis mixed-use project. The immediate response to the marketing efforts has been overwhelming with all three of the initially offered dates (June 15, 21, 22) already booked to capacity of 60 people per session. A fourth date has been added for the final week in June and is filling up quickly.

Almost 60 percent of those who signed up for the informational meetings are residents of the City of Annapolis or the immediate area.

While the continuing care retirement community licensure process is underway with the Maryland Department of Aging, The Village at Crystal Spring will be conducting these informational meetings to inform the area’s residents about the exciting features being planned for this community as well as gaining feedback and input from the attendees. Once approval is received from the Department of Aging, The Village at Crystal Spring will be constructing a sales center that will include a model apartment home near the project site and begin accepting reservations for this wonderful community.

"We are thrilled with the initial response to The Village at Crystal Spring and look forward to bringing a world-class retirement community to the Annapolis area,” said Melody Schneider, Chief Marketing Officer, National Lutheran Communities & Services.

For more information about The Village at Crystal Spring visit www.thevillageatcrystalspring.org or call Kassie Foundos, Sales Counselor, at 410-972-4598.

Rockville Partners with Howard Shockey & Sons, Inc.

May 04, 2012

ROCKVILLE, Md. – The Village at Rockville (TVAR), A National Lutheran Community, has partnered with Howard Shockey & Sons, Inc. of Winchester, Va. to complete the remainder of the continuing care retirement community’s renovations that include all private rooms (featuring 94 extended nursing care rooms, 66 short-term rehabilitation rooms and 50 assisted living and memory care suites). Construction costs are approximately $23 million and will also include office and common areas, along with dining spaces, taking three years to complete.

Shockey, one of Virginia’s largest general contracting and construction management companies with 116 years of experience, has also partnered with TVAR’s sister community, The Village at Orchard Ridge (TVOR) in Winchester, Va. Phase 1 of TVOR’s construction is well underway, including 178 maintenance-free independent living cottage homes and apartments with home-based services, memory care, assisted living and nursing care options. It is anticipated that Phase 1 will be completed by Spring 2013.

“From the start, the partnership with Shockey at Rockville was a good fit because they had an existing relationship with The Village at Orchard Ridge,” Frank McGovern, TVAR’s Executive Director said. “Tactically they have been disciplined in their approach and we are happy with how well they are progressing through Phase 2 of TVAR’s renovations.”

“Shockey has had such a great relationship with TVOR, we consider it a privilege to get to work together in Rockville, too,” said Jeff Boehm, Shockey’s Vice President.

Both construction projects for TVOR and TVAR will incorporate various elements of Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED), ranging from LEED-certified cottage homes at TVOR to sustainable design features at TVAR.

TVAR received its tax-exempt bond financing on February 23, 2012 for up to $22 million. The City of Rockville is serving as the conduit issuer of the bonds that will fund a portion of the renovations, while the financing is provided by a private investor. Not only does this transaction benefit TVAR, but The City of Rockville as well, as the municipality will receive a percentage of revenue based on the bonds issued.

About The Village at Rockville (TVAR)
The Village at Rockville in Rockville, Md., is a CCRC (continuing care retirement community) that offers residential living, rehabilitation, respite and extended nursing care, and is currently undergoing a planned renovation to introduce assisted living, assisted living memory care and home and community based services for residents. For more info visit www.thevillageatrockville.org

About National Lutheran Communities & Services (NLCS)
Based in Rockville, Md., NLCS is a not-for-profit, faith-based ministry of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America’s (ELCA) Delaware-Maryland, Metropolitan Washington, D.C. and Virginia Synods serving people of all beliefs. NLCS provides seniors with a variety of lifestyle, residential and health care options through retirement communities in Maryland and Virginia. Other communities sponsored by NLCS include The Legacy at North Augusta in Staunton, Va., an independent living community offering month-to-month rentals for seniors; The Village at Crystal Spring in Annapolis, Md., a new continuing care retirement community – subject to Maryland Department of Aging approval – which will serve as the centerpiece of a multi-generational residential and mixed-use project; The Village at Orchard Ridge in Winchester, Va., a new planned senior living and health care community on 132 acres—phase one will offer 178 maintenance-free independent living cottage homes and apartments with home-based services, memory care assisted living and nursing care options. For more information about any of our communities, visit www.nationallutheran.org

Water Booster Station Pumps to Serve as an Alternative to Proposed Water Tank

March 02, 2012

(WINCHESTER, Va.) – The Village at Orchard Ridge, A National Lutheran Community, in partnership with Silver Lake, LLC and Frederick County Sanitation Authority (FCSA) is providing a new solution to remedy the ongoing water tank discussion and ensure timely water delivery to the retirement community. The proposed new alternative is a water booster station that will replace the water tank originally slated for the Round Hill-area of Frederick County.

"The water booster station will include a three pump system, all of which will be operated with variable frequency drives (VFDs). The first pump will be a low flow pump to handle the lower flows during the nighttime hours," explained Randy Kepler, of Greenway Engineering, who represents both Silver Lake, and TVOR. "When demand picks up the second pump will kick on and operate in parallel with the first pump to handle the average daily demand. If demands greatly increase signaling a fire event, the third pump will turn on and provide the necessary flows to supply 1,000 gallons per minute (gpm), plus peak hourly demands while maintaining a minimum of 40 pounds per square inch (psi) residual."

Kepler also explained that this booster system will be outfitted with the necessary controls and equipment for local operation and will have a standby generator to ensure water service even during power outages.

"This solution is a win-win for everyone because it will serve neighboring areas as needed and provides Frederick County with the development it needs to thrive," Uwe Weindel, FCSA Engineer and Director said. "The Village at Orchard Ridge is a great thing for this community."

Final plans will be submitted in March to receive approvals from FCSA and the Department of Health. Once approvals are finalized construction on the booster station pumps can begin.

"We are thrilled that we have a viable new alternative in process to ensure water delivery to the residents of The Village at Orchard Ridge," said John Midolo, Executive Director for TVOR.

The Village at Rockville Donates 102 Beds to Hospitals in Cameroon, Africa

February 22, 2012

The Village at Rockville (TVAR), A National Lutheran Community, discovered a creative way to help hospitals in Cameroon, Africa. Approximately 102 Hill-Rom hospital beds have been donated to Safe Bridge of Help (SBH), a not-for-profit that provides assistance in health care and education, to recipients in Cameroon, Africa.

The gently used beds from The Village at Rockville came as a result of the community’s on-going four-year renovation and an employee who saw a way to help meet a need. Odette Fanga is a Geriatric Nursing Assistant at TVAR and has been with the organization since 2004. She is also the wife of Samuel Fanga Ngahane, Project Director for SBH. It was Odette who cultivated a working relationship between the two non-profits and facilitated the donation of beds with help from Nick Richardson, TVAR’s Director of Building Services.

SBH President Richard G. Mbakop and Samuel Fanga Ngahane are both natives of Cameroon. On a trip last year to Cameroon, many nurses pleaded with SBH for assistance.

“We know that many people are miserable and that hospitals don’t even have the medications they need,” Richard said. “Knowing that, it would be selfish of us to keep what we have to ourselves.”

SBH currently has 11 members, all of whom donate money from their own pockets to make these donations and deliveries to the people of Cameroon possible.

For TVAR, the partnership was a natural fit and provided a way to not only enhance the lives of seniors locally, but enhance the lives of people in Cameroon.

“It is a pleasure to be able to donate gently used beds to another mission-minded organization that enhances the lives of others,” Frank McGovern, Executive Director for TVAR said. “Employees like Odette are a great asset to our organization.”

About The Village at Rockville (TVAR)
The Village at Rockville in Rockville, Md., which offers residential living, rehabilitation, respite and extended nursing care, is currently undergoing a planned renovation to introduce assisted living, assisted living memory care and home & community based services for residents. For more info visit www.thevillageatrockville.org

About National Lutheran Communities & Services (NLCS)
Based in Rockville, Md., NLCS is celebrating 121 years of serving seniors and their families as a ministry of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA) and a serving agency of the Metropolitan Washington D.C., Virginia and Delaware-Maryland Synods. Other communities sponsored by NLCS include The Legacy at North Augusta in Staunton, Va., an independent living community offering month-to-month rentals for seniors; The Village at Crystal Spring in Annapolis, Md., a new continuing care retirement community – subject to Maryland Department of Aging approval – which will serve as the centerpiece of a multi-generational residential and mixed-use project; The Village at Orchard Ridge in Winchester, Va., a new planned senior living and health care community on 132 acres—phase one will offer 178 maintenance-free independent living cottage homes and apartments with home-based assisted living, memory care assisted living and nursing care options. For more information about any of our communities, visit www.nationallutheran.org

The Village at Rockville Unveils its MyPotential Rehabilitation Services and Program

February 03, 2012

ROCKVILLE, Md. – The Village at Rockville (TVAR), A National Lutheran Community, unveiled its holistic and individualized myPotential Rehabilitation Services during two grand openings on Monday, January 30 and Tuesday, January 31. More than 200 guests turned out to see the newly renovated and renamed wing that features 33 private suites with a spa-like feel and a state-of-the-art therapy gym.

The myPotential program, which provides a personal approach to rehabilitation, offers clients the ability to work with a team of highly trained therapists (physical, speech and occupational therapy), physicians, nurses, rehabilitation specialists, nutritionist, social workers, clergy and other health professionals. This team of professionals will provide the daily collaborative assistance, support and strategy that enable a guest’s goal achievement and confident transition back home.

Another unique feature of the program is the myPotential Coach who works alongside guests to enable them to reach their therapy goals and regain their independence for a successful return home. The unveiling of the myPotential Rehabilitation Services at The Village at Rockville is the first phase of a four-year renovation. Future plans include adding an additional 33 private rooms of rehabilitation and introducing Assisted Living and Memory Care.

“This grand opening marks a giant step in the repositioning of The Village at Rockville. The opening of our myPotential Rehabilitation Services shows the commitment to serving our community,” Frank McGovern, Executive Director of TVAR said. “We have heard a new generation speak loud and clear about their wish to stay home as long as possible and the myPotential rehabilitation services represents a tangible commitment on behalf of the Village to help people achieve that goal.”

Kirsten Haalboom Named Director of Philanthropy for The Village at Rockville

December 12, 2011

(Rockville, Md.) – National Lutheran Communities & Services (NLCS) named Kirsten Haalboom as the Director of Philanthropy, focusing specifically on The Village at Rockville (TVAR), A National Lutheran Community, in Rockville, Md. In this position Haalboom will have oversight for philanthropic activities related to annual giving, capital campaigns, and deferred gifts through wills, trusts or other financial instruments at TVAR. Another aspect of this position will be working with the congregations of the Metropolitan Washington, D.C. and Delaware-Maryland Synods in enhancing their ministry with seniors.

Haalboom most recently served as counsel to Maryland health care providers, specializing in insurance negotiation and litigation. In addition, she was an adult programs coordinator with AmeriCorps, providing educational programs for adult refugees.

“We are so pleased that Kirsten has joined us. She is passionate about the church’s social ministry and her enthusiasm for the mission of The Village at Rockville is contagious,” Kathryn Baerwald, National Lutheran Communities & Services’ Chief Philanthropy Officer said. “With Kirsten’s enthusiasm, talents and skills, she is already a tremendous asset to this ministry.”

Haalboom graduated from Valparaiso University School of Law, in Valparaiso, Indiana in 2009. She also earned a B.A. in 2005 from Gustavus Adolphus College in St. Peter, Minnesota, in Sociology, Criminal Justice, and Scandinavian Studies, with a minor in Peace Studies. She is currently an active member of St. Luke’s Lutheran Church in Derwood, Maryland.

“I am proud to be joining an organization with such an incredible history of service,” Haalboom said. “It is truly a joy to work alongside people who are committed to ensuring that the needs of all seniors are met and that all persons have access to care in a place where they are treated with dignity and respect.”

About The Village at Rockville (TVAR)
The Village at Rockville in Rockville, Md., which offers residential living, rehabilitation, respite and extended nursing care, is currently undergoing a planned renovation to introduce assisted living, assisted living memory care and home & community based services for residents. For more info visit www.thevillageatrockville.org

About National Lutheran Communities & Services (NLCS)
Based in Rockville, Md., NLCS is celebrating 121 years of serving seniors and their families as a ministry of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA) and a serving agency of the Metropolitan Washington D.C., Virginia and Delaware-Maryland Synods. Other communities sponsored by NLCS include The Legacy at North Augusta in Staunton, Va., an independent living community offering month-to-month rentals for seniors; The Village at Crystal Spring in Annapolis, Md., a new continuing care retirement community – subject to Maryland Department on Aging approval – which will serve as the centerpiece of a multi-generational residential and mixed-use project; The Village at Orchard Ridge in Winchester, Va., a new planned senior living and health care community on 132 acres—phase one will offer 178 maintenance-free independent living cottage homes and apartments with home-based assisted living, memory care assisted living and nursing care options.. For more information about any of our communities, visit www.nationallutheran.org

Rev. George Sims Named Director of Philanthropy at the Village at Orchard Ridge

November 18, 2011

ROCKVILLE, Md. – National Lutheran Communities & Services (NLCS) named Reverend George Sims as the Director of Philanthropy, focusing specifically on The Village at Orchard Ridge (TVOR), A National Lutheran Community, in Winchester, Va. In this position, Sims will oversee philanthropic activities related to annual giving, capital campaigns, and deferred gifts through wills, trusts or other financial instruments at TVOR. Another part of his portfolio will be working with the congregations of the Virginia Synod to enhance their ministry with seniors.

Sims most recently served as regional staff of the Foundation of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA) and Executive Director of the Mission of the Office for Planned Giving for the Virginia Synod for the last 10 years. In addition, he was the pastor of Reformation Lutheran Church in New Market, Va. from 1988-2001. Sims also served in congregations in North and South Carolina from 1975-1988.

“We are so pleased to have Pastor Sims join us,” Kathryn Baerwald, National Lutheran Communities & Services’ Chief Philanthropy Officer said. “He brings with him not only a valued expertise in planned giving, but also a passion for our mission that will soon be visible in the Shenandoah Valley.”

For Sims, this transition is one that is taking place at a very exciting time.
“I am grateful for the opportunity to be a part of an organization that is deeply committed to serving others. For the past 121 years NLCS has sought to address the needs of seniors, particularly in light of changing economic times and circumstances,” Sims said. “The Village at Orchard Ridge will seek to mirror this rich legacy. It is a privilege to share this mission and to have a role in ministry to seniors.”

A native of South Carolina, Sims holds a bachelor’s degree from Newberry College in Newberry, S.C. and a Master of Divinity from Lutheran Theological Seminary in Columbia, S.C. He is married to the Rev. Martha Miller Sims, who serves at Grace Lutheran Church in Winchester, Va.

NLCS Names Melody Schneider as Chief Marketing Officer

November 01, 2011

ROCKVILLE, Md. - National Lutheran Communities & Services (NLCS) announced today that The Village at Orchard Ridge’s Director of Marketing and Sales Melody Schneider is the organization’s new Chief Marketing Officer. In this role, Schneider will be responsible for conceptualizing and implementing marketing strategies for NLCS and its communities. Additionally, as a member of the senior leadership team, she will promote the organization’s mission, vision and values throughout its service-area with community leaders, residents and customers of NLCS.

“As the Director of Marketing and Sales at The Village at Orchard Ridge, one of National Lutheran’s newest communities, Melody demonstrated her sales and marketing skills, and ability to effectively manage multiple projects,” states Larry Bradshaw, CEO of National Lutheran Communities & Services. “We are very excited to have her skill, expertise and passion on this team, and know she will support our strategic growth and ministry.”

Within the 10 months as The Village at Orchard Ridge’s Director of Sales and Marketing, Schneider established a sales team capable of exceeding sales goals; informational events that have attracted more than 1,000 people and oversaw the development of all marketing materials including a new website, a fly-through animated community video and collateral. Prior to this position, the 16-year marketing veteran held various senior level marketing positions at an established retirement community in Winchester, Va. and at an assisted living community in Front Royal, Va. She brings a wealth of experience in the senior living industry having worked in health care environments specializing in senior care throughout her career. Schneider also has knowledge of the Washington, D.C.-Metro market having resided in Northern Virginia most of her life.

Born in Washington, D.C. and raised in Arlington, Va., Schneider graduated from James Madison University and majored in Communications with a minor in Public Relations. She now resides in Winchester with her family.

About National Lutheran Communities & Services (NLCS)
Based in Rockville, Md., NLCS is celebrating 121 years of serving seniors and their families as a ministry of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA) and a serving agency of the Metropolitan Washington D.C., Virginia and Delaware-Maryland Synods. Other communities sponsored by NLCS include The Legacy at North Augusta, an independent living community offering month-to-month rentals for seniors in Staunton, Va.; The Village at Crystal Spring, a new continuing care retirement community – subject to Maryland Department on Aging approval – which will serve as the centerpiece of a multi-generational residential and mixed-use project in Annapolis, Md.; The Village at Orchard Ridge in Winchester, Va., a new planned senior living and health care community on 132 acres—phase one will offer 178 maintenance-free independent living cottage homes and apartments with home-based assisted living, memory care assisted living and nursing care options; The Village at Rockville in Rockville, Md., which offers residential living, rehabilitation, respite and extended nursing care, is currently undergoing a planned renovation to introduce assisted living, assisted living memory care and home & community based services for residents. For more information about any of our communities, visit www.nationallutheran.org.

The Village at Orchard Ridge Celebrates New Sales Office Grand Opening

September 01, 2011

Future residents can now experience the community’s residential options for seniors

WINCHESTER, Va.- After months of construction and renovation, The Village at Orchard Ridge (TVOR), A National Lutheran Community, announced the opening of its new sales office at 320 Westside Station Drive, Winchester, Va. during its Grand Opening Celebration on August 30, 2011. The celebration, which featured a ceremonial ribbon-cutting and refreshments, had nearly 250 attendees including future residents, representatives from the sponsor National Lutheran Communities & Services and leaders from the local community including Randy Collins, President and CEO of the Top of Virginia Regional Chamber, Ellen Murphy, Frederick County Commissioner of the Revenue and several members from the Frederick County Planning Commission.

“With the opening of our official sales office, this brings The Village at Orchard Ridge community one step closer to reality,” states Melody Schneider, Director of Sales and Marketing at The Village at Orchard Ridge. “All of us at TVOR and National Lutheran Services & Communities (NLCS) are excited to be a part of this process, and bear witness to a moment in Winchester’s history.”

The new sales office, which was designed by Joan A. Pease of Partners in Planning, features a reception area, offices and conference room, a selection room and a fully-furnished, one-bedroom apartment. Included within the reception area is a virtual imaging video, created by Arnold Imaging, which provides customers with an opportunity to experience the TVOR community. The selection room, which houses samples of flooring and decorative options, gives future residents an area to touch and visualize the furnishings that will be in their apartment or cottage. Additionally, with the one-bedroom model apartment, future residents can take measurements and envision the layout of their furniture.

“In converting the former bank to TVOR’s sales office, we wanted to create a welcoming environment, and a space where staff would be able to meet with future residents and display housing and furnishing options,” states Joan A. Pease, Principal at Partners in Planning. “To accomplish this, the reception area is designed to feel as if you’re walking into a living room, and all throughout the office customers will find various images of The Village at Orchard Ridge.”

Additionally, as a part of its new resident package, TVOR has partnered with Valley Health Wellness and Fitness Center at 410 Campus Blvd., Winchester, Va. 22601 to offer its future residents a discount of 38 percent off the membership cost. TVOR also has plans to add 20 more cottages to the development of its Phase I, which is scheduled for completion early 2013.

NLCS Acquires Bentley Commons, Now Operating as The Legacy at North Augusta

August 22, 2011

(STAUNTON, Va.) –National Lutheran Communities & Services (NLCS) acquired Bentley Commons, a 108- Independent Living apartment community, in Staunton, Va., on August 22, 2011 for approximately $14,233,780.

Going forward Bentley Commons will operate under the name The Legacy at North Augusta—A National Lutheran Community. The new name not only reflects this strategic sponsorship, but also reflects the commitment to enhance services available to seniors throughout the region.

NLCS is currently preparing an application for submission to the state to obtain licensure for Assisted Living Services, so that The Legacy at North Augusta may provide those services to its residents. Once approved, these services would be made available to residents in the comfort of their own apartment.

“The Assisted Living Services conversion and licensing process should be completed by early 2012,” NLCS CEO Larry Bradshaw said. “The beauty of integrating Assisted Living Services that harness state-of-the-art technology is that it allows seniors to stay as independent as possible, while still preserving dignity and choice.”

Projected capital expenditures for the building, equipment and the requirements necessary to implement Assisted Living Services are expected to be approximately $1.6 million.

“We are committed to serving seniors in the Staunton-area with the highest level of choice and care possible,” The Legacy at North Augusta’s Executive Director Cherie Sims said. “Being able to offer Assisted Living Services will enable our residents to live life to the fullest and provide peace of mind for friends and loved ones.”

About The Legacy at North Augusta

Nestled west of the Blue Ridge Mountains, The Legacy at North Augusta is conveniently located near historic downtown Staunton. The community offers a variety of month-to-month rentals for seniors, from studio apartments to two bedroom, two bath apartments in an all-inclusive environment. Amenities include meals prepared by an executive chef, housekeeping, transportation, maintenance, 24-hour concierge, putting green, bocce court, walking trail, activities, trips and more. For more information, visit www.thelegacyatnorthaugusta.org.

The Village at Orchard Ridge Receives $82 Million in Bond Financing

July 20, 2011

(WINCHESTER, Va.) – The Village at Orchard Ridge (TVOR), A National Lutheran Community in Winchester, Va., received its tax-exempt bond financing on Tuesday, July 19, 2011 for approximately $82 million. Following the groundbreaking in May, this is another milestone in advancing the construction timeline for the not-for-profit Continuing Care Retirement Community (CCRC).

The bonds will fund construction costs related to The Village at Orchard Ridge and utilize a draw down feature that will limit negative arbitrage as related to the current economic environment. This financing, through partnerships with Hamlin Capital Management, LLC and Raymond James, will feature a series of three tax-exempt bonds providing a blend of variable and fixed-rate debt for the project.

“We are excited about the innovative financing approach that both Hamlin Capital and Raymond James have utilized with this project,” National Lutheran Communities & Services CEO Larry Bradshaw said. “The financing structure will maximize flexibility to construct, stabilize and lower the overall cost of the community.”

Joe Bridy, Partner and Portfolio Manager for Hamlin Capital Management noted that this type of financing structure could become the new standard for CCRCs going forward.

“The TVOR transaction is an incredibly innovative financing that has brought together project finance concepts and made them applicable to a capital markets deal via the tax-exempt bond market,” Bridy said. “We believe the flexibility and efficiency of this structure will be the new standard by which well-capitalized senior living financings are measured. Hamlin is proud to be partnered with National Lutheran Communities & Services and Raymond James in the introduction of this financing structure to the market.”

 

About The Village at Orchard Ridge (TVOR)
The Village at Orchard Ridge in Winchester, Va., is a new planned senior living and health care community on 132 acres. The first phase of construction will offer 178 maintenance-free independent living cottage homes and apartments with home-based assisted living, memory care assisted living and nursing care options. The community is expected to open in 2013. For more information, visit www.orchardridgeva.org

About National Lutheran Communities & Services (NLCS)
Based in Rockville, Md., NLCS is celebrating 120 years of serving seniors and their families as a ministry of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA) and a serving agency of the Metropolitan Washington D.C., Virginia and Delaware-Maryland Synods. Other communities sponsored by NLCS include The Village at Crystal Spring, a new continuing care retirement community – subject to Maryland Department on Aging approval – which will serve as the centerpiece of a multi-generational residential and mixed-use project in Annapolis, Md.; The Village at Orchard Ridge in Winchester, Va., a new planned senior living and health care community; The Village at Rockville in Rockville, Md., which offers residential living, rehabilitation, respite and skilled long term nursing care and is currently undergoing a planned renovation to introduce assisted living, assisted living memory care and home and community based services for residents. For more information, visit www.nationallutheran.org

The Village at Orchard Ridge Appoints Executive Director John Midolo

February 23, 2011

(WINCHESTER, Va.) – The Village at Orchard Ridge (TVOR), A National Lutheran Community in Winchester, Va., announced John Midolo as its Executive Director. With an expected opening of this community in 2013, Midolo will actively be involved in its development and operations.

Midolo has been a health care executive for the past 23 years and since March of 2008, has been the Chief of Operations with The Village at Rockville, A National Lutheran Community in Rockville, Md. He recently completed his Administrator-in Training Program to meet the requirements as a Nursing Home Administrator in Maryland and in Virginia.

During his 23 years in the health care industry he has held several positions including: Regional Director, Sheppard Pratt at Howard County, Columbia, Md.; Senior Vice President of Outpatient Services, Facility Management Associates, Roselle Park, N.J.; Director of Regional Operations, Northern Virginia Doctors Hospital, Arlington, Va.; Chief Executive Officer, Springwood Psychiatric Institute, Leesburg, Va.; Administrator for the Psychiatric Institute of Richmond in Richmond, Va.; and Assistant Administrator for Lake Hospital of the Palm Beaches in Lake Worth, Fla.

“I’m very excited about this opportunity to be involved on the ground-level of a new ministry and community of National Lutheran Communities & Services (NLCS) in the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia,” Midolo said. “I’m proud to continue the great work NLCS has done serving seniors for the past 120 years.”

Midolo received his Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from The University of Miami in Coral Gables, Fla., and a Masters of Science degree with distinguished academic achievement in Health Services Administration from NOVA Southeastern University, Friedt School of Business and Entrepreneurship in Fort Lauderdale, Fla.

He is a member of the National Association of Mental Health Administrators and a former member of the Winchester, Virginia Rotary Club.

“With John’s humor and can-do approach to his work, we know the residents at The Village at Orchard Ridge will enjoy getting to know John in his role as the Executive Director, just as the residents have known John as Chief of Operations for the past few years at The Village at Rockville,” National Lutheran Communities & Services CEO Larry Bradshaw said.

 

About The Village at Orchard Ridge (TVOR)
The Village at Orchard Ridge in Winchester, Va., is a new planned senior living and health care community on 132 acres which in its first phase will offer 158 maintenance-free independent living cottage homes and apartments with home-based assisted living, memory care assisted living and nursing care options. For more information, visit www.orchardridgeva.org

About National Lutheran Communities & Services (NLCS)
Based in Rockville, Md., NLCS is celebrating 120 years of serving seniors and their families as a ministry of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA) and a serving agency of the Metropolitan Washington D.C., Virginia and Delaware-Maryland Synods. Other communities sponsored by NLCS include The Village at Crystal Spring, a new continuing care retirement community – subject to Maryland Department on Aging approval – which will serve as the centerpiece of a multi-generational residential and mixed-use project in Annapolis, Md; The Village at Orchard Ridge in Winchester, Va., a new planned senior living and health care community; The Village at Rockville in Rockville, Md., which offers residential living, rehabilitation, respite and skilled long term nursing care and is currently undergoing a planned renovation to introduce assisted living, assisted living memory care and home & community based services for residents. For more information, visit www.nationallutheran.org

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