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NLCS’ Chief Financial Officer Named to LeadingAge Maryland Board

July 03, 2014

Rockville, MD- National Lutheran Communities & Services’ (NLCS) Chief Financial Officer Michael Brady was selected to join LeadingAge Maryland’s Board of Directors on January 23. Brady will serve a three-year term as the exclusive financial expert among the directors for the charitable organization.

LeadingAge Maryland was established in April 2012 as a community of not-for-profit aging services providers working together to shape the future of aging in the state of Maryland. The association represents a strong and undiluted voice that effects change and advocacy in policy, education and public arenas. Due to its new establishment, the Board’s primary focus will be to support and help govern senior leadership as they work towards continued growth and greater advocacy.

“We are pleased to welcome Michael Brady to the Board of Directors.  Mike brings a firm commitment to not-for-profit organizations working together to expand the possibilities for aging in Maryland,” LeadingAge Maryland President and CEO Jill Schumann said. “His knowledge of financial issues will be of particular value to both the Board and LeadingAge Maryland members.”

Brady noted that being in the Washington D.C. area provides opportunities for national advocacy.

“The LeadingAge Board is seeking to build relationships and expand the educational element across all departments in aging services,” Brady said. “As part of NLCS’ leadership team, one of the organizational goals is to be a role model within the industry. I look forward to sharing my knowledge and helping mold LeadingAge Maryland where I can.”

 

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 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

About LeadingAge Maryland

LeadingAge Maryland is a community of not-for-profit aging services organizations serving residents and clients through continuing care retirement communities, senior housing, assisted living, nursing homes and home and community based services. The association represents a strong and undiluted voice for not-for-profits in policy, education and public arenas. For more information, visit www.leadingagemaryland.org

Annapolis Named in Forbes Top 25 Places to Retire

June 23, 2014

Annapolis has been deemed one of the top 25 Great Places to Follow Your Passions in Retirement by Forbes. The city is dominated by the Chesapeake Bay—surrounded by three sides of water—and is well known for its recreational boating. We think Annapolis is a great place to retire too. It’s the home of our next continuing care retirement community, The Village at Crystal Spring—A National Lutheran Community (TVCS). Whether your passion is photography, learning to sail or discovering your inner artist, all of those interests and more can be pursued at TVCS.

Forbes identified seven categories focusing on personal leisure-time interests. The categories included arts, fine dining, lifetime learning, volunteering, outdoor activities on water, outdoor activities on land, and golf. According to Forbes’ article, they canvassed statistical databases and previously published assessments by enthusiasts, then evaluated them with internal metrics. Annapolis was chosen, among the likes of Traverse City, Mich., Asheville, N.C. and Austin, Texas.  

TVCS will be the anchor to a planned mixed-use development located at Forest Drive and Spa Road—pending approval by the Maryland Department of Aging. The community will offer seniors a variety of residential, lifestyle and health care options, several dining venues, hotel-style amenities, a chapel, and a health care center with private rooms. Future residents and their families will also enjoy various retail amenities and a shared Village Green within Crystal Spring Annapolis.

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NLCS' Newest Community Featured in Environments for Aging Design Publication

May 27, 2014

(WINCHESTER, Va.) The Village at Orchard Ridge—A National Lutheran Community (TVOR) was included in Environments for Aging’s spring 2014 design publication, published by Long-Term Living. TVOR was selected as one of 43 projects, for creating a town center and village green, surrounded by residences that created an environment conducive for seniors to thrive.  

Long-Term Living is a senior living industry publication that reaches more than 28,000 professionals, including CEOs, Executive Directors, and association members. Each spring they feature a special publication, Environments for Aging, selecting projects from across the nation that address design issues and trends related to the needs of the entire aging population—from nursing home residents to active seniors. A panel of 22 judges compromised of architects, interior designers, providers, regulators, consultants, and researchers determine the awardees.

The two-page spread features interior and exterior photographs of the community and highlights the various attributes that led to the selection. The judges were impressed by TVOR’s ability to work with a challenging site and capitalize on buildable areas.

“The primary organizational feature for TVOR was creating a town center and green space encircled by a variety of senior living residences including market rate and rental options,” Partner at RLPS Architects and TVOR’s lead architect Craig Kimmel shared. He continued to explain the innovative design concepts that contributed to the selection by the panel. “Much like a traditional town, most of the community spaces are on the first floor with apartments on the upper floors. For the homes along the entry drive, we raised the front porches and moved the garages behind the homes, and kept the focus on the pedestrian-friendly streetscape. One distinctive aspect of this community is the small house concept which pairs a 10-bed skilled nursing care house and an 18-bed memory care house, maintaining the desired residential scale and offering operational efficiencies.”

 

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 pre-sales for its Phase II expansion, 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 mid-2016. 
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 and services 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;  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

NLCS Awards First Grant to Diakon Adult Day Services

April 09, 2014

ROCKVILLE, MD- National Lutheran Communities & Services’ (NLCS) Community Impact Council awarded $15,000 to Diakon Adult Day Services at Ravenwood to provide expanded support to in-home caregivers. As one of two recipients, their Caregiver Support Initiative will be implemented in collaboration with local congregations, agencies and associations.

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. One component of the program is to provide grants through an advisory council that evaluates opportunities within Delaware-Maryland, Metropolitan Washington, D.C. and Virginia Synods.  With thoughtful consideration of NLCS’ mission, Diakon Adult Day Services was an ideal choice. 

“We’re delighted to award Diakon the opportunity to fulfill their initiatives in an area where the need for funding is significant,” NLCS’ Chief Philanthropy Officer Kathryn Baerwald said. “Their collaboration with various organizations aligns with our goal to multiply efforts throughout the greater community. That was a distinctive factor in their proposal and we’re enthusiastic that they will continue to have a positive impact on the lives of seniors.”

The Council has set an aggressive agenda for 2014, and they anticipate increasing grant funding each year as NLCS’ Community Impact Program continues to grow.  Each grant is expected to produce models that can be used by congregations and other charitable organizations.

Diakon Adult Day Services’ Administrator Anne Dottavio explains the grant will benefit many seniors and support groups.

“Most of the funding is being spent on subsidizing the care of medical adult day services to provide respite for caregivers,” says Anne Dottavio, administrator of Diakon Adult Day Services and manager of the Ravenwood-based program. “In addition, we have four presentations scheduled at area caregiver support groups to educate participants on addressing the spiritual needs of caregivers; further, in partnership with the local Alzheimer’s Association, we will train area support-group leaders on the same topic at the group’s annual meeting.”

Grant funds, she adds, also will be used to provide chaplaincy presentations at a countywide caregiver support group, a caregiver resource guide for community groups, and quarterly ministry-led weeknight seminars with area congregations and synagogues on caring for aging parents.

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

About Diakon Adult Day Services at Ravenwood Located on the Ravenwood campus of Diakon Senior Living – Hagerstown, Diakon Adult Day Services at Ravenwood provides in-home caregivers with a respite during the weekdays, offering an environment in which participants benefit from activities, nursing care, and various amenities including medication management, nutritious meals, therapy and social service consulting. For more information, visit www.diakon.org/Adult-Day-Services/Ravenwood

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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