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