Senior Living in Staunton, VA Gets Better


(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

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

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