Hazel Harrison Wins 2024 Influencer Award

Hazel grew up on a small farm in Charlotte County, Virginia. She was the oldest of six children and spent most of her time at home helping take care of her younger siblings, working hard in school, and going tochurch on Sundays. She had a very independent spirit and needed to reach beyond the rural …

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Gardening in Your Golden Years: Benefits and How to Get Started

Spring has sprung and it’s time to start planting! Gardening can be a fulfilling activity at any age, but the benefits extend far beyond the plants you grow. The sunshine and fresh air are instant mood boosters and tending to your plants each day can actually be a great way to stay active. Learn more …

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New Chaplain to Support Spiritual Growth, Programs

The Summit recently welcomed Jacob Palma as the first chaplain for the Life Plan Community. Palma will work with the Spiritual Life Committee to lead worship services and programs to support spiritual growth and also provide pastoral care for residents in crisis or transition. He will also be available for team members. The Virginia Baptist …

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Levels of Care Allows Residents to Age in Place at Assisted Living

Residents of The Summit Assisted Living will now be able to age in place. With a commitment to caring for residents at many levels of care, Assisted Living has added care team members and enhanced training. The goal is keeping residents in their private apartment rather than transitioning to rehabilitation or long-term care. “We will …

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Dietician Brings Expertise to Wellness Program

Wellness is one the hallmarks of life at The Summit and a new certified dietician will bring nutrition expertise to the Life Plan Community. Robin Cundiff, RD, RDN, will be at The Summit weekly offering nutrition counseling for residents, along with working closely with the culinary team. “We have many residents on specialized diets, including …

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The Summit Begins Campus Expansion Project, Upgrades

The Summit continues to embark on an exciting campus expansion with renovations on the current commons, renamed the Blue Ridge Commons. A fitness center—featuring new equipment—recently opened, along with expanded bathrooms in the Blue Ridge Commons. A new creative arts room, along with a cafe, opened March 6. The new cafe serves breakfast and lunch …

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Have You Notified Your Beneficiaries?

Naming a loved one or a favorite nonprofit in your estate plans or as a beneficiary of a life insurance policy or retirement plan assets is a heartfelt way to make a lasting impact. Go one step further and tell those beneficiaries about the choices you’ve made. Many people and charities aren’t aware that they …

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New Executive Chef emphasizes scratch-made in Summit kitchen

Dave Wasson, The Summit’s new executive chef, doesn’t have a favorite dish. “Good food is my favorite thing to make,” Dave said. “I really just appreciate that we have the opportunity to do great things here.” Dave spent 20 years in food service for higher education. He and Mitch Rodhe, Director of Culinary Services, worked …

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Celebrating National Volunteer Month

National Volunteer month in the United States takes place in the month of April. This month the Virginia Baptist Homes Foundation is dedicated to honoring all of the volunteers throughout the LifeSpire of Virginia family! In recognizing the volunteers who bring the LifeSpire communities to life, we are reminded of the tale of the starfish and of the …

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