I have many friends who made the move to Westminster-Canterbury, a continuing care retirement community located just outside the city of Richmond. Over the years I have spent quite a bit of time visiting and participating in many of their events and activities. When the time comes to make a move to assisted living, I hope that I will be able to move into one of their apartments.
Westminster-Canterbury is one of the more prestigious assisted living facilities in the area. Because of how it operates, residents must invest a considerable amount of money in an apartment and then pay a pricey monthly maintenance fee. In return, they are guaranteed perpetual care at Westminster-Canterbury, which includes any necessary moves to their nursing facility or dementia care unit. As a continuing care retirement community, you get ""care for life"" when you make your initial down payment and buy-in.
Westminster-Canterbury recently underwent a major renovation, adding hundreds of new apartment units and renovating the older buildings and facilities. The result is a beautiful campus which provides residents with everything they need on-site. A state-of-the-art theater hosts concerts and plays, and the swimming pool can be used for recreation as well as therapeutic exercises.
The heart of Westminster-Canterbury, however, is its care. Residents in the assisted living complex are pampered by the staff and given many choices in how they choose to spend their days and evenings. While on-demand assistance is available 24/7, many residents are more independent and can choose whether to eat in their room, in the elegant dining room, or at one of the many snack bars or cafeterias. The nurses are always present, yet they quietly blend into the atmosphere, making the facility seem less like a nursing home and more like a college dormitory.
Living at Westminster-Canterbury is only for those who have enough money to make the initial investment and continue to pay hefty monthly fees; yet, living there provides peace of mind for both the resident and their family. Every one of my friends is happy there. They feel relieved that help is only a call button away should they need it, and they are excited and energized by the variety of activities available.
Westminster-Canterbury provides excellent care in an elegant southern setting for those who can afford it; although there are programs available for individuals who have limited means, the waiting list is long, so the only negative factor about this facility is the affordability quotient. Not everyone has the means to live here. But if you do and you can qualify for a room, Westminster-Canterbury is a top notch place to spend your retirement years.