If you had to choose a perfect place to spend your golden years, Westminster Canterbury of the Blue Ridge would probably rank as a top contender. This continuing care retirement community offers a full continuum of care, including a large assisted living component. Residents of Westminster Canterbury of the Blue Ridge can spend their days enjoying a full schedule of activities or quietly relaxing on one of the outdoor patios, where expansive views of the surrounding mountains are almost intoxicating. This is a beautifully maintained facility that offers exceptional care to its residents, in addition to its location on a mountaintop just outside of Charlottesville.My mother was a resident at another assisted living community, and I took her to Westminster Canterbury to visit a friend, who had moved there after she was unable to live on her own. We were both overwhelmed with the idyllic location and the airy atmosphere that existed in the various building and cottages. On this particular day, the drive up the mountainside provided breathtaking vistas. On one side, you could see the town of Charlottesville and the University of Virginia campus. On the other side, you could see the gently rolling hills of the Blue Ridge Mountains. It is a beautiful and peaceful location."Catered living" is the term that Westminster Canterbury uses to describe their assisted living services, which includes the 24/7 healthcare oversight, medication management, daily help with dressing, toileting, bathing and other personal need, and housekeeping and laundry services. Residents also have three nutritious meals in their choice of dining areas, plus an array of fresh fruit and snacks throughout the day. Because of its location, there is scheduled transportation to doctor appointments, as well as outings and other recreational trips. Living here is not cheap; you have a rather substantial entrance fee plus hefty monthly rent, so this is a place for those who have a considerable amount of savings.One of the best features about Westminster Canterbury is its sense of community. Every effort is made to camouflage that it is an assisted living facility. The nursing staff and aides dress in brightly colored uniforms that look more like street clothes than antiseptic scrubs. They are bright and positive and treat all the residents with love and respect.Westminster Canterbury has more to do and more activities than the average assisted living facility, including a fully stocked library, a beautiful therapeutic pool, a beauty salon, music recital areas and walking and nature trails, that are wheelchair accessible. The calendar of activities is also full, so no resident is ever bored. This is an impressive place for you or your loved one, on the condition that you have the ability to pay the hefty charges. That is the only negative thing about Westminster Canterbury of the Blue Ridge.