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Westminster Canterbury Foundation Programs

Inspiring generosity makes it possible for Westminster Canterbury Richmond to have a margin of excellence you won’t find just anywhere. Every year more than 1,000 generous donors ensure the best life possible for our residents.

  • Fellowship Program

    Fellowship provides seniors-in-need with life care – housing, meals, medical expenses and all the vital living Westminster Canterbury has to offer. Around 110 individuals are served through this program annually with the promise that no one will ever be asked to leave due to an inability to pay. We have the largest financial aid program for a single-site retirement community in the entire country! Donors like you make that possible.

    Thanks to your gifts to the Fellowship Program:

    • Recipients include new and existing 80% are women, many of whom are single or widowed.
    • Since 1975 more than 540 residents have received $70 million in assistance.
    • Fellowship is supported by gifts to the Annual Fellowship Fund and income from Fellowship Endowments.
    • All Fellowship grants are covered solely through charitable gifts, never as part of resident fees.

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  • Healthcare Excellence

    Healthcare excellence is our goal at Westminster Canterbury – we are striving to provide the very finest healthcare for residents of any senior care community in America. Our leadership understands that a fully developed, ambitious, ongoing program of clinical training is key to being able to provide the best care to residents. Your gifts assure training for all caregivers, making a real difference in the care every resident receives.

    • Our Preceptor Program is a meaningful example of our commitment to being an innovator in senior living. Having this type of program, coupled with a dedicated full-time Clinical Educator on staff, is not unusual in large hospitals, but highly unusual for a continuing care retirement community.
    • Additional certified nursing assistants improve an already strong staff-to-resident ratio.
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  • Wellness

    You won’t find a more holistic approach to wellness than at Westminster Canterbury Richmond. Here, we care about inspiring the mind, nurturing the spirit and strengthening the body by embracing all dimensions of wellness at every level of life. Our goal is to shift the perception from just physical wellness to a definition of wellness as holistic and comprehensive. Activities are designed to help residents learn the importance of a well-balanced lifestyle and increase the awareness of whole person wellness. Donors make it possible to:

    • Offer unique trial fitness programs that test resident interest and results and shape future opportunities.
    • Allow staff to advance their knowledge and receive certifications that allow them to provide our residents with improved service.
    • Improve memory and strengthen concentration through fun computerized games. Dakim® Brain Fitness touch screens are placed throughout campus.
    • Provide a comprehensive Fall Prevention program that includes educational classes and weeks of targeted strength training. This innovative program produces measurable results.
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  • Memory Support

    Dementia diseases are on the rise.  This reality spurs Westminster Canterbury Richmond toward finding ways to help current and future residents, caregivers and families deal with the impending wave. Throughout our three distinct levels of memory care living, we employ caring nursing and recreational staff who are experts in their field.  Studies and experience show that frequent, regularly scheduled therapy programs for people with dementia unlock memories. Because of generous donors who truly understand the impact and believe in caring, evidence-based intervention, we are able to offer: 

    • Music therapy
    • Art therapy
    • Horticulture therapy
    • Exercise therapy
    • Spiritual programs offered by our memory support chaplain

    When Words Fail:  Practical Ministry to People with Dementia and Their Caregivers was created by Westminster Canterbury Foundation with the Rev. Kathy Fogg Berry. The book, instructional DVD and Study Guide are available at www.WhenWordsFail.comWhen Words Fail seminars are offered periodically at Westminster Canterbury Richmond.

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  • Studio Arts

    In our arts studios, experienced and budding artists and crafters flourish, discovering new passions and hobbies that ensure a vibrant life. Your gifts provide classes taught by experienced instructors and materials for expressing creativity in wide-ranging classes in painting, jewelry-making, woodworking, crafts and more.  According the National Institutes of Health, arts engagement for seniors improves memory, creativity, problem solving, everyday competence, reaction time, balance/gait and quality of life.

    • 89% of the cost of studio arts programs is covered by charitable gifts.
    • Wide-ranging classes are offered in painting, jewelry making, woodworking, crafts and more.
    • The McGue-Millhiser Arts Studio, McCord Clay Studio and Gordon Woodworking Shop are open for individual exploration as well as classes taught by experienced instructors.
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  • Performing Arts

    The Sara Belle November Theater, specially designed for the comfort of older adults, is one of only a few on the campus of a retirement community anywhere in the country! Coming together to experience live, world-class quality performing arts is vitally important to creating a sense of community that unites us all. More than 75 performances, forums and lectures are offered each year, due to the generosity of donors – never from resident fees.

    • 100% of performances are free to all residents to assure that all residents might attend, regardless of their health or financial status.
    • The best of Richmond’s local performing arts groups entertain and engage with our residents regularly throughout the seasons.
    • Exciting touring productions bring even more joy and connection, with favorites including Golden Dragon Acrobats, The Capitol Steps, A Band Called Honalee, Hot Club of San Francisco and more. 
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  • Pastoral Care

    As a faith-based community we believe spiritual growth and connection are imperative. Our weekly schedule includes study and prayer, respectful of many faith traditions. Lectures and interfaith series, social gatherings and workshops are held regularly, bringing local and national speakers to our community to challenge us to grow in faith and in connection with those around us. Donors who are passionate about the importance of faith make it possible to:

    • Provide additional chaplains and interns to serve our residents.
    • Fund a memory support ministry dedicated solely to our residents with dementia, their families and their caregivers.
    • Host lectures by sought-after spiritual leaders and educators.
    • Provide on-campus educational opportunities to local clergy through our When Words Fail seminars.
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  • Child Development Center

    Intergenerational magic happens every day at our Child Development Center. Ages 8 weeks to 100 are brought together through fulfilling programming that enriches the lives of our children and our residents. Innovative programming teaches children the often overlooked skill of compassion and caring for those around you. Generous donors provide for:

    • Discounted childcare and need-based scholarships for staff children
    • Summer camp enrichment opportunities
    • Enhanced literacy training through the Handwriting Without Tears program
    • Conscious Discipline training
    • New curriculum, materials and equipment
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  • Workforce Development

    Nationwide, there is a workforce crisis in senior-focused organizations. To combat this donors support training and education opportunities needed to secure and retain the most talented workforce.

    • Our Professional School of Learning provides not only regulatory training but classes in service excellence, team building and leadership.
    • Emerging Leaders and PEAK programs provide intensive training that give promising staff the knowledge and skills they need to affect positive change across our campus.
    • Internships provide full scholarships to gain CNA education and licensing.
    • Educational scholarships are available to all staff to provide growth and advancement opportunities.
    • Staff donations to our WEAVE program (Workforce—Education—Assistance—Volunteer—Engagement) provide funds for fellow staff to pursue education, cope with emergencies, volunteer as part of our community needs outreach, and engage through activity and appreciation.

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