Lakewood now provides short-term rehabilitative care

By Ann Lovell

lakewoodRICHMOND, Virginia—Lakewood, a LifeSpire of Virginia continuing care retirement community, is now accepting direct admissions from outside referral sources into its skilled nursing facility. Based on recent approval from the Virginia State Health Commissioner, Lakewood will offer short-term rehabilitative care and other nursing services.

“This allows us to expand our 37-year tradition of providing exceptional health care in a faith-based, family environment to the greater Richmond community,” said Jeff McInnis, executive director of Lakewood.

Lakewood has earned a 5-star rating through Nursing Home Compare. Calculated by, Nursing Home Compare contains quality of care and staffing information for the more than 15,000 Medicare- and Medicaid-participating nursing homes across the U.S. The system rates each nursing home on health inspections, staffing and quality measures, then combines those three ratings to calculate an overall rating, with one being lowest and five highest.

Lakewood offers a number of services and amenities that make it appealing to people recovering from accidents or illness, McInnis said. Nestled on 128 acres in Richmond’s West End, the quiet community boasts a low CNA and nurse turnover rate, promoting continuity of care and demonstrating the staff’s commitment to rehabilitative success.

“Direct admit clients will work with experienced therapists who will help them reach their rehabilitation goals quickly,” McInnis said. “Our fully-equipped therapy gym with ADL kitchen helps clients best simulate the tasks they will need to do when they return home.”

Like Lakewood residents, direct admit clients also enjoy meals prepared by a trained chef and offered in restaurant-style dining rooms. They may order directly from the menu and have access to the services of a registered dietitian. At the end of a stay in Lakewood’s skilled nursing facility, direct admit clients may transition to assisted living or independent living levels of care if they are functionally and financially approved.

For more information, contact Felicity Wood, Administrator of Health Services, (804) 521-9151,


Ann Lovell is Corporate Director of Communications for LifeSpire of Virginia, formerly Virginia Baptist Homes. For more information, email or call (804) 521-9192.

LifeSpire of Virginia operates four continuing care retirement communities in Virginia: The Chesapeake in Newport News, The Culpeper in Culpeper, The Glebe in Daleville and Lakewood in Richmond.