COVID-19 Communications Hub

Mitigation Actions Taken by LifeSpire

  • Baseline testing for COVID-19 was administered at each LifeSpire community in the coming weeks. This testing involves all residents and team members who either reside or work within healthcare, memory care or assisted living care levels. Testing was the week of June 29 at The Glebe and on July 19, the management team received all negative results for all team members and residents. Testing began the week of July 13 at The Culpeper. The first round of testing took place on July 23 at The Chesapeake and August 4 at Lakewood.        
  • Gov. Ralph Northam (D–Va.) announced that phase two of the re-opening process today, June 5. At this time, LifeSpire’s four communities will also begin to re-open some sections. For specific guidance, email questions to
  • On March 3, LifeSpire issued a memo to all residents, staff, families and vendors that outlined the procedures the company implemented to keep residents safe. At that time, LifeSpire mandated that all visitors and staff be screened before entry into the higher levels of care—assisted living, health care and memory care—ahead of the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommendations. 
  • On March 10, LifeSpire limited visitors to those necessary to residents’ wellbeing or in end-of-life situations. LifeSpire communities continued screening all visitors, staff and vendors who entered the higher levels of care areas and further expanded screenings to all entrances at the community.
  • On March 13, LifeSpire restricted all visitors except in instances of end-of-life before the CDC made this recommendation. Every person who entered the community had to be screened for symptoms.
  • All communal dining and group activities were suspended on March 14. Transportation, except in the cases of medically necessary treatments and appointments, was also suspended that day.
  • LifeSpire started quarantining all non-essential packages on April 2. This policy was implemented due to recent research that shows the virus can live on surfaces for up to 72 hours.
  • Any LifeSpire team members who test positive and are asymptomatic will stay home for 14 days after the test date. If the team member becomes symptomatic while out they are required to be asymptomatic for seven consecutive days with no fever for three days or two negative test results 24 hours apart before they will be permitted to return to work.

Community Contacts

If you have questions or concerns, please reach out to the community’s administrator of health care:

The Chesapeake Barbara Jackson-Ingram – 757-223-1677

The Culpeper Jim Jacobsen – 540-321-1301

The Glebe Ellen D’Ardenne – 540-591-2104

Lakewood Felicity Wood – 804-521-9151

Lakewood At Home Tammy Mackey – 804-521-9243

Questions may be submitted via email at

Additional Resources

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

World Health Organization

Virginia Department of Health

Leading Age of Virginia

Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services

LifeSpire, VBH Foundation Award $20,000 in College Scholarships

LifeSpire of Virginia and the Virginia Baptist Homes Foundation (VBHF) are pleased to announce the 2020 scholarship recipients. A total of $20,000 was awarded to 22 deserving individuals. The scholarships are funded by the LifeSpire Employee Education Fund.

The fund provides financial assistance for deserving team members to obtain higher education, as well as updated training and specialized skillsets. 

Support is awarded with grants in two categories:

  • Tuition Reimbursement toward a degree, continuing education or certification that is not covered by the community budget
  • College Scholarships for college-age team members, team member’s children and grandchildren

“The LifeSpire mantra, ‘Faith.  Wellness. Community.’ represents an unwavering commitment to residents’ wellbeing and health; contentment and engagement; independence and safety.  The same values include LifeSpire’s team members and are supported in part by the LifeSpire Employee Education Fund. We are honored to help our staff and families in fulfilling their higher educational dreams. We wish everyone good luck in their future—especially our high school seniors who are leaving LifeSpire and heading off to their first year of college.”

VBHF Vice President Jodi Leonard

2020 Scholarship Recipients

The Culpeper

  • Tykia Cottoms, dining
  • Shannon Cottrell, nursing
  • Armani Hoffman, dining
  • Capone Hoffman, dining
  • Lauren Jamison, dining
  • Kaitlyn Shifflett, daughter of Rada Nicody, dining
  • Anna Camille Stein, dining
  • Cheyanne Washington, dining

The Glebe

  • Cynthia Duarte, daughter of Dilma Duarte (housekeeping) & Robert Duarte (dining)
  • Tessa Goad, daughter of Angie Goad, marketing
  • Cody Hatter, grandson of Joyce Horton, dining
  • Coby Kingery, dining
  • Kendrick Messerich, dining
  • Brauxton Munshi, security
  • Lauren Rakes, dining
  • Samantha Reid, nursing


  • Shakiera Branch, granddaughter of Jimmy Edmonds (housekeeping) & Mary Edmonds (health care)
  • Jessica Cookmeyer, marketing
  • Desiree Johnson, dining
  • Mujinga Kapanga, health care
  • Mary McLaughlin, daughter of Steve McLaughlin, maintenance
  • Karishma Vahora, daughter of Hamidaben Vahora, housekeeping

Lakewood Opens Align Senior Clinic in Partnership with Ally Align Health

Clinic offers safe, convenient primary care for all residents

Lakewood, a LifeSpire of Virginia community, and AllyAlign Health, a care management company focused on improving care access and quality of life for residents in senior living communities, are pleased to announce the opening of Align Senior Clinic. The clinic is a collaboration between Lakewood and AllyAlign Health, providing onsite primary care services exclusively for Lakewood residents.

The Align Senior Clinic, located in the Health Services Building on Lakewood’s campus at 1900 Lauderdale Drive in Henrico County, is open Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m.– 4:30 p.m.

Designed with input from the Lakewood Resident Advisory Committee and the Lakewood leadership team, the clinic offers service options for all levels of care needs, including clinic-based, home and telehealth visits.

“We are excited about Align Senior Clinic’s ability to provide a wide spectrum of options for all residents in all health levels, ranging from same-day sick visits to concierge-style care for residents who need to be monitored for chronic conditions or who require complete care management,” said Barrett Way, executive director of Lakewood. “This is just one way that Lakewood is elevating the level of service and care for residents so they can live the life they envision.”

The Align Senior Clinic is part of AllyAlign Health’s ongoing commitment to providing innovative care models that improve the wellbeing of senior housing residents. “Now, more than ever, having access to high-quality, safe and convenient care is an expected part of the senior housing community experience,” said Will Saunders, founder and CEO of AllyAlign Health. “Align Senior Clinic furthers our mission to seniors and is representative of Lakewood’s commitment to their residents.”

“This new clinic demonstrates our strong commitment to partner with continuing care retirement communities in a big way moving forward in 2020 and beyond,” said Amy Kaszak, president of special needs plans at AllyAlign Health. “Every resident at Lakewood now has easy access to services to assist them as they transition through the continuum of care.”

LifeSpire to Expand Independent Living Options in Culpeper

25 New Cottages Coming Soon

LifeSpire of Virginia is pleased to announce the expansion of its independent living options at its community in Culpeper, Va. Sitework is underway for 25 new cottages at The Culpeper Retirement Community—a 100-acre continuing care community where residents enjoy a variety of offerings that cater to their individual wellness, social, intellectual and spiritual needs.

Sitework at The Culpeper began in June 2020 with construction scheduled to begin in late summer. The initial phase of the project is to build 25 cottages with an additional 11 cottages possible in future phases. The cottages will be built in five floor plans that range in size from approximately 1,200 square feet to 1,800 square feet.

“This project is fueled by in-depth market and industry research. As a result, this is an exciting time to live at work at The Culpeper as we embark on this venture to bring an innovative product to our community,” said Jonathan Cook, LifeSpire president and CEO. “I’m looking forward to seeing The Culpeper continue to grow and welcome new members to our extended LifeSpire family.”

The first Culpeper cottages are expected to be available in 2021.

VBH Foundation Announces Influencer Award

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The Virginia Baptist Homes (VBH) Foundation is proud to announce the inaugural 2020 Influencer Awards. 

The Influencer Award is given to a champion of the Foundation from each of LifeSpire’s four communities who causes a positive effect on its mission to enhance the lives of our residents at LifeSpire. Influencers embody the core values through their spirit, their engagement and their generosity.

The awards recognize the outstanding service of individuals whose efforts take on many forms, including volunteer time, charitable giving and pro bono support. What all of the honorees have in common, however, is the positivity and commitment to the ongoing work of the VBH Foundation: to faithfully support LifeSpire’s benevolent mission of providing hope and security for seniors.

Like a tree can’t grow without the influence of the sun, the Foundation cannot grow without the support and generosity of its influencers and supporters—together building vibrant places to live where faith, wellness, and community flourish.

The 2020 Influencers will be honored this fall in each community. An online journal is available for sponsorship ads in recognition of the honorees. For more information about the Influencer Awards and about the four 2020 honorees, please go to

Please join us in congratulating:

  • Dr. Edith B. Ellis – Lakewood
  • Dr. Jesse W. Hughes, Jr. – The Chesapeake
  • Rev. Dr. Guy D. Mattox, Jr. – The Culpeper
  • Mrs. Pam Renga – The Glebe

Please contact Mary Beth Moody in the Foundation office at or 804-521-9229 with questions or to purchase an ad in support of this year’s honorees.

LifeSpire Sponsors 2020 Virtual Walk for Hope

As part of our ongoing efforts to give back to the communities where we all live and work, LifeSpire of Virginia is pleased to announce that LifeSpire is sponsoring the upcoming 2020 Virtual Walk for Hope to benefit HopeTree Family Services—an organization dedicated to empowering families, youth and adults to lead fulfilling lives by fostering hope through God’s love. The event will take place Saturday, July 11. The goal is to raise money and awareness for HopeTree programs.

Because this is a virtual event, anyone can participate. The LifeSpire leadership team encourages our team members, residents, families and all interested parties to be active for 30 minutes between the hours of 8 a.m. – 12 p.m. in honor of the Walk for Hope.

Here are some ways you can participate on July 11:

  • Take a walk or bike ride
  • Take your dog for a walk
  • Go for a hike
  • Walk or run on the treadmill
  • Play catch, basketball, or kick a soccer ball around with a friend
  • Wash your family car
  • Do some gardening or yard work
  • Try yoga
  • Dance

Anyone who raises or donates at least $35 will get a 2020 Virtual Walk for Hope shirt. HopeTree will be mailing shirts after the walk.

Register and donate online.

Donations may also be mailed to:
HopeTree Family Services
c/o Janna Lee
PO Box 849
Salem, VA 24153

COVID-19 Baseline Testing Schedule

Thank you to LifeSpire residents, families and staff for adherence to the precautions and guidelines which have been put in place over the last several months. LifeSpire’s proactive approach to these precautions has proven thus far to be beneficial to all. As the LifeSpire team continues to be vigilant with our efforts to control and prevent the spread of COVID-19, we fully understand that wellness is defined not only by physical status but also psychosocial wellbeing. This is why we are working diligently with the Virginia Department of Health (VDH) to implement the testing plans and procedures which will enable us to move through the COVID phases, issued by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), in an expedient manner.

The following provides a high-level understanding of the impact of each phase for residents, families and team members:

  • Phase 1 – Current State: visitation only in end of life circumstance and medical necessity
  • Phase 2 – Small group activities and limited communal dining will be put in place
  • Phase 3 – Indoor visitation will be permitted if appropriate precautions are taken (i.e. screening, facemasks, sanitize hands and social distancing)

The timing as to when each campus will enter each of these phases is based upon the timing and results of testing for COVID-19 which is required by VDH and CMS to enter phase two. This testing involves all residents and team members who either reside or work within healthcare, memory care or assisted living care levels. Everyone will be tested according to VDH requirements, twice over a seven to ten-day period. Each campus consults with a local health department in the respective region to determine actions needed as the testing process begins and is carried out.

To the greatest extent possible, the least invasive short swab test will be used. There will be a special team of employees assigned to carry out these procedures. If there are any positive test results, we will be required to trace the contacts of the infected individual and possibly quarantine residents who have had close contact with this individual. If a resident is infected, they will be placed on quarantine for fourteen days. If a team member is infected, they will be sent home to recover for this same duration.

Although we have taken all precautions and have a generous supply of personal protective equipment (PPE), it is possible that one or more of our campuses yield positive results. This outcome may place a strain on both staffing and PPE inventory. To ensure we mitigate these risks, we are staggering testing dates as follows:

  • The Glebe – Week of June 29
  • The Culpeper – Week of July 13
  • The Chesapeake – Week of July 23              
  • Lakewood – Week of August 4

Please keep in mind that these dates are subject to change based upon prospective receipt of more specific guidelines from VDH. In such cases, we will post alternative dates for this testing and the results related thereto in the COVID-19 section of each campuses’ website. As these dates draw near, please be looking for more detailed correspondence from your campuses’ clinical team. In the meantime, if you have any questions, please feel free to reach out to the health care administrator or executive director of your community.

Averett University Accepting Applications for Online Classes

Full-Time LifeSpire Employees to Receive 40% Off Tuition

LifeSpire of Virginia is pleased to announce that our partner, Averett University, is continuing to operate Averett University Online as normal and has committed to educating our employees. As an Averett partner, full-time LifeSpire employees receive a 40% reduction in tuition cost—20% from Averett, plus the 20% match from LifeSpire.

Averett University will be offering information sessions for online programs every Tuesday until the end of June. Registration is available online.

The Averett team will assist employees every step of the way. With an extensive offering of programs and support from experienced faculty and staff, Averett University’s online degree programs and online classes offer the flexibility to gain more skills and expand potential—at any time.

The next online session starts on August 12. Applications may be submitted online.

LifeSpire Hires Corporate Recruiter

LifeSpire of Virginia is pleased to announce that Jillian Stokes has been named corporate recruiter. Stokes was promoted to this position from her previous role as human resources support specialist.

In this role, she will be responsible for developing and implementing recruitment strategies to fill key positions at all LifeSpire locations. Additionally, she will provide support to community human resources departments and hiring managers to identify and hire high quality candidates.

“Jillian is a very valuable asset to each of our locations in support of all human resources functions. In recent months, she has also stepped in to assist with recruitment and her efforts have helped the communities tremendously,” said Corporate Director of Human Resources Megan Leftwich. “Focusing solely on recruitment as her full-time role will greatly assist the communities in hiring and retaining the best talent.”

Stokes joined the LifeSpire team in 2018. She previously worked as a national account manager and administrative assistant at MinistryResource.

Stokes and her husband, Steven, reside in Richmond with their French bulldog, Uno.

LifeSpire Launches COVID Care Recognition Program

April 21 marks seven weeks since LifeSpire’s first communication regarding the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. It is day 35 since the home office temporarily closed. It has been 39 days since visitor restrictions were implemented at each of our four communities.  

For the past 38 days our dining services teams have prepared and delivered all meals to each resident in their community. Resident services team members hosted virtual events and helped family members connect with their loved ones via video call. Housekeeping and facilities teams upped their efforts to clean and sanitize every surface. Marketing team members hosted virtual tours and facilitated move-ins for new residents while adhering to social distancing guidelines. Nurses donned respirators, gloves, goggles, shields and gowns to care for our residents. 

Every team member has stepped up to the plate during this incredibly difficult time. They put their own health and the safety of their families on the line to provide top-notch care for our communities.  

The risk they are all taking is not lost on the LifeSpire management team which is why we are launching a COVID Care Recognition Program designed to thank those who are going above and beyond during this pandemic. Each day, LifeSpire will award a $250 bonus to team members or a $250 gift card to contractors who are nominated for their efforts. The bonus will be added to the team member’s next scheduled paycheck and gift cards will be distributed to the recipient. This recognition will be awarded every day until the pandemic restrictions are lifted.  

Nominations will be accepted from fellow team members, managers or residents.

To nominate a LifeSpire team member:

  • Send the name, community and title of the person you are nominating to Corporate Director of Communications Hillary Smith at
  • Include a few sentences explaining what the nominee has done to deserve this recognition.
  • Photos or videos are welcomed and may be used on social media to further recognize our team members.

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