When to Get On the Wait List at a Retirement Community

If you or a loved one is considering their senior living options, you likely have started doing research on the retirement communities. Or perhaps you have a loved one in need of long-term care or memory care and staying in the home will not be safe for much longer. With all the different communities and… Read more

LifeSpire of Virginia Announces Dr. Tiffany Franks As New Board Member

LifeSpire of Virginia is pleased to announce that Dr. Tiffany Franks, President of Averett University, has joined its Board of Trustees. The appointment comes as part of the organization’s ongoing partnership with the university. In her role as trustee, Franks will provide strategic leadership, planning and oversight for the organization. Franks became President of Averett University… Read more

Ways to Support the VBH Foundation This Holiday Season

For many people, the holiday season is all about giving gifts to loved ones, decorating, preparing favorite recipes, spending time with family and friends and reflecting on the year’s blessings. As you make your list, you may want to consider a gift in the form of benevolence this year. For 70 years, LifeSpire of Virginia… Read more

Using the Holiday Season to Talk to Your Family About Your Future Care

As the holiday season gets underway and families come together to celebrate, it may seem like a good time to broach the topic of your future care with adult children. Conversations like this can be awkward and difficult for both parties, especially amidst the joy of the season. Each may feel a bit of denial… Read more

LifeSpire of Virginia Promotes Jodi Leonard to Vice President of the VBH Foundation

LifeSpire of Virginia is pleased to announce that Jodi Leonard has been selected as the vice president of the Virginia Baptist Homes (VBH) Foundation. In this role, Leonard will lead the annual planning, relationship building and fundraising administration for the organization. For the past four years, she served as the organization’s director of development. Her… Read more

LifeSpire Congratulates Culpeper Baptist Church for AARP Community Partner of the Year Award

On November 12, Culpeper Baptist Church received the AARP Virginia Community Partner of the Year Award during the AARP Virginia All-Volunteer Assembly in Richmond. The church won the award as a result of its community engagement and partnership with LifeSpire’s community in Culpeper, Va., The Culpeper. Hans Murdock, the senior adult pastor and chaplain at… Read more

LifeSpire of Virginia Hires Corporate Director of Communications

LifeSpire of Virginia recently named Hillary Smith as Corporate Director of Communications. Smith is replacing Ann Lovell who accepted a role with the International Mission Board. In this role, Smith is responsible for oversight and direction of public and media relations, social media, crisis communication and reputation management.    “We are pleased to welcome Hillary… Read more

LifeSpire welcomes Corporate Director of Construction Management

LifeSpire of Virginia recently named Derek Meyer as Corporate Director of Construction Management. Meyer is replacing Stan Patterson who is retiring. In this role, Meyer is responsible for oversight and direction of construction, expansion and renovation of all LifeSpire communities.    “We are pleased to welcome Derek to the LifeSpire family. His progressive experience in… Read more

LifeSpire welcomes VP of Information Technology

RICHMOND, Virginia—LifeSpire of Virginia recently named Robert Wilbanks to the newly created position of Vice President of Information Technology. In this role reporting to the Chief Financial Officer, Wilbanks leads LifeSpire’s information technology efforts and is responsible for all aspects of information technology, project management, systems analysis, cyber-security and business management pertaining to LifeSpire and… Read more

Just Keep Singing: Music And Dementia

By Ann Lovell Bernice Thomas* sits down at the piano. Her hair is professionally styled, as always, and her pink blouse gives her skin a healthy glow. Her smile is infectious. “What do you want me to play?” she asks. “Play a hymn,” her daughter encourages. “Play ‘Jesus loves me.’” Thomas thinks for a moment…. Read more