This decision guide is designed to help seniors who are considering a move to Shenandoah Valley Westminster-Canterbury to analyze their reasons for making this important decision. It is also intended to help you communicate openly with your family and friends. The questions and information below provide a useful way to affirm your decision and to begin discussions with others about your future plans.

  1. What are the major reasons for considering a move to Shenandoah Valley Westminster-Canterbury?
  2. What can I expect from life At SVWC?
  3. How can I help my family understand the reasons for my move?
  4. What can I expect from Shenandoah Valley Westminster-Canterbury in helping me to preserve my finances?
  5. Contact us.

What are the major reasons for considering a move to Shenandoah Valley Westminster-Canterbury?

There are many. First, as a resident here, you’ll not only live in one of the most lovely locations in the Shenandoah Valley of Northern Virginia, you join a small, intimate group of friends from an incredible range of backgrounds: authors, teachers, military officers, diplomats, homemakers, business and government leaders, artists and artisans.

Second, we offer a wide choice of beautiful cottages and apartments for seniors —all maintenance-free, for easy living. Third, as a Lifecare community, we provide the full range of health care services with little change in monthly fees—a sound alternative to the ever-rising cost of long-term care. Enjoy retirement living with no worries.  There’s no need to gamble on the future with regards to your healthcare or your financial freedom.

What’s more, we are financially strong, with more than 25 years of success. In fact, we are accredited by CARF-CCAC, the independent authority that evaluates continuing care retirement communities (CCRCs) for fiscal stewardship and quality of services. Only 12% of all CCRCs in America earn this distinction.

And then there’s the biggest reason – our employees and professional staff, who are by far our most important asset. Our primary goal is to deliver individually-focused service and support in a residential community setting.

What can I expect from life At SVWC?

Here our focus is on a healthy and maintenance-free lifestyle that leaves you the freedom to spend your retirement as you like. As one of the top retirement communities in Northern Virginia, we ensure that everything here is designed for comfort, style and, above all, abundant choices — from your fitness routine to your dining venues to your plans for the day.

From our Bistro Concert Series to guest lecturers from the region’s great universities, you’ll find engrossing events happening all the time. And our state-of-the-art fitness center, walking trails and on-site medical staff all promote good health so you can enjoy everything this extraordinary retirement community has to offer.

Popular amenities make life easy and convenient. Services include a hair salon, full-service bank with ATM, postal services, library, resident business center and gift shoppe. Residents also enjoy free transportation to events and appointments.

With Winchester, Virginia, as your home base, our senior living community puts you at the center of fun and fascination in every direction. Enjoy sightseeing amid spectacular scenery, relive history in great museums and on legendary battlefields, attend music and theater performances, play golf, go antiquing and more. Visit the Patsy Cline Museum, explore the Luray Caverns, hike the Appalachian Trail, or attend the Shenandoah Wine Festival. There’s so much to do and see, all right in your backyard.

We’re so sure you’ll love the Shenandoah Valley Westminster-Canterbury lifestyle, we even give you a 100% money-back guarantee.

How can I help my family understand the reasons for my move?

It goes without saying – moving from your present home to a residential senior community is a big decision. In many ways, it’s a family decision that affects not only you, but your loved ones, too. Rest assured that you will be cared for and also given the freedom you desire and the caring you deserve.  Living at SVWC allows both you and your family to live life to the fullest, with the peace of mind of knowing that a caring team is and always will be available when needed.

That’s why it’s important that your family members are fully on board and support you in the decision you make.

Talk it over with your family. Discuss candidly the primary reasons why you are considering a move (e.g., health concerns, minimizing household chores and home maintenance, opportunities for socializing).

Your transition will be made easier by ensuring your family’s questions are answered, and that they are well-informed. When the time is right, offer them a tour of Shenandoah Valley Westminster-Canterbury. Let them meet our staff members and residents and hear first-hand how supportive our retirement community is and how satisfied current residents are.

These testimonies will go a long way toward easing your loved ones’ concerns and reassuring them you are making the right move.
Above all, remember that your children and other family members love and care about you. Your happiness and well-being are their utmost concerns. When they see you are confident about your future, they will be confident – and supportive – too.

What can I expect from Shenandoah Valley Westminster-Canterbury in helping me to preserve my finances?

For those of retirement age, preservation of available finances is of utmost importance now more than ever. As a Lifecare community, Shenandoah Valley Westminster-Canterbury does not raise monthly fees when a resident transitions from independent living to another level of care. Thus residents’ investments are protected from ever-increasing health care costs. Moreover, monthly fees are predictable, as fee increases occur only annually if necessary to meet the cost of living.

Residents have a right to expect that the senior living community they choose as their home is governed and operated in a manner that allows it to remain financially sound and meet its long-term commitments to residents.

Shenandoah Valley Westminster-Canterbury is always willing to provide financial information to allow prospective residents to understand the financial condition of the organization. Examples include audited financial statements, financial forecasts, and information regarding accreditation, debt service and reserves.

At Shenandoah Valley Westminster-Canterbury, we adhere to established industry standards for full financial disclosure concerning our operations. These Best Practices are established by Leading Age™ and the American Seniors Housing Association.

It is important to us that each resident thoroughly understand our overall financial condition, the specific terms of the agreement for housing, care and other services, as well as our policies governing refund and/or repayment of initial entry fees.

Contact Us

We’re ready to help you as you discuss future living options with your children or other loved ones.

Contact us today at 540-665-5914, and let us give you an opportunity to tour our unique retirement community, answer all your questions, and introduce you to our best resource of all: people who have already made a decision to live at Shenandoah Valley Westminster-Canterbury and are very happy with the outcome. We will also be pleased to be your host for a complimentary overnight stay.

New ventures are exciting at any age—we can’t wait to help you get started on yours.