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Update – Health Care Community Plans

Thursday, August 6, 2020

We are happy to report that we are in the process of slowly reopening the services offered to our residents at the Health Care Community, The Haven, Assisted Living and Memory Care. We are following the VDH (Virginia Department of Health) and the CMS (Centers of Medicare and Medicaid) guidance for phase reopening. We have submitted our Phase Change Attestation plans to CDH (Chesterfield County Department of health).

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Celebrate Sons and Daughters Day on August 11

Tuesday, August 4, 2020

While our Brandermill Woods neighbors are absolutely the best, everyone also enjoys having family come to visit. The connection, especially between parent and child does not diminish, and often grows stronger as the years pass. That’s why we’re excited to celebrate Sons and Daughters Day on Aug. 11. We hope to see many sons and daughters visiting outside in the weeks to come. 

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Important Status Update from Charmaine Preiss, Executive Director — 7/31/2020

Friday, July 31, 2020

We are starting to receive the results from our second Healthcare Community testing on July 28th. All 53 residents that were tested are negative.We are still waiting on a few employee results but so far, the news is good. We have determined that the employee that tested positive on July 21st was a false positive, which is great news. This is our second consecutive test without a positive case so if the outstanding tests come back negative we can stop our weekly testing for now.

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COVID-19 UPDATE 7/29/2020

Wednesday, July 29, 2020

We have completed our 14-day observation lockdown as of 7/30. Since we have not had an additional COVID case, we will resume our operations at the level they were prior to 7/15. Starting on 7/30, we will begin Step 3 again.

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Important Status Update from Charmaine Preiss, Executive Director — 7/28/2020

Tuesday, July 28, 2020

We are happy to report that we have received negative results for all 11 residents who came in contact with our resident who recently passed away from COVID-19. On July 30, 2020, we will be resuming our operations at the level they were prior to this case. Please be on the lookout for a new list of Protocols in the next few days outlining our plans.

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Important Status Update from Charmaine Preiss, Executive Director — 7/24/2020

Friday, July 24, 2020

We have tested 11 residents who came in contact with our resident who recently passed away from COVID 19, and the test results of 10 have come back negative. One of our employees also tested negative, so right now, we are waiting on that one final result. If all goes well, we are hopeful that on July 30th we can resume our operations at the level they were prior to this case. We will keep you posted when we learn more.

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Important Status Update from Charmaine Preiss, Executive Director — 7/21/2020

Tuesday, July 21, 2020

We are sad to report that our resident from ILU passed away from the coronavirus. The resident’s family is in our thoughts and prayers during this difficult time.

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Important Status Update on Health Care Community PPS

Friday, July 17, 2020

We have known from day one that there would be days where we would have to take steps backwards which sums up the past few days. Today we received the results of our point of prevalence survey in our Health Care Community and discovered that four of our employees have tested positive. On the bright side, all 77 residents and the 158 staff members tested negative. We are still waiting on the results from 10 tests. As of now, all four employees are isolating at home and at the moment are not showing any symptoms of the virus.

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Important Status Update from Charmaine Preiss, Executive Director

Thursday, July 16, 2020

Late yesterday afternoon we discovered that the coronavirus raised its ugly hand again at Brandermill Woods when we learned that one of our independent living residents has a confirmed case that was contracted offsite. The resident has since chosen to quarantine with family members and is no longer on site. We have still taken extra precautions by implementing a 14-day observation lockdown for our independent living residents. Our status in our Assisted living and Memory Care facilities remain the same.

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COVID-19 UPDATE 07/16/20

Thursday, July 16, 2020

Currently we are on a 14-day observation lockdown until July 30th or until further notice depending on COVID-19 Status. Late Wednesday afternoon we were informed of a new COVID-19 case in our Independent Living Community. Our highest priority at the moment is to do all we can to ensure the safety of all of our residents. We will be providing further updates as our plans moving forward are approved by the Health Department.

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Attention All Residents - Important Notice

Wednesday, July 15, 2020

Late Wednesday afternoon we were informed of a new COVID-19 case in our independent living community. As a result, all of our amenities and classes will be closed today until we have had a chance to consult with the Health Department.

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COVID-19 Protocol Update 6/30/2020

Tuesday, June 30, 2020

Dining UpdatesWe will continue with the same limited menu choices for carry-out and dine-in services in order to maintain consistency of offerings to all residents. Hours are: Monday - Saturday 11:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. Carry-out onlySunday and holidays 11:30 a.m.

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Status Update from Charmaine Preiss, Executive Director

Tuesday, June 30, 2020

As we approach the July 4th holiday, I would like to take this moment to reflect on the challenges the creators of this nation faced nearly 250 years ago. Lives were lost, economies were damaged and everyday people paid a heavy toll in their fight for freedom. Every challenge they faced was met with a determination that has

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Peace of Mind at Brandermill Woods

Friday, June 26, 2020

The last weeks and months have been filled with much uncertainty. When 2020 began, we had no idea we’d soon be in the midst of a worldwide pandemic. While we are still living out this story without an ending, we have persevered through months of staying at home and social distancing, and we are proud of how our residents, their families and our team members have all risen to the challenges.At times such as these, we can be glad to be a part of a caring community that puts our neighbors’ safety f...

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Status Update from Charmaine Preiss, Executive Director

Friday, June 19, 2020

For the first time in seven weeks, I can proudly say that Brandermill Woods has no COVID 19 cases in any of our facilities. Our streak of no new cases stands at 37 days which is encouraging. Yet, as the state re-opens and people get out more and more, it will be important for everyone to remain diligent in following the proper

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ILU Protocol Update - 6/18/2020

Thursday, June 18, 2020

Beauty Salon UpdateWho knew a visit to the Beauty Salon would become the talk of the town. The opening of the salon was a big hit among residents. We are expanding our services going forward to provide more flexibility for everyone.Elaine is now taking appointments Tuesday-Friday 9:00 a.m.

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Status Update from Charmaine Preiss, Executive Director

Friday, June 12, 2020

It is with great pleasure to report that we have exceeded our goal of 28 days with no new COVID-19 cases, today is our 30th day. We are so proud of our committed employees who have gone over and above to keep our residents as safe as possible. This week we had eight (8) more of our quarantined residents test negative and are on the mend from COVID-19.

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ILU Covid Protocol Update - 6/4/2020

Thursday, June 4, 2020

Visitation UpdateWe have reached the point when we can start to re-open Brandermill Woods to outside guests for residents in our independent living neighborhood. Starting Wednesday, June 10th, we will offer residents the chance to get together with family and friends on-site based on the following guidelines. Residents who want to schedule a one-hour visit should call Dee Dolan at 744-1173 ext. 302 or email her at ddolan@brandermillwoods.com.

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Status Update from Charmaine Preiss, Executive Director

Thursday, June 4, 2020

I’m happy to report that we are now on day 22 without any new cases of COVID-19 among our residents or staff. That’s encouraging news when you consider eight of our residents who once tested positive have recovered from the illness and now test negative. That leaves us with only 14 residents remaining positive.

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Status Update from Charmaine Preiss, Executive Director

Friday, May 29, 2020

I’m feeling a sense of encouragement today with the latest developments related to our pandemic response. I’m happy to report that we have experienced a total of 16 days without a new COVID-19 case on our property. While we hope we are approaching the end of this coronavirus outbreak, we know there may be setbacks, but our hopes are high.

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ILU Covid Protocol Update - 5/29/2020

Friday, May 29, 2020

Activities Update As many of you know, we have been working to develop ways that our residents can enjoy the facilities at Brandermill Woods. We first started with outdoor fitness classes and now plan to open our Fitness Center on Monday, June 1st, on a limited reservation-based schedule. Initially, we will only allow one person in the facility during a 30-minute workout window.

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Our Seniors are the Best! Celebrating Older Americans Month

Thursday, May 28, 2020

Today’s seniors are amazing. They’ve defended our country, protested for equality, run marathons, written classic literature, composed soaring arias, and they keep making our world a better placer. We know, because at Brandermill Woods, we have some of the best seniors!That’s why we want to celebrate Older Americans Month in May.This special commemoration was established in 1963, when only 17 million living Americans had reached their 65th birthday.

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Memo Correction from Charmaine Preiss, Executive Director

Thursday, May 21, 2020

I apologize for any confusion we may have created in yesterday’s update regarding our independent living residents. All guidelines and restrictions are still in place. Please refer to the May 21, 2020 COVID-19 UPDATE from Kristen Moore, sections Independent Living Screening and Leaving Campus/Shopping.Please note that on May 20, 2020 we added a new protocol for all independent living residents returning to the community.

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ILU Covid Protocol Update – 5/21/2020

Thursday, May 21, 2020

Although the Governor implemented Phase 1 of re-opening, this does not mean Brandermill Woods will be following the same guidelines. According to the Health Department, Senior Living Facilities will fall in the last Phases of re-opening. Since we care for the population that is most at risk for complications from COVID-19, we need to be strategic, paced and deliberate in this decision for the safety of our residents and staff. Independent Living Screening: All independent living reside...

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Status Update from Charmaine Preiss, Executive Director

Wednesday, May 20, 2020

Today I need to share both good and bad news regarding the pandemic. I’m sorry to have to report that two of our residents recently passed away in local hospitals from complications related to COVID 19. Our heart goes out to their families and friends during this difficult time.

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ILU Covid Protocol Update – 5/15/2020

Friday, May 15, 2020

Although the Governor implemented Phase 1 of re-opening on 5/15, this does not mean Brandermill Woods will be following the same guidelines. Many states place Senior Living Facilities into the last Phases of re-opening. Since we care for the population that is most at risk for complications from COVID-19, we need to be strategic, paced and deliberate in this decision for the safety of our residents and staff. COVID-19 TestingMany residents and family members have asked about testing a...

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Status Update — A LETTER FROM CHARMAINE PREISS, EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

Friday, May 15, 2020

As we enter our third month of managing this pandemic, I wanted to share some encouraging news with you. As we noted, when we identified a positive test in our Haven’s facility, we made the decision to test all of our residents and staff in that building. I’m happy to report that all of the resident tests came back negative.

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Status Update – A LETTER FROM CHARMAINE PREISS, EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

Tuesday, May 12, 2020

Despite all of our efforts to contain the coronavirus in a single facility, we have learned that one resident in The Haven Nursing community tested positive for COVID-19. I know this is frustrating news to hear and we all share that reaction. Unfortunately, senior living communities across the Commonwealth have been hit hard by this pandemic.

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For the Love of Gardening: Why Now’s the Perfect Time to Go for Green

Tuesday, May 12, 2020

If you’ve always been a gardener, this spring you may have been surprised to find backorders through your favorite seed companies and crowded parking lots at your garden center. Gardening is experiencing an upsurge as Americans grapple with the COVID-19 pandemic and search for fun and productive ways to use their time.According to Reuters, U.S. company Burpee sold more seed than at any time in its 144-year history in March.

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Statement on Covid-19 – May 8, 2020

Friday, May 8, 2020

It is with great sadness that we share that we lost two of our residents who had tested positive for the COVID-19 virus and had other underlying medical issues. Please keep their families in your thoughts and prayers.On Friday, May 1, 2020, we acquired enough test kits to administer tests to all residents who live in Assisted Living/Memory Care. Based on the results we received, we have a total of twenty-four (24) residents in our Assisted Living/Memory Care who tested positive; twelve (12) resi...

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Status Update – A LETTER FROM CHARMAINE PREISS, EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

Thursday, May 7, 2020

As of today, Thursday, May 7, 2020, we have twelve (12) residents from our Memory Care who have tested positive. We have twelve (12) residents who live in the Assisted Living on 2nd and 3rd floors who have tested positive. All residents on 2nd and 3rd floors who tested positive are being quarantined to their apartment.Positive test results have been reported for a total of twelve (12) employees, nine (9) in Assisted Living/Memory Care and three (3) Health Care Dietary.

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ILU Covid Protocol Update – 5/4/2020

Monday, May 4, 2020

Brandermill Woods has implemented the following changes for the health of residents and staff:Dining – In order for our kitchen to maintain the high-volume of quality and efficient take-out orders, we have to limit the number of choices. In order to help you maximize your dining allowance for the next 30 days, we have decided to give each resident an additional $100 for your next meal plan period beginning on 4/16. The residents who live in the apartments will receive $300 per resident ($600/cou...

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Status Update – A LETTER FROM CHARMAINE PREISS, EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

Monday, May 4, 2020

We have some new developments regarding COVID-19. It is with great sadness that we share that we lost two of our residents who had tested positive for the COVID-19 virus and had other underlying medical issues. Please keep their families in your thoughts and prayers.On Friday, May 1, 2020, we acquired enough test kits to administer tests to all residents who live in Assisted Living/Memory Care.

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Status Update – A LETTER FROM CHARMAINE PREISS, EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

Friday, May 1, 2020

As our nation, Virginia and local communities deal with the coronavirus pandemic, we want to provide you with an update on how it has impacted our community and the steps we’re taking to address it.As of today, April 30, 4 staff members working in our Assisted Living (3) and Dietary (1) Departments in our Health Care Communities (not in our Independent Living Campus) have tested positive and are quarantined at home. We’re currently following the “Criteria for Return to Work for Health Care Perso...

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ILU Covid Protocol Update – 5/1/2020

Friday, May 1, 2020

Brandermill Woods has implemented the following changes for the health of residents and staff. All other guidelines from the April 15 memo remain the same. What does quarantine mean? The resident will stay in their unit (porch is allowed) during the 14-day period.

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Coronavirus Memo Update – 4/15/2020

Wednesday, April 15, 2020

Brandermill Woods has implemented the following changes for the health of residents and staff:Dining – In order for our kitchen to maintain the high-volume of quality and efficient take-out orders, we have to limit the number of choices. In order to help you maximize your dining allowance for the next 30

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ILU Covid Protocol Update – 4/15/2020

Wednesday, April 15, 2020

Brandermill Woods has implemented the following changes for the health of residents and staff:Dining – In order for our kitchen to maintain the high-volume of quality and efficient take-out orders, we have to limit the number of choices. In order to help you maximize your dining allowance for the next 30 days, we have decided to give each resident an additional $100 for your next meal plan period beginning on 4/16. The residents who live in the apartments will receive $300 per resident ($600/cou...

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Mental Health in a Crisis: How Seniors Can Stay Healthy

Tuesday, April 7, 2020

As we move through the second month of the coronavirus crisis, our top priority at Brandermill Woods is maintaining the physical safety of our residents—cleaning and distancing to keep the virus out of our community. But as time moves on, we also are focused on mental wellbeing. This once-in-a-lifetime crisis can take an emotional toll.

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Coronavirus Memo Update – 4/6/2020

Monday, April 6, 2020

Since we are an organization with a vulnerable population, Brandermill Woods has implemented the following changes for the health of residents and staff:Dining – In order for our kitchen to maintain the high-volume of quality and efficient take-out orders, we have to limit the number of choices. In order to help you maximize your dining allowance for the next 30 days, we have decided to give each resident an additional $100 for your next meal plan period beginning on 4/16. The residents who live...

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ILU Covid Protocol Update – 4/6/2020

Monday, April 6, 2020

Since we are an organization with a vulnerable population, Brandermill Woods has implemented the following changes for the health of residents and staff:Dining – In order for our kitchen to maintain the high-volume of quality and efficient take-out orders, we have to limit the number of choices. In order to help you maximize your dining allowance for the next 30 days, we have decided to give each resident an additional $100 for your next meal plan period beginning on 4/16. The residents who live...

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Coronavirus Memo Update – 3/30/2020

Monday, March 30, 2020

Since we are an organization with a vulnerable population, Brandermill Woods has implemented the following changes for the health of residents and staff:The Governor has mandated everyone to stay home and self-quarantine. Virginians are only allowed to leave their homes for food, necessary supplies,

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ILU Covid Protocol Update – 3/30/2020

Monday, March 30, 2020

Since we are an organization with a vulnerable population, Brandermill Woods has implemented the following changes for the health of residents and staff:The Governor has mandated everyone to stay home and self-quarantine. Virginians are only allowed to leave their homes for food, necessary supplies, work, exercise, medical attention and fresh air. We would like to strongly discourage any unnecessary trips off campus since this could expose the entire community.If residents plan to make any unnec...

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Coronavirus Memo Update – 3/20/2020

Friday, March 20, 2020

POSTED ON MAR 20 FRI BY BRANDERMILL WOODS

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ILU Covid Protocol Update – 3/20/2020

Friday, March 20, 2020

Since we are an organization with a vulnerable population, Brandermill Woods has implemented the following changes for the health of residents and staff:The White House, CDC (Centers for Disease Control) and CMS (Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services) urges all people 65 and older to stay home and self-quarantine. We would like to strongly discourage social events and any unnecessary trips (to stores or to see family members) off campus since this could expose the entire community.We encour...

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4 Tips to Stay Connected During the COVID-19 Crisis

Thursday, March 19, 2020

As the crisis around the coronavirus outbreak continues to escalate, safety is our highest priority. We want to make sure that all of our residents, loved ones, team members and community stakeholders know that we are doing everything we can to ensure Brandermill Woods remains secure.In the past week,

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Coronavirus Memo Update - 3/18/2020

Wednesday, March 18, 2020

Please note: Only bullets with changes from the 3/16 memo are included below along with additional updates.Since we are an organization with a vulnerable population, Brandermill Woods has implemented the following changes for the health of residents and staff:The White House urges all people 65 and older to stay home and self-quarantine. We would like to strongly discourage social events and any unnecessary trips (to stores or to see family members) off campus since this could expose the entire ...

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ILU Covid Protocol Update - 3/18/2020

Wednesday, March 18, 2020

Please note: Only bullets with changes from the 3/16 memo are included below along with additional updates.Since we are an organization with a vulnerable population, Brandermill Woods has implemented the following changes for the health of residents and staff:The White House urges all people 65 and older to stay home and self-quarantine. We would like to strongly discourage social events and any unnecessary trips (to stores or to see family members) off campus since this could expose the entire ...

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Coronavirus Memo - 03/16/2020

Monday, March 16, 2020

As many of you know, our environment is changing day-to-day with the current COVID-19 pandemic. In order to protect our residents and staff, it is crucial that we remain flexible for the foreseeable future. Please note that our COVID-19 procedures may change frequently to keep up with this changing

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ILU Covid Protocol Update - 03/16/2020

Monday, March 16, 2020

As many of you know, our environment is changing day-to-day with the current COVID-19 pandemic. In order to protect our residents and staff, it is crucial that we remain flexible for the foreseeable future. Please note that our COVID-19 procedures may change frequently to keep up with this changing environment.As stated on the CDC (Centers for Disease Control) website: The CDC, in accordance with its guidance for large events and mass gatherings, recommends that organizers (whether groups or ind...

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Newest Coronavirus Memo - 03/13/2020

Friday, March 13, 2020

In order to keep our vulnerable population from COVID-19 and per CDC recommendation all of Brandermill Woods (Independent and Health Care Facilities) is restricting visitation to essential medical staff/personnel only until the further notice.

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ILU Covid Protocol Update - 03/13/2020

Friday, March 13, 2020

In order to keep our vulnerable population from COVID-19 and per CDC recommendation all of Brandermill Woods (Independent and Health Care Facilities) is restricting visitation to essential medical staff/personnel only until the further notice.

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How Brandermill Woods is ensuring safety during the Coronavirus outbreak.

Thursday, March 12, 2020

In order to protect our vulnerable population from COVID-19 and per CDC recommendations all of Brandermill Woods (Independent and Health Care Facilities) is restricting visitation to essential medical staff/personnel only until further notice. We will be implementing the following protocol

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Celebrating Caregiver Appreciation Day

Wednesday, March 4, 2020

March 3 was Caregiver Appreciation Day, and to celebrate we want to recognize the caregivers support group at Brandermill Woods. Organized by resident Margaret Fuson, this group offers a weekly respite for our residents who are caregivers—a chance to meet with other caregivers in the neighborhood

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‘Move it or lose it’: Brandermill Woods Residents Enjoy Fitness Options

Thursday, February 27, 2020

If you visited the Brandermill Woods fitness center this spring, you’d notice something a little unusual: a giant map of the United States on the wall, with various names thumb-tacked along the Pacific Coast Highway and a print-out of resident names. This is all part of a current exercise tracking program whereby residents travel 1 mile for every 1 minute of exercise, with the goal of making it along five classic American road trips.“It’s a fun way to give residents ownership of their physical f...

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Age as a State of Mind: Is 60 the new 40?

Wednesday, February 12, 2020

People have long commented that 40 is the new 30, but in recent years the question has become: Is 60 the new 40? Is 70 the new 50? The answer is yes!Sophia Loren once said, “There is a fountain of youth: it is your mind, your talents, the creativity you bring to your life and the lives of people you love.

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The Art Factory: Brandermill Woods' Residents Exercise Their Creative Side

Tuesday, January 28, 2020

Creativity is one of the things that make us human. The impulse to creative something from nothing is as old as humanity, as proven by some recent news out of Indonesia. In 2017, an archaeologist was studying caves on the island of Sulawesi and discovered a new series of paintings dating back nearly 45,000 years.Lab testing recently confirmed the age of the artwork, and scientists believe it may be the earliest cave art ever created.

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Winter Storm Pride

Tuesday, January 28, 2020

Cindy Ritter, Administrator of the Health Care Community at Brandermill Woods, wrote this article during last week's winter storm. As I am writing this article we are still in the process of digging out from the big winter storm. Some have said it was a snowfall of historic measurement and it closed schools and businesses across Chesterfield County and Virginia. I have to say that I have never been more proud to be part of the Brandermill Woods family.

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Steady as She Goes: 4 Tips for Bath Safety Awareness Month

Wednesday, January 8, 2020

With the new year (and a new decade) upon us, many people are choosing a word of the year, something to aspire to with the fresh start of a new calendar. Joy. Family.

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Decade’s End at Brandermill Woods

Tuesday, December 24, 2019

Not only are we closing out another year but, somehow, another decade. With this New Year’s on the horizon, it feels like the future is truly here, the year people have been looking into crystal balls to ask, “What will the world look like in 2020?”Much has changed over the past 10 years at Brandermill Woods, but if this is the future, we’ll take it. Our organization is thriving after more than 30 years in operation, and we get up every day excited to redefine retirement for seniors in Central V...

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Healthy Holidays: 6 Ways Seniors Can Stave off Stress

Monday, December 16, 2019

As the holidays approach, our lives often get busier. You may be cleaning and decorating your home for your family or friends to visit. You may spend extra time and money to find all of your grandchildren special gifts or cook your children’s favorite foods.On the flipside, the holidays may cause stress because the twinkle-light filled days remind you of someone missing from your life.

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Happy Thanksgiving from Brandermill Woods

Wednesday, November 27, 2019

Singer Andy Williams may have called the Christmas season “the most wonderful time of the year,” but here at Brandermill Woods, we’re mighty fond of Thanksgiving as a day of gratitude. We have a lot to be thankful for, from our family and friends to our residents and our “work family.” Below are just a few words of thanks from our team and residents. We hope you all have a relaxing holiday full of fun, food, and fellowship!Thanks from Our Team…When we pause to reflect, we really do have a specia...

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7 Ways to Stay Healthier, Keep Moving this Winter

Tuesday, November 12, 2019

It’s time for crisp fall mornings, warmer jackets and the need to switch the thermostat over to heat. Plan now to stay active and healthy in the winter months.Here at Brandermill Woods, we promote an active lifestyle, which doesn’t stop in the winter. The days are getting shorter, but that doesn't mean you have to stay in and stop moving.Try these seven tips for a healthier and more active winter:Get as much natural sunlight as possible.Schedule a walk with a friend on a regular basis.

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Trick or Treat: Halloween Fun Coming to Brandermill Woods

Monday, October 28, 2019

The air is cooling, the leaves are turning and before we know it, the cutest little visitors will be headed our way. With Halloween imminent, parents everywhere are making something creative from Pinterest or buying the latest princess or superhero costume. In fact, according to USA Today, you’re sure to see plenty of Spiderman and Elsa (from Disney’s Frozen) miniatures knocking on your door Oct.

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Getting the Right Amount of Exercise as You Age

Tuesday, October 15, 2019

Life is full of mysteries. Why are yawns contagious? How come movie theater popcorn is so expensive?

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International Day of Older Persons: How Cultures Around the World Celebrate

Tuesday, October 1, 2019

October is an important time of year—after all, the month’s very first day marks the International Day of Older Persons. This United Nations-designated global awareness day has a different theme each year. In 2018, the occasion honored seniors championing justice and human rights.

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Active Retirement: National Trends in Senior Living Communities

Tuesday, September 17, 2019

The number of Americans hitting retirement age is booming. By 2030, over-65s will make up one-fifth of the U.S. population.

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The Importance of Grandparent's Day at Brandermill Woods

Monday, September 2, 2019

It is difficult to find a group of strangers who can agree on the best baseball team, the best cheeseburger in town, or the best way to spend a summer afternoon (an air-conditioned nap!). But if there’s one idea we can all rally around, it’s that grandparents are awesome. It’s great to be a grandparent, and as any kid with a sweet tooth or a strict parent can confirm, it’s a blessing to have one.

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Which Level of Care Is Right for You?

Tuesday, August 20, 2019

The decision to move into a senior living community is a big one. Often, seniors and their families are working together on the best course of action. Two questions we hear often at Brandermill Woods are, when is the right time for me to move into a senior living community, and what level of care is right for me or my loved one?This decision is incredibly personal and varies from senior to senior.

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Welcome Lauren Lee! New Communications Coordinator at Brandermill Woods

Tuesday, August 6, 2019

The team at Brandermill Woods is excited to welcome Lauren Lee as our new communications coordinator. Lauren started in May, and works on various newsletters, our in-house TV communications, and other resident communications.“I tell people all the time that every day is a good day here, and I look forward to going in to work,” said Lauren, a Richmond native who graduated a few years ago from Christopher Newport University with a bachelor’s degree in psychology and a minor in leadership.The Richm...

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Hot Summer Recipes to Stay Cool

Thursday, July 25, 2019

Summer conjures up many images: sunshine, beach vacations, lawn sprinklers, and hot, hot days. Summer is also the time when delicious fruits and vegetables are in season, from Carolina peaches to our very own Hanover tomatoes. In our last blog post, we talked about the importance of staying hydrated, but water isn’t the only way to keep cool and beat the heat.Below are a few tasty recipes from Brandermill Woods.

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Discover the Financial Benefits of Senior Living

Tuesday, July 23, 2019

Seniors have spent their whole lives working, so retirement is meant to be a time to kick back and enjoy the golden years—discovering new hobbies, spending time with family and friends, and living each day to the fullest. All retirement requires some type of financial planning, and you want to make sure you invest wisely to make the most of your nest egg. Is a senior living community a good investment?

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3 Reasons Seniors Need to Socialize

Tuesday, July 9, 2019

Wow, this year is going by fast at Brandermill Woods! Here we are already in July, and our friendly teams are juggling summer vacations, doing our best to stay cool in this blistering heat, and starting to plot out some of our fall social events.Many of our activities repeat from month to month—happy hours and movie nights, Bridge clubs and Mah Jongg games, Bible studies and pottery classes. But we also try to schedule a wealth of special events and off-site field trips, like trips to local park...

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Water Works: Stay Hydrated This Summer

Tuesday, June 11, 2019

Late spring in Central Virginia recently had an unusual early heat wave with a week of 90-degree sweltering. These long hot days of summer might be good for backyard barbecues and lazy afternoons by the swimming pool, but they also pose myriad dangers, including the risk of skin cancer, heat stroke, and dehydration.When it comes to dehydration, there’s a miraculous chemical compound that can help: dihydrogen monoxide. Now, in some corners of the internet you might find paranoia about this chemic...

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5 Tips for Successful Spring Cleaning

Tuesday, May 28, 2019

Spring is a time of renewal…lengthening days, flowers in bloom, greening lawns, yard sales, and outdoor activities. Perhaps because of this sense of renewal and energy—or maybe just the scrim of pollen that accumulates in April—spring is also the traditional time to give your home a good cleaning and de-cluttering.Seniors at Brandermill Woods enjoy our housekeeping services and maintenance-free exterior care so they can focus on enjoying the retirement lifestyle they’ve always wanted. But for th...

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How to begin the search for an assisted living facility in Richmond VA

Tuesday, May 28, 2019

It’s likely that one day you will find yourself searching for an assisted living or independent living facility for a parent, spouse, or for yourself. Most people associate assisted living with the end of the road, but it doesn’t have to be as long as you choose the right facility. With the right care, nutrition It’s likely that one day you will find yourself searching for an assisted living or independent living facility for a parent, spouse, or for yourself.

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Strokes Strike Fast. You Should, Too. What to Know for Stroke Awareness Month

Tuesday, May 14, 2019

Imagine you’re out at dinner with some friends or your extended family. Everyone is having a good time—telling stories, laughing, catching up. Then someone at the end of the table gets a curious look on her face.

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Celebrating Brandermill Woods’ First 30-Year Employee!

Tuesday, April 16, 2019

The idea for Brandermill Woods—a continuing care retirement community focused on an active lifestyle for Central Virginia seniors—was born in 1986, and for more than 30 years we have been re-defining what it means to retire. Achieving this mission has only been possible because of our dedicated team—many of whom have decades of experience with us.Last month, we were thrilled to congratulate our first 30-Year Employee, Kenneth Jennings! Kenny is a porter in the Haven skilled nursing facility and ...

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Spring in Bloom: 5 Tips for Amateur Gardeners

Tuesday, April 2, 2019

From the golden forsythia to the purple haze of red buds, evidence of warmer weather blooms all around us. Finally, spring has come to Brandermill Woods! Whether you’re a beginning gardener or a pro, opportunities abound to work in the dirt.“I love to see Brandermill Woods residents outside, enjoying the nice weather.

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Navigating the Move to Assisted Living: 3 Ways to Prepare

Tuesday, March 19, 2019

Retirement can be a wonderful time—years to hang up your hat, put up your feet, and enjoy the rewards of a lifetime of hard work. But as we age, there comes a point where we need a little bit of extra help with day-to-day tasks.For seniors and their caregivers, the decision to move into an Assisted Living community can be challenging: When is the right time to move? What should you look for in a community?

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Care’ Comes First in Caregiving at Brandermill Woods

Tuesday, March 5, 2019

Brandermill Woods has built a strong reputation in Central Virginia for “redefining retirement”—helping residents trade in the lawn mower and gutter cleaning for a lifestyle of happy hours and lifelong learning. But as a Continuing Care Retirement Community (CCRC), our job is to redefine every stage of retirement, and we do this with a razor focus on caregiving.“Caregiving encompasses a broad range, and includes everything from the family member checking in on a loved one...

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International Thinking Day: 5 Ways to Combat Alzheimer’s

Tuesday, February 19, 2019

“Keep the mind sharp.” You hear this language as a goal for people with Alzheimer’s and other dementias, and we certainly have it as one of our goals in the memory care center at Brandermill Woods. These diseases are progressive conditions where the mind becomes less and less sharp and memory loss takes over. While there is no known cure, there are many treatment strategies that can slow the progression and maintain quality of life for as long as possible.

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Make a Friend Day: Social Interaction and Aging

Tuesday, February 5, 2019

In John Prine’s “Hello in There,” the singer talks about the challenges of loneliness on older age. Released in 1971, when the singer was a precocious 26 years old, the song tells the story of a couple whose children have grown up and fled the nest. In the final lines, the singer implores you to stop and say hello to seniors who might appreciate the company.The challenges of loneliness in older age are nothing new, but thankfully, today’s seniors have more options than ev...

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The Brandermill Woods Book Club

Tuesday, January 22, 2019

One of the best things about retirement is you can finally spend your time doing what you want to do rather than what you have to do. For many of us, that can mean catching up on our backlog of reading and discovering new books. At Brandermill Woods, many of our residents participate in a monthly book club, offering the chance not just to read a good book, but to discuss it with friends.“The books offer new ideas and good conversation among the residents,” said Hope Bolger, the Brandermill Woods...

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Beat the Winter Blues

Tuesday, January 8, 2019

The winter solstice and the holidays are behind us, but we still have a few months of short days and cold weather before the first blush of spring. In this time of low gray skies, bare trees and blistering wind, many people suffer from “seasonal affective disorder,” or the winter blues, which is characterized by feeling depressed and a lack of energy.The exact cause of the winter blues isn’t known for certain, but one major factor is that the low level of natural light creates a drop in serotoni...

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Expansion Completed: Brandermill Woods’ Year-in-Review

Wednesday, December 26, 2018

We’ve reached the end of another exciting year at Brandermill Woods. Perhaps our biggest milestone in 2017 was completing our four-year expansion project—a major investment in our community that offers our residents a wealth of new amenities and upgrades while preserving the small-town feel that we all cherish. The expansion includes a gorgeous new wellness center, additional dining options, events and activities spaces, and 93 new apartments for seniors to choose from.“This expansion project is...

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A Year in Review at Brandermill Woods

Tuesday, December 18, 2018

2018 has gone by quickly for us here in Central Virginia, and it’s hard to believe the end of the year is upon us. As we look back to this time last year at Brandermill Woods, we’d just completed our Expansion Project, and we were making plans to upgrade our irrigation system and refurbish our on-campus wood shop—two projects we successfully completed earlier this year.This year, perhaps the biggest news is that our Executive Director Mira Pallotta is retiring after 29 years with our organizatio...

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Connect with Someone by Writing a Letter

Wednesday, December 12, 2018

In his great novel, Howard’s End—a book filled with characters writing letters to each other—E.M. Forster writes, “Only connect! That was the whole of her sermon.

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De-Stress for the Holidays

Tuesday, December 4, 2018

An old Christmas tune says we’re in “the most wonderful time of the year.” We at Brandermill Woods love the holiday season—the lights, the baked goods, the carolers, the time to spend with our families. There’s a lot of magic in the weeks between Thanksgiving and New Year’s, but the holidays can also be incredibly stressful:Dec. 21 is the winter solstice, the “shortest” day of the year.

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What We’re Thankful for at Brandermill Woods

Wednesday, November 28, 2018

Thanksgiving is one of our favorite holidays – a restful time all about family and food, without the madness of shopping, costumes and the like. We’ve got a lot to be thankful for here in Central Virginia. Above all else, we’re thankful for our seniors and their families for giving our lives purpose.With that in mind, we recently asked some of our residents what they’re most thankful for.

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Thanksgiving Celebration With Our Residents

Tuesday, November 20, 2018

The holidays are upon us once again, starting with Thanksgiving. This fine American celebration has interesting roots here in Virginia going back 400 years to the settlement of Jamestown. There, our country’s earliest settlers experienced an extremely harsh winter in 1609-1610.

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National Diabetes Month: Put on Your Cape to Take a Stand

Tuesday, October 23, 2018

Diabetes is one of the most widely prevalent but consistently under-estimated diseases in America. You might associate it with eating too much sugar or the old Wilford Brimley commercials. But as the American Diabetes Association notes, more than 30 million Americans (9 percent of the population) had diabetes in 2015.

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Celebrating Older Human Rights Champions’

Monday, October 1, 2018

‘Celebrating Older Human Rights Champions’: International Day of Older PersonsToday marks a special occasion around the world. More than 25 years ago, the United Nations designated Oct. 1 as the International Day of Older Persons—a day to celebrate the contributions of the elderly to our society and to promote the “full and equal enjoyment of all human rights and fundamental freedoms by older persons.”This declaration has its roots in the United Nations’ Unive...

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The Power of Positive Thinking

Tuesday, September 25, 2018

In the recent film The Founder, Michael Keaton plays businessman Ray Kroc, who took the McDonald’s “speedy system” for producing fast food, franchised the operation and turned a local one-store operation into an international empire. The film opens with Kroc, middle aged in the mid-1950s, driving around to America’s diners and trying to sell a milkshake maker out of the back of his car.At that time, he’d built a comfortable life for himself, but a life on the road f...

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How to Be ‘SMART’ Like Ben Franklin

Tuesday, September 11, 2018

September is National Self-Improvement month, giving us the opportunity to participate in a Twitter trend (#SelfImprovementMonth) and, more importantly, take some time to reevaluate our goals, create a plan for bettering ourselves, and take concrete steps toward achievement.Self-improvement is a concept as American as apple pie, going back to Benjamin Franklin’s autobiography, where the famous scientist, entrepreneur and Founding Father laid out his 13 virtues and his methodical blueprint for be...

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4 Ways to Prepare for Independent or Assisted Living

Tuesday, August 21, 2018

Retirement may seem a long way off, but at the rate time moves, it’s going to get here before you know it. At Brandermill Woods, we try to promote a new kind of retirement—one in which you are able to enjoy the benefits after a lifetime of labor, do the things you’ve always dreamed of, and connect with new friends. This lifestyle doesn’t happen by accident, and it doesn’t just apply to seniors in our independent living community.

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The Importance of Hydration

Tuesday, August 7, 2018

August is Water Quality Month, a national celebration of our most important resource. On a macro scale – think urbanization, sanitation and sustainability – civilizations need water to survive, and in fact civilizations historically have sprung up near water sources: the Nile in ancient Egypt, the Tigris and Euphrates rivers in Mesopotamia, the Ganges in India.Here in Central Virginia, the James River flows just a few miles from Brandermill Woods as it heads into Richmond and on toward the easte...

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Let the Good Times Roll - Things to Do at Brandermill Woods

Tuesday, July 24, 2018

One of the primary reason Central Virginia seniors choose to move into Brandermill Woods is for the lifestyle opportunities we provide. As a continuum of care retirement community, we offer independent living, assisted living, memory care, and skilled care options, allowing our seniors to stay in the community they know and love. And in every phase, we offer an unbeatable lifestyle, complete with dining, activities, classes, and the chance to make new friends and enjoy the retirement you’v...

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Tech Savvy: What Seniors Need to Know

Tuesday, July 10, 2018

Seniors today grew up in a much different world. Sure, electricity and running water may have been old news by the time they were born, but a black and white television was a modern miracle. Long-distance communications still consisted primarily of the telephone, telegraph, or tell your neighborhood gossip.

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What Does “Person-Centered Care” Really Mean for Senior Living?

Tuesday, June 26, 2018

Here at Brandermill Woods, we’ve made it our mission to redefine retirement and provide a different kind of senior living community. A place where seniors in Central Virginia can feel at home and enjoy all the activities they dreamed of after their working years. Where they can make new friends and have a new adventure every day.

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