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Our "Play at the Bay Day" with Seatack Elementary was a huge success!

5th grade students from Seatack Elementary an Acheivable Dream Academy in Virginia Beach came to the campus of Westminster-Canterbury on Chesapeake Bay  to celebrate the end of their school year and all their hard work throughout the school year

Westminster-Canterbury on Chesapeake Bay happy to be involved with a new Virginia Beach TV Show featuring topics of interest to the Senior Community

Click here to check out the pilot show

VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. — June 3, 2018  The new show, “The Senior Source”, debuted this week. The City of Virginia Beach is piloting the television show featuring City programs and services for seniors on VBTV. “The Senior Source,” is hosted by local television personality Sandra Parker.  Parker, who is currently the Public Relations Coordinator at Westminster-Canterbury on Chesapeake Bay is excited to be a part of the program. “My job offers me insights into the needs and interests of our seniors, and I’m looking forward to making this show an important and growing part of our community."

“The Senior Source” will provide viewers with information on an array of topics essential to those 55 and better and their families. More than one-fourth of the population in Virginia Beach is made up of seniors aged 55 and over. “The Senior Source” show and a new page on the website dedicated to seniors aims to inform and direct them to the City programs and resources to help them in their daily lives. The idea for the show came from long-time Virginia Beach resident and former Human Services Director Terry Jenkins, who saw the need to increase awareness of everything Virginia Beach has to offer its seniors. She now lives at Westminster-Canterbury where she teamed up with Parker, pitched the idea for the show, and the Communications Office signed on to produce it. “There’s a real need to help seniors learn what they can do to keep healthy, stay active, and take advantage of all the City has to offer,” said Jenkins.

The pilot episode of the show includes segments on the City’s tax relief programs for seniors, the Parks & Recreation Forever Young Senior Centers, and some free opportunities available through the public libraries. Future episodes will focus on other topics important to seniors such as health and wellness, recreational activities, support services and housing information. A new episode will debut on VBTV (Cox channel 48, Verizon channel 45) every other month on the first Sunday at 8:30 a.m., and will replay at additional times throughout the week. New episodes are set for Aug. 5, Oct. 7 and Dec. 2, 2018.

Our Birdsong Tablet gets national exposure on Alzheimer's Speaks radio blog

A big honor for the Hoy Center at Westminster-Canterbury on Chesapeake Bay

The Hoy Center at Westminster-Canterbury on Chesapeake Bay Receives 2018 Customer Experience Award from Pinnacle Quality Insight

Westminster-Canterbury on Chesapeake Bay is proud to announce that our Hoy Center, the smaller nursing care section of our community, is the recipient of Pinnacle Quality Insight’s 2018 Customer Experience Award. Qualifying for the award in both Long Term Care and Short Term Care, Westminster-Canterbury displays a continued dedication to providing Best in Class senior healthcare services.

Dr. Victoria Crenshaw, the Vice President of Resident and Health Operations at Westminster-Canterbury on Chesapeake Bay, says winning this award is an honor,“It is the reason we do what we do everyday. Making sure our residents know they are our top priority is all part of our Lighthouse Engagement Model.”

Throughout its 36 year history of serving the Hampton Roads community, Westminster-Canterbury on Chesapeake Bay has placed strong emphasis on ensuring that the individual needs of every resident are met.  During the course of 2017, a sampling of Hoy residents and their families have participated in monthly telephone interviews that include open-ended questions, as well as the opportunity to rate Westminster-Canterbury in specific categories. The Hoy Center received awards in the following categories, Safety and Security, Cleanliness, Dining Service, Quality of Food, and Laundry Service.

By qualifying for the Pinnacle Customer Experience Award, The Hoy Center at Westminster-Canterbury on Chesapeake Bay has satisfied the rigorous demand of scoring in the top 15% of the nation across a 12-month average.

The Virginian-Pilot reports that local study shows using computer tablets improves the psycholgical well-being of seniors

Our Birdsong Tablet is making big news in the Suffolk News-Herald

Word is out about our new Birdsong Tablet

Westminster-Canterbury Launches International Business Venture aimed at Enhancing the lives of Seniors Around the World

Research shows engagement is a key component to healthy aging.  But maintaining that engagement in the age of technology hasn’t always been accessible or affordable, especially for seniors, until now.

Westminster-Canterbury on Chesapeake Bay has been working with our French partner TMM Solutions to create simplified in-home digital technology that is not only user-friendly, but engaging and affordable.

The Birdsong Tablet comes preloaded with software designed to improve life and brain health for seniors. The software includes hundreds hours of music, videos, games, travel and therapeutic content.  Through the tablets our residents will also be able to access Westminster-Canterbury on Chesapeake Bay’s Lifelong Learning Institute. That means all the educational courses Virginia Wesleyan University offers on our campus will be right at their fingertips.  One of the most exciting features the tablets contain is  a user-friendly family app that makes it easy for residents and their families to connect with video chat and messaging.

Westminster-Canterbury decided to create the tablets after a research project among its residents, called The Birdsong Initiative, showed in-room technology made statistically significant improvements in quality of life and psychological well-being of residents. Caregivers also saw a reduction in stress after seniors engaged with in-home digital technology. The study and now the new software/tablets are named in honor of Westminster-Canterbury Foundation board member Sue Birdsong and her husband George, who funded the research.

The tablet is available in 10, 18 or  21-inch screen sizes because research found smaller screens are difficult for some, but not all seniors. In addition to offering The Birdsong Tablet to its own residents, Westminster-Canterbury will be making it available to other senior living communities globally, with pricing designed to make it affordable to as many older adults as possible, including seniors at home who are battling isolation, and may be concerned about preserving or improving their brain health.


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