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Westminster-Canterbury Finds Creative Ways to Keep Seniors Connected with their Families

During the COVID-19 pandemic, lack of connection and engagement are two of the top health threats for seniors, right under the Coronavirus, itself. Westminster-Canterbury has made in-person visits a priority and has found creative ways to host these events.  

Lynnhaven River NOW Partnership

Westminster-Canterbury is so proud of our partnership with Lynnhaven River NOW. We are honored to be the first Virginia Beach organization to have earned their Pearl Neighborhood and Pearl Business designations.  

WCEC-TV13: Seniors Celebrating Seniors: An Unlikely Friendship

During this time of COVID-19 and social distancing, an unlikely friendship was forged through Westminster-Canterbury's Seniors Celebrating Seniors program.  Mrs. Neola Waller and Alexandria Pezzano first met on video chat through the Birdsong Tablet.  Watch when they meet in person for the first time!

WAVY-TV10: Westminster-Canterbury's 1100 Residents and Staff All Test COVID-19 Negative

On June 2-3, 2020, Westminster-Canterbury on Chesapeake Bay voluntarily accepted an offer by the Virginia Department of Health (VDH) to test all residents and staff for the COVID-19 virus.  All 1100 residents and staff tested negative. Chris Horne of WAVY speaks with President and CEO Ben Unkle about the challenges the senior living community faced and the protocols it took to attain this positive health outcome.

Virginia Department of Health Point of Prevalence Survey Results Show Westminster-Canterbury COVID-19 Free: More than 1100 Residents and Staff Tested

VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (June 8, 2020) -- On June 2-3, 2020, Westminster-Canterbury on Chesapeake Bay voluntarily accepted an offer by the Virginia Department of Health (VDH) to test all residents and staff for the COVID-19 virus.  None of the more than 1100 residents and staff that participated in the survey tested positive.

Because Westminster-Canterbury is a large campus of over 1100 residents and staff and has remained COVID-19 free, the VDH was extremely interested in performing this survey with our population.  The campus’ experience runs contrary to the experience of other senior living communities of similar size.

“While we are extremely thankful that our community is COVID-19 free, we will continue with the protocols that got us to this point, including social distancing and wearing masks,” said Westminster-Canterbury President and CEO J. Benjamin Unkle, Jr.

 

Good Morning America: 91-Year-Old Former Teacher Shares Best Advice for Graduating Seniors Amid COVID-19

With high school at a halt amid the COVID-19 pandemic, residents from Westminster-Canterbury on Chesapeake Bay are offering life lessons to members of the 2020 graduating class from Frank W. Cox High School in Virginia Beach.

"We know these students [will miss] graduation so we want to support them," 91-year-old Neola Waller told "Good Morning America. "I think this is exciting."
To read the full Good Morning America article and view the video, click here

KMAX: Good Day Sacramento

Birdsong CEO Ben Unkle talks to KMAX's Good Day Sacramento reporter Dina Kupner about how to keep seniors engaged and connected during the COVID-19 pandemic.

 

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  • You can't cut off your life because of COVID. You have to be careful, but you need to keep living. Westminster-Canterbury makes it easier to do that. Dr. George Franklin, Resident
  • The key to a healthy retirement is to remain active.  The key to remaining active is to live at Westmnster-Canterbury on Chesapeake Bay! Dick Binford, Resident
  • The best decision I ever made was to move to Westminster! Joan Lottman, Resident
  • I have lived here for almost two years and I absolutely love it! Moving here is the best decision I ever made in my life! My children might not realize it now, but coming here is the best present I have ever given them. Beverly Griffin, Resident
  • A huge thank you to all the Westminster-Canterbury staff for all that they are doing for us during these challenging times! Special thank you to Catering for their off-campus pickups for us! Vera Jean Russell, Resident
  • Thank you for everything you do everyday to keep us happy, healthy and safe!! No place I’d rather be!!️ Shirley Wharton, Resident
  • This is the best possible place for us to be. Brenda Leonhirth Ladell, Resident
  • Thanks for helping take great care of our parents. We miss seeing them, but glad you’re taking every precaution to ensure we’ll get that chance when this blows over! Karen Costenbader Bradley, Family Member of Resident
  • Stone Rehab went over 100% above and beyond expectations! Joan Lottman, Resident, Stone Rehab experience
  • Thanks to Ben Unkle, CEO of Westminster-Canterbury on Chesapeake Bay for making this [www.birdsongtablet.com] technology available around the world! LeadingAge Virginia
  • The best decision I ever made was coming to WC 6 years ago. Everyone is very professional, they know their job & they do it well. I was healthy and independent 6 years ago when I moved here & now I'm experiencing episodes of back pain that Stone Rehab is helping me with. It's a marvelous place! Joan Lottman, Resident, Stone Rehab experience
  • It’s hard for me to believe that I have not been off campus for almost five months with the exception of three doctor’s visits. Yet, I am perfectly content. I have had the opportunity to leave since March, but continue to choose to stay here where I feel safer and my days can be filled with many of the activities you have provided. Connie Rutledge, Resident

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