It’s Nice to Be Part of a Family

The Glebe is one member of a multi-community corporate family known as LifeSpire of Virginia. Based in Richmond, Virginia, LifeSpire operates four Continuing Care Retirement Communities throughout the state: The Chesapeake in Newport News, The Culpeper in Culpeper, The Glebe in Daleville, and Lakewood in Richmond. As a faith-based nonprofit, LifeSpire has served Virginia’s seniors for more than 70 years and continues to provide an exceptional lifestyle and exceptional care in a faith-based setting. What makes being part of the LifeSpire family good for The Glebe’s residents?

Shared expertise: As part of a community with a strong corporate sponsor, we leverage the combined knowledge and experience of each of the communities as well as the expertise of the home office. Not to mention the host of ongoing initiatives designed to promote and share best practices among communities. This includes training programs for staff and support for exceptional dining and wellness programs. An example is LifeSpire’s relationship with the National Institute of Fitness and Sport (NIFS), an industry leader in designing and executing holistic wellness programs for seniors. Through NIFS, The Glebe’s residents enjoy a wellness program that encourages healthy living, wellness and an exceptional quality of life.  

Maximized efficiencies: Our family of communities allows each of us to leverage our power to maximize efficiencies, which results in, among other things, better purchasing agreements with vendors. Buying power equals costs savings. At The Glebe, the residents see this advantage through enhancements to the physical community, new programs, new services, affordable monthly fees and an overall better lifestyle.  

We are proud to be part of the outstanding tradition and innovative vision that is LifeSpire of Virginia. Some may call it “corporate structure.” At The Glebe, we call it “family.” To learn more, visit or call a retirement counselor at 866-376-8990.


Add More Life to Your Years at The Glebe

At The Glebe, life feels younger with so much to enjoy — the scenery, the amenities, the social life, and more. We are also a Life Care Community. This means residents can invest in the best care for their future, today, and live with peace of mind that their needs will always be taken care of without the worry of additional costs. It’s a smart financial investment that works like all the other great investments you’ve made in life.
When you live at The Glebe, your days are filled with opportunities to take advantage of all that life has to offer. Start the day off by enjoying Coffee Clatch with freshly baked breakfast goodies or a delicious full breakfast in the Depot Cafe. Then, jump start your day with an activity such as a sunrise walk around the community with mountain views or enjoy a fitness class with refreshing water aerobics. The saltwater swimming pool is your grandchildren’s favorite place to go when they come to visit. Your favorite place is wherever you greet your friends and head out for the day’s adventure in town. Catch a football game at Virginia Tech or take a short hike along the Appalachian Trail. Come home to restaurant-style dining in our main dining room, where floor-to-ceiling windows let in the mountain views for a relaxing evening.  There’s no shortage of things to do at The Glebe, and with the added value of Life Care — you can enjoy all that life has to offer with peace of mind that the future is secure.

Interested in learning more about Life Care? Visit us online or give us a call at 866-376-8990.


Get In the Loop with the Circle of Friends

You already know you love The Glebe — but maybe the home you want is not yet available. That’s why we’ve created the Circle of Friends where you can enjoy the benefits of retirement and become a member of this priority group. You’ll join our waitlist and get first access to your desired apartment, and you’ll get to know new neighbors and start taking advantage of the many things The Glebe has to offer.

When you join the Circle of Friends you’ll get a head start on your retirement by making lasting connections and experiencing the benefits of a lifestyle centered around wellness. Life at The Glebe is more than the home you live in — but the community that surrounds you. That’s why members get access to many of the community areas that residents enjoy everyday. You’ll discover a lifestyle centered around wellness. Delight in the exceptional fresh food and thoughtfully prepared menus that allow you to take a break from home cooking and meal planning. Take a dip in the pool or enjoy a relaxing soak in the spa and you’ll realize that retirement is much different than you’d imagined. And this is just the beginning.

Circle of Friends members can experience the benefits of this retirement lifestyle now. The totally refundable $1,000 deposit to join can be used as part of your entrance fee toward your new home or it will be returned to you if you change your mind at any time. Call us at 866-376-8990 or visit us online, and we’ll set you up today.


The Glebe and Lakewood named ‘Best Nursing Homes’

By Ann Lovell

RICHMOND, Virginia—Two LifeSpire of Virginia continuing care retirement communities recently received the distinction of “Best Nursing Home” by U.S. News & World Report. Lakewood in Richmond’s West End and The Glebe in Daleville were two of 38 retirement communities in Virginia — out of slightly more than 2,000 nationwide — that received the magazine’s honor.

U.S. News evaluated more than 15,000 nursing homes nationwide and released the list in November 2016. The ratings — based on overall performance and data from Nursing Home Compare at the federal Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services — are designed to “help potential residents and their loved ones navigate this difficult process” of selecting a nursing home that meets an individual’s needs, said Brian Kelly, editor and chief content officer of U.S. News.

“We are very pleased that Lakewood and The Glebe received this distinction,” said Jonathan Cook, LifeSpire’s president and CEO. “This honor simply underscores what we already know: Our communities are dedicated to providing quality care based on our mission of service and our history of compassion. We applaud them for their work.”


Ann Lovell is Corporate Director of Communications for LifeSpire of Virginia, formerly Virginia Baptist Homes. For more information, email or call (804) 521-9192.

LifeSpire of Virginia operates four continuing care retirement communities in Virginia: The Chesapeake in Newport News, The Culpeper in Culpeper, The Glebe in Daleville and Lakewood in Richmond.



Compare us with other CCRCs

Choosing a continuing care retirement community is one of the most important decisions you will ever make, and knowing and comparing your options is an important part of the selection process. “Where you live matters,” a website sponsored by the American Seniors Housing Association, has developed a CCRC visit checklist to help you identify the amenities and services that will best fit your lifestyle in your retirement years. We encourage you to download and print this resource and bring it with you when you visit The Glebe and other CCRCs. We think you’ll find we have everything you need to make your next move your best move!

Schedule an appointment with one of our retirement counselors for a visit today!


Make Connections with the Circle of Friends

enewsletter-imgs-stry1When you join The Glebe’s Circle of Friends program, you not only get the opportunity to make new friendships, but you gain some of the privileges and benefits that come with the lifestyle of The Glebe. Joining the future residency list is just the beginning.

While you get a head start on planning your ideal retirement, our Circle of Friends program gives you the chance to meet other future residents through fun events and get togethers. Enjoy dinner in the Allegheny Dining Room, and get access to our pool, spa, exercise room and classes — as well as priority access to your desired apartment. This is just the beginning of Life in Abundance.

It’s easy to feel at home at The Glebe, and the Circle of Friends is one way to get connected. In addition, you will receive lots of benefits including:

  • Complimentary birthday dinner for two in the Allegheny Dining Room
  • Art classes (space available basis)
  • Coffee Klatch in our lobby every morning
  • Moving Station Home Sale program and Quick Buy program
  • Priority for Rehab Admissions to Health Care

Give us a call at 540-339-7470 to reserve your spot at The Glebe and be a part of our Circle of Friends.

The Glebe: A Success Story

enewsletter-imgs-stry2The Glebe’s road to financial success was paved with challenges, but with hard work and faith, The Glebe overcame these adversities.  Today The Glebe is proud to report a flourishing community with strong leadership and residents from throughout Virginia, Maryland and other states from around the county. This success story is one of a community that persevered and came out strong.

The Glebe’s early story was bumpy with local flooding and building delays from the onset, putting the community behind schedule and frustrating progress of the state-of-the art Continuing Care Retirement Community. The first of its kind in Daleville, Virginia, The Glebe was and is supported by Virginia Baptist Homes (now LifeSpire of Virginia), a not-for-profit, faith-based organization headquartered in Richmond. In 2008, Botetourt County challenged The Glebe’s not-for-profit status, and the case went to court causing unrest and frustration. The Virginia Supreme Court heard the case and supported The Glebe’s not-for-profit status. Even the Botetourt County district supervisor agreed that “The Glebe is truly a great asset to Botetourt County. I regret we created a bump in the road for both them and us along the way and I wish them all of the success they deserve.”

Ensuing financial struggles plagued the community as a result of these challenges, and financial restructuring became necessary as a result. However, with the support of the parent company, leadership and The Glebe’s own residents, the community persevered. Joe Kelly, the chief financial officer of LifeSpire of Virginia, The Glebe’s parent company, noted that the community was the first Continuing Care Retirement Community to go through significant financial restructuring and come out with the same management.  

The adversity of those bumpy years brought residents together, and today The Glebe is stronger than ever. The Glebe’s management practices are designed to listen, watch and improve. They focus on establishing the same goals and motivations for every individual staff member, because they know they can achieve excellence when all work together.

A testament to the many great accomplishments in recent years is the high occupancy rate, high demand for Independent Living apartments and the reputation for quality care in both Assisted Living and skilled health care areas. The Glebe is now a vital and proud part of Botetourt County and the greater Roanoke Valley area.

To learn more about The Glebe, call 540-339-7470.

Winter Wellness Glows at The Glebe

enewsletter-imgs-stry3It’s always the peak season of wellness at The Glebe. With the beautiful Johnson Aquatic Center offering indoor, poolside mountain views, residents have the chance to get active and discover the benefits of aquatic programs and classes year-round. Dive in and discover the seven dimensions of wellness at The Glebe.

Our community focuses on not only physical wellness, but social, emotional, spiritual, environmental, occupational, and intellectual wellness as well. Through our multidimensional programs and new partner, The National Institute for Fitness and Sport (NIFS), we have created an outstanding program that residents love. See how The Glebe encourages every aspect of total wellness:

At The Glebe we encourage residents to have a healthy, optimistic approach to life. This January, our New Year’s Resolution Workshop will focus on setting positive goals that stick. Setting goals are a great way to be mindful about doing the things that bring happiness and improvement to ourselves and others.

Exercise and movement not only energize the body but can bring peace to the mind. The Glebe offers classes such as Mindful Movements and Yoga that focus on movement, breathing, and rhythm to nourish the mind, body, and spirit.

At The Glebe, we encourage residents to spend time enjoying the beautiful scenery and nature surrounding The Glebe. Even in the winter months, residents can always enjoy an expansive view of the beautiful Blue Ridge mountains.

We believe in doing what you love, especially in retirement. The Glebe offers speaker events, workshops, and classes that encourage residents to explore their passions and discover new ones.

Exercising the mind is just as important as physical exercise. At The Glebe, residents can stay sharp through classes and social activities — we also offer the popular Glebe Scholar program, which provides residents with opportunities to participate in community engagement through lecture and discourse.

Our Wellness Center offers a variety of fun ways to stay fit and active. Coming up, the center will host a day where residents can come in for a physical assessment. From the assessment our highly trained team will offer individual fitness and workout prescriptions.

Also, our newly formed Arthritis Water Workout class is now in session every Friday, where residents who suffer from joint pain can improve mobility and range of motion.

The Glebe has a bustling social atmosphere, where there’s always fun to be had with friends. Coming up in February we will be hosting our Indoor Recreation Challenge. It’s easy to stay inside during the cold months, so we’ve got some fun recreational events to help beat the winter slump. Residents can earn rewards and prizes by attending events such as line dancing, Wii bowling, bocce ball, ping pong, and corn hole.

We’re proud to have created a multidimensional wellness program that residents love. Stay tuned for more on our upcoming events and programs, and be sure to check out our Winter Wellness Schedule, which is full of fun classes and special events.

Give us a call at 540-339-7470 to learn more about our wellness program or to book your tour of The Glebe.

Keys to Longevity


Editor’s Note: This article originally appeared in Dec. 2015 on the site Where You Live Matters sponsored by the American Seniors Housing Association.

Happy senior man and woman couple walking and holding hands on a deserted tropical beach with bright clear blue skyInheriting good genes is a pretty good start for living a longer, healthier life. But the truth is that genetics will only get you part of the way there. Lifestyle and environment have just as much to do with how well we age – maybe even more. And because you can’t control your genes, but you can take control of the way you live, the keys to longevity are in your hands.

We know so much more than we used to about aging and staying healthy in later life. Good genetics are only part of the equation. Consider that 70 percent of the physical differences and 50 percent of the intellectual differences between older adults who are healthier in later years and those who aren’t comes down to lifestyle choices.

Environmental Factors That Determine How Well You Live

What else influences how successfully we age? There are a host of other factors, ranging from how socially connected we are to where we live:

Live with Purpose: Older adults who are engaged in meaningful activity have lower rates of mortality and better health. For example, seniors who volunteer at least 100 hours of their time each year enjoy improved mental and physical health. Purpose promotes positive living.

Social Connections: Isolation is a serious health risk for older adults. It contributes to everything from depression to higher rates of obesity, diabetes, heart disease and cancer. Staying connected to family and friends, even through social media and online chat services such as Skype, yields positive health benefits. Relationships keep you going.

Stay Active: A sedentary lifestyle puts you and your aging family member at risk for chronic diseases. Engaging in physical activity for 30 to 45 minutes each day will cut your risks for health conditions such as cardiovascular disease and cancer. People in the Blue Zones, those areas of the world where people live the longest, have active daily lifestyles built around natural movement such as gardening, walking, swimming, hiking and biking. Active living is thriving living.

Feed the Spirit: Spirituality influences healthy aging. Nourishing the spirit cuts risks from chronic illnesses, including heart diseases, diabetes and depression, and people who routinely feed their spirit also have lower rates of suicide. But spirit-feeding doesn’t necessarily mean organized religion. Engaging in activities such as meditation, watercolor painting, and gardening can all nourish the spirit. Spirit-centric soulful living is rich and

Physical Environment: Where you live matters greatly in setting the course for how well you age. A home that offers good lighting, an easy-to-navigate floor plan, a senior-friendly bathroom, and fewer, safer stairs can prevent older adults from falls. And falls are the leading cause of fatal and non-fatal injuries for people over the age of 65. Home should also be a place where you can relax and enjoy life, not be bogged down with worry and stress about how you’ll manage the details of daily living. Buying groceries. Shoveling snow or shooing the ‘gators. Repairing the kitchen sink. Those tasks become more challenging with age. When simplicity appeals more than challenge, where you live matters.

Good Nutrition: Seniors are more likely to have poor nutrition than younger adults, especially those seniors who live alone. Problems arranging transportation, difficulty preparing meals and a tighter budget are just a few of the reasons why. But a poor diet can lead to higher incidences of falls, problems with wounds healing, and a weakened immune system that increases the risk for illness and infection. Eating well increases the appetite for living well.

Family Matters: Having happy, healthy relationships with friends and family is yet another lesson we’ve learned from the Blue Zones. When you surround yourself with upbeat people, you’re more likely to think positively and engage in healthier activities. Plus, families keep us connected with past and future, with heritage and hope – and that deepens and enriches daily life. Still true: No one is an island.

Child’s Play: One of the Ten Principles of a Life Worth Living developed by the Eden Alternative highlights the pivotal role children play in a senior’s quality of life. In short, intergenerational relationships help seniors feel life is worth living. Children are meant to be seen, heard and involved.

Laugh It Off: Laughter is still the best medicine. A good laugh can lower blood pressure, boost the immune system, and reduce pain. Laughter can also help you shake off stress, which has long been linked to illnesses such as heart disease and cancer. Rx: Laugh!

Brain Health: Growing evidence shows the key to overall good health lies in maintaining a healthy brain. Over the last decade, research has proven there’s much more to it than working the daily crossword, and that good nutrition, stress management, and regular exercise all play key roles in keeping brains healthy. And by the way, all that multitasking so many of us are proud of? It can actually have a negative impact on brain health, because the brain isn’t designed to handle more than one task at a time. And one more thing: We saved brain health for last on the list, since it’s the most important one to remember.

The good news? Seniors in their 70’s and 80’s who modify their behavior today still reap the rewards. It’s never too late to make changes, and adopting a healthier lifestyle and choosing the right type of living environment can impact how well you live … for as long as you live.

For more resources on this topic, read the full article.

National Institute of Fitness and Sport assumes management of The Glebe’s wellness program


By staff

309732RICHMOND, Virginia—LifeSpire of Virginia, formerly Virginia Baptist Homes, is advancing its relationship with the National Institute of Fitness and Sport (NIFS) as NIFS assumes management of the fitness program at The Glebe, a LifeSpire continuing care retirement community in Daleville. NIFS currently manages the fitness program at LifeSpire’s Lakewood in Richmond and The Chesapeake in Newport News.

“NIFS now manages fitness in three of our four communities,” said Mick Feauto, LifeSpire’s executive vice president and chief operating officer. “We are pleased and excited about the level of professionalism NIFS brings to a comprehensive wellness program.”

NIFS is an industry leader in designing and executing holistic wellness programs for seniors. In January, NIFS signed an agreement with LifeSpire to provide the following services:

  • Personal training, personalized exercise programs, fitness testing, and equipment orientation
  • Group fitness classes
  • Data analysis
  • Health-related educational sessions, life-long learning opportunities, nutritional coaching, and weight-loss programs
  • Cross-department collaboration
  • Implementation of incentive and wellness programs

Research shows that an active lifestyle can lessen the challenges and increase the opportunities associated with aging. LifeSpire seeks to provide an environment within its four communities that offers aging adults programs, guidance, and support for healthy aging. The partnership with NIFS helps LifeSpire residents take charge of their health and wellness and improve their overall quality of life.

For more information on NIFS, visit

Ann Lovell is corporate director of communications for LifeSpire of Virginia, formerly Virginia Baptist Homes. For more information, email or call (804) 521-9192.

LifeSpire of Virginia operates four continuing care retirement communities in Virginia: The Chesapeake in Newport News, The Culpeper in Culpeper, The Glebe in Daleville and Lakewood in Richmond.