Tips for Retirement Downsizing


One of the main reasons older adults put off downsizing or moving to a retirement community is the need to deal with all the “stuff” they’ve accumulated over the years. Yet, if done right, the process of downsizing may not be as daunting as you think. It may even be enjoyable — even refreshing. A lot of the physical work can be done by others, so your main role is to categorizeorganize, and direct. Here are six tips to get you started:

Start now

If you are thinking about moving, whether to a retirement community or to a smaller home, now is a good time to start the downsizing process. Don’t wait until you are ready to move. At that point, the process and emotions may be overwhelming, and you will have other things that require your attention. Even if you ultimately choose not to move, your family members will thank you! There will be less stuff for them to deal with one day.

Recognize you can’t keep it all

To know what items you can and should purge, you first need to know which items you absolutely cannot part with. But here’s the key: After you have created the initial list, pare it down even further. This can be a tough exercise, but the reality is that some of the things you think you need to save may not be necessary to keep after all. For example, that sport coat in the closet you’ve held onto for 15 years because you are sure you will wear it again? It’s probably time to part ways. That stack of magazines with holiday recipes dating back 10 years? Those can go, too. Your most cherished recipes will not be hidden in a tall stack of magazines anyway, right?

Prepare yourself: Your kids may not want your stuff

Another popular reason for hanging on to various items is that kids or grandkids will want them. But many people eventually discover that the things they thought would be coveted by their adult children were not so desirable after all. To help sort this out, consider inviting your children over for a day to go through your things and find out what they actually want.

Sort by large and small

Once you know what you want to keep, make a list of big and small items. The big items are anything that will not fit in a regular size moving box, such as a sofa or table. As you consider these items, be sure to think about the dimensions and style of your new home so you will know if they will fit. Many CCRCs have move-in coordinators who can help you with this.

Obviously, it could be tough to list out every single smaller item, but you want to think about your most utilized items first. Consider things like silverware, pictures, kitchenware, books, etc.

Sell, donate, or discard?

Once you’ve decided what items are no longer needed, it is time to decide what to do with them. Create a separate list with three columns: Sell, Donate, and Trash. As you consider what you want to sell, remember that items rarely bring in the amount of cash the owner thinks they will. In some cases it may simply be easier to donate or discard an item than to go to the trouble of trying to sell it.

However, if you feel sure it would be worth the time to try to sell some of your belongings, then you have a number of options. You could try to sell them online with sites like Ebay or Craig’s List. (Please take caution if you use Craigslist or a similar website. If possible, meet the buyer in a public place and take someone with you.) Sometimes a good old-fashioned yard sale could do the job, but you will want to get someone to help you with the set up and break down. Alternately, if you have more than a few valuable items, any number of local companies will be willing to administer an estate sale for you.

Hauling the junk

Finally, after you have gone through the above-mentioned steps, you may be surprised by the amount of left over junk. This would include things that have piled up in a garage or crawlspace over the years, such as old paint cans. Many national companies will come by and haul these things away for you. All you have to do is point to the items you want removed, and they will recycle or trash the items accordingly.

If you are considering moving to The Glebe, our move-in coordinator is happy to help you think through what you might or might not need in your new home. Give our marketing department a call at 540-591-2100 and set up an appointment today!



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NOW HIRING: Executive Director of The Glebe


RICHMOND, Virginia—LifeSpire of Virginia is seeking to hire an executive director for The Glebe, a not-for-profit life plan community in Daleville, Virginia. The Glebe is one of four communities owned and operated by LifeSpire of Virginia, based in Richmond, Virginia.

The Glebe currently consists of 154 independent living apartments/cottages, 32 assisted living beds, and 32 skilled nursing beds.  Master Planning is underway to consider growth opportunities for additional independent living apartments and/or a memory care neighborhood.

The community has an outstanding reputation in the Roanoke market and currently provides service to 256 residents and currently employs 192 staff members. The health center provides excellent care and has a 5-star rating with the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services.

Reporting to the Chief Operating Officer, the Executive Director is responsible for continuing and enhancing the reputation of the community by providing strategic leadership consistent with the LifeSpire mission, vision, and values. The Executive Director shall provide leadership in the development of policies, procedures and plans which result in the accomplishment of both the organization’s long- and short-range goals. The Executive Director is responsible for ensuring the development and delivery of appropriate services to residents, clients, and their families.

Key qualifications, duties, and personal characteristics for this position are:


  • Minimum 5 years’ experience as an Executive Director of a life plan community
  • Bachelor’s degree in a relevant field
  • NHA license is a plus, but not required
  • Thorough understanding of the senior housing industry
  • Financial management skills; ability to develop and manage the budget for the entire community; identify areas for expense savings or revenue generating opportunities
  • Ability to maintain and strengthen positive working relationships with staff, residents, and leadership across communities
  • With support of the leadership team, develop and implement a strategic plan that aligns with the LifeSpire mission, vision, and values
  • Provide quality programming and services that meet the needs of today’s and tomorrow’s consumer
  • Develop and sustain a community culture of teamwork, professionalism, mutual respect, continuous quality improvement, and accountability
  • Develop a strong team of competent and committed professionals who are committed to service excellence
  • Articulate a vision, create consensus, and motivate people to build a sense of community


  • Support the strategic plan and direction of LifeSpire of Virginia.
  • Direct the overall operations of the facility while complying with state and federal regulations as well as the company’s policies and procedures
  • Ensure compliance and licensure with all licensing agencies
  • Manage occupancy development.
  • Plan, develop, and manage facility’s operating and capital budgets
  • Develop and monitor all contracted provider services.
  • Foster effective communications and teamwork among the facility’s management group
  • Maintain current knowledge about changes in federal, state, and local regulations
  • Focus on achieving and maintaining 5-star status in the community


The ideal candidate will be a competent, compassionate, and committed professional who is willing to enter into a long-term commitment of service to the organization and do so within a team-oriented, collaborative, servant-leadership environment.  He/she will be a person of high integrity and ethical standards and have a personal reputation that will reflect well on the organization.  Of equal importance will be a high standard of care and concern for current and future residents.  He/she will evidence a commitment to establishing community collaborations. As a relationship-oriented person, the Executive Director will be an excellent communicator and will maintain a visible presence among staff, residents, clients, and within the surrounding community.

This job offers a competitive base salary with a bonus incentive structure, as well as an excellent benefits package. The full-time benefits package includes options for health, dental, and life insurance, retirement plan, generous paid time off, and relocation assistance.  EOE.

Qualified applicants may apply by e-mailing a resume to:

Botetourt County High School ‘KidWind’ champions visit The Glebe


By Vanessa Houston

The Botetourt County high school engineering team, “Off the Grid,” had a meet and greet August 1 at The Glebe, a LifeSpire of Virginia continuing care retirement community. The team brought their award-winning turbine model and shared with The Glebe’s residents the process of creating and building the design as well as the challenges they faced along the way. The model, a 4-foot highly efficient turbine, took first place in The National KidWind Challenge competition in Anaheim, California, by more than doubling the challenge’s previous energy production record.

The Botetourt team consists of five high school students who opted to build their own generator from scratch rather than use the stock KidWind generator most teams use. Fifty-five teams from across the U.S. and the Virgin Islands competed in the challenge. KidWind Challenge is the premier wind energy conference in the world and includes all major wind companies and wind developers.


Vanessa Houston is The Glebe’s communication coordinator. She may be reached at 540-591-2148 and

The Glebe celebrates National Senior Health & Fitness Day®


DALEVILLE, Virginia —The Glebe, a LifeSpire of Virginia continuing care retirement community in Daleville, joined an estimated 1,000 local groups to celebrate the 24th Annual National Senior Health & Fitness Day (NSHFD) May 31. More than 80 attendees at The Glebe joined with an estimated 100,000 seniors across the country to promote active, healthy lifestyles through physical fitness, good nutrition and preventive care.

“The festival is a great opportunity for seniors to renew their commitment to health and fitness, and The Glebe is proud to be a host site,” said Rachel Carson, The Glebe’s fitness manager.

The goals of National Senior Health and Fitness Day are to make exercise fun, increase awareness of the benefits of a regular exercise program for older adults and encourage all older adults to take advantage of the many health and fitness programs offered at The Glebe, Carson said.  Activities included nine healthy living presentations and 10 field day stations during lunch time, including corn hole, a “rethink your drink” station and a “learn a yoga pose” station.

“We hope today’s events inspired residents and future residents to be more physically active and to pursue healthy lifestyles centered around wellness,” Carson said.

About National Senior Health & Fitness Day®

National Senior Health & Fitness Day is always held the last Wednesday in May in support of Older Americans Month and National Physical Fitness and Sports Month. The program, the largest of its kind, is organized by the Mature Market Resource Center, a national clearinghouse for professionals who work with older adults. For more information about National Senior Health & Fitness Day, 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.


The Glebe to host June 27 performance of ‘The Jungle Book’

DALEVILLE, Virginia—The Glebe, a LifeSpire of Virginia continuing care retirement community in Daleville, is pleased to host Mill Mountain Theatre’s production of “The Jungle Book” June 27 at 11 a.m. The short play, based on the classic stories by Rudyard Kipling, is Mill Mountain Theatre’s summer outreach production, which features the 2017 summer apprentice company. The Glebe is the only location in Botetourt County to host the production, which will be shown at other locations in the Roanoke area June 3 – July 1.

Published in 1894, “The Jungle Book” is a collection of fables set in the Indian jungle. Widely considered a classic of children’s literature, the stories have been adapted numerous times for film and stage. As part of Mill Mountain Theatre’s continuing initiative to connect theatre and literacy, children attending the play will also receive complimentary books.

Admission is free, but space is limited.  Call 540-591-2202 to reserve your spot.


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.


Not Too Big, Not Too Small … Cottage Living is Just Right

For independent seniors looking to downsize from their large family home, cottages are great options. These bright and spacious residences offer the privacy of a home, without the daunting worry of maintenance. The staff at The Glebe can take care of any issue with your home no matter how big or small.

Speaking of big or small, this home really is right in the middle. You won’t have five closets, an attic, and a basement filled with things you don’t need. But you will have two bedrooms with walk-in closets, two baths, a two-car garage, and a relaxing outdoor porch, patio or screened porch. Many of our cottage floor plans also include a den that can be used as an office, extra bedroom, or additional living space.

Each home has a full kitchen with beautiful granite countertops and stainless steel appliances. Cottages feel open and bright with nine-foot ceilings (several floorplans feature cathedral ceilings) and expansive windows. Other features include a laundry room, passive motion detectors, and an urgent call system for your peace of mind.

View our cottage floorplans to find the home that’s just right for you.

One Secret to Healthy Aging

Everyone knows that eating right and getting plenty of exercise are important parts of wellness, but the key to healthy aging may be more than what you do — but who you’re with. Socialization is a valuable part of staying healthy and well, and at The Glebe you’ll find a supportive, close-knit community.

Each month, residents receive the community calendar full of events, activities, workshops, and more. This past month, residents enjoyed several lively musical performances from local choirs and bands. It started to feel like spring with games of bocce ball and corn hole, as well as an Easter celebration. This month’s highlights included a trip to the Sounds of the Mountains Storytelling & Musical Festival, as well as a Paris in Spring dinner party, which featured the Gypsy Jazz Band.

While the calendar of events has plenty of fun things to do, there are also many small group gatherings that individuals organize themselves. Just ask members of “The Dirty Hands Garden Club” or the Military Appreciation Committee. Residents also love to hold monthly dinner socials, birthday parties, bridge games, and more. Those interested in getting involved with decision-making at The Glebe can join one of our committees, which include Activities, Building and Grounds, Spiritual Life, Memorials, Finance, Movies, and more.

The Glebe is dedicated to ensuring that residents across all care levels participate in these events. Our community is proud to be inclusive and engaging.

Check out this month’s Calendar of Events.

Order Up! Get Your Fill of Wellness at The Glebe.

Resident wellness is an important part of The Glebe lifestyle. Each and every aspect of our community — amenities, fitness, care, residences, dining — are designed to support your health and well-being. New improvements to our dining program enhance not only the experience of eating at The Glebe, but the nutritional benefits as well.

Enjoy healthy, freshly cooked items that can now be made to your preferences — such as rare steak or a build-your-own-entrée salad. Our updated menu is cooked-to-order and served restaurant style in our beautiful dining room. For residents on-the-go, we also have express dining with a self-serve buffet.

Enjoy an a la carte menu and the benefits of fresh, delicious meals.

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.