Frequently Asked Questions and Answers About Retirement Living at The Glebe

The Glebe is an all-inclusive, Continuing Care Retirement Community that inspires active living and a healthy lifestyle. We’re a nonprofit, faith-based community located just minutes away from the vibrant city of Roanoke. The Glebe offers the warmth and friendliness of a small town, together with all the conveniences of daily living. Residents choose to live in maintenance-free apartments or cottages and benefit from a host of amenities and services that promote independence and optimal health. This includes access to a full continuum of on-site care, including licensed Assisted Living, licensed Nursing care, Rehabilitative Therapy and an on-site Health Clinic. The community includes 133 apartments, 21 cottage homes, 32 private assisted living residences and 32 private nursing care residences.

The Glebe welcomes people of all faiths and adheres to the Fair Housing Act, Americans with Disabilities Act, and HIPAA. The community attracts a diverse group of residents from the Roanoke Valley, as well as across Virginia and many other states. Residents enjoy a wide variety of interests and have varied backgrounds. They are planners who share a desire to remain in control of their lives while assuring a fulfilling quality of life.

The Glebe is owned and operated by LifeSpire of Virginia Inc., a nonprofit, non-stock corporation. LifeSpire of Virginia has operated retirement communities in Virginia since 1948. It’s governed by a board of trustees, which is composed of business, clergy and lay leaders. Trustees serve without compensation. The Glebe is managed by an administrative team employed by the board.

There is no difference. Life Plan Community is becoming a more commonly used term to describe a community, like a CCRC, that offers a full continuum of on-site care if a resident ever needs it.

Life Care at The Glebe means residency, services and care for life. Seniors contract in advance to live in a comfortable residence, enjoy community-based amenities and services, and plan for their future needs. As health conditions change, residents remain on site close to friends and neighbors, and move between Independent Living, Assisted Living and Nursing Care at The Glebe.

With Life Care protection, monthly fees stay the same as care and service levels increase. When residents move to Assisted Living or Nursing Care, the only additional charge is for two extra meals per day and any ancillary costs such as medical supplies and pharmacy services. While monthly fees don’t increase for changes in levels of care, the monthly fee continues to be subject to an annual increase. Adjustments are based on the cost of prudent reserves.

Life Care helps shield residents from spiraling health care costs and provides the assurance that they’ll always receive the care they need at The Glebe – even if they outlive their financial resources.

The Glebe offers an attractive choice of residential options. Seniors can select from seven different apartment floor plans and four styles of cottages. Apartments range from one-bedroom, one-bath to two-bedrooms, two-baths with den and dining room. All cottages feature two bedrooms, two bathrooms, living/dining room and a two-car garage. In addition, some cottages feature a den. All residences have balconies or patios, 9-foot ceilings, individually controlled heating and air conditioning, ample closet space, and well-equipped kitchens.

Our community is open to adults age 62 and older. The Glebe attracts a diverse group of residents with varied backgrounds, faiths, interests and incomes. We encourage seniors to move to The Glebe when they’re active and young. This will enable them to fully enjoy the amenities and active lifestyle at The Glebe.

You maintain only what you bring with you or install yourself, and even then, there will often be help available. The Glebe maintains the appliances that come with your residence, the inside and outside structures, heating and air conditioning, and landscaping. We also provide trash and snow removal.

No. However, you’ll want to consider renters insurance to cover your possessions.

Plank flooring, carpeting, blinds, a washer and dryer, and kitchen appliances are provided by The Glebe. You bring your own furniture. You’ll enjoy decorating your residence to suit your taste.

There’s a one-time entrance fee and a monthly fee. The fees vary, based on the type of residence, number of occupants and the entrance fee refund option selected. Monthly fees are reviewed and adjusted annually. Adjustments are based on the cost of operations to ensure sound fiscal operations and prudent reserves.

Payment of an entry fee at The Glebe entitles the resident to a lifetime lease of the Independent Living residence of their choice. The resident does not have equity in the residence. However, the resident is also not responsible for the burdens of ownership such as maintenance and real estate taxes.

Residents are able to use a percentage of the fees as a prepaid medical expense and apply it toward an income tax deduction. In the first year of residency, a portion of the entrance fee may be used; a portion of monthly fees may be used annually. The amount that may be used varies from year to year. Every year, guidance is issued to residents letting them know what portion of their entrance fee and monthly service fee is related to the provision of medical care. Every resident’s tax situation is unique, and The Glebe doesn’t provide tax advice. For personal tax advice, please seek advice from a trusted tax adviser.

The first step is to select your apartment or cottage and make a fully refundable $1,000 deposit. Next, you’ll complete application forms and have a clinical evaluation. Based on meeting physical and financial criteria, you’ll pay the balance of the entrance fee and move to your new residence at The Glebe. Our marketing assistant serves as your move-in coordinator and will assist your move to the community.

Basic cable television, internet and Wi-Fi service are included in your monthly service fee. Premium cable is available at an additional cost.

Utilities are included in your monthly service fee. This includes heating and air conditioning, electricity, water, sewer, basic cable TV, internet and Wi-Fi access, telephone, trash pickup, and snow removal.

Extensive cultural, spiritual, educational, fitness and social activities are available. In addition, on-site amenities at The Glebe include an art studio, woodworking shop, game room, billiard room, putting green, business center, library, chapel, and a variety of gathering rooms for conversation, relaxing and fellowship. In addition, there’s outdoor space for flower and vegetable gardening, and a greenhouse, as well as beautiful walking paths.

Yes. Gerald Carter is a Presbyterian commissioned lay pastor and serves as Chaplain. Gerald’s role is one of service and outreach. He provides guidance and staff support to the resident Spiritual Life Committee as well as ministering to residents, residents’ families and staff members. In addition to years of serving churches in the Roanoke Valley, Gerald has an extensive background in customer service from the hotel industry.

Botetourt County is rapidly becoming the most sought-after place to live in the Roanoke Valley. There are recreational, sightseeing, shopping, historical, cultural and educational opportunities for residents and visitors. In addition, you can enjoy hiking, golfing, fishing and picnicking in several nearby parks and recreation areas. There are also two 18-hole golf courses nearby. For more information on the area, see

Each apartment and cottage have an urgent call system. Our security staff patrols the building and grounds on a regular basis during the evening hours. Visitor traffic is controlled through two major entrances. Automatic security on all exterior doors restricts access to residents and staff 24 hours a day.

Yes. The Glebe is a pet-friendly community. Residents with pets are required to abide by The Glebe’s pet policy.

Certainly! The Glebe is your home, and we encourage you to have your family and friends visit as often as you want. Guest rooms are available, or guests may stay in your apartment or cottage. All are encouraged to use the amenities and facilities on campus.

Yes. The Glebe offers scheduled trips to shopping areas, medical centers and physicians’ offices. Transportation is also available for scheduled events.

In a sense, everything about The Glebe is part of a “fitness” program. The concept is to make it easy for residents to lead satisfying lives and maintain good health in every way. We offer a modern aquatic and fitness center, exercise classes and a variety of wellness programs. In addition, the dining room and café offer nutritious meals – and we have a dietitian available for residents.

The Glebe has a Residents Council, and all residents are voting members. All residents are eligible to become a member of The Glebe’s Residents Council. Residents elect officers and meet monthly. The Executive Committee meets every month with the Executive Director.

Yes. A resident may move to another cottage or apartment based on availability and priority. Written requests require administrative approval. More specific details including costs are available by talking to a marketing consultant.

Lighted parking areas are provided for apartment residents. Cottages have driveways and garages. Also, ample guest parking is available.

Health services include a clinic with scheduled nurse office hours, administration of prescribed treatments, pharmacy services and services of other medical specialists. In addition, The Glebe offers Rehabilitation Therapy services, Assisted Living, and a licensed nursing facility that’s staffed around the clock.

Residents at The Glebe enjoy lifetime residency that includes their choice of a spacious apartment or cottage home, comprehensive amenities and services, and access to an on-site continuum of care. These benefits are provided through a one-time entrance fee and monthly service fee. The entrance and monthly fees vary depending on the type of residence, number of occupants, type of agreement and refund plan selected.

Residents choose our community for many different reasons. Yet all agree that living at The Glebe is a value compared to the cost of home maintenance, lawn upkeep, property taxes, utilities, wellness programs, social activities, health club membership, 24-hour security, emergency services, and access to quality care. For pricing information based on your individual preferences, please call us at 540-339-7470.

Glebe is an Old English term referring to church-owned property. In the American colonies, glebe land was often farmed or rented out by the church to cover living expenses and support the clergy who lived there. In our case, the community is on Glebe Road, which traces its name to “The Glebe at Botetourt,” established near this site in the 17th century.