Richmond has a robust community of Southern Baptists, and they attend one of the over 150 area churches for services weekly. In fact, in the 2014 ranking of churches by attendance in the Southern Baptist Convention, author and speaker Tom Rainer recognized Richmond’s Bon Air Baptist Church among the top 300 in the country. A number of churches in Virginia and the Richmond area made the list.
Richmond is also the home of Centra healthcare, a large health service provider in the region including 4 area hospitals and 64 provider locations. The not-for-profit healthcare venture is the result of the 1987 merger between Lynchburg General Hospital and Virginia Baptist Hospitals, and the spirit of Christian care has carried on over the years in the state-of-the-art facilities. Seniors looking for a lifestyle infused with their Southern Baptist beliefs have many options to choose from in the Richmond area.
LifeSpire of Virginia, formerly Virginia Baptist Homes, operates four continuing care communities throughout the state, including Lakewood Manor on the west end of Richmond. The facility provides maintenance-free living for seniors in a variety of floor plans, including apartments, villas, and cottages. Seniors can choose from several different levels of care as a full continuum is provided on-site. Services include assisted living, nursing home and rehabilitative care, as well as a memory-care wing for those with memory impairments like Alzheimer’s Disease. Daily enrichment activities enhance the quality of life for seniors on the property and promote spiritual, mental, and physical growth in retirement.
In addition to administering care through area hospitals and providers, Centra Healthcare provides in-home care services including home health care, hospice, and the PACE program to seniors in the Richmond service area. Certified staff can visit you in the comfort of your own home to provide care, or you can access more intense rehabilitative services at Virginia Baptist Hospital.
Seniors with more advanced needs due to a medical condition like a stroke, injury, or accident may be eligible for nursing care in one of the four area facilities, or may attend outpatient rehabilitative or speech, physical, and occupational therapy sessions at one of the 10 area locations.
Many of the over 150 area Baptist churches have something special to offer seniors. Whether you love the idea of a huge church family and enjoy attending services with large congregations, or you prefer smaller venues, there’s something for you in Richmond. The pastors work hard to meet the needs of the community, and many churches will offer services in languages other than English to accommodate their followers, including Spanish, Portuguese and Korean.
Many of the larger churches will also offer ministry specialized for seniors. For example, Richmond’s First Baptist Church offers senior-specific bible study, the option to participate in the senior adult choir the JOY Singers, and senior-friendly volunteerism opportunities throughout the community.
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