Senior Independent Living Community

Branchlands is a special place where neighbors share the news of the day over coffee—where individuality is respected, and independence encouraged. When visitors come away from Branchlands, they comment on the community’s intimacy, warmth and congeniality.

Branchlands is an ideal home for people age 55 and over who want to enjoy the amenities of fresh cooked meals, housekeeping, laundry and transportation service. The refurbished Manor House, built circa 1860, is at the heart of Branchlands. An elegant dining room, library, large screen TV theater, and well-equipped exercise room compliment 69 bright, spacious one and two bedroom apartments, many with balcony or patio.

Situated on 26 landscaped acres in the center of Charlottesville, Virginia, Branchlands offers residents buccolic walking paths, a lake, flower gardens, and a fishing pond.

Home to Thomas Jefferson’s Monticello and the University of Virginia, Charlottesville has the cultural, medical, shopping, entertainment and dining advantages of a major city while being in the center of Virginia’s historic and beautiful Piedmont region.

Branchlands building exterior

Branchlands exemplifies those qualities that led USA Today to rate Charlottesville the #1 Place to Live in America!

Fresh From

Sandy M. was born in Steubenville, Ohio, just three miles north of her home in Mingo Junction, Ohio. She has two sisters and one brother. After graduating from Mingo High School, Sandy went to Wheeling Hospital School of Nursing.

In 1966, Sandy joined the Air Force, where she was classified a Pediatric Nurse. She went on to attend the School of Aerospace Medicine in 1967. Upon completion, she was awarded her Wings as a flight nurse. She then transferred to Peshawar AB, West Pakistan. While in Pakistan, Sandy traveled extensively throughout Pakistan, India, seeing the Taj Mahal, Afghanistan and Germany and even walking in the caves that Bin Laden hid in after 9/11. She was promoted to Captain before leaving.

In 1969 she was sent to Scott Air Force Base in Illinois as a flight nurse. She was the nurse on the flight returning the first three released POWs from the Hanoi Hilton Prison in North Viet Nam and it was the most rewarding assignment of her military career.
Sandy’s next assignment was Howard/Albrook AFB in the Panama Canal Zone. While there, the Air Force sent Sandy to the Army for a medical mission to South American. After marriage, Sandy resigned her Commission before giving birth to their son “J”.

In 1973, Sandy’s last military assignment was at Fairchild, AFB Washington as a dependent. In 1978, Sandy and J moved to Kenton, Ohio, and in 1980 Sandy and J moved to Charlottesville where she worked in a UVA Medical Center Adult Rehab Unit for 25 years.

Sandy’s now works part time as a School Nurse at the Stone Robinson Elementary School. She moved to Branchlands recently, loves her apartment and has already made many new friends.

Adopted from "Resident Spotlight" by Betty Kollar in the January newsletter.
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