Life to the Fullest

Branchlands is a full-service senior living community, designed exclusively for the comfort, safety, and security of our family, friends, and neighbors as they age. Branchlands offers independent living where residents enjoy a fresh, contemporary environment, a range of amenities, and the freedom to come and go as they please. The brand new Linden House Assisted Living and Memory Care offers round-the-clock services for those whose day-to-day living needs are greater.

No two individuals come to live at Branchlands for the same reason: some seek the independence of life at the gracious Manor House; others have reached a stage where it is no longer wise to remain at home; and still others whose memories are a challenge can expect unfailing patience, kindness, and professional care. Because Branchlands offers independent living, assisted living, and memory care options, changes in health or mental capacity may not require a resident to move outside the community.

For all our residents, our goal is to make life as easy, enjoyable, and worry-free as possible.  We value their comfort and respect their individuality. The belief in the importance of living life to the fullest–even when age and disabilities slow the pace–is what motivates us to serve our residents.

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

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There’s nothing quite like warming up with a cup of #hotcocoa during a cold winter’s day. Even though it may seem like an indulgence, hot cocoa actually has several health benefits.

Cocoa is rich in antioxidants; it has twice the antioxidants of a glass of red wine, and three times as many as found in green tea. Cocoa is also rich in iron, fiber, calcium, magnesium, potassium, Vitamin A, and Vitamin K. Not only does this sweet treat taste good, it has also been proven to be good for your brain. It releases certain neurotransmitters that can make you feel comfortable, happy, and can even help reduce pain and stress.

The key to getting the most benefits out of a cup of hot cocoa is to skip the prepared mixes and make your own. Use unsweetened cocoa powder or 85% dark chocolate. You can sweeten it to your taste by using natural sweeteners such as honey or pure maple syrup. #TipTuesday
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5 days ago


Resident Spotlight: Dotty T.

Dorothy, or Dotty as she is called here at Branchlands, was born in 1941 in Hyattsville, Maryland. She had four brothers and one sister.

She was visiting her cousin in Bertonsville, Maryland when she met Alton, who became her husband. They didn’t go on a honeymoon right away, but four years later, they went to Florida and they went there eight times over the next few years. Dotty and Alton also traveled to Vancouver, Canada, Mount St. Helens in Oregon, and Mt. Rainier in Washington State. While they were there, the snow was fifteen feet deep and they would slide down on plastic bags. They did a lot of sight-seeing and also enjoyed watching the skiers as they came down the mountainside.

Dotty and Alton have two sons, Richard and Randy. Dotty has many hobbies. She enjoys knitting and crocheting, and she also loves to read. She has also come to our Writing for Pleasure class and has already written a poem for us which we really enjoyed.

Dotty moved here to help her 24-year-old grandson, Dalton, who is waiting for a heart transplant. It will take quite a bit of time for him to get better, so she decided to get a studio apartment here at Branchlands. She is quite happy here because she loves all the friends she has made. We are so happy you like it here Dotty, and we also hope and pray that your grandson will have his heart transplant soon and have a quick recovery. Thank you for joining our community.

Adapted from Resident Spotlight by Betty Kollar, originally appeared in The Manor House at Branchlands December 2018 newsletter.
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