The Summit Celebrates 15th Anniversary

The Summit Celebrates 15th Anniversary

Wednesday, September 26, 2018

Paul Kavanaugh heads down to the exercise room to work out each day. Not too shabby at 101 years old.Paul, who moved to The Summit with his wife, Willie, the year it opened, has seen the Life Plan Community grow in the last 15 years. “It’s just like one big family,” he said.

In its 15th year, The Summit has made a wellness program for residents a major focus. The Total Wellness Program uses baseline assessments to build custom health programs for each resident.  New offerings include monthly health and wellness classes, a Sit and Be Fit chair exercise program, personal training and physical, speech and occupational therapy.

Each week, Paul enjoys the Sit and Be Fit and Fit and Flex classes. “They look after us very well,” he said. The wellness program is just one example of a resident-focused community with an administration and staff always looking to enhance offerings. “They have grown along with the people that live here and try to accommodate us,” Paul said. “It’s just a good place that offers so many different things.”

The Summit is a partnership of the Christian Church of Virginia (Disciples of Christ) and Centra. Five households moved in Monday, August 4, 2003 and by the end of the year, 60 were on campus. A year later, The Summit added a Health and Rehabilitation Center and Assisted Living opened a few years later providing a full continuum of care.

“The Summit is a place of fellowship and friendship. The food is amazing and the campus is beautiful, but a deep sense of community is what truly makes this a special place. That will never change,” Executive Director Gina Meadows.

Paul knows it’s a special place. He sees it in the simple things: a meal with friends, chats over the morning paper and people that care. “They offer so many things that I enjoy.”