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Creating New Traditions in Retirement Living

Overview Richmond VA Senior Living Community

Make A Difference

As a not-for-profit mission driven community, The Hermitage is focused on the lives of our residents rather than on shareholder returns. We form a lifetime relationship with our residents and make a commitment to provide assistance to those who, through no fault of their own, may become unable to meet the financial responsibilities of their residence or care. Our relationship and commitment to our residents is deep and broad. That is why were are happy to share our person centered philosophy that empowers residents and staff to form a stronger, more vibrant and desirable community. That community believes contribution and value continue at all levels of living and all ages. Meaning and purpose are directly connected to happiness and health. We are proud of the time and energy our residents and staff invest to give back to the community on our campus and beyond.


Watch testimonial below and read others on our testimonial page.

Person Centered

Over The Hermitage’s 70 year history, change has accelerated in our special part of the world. People live longer and aspire to live differently… Improved health care, legal, market and economic forces exert their influences. The Hermitage has always been and will remain intently focused on the lives of the people who call our community home.

A trend that we have embraced and championed for our residents and staff can be summed up in the phrase “person-centered”. Simplifying a good thing down to two words it makes it clear and easier to communicate.

The core of a person-centered approach shapes specific parts of our community into unique personal households or neighborhoods. It changes the institutions of assisted living, nursing or memory care into a homelike environment like the one people feel they had to leave when their needs changed.

One of the keys to successful change is the people… the people who are called to be a part of The Hermitage Team. They are special people and they seek additional ways to add more meaning, value and joy to residents’ lives. The Hermitage Team members work to form communities where residents are happy and empowered and served by a team that enjoys bettering their lives.

One of the conscious changes being made is to move from an institutional to a more informal, homey approach. The old nursing homes and Alzheimer’s care facilities have set hours for getting up, bathing, eating and almost everything else. The person-centered approach removes attempts to schedule and control residents’ lives and gives autonomy and freedom back to them… that’s why people choose to call our communities home.

Each day is informal, like a day in our own homes, and results in a truly rewarding and satisfying daily life for residents and team members alike. Why would we ask anyone to give up home, just when they need it the most?

Come visit and see for yourself… but the difference is not just a change you can see, it’s a change you feel; a change our residents feel as they direct their own lives and team members whom are empowered to help them do so.

History of The Hermitage Richmond

The Hermitage Then and Now

Historical Mirror at Hermitage Richmond VA

Jonathon Bryan thought he had the perfect wedding gift for his bride to be, Winifred Duffy, a mansion in the booming new suburb of Ginter Park. It was 1911 and Ginter Park had a trolley that would get you downtown in 15 minutes for only 5 cents! The couple lived there for three years before selling their first home to the Virginia Apple Land Corporation, who sold it to W.H. and Ivy Nelson. In 1920 Mrs. Louise Bauer purchased the home from the Nelsons and renamed The Hermitage. After living there for over 20 years, Louise was very pleased at the prospect of her home having a significant future as the first community of its kind in Richmond. She not only provided generous financing terms but she also gifted two magnificent pieces of furniture (likely because they were too large to move!) When you come to visit take a look at yourself in the gold leaf framed mirror in the main hall and examine the detailed woodwork on the massive étagère in the main parlor.

The Hermitage’s story started as a home and evolved into the first community of its kind in the biggest city in Virginia. It continues to be a home with warmth, generosity and hospitality that betters lives in Richmond and beyond.

Why do we call it the Via Health Center?

The Via Health Center was named after one couple whose story stands out at The Hermitage and VUMH. Bernard and Armen Via were both from Virginia and were the voices that called for a community for older people in the Commonwealth. They helped shape support in the Conference to start The Hermitage and turn it into the community it is today. They literally moved into the community with the first residents in 1948 and dedicated their lives to start, expand and grow this campus and new campuses across the Commonwealth. They were hardworking, strong in faith and had an unfailing sense of humor.

They were also leaders in opening the community to members of other faiths. They understood that to do God’s will you must respond to human need. To them faith and good works were inseparable. By placing their family name on our Health Care Center, we honor their commitment, legacy and hold up our tradition of honoring and serving older lives.

VUMH Samaritan Program

At The Hermitage, we do include a financial and actuarial review for many reasons. Most importantly, we want to be sure that residents can live as they choose and that they will have the resources available they will need in the future if they are blessed with longevity.

The Hermitage is part of Virginia United Methodist Homes, Inc. (VUMH), a not-for-profit organization with a mission that is very important to us. We form a lifetime relationship with our residents and make a commitment to provide assistance to those who, through no fault of their own, may become unable to meet the financial responsibilities of their residence or care. As with many relationships, this one is based on mutual responsibility - in reviewing your financial information and actuarial projections, we can better assure that the plan to call our community home is right for everyone involved.

The Samaritan Program provides peace of mind to residents who have outlived their financial resources. We are committed to an established policy to provide assistance to those who, through no fault of their own, become unable to meet the full cost of our services. This has been an integral part of who we are since our founding in 1948.

The mission of Virginia United Methodist Homes, Inc. is to provide facilities, services, and programs to enhance the quality of life for older persons.

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