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Westminster Village Announces Two Key Appointments: Executive Director Colleen Matthews and Administrator Shannon Williams

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Westminster Village has appointed Colleen Matthews to the role of Executive Director and Shannon Williams to serve as Health Care Administrator. The two key appointees will offer leadership and operations expertise to the Life Plan Community, serving senior residents and their families in Terre Haute and the Wabash Valley.


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Update Regarding Mask Policies at Westminster Village

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The CDC announced on May 13, 2021, that fully vaccinated people can resume activities without wearing a mask or physically distancing, except where required by federal, state, local, tribal, or territorial laws, rules, and regulations, including local business and workplace guidance. According to the CDC, people are considered fully vaccinated:

  • 2 weeks after their second dose in a 2-dose series, such as the Pfizer or Moderna vaccines, or
  • 2 weeks after a single-dose vaccine, such as Johnson & Johnson’s Janssen vaccine

We share your enthusiasm about the news and are hopeful COVID-19 rates continue to decline. Because our community follows guidance from health and regulatory agencies, our policies reflect the following:

  • Residents in independent living are no longer required to wear a mask in the independent living areas of the community if they are fully vaccinated unless required by local and state regulations, as mentioned above.
  • All residents, regardless of vaccination status, must wear masks on any form of community-based transportation.
  • Family and friends visiting residents in independent living need to wear a mask when entering and exiting and while in common spaces within a community. Masks can be removed when visitors are in a resident’s apartment. 
  • All residents in assisted living or memory care must continue to wear masks as required by the CDC for assisted living.
  • All independent living residents, family, and friends visiting residents in the assisted living, memory care, or skilled nursing areas in communities must continue to wear masks and adhere to the safety protocols in these settings.
  • Individuals taking part in a tour experience or attending an event at the community must wear a mask to meet with our team and experience the various areas of our community.

There are no changes to our mask policy for team members at this time, regardless of their vaccination status. The CDC states it is still learning how effective the vaccines are against variants of the virus that causes COVID-19.  For the protection of residents and fellow team members, all community personnel must wear masks, regardless of where they work within our community.

The health and safety of residents and team members remains our highest priority. We’ll continue to monitor the situation and adjust our protocols to help ensure the health and safety of our residents and team members. With further questions related to our COVID-19 protocols, please contact us directly.

Planning Ahead: Making a Smart Financial Decision

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One of the most common concerns about retirement living is the cost. And that’s understandable. You’ve worked hard for your money and you want to protect it. This guide will help you consider the costs associated with retirement living versus staying in your house, as well as the value of a choosing a community. That way, you can make a smart financial plan for your future.

Click here to download your free copy of our guide and get started today!

Why Schedule a Tour of a Senior Living Community?

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It’s very common to feel a little unsure about senior living. It can feel like a big commitment and a drastic change. Those concerns are exactly why it helps to go on your own fact-finding mission to discover what life is like there and how a community could even enhance your lifestyle. A tour is your opportunity to explore the possibilities that senior living can offer. Just start with an open mind and a willingness to learn.

We’ve prepared a thoughtful guide for you to uncover four reasons why scheduling a tour could be the best next step for you. Simply click the link below to download your copy!

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Our upcoming Coffee Talk Tuesday focuses on community tours!

We hope you’ve been able to join us for our weekly Coffee Talk Tuesday events each week. Our topic for March 2 is right on time, with discussions on the importance of touring residential living options, plus a fun virtual tour of 4 of our most popular residence styles at Westminster Village!



Can I Afford Senior Living?

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Comparing the value of a retirement community to living at home

Many people assume that aging in place at home will be the most cost-effective option for their retirement years. However, when they begin to look at the details and compare the value of living in a retirement community to the costs associated with remaining in their home, they are often surprised to learn that many retirement communities are more affordable than they originally thought. You may wonder how this is possible. Let’s take a look!

We’ve prepared a thoughtful guide for you to walk through this scenario. Simply click the link below to download your copy!

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Technology Keeps Westminster Village Connected

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A couple of years ago, perhaps ahead of its time, Westminster Village wholeheartedly embraced new technology with a focus on helping residents stay in touch with the world. So, when the pandemic hit earlier this year, the Life Plan Community serving Terre Haute and the Wabash Valley was ready, committed, and able to make sure seniors could stay connected—virtually.


“We believe retirement is about living the best life possible. Everyone craves connection, even when we’re forced to be apart,” says Kate Webster, Westminster Village Director of Marketing. “So, we’re leveraging technology. You could say we connect through tech to help retirees meet face-to-face with friends, family and neighbors—at least on screen.”


Westminster Village anticipated what experts now confirm. According to one recent Merrill Lynch study, nearly two-thirds (64%) of retirees are interested in home technologies such as video chat and interactive devices to help them connect with family and friends. Reports indicate they’re especially likely to embrace new technology when it simplifies their lives or adds connectedness.

“For us, realization sunk in when we began offering new residents SMART apartment packages two years ago. We found active retirees were carrying smartphones and tablets and wanted, in their own words, to ‘keep up with the times.’ Today’s savvy seniors are comfortable with evolving technology,” Webster explains. “So now, even when residents prefer to spend more time safely in their homes, we’re offering ways to help them tap into the Westminster Village community from the comfort and convenience of their couch.”

Westminster Village offers everything from instructor-led online exercise classes and menu planning discussions with Chef Matt via video to free webinars covering important topics ranging from healthy living to warning signs of Alzheimer’s. But arguably the most popular online feature has become Coffee Talk Tuesdays—open to both residents and the greater community of seniors in Terre Haute and the Wabash Valley.

Every Tuesday each month, Westminster Village offers an opportunity to meet virtually with others over a cup of coffee and an interesting, often enlightening, discussion. It’s not unusual to have dozens of people logged on to chat, so an agenda has been established.

▪    1st Tuesday Each Month: Inside Westminster Village. Employees and residents chat about ways to stay engaged, offering an inside look at community life.

▪    2nd Tuesday Each Month: Therapy Minutes. Physical therapists present tips and exercises for common aches and pains, plus tips for avoiding common accidents.

▪    3rd Tuesday Each Month: Back by Popular Demand. Particularly popular previous guests return to offer updates, news and plans for the weeks and months ahead.

▪    4th Tuesday Each Month: Around the Haute. Special guests from the city stop by virtually to discuss projects and events on the horizon for Terre Haute.


Westminster Village residents and the public are invited to review the schedule of upcoming events and to participate by registering on the website at under the News & Events tab.

“We want to be a resource for all seniors in the area. For us, it’s about keeping residents and older adults fulfilled. We know seniors are coping with a lot right now, and we’re here to help—whether they live at Westminster Village or in the greater community,” Webster explains.

For seniors who may be interested in making a move, Westminster Village wants those individuals to know they’re not alone. Others consider a transition to senior living even now a safe and smart choice. Research proves it.

Case in point: Westminster Village’s management partner, Life Care Services®, sent a survey to more than 21,000 individuals nationwide who were actively considering a move to a senior living community. Nearly two thirds (62%) of individuals surveyed responded the pandemic has had no impact on their desire to move into a senior living community or that the pandemic has actually increased their desire to move. Those who indicate an increased desire suggest they don’t want to be alone in their own homes and/or they want access to the available care and services a community offers.

To show how much Westminster Village cares about helping seniors, the Life Plan Community developed a WVCares savings program. From fee discounts to complimentary downsizing and moving packages, it’s all designed to reduce stress and increase peace of mind.

“Since concerns about COVID-19 arose, we’ve been offering virtual visits to Westminster Village for seniors and families who may be interested in independent living and assisted living as well as rehab services and skilled nursing,” says Webster. “All they have to do is call (812) 242-4600 to schedule an appointment. We can even discuss SMART apartments!”

A Helpful Guide to Decluttering Your Home

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happy family Make Room for More of the Lifestyle You Want.

Most older adults know a day will come when it’s time to downsize. Some people dread it. Others take it in stride as a necessary step to the lifestyle they want. Whichever way you look at it, downsizing — or rightsizing your life — can tug at your heartstrings and play with your emotions.

To help you get started, we’ve prepared a helpful guide with tips on decluttering your home now so that when you do make a move, there’s less stress and “stuff” to worry about.


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Real Stories. Real Support.

After downloading your complimentary decluttering guide, you may find yourself thinking even more about downsizing and a potential move. Great news – we have an outstanding Rightsizing & Moving series with more information on those topics! In this three-part series, we have videos that not only cover auction and clean-out services, as well as how to relax during the packing and moving process, but also first-person recollections of the downsizing and moving process from residents who now call Westminster Village home. Click on any of the links below to enjoy these videos at your leisure.

Misconceptions of Senior Living: A New Kind of Mythbusters

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When you hear the term “senior living community,” what does it mean to you? Think about or write down a few phrases that come to mind. Now…which of those are actually true?

It’s not unusual for people to have misconceptions about what living in a community is like, especially if they haven’t had much experience with one. That’s why we’ve compiled a helpful guide with five of the most common misconceptions, along with some facts that might just change the way you view your retirement living options.


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Tips on Staying Connected While Sheltering in Place

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It can be hard to feel connected while staying apart…these tips can help!

Keeping apart from friends and family is important for staying healthy during this pandemic. But it’s not easy to do and can lead to feeling isolated. Isolation can be detrimental to your mental and physical well-being, so it’s even more important to stay connected with others right now.

Whether you’re sheltering in place in your house or a senior living community, we’ve put together some simple ways you can reach out to others and keep the connections strong with a helpful, downloadable guide.


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