Shenandoah Terrace February 2017 Newsletter

Shenandoah Terrace

Around New Market

It’s been a real pleasure to welcome our residents over the past several months. Part of that pleasure has been getting to know some of you, as well. If you’re not from the surrounding area or just haven’t had a chance to visit New Market, yet, we hope you will be able to soon.
To help you out when you plan a trip to town, we’ve included a handy list of resources below. They’re full of great information about what to do, where to eat, and what’s going on in Shenandoah Terrace’s neighborhood.

By the time we send our next newsletter in May, the town calendar will be full of spring and summer events that we’re excited to share with you. In the meantime, we hope these links are a good introduction to our wonderful area. Enjoy!

The Town of New Market’s Visitor Section:

The Town of New Market’s Facebook Page:

The Virginia Tourism Guide to New Market:

An Important Request for Flu Season

We prioritize resident health and safety at Shenandoah Terrace. Preventing the spread of illnesses is especially important this month, with flu season in full swing. You can help us with this responsibility by visiting our facility only when you are well.

If you are ill, or recently have been ill, please do not visit the Terrace. Adults over the age of 65 are more susceptible to complications from the flu; these complications can include life-threatening respiratory issues.

Thank you for considering our residents and respecting this request. We wish you good health, and hope to see you soon.

An Introduction to Our Activities Program

Our Shenandoah Terrace activities program is designed to provide more than just entertainment. While we love to see residents enjoying themselves, we also prioritize health, safety, and brain support when planning activities. With options for individual and group participation, we tailor our offerings to engage as many residents as possible.

Ambiance is an important part of our activities at the Terrace. Our staff constantly plays pleasant music that may evoke memories for some of our residents. Selections from the 1940’s and 50’s are our go-to; we play Johnny Horton, Roger Whittaker, and compilations of hit songs. The music plays while our residents pursue activities of their own choosing. For some, daily living skills like sorting and folding are relaxing. Others enjoy card games, crafting, and conversation.

More involved activities take place in our resident-adapted kitchen, where we stir up memories along with delicious treats. From preparation and aroma to taste and cleanup, many aspects of the cooking process allow residents to reminisce. We enjoy guiding their kitchen activities, too. Our staff helped residents bake festive cookies throughout the holiday season, and recently assisted with cinnamon sugar doughnuts.

These are just a few examples of how we incorporate meaningful activities at the Terrace. Every day, we do lots of small things that can add up to a big benefit for our residents. As we add to our repertoire, we’ll keep you updated about the new activities we have planned.

Thoughtful Care from our Friends at New Century Hospice

Christal Yowell from New Century Hospice

Christal Yowell from New Century Hospice

We’re fond of saying that Shenandoah Terrace feels like home for its residents. In part, that’s because of our compassionate staff, our comfortable rooms, and our community-building activities. But, we also benefit from the help of New Century Hospice, a great organization that is often on site. Their approach to care is built on five principles that we appreciate: comfort, dignity, compassion, integrity, and hope.

To improve the lives of our residents, the New Century Hospice staff treats them just as they would in-home hospice patients. Residents receive services such as spiritual counseling, medical social services, and speech and other therapies, as appropriate. Loved ones of our residents are also eligible for New Century’s assistance. They can work with hospice on everything from dietary concerns and medical equipment to support groups and counseling.

The company’s goal is to help residents and their loved ones “embrace each of life’s moments to their fullest.” Staff member Christal Yowell, who spoke with us for this newsletter, plans fun monthly activities that residents always enjoy. Another staffer, Suzanne, is known for her thought provoking conversations.  New Century offers chaplain services, too. Our residents look forward to their cleric’s visits, which happen two Wednesdays each month.

The cost of most of New Century’s services is covered by the Medicare Hospice benefit. Private insurers may also cover some of their services. For more information about this important part of our community, please visit  We’re grateful for their compassionate presence.

Help Wanted: Please Share Your Springtime Stories

Our staff has enjoyed helping residents settle in at Shenandoah Terrace. We love learning more about our residents, and using that information to brighten their days. This month, we would like your help to gather information.

Do you know of springtime traditions that your family member at the Terrace has enjoyed? Whether it’s a favorite Easter hymn, a seasonal recipe, or a beloved activity, we want to hear about it! Please send us suggestions.

We will incorporate your ideas into the lives of our residents. Thank you in advance for contributing to a happy first Spring at Shenandoah Terrace.

You may be gone from my sight, but you are never gone from my heart.
In Memory of
Mildred Bowman and John Stauff

Shenandoah Terrace Brings Unrivaled Memory Care to New Market

Shenandoah Terrace Opening

Carter Properties is pleased to announce the opening of Shenandoah Terrace, a state-of-the-art memory care community. The 21-room facility will provide a safe and inviting home for individuals living with various forms of dementia. Located in New Market, VA, Shenandoah Terrace complements the company's nearby assisted living facility, Shenandoah Place.

Shenandoah Terrace is designed to promote the psychosocial and physical well being of its residents. With amenities from a beauty salon and barbershop to a resident-adapted kitchen and therapeutic sensory room, the facility combines comfort and innovation. Outdoor living includes secure walking paths and wide porches overlooking attractive landscaping. Throughout the facility a full-time nurse and well-trained staff administer careful, compassionate care.

"We're proud to have planned a community that's as beautiful as it is functional," Paul Griffin, the facility's co-owner, says. "Our hope is that residents will feel like the Terrace is truly their home. We think it's important to accommodate individual abilities and needs, but we're also excited to see a real community grow here."

Co-owner Mark Griffin adds, “Combining a wonderful space, excellent care, and very competitive rates will create remarkable value for comprehensive memory care. We're looking forward to showing our residents all that their new home has to offer."

As a dedicated memory care community in the Shenandoah Valley, Shenandoah Terrace will fill a local need for specialized care. "With experience, research, and compassion to guide us," Paul says, "we can positively impact the lives of residents and their loved ones at Shenandoah Terrace." For more information about the facility, or to discuss opportunities for residency, please visit, or call 540-740-8600.

About Carter Properties:

Carter Properties, a family business comprised of Marvin Griffin and his sons, Paul and Mark, owns and operates assisted living and memory care facilities in the Shenandoah Valley. The family opened Shenandoah Place in September 2006. The success of that endeavor, as well as their experiences with residents in need of memory care, led them to plan Shenandoah Terrace beginning in 2015.

Construction Update: January 2016

Happy 2016 from Shenandoah Terrace! We're thrilled to report that the new year has brought new progress to our building site. As you can see from these photos, our windows have been installed, and our entire roof is in place.

With so many construction tasks checked off, we are excited to enter the final phases of building. In fact, we expect the Terrace to be finished and ready to open later this spring! 

As excited as we are about our new building, we are even more eager to meet the new residents who will help make it such a special place. We are now accepting applications for residency. For information on how to apply, please see our website or contact one of us directly! Thanks for reading.

Construction Update: November 2015

We love the stories behind each of our Shenandoah Terrace construction updates. It was fun to celebrate the groundbreaking, and wonderful to see the building site fill with workers and equipment. We have to say, though: this might be our most exciting post yet. Recently, construction on the building itself began, and we can see our plans for the Terrace coming to life!

Since our last update, the walls of Shenandoah Terrace have been framed, and the trusses are going up now. The pictures give a real preview of the building's design, and it looks even better on the lot than it did on paper.

We'll be sure to update you again as construction continues to progress. In the meantime, take a look at the rest of our website, and don't hesitate to contact us if you have any questions about Shenandoah Terrace. 

Construction Update: September 2015

Summer may be winding down in the Valley, but we’re pleased to report that our Shenandoah Terrace construction site is just picking up steam! The lot where we recently broke ground is now full of trucks, building supplies, and busy workers. We hope you enjoy this sneak peek at the progress we’ve made, and look forward to sharing more updates as we move forward.

Thanks for stopping by!

Construction Has Begun!

Until last week, the new Shenandoah Terrace site looked like a plain, grassy lot. It was a nice lot, sure, with lovely trees nearby and blue skies overhead, but there were few signs of dramatic change in its future. 

Mere miles from the lot, though, plans were well underway for the construction of Shenandoah Terrace. And on May 26, the changes officially began over at the site. That afternoon, we gathered a small crowd to proudly break ground on our new building! Along with their guests, we were pleased to host officials from the town of New Market, staff from Shenandoah Place, and representatives from BB&T and Evermore Construction, among others.

It was a beautiful afternoon. Owners Marvin Griffin, Mark Griffin, and Paul Griffin manned the shovels, while Pastor Buz Menhardt said a prayer for the project. We celebrated with cookies and conversation, and also enjoyed a thoughtful "thank you" speech from Paul.

Our three shovels were a wonderful beginning for Shenandoah Terrace construction, but they're just the tip of the iceberg. During the groundbreaking, a skid-steer loader waited nearby to continue the job, while attendees had a look at the detailed plans for our facility. 

We are thrilled that Shenandoah Terrace is taking shape, and look forward to updating you on the progress of construction. Please check back frequently for news as the building process moves forward.

Professional photographs of the groundbreaking were taken by Swartz Photography.