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Active & Engaging Assisted Living
Family-Owned Senior Living Community in Bealeton, VA
Founded in 1975, Blue Ridge Christian Homes is a small, not-for-profit, family-owned and -operated assisted living facility in Bealeton, VA, with a live-on administrator and family. Operating on the Christian principle of honor from the Fifth Commandment (honor your father and mother), our senior living community provides a broad range of health care services with an age-in-place philosophy.
In 1969, our founder, Clyde Bender, an Amish dairy farmer, sustained a farming injury that rendered him unable to work for the summer. A missionary and fellow farmer invited him on a trip to Haiti to feed the poor and hungry. His life was never the same as he continued to travel to Haiti, often for months out of the year, and his desire intensified to do mission work in the U.S. In 1972, Mr. Bender opened a children's home in Stuarts Draft, VA, and by 1975, he had founded our senior living community to care for the elderly. Both the elderly and children lived on the same property with the Benders and their operating dairy farm.
Mr. Bender’s vision was for his family to reach out and help other families in the community. The elder person moving into Blue Ridge Christian Homes can feel a part of one family helping another in this senior living community, rather than being admitted to an institution. The elderly are provided a campus and mini-farm setting with a live-on household and environment of crops and animals, as well as a community identity of growth and involvement. This is very different from a feeling of being housed away, unproductive, and disengaged from the community.
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Our family-owned farm is a place where seniors can feel involved and valued. Our spacious 46-acre campus offers a household feel, a variety of lively animals, comfortable senior living, and personalized elder care from a compassionate staff.