On April 30, Virginia Lutheran Homes welcomed Pastor Keith Olivier to the chaplaincy staff. Over the past few months, Virginia Lutheran Homes, with the help of the Virginia Synod, has conducted interviewsfor a new co-pastor to fill the void left by retired Pastor Bob Ward after 20 years of dedicated service. Pastor Olivier will share duties with Pastor Kathleen Miko to provide various spiritual services to the residents, family members and staff of Brandon Oaks. 

Pastor Olivier comes to Virginia Lutheran Homes from Saint John Lutheran Church in Norfolk, Virginia. He holds a Master of Divinity degree from Lutheran Theological Seminary. He also volunteers as a chaplain for Honor Flight, an organization that takes veterans to visit military monuments in Washington, D.C. free of charge. Although Virginia Lutheran Homes’ communities are based in Lutheran tradition, people of all faiths are welcome. Pastor Olivier is looking forward to that diversity, stating, “We come from different places but share a unified vision of community, so we’re all walking together, all of us part of something greater.” 


“Our residents have thoroughly enjoyed, and benefitted from, the co-chaplaincy offering,” said Virginia Lutheran Homes’ President and CEO, Heather Neff. “We are happy to be able to continue that with Pastor Olivier and Pastor Miko,” Neff added. 




Pastor Keith Olivier

Luther Manor Auxiliary Hosts Annual Oktoberfest Event!

Posted by Nicole on November 1, 2017

Each fall the Luther Manor Auxiliary, comprised of community and resident volunteers, hosts an Oktoberfest with food, handmade goods and more. This year they raised $2,430! These funds benefit the residents of Luther Manor. IMG_0942.JPGIMG_0941.JPGIMG_0940.JPGIMG_0946.JPGIMG_0945.JPGIMG_0943.JPGIMG_0940[1].JPGIMG_0939.JPGIMG_0937.JPGIMG_0936.JPGIMG_0933.JPGIMG_0929.JPGIMG_0928.JPGIMG_0927.JPGIMG_0932.JPGIMG_0931.JPGIMG_0930.JPGIMG_0926.JPGIMG_0925.JPGIMG_0924.JPGIMG_0923.JPGIMG_0922.JPG

Brandon Oaks Celebrates Grand Opening of Pine Ridge

Posted by Nicole on March 29, 2017


Construction of Pine Ridge, consisting of 12 luxury condominiums on the campus of Brandon Oaks Life Plan Community is complete and a ribbon cutting ceremony and grand opening celebration took place on Thursday, March 23, 2017.


Pine Ridge is sold out, which is a testament to how popular this type of accommodation is in the senior living industry. “We are very excited to open this building, completely full, and welcome 22 new residents to the Brandon Oaks family,” states Brandon Oaks’ Director of Sales and Marketing, Carter Hanna. Hanna adds, “we have residents moving from all over Virginia, including Roanoke, Botetourt and Smith Mountain Lake, Mississippi and New Zealand.”


Brandon Oaks has seen tremendous growth in recent years: the construction of Pine Crest in 2010, the opening of the state-of-the-art rehabilitation expansion at the Brandon Oaks Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in 2014, the opening of Brandon Oaks at Home offering home healthcare and home care to the greater Roanoke community, and now Pine Ridge in 2017.  Brandon Oaks Executive Director, Joe Hoff commented, “As a well respected provider of senior living and healthcare, it is our duty to provide the best quality living accommodations for our current and future residents”. Hoff added, “Our continued growth is proof of our commitment to hospitality and innovation in senior living”.


The results are in and Brandon Oaks has been voted the Best Retirement Community and Best Nursing Home by the readers of 
The Roanoker magazine — for the third year in a row! The Roanoker reported a record number of voters, over 86,000, for this year’s Best of Roanoke campaign. We are honored and humbled to have received this recognition from the community. To see the winners in the other categories, please click here.

The results are in for the 2015 Best of Community Publications by The Roanoke Times. Brandon Oaks placed in to separate publications: 1st place in SwoCo and 3rd place in So Salem. To see the full results follow the links below.

2015 Best of SwoCo


2015 Best of So Salem


BOV_LOGO-2015-web.jpgReaders of Virginia Living magazine, a state-wide lifestyle publication, voted Brandon Oaks as one of the Best Retirement Communities in Southwest Virginia.

The most recent issue of Our Health magazine highlights the winners of their annual Best of Blue Ridge Retirement Living Awards and Brandon Oaks received the following:

  • Assisted Living: Gold
  • Independent Living: Silver
  • Comprehensive Rehab (Outpatient): Silver
  • Skilled Nursing Facility: Bronze
  • Nursing Home Care: Bronze


Luther Manor, located in Virginia Beach, Virginia, received the 2013 Champions of Disability Employment Award from the Virginia Department for Aging and Rehabilitation. This award is given to a facility that employs those with a physical or mental disability and show a commitment to the disabled population. Luther Manor Dining Supervisor Laura Graham states, "As a representative to Sodexo, Luther Manor and Virginia Lutheran Homes, I am truly happy to work with DARS as our commitment to diversity in the workplace extends to people with disabilities who add tremendous value to our facility". 

Brandon Oaks Receives Two Top Awards

Posted by Nicole on May 9, 2014