Vinson Hall Retirement Community
The VHRC Independent Living community is open to commissioned U.S. military officers and immediate family as well as leadership level government employees, GS-14 or higher. VHRC’s Assisted Living, Skilled Nursing, Long-term Nursing and Memory Care communities are open to the public.
Conceived of by the Navy Officers’ Wives’ Club of Washington, D.C., Vinson Hall Retirement Community (VHRC) opened in 1969, welcoming military officers and their families to senior living. From the beginning, VHRC’s values have been dignity, security and friendship. More recently, VHRC has enhanced its focus on mind, body and spirit, with a commitment to an active and engaged lifestyle.
VHRC monthly events calendars are full of activities that engage the whole person. Popular activities include meditation and yoga classes, outings to area restaurants, historical houses or wineries, and exercise classes in Vinson Hall’s Fitness Center. In an effort to ensure that the activities reflect residents’ interests, residents play a big part in determining what will be on each month’s calendar.
Resident Midge Holmes has been very engaged in developing new ideas to keep her neighbors moving. A few years ago, Midge began teaching a dance class focused on improving balance and coordination. Recently, Midge put her experience playing a snare drum in college to use and started a drum circle called Viva Rhythm. Residents gather outdoors and play bongos, bodhrans, maracas, rain sticks, tambourines and almost anything that has a beat.
Midge has also been instrumental in the development of VHRC’s sports park, which includes space for bocce ball, pickleball, horseshoes and ladder golf. With a planned firepit and small clubhouse, the sports park will be about more than sports, it will also be a place for friendship and fun.