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

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


Brandon Oaks Receives Two Top Awards

Posted by Nicole on May 9, 2014

best_nursing.jpgBrandon Oaks Nursing and Rehabilitation Center has been recognized by U.S. News and World Report as a five-star rated facility, therefore earning distinction as one of the Best Nursing Homes in the nation. Only 22% of nursing home facilities in Virginia earned this designation of excellence.

U.S. News and World report has long been a reputable source of information for consumers and for the past six years has been ranking a growing area of the healthcare field – nursing homes. Nearly every facility in the nation is given a rating of 1 to 5 stars in the categories of: State-conducted health inspections, nursing staff time with residents and the quality of medical care provided to residents. These ratings also coincide with data collected from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, who also rate on a 5 star system. U.S. News and World Report also provides information to aid families while selecting the right nursing home for their loved one. 

Staff and management are humbled by the honor bestowed upon Brandon Oaks Nursing and Rehabilitation Center. In a press release sent out by U.S. News and World Report earlier this week, Avery Comarow, U.S. News health rankings editor, stated the following in reference to facilities honored with the Best Nursing Home 2014 distinction, “It speaks to care that is steadily becoming more skilled and compassionate”.  

Compassionate and complete care are the core of what the staff at Brandon Oaks Nursing and Rehabilitation Center do for residents twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week. 

For more information on the U.S News and World Report Nursing Home rankings and the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services, please visit the following: and, respectively.