Heron Cove

The Heron Cove Difference

Two very basic beliefs inspired the development of the Households at Heron Cove that completely transform the way we provide long-term care for our older adults:

  • Growing older and needing extra care should not mean having to give up the things you value most in your life.
  • All of us thrive best in an environment that is familiar, that is normal, that is the way we’ve lived our lives always.

Built around a framework known as the Household Model, Heron Cove sheds the regimentation, the top-down management, the emphasis on efficiency first that is the stereotypical image of the traditional “nursing home.”

Instead, we focus on relationships and choice. Residents make the decisions about how their household will function and about how they will manage their own personal lives. Above all, our approach recognizes and fosters those values that every human needs and cherishes—dignity, respect, love, and privacy.

These values are often lost in an institutional environment; they thrive in the familiar setting of a household where there is a sense of family, of freedom, and where each resident can control his or her own daily life. Truly, residents at Heron Cove are free to be who they are, who they want to be.

Riverside is the first in Virginia to offer this wonderfully positive, freestanding Household Model of care, right here at Sanders.

For more information about Heron Cove, please contact us.

To learn more about household models of care, visit the following websites: