Press Release: June 6, 2022
Williamsburg Landing’s Outstanding Service To Seniors Award honors Janna Roche
WILLIAMSBURG, VA - Williamsburg Landing is proud to announce that Janna Roche has been selected as the 2022 recipient of the Outstanding Service to Seniors Award. The annual award is chosen during Older Americans Month in May and is presented in partnership with the Williamsburg Community Foundation. The Williamsburg Landing Fund was established with the Community Foundation to honor those who have exhibited outstanding service in the field of senior services in Williamsburg.
Roche’s community involvement is both long-standing and far-reaching. Recently she has served on the board of Olde Towne Medical Clinic for two terms and volunteered at House of Mercy. Roche was instrumental in forming the “On Our Own Terms Coalition” to inform families about local resources available to help them carry out their loved ones end-of-life wishes. The same group was also instrumental in the effort to build Williamsburg Hospice.
As a published author, Roche, whose book titled “Visiting Hours Are Over: A Chaplain Discovers What Really Matters From Her Parents’ Death” [c2018], provides a personal glimpse into the final years for each of her parents and explores how supportive care and active living provides for more positive outcomes.
“Roche has made the subject of death and dying a safe topic of daily conversation,” stated Greg Storer, CEO of Williamsburg Landing. Through her compassion and empathy, she provides the mental, spiritual and emotional support for patients, family members and friends as they think about death as an important part of living. Her reach demonstrates the signification “power of one” to make a difference in the lives of many.
Roche’s accomplishments, impact on the community and dedication to older Americans led to her nomination and selection for this award. The Williamsburg Landing Fund at the Williamsburg Community Foundation will provide her with a check for $1,000 made payable to a senior-serving nonprofit organization of her choice of which her choice was The Hospice House of Williamsburg.
Williamsburg Landing is the first and only accredited Life Plan Community in the region. The independent, non-profit organization provides a gracious, socially enriched environment and full continuum of care including: Independent Living, Assisted Living, Memory Support, Short & Long-Term Nursing and Adult Day Services to accommodate seniors needs through every stage of life.
Lisa Bates, CMP, CDP
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