Award Winning • Healthful • Sustainable • Holistic • Community-Based

Dynamic Governance. Our residents are actively involved in all aspects of what happens at Heaton Woods. We ask our residents the question, “What would you like your time here to look like?” We believe strongly in something called “dynamic governance.” It means our residents, staff and family members all have a say in decisions that are made involving their physical, emotional and spiritual care. We respect our residents and believe that their voice, concerns and feelings should be heard when it comes to how they would like their days to look. Through this input we create an individualized care plan that satisfies basic needs and sets new and achievable goals to facilitate continued learning and development.

Community. One of the many things that can come with aging is isolation and loneliness. Guided by the principles of dignity and love, Heaton Woods is focused on keeping our residents active and integrated within the community that surrounds them. We not only practice what we call “in-bound” community building, when community members come to Heaton Woods to facilitate activities, such as  painting, cooking, music and Creative Writing.  We also utilize “out-bound” community building where our residents go out into the community to participate in a variety of activities, including: attending summer concerts on the State House lawn, a bus trip to a perennial garden, attending Mountaineers games, and fall foliage bus trips to name a few.

Another integral part of community building involves serving and supporting local farmers and businesses. Not just because of the love and loyalty we have for our community or because they have the absolute best products and services for our residents, but also because it can do a great deal to lessen environmental pollution and waste. We are always conscious of our environmental footprint and are mindful in our activities to keep it as small as possible.

We are so fortunate to have a committed and involved community in Montpelier. We have had incredible volunteers over the years from builders and electricians to artists and students. There is a clear sense of pride and ownership that the community has for Heaton Woods and all it provides to its residents and the greater good.

The Health Triad. At Heaton Woods we believe in an integrated health delivery system that treats the entire person’s physical, mental, emotional and spiritual health, as well as diet and exercise. This Health Triad includes a naturopathic doctor and/or a doctor of oriental medicine, a PhD, RN who understands traditional medicine and complementary and alternative therapies, such as art, sound, music, Tai Chi and cooking. 

As a result of this holistic approach, we’ve witnessed incredible transformations in many of our residents, including a reduced need for medication, improved cognitive and motor abilities and a return to finding joy in their lives.

Organic, Local, Healthful Nutrition. Homemade and organic meals are a priority at Heaton Woods. Our excellent chefs focus on creating delicious meals based on whole foods that include locally-sourced organic fruits, vegetables and proteins. In addition, we grow delicious fresh vegetables and herbs in our very own on-site community-tended garden. Many of our residents also enjoy cooking and baking and are encouraged to help prepare meals and share their own favorite family recipes.

Move the Body. Physical movement and activity is a key component to health for anyone and even more so for the residents at Heaton Woods. We have a large variety of planned and spontaneous activities to suit any resident’s taste and ability to keep their bodies moving. Some of these activities include: strength training; art creation; attending community events; walking; Tai Chi; local fitness classes; helping with household care; gardening; cooking; charades; or making music with our very own Heaton Woods Band. 

 Advocates. At Heaton Woods we not only care for the elders we serve, we advocate for them. We work with every available resource to create the best possible lives for our residents.

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10 Heaton Street, Montpelier, VT 05602  •  802.223.1157

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