Group of residents in meeting

Social Impact

For senior living, KaLex…

✦   …is a continuing care retirement community, offering and encouraging independent living for seniors as long as possible, with assisted living and skilled nursing facilities available on the same campus.

✦   …provides long-time residents of Lexington and Rockbridge County a place to retire with a lifetime of health care and without having to leave their home community.

✦   …attracts new residents, about 50%, to our community from other parts of Virginia and throughout the U.S. These new residents support the local economy with their spending at local businesses and restaurants.

✦   …supports the local economy by spending more than $2 million annually, much of it to local purveyors, for the purchase of food, equipment, furniture, and services.

✦   …pays property taxes, even though as a not-for-profit organization it is not required to do so. KaLex is Rockbridge County’s largest single real estate tax payer.

✦   …is one of the largest employers in our area, with over 175 employees and a payroll exceeding $5 million annually. KaLex provides a generous benefit package for its full-time staff.

For Skilled Nursing, KaLex’s Borden Health Center…

✦    …serves the entire community, not just KaLex residents.

✦    …is a 60-resident facility that is the only not-for-profit skilled nursing center available in Rockbridge County.

✦    …serves predominantly community residents. Only one in six residents at the Borden Center are from within KaLex.

✦    …accepts residents with different payer sources, such as Medicaid, Medicare, insurance and private pay. Typically, 40% or more of Borden Center residents are on Medicaid.

For Assisted Living, KaLex’s Webster Center…

✦   …serves 20 residents, some of whom are from the community rather than from KaLex.

KaLex’s Borden and Webster Centers…

✦   …are not profit centers. Although they operate with balanced budgets for annual operations, they do not generate enough revenue to pay for renovations.

✦   …are dependent upon resident fees over a period of years to cover the substantial cost of the updating and upgrading necessary to meet the needs of the future, especially for skilled nursing and dementia care.

Kendal at Lexington has been awarded two new industry-leading, five-year accreditations for its Shenandoah Valley Life Plan Community,

✦ … reached the highest level of achievement required to be recognized by the Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF) as both a ‘Person-Centered Long-Term Care Community’ and a ‘Person-Centered Long-Term Care Community with a Dementia Care Specialty.’

KaLex and its Residents support the Local Community

✦   KaLex supports local non-profits with cash donations and sponsorships to various groups such as Boxerwood Gardens, Fine Arts in Rockbridge, Garden Club of Virginia, Garth Newel Music Center, Habitat for Humanity, Kerrs Creek Ruritan Club, Lime Kiln Theater, Main Street Lexington, Maury River Senior Center, Parry McCluer Softball, Paxton House, Relay for Life, Rockbridge Area Health Center, Rockbridge Area Hospice, Rockbridge Area Studio Art Tour, Rockbridge Chamber of Commerce, Rockbridge County Sheriff’s Office, Rockbridge High School Trivium, Rockbridge Historical Society, Rockbridge Symphony, SPCA, Sunrise Rotary’s 4th of July celebration, United Way, YMCA, and others.

✦   KaLex also provides non-cash contributions and services to the community, including:

  • A support group for caregivers of people with dementia, open to the community at no expense;
  • Some pool activities of the YMCA in the Kendal pool at no cost to the YMCA;
  • Food contributions to The Community Table;
  • Meeting space for non-profit community events.

Community Outreach by Kendal Residents


Kendal at Lexington was formed by local citizens with deep ties to the community and is guided by these connections. Residents are deeply engaged with local nonprofits, communities of faith, schools and other organizations.

As a collective group and as individuals, Kendal residents donate time, talents and resources to many of these groups. They tutor school children, serve on boards and committees inside and outside Kendal and become involved in city and county issues.

✦   KaLex residents are also a great asset to the community. Besides being consumers for local businesses and making financial donations to local charities, they volunteer throughout the area at the following and other programs, estimated at 6000 hours annually*:

  • Carilion Stonewall Jackson Hospital
  • Dementia Friendly Lexington and Rockbridge
  • Rockbridge Area Health Center
  • Rockbridge Area Hospice
  • United Way of Rockbridge
  • Community Foundation for Rockbridge, Bath & Alleghany
  • The Community Table
  • Meals for Shut-ins
  • Alzheimer’s Association
  • Rockbridge Regional Library
  • Hoofbeats Therapeutic Riding Center
  • Christmas Baskets Program
  • Youth Literacy
  • Stonewall Jackson House
  • 4-H Center
  • RARA Food Pantry
  • “Secret Grannies”
  • Historic Lexington Foundation
  • Habitat for Humanity
  • Rockbridge Choral Society
  • Church work in local congregation