Information for residents and visitors

Caton Merchant House

Novant Health UVA Health System Caton Merchant House is located on a beautifully landscaped estate in historic Old Town Manassas, Virginia.

Conveniently located at 9201 Portner Ave., Manassas, VA 20110

Welcome residents and visitors

Here is useful information related to Caton Merchant House for our current residents, their families, and visitors.

Visitor access

Visitors are welcome at any time. The front door is locked from 9 p.m. until 7 a.m. If you plan to be out longer than 9 p.m. or are expecting late visitors, please advise someone at the first floor nursing station. If someone visits you unexpectedly between the hours of 9 p.m. and 7 a.m., there is an intercom located on the right side of the foyer. A nursing assistant will let your visitor in after hours if the intercom is used. Also, if you frequently have guests who stay late or come in late, please inform the admissions director so your family can be issued an access key fob. The fob will enable them access to one door at any time (One fob with access to one door will be given per family). You can also call 703-335-8409 if you need access to the building after the door is locked.

Sign in, sign out

If you are leaving the building for any reason (other than outings with the facility), please sign out at the podium by the front door and sign in when you return. All visitors are requested to sign in and out when they enter and leave the building so the staff knows who is in the building in the event of an emergency.


Caton Merchant House Staff Contact Information

Name, Title, Email



Mandy Dickinson – Administrator       



Brenda McKendry – Director of Nursing

703 -335-8491


LPN Charge Nurse

703 -335-8495


Overlook Nursing Station

703 -335-8404


Gardens Nursing Station

703 -335-8304


Fountains and Parkview Nursing Station

703 -335-8410


Paul Polansky – Director of Dining Services (Morrison Senior Living)

703 -335-8408



703 -335-8405


Lara McDonell - Resident Services



Grace Martinez - Activities               

703 -335-8325


Receptionist at Front Desk

703 -335-8400


Frankie Herndon - Director of Physical Plant and Safety

703 -335-8371


Join a committee!

To provide you with remarkable care, we created committees to gather input from our current residents and family members. You can join any of the following committees:

  • Wellness committee - To promote well-being as a sustainable value in our community by encouraging habits of wellness, increasing awareness of factors and resources contributing to well-being, and inspiring individuals to take responsibility for their own health.
  • Safety committee - To establish practices that recognize and protect our residents and staff from hazards and to minimize frequency and severity of injuries.
  • Quality of community life committee - To enhance each resident’s dining experiences and social opportunities by providing opportunities for planning and decision making.
  • Welcoming committee - To ensure each resident has the opportunity to be welcomed into the Caton Merchant House community, be integrated into community life and encouraged to function at their highest potential.
  • Resident council - Open forum that meets monthly to gain facility information, voice grievances, and problem solve.
  • Family council - Although family members are encouraged to attend any committee or council, this open quarterly forum gives an opportunity for family members to provide a voice for their loved one who may not be able to ask questions or voice grievances.

Upcoming events

Below are our monthly newsletter and information on upcoming events: