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Few things can be more confusing, frightening and frustrating than diseases that affect the mind. Thankfully, there are memory care communities, like the Sweet Memories program at Commonwealth Assisted Living at Radford, that exist solely to ease those feelings and provide a sense of comfort to those affected by memory loss. “Memory Care is a place where individuals with Alzheimer’s Disease or other forms of dementia can thrive,” says Sharon Miller, sales and marketing director for Commonwealth Assisted Living at Radford. “We try to meet them where they are, in their minds, and what they feel their reality is. We try to help them live happily. It’s a place where we encourage creativity, and allow them to be as happy as they possibly can.” Miller says that a large part of that process is just to help them settle in and relax. “You know, they don’t realize they have dementia; the family does, and that’s what’s difficult,” she says. The Sweet Memories program features healthy, family-style dining options, open and secure outdoor spaces such as courtyards and gardens, monthly support group meetings for families and loved ones, private or companion suites with private baths, personal care services, medication management, weekly housekeeping, 24-hour staffing, an open-door policy that encourages 24-hour visitation, monthly family night dinners, activity schedules that stimulate the mind and body and customized socialization programs designed to fit the cognitive, social and mental needs of the resident. “At Commonwealth Assisted Living, we are excited to develop Resident Programs that allow for individualized resident engagement, enhanced family and community involvement, and a program of group activities that bring real-life living into the assisted care environment.” […]
Feel Right at Home, With an Extra Helping Hand For a lot of people, it can be hard to picture your parents anywhere other than in their own home. But when chores like cooking and cleaning become too much, Commonwealth Assisted Living (CAL) at Christiansburg offers assurance that your folks’ new place will still be their own home. Robin Sutphin, Sales and Marketing director for Commonwealth Assisted Living at Christiansburg explains, “It really feels like home here. Our residents bring in their own furniture and decorate their apartment as they wish. They can also bring their small pets, so you’ll see folks taking their little dogs for walks in the garden.” You’ll never have to worry about your parents getting bored. The Activities Program is designed around the residents’ interests and includes shopping outings; day trips; gardening; holiday and birthday parties; exercise classes; Family Night buffet and entertainment; fellowship, worship in the Chapel and many more. “We have a full calendar of activities to keep residents stimulated both mentally and physically,” Sutphin says. “Our monthly Family Night is wildly popular, bringing relatives of our residents together for a complimentary dinner and entertainment.” Commonwealth Assisted Living is also very proud to be kicking off their Farm to Table Dining Program which boasts 85% of all produce served from Virginia farmers. Bob Raymond, Vice President of Dining Services at CAL, explains, “Our residents are excited about the fact that the produce on the menus at all of our communities is not only fresh, but that it is also supporting their neighbors and the local economy.” And the perks don’t end there. “We also have a therapeutic pool. […]