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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. […]
I owned a private duty home care agency for twelve years. I expected most of our business to be conducted in private homes. Ironically, about 52% of our care was provided to clients living in assisted living and continuing care retirement communities. It surprised me because often clients moving to senior communities do so for financial reasons; they want to decrease monthly care expenses and know the approximate rate for the long haul. There are scenarios where the facility care is not enough and private duty care is required, meaning an additional and unexpected care expense. The Gallagher’s moved into a continuing care retirement community when they were both in their 70s and still independent. They knew that as their needs increased they could move along to assisted living and even skilled nursing care. Shortly after they moved in Mrs. Gallagher began having tremors, her speech had slowed and was flat, and she had balance issues. Mrs. Gallagher was diagnosed with Parkinson’s and promptly began two medications to assist with her symptoms. Eventually her symptoms increased in severity. There were days when her muscles were so rigid that Mr. Gallagher alone could not assist her. Facility staff was strongly suggesting that Mrs. Gallagher be moved to assisted living but the Gallagher’s had been married for 56 years and did not want to live apart. The solution was to bring in private duty caregivers to assist with all meals, personal care and ambulation. The care remained until her passing six years later. Mr. Gallagher still lives in the independent section of the community. Mrs. Cooper was a little forgetful when she moved into an assisted living […]