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. It’s a wonderful way to relax and soothe sore muscles,” Sutphin continues. “Our dedicated and experienced wellness team provides healthcare oversight to our residents and delivers the individualized support needed with activities of daily living such as bathing, dressing, grooming, medication management, and providing transportation to doctor’s appointments. Our caring team and company Core Values are responsible for the special feeling you experience when enter our community. Our team quickly becomes family and our core values guide us to do the right things each and every day. I think the greatest part of our community is that we truly have a connection with our residents and their families. This is the Commonwealth Assisted Living difference.”
Sutphin also offers a few suggestions for determining the right time to consider a move to assisted living. She says to look out for:
- Signs of medication mismanagement. Unfilled prescriptions, expired bottles of medications or an inaccurate count of medication could be a sign that your loved one may be increasingly forgetful and therefore at risk for taking too much or too little of their prescribed medication.
- Pay attention to their pantry and refrigerator. Does it seem like they’re eating enough?
- Are they staying on top of the laundry?
- Are they maintaining their home and themselves in their usual style?
- Is it difficult for them to get around?
- Are they wandering?
- Are they socially isolated?
Anyone of these or any combination of these could indicate that it’s time to consider a move to assisted living.
Assisted living communities can offer very comprehensive services. “In many cases, it’s the preferred alternative to a traditional nursing home.” Sutphin says. “In assisted living, you can get as little or as much assistance as you need up to and including hospice services. At CAL, there are very few medical reasons that would ever prompt a move out to a higher level of care.”
At the end of the day, Sutphin says that it’s really all about their quality of life. At CAL we focus on improving the lives of seniors, their families and each other. “The key thing is that our residents receive the top quality services they deserve and as a result have an improved quality of life.”
Commonwealth Assisted Living at Christiansburg: a place where your loved ones can enjoy fun activities, form meaningful relationships and receive top-notch care – all while feeling right at home. What more could you ask for?
For more information call today 540-251-1897. Tour the community and receive a copy of “How to Care for Aging Parents” by Virginia Morris, “The bible of eldercare”—ABC World News. “An indispensable book”—AARP. “A compassionate guide of encyclopedic proportion”—The Washington Post. And, winner of a Books for a Better Life Award.