Front Royal assisted living facility to expand

Commonwealth Assisted Living in Front Royal is expanding its operation in order to better care for its memory care residents along with its regular assisted living residents.

The facility currently has 72 residents. Of those, 26 are in the memory care suites and the remaining 46 live in non-memory care assisted living.

The expansion will add room for as many as 16 new residents, said Amber Foster, Commonwealth Assisted Living’s executive director. Eight suites are being added — four for memory care residents and four for assisted living residents.

“We’re trying to help the community,” she said. “We saw the growing need for residents coming in who had dementia — different types of dementia. Right now we’re 100 percent full with a wait list. There was a growing need in the community.”

Foster explained that Commonwealth Assisted Living boasts some employees with specialized training in the field of memory care.

“The Sweet Memories coordinator is certified dementia practitioner and she’s also a licensed practical nurse,” Foster said. “It (the certification) is special. There are three of us in-house that are certified dementia practitioners. We become certified with the state after testing. It’s a little above and beyond on dementia-specific care.”

Foster said that the care of those residing in the memory care section of the facility differs from those in the assisted living area due to individualized specificity of care.

“The programming is a bit different in Sweet Memories,” she said. “It’s resident-specific programming based on the specific resident. We kind of cater the activity calendar and the playlist for the music we play based on the residents’ desires.”

According to Commonwealth Assisted Living’s website, “Commonwealth Assisted Living at Front Royal’s Sweet Memories program is specifically designed to deliver the highest quality of care to residents living with Alzheimer’s disease and other dementia-related illnesses. From the warm, home-like design of our memory care neighborhoods, to our compassionate, dedicated caregivers, everything is done to ensure your loved one, and your family, have the very best experience possible.”

Contact staff writer Nathan Budryk at 540-465-5137 ext. 155, or nbudryk@nvdaily.com