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After renovations, facility gearing up for new addition

In an effort to better serve the needs of people in the community, Commonwealth Assisted Living in South Boston recently has undergone numerous renovations to its existing building and is in the early stages of welcoming the addition of a new memory care unit to the facility.

“We are elated. It is a pleasure to provide our residents with a beautiful, newly furnished up-to-date setting where they can enjoy the many pleasures of daily living. We strive to make our residents feel at home and are proud that we can offer more extended services to accommodate their needs,” said Sales and Marketing Director Linda Haskins.

 According to Executive Director Monica Adcock, a grand reopening of the facility will be held April 1 from 10 a.m. until noon, and it will give the community a chance to check out the renovations and learn more about the new addition. Refreshments will be provided.

Renovations began in September 2013 when Commonwealth Assisted Living bought the facility from Somerset. 

Renovations include a new lobby with a fireplace and new carpeting and flooring. Also remodeled is the dining room with new flooring and a serving counter. New blinds have been added along with light fixtures and chandeliers.

The library and the sunroom have been furnished with new furniture, and the halls received a new coat of paint and new artwork. 

Some of the rooms are being remodeled with new carpeting, paintings and fixtures. 

A new activities room for the residents and a new office also are included in the recent renovations. New flat screen wall-mounted TVs have been added to the activity room and library. 

The home also purchased a new bus with a wheelchair lift allowing them to offer more services than in the past.

 In addition to the renovations, Commonwealth Assisted Living is gearing up for construction of a memory care unit, which they refer to as a “sweet memories unit.” The name is subject to change as the project moves further along, Adcock said. 

“This is just a wonderful opportunity for this community. It will offer more jobs and more care to the community,” Adcock said. “It’s a big need in this area.”

Construction on the new addition is expected to start in the second quarter of 2014 following a groundbreaking ceremony. The new addition is slated for completion in the second quarter of 2015.

 The sweet memories unit will be a 16-unit, 24-bed facility to be built on the back and sides of the existing building. It will include private and semi-private rooms, its own nurses’ station, a dining facility and courtyard.

Land will be left open in the back of the building for additional construction in the future if necessary.

Residents will have nurses and staff trained to work with patients experiencing all types of dementia and Alzheimer’s providing specialized activities for these patients. 

The main requirement for residency at the new facility will be a diagnosis of some form of dementia.  Employees are currently generating a wait list for those interested in residency in the unit.

Adcock said the new addition is expected to bring 10 to 15 new jobs. 

“We are delighted to continue and expand on the mission started by Dr. (Lucien) Roberts and his group and appreciate the opportunity to serve the people of South Boston,” said President and CEO Richard Brewer.