Spotlight On: Berkshire Commons

Berkshire Commons Assisted LivingReading Pennsylvania is known for its outlet shopping, historical significance and cultural diversity. It is the heart of Pennsylvania Dutch country and surrounded by beautiful landscapes, homesteads and farming communities. This growing city is home to a premier senior living community known as Berkshire Commons.

Located on the outskirts of the Reading Country Club, Berkshire Commons offers top-of-the line assisted living and memory care.  From assistance with activities of daily living to complimentary laundry facilities, Berkshire Commons delivers optimal care while respecting residents’ privacy and independence.

Additionally, Residents requiring memory care services will benefit from individualized programing and specially trained staff. Furthermore, Berkshire Commons is fortunate to have an in-house physician’s office with a nurse practitioner on site, helping to maintain health and wellness for community residents.

Owned and operated by Genesis Healthcare, it is part of a larger healthcare campus which includes Berkshire Center, a skilled nursing and rehabilitation facility. Residents of Berkshire Commons can rest assured that if their health care needs escalate they can receive the care and rehabilitation they need without leaving the campus. It’s comforting for many to know that the staff is working to get them back “home.”

Residents of Berkshire Commons can choose from a variety of size and style of suites. According to Kristen O’Leary, regional director of sales and marketing, this makes it a great option for someone downsizing from a larger home or a couple would like to more room to share. Additionally, the “Homestead” community, located within Berkshire Commons offers specialized dementia care in a small home-like, secure environment.

Residents at Berkshire Commons can take advantage of the open dining experience, ordering from a menu with daily chef specials and regional foods. Or, they can enjoy a fresh made waffle or omelet at the made-to-order breakfast stations. The “Dine at Your Time” program allows residents the luxury of dining when they prefer rather than at pre-determined and scheduled times.  “It’s all up to the individual,” O’Leary said.

And, residents at Berkshire Commons are tapping into their creative juices, in some cases uncovering talents they never knew existed. With the help of a retired art teacher, residents are enrolling in painting classes. This creative modality is also being used in the Homestead community, providing cognitive stimulation and therapy to residents with memory impairment. Many of the art projects have been displayed at the annual Berks County Senior Festival of the Arts in the Artist with Alzheimer’s exhibit which Berkshire Center Founded in 2009. This art festival highlights the talents of many seniors throughout Berks County, including those at Berkshire Commons and Berkshire Center.

The life at Berkshire Commons cannot be replicated much due to its caring and loving staff which treat each resident and their families with the respect and dignity that they so deserve. And, as 0ne family member eloquently explained, “There are many places that can tend to the needs as a person ages, but none that can compare to the staff at Berkshire Commons.  Every request is met with care, kindness, understanding, professionalism and LOVE.”

To get more on this assisted living facility or to request information, go to our Berkshire Commons information page.


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