Commonwealth House started with an idea from my Nana. My grandmother (Nana) was at a time in her life where she could not live on her own any longer, but she wouldn’t leave her home and move to an Assisted Living Facility. No matter how beautiful the building, how varied the activity calendar or how sophisticated the menu, she just did not want to go.
“But look at all the features!” I would say. “The dining room is beautiful! It’s so lively! There’s so much to do! You’ll meet lots of new friends and have a great time.”
“Yes, that’s all good, but I won’t go.” She replied. “It’s just not like home.”~
This interaction is a common one in so many families, and here in Rhode Island, there just aren’t that many options that might put someone like Nana at ease. So we set out to create a place with all of the comfort, safety and hospitality of traditional Assisted Living, without the overwhelming size and institutional feel.
In fall of 2016, Commonwealth House opened its doors to the families of Rhode Island! Not quite Assisted Living, and not quite Home Care. We call it a “Care Home”…a residence, in a residential neighborhood, where a small group of seniors reside and receive all of the care and amenities of Assisted Living in a home-like setting. This is Commonwealth House!
Commonwealth House feels like an upscale residence because it is in fact just that, situated in a residential neighborhood. Before we converted it to an Assisted Living community, it was the home to generations of the same loving family. Now we have brought a new family to this house, and are excited to see new generations grow and thrive here.
OUR GOALS AND OUR STAFF
At Commonwealth House, it is our goal to provide care that most closely resembles what one would find at home with family. Our skilled staff is fully licensed in their field, but at the same time, they are given the freedom to engage our 10 residents as people, not numbers.
Our small scale allows us to do away with the corporate structure and hierarchy found at most Assisted Living facilities. This way we can concentrate on the person, providing the most personalized care possible to the resident.
Our residents are not numbers, they are our family. With a typical resident to staff ratio of 5-1, and a maximum population of 10 residents, no one is ignored or forgotten.
The kitchen and dining area is the central space in the community, and is open 24 hours a day for residents to dine or enjoy the company of residents, staff or family. Meals are created by our private chef with the help of our staff, further conveying the feeling of everyone having a role in the care of the resident.
Two beautiful common areas and a small library enjoy designer touches along with large windows and comfortable seating. Ample grounds make Commonwealth House somewhere you’ll be proud to bring your family for a visit.
Our 8 spacious bedrooms are often equipped with private full bathrooms, otherwise a large full bath is shared. The community is fully equipped with all the safety systems required of large Assisted Living Facilities, but installed in an unobtrusive way that does not interfere with the home-like feel of the space.
We have put our heart and soul into creating Commonwealth House. It is a place that seamlessly combines hospitality and upscale living with care that is centered on the person and the family. We are confident that you and your senior loved one will see Assisted Living in a new light once you have toured Commonwealth House. Please call and schedule your tour today!
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A Loving, Caring Choice
Having listened to adult-children trying to help their aging folks decide on a place to call home, after their home can no longer be safe or manageable, I know what a conflict of emotions this raises in every one concerned. As a psychotherapist, for 40 years, I've seen lots of families trying to sort this out, and personally, I also know this chapter. I've seen many very well-run, mid-to-top dollar assisted living facilities in 5 states. While attractive, with competent, caring staff, lovely facilities, and many amenities, my bias is definitely with small, family-owned, professionally run assisted &living residences. The key word here is SMALL. Commonwealth House is definitely a small community with a house/home residence , in an ordinary nice neighborhood in Warwick, Rhode Island. A young couple from California, who came East for career advancement began to imagine a business they could run together, while starting a family, and that would nourish their hearts and souls, not just pay bills. They are bright, educated, hard-working pair who left family and friends in their coast-to-coast move. What better new endeavor than to open their special version of a small ,independent living residence? CommonwealthHouse is the result of their values and vision in creating a home that they care for much as , and in much the same ways as for their very own house. In the vast majority of Independent Living places , the residents never know who "the owners," even are, be they corporations, church affiliations, public housing, etc. At Commonwealth House you can see the owners, the staff, almost any time, and your concerns will become theirs, and find resolution expediently, as there are no layers of employees to muddle through when something breaks, or you need a ride, or you just want to chat a bit about how your day is going. Commonwealth House is a family, a family of creation, and the owners /operators are a family of origin, and together this Independent Living concept has it all over any, ANY large facility. Home, for most people, has been a place to live with a few, to a few more individuals, not 100 or 600 people. Who grew up, or lived their adult life having breakfast, lunch, and dinner in a cafeteria, or dining room, with hundreds of others? When you wanted to go to the grocery store, did you take a bus with 50+ other shoppers, or did you get in your SUV and maybe take a family member along? Large group facilities, regardless of whether they are condo style, apartment building style, or cottages on park-like grounds, are still.....facilities. Good, caring staff, services, sure , but friendly employees in numbers like 35 or 55, or 150 are not able to form the depth of, or kind of relationships with residents . The numbers are just too great. CommonwealthHouse's owners/operators, administrator, and staff know every single person who is fortunate enough to be living there....and knows them well. You may enter this independent living experience solo, but you will have a small collection of folks, that live there also, or work there, who will soon be your new home's new "family." Many research studies have shown, conclusively, that loneliness destroys health and even leads to death. Depression in Seniors is often much more than biological factors of growing older. We need each other. We also need privacy, and "our own space," room(s) of our own, and "We get by with a little help" ("from our friends," or whom ever is able to help us!") My vote is for Commonwealth House, in Warwick, Rhode Island. Check it out....you'll see what I mean when I say that it truly is a wonderful home.
Outstanding service, attention to detail and family feel
My dad is currently a resident at the Commonwealth House. He has been at 3 other assisted living facilities and finally we found this one. At the standard facilities he is one person in a very large population. He was not getting proper attention and care. The food was also very poor as everything was prepared in large quantities. At the Commonwealth house it feels as though he is part of a family. They make sure to talk to him and include him in conversations and activities. They also have the ability to prepare a specialized menu for the residents as they have a much smaller population which is easier to give more one on one attention too. the staff, management and owners are all very caring and easily approachable. They are very accommodating and will go out of their way to help the residents and visiting family. The house is beautifully renovated and well laid out. They have a fantastic backyard with a very nice fenced in pool, full service cabana and a fenced in kennel if you would like to bring your furry family member with you. The part that means the most to me while my dad has been here is when he broke his hip he was visited several times in the hospital and during a month long rehab by the management, staff and owners. They really went out of their way to continue to treat him like family and keep him motivated to get better and get back to the Commonwealth House. If you don't have the ability to keep a loved one at home with you, then the Commonwealth House is the next best thing!
I would definitely recommend this facility for anyone interested in Assisted Living. My step-father is thriving here because it is not a "Warehouse" as he would put it. He has his own personal space; set up just the way he likes it. He also has access to the rest of the facility. He receives hot meals 3 times a day cooked by the staff chef and served at the dining table shared with the other residents. He has access to the large patio and pool area. He enjoys the ability to go out to the senior center during the week for lunch and bingo. His health is improving by the day due to the healthy meals and medication supervision that he receives at Commonwealth House. I very much enjoy visiting him here as the staff are very welcoming and friendly. Any concerns are immediately communicated and dealt with. I hope that I have access to a place such as this if the time comes that I would need it.
I am very fortunate to have found The Commonwealth House. Everything about this "home" is exceptional. My father has done amazing here. The meals are amazing and the "chef" prepares fresh food for the residents daily. There is always fresh baked goods as well. The staff is amazing they treat the residents like family. I can't say enough positive things about The Commonwealth house. I would recommend anyone looking for assisted living accommodations to look no further than the Commonwealth house because you are home when you walk though the door. M.Fernandes
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