New digs bring huge smiles at Commonwealth Assisted Living in Farnham
Lois Wilmore, left, and Charlotte Dunaway are all smiles as they enjoy their newly renovated second home in Commonwealth Assisted Living at Farnham Manor.
Bathed in sunlight, seniors are working out to a fitness regime in the solar while nearby others are playing board games, checking their social media accounts or relaxing in a salon getting the latest hairdo and their nails done.
By all accounts, it could be a vacation retreat, however, Farnham Manor, now part of Commonwealth Assisted Living, is much more: it is a second home to its residents and part of an extended community.
Located at 511 Cedar Grove Rd., the campus was originally Farnham Elementary School before being renovated and reborn into an assisted living home by a family-owned company in 1986.
“At that time there was nowhere else in this town for people to go for elder care,” the facility’s current administrator Wanda Pruett said in an interview on Monday. “They found a second chance here.”
In March of 2012, Commonwealth Assisted Living, one of the largest growing elder care facilities in Virginia and the Del-Mar region, bought the residence.
Recently, the building began undergoing extensive renovations that will transform the old school house into a state of the art facility that will cater to every need of its residents.
“It is so interesting, the changes, because some of our residents actually went to school here,” Pruett said, adding…
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