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Recipe from Chef James: Mary's Sour Cream Pound Cake

The holidays are a time to visit with loved ones, reminisce, and of course, enjoy family recipes! Chef James from Commonwealth Senior Living at Bel Air shared this recipe with us from his grandmother, Mary. He said “She is one of my inspirations to make me a chef today. I used to cook with her […]

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How to Relieve Holiday Stress for Caregivers

It’s likely as the holiday season rolls around that you’re experiencing emotional and physical stress as a spouse, partner, friend, or adult child caregiver. There are parties to plan, loved ones to see, and desserts to eat. It may not cross your mind as often as it should, but your health is an important part […]

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Should We Bring Mom or Dad Home from Their Community for the Holidays?

As we count down the days to Christmas, many families are asking themselves, “Should we go visit Mom or Dad at their community or bring them home for the day?” The answer isn’t always the same as every family’s situation is different. Our experts pose these questions to help you in your decision: Where would […]

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Safe at Home: 10 Signs Mom and Dad Need Help

Holiday gatherings in the family home provide moments of connection and memory-making. This time spent in your parent’s environment can also tell you a lot about how they are able to function from day to day. A visit after several months away can give you a snapshot of how well your loved one is able […]

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Maintaining Traditions – Tips From Paula Harder

Visiting family over the holidays often fills us with a mix of emotions. The hectic build up of getting everything together, packing, traveling, and the flurry of parties can be stressful. But at the same time, it’s wonderful to see everyone and catch up. Adding in the potential concern about your loved one’s safety and […]

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Family Caregiver Week: Honoring Caregivers at Home

As a team of caregivers, we know caring for an aging family member can be difficult and stressful. On this special Family Caregiver Week, we want to take time to celebrate these individuals and share their stories. This year, we asked a few of our residents’ loved ones, and previous caregivers, what it means to […]

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Flu and COVID-19 Prevention Efforts

Company Update – January 21st 4:00PM Dear Residents, Families, and Associates: This past week we have continued to have a few additional new cases of COVID-19, but thankfully much less than the last several weeks. Our company COVID leadership team has been carefully reviewing the trends in both positive cases and the impacts on our […]

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Recipe from Chef Alex: Alex's Best Pumpkin Pie

The holidays are growing near, but what’s Thanksgiving without pumpkin pie? Complete your holiday meal with this pumpkin pie recipe from Chef Alex, Dining Services Director at CSL Fredericksburg! Download this month’s recipe here! If you’re interested in more festive recipes from our chefs, download the recipe for Chef Donna’s caramel pumpkin cake. To find […]

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Surviving the Holidays & Making Them Count

Many of us are anticipating the holidays with both excitement and trepidation. In fact, one family member told us, “We’re thinking of just skipping Thanksgiving this year. Between taking care of Dad and getting the house ready for out of town guests, it feels like too much.” Other families have mentioned that the influx of […]

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Our Promise to Veterans is Personal

Seven sons, three branches of military, two wars, over one hundred years of service. One of those sons was my father, the branch was Army, and the war was Vietnam. My passion in honoring our veterans is a personal one. Growing up, one of my favorite stories was the love story of my parents. My […]

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