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Commonwealth Senior Living at Churchland House

Senior Living in Portsmouth, VA

At Commonwealth Senior Living at Churchland House, “We Listen, We Love, We Care, We Serve.” These aren’t just words to us; these are the promises we make to our residents and their families. By listening, loving, caring and serving, we are able to deliver compassionate care and build strong relationships with our residents and families. Commonwealth Senior Living at Churchland House is renowned and respected for providing exceptional assisted living and Sweet MemoriesTM memory care in a welcoming, warm environment that feels like home.

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24-Hour Care and Support

Our team of caregivers is on site 24-hours a day, seven days a week, providing complete peace of mind for our residents. From providing support with activities of daily living, such as getting dressed, taking a shower or safely taking medications to sharing a smile, we make life at Commonwealth Senior Living at Churchland House as pleasure.

A Life of Ease and Activity

Residents of Commonwealth Senior Living at Churchland House have it all. The quiet dignity of their own suites without any of the worries. We take care of the housekeeping, maintenance, cooking and linens service. With all their free time, our residents can take advantage of everything offered at our active, exciting community. Join in any of our programming and activities. Enjoy an off-site trip. Indulge in a delicious meal served in the dining room. And so much more.

Convenient Location

Nestled in a well-established residential neighborhood in Portsmouth, Commonwealth Senior Living at Churchland House has become the area’s trusted provider of care. The community sits in a quiet, but convenient location – surrounded by four major churches, several modern shopping centers and a YMCA that caters to seniors. Also nearby are Maryview Medical Center and its Health Center at Harbor View, plus a wide variety of other doctor’s offices.

Assisted Living

If and when you or a loved one needs assistance with activities of daily living, such as getting showered, dressed or taking medications, consider assisted living at Commonwealth Senior Living at Churchland House.

Our residents enjoy the best of both worlds. The support they need and the active lifestyle they deserve.

Personalized Care

To provide each resident with the most appropriate support, we develop personalized care plans that meet individual needs. After all, no two residents in our care will have the same needs, abilities or preferences.

To develop a personalized care plan, our specially trained caregivers meet directly with residents, their family members and personal physicians. They carefully determine each individual’s needs as well as identify abilities. With all of that essential information, the care plan is created and implemented.

An Active Lifestyle

At Commonwealth Senior Living at Churchland House, we understand that while our residents may need some support, they still want to live an active, meaningful lifestyle. There’s never a dull moment at Commonwealth Senior Living at Churchland House! We offer vibrant living, filled with activities, specialized programing and opportunities to get involved and be inspired. We offer:

  • Travel the World program that brings the culture, music, food and art of different countries right to our residents
  • Holistic therapies, such as music, art and reminiscing
  • Off-site excursions
  • And more!

Worry-Free Living

Tired of housework and chores? With a move to Commonwealth Senior Living at Churchland House, you can leave it all behind. We’ll take care of everything, including:

  • Housekeeping
  • Laundry
  • Home maintenance
  • Transportation
  • Cooking

Exceptional Dining

Residents of Commonwealth Senior Living at Churchland House enjoy the award-winning dining for which we’re known, including:

  • Today from the Bay menu featuring locally caught seafood
  • Farm-to-Table fresh flavors featuring fresh produce from local farms
  • Dining Delights, featuring monthly special dining themes
  • And more!

Assisted Living Services & Amenities

  • Private or companion suites with private baths
  • Regularly activity schedules that stimulate the mind and body
  • Healthy, family-style dining options
  • Specially trained caregivers
  • Individualized care plans
  • 24-hour staffing
  • Personal care services
  • Weekly housekeeping/linens
  • Medication management
  • Short-term respite stays

Commonwealth Senior Living at Churchland House provides all of these services in a homelike environment and our community is a wonderful option for seniors.

Schedule a tour today and learn how Commonwealth Senior Living at Churchland House can make a difference in the life of your family and loved one.

Memory Care

Sweet MemoriesTM

Memory Care in Portsmouth, VA

If you’re caring for a loved one with Alzheimer’s or other form of dementia, we invite you to learn about the award-winning memory care offered at Commonwealth Senior Living at Churchland House – Sweet MemoriesTM.

Sweet Memories™ enhances the lives of residents and provides their families with much deserved peace of mind.

At the heart of our program is our dedicated caregiving team. Certified in Virtual Dementia Tour® training, our team members have a unique understanding of living with Alzheimer’s disease or another form of dementia, enabling them to offer exceptional care.

Sweet MemoriesTM

Sweet Memories™ provides the most exceptional care and lifestyle available in the area to our residents.

From warm, welcoming memory care neighborhoods that feel like home to our experienced management team, every aspect of our program has been carefully designed to provide the very best memory care experience for residents and families.

Understanding that each person in our care has unique needs and abilities, Sweet Memories™ takes a personalized approach to care. By developing an individualized care plan that meets our residents where they are in the moment, we can provide the most appropriate support, care, guidance and understanding.

Program Components

Sweet MemoriesTM consists of three components to ensure a wonderful experience for our residents:

Move-in: From physical to emotional needs, we guide our residents through every step of the transition to our community, whether they’re coming here from home or from a hospital.

Evaluation through life history: We learn each resident’s life story. We conduct a comprehensive interview with family members. We talk. We ask questions. We listen. We get to know our residents as people. We learn about their medical, mental, emotional, spiritual and intellectual needs, as well as their habits and preferences.

Resident-centered care plan: With this very personal knowledge, our leadership team creates a customized care plan to meet the specific needs of the resident.

Signature Programs • Signature Experience

Our signature Sweet MemoriesTM programs make a tremendous difference in the lives of our residents and their families.

One Sweet Memory: Winner of the Best Practice Award from the Virginia Assisted Living Association (VALA), for going above and beyond the standards of care. Our team members regularly capture highlights of each resident’s day in photographs that are shared regularly with family members.

Expressions: When verbal skills begin to fail, art can become a means of self-expression for residents. Conversational prompting stimulates memories which residents can interpret using a variety of mediums, including painting.

Special Touch: Designed specifically for those with late-stage memory loss, this program provides “special touches” that make a difference in care. In the morning, before breakfast, residents enjoy citrus scented towels to awaken taste buds; before dinner, lavender scented towels help to relax, reinforce the natural circadian rhythm and encourage residents to enjoy their meals.

Sweet Melodies: For those with late-stage dementia who have lost verbal skills, Sweet Melodies stirs memories by using nostalgic music selected by family members.

SMILE™ Technology: Through SMILE™, we can remain connected to your loved one every day. This computer program enables us to keep you updated on your loved one’s participation in and enjoyment of our programming, sharing photos and stories with you on a daily basis.

Memory Care Life Stations: Thoughtful spaces invite your loved one to reconnect and engage with past hobbies, professions and passions.

Sweet Memories™ Services & Amenities:

  • Healthy, family-style dining options that meet dining skill levels and nutritional needs
  • Regularly scheduled activities that stimulate the mind and body, as well as customized socialization programs designed to fit the cognitive, social and mental skills of the resident
  • Open and secure outdoor spaces such as courtyards and gardens
  • Monthly support group meetings for families
  • Private or companion suites with private baths
  • Personal care services
  • Medication management
  • Weekly housekeeping/linens
  • 24-hour staffing
  • Open-door policy that encourages 24-hour visitation
  • Monthly family night dinners
  • Sweet Memories™ programming
  • Community newsletter

Floor Plans

Commonwealth Senior Living at Churchland House offers a variety of floor plans to suit your needs and budget. Choose from standard, large, deluxe and companion suites. We welcome residents to decorate their suites to reflect their personal style. Favorite furniture, photos and décor create individual spaces that feel like home.

Assisted Living Suite Assisted Living Suite
227 sq. ft.
Starts at $152.00
Assisted Living Large Suite Assisted Living Large Suite
298 sq. ft.
Starts at $172.00
Assisted Living Companion Suite Assisted Living Companion Suite
260 sq. ft.
Starts at $119.00
Sweet Memories Companion Suite Sweet Memories Companion Suite
264 sq. ft.
Starts at $151.00
Sweet Memories Large Private Suite Sweet Memories Large Private Suite
292 sq. ft.
Starts at $200.00
Sweet Memories Private Suite Sweet Memories Private Suite
200 sq. ft.
Starts at $181.00

Services & Amenities

At Commonwealth Senior Living at Churchland House, we offer a variety of services and gracious amenities for the comfort and enjoyment of our residents.

Our many spacious common areas offer residents a chance to mingle, share activities or just relax.

For those looking for the front-porch comforts of home, Commonwealth Senior Living at Churchland House offers a sunroom full of warmth and views of the outdoors. Residents can also enjoy time in the property’s new Solarium, which leads to a furnished courtyard – perfect for fresh air and peaceful reflection.

Thanks to two enthusiastic Activities Directors on staff and many caring volunteers, Commonwealth Senior Living at Churchland House is bustling with activity for residents of all abilities.

Seniors can take advantage of the sporty Billiard Room, gather for fellowship in one of the sunrooms, or join in one of many planned events each day.

Each month’s Activities Calendar includes opportunities like:

  • Local shopping outings
  • Travel to area theaters
  • Small day trips to see area attractions
  • Bingo
  • Flower arranging
  • Painting & other arts
  • Daily current events discussions
  • Health fairs
  • In-house Beauty Shop
  • Weekly exercise classes
  • Family Night buffet & entertainment
  • Fellowship & worship

Commonwealth Senior Living at Churchland House has an active Resident’s Council that meets monthly and gives seniors a voice in their community.


At Commonwealth Senior Living at Churchland House, there’s always something to do and friends with whom to share the experience! Our activities calendar is filled with opportunities to get together with friends, learn something new, be entertained and laugh, play games, get some exercise and just have a good time.


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Commonwealth Senior Living at Churchland House
4916 W Norfolk Rd
Portsmouth, VA 23703


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