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Dear Family and Friends,
We understand the huge toll that separation has taken on our residents and families. We are excited to announce that our Genesis-affiliated Centers will now allow indoor visitation at all times and for all residents (regardless of vaccination status), with the exception of the three scenarios listed below. CMS, the federal agency that regulates nursing centers, has updated its visitation guidance due to high resident vaccination rates and a drop in COVID-19 cases around the country. read more
5485 Perkiomen Avenue, Reading, PA 19606
Discover why friends, families, and our residents recommend Berkshire Commons Senior Living Community as "The Place to Be." Our Senior Living and Rehabilitative Health campuses offer our patients and residents the opportunity to seamlessly transition from senior living to skilled nursing care and back. Rest assured that as a member of our health campus, we will take care of all your needs along the continuum - helping you to remain vital and strong as long as possible. Our community is located in the heart of Pennsylvania Dutch Country, in Exeter Township, surrounded by the beautiful grounds of the Reading Country Club. It features exquisite views of the sunsets over the Neversink Mountain, and numerous shopping venues to meet everyone's individual style. Our community is enjoyable and worry-free because our nursing and senior services are second to none. Choose from seven different styled living arrangements from private studios to two-room suites. Light up your taste buds with chef-prepared meals during our "Dine at Your Time" option. Relax with personal housekeeping, fresh linen service, and chauffeured transportation. Genesis therapists offer complimentary evaluations upon every admission to make sure all safety concerns are addressed. Celebrating our 20th Anniversary in 2017!
Dementia Care Education by Genesis HealthCare is recognized by the Alzheimer’s Association® for incorporating the evidenced-based Dementia Care Practice Recommendations in the following topic areas: Alzheimer’s and dementia, person-centered care, assessment and care planning, activities of daily living, and behaviors and communication.
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- Memory Support
- Assisted / Senior Living
- Respite care
- Physical therapy
- Occupational therapy
- Speech therapy
- Registered Nurses
- Dementia care
- Personal care
- Pet therapy
- Podiatry care
- Psychiatric services
- Hospice care
- Pain management
- Dietary and nutrition needs management
- Discharge planning
- Individual treatment plans
- Medication management
- 24-hour emergency alert and response system
- Coordinated transportation
- Cultural, educational, religious and social activities
- Recreation activities
- On-Site pharmacy
- Vitality to You
- Spacious rooms
- Private bathroom
- Private kitchenettes
- Fully air conditioned
- Individual climate control
- Activity room
- Fitness room
- Wellness center
- Wellness programs
- Beautiful Garden(s) / Courtyard(s)
- Conveniently Located
- Scenic views
- Suburban setting
- Beauty Salon / Barber Services
- Cable Television
- Comfortable common and lounge areas to gather with friends and family
- Dining Room
- Restaurant-Style Dining
- Complimentary laundry facility on-site
- Computer with internet access
- Mail and Newspaper Service
- Pets Permitted
- Pharmaceutical delivery service
- Guest Accommodations
- Smoke free environment
Lisa CernigliaResident Care Director
Lisa has been with Genesis for 25 years; 12 years at Berkshire Center Skilled Nursing and Rehabilitation and 13 years at Berkshire Commons as first shift Nursing Supervisor. She has been an LPN for a total of 40 years in senior care. Lisa loves to be active by spending time with her family and her grandchildren.
Marcia GdowikDirector of Rehabilitation - Vitality to You
Marcia has been working with Genesis Rehab Services since 2013 and accepted the position of Director of Rehab at Berkshire Commons in 2018. She has had 13 previous years experience in the healthcare field as a CNA, before she joined Genesis Rehab Services. Marcia enjoys reading, spending time with her family and being outdoors.
Lori A. Mack, MPH, CDPDementia Program Director
Lori is a 2002 graduate of West Chester University, where she graduated with a Masters of Science Degree in Public Health: Gerontology. Lori has been with Genesis Health Care since 2003, starting her career at The Laurel Center Skilled Nursing as Director of Social Services. She transferred to Berkshire Commons to become their Dementia Program Director in 2013. While working at Berkshire Commons, Lori received her certification as a Certified Dementia Practitioner, and enjoys doing dementia education with the staff as well as the community. When not at work, Lori loves spending time with her husband, two daughters, and three dogs.
Kate FisherDirector of Marketing & Admissions
Kate has been a part of the Berkshire Commons team since 2017. She has over 10 years experience in Senior Living, and enjoys the day to day interaction with the residents. Kate loves the Philadelphia Eagles and spends her free time with her husband and three dogs.
"My search for a Senior Living Facility for my parents in Berks county had me visiting about a dozen facilities. I chose not to evaluate a facility based solely on statistics and the literature the facility provided but on my instincts. Walking into Berkshire Commons I said to my self, "Wow...this is nice!" Its modest size and layout gives it as much of a home-like feeling as one could expect. All the staff I met were friendly and knowledgeable, and the meal I sampled was excellent. I was especially impressed with the special efforts that were made to create a feeling of openness and reduce the "hotel" feeling so many other facilities seem to be modeled after. (Not that there's anything wrong with a hotel...you just wouldn't want to live in most of them!) My feelings have been affirmed over and over by my parents who are very happy to be living there.
Jerry V., Jr."
I would like you and your staff to know how grateful we are for all of your efforts. When you think about it, you are actually putting yourselves and your families at a higher risk commuting to work to take care of our elderly parents and we hope you know how much we all appreciate this! Our immediate family's perspective on you assuming this risk is heightened because our Daughter-in-Law is in the medical profession and working daily at a hospital with COVID patients in one of the Nation's hotspots, Michigan. I trust you can pass our note of gratitude along to your staff.
Best Regards, Bob Rochelle
The entire staff at Berkshire Commons has done an amazing job of caring for the residents during this crazy time. The fact that the only COVID tests came back negative speaks volumes, especially in relationship to the age and overall health of the residents and compared to other residential and long term care facilities. "Thank You" does not adequately express our sincere and heartfelt knowledge that our Mom is in the best place she could be at this time"
- Susan G.
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