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Dear Patients, Residents and Families
COVID-19 Second Booster Dose
The CDC recently released a recommendation for a second COVID-19 booster dose for certain persons. Specifically, a second mRNA booster dose could benefit people ages 50 years and older, as they are at increased risk for severe COVID-19. People ages 50 years and older may choose to receive a second booster dose, if it has been at least 4 months after the first booster. We recommend that appropriate residents receive their second booster dose. The COVID-19 vaccines (Pfizer or Moderna) are available. Please let your physician or nurse know right away if you or your loved one would like to receive the second booster.
5485 Perkiomen Avenue, Reading, PA 19606
Discover why friends, families, and our residents recommend Berkshire Commons Senior Living Community as "The Place to Be” in Berks County. Our Senior Living and Rehabilitative Health campuses offer our 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 eight different styled living arrangements from private studios to large one bedroom suites to fit the unique social and financial needs of each of our prospective residents. Light up your taste buds with chef-prepared meals during our "Dine your way" 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. With our onsite Genesis Therapists and Physician Services, residents will have all of their needs taken care of in one place. Berkshire Commons is happy to have served our local community for over 20 years!
In addition to our Personal care apartments, Berkshire Commons offers a cozy, secure Memory Support Neighborhood with 28 private rooms and a beautiful enclosed courtyard. Our Memory Support Neighborhood offers residents specialized programming and meaningful activities 7 days a week. We are so proud that 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.
Berkshire Commons also offers Respite Stay options for a variety of needs. Those residents that are in Rehabilitation communities and are not quite ready to go home yet, can continue receiving therapy services while allowing them to receive assistance as needed prior to going home. Berkshire Commons also offers to those Caregivers the opportunity to take that much needed break from the demands of life and allowing your loved one to socialize in a welcoming safe environment.
Be sure to follow us on Facebook to enjoy our resident Life Experiences as well as check out our Google reviews. https://www.facebook.com/BerkshireCommonsPA/
We look forward to hearing from you to schedule your personized tour!
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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
Kate FisherCenter Executive Director
Kate has been 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 recently took on the role of marketing and Admisions Director and as of June 2021 is now the Executive Director. She loves the Philadelphia Eagles and spends her free time with her husband and 3 dogs.
Rebecca Kotwas, RNResident Care Director
Rebecca is a Registered Nurse and has worked in the Long term care Nursing and Personal care settings for 10 years. She has her Bachelor's degree in Business Administration and spent many years managing sales and marketing teams. Rebecca joined the Berkshire Commons team as the Resident care Director in March 2021. When not at work, she enjoys spending time with her husband and 2 children running, reading and watching her children play sports and ride horses.
Angela MeidingerDirector of Marketing and Admissions
Angela graduated from nursing school in 1989 and worked in skilled nursing in various capacities for 20 years. In 2009, she joined Genesis Healthcare as a Personal Care Marketing & Admissions Director. She has worked at multiple Genesis Personal Care Communities and most recently joined Berkshire Commons. She continues to love working with families to assist the in choosing the right fit for their loved ones. Angela has, an avid love for animals and in her spare time, she enjoys spending her days with her husband, son and pets.
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.
"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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