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Commonwealth Senior Living At The Eastern Shore

Senior Living in Onancock, VA

We Listen. We Love. We Care. We Serve.

At Commonwealth Senior Living at the Eastern Shore, those aren’t simply words; they are the promise we make to our residents and their families. Every day. It’s a promise that enhances the quality of life and exceptional care enjoyed by all of our residents – Independent Living, Assisted Living and Memory Care alike.

We bring a fresh, inspiring approach to distinctive retirement living, blending understated elegance with personalized service.

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A Tradition Of Excellence

Commonwealth Senior Living at the Eastern Shore has long been the area’s premier choice for retirement living for over 50 years. Our residents live comfortably in the historic village of Onancock in their choice of a studio or one- bedroom suites. Residents enjoy three levels of care within the same beautiful community. Independent Living, Assisted Living and Memory Care are all available under one roof so that even if your care needs may change, your address doesn’t have to.

Life at Commonwealth Senior Living at the Eastern Shore offers the best of both worlds. Our residents enjoy the privacy and the comfort of their own space with the peace of mind of knowing that all maintenance and chores will be taken care of by our team. Housekeeping. Cooking. Upkeep. Linens. We’ve got it all covered.

Just outside their doors is a vibrant community offering a chance to connect with friends through activities, programming, dining, services, amenities and more.

The historic village of Onancock, where you’ll find Commonwealth Senior Living at the Eastern Shore, is a retirement community where green fields meet cool waters and the setting sun lights the twilight sky. The natural environment here is as healthy as it is beautiful; a truly relaxing place that soothes body and mind alike. Come and see what life is like near the Chesapeake Bay, away from the hustle and bustle of city life. If a day in the city is what you’re looking for, Virginia Beach is just a stone’s throw away with a variety of culture and entertainment.

Independent Living

One bedroom apartments are available now!

Independent living at Commonwealth Senior Living at the Eastern Shore is perfect for seniors who are able to live independently, but want the comfort, convenience and active lifestyle offered in the beautiful setting of Virginia’s Eastern Shore.

Residents of Commonwealth Senior Living at the Eastern Shore indulge in a carefree lifestyle, free from all responsibilities and worries of home ownership, from upkeep to maintenance.

Discover the retirement lifestyle you’ve dreamed of. Enjoy delicious home-cooked meals featuring our award-winning dining experience, including Farm-to-Table Fresh Flavors and Today from the Bay menus.

We’ll take care of the weekly housekeeping, freeing up your time so you can enjoy the variety of engaging programs offered daily. From Travel the World that brings the culture, flavors, music, artistry and more from other countries right to our community to off-site trips and so much more, every day is filled with opportunities to be inspired, entertained and fulfilled.

For the ultimate in convenience, our community is located near shopping, dining and Eastern Shore Rural Health System. But more importantly, there is a wealth of services and amenities right on site.

Convenient Community Amenities

  • Spacious apartment floor plans in either studio or one bedroom layouts
  • Library
  • Chapel
  • Beauty salon/barber shop
  • Computer center with internet access
  • Walking paths

Helpful Services

  • Housekeeping
  • Home maintenance & landscaping
  • Home-cooked meals
  • Scheduled transportation
  • Staff on site 24/7
  • Personal care services available, if needed

Now’s The Perfect Time To Make Your Move!

If you’ve had enough of the headaches of keeping up a big house, and you are ready to simply enjoy life and relax, plan a visit to Commonwealth Senior Living at the Eastern Shore. In fact, many of our residents have shared they wish they’d made the move sooner.

Independent living at Commonwealth Senior Living at the Eastern Shore provides you with the carefree lifestyle you want today with the peace of mind of knowing that assistance is available, if needed, in the future.

Schedule a tour and learn more about independent living at a Commonwealth community near you today.

Assisted Living

At Commonwealth Senior Living at the Eastern Shore, assisted living balances the active independence that our residents want with the 24-hour support they need.

It’s the ideal combination. We realize that while the need for support may have brought our residents to us, their desire to live an active, fulfilling and engaging lifestyle hasn’t changed at all.

Personalized Care

At Commonwealth, the care we deliver is personalized. We know that no two residents have the same needs, abilities or preferences. To deliver the right amount of care and support, we create individual care plans for each resident. Our specially trained caregivers meet directly with residents, their family members and personal physicians to develop the most appropriate care plans. The care plans deliver the care that is needed – perhaps assisting the resident with getting dressed or bathing or helping them get around the community, but also identifies and supports each individual’s retained abilities, promoting independence and dignity.

A Vibrant Lifestyle

There’s never a dull moment at Commonwealth Senior Living at the Eastern Shore. We offer a vibrant lifestyle, filled with activities, specialized programing and opportunities to get involved and be social. We offer:

  • Travel the Worldprogram 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

Say goodbye to the worries and responsibilities of home ownership and the time wasted on daily chores. We’ll take care of it all, including:

  • Housekeeping
  • Laundry
  • Home maintenance
  • Transportation
  • Home cooked meals

Exceptional Dining

Residents of Commonwealth Senior Living at the Eastern Shore enjoy delicious dining, including:

  • Today from the Baymenu featuring locally caught seafood
  • Farm-to-Table fresh flavors featuring fresh produce from local farms
  • Dining Delights featuring monthly special dining themes

And more!

Convenient Community Amenities

Commonwealth Senior Living at the Eastern Shore offers a variety of amenities right on site.

  • Spacious apartment floor plans
  • Beauty salon
  • Restaurant-style dining room
  • Chapel
  • Library
  • Walking paths

Memory Care

Sweet MemoriesTM Memory Care at Commonwealth Senior Living at the Eastern Shore

At Commonwealth Senior Living at the Eastern Shore, we understand that people with Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of dementia have unique needs that deserve unique care. Our Sweet Memories™ program was designed to meet those needs and deliver that care, both today and in the future.

It all starts with our team of dedicated caregivers. Certified in Virtual Dementia Tour® training, our team members have a very personal and thorough understanding of the challenges presented by Alzheimer’s disease or dementia.

Award-Winning Care • Sweet MemoriesTM

Commonwealth’s Sweet Memories™ memory care program delivers the most exceptional care and lifestyle to our residents living with Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of dementia.

From the welcoming, homey feeling of our memory care neighborhoods to the experience of our management team, everything in our program has been carefully chosen to deliver the best memory care experience possible.

Understanding that each person has different needs, Sweet Memories™ takes a resident-centered approach to care. By developing a personalized care plan, we can provide support that not only meets needs, but also promotes abilities and independence.

Program Components

Sweet MemoriesTM consists of three primary components to ensure an exceptional memory care experience. 

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

Evaluation through life history: We get to know each resident personally. 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

So unique and effective, 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™, you 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, restaurant-style dining options that meet dining skill levels and nutritional needs
  • Regularly activity schedules 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

Services & Amenities

At Commonwealth Senior Living at the Eastern Shore, we offer more than a safe place to call home. We offer our residents a lifestyle to be lived and enjoyed to the fullest!

Our community provides comfort, security and peace of mind in the historic village of Onacock on Virginia’s Eastern Shore.

It is our pleasure and purpose to ensure that our residents’ lives are as peaceful, comforting and uplifting as possible. We offer:

  • Resident’s choice of apartment floor plan
  • Three restaurant-style meals of your choice served daily, snacks served in between
  • Walking paths
  • Beauty salon and barber shop (on site)
  • Manicure & pedicure services offered
  • Beautifully landscaped grounds
  • Church services and Bible studies
  • Library
  • Large variety of daily meal choices
  • Pet friendly
  • Chapel
  • Social and educational programs
  • 24-hour emergency response
  • Weekly housekeeping services
  • Active recreational and wellness programs
  • Individual mailboxes for in-house and US mail
  • Apartment maintenance
  • In-apartment washer/dryer hook-ups (select residences)
  • Common living spaces
  • Scheduled transportation services

Floor Plans

One-bedroom apartments are now available! Residents of Commonwealth Senior Living at the Eastern Shore have a choice in their apartments to meet a variety of needs, preferences and budgets. Once you choose the floor plan that best suits you, we invite you to make it your very own! Decorate with favorite furniture, décor and keepsakes from home. Personalize your space with family photos. We want you to feel completely at home.

1 bedroom Assisted Living Suite

425 sq. ft.
Starts at $173/day

Assisted Living Private Studio

234 sq. ft.
Starts at $155/day

Assisted Living Companion Studio

234 sq. ft.
Starts at $122/day

Sweet Memories Companion Studio

234 sq. ft.
Starts at $155/day

Sweet Memories Private Studio

234 sq. ft.
Starts at $172/day

One Bedroom Independent Living Apartment

542 sq. ft.
Starts at $3600/month

One Bedroom Independent Living Apartment

620 sq. ft.
Starts at $3600/month


At Commonwealth Senior Living at the Eastern Shore, we know that activities enrich the mind, body and spirit. That’s why the activities team plans social, recreational, spiritual, educational, cultural and physical opportunities for our residents. There’s never a dull moment at Commonwealth Senior Living at the Eastern Shore, so jump in and enjoy!

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Commonwealth Senior Living at the Eastern Shore

23610 North Street
Onancock, VA 23417


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