Commonwealth Senior Living at the Ballentine

7211 Granby St, Norfolk, VA 23505

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About the community Commonwealth Senior Living at the Ballentine

Commonwealth Senior Living at the Ballentine, established in 1896, is a licensed assisted living community located in The Words Corner area of Norfolk. Living at Commonwealth Senior Living at the Ballentine is very much like renting a home anywhere and does not require a long term financial commitment. Residents pay a reasonable monthly flat fee that covers all services and accommodations, including meals, utilities, housekeeping, telephone, transportation and more. It also includes a little extra care and a lot of extra amenities for individuals or couples age 60 or over who desire to live in a comfortable and beautiful environment.

Senior Living Options Offered

Assisted living
Memory care
Independent living

Pricing for Commonwealth Senior Living at the Ballentine

Total monthly costs depend on room type, select services, and the level of care needed.

Base fees by room type

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*Prices quoted are monthly rental charges and are provided by the communities themselves. Actual prices may differ due to one-time fees, timing and care services required. Speak with your Senior Living Advisor to learn more.

Amenities at Commonwealth Senior Living at the Ballentine

Health Care Services

Diabetic care
Memory care
Incontinence care
Ambulatory care
Medication management

Staffing & ancillary services

Hospice available on-site

Meals & Dining

Meals provided
Anytime dining
Guest meals
Restaurant style dining

Room Amenities

Bath tubs
Respite or short term stays offered
Wi-fi/high-speed internet
Ground floor units
Cable or satellite tv

Community Amenities

Memory care services

Secured community
Designed specifically to accommodate memory loss
Enclosed courtyard
Indoor walking paths

Transporation & parking

Resident parking available
Complimentary transportation
Property convenient to public transit
Uncovered parking

Common areas

Outdoor common areas
Indoor common areas
Barber shop
Beauty salon


Grocery shopping and errands
Laundry service / drycleaning


Cats allowed
Dogs allowed

Primary language spoken by staff


Recreational areas

Billiards lounge
Piano or organ
Raised garden beds

On-site dining options

Café or bistro


Devotional activities on-site
Devotional activities offsite
Cooking classes
Educational speakers / life long learning

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October 19, 2021
anonymous - Toured community
Our Tour Experience

Commonwealth at the Ballentine was an older place, and smaller. So we didn't really consider them.

April 28, 2021
Anonymous - Toured community

Beautiful building, conveniently located, very friendly and welcoming.

February 2, 2021
anonymous - Sibling of resident/client
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I would highly recommend the Ballentine

We were able to walk through the lobby and it seemed to be pretty clean. Everything seemed fine and our loved was happy there. The staff was really pleasant and the sales agent was wonderful. We were able to walk through the lobby and it seemed to be pretty clean, everything seemed fine and she was happy there. The staff was really pleasant and the sales agent was wonderful.

October 26, 2020
Anonymous - Toured community

I've only taken a virtual tour due to covid but it looks nice & clean & staff are welcoming. [name removed], the marketing director, has been wonderful! She is very easy to talk to & is so encouraging. She texted me during covid to check on how we were doing since my mom lived with me at that time. She has been very helpful. We ended up picking this facility. They were so easy to work with & it's 15 minutes from my brother's & daughter's home. So far my mother is really thriving there. I'm glad we chose this facility.

October 5, 2020
Anonymous - Loved one of resident/client
The Communicators

The community works well with the family of the residents and staff. They are very understand of the resident's issues and working with my loved one. The room is a decent size that my loved one is in. My loved one has their own bathroom, larger walk in closet.

May 18, 2020
Anonymous - Toured community

I've only taken a virtual tour due to covid but it looks nice & clean & staff are welcoming. Amy, the marketing director, have been wonderful! She is very easy to talk to & is so encouraging. She has texted me during covid just to see how we were doing since my mom lives with me. She has been very helpful.

September 12, 2019
Anonymous - Toured community

I was not able to visit this facility. My 94 year old father is not doing well and I no longer need to search. The contact at this facility was very nice, informative and helpful.

Response from Commonwealth Senior Living at the Ballentine

September 20, 2019

We are so sorry to hear that your father is not well. At Commonwealth Senior Living, we strive to improve the lives of seniors and their families. Please reach out to me directly if there is anything that we can do to help you through this journey or improve the experience of families researching their options. I can be reached at [removed]. All our best, Alicia Durrah Executive Director

July 24, 2019
LINDA BALDWIN - Loved one of resident/client
Caring and Capable Angels

My family has survived the last few months because of superb and compassionate support of the skilled nursing staff caring for my parents. The kindness of the ENTIRE Ballentine Staff is outstanding, beginning with [name removed] who set up my mom's room, to the cooks who learned her food preferences and to the activities directors who included mom in more activities than she has participated in in the past ten years. My dad was able pass with dignity because of their excellent care. Thank you all.

November 10, 2018
Anonymous - Loved one of resident/client
Eyes wide open

Started off good but quickly went downhill. The lack of permanent front desk staff, lack of weekend staffing, issues with personal care, lack of effective responsiveness from management and more made us make the decision to move our loved one after only a few months. Additionally, the rates are high for such a low quality of service.

Response from Commonwealth Senior Living at the Ballentine

November 16, 2018

Thank you for taking the time to share your experience and concerns. At Commonwealth Senior Living, we strive to improve the lives of seniors and their families, and we are truly sorry that we did not meet those expectations. While we did have a temporary issue with associate turnover, I am pleased to say that our front desk and weekend coverage is secured. I would love the opportunity to speak with you about your experience. While I have served in leadership positions in Commonwealth Senior Living communities for 6 years, I have just begun at The Ballentine. Understanding families’ experiences and areas for improvement will ensure that we create a high quality of life for everyone. Please email me at your convenience at [removed]. Sincerely, Monica Adcock, Senior Executive Director.

November 1, 2018
Jeff Evans - Loved one of resident/client

I recently moved my mother out of The Ballentine. There is no oversight of health issues at this facility. She developed a staff infection in her eye that went undetected, loosing sight. She then suffered a stroke, also undetected. I was informed the floor staff does not evaluate residents. I implore all not to entrust your loved one to their care.

Response from Commonwealth Senior Living at the Ballentine

November 1, 2018

Thank you for sharing your concerns with us. Our goal is to improve the lives of seniors and their families. We are focused on providing outstanding care. I would like the opportunity to speak with you directly about your family's experience. Please contact me at your convenience at [removed]. - Bernadette Cavis, Regional Vice President

October 9, 2018
Anonymous - Toured community

Beautiful! The staff was happy and caring! Lovely surroundings outdoors as well as indoors.

July 14, 2017
Anonymous - Loved one of resident/client
Verified Review
What my dad needs

After touring a few places we decided to place my dad here. It offers him the care he needs and it provides my family the knowledge that he is safe and being cared for the way he should be. Overall we like the place it seems clean and the staff is very nice and caring. The communication between myself and them is good in fact one of the staff members had mentioned that it was one of the best transitions they have experienced and that was nice given my dads mental status. The property has 2 areas the first being the assisted living side and then the memory care where my dad is. they have actives for both sides and they keep the residents busy. The location is great because it is right next to my son's school and very close to where my wife works.

September 30, 2016
Anonymous - Toured community

Bustling, comfortable place. Staff very friendly and warm. Residents were clean & engaged. Lots of activities, & connections to community were encouraged. Only negative - small rooms.

September 20, 2016
Anonymous - Toured community
Verified Review
This Community Has A Good Reputation

I had a very nice tour of this community. It is a lovely community with friendly people. I didn't find the community very attractive, it is an older building. From what I saw everything appeared to be nice and clean. This community does have a good reputation. The staff was kind and informative. It was lovely tour.

August 12, 2016
Karen - Loved one of resident/client
Next best place to home!

The Ballentine is a lovely community and the closest thing you will find to "home". My mother has been at the Ballentine twice; once last year as a trial stay, and then returned again earlier this year. She was so pleased with the love, attention and friendship during her first stay, when the need arose for a more permanent stay, she immediately asked to go back to the same facility she loved so much. The staff is so attentive to mom, which is very reassuring to me since I'm a couple hours away and only get to visit her a few times per month. My sister lives closer and we both have been pleased with most everything. We did have an issue with her temperature a couple months back, and the team immediately resolved the issue and was courteous in doing so. There have been some changes in the top leadership since our time there, but we have found the new folks to be incredibly kind, professional and committed to the residents and Ballentine families. The residents and staff all seem happy to be there - it's just a good feeling place. It is tough to think about the process of moving your parent out of there home and entrusting their every need to someone else, but I can tell you the folks at Ballentine are second to none, and truly treat not just our mother, but our family as if we are their's too. We didn't realize how much it would mean to us to feel this too. We couldn't ask for a happier, loving and beautiful home for our mother.

August 9, 2016
anonymous - Loved one of resident/client
unprofessional management

Think before you put your love one in this place. The Cna's are great and very friendly. But the Executive Director., And Sweet Memory Director. Are so rude if you need to talk with them they just blow you off. They spend all day in the Executive Director's office with the door closed and when it's open they talk to the staff really badly. They are very unprofessional in my opinion, My mother has been living there a very long time and I have never seen the building so bad. When you talk to head of t maintenance he looks at you like your stupid and does nothing about the problem.When you call cooperate They say sorry and they will look into it.

August 7, 2016
Anonymous - Loved one of resident/client
don't do it

the Cna are great they try so hard to make the residents feel good. But the managment is really bad they treat the staff like dirt.. when there is family night the mangement sit in the office [Removed]. really good. the manager always has her door closed so family's are unable to talk with her. also the program cord is never doing anything but siting in the Ed's office. I did not know that mangement was there to make residents and residents family's feel like mangement was better then them. I'm really thinking about taking my family member out from there.. I feel sad there is some great worker there. But mangement needs to go.

July 28, 2016
Anonymous - Loved one of resident/client

The Ballentine is not a good place for your mother or the last three months the buliding is like a ship in the ocean its going down with the tides....The Ballentine needs NEW Management, that person who is running the building needs more training in respect.

July 28, 2016
Anonymous - Loved one of resident/client
It's not what you think it can hear the crys from residents and staff sad

I was so excited when my mother moved in the Ballentine years ago, now the place has NO core values within the last three months, When I walk in the buliding now you do not feel that friendly atmosphere anymore you feel sadness from residents and staff I am looking to move my mother out of there. I visit alot there. The activity department has fallen after they let Karen go she was the best, I miss Michelle in nursing she was the best. Lets turn to the dinning room, more help is needed two people serving morning, noon, and night meals. It takes forever for residents to get they meals to the table, they always running out food, and food is horrible. Upper management need a crash course in respecting resident and staff.. Please if you have family there slip in make sure your mother or father is getting what you are paying for activity, good food, housekeeping, and most of all respect.

Response from Commonwealth Senior Living at the Ballentine

July 29, 2016

On behalf of The Ballentine and Commonwealth Assisted Living, I would like to personally thank you for providing your comments and concerns. Providing all of our residents, their family members, and our associates with dignity, compassion, and respect is at the heart of our Core Values. I would appreciate the opportunity to meet with you to learn more about how we can improve our community and operations. Please feel free to contact me at [removed] or [removed]. I look forward to speaking with you. Christina Driscoll, Regional Director of Operations for Commonwealth Assisted Living

July 27, 2016
Anonymous - Loved one of resident/client
A must read down and under

The Ballentine was a great time before they hired this new Executive Director she is very rude to residents and staff she fired all the old staff that was outstanding to this community. She never have time for residents or family members, when you try to talk with her she always keep the office full with department heads seating in her office you cant never talk to her alone..the new .Sweet Memory director she always in the executive office she never do anything with them...I am sad The Ballentine is no longer a place you can call home.for your parent..they run out of food they had a very good and wonderful actvity person who care and respected the residents and family members now she is no longer there the place is going down hill. I moved my mother out of there...and I would never recomment any one to live of work there.

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