From a small senior community to a full-service CCRC.

The journey from The Groves to The Commons and where we are today.

The land where The Commons now stands was purchased by Deaconess in 2006 for a senior community called The Groves. It was the site of an old schoolhouse—and a stand of apple trees that was transplanted after the area was developed. Before the construction was complete Masonic Health System took over and completed 168 units.

In 2013 Benchmark took over management of the property. Changing the name to The Commons, Benchmark added another 90 apartments and a premier Independent Living community, upgrading The Commons to a full CCRC—and fulfilling its true potential. Today, The Commons offers Independent Living, Assisted Living, Memory Care, Rehabilitation and Skilled Nursing. Within one year of opening the full campus, The Commons was 100% occupied across all communities.

In December of 2021 New England Life Plan Communities, a not-for-profit organization financed by Hamlin Capital Management became the new owner of The Commons. Benchmark Senior Living signed a long-term contract and will continue operating the community.

Our Values

The Commons: Transforming lives through human connection.

We provide attentive service and compassionate care for our residents and offer unparalleled features and amenities. But at the heart of it all is you: your passions, your dreams, your hobbies, your family, your memories, your life. Our residents and their needs are the reason for everything we do.

The Commons follows the Benchmark tradition “Called to Care.”

Our dedicated team of associates has been Called to Care for our residents and to support their family members. Their commitment has repeatedly proven that we are Better Together as we strive to Be the Benchmark for senior living.

Our associates are the lifeblood of The Commons. By listening and providing an exceptional living experience to residents, they create unique relationships that make the Commons stand apart from other communities.

Benchmark History and Values

The Commons is proudly managed by Benchmark Senior Living, a leading provider of senior housing in the Northeast.

Residents and their families at Benchmark’s 63 communities in Connecticut, Massachusetts, Maine, New Hampshire, New York, Rhode Island and Vermont know Benchmark sets the standard for excellence

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