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SOMMERSET RETIREMENT COMMUNITY – STERLING, VA Wins 2017 Best of Senior Living Award From Sterling, Virginia, December 05th, 2016 –

Sommerset Retirement Community in Sterling, VA is proud to announce that they have been selected as one of the 2017 Best of Senior Living Award Winners on, the largest ratings and reviews site for senior care and services in North America.’s Best of 2017 Award winners represent the best of the best of in-home care, assisted living, and other senior living providers, based on the online reviews written by seniors and their families. This exclusive designation honors the top one percent of senior care providers across the country. The annual Best of Awards tabulates over 130,000 family created reviews to find the best quality care providers for this honor. Of the nearly 200,000 communities currently listed on, just over 1,400 were recognized with this prestigious award. Sommerset Retirement Community – Sterling, VA is one of the only winners in Sterling, VA, and regularly receives highly positive reviews from their families like this one: We lucked out finding this facility. It suited our loved one perfectly. It is homey, clean, spacious apartments, great staff. When we walked in we were impressed”.

“Families are increasingly looking to online reviews to find out who truly delivers great care for our seniors, not just who claims to deliver great care,” said Eric Seifert, President of “Our Awards program is all about celebrating the exceptional people who do just that. We’re honored to spread the word about these organizations that families can entrust with the care of their senior loved ones.” To qualify for inclusion in the Best of 2017 Awards, providers must have maintained an average overall rating of at least 4.5 stars while receiving three or more new reviews in 2016. Additional details and a complete list of award winners can be found on To see the full list of award winners in Sterling, please visit

About LLC is the largest consumer ratings and reviews site for senior living communities and home care providers across the United States and Canada. The innovative website provides easy access to the information families need when making a senior care decision, and features trusted reviews and advice from local residents and their loved ones. For more information, please visit or call (866) 592-8119. About Sommerset Retirement Community – Sterling, VA- The community is a great value as there is no buy-in expense or entrance fee and no long term commitment.

Sommerset is managed by Amurcon Realty Company. Based in Richmond, Virginia, Amurcon handles manages and markets multi-family housing and rental retirement communities throughout Virginia.

To learn more about Sommerset Retirement Community, visit in person at 22355 Providence Village Drive in Sterling or online at “Winner of the Best of 2017 Award on”.

Sommerset Resident Art Show

Thank you for all of our residents and guests who participated in our 2015 Art Show! It was very nice to see all the talented residents we have here at Sommerset and we only encourage they continue with their creativity with all of our different clubs we have.

I hope you enjoy our video and please feel free to share with your friends and family!

Finding an Extended Family at Sommerset


Freeda Johnson and Colonel Donald Evans, Jr. may not have taken the same roads in life, but it was a similar one that led them to Sommerset, an independent living community in Sterling, Va. Although the former school teacher and decorated soldier relocated to their new home in order to be closer to their families, both have been pleasantly surprised to have found a tight-knit extended family with their fellow residents and staff.

Freeda Johnson – Teachers Moves to Senior Living Community

Freeda hails from Spartanburg, S.C., where a street is actually named after her husband, Reverend C.M. Johnson. For 34 years, she taught French and worked as a high school guidance counselor.

When Freeda’s husband and sister passed away, her daughter helped research living options near her home in Arlington, Va. Especially important for Freeda was being able to keep her king-sized bed. “We looked everywhere,” she said. Sommerset, however, seemed to perfectly accommodate not only Freeda’s bed, but her lifestyle.

Since making the move, she has loved participating in the community’s activities and outings while establishing numerous friendships. “We have fun,” she said with a smile. And she can be seen particularly having fun playing games, from Bingo to cards. “I never miss my turn,” she said.

Diagnosed with diabetes, Freeda has also been focused on a walking program where she strolls with her friends every day at 7 a.m. and enjoys breakfast after.

When she first moved to Sommerset, Freeda would stay at her daughter’s house every weekend, but she now stays there less frequently, wanting to spend just as much time with her additional family. “They miss me around here when I am gone, and I miss them,” she said. “We really enjoy each other here.”

Colonel Donald Evans, Jr. – Marine Settles in happily at Retirement Community

Colonel Donald Evans, Jr. USMC Retired is known as Don around Sommerset. Born and raised in Altoona, Pa., he started his nearly four-decade career with the Marines in 1943. When he enrolled at Colgate University, he met Phyllis, his wife of over 57 years. The couple raised three sons while living all over the world as Don served in the Korean and Vietnam Wars and had several assignments in China. He had eventually been assigned to HQMC in Quantico, Va. when he retired in 1977.

Don summed up the couple’s retirement with one word: “golf.” They each played on golf teams at Fort Belvoir for over 30 years and also participated in bowling leagues. Although they lived in a beautiful home in Mt. Vernon, they wanted to be closer to their family, which had since grown with seven grandchildren. With their loved ones living in Herndon and Purcellville, they chose Sommerset.

Shortly after making the move, however, Phyllis developed some health problems. Deciding he did not want to hire outside help, Don said, “I wanted to be the nurse.” He proudly dedicated all of his time and effort during that first year to take care of her. “She was a wonderful woman,” he said.

After Phyllis passed away, he knew he wanted to stay at Sommerset. “I didn’t want to leave. I like the people here and they are very interesting,” he said.

Like Freeda, Don participates in a great deal of the various activities. “I like to sit out front and watch everyone and see what is going on around here,” he said. “I like being with other people and staying in touch.”

As he reflected on his family, his health and his current life at Sommerset, Don said, “I feel like I am the luckiest guy in the world.”

Beauty Salon/Barber Shop Specialties

Haircare at Sommerset Retirement Community


Imagine having your own hair stylist within walking distance of your home? With salon services located on-site at Sommerset, our residents don’t have to travel far to enjoy the luxury of a day at the beauty shop! This service for our community is not just about pampering but about wellness and optimism. Men and women’s haircuts, colors and perms are available at the Hair Salon located on the second floor of Sommerset. “Having my hair done is the highlight of my day” -Helen

Relax as our licensed hair stylist gets you ready for your evening event or our New Year’s Eve party-Toasting to a New Year with a live band in our Garden Lounge! Our residents are always valued, respected and treated in a consistent manner at all times in a friendly environment. Let us professionally pay close attention to the details of your service, and keep you coming back for more! Contact our Sommerset team for more information about our Beauty Salon and other great amenities.

Visit the Hall of Fame Room

Hall of Fame RoomThere are many areas of Sommerset where residents can relax, read or join in friendly conversation, but one room has exceptional meaning and resourcefulness, our “Hall of Fame Room”. Our American Flag hangs proudly next to the flags for every branch of the military. Pictures are hung, amidst the flags, of our residents who have been in active military duty at some point in their lives. Paintings adorn the walls, while framed needlework and commemorative plaques are placed where others can appreciate the talents of our residents. Our Hall of Fame Room is a place for our residents to reflect on their life’s accomplishments, embrace who they are and share their experiences with their neighbors and friends.