Brookdale - Illinois
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Brookdale Senior Living has been dedicated to enriching the lives of Illinois seniors with integrity, respect, excellence and compassion. For over three decades, our exceptional service and strong attention to detail have helped us become one of the leading owners and operators of senior living communities in both Illinois and the country. Brookdale Senior Living Illinois communities consistently receive high satisfaction ratings from residents, demonstrating our commitment to quality and service.
Near the University of Illinois campus, Brookdale Urbana (formerly Emeritus at Canterbury Ridge) offers 98 studios, one-, and two-bedroom apartments with a variety of services including assisted living and memory care.
Brookdale Hoffman Estates is a beautiful place. The rooms are very pretty, and they have very nice activities. When we were there, they had a gentleman singing for the residents, and that was very nice. They also have games and a lot of activities for the residents, so many that I was amazed. They even said if you pay more, you could bring a pet with you. The staff was very accommodating.
We liked that Brookdale is closer to us and smaller. It was very nice inside and less intimidating for my father-in-law when he moved in there because it was smaller. He’s having a nice experience there. They offer a flexible care package. You can purchase care packages if you need more care, and you can pay for less if you need less care.
My mom is at Brookdale (Brookdale Joliet) right now. I’m in Florida, so my siblings chose it, and I’m a little disappointed as far as her not having enough things to do. I feel like she is not involved enough and the people don’t really get involved, and that’s very bothersome to me. She’s there to socialize, and I don’t feel like she is getting that at all. Nothing stands out as great about it. The staff members are helpful. I think that they do their job, but from what my mom tells me, they are sometimes slow to getting her dinner and lunch or what she needs.
We moved to Brookdale Rockford. The place and staff are very nice. We found out that we could get adjoining studio apartments, which was very attractive to us. It was suited to our lifestyle and close to a mall and other activities around the area.
We liked Brookdale Glen Ellyn. They were very friendly. They provided all the information that we needed. We met some of the residences who seemed happy. It looked really clean. It looked like it was well run. It had a lot of options for different kinds of arrangements like one bedroom, two bedrooms or a studio. It was all nice. They had activities inside the building like arts and different classes. They would take people to shopping, movies, doctor’s appointments or anything that they needed. The staff was very friendly and treated people with respect. The people I saw seemed nice enough. However, I thought it was sort of expensive.
I visited Brookdale Northbrook for my father-in-law. It had a nice look to it and was open, updated, and a good size. I saw a nice room and I did think it was nice. It seemed like they had a full range of services. The woman that I met was very nice and very helpful and showed me the rooms where the activities take place. There were group discussions and a room for playing cards. They do have a number of residents in the independent living.
We really liked Brookdale Northbrook because my parents could stay together. They have the swing units close to the assisted living so they could stay together in independent and if my dad would need assistance, they could switch that unit to assisted and they could just stay where they were. We liked that setup a lot. What we did not like was their residents were 70% of Jewish faith and my parents are Christians, so they did not feel like they would be comfortable and wanted a more Christian community. The dining room setup was very nice.
Brookdale was really nice and very upscale, so you'd need a lot of money to go there. The dining room was almost like a restaurant. In the lobby area, they had water, tea, and cookies out for the residents. The rooms were nice and big enough for one person. They took residents out to various activities and had an indoor pool and like a hundred other things to do. A lot of that stuff was extra, so maybe they could improve on including more things in the price, but I did not think they were out of the ordinary for assisted living.
While the smallest of the units in this building is certainly on the small side of the spectrum, if residents can afford one of the many larger units—the apartments can be decorated to feel like home. Some units even have a balcony.
As with all Brookdale communities, this facility has the Connected Living program—which offers each resident notebooks—and the ability to network, engage, and manage their daily schedules electronically.
As far as the quality of care, general assistance with ADLs,med reminders, and personalized care plans are available for each resident. Seniors can cook in their apartment, or enjoy restaurant quality meals in the dining room.
On site amenities are outstanding, and quite versatile. They even have a heated swimming pool!
Over the last several years, there have been different owners of this retirement facility which is geared toward people who can live independently in their own apartment, although there is a separate area for people needing assisted living. It is a lovely facility, nicely furnished and decorated with a large general dining room that is airy and bright, surrounded by large windows where residents are served two meals a day. There is a swimming and exercise room on the premises. On the main floor outside the dining room is the lobby where residents can be seen socializing together. In the middle is a grand piano and concerts are occasionally held. The food is good, although the waitstaff tend to be young and inexperienced. Religious services are held for people who are Jewish. If relatives want to stay over there are extra rooms. The one bedroom and two bedroom apartments are roomy with good closet space. Residents are able to furnish the apartments as they would like. On the premises are caregiving staff who can be hired to assist residents. The facility is several stories high and there are two elevators which get quite busy at meal time.
This facility is elegant and probably costs a pretty penny to live here. It is located very near the downtown area, near the Frank Lloyd Wright homes and there is a Trader Joe grocery store practically in its backyard. This is a high rise building and the dining room is on the top floor with great views of Oak Park -- probably one of the best anywhere in the village. Although lovely it does feel a bit too formal for my own personal tastes.
If you like the outdoors, this sits right next to Lisle Park District. If you exit and turn immediately left, you are on a beautiful walking trail which is a way many residents like to spend their morning or afternoon exercising. The dining options here are great too. While there is only one restaurant style dining area, they offer two menus per meal. One menu is a seasonal menu and one is a today's specials menu, each with five to six unique options. There is assisted living on the top floor which is a benefit to independent residents because if they need simple services (like med reminders), they can schedule them through the assisted living staff. This means residents stay independent longer, which is a huge bonus!
This independent and assisted living facility does not fit in most senior’s budget, but if it is something that you and your family can afford—the quality of care is exceptional.
The apartments are spacious, and even if an apartment does not face the lake—there are plenty of areas throughout the building to enjoy the lake view.
The building has parking for seniors who still drive, or for their independent caregivers to park. The amenities are exceptional, and designed with the active and youthful senior in mind. The facility encourages computer literacy with their mobile electronics Connected Living program.
This is an excellent independent or assisted living facility for seniors who prefer living close to the hustle and bustle of downtown. Located in Lakeview, only a block from the lake—with restaurants and activities of every kind nearby.
The facility is exceptionally clean, and decorated in an elegant manner.
Group outings go beyond the general, as many of the residents are really used to getting out and about. It is even easy to hail a cab to head out solo as active city seniors are often found doing.
The daily menu is as well-thought out as a restaurant menu, but easily modified for dietary needs.
When searching for a facility for a friend the staff was very friendly and very helpful. Got the feeling they did want what was best for our friend and also for all the residents. The facility if very well maintained and has a lot of sitting areas for socialization and comfort. Our friend just moved in last week and we are hoping he finds it as nice as we did. In searching for the facility options, although this was more expensive, the added cost seems worthwhile.
The first thing that will impress you when you visit The Park at Vernon Hills is the gracious welcome you receive upon entering their front doors. The hospitality level is very high and their engagement with residents is enthusiastic and genuine. You won't want to miss the indoor tropical courtyard that provides a touch of Florida living year round. Imagine in the dead of winter leaving your apartment to have breakfast and your door opens to a lush, tropical paradise. You won't find another senior residence in the Chicago area like it! It's definitely one of a kind.