Granite Gate is absolutely beautiful. It was built as a resort which did not make it, so the assisted living people took over. It still has the feel of a really high-class resort area. It has gorgeous outdoors, but also really nice things indoors, like a gorgeous living room with a fireplace, so if company comes, you can take them there to visit. They have everything from studio to two-bedroom apartments. Because they had pricing that we could afford for my mother, we ended up getting a one-bedroom which they called a "no view." Well, the "no view" is a gorgeous, big rock outside your window, and my mother loves rocks, so it turned out to be perfect for us. They give you three meals a day and, if you want the special, you have to go at a certain time. The dining room restaurant is open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. with its own menu. My mom is not super regular, so that was a really nice feature. They have a library, several recreation rooms, an exercise program, and show a movie every night. Overall, it’s really perfect for us. The people are especially warm, welcoming, and delightful.
The Forum at Desert Harbor was a really nice facility. They had snacks out all of the time, and it seemed like they had games that they were participating in. It was very good and seemed a little pricey, but pricey is what you get when you pay for good stuff.
The campus is big and maybe a little dated, but don't let that steer you away. The staff here is very friendly, and the care seems top end. The food was decent, but not exciting, however I have only eaten at Pueblo Norte three times over the past couple years, so I may have gotten an off day or three. The fact that they can handle all levels of care up through skilled nursing is great. In the drastic event mom or dad would take a fall or need Skilled care or rehab, they don't have to go far, and for the other one, visitation is just across the campus. Which considering the beautifully landscaped grounds that can be a very enjoyable trip. The location is perfect. Right in the heart of Scottsdale, nestled by shopping, great dining, and even golf. Its easy to grab dad for a round of putt putt put and a beer, or get mom out for some shopping and lunch.
Review by Michele E. - Penrose Senior Care Auditors®
This Skilled nursing center and rehabilitation community is within close proximity to Old Town Scottsdale. Easily accessible, the exterior of this one story facility is immaculate with big trees surrounding the facility, providing a warm and inviting entryway. There also were several window a/c units, in addition to the central air-conditioning.
Upon entering, to the left was the dining room, and at 4:30 several residents were enjoying table-served desserts and after dinner coffee. The tables were covered with tablecloth, and the only odors were those coming from the dining room - which smelled delicious. Straight ahead was a welcoming sitting area, with a winter-lit fireplace and comfy chairs. The manned nurses station was designed as a very nice reception desk, which fit the overall atmosphere. To the left, was a coffee bistro, complete with decorative jukebox nearby. A private sitting area was nearby, which appeared to function as a game room as well. Overall, this senior auditor would observe a 5 Star Rating!
One of the most beautiful facilities in AZ. This community has been in business for some time now and it looks like its here to stay for a long time. The community is located on the shore of Lake Desert Harbor, beautifully placed in Peoria, close to Sun City. The community is beautiful and clean from the grounds to the apartment units. The decor is very nice and comfortable. Besides the regular housekeeping, transportation, and laundry services what I liked best about the community is the activities. (Always good and diverse.) I also know that they have a great rehab program that is well known and when I was there overheard residents talking about it, and that they had made progress since they had started living at the community.
The food at the community follows the standard food pyramid for every well balanced meal. The kitchen staff are happy to adjust meals for individual residents dietary needs. They always have enough servers in the main dining room.
The community is well run and the staff are very attentive and open to suggestions by residents. The employees are very helpful at all times and the community has a good reputation because of this.
The apartment units are small, it's true. However, if you limit your furniture to just a few pieces everything should fit comfortably. There are units that are larger and have a view of Lake Desert Harbor.
It is a community that is definitely worth touring on the West Side of town.
I have visited The Gardens of Sun City several times and have always been very pleased with the time I have spent within the community. The Gardens offer a variety of care options, from Assisted Living, Memory Care, Skilled Nursing, Short Term/Respite Care, etc. The staff at the Gardens are very personable and friendly, always ready to drop what they are doing to assist a resident and/or visitor in need. I have the utmost respect for the staff at this community – I am convinced that they are a large part responsible for all the smiles I see on the faces of the residents during each and every one of my visits.
The Gardens offer a fun, sociable, and very creative activity calendar for the residents. They encourage a vibrant and active environment for socialization and physical/mental/emotional stimulation.
This is definitely a must see community – particularly if you are searching for Assisted Living care.
Pueblo Norte is a gorgeous facility located in a beautiful area of Scottsdale AZ. They are really a FULL service community offering Independent Living, Assisted Living, Skilled Nursing, Respite Care/Rehab, and more and the level of care provided in each area is exceptional. The community always feels like such a happy and welcoming place to be. The residents always appear happy and active – they all look healthy and very well cared for. I have never observed one inkling of neglect when it comes to the care provided to Pueblo Norte residents, in fact, I have witnessed just the opposite in that the staff members here seem to go out of their way for every resident – I have been told of many circumstances in which staff members have gone above and beyond for residents. The staff members are very patient, loving, and encouraging in their interactions with each resident.
There are many options, services, and amenities to keep the residents living active, fun, and convenient lifestyles. Lifestyles full of choice, entertainment, and close friendships. Whether outdoors or indoors, the residents can keep busy taking classes, relaxing by the resort-type pool area, enjoying the putting green, getting pampered at the salon/spa, partaking in restaurant-style dining, and much more. The days are filled with fun activities, live entertainment, and more.
An important aspect of Pueblo Norte, which I feel is always worth mentioning and is one of my favorite features is that every resident upon move-in is given a personal alarm system which they carry with them at all times. This is wonderful in that residents can reach out for help and assistance anywhere at any time in the event of an emergency. I know this helps the residents and their families rest easier and peace of mind in senior living is so very important.
I would absolutely recommend touring Pueblo Norte – just be careful, you may never want to leave!
I visited The Forum for the first time in a couple of years and I was sad to see how much had changed for the worse. What was once a lively, bright, inviting community was replaced with a community that I didn’t at all recognize. For one, during every one of my previous visits, I would always walk in on a facility full of residents talking and laughing and relaxing in the common areas – only this time, I saw just a few residents in the main areas – the silence was almost deafening compared to what I remember.
Another difference – the entire time I was there, NOT ONE staff member approached me, greeted me or asked me if I needed help. This is one of my biggest pet peeves when it comes to senior living communities! Greeting visitors does several things –
1: It makes visitors feel welcome. It makes them feel more comfortable and it is the perfect opportunity to answer any questions visitors may have.
2: It keeps tabs of who is coming and going, for safety and security of the residents, staff members, and visitors. Many communities have a sign-in/sign-out sheet, but what does it matter if no one is there to make sure it gets filled out.
3: It helps make the residents and their family members feel more secure in knowing that the staff members approach people entering the community to make sure that they do not pose a threat to the residents or the residents’ property.
It was the first time I have ever visited The Forum without being greeted upon entering the facility. Even worse than not being greeted, when I did finally find a staff member and approached them on my own to ask a question I was faced with rudeness and abrupt answers that really did not answer my questions at all.
For the first time ever, I was very disappointed in my visit to The Forum and was relieved to get out of there, which is awful because it saddened and angered me to think that if I feel that disgusted and ready to leave after 45 minutes, then how do the residents feel having to live there. They need to get back to how it was before and I certainly hope they do.
Brighton Gardens (also commonly referred to as The Gardens of Sun City) is a multi-care facility located in Sun City, which is place to be in AZ for 5-Star senior living. They offer Assisted Living, Memory Care, Respite Care, Post-Op/Rehab/Short-Term Care, as well as Skilled Nursing. They offer 3 or 4 different Studio floor plans and one 1-bedroom floor plan, however, the apartments are all small compared to many senior living communities throughout Sun City, averaging about 350 square feet.
Personally, I have never had any negative experiences at the community, however, I do get concerned because the occupancy is always low. Brighton Gardens is an approximate 60-bed facility, but the occupancy seems to linger somewhere in between 40-50 percent. The reason they are unable to fill to max capacity may not be a quality of care issue or any sort of service-related issue at all – it could merely be the tough competition from other communities nearby or it may be a lack of marketing; it may also be a cost issue; maybe their fees are too high for what they offer or maybe it’s the size of the apartments – who knows. I just tend to become a bit concerned when I see a facility that has such a hard time filling their beds. Again, I want to reiterate clearly that I have never had an issue with Brighton Gardens. From what I have seen, all areas from care to services/amenities to activities to food service, etc. are all above average. That, though, is based only on a handful of visits.
Brighton Gardens does offers quite a lot of services and amenities. The facility is WiFi capable, they have many common areas for socialization, a computer room, activity/game room, salon/spa, a community kitchen, and more. They also offer many fun activities and opportunities for resident interaction, such as happy hours, movie nights, live entertainment, they have resident gardens for those who love gardening, social clubs, and more.
The food service is excellent – they offer anytime dining so that residents can eat when they are hungry, not at set times. They also always have snacks and beverages available.
The community is pet friendly, so residents are welcome to bring their pets to live with them. The community also offers pet therapy sessions, which has proven to work wonders in relieving feelings of depression, loneliness, and abandonment.
One final note about Brighton Gardens that I always believe is worth mentioning. Included in the monthly costs are housekeeping/trash removal/laundry/linen services, as well as cable TV service and all utilities. Also, for a small fee, internet and phone can be added on as well,
I would encourage you to take a tour and draw your own conclusions about the community.
Facility/Staff: The Gardens of Scottsdale is a beautiful community located in the heart of Scottsdale, Arizona. They are a part of the Five Star Senior Living group and I have always enjoyed the quality of care and service at Five Star communities. The facility is lovely, from the design to the décor, to the convenience. The common areas are cozy and home-like while still being large enough to accommodate different groups of families, visitors, etc. The furniture sets, both indoor and outdoor, are very comfortable – so comfortable, in fact, I often wonder where they shop for the furniture.
The Gardens of Scottsdale is multi-care community, featuring Assisted Living, Memory Care, Respite Care, Skilled Nursing Care, as well as Short Term Care/Rehab (such as post-op care). What I really like about this community is that the staff members have specialized training in each particular unit, this means that the residents are receiving a level of care specialized for their particular healthcare need. For instance, if you are looking for a memory care facility for your father, then you can be sure they are being cared by staff members that are trained in caring for people with memory disorders. In many communities you will find that in all care specialties, the staff members are only trained in the bare minimum of what is needed to care for the residents, but that there is no specialized training in different techniques and therapies that will enhance the quality of care even more.
Food: The gardens offers restaurant-style dining. The dining room tables are always dressed so lovely in fine-dining white linens. The dining/kitchen staff strive to make meal times a restaurant-like experience for the residents as it is difficult for many of them to get off campus very often for restaurant dining. The menu choices at mealtimes are plentiful. There are typically 4-8 choices depending on the meal. There is always something delicious available for all standard and special diet regimens.
Located right near the entrance of Sun City, with Bell Rd as major street nearby, the facility is having a good location for seniors in Sun City, Sun city West and a part of Peoria. It is an older not ugraded building (old) with clean grounds and entrance. Some rooms are small and many times hard to maneuver a power chair, but clean and neutral painting color on the walls. The most important thing is care and this place offers a good care as it seems to hire experienced staff all the time. It is a little bit of wait from the moment you call for help until somebody comes but not at all times. Menu is always posted so you know what to expect and many times not so great. Adjusting the menu seems to be a big problem especially for those who have diabetes. But if you are not demanding this would be a good place. I would like to see more activities in the living room area, and activities for each group of level of care. They cover transportation and this is good. I would think that the doctor visiting should come sooner but it always take a longer time I think the facility is an option right at the middle of a scale, with so many choices in the area