3718-3726 Henry Hudson Parkway , Riverdale, NY 10463
Reviews of Atria Riverdale
Jan 13, 2014 | Reviewed by Atria Riverdale getting worse and worse
I Am A Friend Or Relative Of A Current/Past Resident
We were very hopeful when mom moved into Atria. She's been there more than two years and remains because she has made so many friends among the residents and staff. She loves her care-providers but NOT the facility. The care-providers in general are deeply caring and committed to keeping her happy and comfortable. Her aids have been consistently outstanding and extremely capable and caring. Clearly they are under-appreciated and treated with disrespect by management. We know of at least two instances where care-providers were physically ATTACKED by their violent patients. They were discharged while the patients were simply scolded and their aggressive behavior continued. While the care-providers do the "REAL" (and often unpleasant) work, management regularly implements new policy changes that make their work more difficult. Now, suddenly, care providers are no longer allowed to give out their charge's medication. Rather, the resident must go down to the nurse's office to be medicated. OUR MOTHER WAS MIS-MEDICATED, given the WRONG MEDICATIONS at the nurse's office. Luckily her aid spoke up, putting herself at odds with management. Did they thank her or even acknowledge her action? Did they interact with us? No. They simply tried to sweep it under the rug. The food is also pathetically bad. Frequently they run out of staples like orange juice, coffee, or eggs for breakfast and mom has to order in. Often they run out of entrees at dinner as well or don't have something listed on the daily menu. Luckily mom keeps her refrigerator stocked, but at Atria's prices she shouldn't have to. There is also no allowance made for people who are NOT kosher or jewish. They are forced to keep kosher and during the high holy days mom's non-jewish friends have often gone hungry or been forced to eat out. There are THREE kitchens in the facility. Something could be done to provide for non-kosher residents, even if it were as simple as pizza ordered in and served in one of the other dining areas. Management is unresponsive and disorganized. We have trouble contacting the right person when we need to, and they often don't know what's going on, who's responsible, and clearly think of their residents as commodities rather than persons. Changeover is very frequent ("chronic" is the word) and we are rarely informed of policy changes or certain important decisions we should be CONSULTED on since they immediately effect our mom. We are realizing we need to be much more proactive in order to keep our mom's quality of life acceptable. Housekeeping is adequate and erratic - they often don't show or don't complete their tasks - and mom had underclothing supplies STOLEN from her apartment. Activities are also chaotic. The daily activities calendar is often wrong or out of date, and events scheduled don't actually happen or are poorly run. Now, suddenly, aids are no longer permitted to stay with their patients during activities. Road trips have been cancelled many times because they were mis-scheduled for days when residents couldn't actually go - sometimes due to religious observances. I mean, COME ON! Transportation, although provided for free within a five-mile radius has often been unreliable or late, and the previous driver surly. There is also no venue in which residents and their families may discuss the problems at this Atria amongst themselves and effect positive change. The community is kept scattered and out of contact with each other. We know from our own informal conversations with others that there is a lot of dissatisfaction. We chose this Atria because of its location, the need to find someplace quickly, and because of a positive first impression it has failed to live up to. We were even sent home with a delicious apple pie we were told was "baked on the premises." It was NOT, and we haven't seen it in the resident's dining room since. All in all, a very disappointing experience. We would move mom out tomorrow but we fear it would be too unsettling for her now that she's made so many friends. But we may be forced to anyway as our frustration level continues to grow.
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We are grateful for your feedback. While we are happy to hear your mother loves her caregivers, we're very sorry to hear about your experience with other aspects of our Riverdale community. We appreciate you bringing this matter to our attention. We strive to continually improve the experience of all residents and families and fulfill the expectation to deliver the highest level of respect and quality of care. We would welcome the opportunity to discuss your experience with us in more detail in order to better understand the situation. Please feel free to email us directly and please include the community name and the specifics of your review.
Jan 2, 2014 | Reviewed by Anything BUT Atria
I Am A Friend Or Relative Of A Current/Past Resident
Executive Leadership turnover at this property is unbelievable. There are a few lone souls who try to do the right thing, but they're hamstrung by senior management. My mom was a resident for almost 4 years and we saw at least 7 Exec. Directors go through the revolving door. Chefs, social directors, nurses, sales mgrs. Few would stay for more than a year. The facility is clean. Decor and finish is more like a Hampton Inn than the Ritz. It would take months to get a light bulb replaced. Elevators often broke down. Promises were made and never kept. Trying to leave voicemail for anyone in management often resulted in getting a "mailbox full" prompt. The property is marketed with very slick comforting images, intimating that your loved one will be well cared for. Be forewarned that Atria Riverdale, like most other "independent" living residences is nothing more than an apartment building with amenities targeted to a specific demographic. Care for your loved one is not included. That costs more. [And a personal aide plan is mandatory, even if it's not needed]. As others on this board may have pointed out, Atria is a real estate company. At their Riverdale property they are much more interested in turning a profit than delivering a quality service experience. Food is okay at best. The dining room staff lumber amongst tables; chatting with each other takes priority over serving their customers. The residents end up helping each other. The assistance offered by the staff is pathetic. Then there was the time when i had to wait extra long for my car because the garage attendant was otherwise engaged "helping out" one of the female aides. Run as fast as you can away from this place. I get nightmares just thinking about management's incompetence -- or at least inability -- to deliver a quality customer experience.
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Thank you for your feedback. We're very sorry to hear about your family’s experience at our community, and we appreciate you bringing this matter to our attention. We want to ensure that all of our residents are being provided with the highest level of respect and quality of care. Atria is proud of the high standard it sets for its senior living communities, and strives to continually improve the experience of all residents and families. We would welcome the opportunity to discuss your experience with us in more detail in order to better understand the situation. Please feel free to email us directly and please include the community name and the specifics of your review.
Aug 6, 2013 | Reviewed by disappointed Atria client
I Am A Friend Or Relative Of A Current/Past Resident
My Uncle lived there just over a year and paid 16k a month for 24 hr care. The aides left him alone for extended periods of time and he suffered terribly. He also was subjected to two terrible infestations of bedbugs which were not reported to the residents or potential residents as required by nyc law. We had a horrible experience here and my uncle's life ended sadly as a result of the neglect. Would NEVER recommend Atria facilities in any part of the country. Sr Management reacted in CYA mode selfishly. Very sad.
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Costs for Atria Riverdale
Memory Care Starting Cost per Month:
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Medicaid/Medicare Not Accepted
Amenities at Atria Riverdale
Emergency Services: Less than 3 Miles
Shopping: Less than 1 Mile
Recreation: Less than 1 Mile
Full-Time Activity Director
Live Musical Entertainment
Pet Policy: ["Pets allowed"]
On-Site Medical Visits: ,Physical Therapist
Transportation to Appointments
Other Transportation Provided
Description of Atria Riverdale
Conveniently located just minutes from the City, Westchester and New Jersey, Atria Riverdale has been the Bronx’s senior living community of choice for more than 15 years. With a continued commitment to quality, they have just completed a $14 million renovation to enhance the beauty and functionality of the community – and better serve the growing needs of those living with Alzheimer’s or other forms of dementia. Recent upgrades include a redesigned lobby and common areas, a new outdoor terrace, a contemporary bistro with vegan options, a cocktail lounge with casual fare, a restyled salon, library and movie theater, and an expanded Life Guidance® memory care neighborhood featuring upgraded apartments and a remodeled restaurant.
Atria Senior Living is a leading operator of independent living, assisted living, supportive living and memory care communities in more than 180 locations in 28 states and seven Canadian provinces. We are the residence of choice for more than 21,000 seniors, and the workplace of choice for more than 13,500 employees. We create vibrant communities where older adults can thrive and participate, know that their contributions are valued, and enjoy access to opportunities and support that help them keep making a positive difference in our world.
You'll love a wealth of daily events including guest lectures, exercise opportunities and creative workshops. Our full-time engaging life director ensures there are many options available to you atAtria Riverdale, with each day bringing new opportunities for you to socialize with your new friends and neighbors. We also offer a vibrant Jewish lifestyle featuring gourmet kosher cuisine, weekly religious services and traditional holiday observances.
Delicious and freshly prepared cuisine is served in the comfort of our stylish, restaurant-like dining room. Between meals, complimentary snacks and beverages are provided at our Anytime Café. When it's time for bed, you'll return to an elegant and spacious private suite, beautifully furnished and equipped with a 24-hour emergency alert system.
While enjoying an active and independent retirement, you'll have total peace of mind knowing there are trained staff available around-the-clock should you need any assistance. We're a genuinely caring team here at Atria Riverdale, and we look forward to helping you live an enriched life.
Let us take care of the housework for you, leaving you free to enjoy the best our community has to offer. We contract with local physical therapy providers to provide on-site care that will help ease away any aches and pains, and our scheduled local transportation will ensure you get to local destinations and appointments safely and with minimum fuss. Our volunteer program offers ample opportunity to get involved with other seniors and members of the wider community.
Atria Riverdale is an excellent choice for independent seniors looking for enjoyable retirement living in the Bronx.
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