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Rated with 1 star
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Original review: Oct. 17, 2018

All of the negative reviews are spot on. Brookdale cares only about profit and little about residents. My mother was in their memory care facility and got assaulted by another resident multiple times. They tried to kick my mom out. We couldn't move her right away because we didn't have other good options. We tried talking to the ED, the corporate office and nothing. They wouldn't make commonsensical changes to keep her safe. They are terrible!

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Original review: Oct. 1, 2018

I've had extensive experience with this facility. They offer Assisted Living, two levels of Dementia Care and skilled nursing (including short term rehab care) and NOW they say they are a CRCC (which I dispute). My aunt lived here from 2013 to 2015, in Assisted Living and it was a weekly nightmare of problems culminating in a massive building-wide BEDBUG INFESTATION towards the end...which the facility denied, even to staff and families (presumably to keep people from moving out or suing!). Finally when I reported this to state authorities...they were forced to fumigate the whole building at what I assume was a great cost.

Unfortunately...my aunt had to live through 6 months of unsanitary conditions and toxic spraying for bedbugs (ineffective!) plus being uprooted from her room for weeks during fumigation (finally!)...only for her to fall ill and die before she could return to the cleaned facility. Sadly...there is no record of this but word of mouth. No way to look this up! Most of the staff has turned over since 2015 and the upper management has all fled for greener pastures. I may be the only person left, who is not compromised by memory or old age who has experienced this and has full knowledge of what they did! Since then, I have returned on a regular basis to visit some of my aunt's friends -- only one is still alive and she is 95 with dementia. She was moved to the dementia unit this year (Clare Bridge Crossings) this past spring (2018) from Assisted Living.

Frankly, I am shocked at how this facility has gone downhill just in 3 years time! Or just how bad, how inhumane the dementia care is. I regularly see violations of just basic human decency -- sanitation, cleanliness, access to things like health care or housekeeping or even a PHONE. Residents are virtual prisoners, locked-in (even with no history of wandering away). The food is so bad, I would not feed it to my dog.

While residents who are mentally OK in Assisted Living can and do complain...dementia patients, even early stage, have no ability to do so. And not all families can or will do anything. Some are secretly glad to be able to "granny dump". Some are just helpless to assist -- and terrified if they complain...the facility will "get even" with them or the resident. Some residents HAVE no family, or only relatives as old and helpless as they are!

I was threatened back in 2014, that if I kept complaining (about bad food, neglect, etc.)...they would evict my aunt, and then "I would have to care for her in my own home!" In trying, politely, to bring attention to the poor conditions of my 95 yr old friend in the Dementia unit...it's been broadly hinted they will ban me from visiting her there. BANNING VISITORS! Space here is not remotely enough to address every issue, but things I warn others contemplating Brookdale to watch out for:

1. The pricing is deceptive -- they lard on extras. One is "medication management". This can add $900 a month to the "rent". They won't let even AL residents with no dementia take so much as a vitamin on their own. 2. They restrict residents from activities such as leaving the buildings, trips, etc -- they are forbidden even to go to walks around the immediate area or shopping! and I mean regular residents with no mental problems. Many such folks have NO IDEA they have signed themselves into such a restrictive environment.

3. Brookdale lies (and lies and lies) about things like activities...bus trips...entertainment. They put things on the website or sign-up sheets, but half or more of the so-called activities never occur. When my aunt was there...the ONE MINI-BUS (for over 100 residents) was broken almost the whole time. Even access to transport to one's doctor visits is very restricted. 4. Staff is extremely rude and evasive, so even reporting problems is useless. I reported burned out light bulbs, and it took FIVE WEEKS for a maintenance man to appear to replace them. 5. Housekeeping (general cleaning) was OK in 2015 (except for a massive bedbug infestation!!! which they hid from staff and families!) but at least in the Clare Bridge Crossings unit is today sadly lacking. It is not clean, and laundry, bed changing, room odors are not addressed regularly. At times, it stinks so bad I felt like fainting.

6. They are badly understaffed and it is often hard to find staff. It is typical to find a living room lounge filled with residents staring at TV set -- sometimes not even a program, just to one of those "upcoming features" channels. The TV set in Clare Bridge Crossings is very small and hard to see for me -- and I have 20/20 vision. 7. I see residents all the time in dirty clothing, even soiled with feces...or the same clothing day after day. I've monitors the bed linens in my friend's suite, and noticed they were not changed once over a 6 week period -- and the sheets themselves were ragged and had holes in them. Some residents actually smell bad, a sign they are not being showered regularly.

8. The food is horrible here -- inexcusably so. Despite resident's complaints in Assisted Living (again, residents with good mental faculties still)...nothing was ever changed nor improved. Food is low quality, tough meats and gloppy noodles and canned veggies. It is impossible, for example, to get a snack or even cup of coffee at resident's request. There are menus, but I have visited at meal times only to hear the aides tell residents "we are out of everything but one entree and hot dogs". (HOT DOGS!) Desserts are typically dry pound cake from a package. The worst: if you order a "fruit plate"...even in summer!...you get a mass of cottage cheese swimming in canned fruit cocktail. Gross. As a result, most residents eat poorly and many plates go back to the kitchen uneaten. I can't believe this is not monitored! I have also witnessed residents seated at meals and FORGOTTEN, getting no food.

And this was in Assisted Living. It is much worse in the dementia unit, as the residents have no ability to speak up or complain, or actively source food of their own. PLEASE do not put your family member or god forbid, yourself into this facility! Read the comments! Most are one-star reviews and say "we wish we could rate this negative 5 stars!"

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Brookdale Senior Living response

Lola, we are sorry to hear you feel this way and take your comments seriously. We encourage you to reach out to our corporate Resident and Family Connection team at 877-400-5296 to discuss any concerns you may have. Thank you.

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Rated with 1 starResolution In Progress
Verified Reviewer
Original review: Sept. 28, 2018

If you do not want your loved one's condition to worsen or to die do not place them in this facility! I placed my father in law who has Alzheimer's in this facility for a two-week respite care so that my wife and I who have been taking care of him for the past 12 years could have a little break. However during the first 7 days of his stay there we found him several times sitting in his own BM, filthy clothes, once with no undergarment under his clothes. Finally on the 7th day we discovered that he had developed 2 bedsores on his buttocks due to sitting for hours in his own BM.

He had never had any bedsores or any skin problems previously. After several times of notifying management about our concerns we only received one phone call as follow-up and that was to falsely tell us that he had been cleaned when he had not been as evidenced that he was in the same clothing we admitted him with and all his other clothes were untouched in the closet that I put them in.

To demonstrate that my father in law's horrible and careless treatment was not an isolated incident, one day we observed a pile of feces in one of the hallways with only a yellow "caution" sign near it instead of cleaning it up immediately, we observed a patient who had fallen on the floor and no staff was around to help her up or prevent the fall as the entire staff was in a meeting leaving the residents alone to fend for themselves, also at one point when ringing the call button or phone to enter the place a dementia resident kept answering the call button for several minutes. When a staffer finally came to the door she admitted they were all in a meeting and a resident was answering the call button.

Finally, as we knew if we kept him in that place my father in law would deteriorate even more than he already had in those 7 days and we took him out of there. We immediately took him to a dr. who diagnosed that he had indeed developed state 2 pressure ulcers and referred us to a wound care clinic as the sores were that severe.

Instead of providing us with a relief or respite from caring for our loved one Brookdale Meridian staff have caused him harm and increased the stress and care in providing care for my father in law. DO NOT PLACE ANYONE YOU LOVE IN THIS PLACE IF YOU CARE ABOUT THEIR WELL BEING! My family wishes we had never placed my father in law in this facility due to the incompetent, negligent, and careless treatment he received. This all occurred from Sept. 17, 2018 to Sept. 25, 2018.

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Brookdale Senior Living response

Joseph, the care and safety of our residents is our top priority and we take your comments seriously. We would like the opportunity to speak with you and discuss any concerns you may have. We hope you will call us at 877-400-5296. Thank you.

2 people found this review helpful
Rated with 1 starResolution In Progress
Verified Reviewer
Original review: Sept. 17, 2018

I had to quickly my mother due to mental illness... Brookdale said I had to give 60 days notice. Obviously they have never dealt with an 82 year old with mental illness. They have now sent debt collectors after my mom for 2 month's rent. Guess they want to drag an 82 year old in front of a judge. How sad...

Brookdale Senior Living response

Diane, we are committed to providing quality care and services to our residents. We encourage you to reach out to our corporate Resident and Family Connection team at 877-400-5296 to discuss any concerns you may have. Thank you.

2 people found this review helpful
Rated with 3 stars
Verified Reviewer
Original review: Sept. 5, 2018

5 stars to the facility my mother was in, yet 3 stars for the company itself. Payment is expected on the first of the month, with a $250 late fee, and here comes the "yet", a 60-90 day wait to receive any money THEY owe YOU. And I seriously doubt that there will be a bonus. If I could, I'd give the particular facility I worked with higher than just 5 stars.

Brookdale Senior Living response

James, we are sorry to hear you feel this way and encourage you to reach out to our corporate Resident and Family Connection Team at 877-400-5296 so that we may learn more and discuss your concerns. Thank you.

3 people found this review helpful
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Rated with 1 star
Verified Reviewer
Original review: Sept. 3, 2018

I had my mom at Brookdale for 10 yrs, experiencing change in names and staff. On the 2nd and 3rd turnover of mgmt. staff the inexperience and unprofessionable became seriously noticeable. Weekly several valuable items were missing and was reported to mgmt. staff with no resolution. I had my mom in hospice thru JourneyCare (they were exceptional). She had passed away and I was called by a Brookdale staffing nurse to tell me my mom was resting comfortably when she had already passed away. In other words they never went to check on her when they knew she was sick and only had a short time to live. When the site director came to me to express her condolences, it took every bit of energy I had left not to lunge at her about my serious concerns I had expressed thru the years. DO NOT PUT YOUR LOVED ONES AT BROOKDALE.

Brookdale Senior Living response

Linda, we are sorry to hear you feel this way. The care and safety of our residents is our top priority. We have shared your comments with our management team for their review, and encourage you to reach out to our corporate team at 877-400-5296 to discuss any concerns you may have. Thank you.

7 people found this review helpful
Rated with 1 star
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Original review: Aug. 30, 2018

I had been trying to get my aunt here so would be close to me because she is heavy. I was told they can't accept her. This is discrimination because she has a weight issue. I will be contacting the city and federal government for this violation of her rights!!!

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Michele, we are sorry to hear you feel this way and take your comments seriously. We have shared your comments with our management team for their review. Thank you.

5 people found this review helpful
Rated with 1 star
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Original review: Aug. 3, 2018

Horrible place! Look anywhere else! Don’t let them fool you. Food makes many people sick. The worst was today when a staff member when asked to get help for an elderly sick patient, who was saying that he needed an aspirin for pain in his neck, refused to get a nurse. She said that wasn’t what he needed. He just needed to stay upstairs like she had been telling him and stay up there until he felt better. By the way this man has congestive heart failure and is also being cared for by hospice. She argued at me in front of other elderly tenants... Very angry, unprofessional. Who says she treats all of her elderly tenants like this. That means she is making medical sections for others. She is considered a “resident's assistant”. One who is supposed to push a resident in a wheelchair, give baths and change clothes. I wonder how many elderly tenants who become ill die in this place due to someone like Regina.

Brookdale Senior Living response

Jean, we are sorry to hear you feel this way and take your comments seriously. We would like the opportunity to learn more and discuss your concerns. We encourage you to call us at 877-400-5296. Thank you.

10 people found this review helpful
Rated with 1 star
Verified Reviewer
Original review: June 23, 2018

The staff at this Brookdale Northdale facility is constantly changing. The staff that is there is very quick to send residents to the hospital claiming resident did fall but nobody saw it. Each hospital visit is expensive and despite insurance there are copays. Wish I could give this place -5 stars!

Brookdale Senior Living response

B.J.

We take your comments seriously and would like the opportunity to discuss any concerns you may have. We hope you will reach out to us at 877-400-5296. Thank you.

9 people found this review helpful
Rated with 5 stars
Verified Reviewer
Original review: June 2, 2018

We selected Freedom Village in Bradenton FL after visiting 5 other retirement communities in the Sarasota/Bradenton area. We have been here now for 10 months and are totally satisfied with our choice. It is one of the few communities offering a free standing Villa, which is what we desired. Making a move to a retirement community is a difficult decision. It is of great comfort that this is a CCRC with all levels of care and also offers the Life Care Guarantee... something no other community offered. One of the best parts is that the decision has now been made and trying to decide is behind us. We love our villa, our community, the wide selection of dining facilities, the new friends we have made, the wide choice of amenities and the attentive staff. Life is good!

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Rated with 2 stars
Verified Reviewer
Original review: May 26, 2018

We placed my mom into Brookdale Assisted Living (Portage MI) after going thru meetings with different employees, and receiving glowing recommendations from “A PLACE FOR MOM”. Actually all the reviews and descriptions from personnel and A PLACE FOR MOM were downright lies and broken promises. First the cost - Everything is an additional cost. Laying out clothes, extra, helping get them dressed, an additional cost, laying out shower supplies, extra, helping with shower, yes, extra. Meals are included, they seem to rotate every two weeks, and if someone is under the weather, they charge extra to bring a meal to their room. All in all, the fees drove the cost from 3500 a month to 6000 a month, in a 3 month period.

We needed our mom to be escorted to the dining hall... While being escorted she fell twice, requiring 2 emergency hospital visits (Of course the escort service was an extra charge). On the second trip to the emergency room they sent her without shoes, or winter coat (it was twenty degrees and snowing outside) and the medical information they sent with her was old and never updated. Despite paying extra to have someone get clothes out of the closet for her, they never noticed she would go days without changing clothes and taking a shower. We were spending all that money, yet I had no choice but to go there at least 3 times a week to ensure she was being taken care of. The lights in her bathroom stopped working and despite multiple calls to have them fixed, they didn’t get someone until late the next day to fix it. Thank goodness she did not fall while utilizing the bathroom in the darkness at night.

AND the worst part was that “A PLACE FOR MOM”, a organization that touts help for those people put in similar situations, recommends this place... Oh yeah, it could be because they get paid from Brookdale for recommendations that work into sales!!! We pulled my mom out after 3 and a half months and placed her into a wonderful place that DOES NOT use “A PLACE FOR MOM”. Yes, there are some places out there that really take pride in the quality of care they provide. The residents are treated like family, with kindness and patience. So, look a little harder, and dig a little deeper, when looking for an Assisted Living Facility, and don’t settle for Brookdale. Whether it’s for yourself or a loved one, you/they deserve better. This place is horrible.

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22 people found this review helpful
Rated with 1 star
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Original review: May 24, 2018

I am currently in a Brookdale "Assisted Living" in Tennessee. They brought me in on a "special rate" they run periodically when there's low occupancy. What they do, however, is rush you in with little or no information. Just a handful of papers to hurriedly sign and even grab you later in the hallway or dining hall to sign. When you come to assisted living, you're not exactly able to make clear decisions and need help which isn't given then they backtrack on promises or lie. They don't give you assistance in any way. You're a cash cow!

Right now, ones who are brought in as assisted living but who can function independently to a great degree, get nothing unless we pay extra. I'm here on long term insurance and medical assistance has to come out of my pocket. Many or most figure that into the cost of room and board so nothing comes out of your pocket. The nationwide lawsuits are justified. We don't get help that is promised. I'm here because I had a stroke and I have Parkinson's. I also have seizures. When I have a seizure, because I didn't sign up and pay for their extra medical charges, I'm on my own. No compassion, no help, no RN on duty half the day, served canned food, spiders, stressful.

Updated on 06/12/2018: Thank God I got out May 31, 2018. This place was a nightmare from the start. I was solicited since 2015 to move in. When my doctor and I decided assisted living would be good for my health, I decided to take advantage of a discounted rate at Brookdale, Oak Ridge. I had been getting home health services. Thinking the discounted rate would stretch my long term care insurance benefits longer, I decided to move in. I took possession of the room, which was assigned to me and it was tiny! I was promised that I could have a larger room. The papers were pushed under my nose with no explanation of anything. I signed papers listening to various people. Later, papers were brought to me to sign in my room, the hallway, the dining room and I finally told them, I would no longer sign anything without looking it over.

The only R.N on sta came to my room telling me that they would be giving me my meds. I said, NO! My physician marked on my papers that I was capable of doing that myself. A rough begun with management over this. The costs ($600) would come out of my pocket. We began from there a fight between management and me. The stress and anxiety never stopped. The nurse actually brought new papers for me to sign about using their pharmacy. I thought I would change pharmacies from Cigna Home delivery and get a better price, or so I was told. At the end of the month, my medication came from their pharmacy. EVERYTHING! I told them this was an error, I had all my meds from Cigna and that I would switch when I ran out. A few weeks later, they deliver all my meds again.

Of course, there were hefty bills. Again, I told them to stop. I had no intention of switching now with this mess. I received meds three times which I properly returned. It ended up, today I got a final bill from their pharmacy for $16.60. For what, I don't know. I use an incontinence pad as my Parkinson's affects all my body systems and triggers them. I received a bill from them that they had made an emergency order of pads for me. I had simply said I would buy their pads but I had my supply coming in. The price was ok but I cringe appreciate getting $30 price added as an emergency supply. All in all, $90 was taken off my bill from orders I supposedly ordered.

I was told when I moved in that, “If you are sick and can't get to the dining room, you wouldn't be charged the $5.00 for delivery to your room.” In the end, by the time I got out of there, there were over $140 I was asked to pay. Why? Not the room and board gives us these me is a day, why are we doubled billed? The constant miscommunication there creates tremendous stress and the managers of the place were so rude. The cook assigns seats in the dining room as if we were children and she had stiff rules that had nothing to do with OSHA reg. She was a tyrant. One day, she got angry at me and slammed her hand on my table rattling the dinnerware and it caused me to have a seizure. I was taken to my room and I was comatose and out of for one and a half days. I told my doctor and she said, my seizures would do that.

The food was HORRIBLE. I studied nutrition and biochemistry and I've always been careful of my diet. We were served beans and legumes three times a day, with tons of starchy vegetables, and mac and cheese that had been frozen. Our food came out of cans, almost nothing fresh. I complained that we weren't getting anything fresh, on frozen or canned and fried meat. Very fattening plus bread. I asked for whole wheat toast instead of white and the cook informed me that it all was used the same in our body and is converted into sugar. As a diabetic, I knew that the whole wheat grain has the husk on it so it not only converts slowly not sparking sugar levels, plus the roughage keeps the sugar levels down also. The plastic glasses drank from often had lipstick on them. And complained because several of us had stomachaches and diarrhea.

Mine lasted for six to seven weeks. My tablemate ended up going to his doctor and began taking antibiotics. One waitress said she had it but they went ahead and served without wearing gloves. After I moved in, my house flooded costing me a great deal of money. My insurance company took over and brought in a home renovation company. I told Brookdale immediately that my extra funds were take but my bill had ballooned up with extra charges and I could never get a straight answer of how much I owed. The bill from the in-house business office and the bill from home office were sometimes two thousand different. The accounting system is a nightmare. They actually billed me for four extra days saying that I came in on the 15th of March when I didn't move in until the 19th. My long term care insurance company caught the error because they had paid home health services for my care at home. Stress!

When I moved out, the regional manager removed the charges. I came to Brookdale for rest after a stroke and my Parkinson's. More to come. I wrote this as a response to the company who asked what they could do. The building is old having been an assisted living under four companies. In 2012, the building was investigated by Don Dare a consumer advocate on local television because of water leaks and mold. While I was there, the ceiling ballooned out and water covered the halls and the place was draped with hallways of plastic blocking us from moving around the building. Huge machines were placed around to suck out the water from the carpets and dry them. The smell was bad. They began massive painting and the week after I left, the kitchen ceiling fell through so McDonald's was brought in. Also while I was there, the dishwasher stopped working.

There were few people to help us. There was one maintenance man, one maid to clean all the rooms and few servers in the kitchen. One man took it upon himself to walk on the greasy floor in front of the kitchen and fell and broke his hips. Needless to say, he will probably stay in a nursing home. I spent so much time trying to help some of the old people many in their 90s get around. Some lost and couldn't remember their rooms and shuffling around tired and confused. There weren't enough staff to monitor. One of my blind friends there didn't know to wear her pendant (Many didn't know) so she slipped and fell at night and laid on the floor from 2:00 a.m. till 8:00, said she was freezing. She's blind and 94. Another laid in the shower floor waiting for help (93 year old) and no-one answered her pendant call.

Another resident heard her and got an R.A. to help her. She's now gone to memory care. One resident slumped over in the dining room and I went over to help. She said she was having a heart attack. I called for help and the R.A.s said to forget it that she acted up wanting attention. I was shocked! My room had spiders and whether poisonous or not, I was unhappy to see them crawl up my comforter in bed. I planted a lot of flowers as part of the garden club. If the residents don't bring them or do the work planting and repairing the gardens, it doesn't get done. The above ground closer beds were repaired by the families. I spent some time off and on picking up trash outside also.

This month, the business office billed my LTC insurance incorrectly. It's always something. The corporate office should contact me and let's get this mess straightened out. I'm in home health care right now and will think long and hard before going into assisted living again. Brookdale misrepresented themselves and it's not a place I would wish on anyone. It's sad to see that many residents in their 90s that can't have advocates.

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Brookdale Senior Living response

Nancy, we are sorry to hear you feel this way and would like the opportunity to discuss your feedback and any additional concerns you may have. We hope you will reach out to our Resident and Family Connection Team at 877-400-5296. Thank you.

18 people found this review helpful
Rated with 1 star
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Original review: May 9, 2018

I visited Brookdale Kettering (Ohio) twice in 4 years. The first time, didn't result in residence there for my mom but the second time did. Each visit was a pleasant, positive experience. Staff super friendly, caring, considerate. The facility in Kettering is old and dated but very homey and comfortable. When it was time to move my mom there, again, super friendly, helpful and pleasant, communicative staff. My mom lived there 2 weeks when she had a fall and fractured her femur in her room. She was wearing the emergency necklace and was attended to nearly immediately. She went to hospital for surgery and is now in rehab for an undetermined time (at this time).

Soon after her fall, I got a call asking when she'd be back, and if I wasn't sure to remove her belongings. No one asked about her condition, how she was doing or showed any compassion. I can't tell you the disappointment I felt with the staff as we moved her belongings back out to her (still owned) condo. They were most concerned with getting all their keys, tv remote and emergency necklace back. They never once asked how she was. It was so obvious that all they cared about was filling the rooms and getting their monthly check. So very disappointed with Brookdale.

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21 people found this review helpful
Rated with 1 star
Verified Reviewer
Original review: May 1, 2018

My 97-year-old Aunt was forced to move because of roach infestation. She was an “Ambassador” for over 2 years. She is a delightful lady, she lights up a room. She greeted prospective residents, she would lunch and attend “Happy Hour” with prospective residents. She was a great spokeswoman and promoter of Brookdale. Working in Brookdale’s Ambassador program, she received an invitation for an Ambassador's luncheon. She was thrilled to receive the invitation and felt appreciated (after all she had been through with the bugs and rude employees). She wanted to say her final goodbyes to her friends. Upon sitting at the luncheon table, the activities director yelled at her to get out! She said, my aunt was not invited and no longer welcomed. She sadly went back to her apartment feeling unappreciated and defeated. She cried, while telling me what happened.

I have enclosed the business card Brookdale Pinecrest gave her as “Ambassador” and the invitation to the luncheon. This was strictly a volunteer job, she was never compensated for her closing skills. She thoroughly enjoyed promoting Brookdale Pinecrest. This is the same activities director whom I witnessed, give a man beads during a party, then later, physically take them off of his neck. When he asked why he could not keep the beads, she responded that she ran out and other residents needed the beads. He was so sad, I hurt for him. I almost went home and grabbed a bag of beads to give to him.

These are incidents of mental and emotional abuse of Senior Citizens. Some of which are Veterans and all people deserve better treatment. Where is the compassion, Brookdale? I told her not to ride on the bus anymore to Publix. I saw the bus in traffic one day. The driver did not obey traffic laws and drove questionable. I feared for her safety. I made weekly visits to take her to the store, even though she paid for the service.

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24 people found this review helpful
Rated with 1 star
Verified Reviewer
Original review: April 25, 2018

My mother was at Brookdale for almost 2-1/2 years. The Villas assisted living side was everything I had hoped for. When mom was moved to Sterling House (memory care), disgusting, does not begin to describe the level of care, food or response of management to any questions or concerns raised. Medications were not properly dispensed even with clear Dr.’s instructions. My mother would gag to the point of being unable to eat breakfast. We paid extra for "personal care" including scheduled bathroom help but her "diaper" was so saturated in the morning, it fell to floor when she got out of bed. I purchased a new bed & mattress with rubber covers (3) to protect the mattress, but still, the mattress was heavily soiled after three only 3 months. I took pictures of feces on her bathroom stool after an aid got her dressed and took her to breakfast. I sent the pictures and a list of concerns to management (Executive Director) and never got a reply.

She avoided me like I was the plague when she knew I wanted to talk to her. Almost $2000 per month extra for personal service and manage her medications which they did very, very poorly or not at all. The food was horrible burned, cold or so tough she couldn’t chew it. Food was never what they have listed on the menu either. After supper they wheel them to their rooms and that's the end of any care for the day until they ready them for bed. No functions unless it's from "volunteers" from the community or friend/relative of a resident. I don't know how these people can sleep at night or live with themselves at all. All for the almighty buck. Lots of omissions and lipstick on the pig when they are "recruiting". You will learn the rest of the "story" when your loved one runs out of money and may need Medicare/Medicaid to take over but only after 2 years of self-pay.

Brookdale has the whole psychology part of this down pat and plays it to the nth degree. I would like to see the management training manual that teaches how to suck the life out of people for the most money while giving the least amount of care in return. I feel the utmost sympathy for those poor people who have no one left in the world to advocate for their care and well being. Do NOT put the care of a loved one in the hands of these people.

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28 people found this review helpful
Rated with 1 star
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Original review: April 14, 2018

My wife was at Brookdale Memory Care in Central Oregon for 3 months. It was not a positive experience. Activities were minimal and poorly directed. The food was disgusting. I was told company policy was to offer two entree choices at meals. This never happened. I was told the Refresher program to supply warm washcloths at meals was policy. This never happened. I did not see that her sheets were ever changed by staff. (I pulled them myself, and made staff wash them). Common area bathroom was filthy for days. Complaints to admin were met with excuses and unkept promises. Reports of concerning behaviour were not credible or documented, or ever seen by me. (I visited her almost every day). I want to explore the possibility of expanding the class action lawsuit to my state including breach of contract. A bad choice on my part.

33 people found this review helpful
Rated with 1 star
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Original review: March 8, 2018

My husband's Mother had dementia and was in need of assisted living. We looked into Brookdale Senior Living of Davison, Michigan. It seemed clean, nice, professional, close to siblings so we put her in there. She was doing fine, we live 3 hours north so we visit her every 2-3 weeks. We received a call the Saturday after Thanksgiving that she had fallen and was found outside somewhere on the sidewalk. We asked if she was ok, they said she was fine, the staff doctor was in and checked on her and all was fine. We took their word for it and went down to check on her 2 weeks later and her face was black and her hand was black. We had been noticing that every time we went there, there were fewer and fewer staff members and residents. I asked Shirley (my Mother in law) about it, she said a new place had opened up in town and they were going there. Also, there never seemed to be any staff there.

After we got home, I called there to see if I could talk to the staff regarding her because she didn't seem to be all there. I was told that the Executive Director was no longer there and the RN was working from home. WHAT? How can a nurse of an assisted living facility work from home? I asked whom I was speaking to and he said he was a salesman? The RN called me the following day and said the man I talked to was wrong and or I had misunderstood him. Okay. We received a call saying that Shirley wasn't herself so they were sending her to the ER. I called my brother and he went to the hospital to check on her. She seemed pretty good, just more demented than usual, he left after. They said they had more tests to run and when they checked back the next day they said she was fine and they sent her home.

No, what they did was dropped her off at the nursing home unable to mobilize herself, in the middle of the night, without speaking to any staff at the assisted living facility, because there was none there. Brookdale called me the next day and said since Shirley was no longer able to be continent it would be another $1000.00 a month for her care. Well, we knew it would be more but knew something was up. The following Friday during a blizzard we drove down to Brookdale without a heads up and walked in on Shirley laying in her bed, feces all over the bathroom, her dirty pants on the floor, the room wreaked of urine and feces and dirty dishes sitting on her bed stand. They had told us that she was not mobile so we thought we could set her up in a wheelchair but there was not one to be found. When we realized that she did not know who we were, we called the ambulance.

I went into the office and there sat the RN and I said, "What about Shirley?" and she said, "Oh we were just getting ready to give her a bath." Really? The ambulance people got there and said what meds is she on and the RN blurted out, "Morphine." Really? For what? My Mother couldn't even lift her head, couldn't lift her arms or legs. The RN said she hadn't drank anything for 3 days and the same for food. The dirty dishes were because they were trying to get her to eat or drink. We took her to the hospital, they said she hasn't had a stroke like the in home doctor had previously said, she had blunt force trauma to the head causing a brain bleed, there was new and old blood on the brain and it was still bleeding, she also had a UTI and AFIB.

They couldn't get her to take the meds and she wouldn't let them put in an IV so they had to send her to ICU to calm down and when she did, they sent her to another Nursing home and soon to follow Hospice because she was dying. This was all within a week. She passed the following Friday. When we returned to Brookdale to get her items, the RN told us that they had a new Executive Director and we said, "So we get a refund for this month right? Knowing the condition we found her in", the RN said yes. During the cleaning of her room we found a Morphine pill in the candy dish. The nurse was like, "Why would that be?" "How would I know, You work here!" A few days after the funeral, we received a phone call from this so called new Executive Director and the RN on speaker phone and when asked about the refund, the RN said "I didn't say that, I didn't have the authorization to say that". "Really? Well that's what you told us."

Then I requested records from the assisted living facility and got an email from the ED stating they needed proof that I was the guardian. I sent it back stating you already have a copy of that. She said that it was from 2 years prior. I sent them proof of court and my mother appointed guardian, conservator and fiduciary and said, "Please send the records." She said she needed all that to make sure I was in charge of the estate and that I wasn't opening up a new estate??? I don't know what on earth that means but I was in charge of my mother and am now in charge of her affairs and they won't give us our money back and they neglected and as far as I'm concerned killed my mother!

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32 people found this review helpful
Rated with 1 star
Verified Reviewer
Original review: March 7, 2018

I worked at the Westlake Ohio office as a Clinical Manager. Absolutely the worst experience of my career. Unorganized understaffed, insane workload, unethical and unsafe practice directly causing neglect to patients. Patient admits were delayed for weeks due to staffing problems. I am so relieved to be out of this work environment. Until upper management and leaders like the CEO realize how terrible it is then I can see the company going under. They lost millions of dollars last year. Many unhappy employees left our office due to unsafe expectations. Nothing changed!!

37 people found this review helpful
Rated with 1 star
Verified Reviewer
Original review: Feb. 7, 2018

My dad has lived at Brookdale for at least 2 years. In the beginning I thought it was OK but after 1 year I decided that I wanted to get a detail breakdown of the personal service rate. I found out that my dad was getting charge for services that he did not need. I was surprised and upset. Also on top of all the food, activities, outings, and many other items was diminish to the minimum. On the other hand Brookdale has raised the price two times. The security on after hours is terrible. I would visit my dad after 8:00pm and no one was around or it was very hard to find someone. When I did find someone; I would ask “Who is in charge”. The response was “Well I guess I can handle it.” This was not answering my question. My dad is paying a lot of money and he is getting in return very little. Very Bad.

43 people found this review helpful
Rated with 1 star
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Original review: Jan. 23, 2018

Brookdale is only concerned with money and not care of your loved one. My mother's room was rarely cleaned because they fired the housekeeping staff for budget reasons. The staff was cut and had a lot of turnover as well as lack of training to handle her dementia issues. Poorly managed. Did wellness assessments and then kept increasing the price per month but did not have the staff to provide the services they were charging us for. If you are going there, cross out the "arbitration" section so you can be part of the Class Action Lawsuit against Brookdale in Florida and California.

41 people found this review helpful
Rated with 2 stars
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Original review: Nov. 14, 2017

My mom lived at Brookdale for one year after coming out of rehab for breaking both hips. She was 92 yrs old at that time. She was so traumatized from the breaks that she was afraid to walk, so she stayed in her wheelchair. She also has mild dementia and is a proud woman having raised three girls by herself. Not a shrinking violet! Brookdale broke her! She was paying over $2000 a month for extra care with bathing, dressing, toileting and so forth. I found out that with the constant change in staff these services were not getting done.

She went from 124 to 92 pounds in one year. The place was not being cleaned with food all over the dining room floor and staircases that were never cleaned. Had to get mom out fast in order for her to survive. No caring about having to move her, had to pay for a month of no extra care and for a month of rent for an empty room. She is doing much better now, but I spoke with a few of the residents and heard the same complaints. Look for another place for your loved ones as Brookdale does no updates for resident safety, they just look at the bottom line, money.

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49 people found this review helpful
Rated with 1 star
Verified Reviewer
Original review: Oct. 25, 2017

I placed my mom in Brookdale after breaking her back. She had been in a skilled nursing facility before coming there. I unfortunately wasn't there when she was brought over, and she called me crying because no one would answer her call light. I was out of town and had to call the nursing supervisor to get someone to help her. This wouldn't be the first time. They also failed to clean her apartment on multiple occasions but still charged for it. The billing department is a nightmare. I wouldn't put my worst enemy in this place.

56 people found this review helpful
Rated with 1 star
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Original review: Oct. 12, 2017

My Mother went to Brookdale Lohmans Crossing in Lakeway Tx. Not one person greeted her, although they were aware she was coming, a stranger showed her to her room. After pushing the call button several times and no one coming/responding, she made it on her own (there to recover from major stomach surgery). To the restroom. She had to pull the EMERGENCY cord and still not one person ever came! She was never given any type of bath whatsoever and her sheets/bedding was NEVER changed in 7 days/6 nights!!! Many types of infection could have occurred. Of course hard to walk and in pain, she eventually made it back to her bed alone. There were never bed rails on her bed as needed; although 3 different people told her 3 different times they'd bring them. She didn't receive any Medicine nor dinner that evening and never saw anyone until the following morning.

There are many complaints about all of the Brookdale facilities across the country online. I have sent a letter to Andrew Smith, CEO/President, and 52 copies to various people, government agencies and organizations, including Adult Protective Services and HHSC. I'm more than happy to send a copy to anyone requesting one, just let me know. This company Apparently is most concerned with money, not health care. They had a 4.6 billion revenue in 2016. Andrew Smith had a salary (according to salary.com) of $6,608,594 in total compensation. I am praying, for the sake of all PEOPLE in these establishments, someone puts a stop to their neglect and/or abuse of our elders. This treatment can lead to post-traumatic stress disorder and, even worse, early death from neglect of medications, uncleanliness, among other scenarios.

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57 people found this review helpful
Rated with 1 star
Verified Reviewer
Original review: Oct. 9, 2017

Do not put your family member in this facility. I have a long list of reasons why. Here goes, your family member will be neglected, I have the director on tape saying they are understaffed, and the staff is not properly trained to deal with memory issues. They have no accountability. No one knows if your loved one has eaten or showered. I have heard one care worker snapping at a resident for not remembering to stay out of the refrigerator as they were told to do the day before. These poor people cannot remember anything.

We have been called away from work on a daily basis to watch our family member. Told they had no staff to cover his care and we needed to get family and friends to cover shifts or because he was on Medicaid he would be forced to leave. This is a billion dollar company for a reason, they do bare minimum for high dollars and spend lots on great attorneys so they can get away with murder. Even if you get everything in writing they won't follow thru and it will cost you tons but it will be too late, so if you want your family member to be dirty, hungry, not get their required meds, and if you want to be lied to, and constantly get calls and threats choose this one.

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41 people found this review helpful
Customer increased Rating by 4 stars!
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Original review: Sept. 30, 2017

I have been living at Brookdale for about two years. In the beginning Brookdale was OK when I moved in. The two people that help me did just everything they can for me. Down the road things started to change. The first year was ok. I did almost all the activities. After one and a half it started to diminished. The food declined, doctor appointments was cut down from two days to one day for the transportation to doctors. Bingo who won prizes was cut down to candy. Activities, bus outing, family nights and other events was all cut.

The only thing that was not cut was getting new residents. New residents was Brookdale first priority. Management would promise just about anything. They would not say no. They would roll the red carpet. Unfortunately after a week management would change the priority from 1st to 3rd. The children or other people would be 2nd priority. Currently the food has diminish, meds are miss, and care overall has gone down. Very sad unfortunately what I said is true.

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45 people found this review helpful
Rated with 1 star
Verified Reviewer
Original review: Sept. 11, 2017

I am living in a Brookdale Facility in Oregon, and have been here almost 3 yrs. Gregg of AZ is correct when saying that Brookdale does not put anything in writing, therefore it never happened. There has been a class action suit filed in CA, in July of this year. We went for 5 weeks with NO housekeeping services in Apr/May this year. I have been told by our ED and his regional supervisor that there will be NO refund of money paid for NO service. Corporate headquarters totally ignored my 8 page letter and accompanying documents (61 pages).

Food here is terrible, and most of the time we don't get what was on the weekly menu. The menu on the table at each meal doesn't list what was on the menu, and what you get isn't either one of those. They stopped putting out a weekly menu, so I can't compare it to what we get. They do post a weekly list of food items, with no way of telling which meal they are for. It is printed so small, most people here can't see it. At one time I did receive an email from someone at headquarters. The email requested that I call them and "let's talk", no proof of conversation. It was 9 months after we moved in before we got a correct invoice, in spite of repeated input by the ED.

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54 people found this review helpful
Rated with 1 star
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Original review: Sept. 6, 2017

Terrible Service in Gilbert, AZ - My mother was there for six weeks while I had to advocate for her basic needs from the beginning. She was neglected and incurred severe bed sores from being left to sit alone in her room all day and not receiving any assistance to change her depends. I was lied to upon admitting her and lied to every time I had to ask for them to do their job. This place is terribly disorganized and most of the staff do not care. Items were stolen from my mother's room by a staff worker just before leaving and the new director didn't even follow up on it to get her items returned. This facility has a bad reputation in the area for mistreating their residents and neglecting their care.

40 people found this review helpful
Rated with 1 star
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Original review: Aug. 14, 2017

Warning! Warning! Warning! Get everything in writing. The corporate culture at Brookdale seems to be lie and deceive at every opportunity. Tell people what they want to hear when questioned about inaccuracies, lie and deceive as much as you can but never put anything in writing. Handle all complaints over the phone so there is no paper trail. When people demand documentation, stop all communications.

This is what our family is being faced with today. My sister-in-law suffers from Alzheimer's, she lived in Texas and we decided that she would be better off if she lived closer to us here in the Tucson AZ area. We scheduled a number of appointments with local Alzheimer's facilities. We found a Brookdale facility in a very nice area. We met with the Executive Director and were given a price sheet so we would be able to compare them to other locations. The cost was in range we were looking for so we decided to go to the next step which was to have her evaluated by a Brookdale representative in the San Antonio, TX area. They agreed that the Alzheimer's/dementia facility we were interested in would be a good match. Within a month we had moved her into her new home or so we thought.

She was in that location less than 2 weeks before we were told that she would need more care than anticipated, but not to worry they had a Memory Care Facility less than 10 miles from where she was. The catch was that her new care was going to cost almost $1,800 per month more. This new cost was beyond the cost of care she could afford. We were told that Brookdale would honor the original costs for 12 months. We went back to the original contract costs and found that they had a higher amount than what we were prepared to pay and what we were quoted. Their explanation was that corporate had raised the rates but didn't provide their locations with the new pricing. After paying the deposit and rent for the first month we were billed in excess of $13,000 for her next month rent at her new place.

We were also told that there would be a personal care plan and were given a range of what that might entail. From that moment forward we never received a correct bill for her care. The Executive Director at the first location was fired or at least that what we were led to believe, based on their corporate culture she may very well been given a promotion and a raise for successfully doing what she was trained to do. Lie, lie and if questioned lie some more. After being lied to so often my wife started keeping meticulous records, keeping every e-mail about the cost and care for her sister.

This just became too much to handle and we decided that it was time to find another Alzheimer's care facility and move her out. We gave the appropriate notice and moved her to a brand new care facility in Casa Grande, AZ. Again, every bill we got from them was wrong and had my wife spending hours on end trying to clear it all up. We knew we didn't owe any money and hoped that moving her out was going to be the last time we would ever have to deal with them again. Well nice thought but far from the reality we faced.

For months we were getting past due billing notices, this caused my wife to spend even more time trying to settle up her account. When going over what we were charged she found that she was being charged the highest rate in the range for her personal care with absolutely no explanation. Our concerns were sent to the highest levels in their corporate structure that we could. We got a letter stating we had a credit, then sent check with no explanation, and shortly after another past due notice for the same amount of our credit and the check they sent us. We questioned this and were told over and over again that everything had been taken care of.

After everything my wife had to do and all of the time she spent trying to take care of this that just didn't seem like enough to me. During her sister's stay hundreds of dollars in clothes went missing, never to be returned even after she had labeled every single thing as per their requirements. The billing issues from the beginning turned out to be a daily issue my wife had to contend with and it eventually took its toll on her health. That's when I became involved, she just couldn't take it anymore. They are now ignoring my numerous calls asking for an e-mail address so all correspondence can be tracked and that a paper trail has been established. I have even asked to exercise my legal recourse of taking our case to arbitration.

It is not about the money, it is now about protecting others that may become victims. It is about reaching out to others who have gone through similar or worse treatment. I believe that there are many and want to expose them as the predatory thieves they are. If my elderly Mother had my Father in one of their facilities she would have just paid the bills because she could afford to do so. My question is how many like my Mother are out there, those who trust people to be honest and would never imagine that things like what we have gone through could happen to them.

I would love to see a Class Action Law Suit brought against Brookdale for their corrupt billing practices. They have more than 1,100 Senior Living Facilities across the country and bring in over a $1,000,000,000 in revenue, yes that's a BILLION. If they cheat just 3 people per month at each of their facilities for let's say $4,000 per month that comes out to over $13,000,000 per month times 12 months equals $158,400,000 per year. Nothing would make me happier than to see an ad on TV asking have you or a loved one been a victim of Brookdale Senior Living Solutions fraudulent billing practices.

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78 people found this review helpful
Rated with 1 star
Verified Reviewer
Original review: Aug. 12, 2017

My wife was in Brookdale Mentor, Ohio for about 5 months. There were many problems that were unresolved. Sent to hospital 3 times in first three weeks because of medication issues. Patient not getting medication at the times it was suppose to be given. Patient getting out of facility and being found approximately 1/4-1/2 Mile away. Patient being scratched by caregiver twice (which I feel is lack of training). Putting caregivers in unit on weekends who do not even know the names of the patients. No activities on weekends. Patients are just set in front of TV. I have moved my wife to another facility where we have had no problems for about a month (the new place knows how to treat people with dementia). I would not recommend this place for someone you love and care about.

42 people found this review helpful
Rated with 1 star
Verified Reviewer
Original review: Aug. 9, 2017

The food was a determining factor when we decided to move her to Brookdale as she was thin and needed to eat more. We tried the food and were told that the variety would be there and the chefs were the best. The food wound up to be less than standard. ie. slice of pizza or egg salad sandwich and chicken and more chicken. She wound up losing weight and we had to supply decent food. Also the rent went up 1100.00 in one year. They took the community fee whatever that was and they sent us a bill for 500 for three days that it took us to move her out when she went into the hospital. Two days after I received that bill and two days after she died I was sent another bill with a 250 dollar late fee. They waive it after I called and told them to sue me but I was not paying a late fee. Not a good experience.

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Brookdale Senior Living expert review by ConsumerAffairs

Brookdale Senior Living Solutions is a publically traded company that operates more than 1,100 communities in 46 states. The company operates independent and assisted living communities, memory care facilities and skilled nursing facilities.

  • Pricing options: Potential residents of Brookfield’s retirement communities can choose either a monthly rental plan, which requires no entry fee, or a LifeCare plan, which has both an entrance fee and a monthly fee and includes many health care costs.

  • Optimum Life: Brookdale publishes Optimum Life, a magazine that features stories about Brookdale residents. The magazine is available for free on the company’s website.

  • Wish of a Lifetime: Brookdale has partnered with Wish of a Lifetime, an organization that helps make seniors’ wishes and dreams come true. Through the partnership, more than 600 residents have had their wishes granted.

  • Cost information: Interested consumers can visit Brookdale’s website for information about the cost of living in one of the company’s communities. The website provides clear cost information.

  • CCRCs: The company has many Continuing Care Retirement Communities (CCRC), which have multiple types of care options at a single location. When residents’ needs change, they can move between areas in the CCRC while remaining connected to the friends they’ve made there.

  • Best for: Brookdale Senior Living Solutions has communities to accommodate the needs of most potential residents, including seniors, retirees and those needing long-term care.

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