About Our Community
Brookdale Brea, formerly Emeritus at Brea is conveniently located just off the I-57 E. Lambert Road exit on West Central Avenue. While our retirement community is situated on a main street, there’s a distinct neighborhood feel to the immediate area. Residential, yet close to nearby Yorba Linda and Placentia, we offer it all! The Brea Mall is just four minutes south of our community. St. Jude Medical Center is about three miles southwest, and downtown Brea, with its quaint historical feel, is two miles south. Should a resident require skilled nursing services, we often refer them to our sister community, Brookdale Yorba Linda – just about five miles from here – where we know they will be well cared for.
Our retirement community also offers easy access to many museums and attractions, including the Richard Nixon Presidential Library; Knott’s Berry Farm, where we often take residents for lunch; the La Mirada Performing Arts Center; and of course, Disneyland, which is just 20 minutes south. For those of our residents who are big sports fans, we take them to the Honda Center to watch the Anaheim Ducks and to the Anaheim Stadium to take in an Angels baseball game.
A Wonderful Selection
Our community offers great curb appeal, with a high-end feel – but not a high-end price! Brookdale Brea is a beautiful, yet affordable senior living community where all of the services and amenities are included in the rent. We offer 98 senior apartments in a variety of styles, including studios and several one-bedroom configurations, some with kitchenettes. (If a prospective resident likes a specific apartment that doesn’t have a kitchenette, but wishes to have those amenities, we will do our best to renovate the unit before he or she moves in.) All senior apartments include individual heat and air conditioning; huge closets; private baths; sensors on all wall switches that automatically go on when the resident enters a room; either a patio (first floor), some of which look out onto a courtyard, or balcony (second floor) with views of our lovely landscaping. We also provide the Lifeline emergency response system to each resident. If they need assistance, they simply press the button on their pendant, and we will respond immediately.
Brookdale Brea underwent a major renovation about five years ago, with new carpeting, crown molding, new ceilings and other updates made throughout the community. This includes the remodeling of our common areas, such as our well-appointed lobby; movie theater and library; arts and crafts room, where we also hold our exercise program; a bistro, where residents can help themselves to fruit, freshly baked cookies and pastries and coffee, any time, day or night. In addition, Brookdale Brea features a beautiful fully enclosed courtyard, where we often have community barbeques. Pets are also welcome here; in fact, so many of our residents have brought their dogs, we installed a dog run. And for our residents who still drive, ample parking is available.
Strong, Caring Professional Relationships
With a doctor’s order, residents are able to have their physical, occupation and/or speech therapists provide services in the convenience of their apartment. If the resident needs a recommendation, our nurse is available to make and coordinate referrals. Therapists always complete a report after each visit, which goes into the resident’s file, ensuring that the communication channel is wide open and that our nurse is up-to-date on the care being provided to residents.
In addition, a podiatrist visits our community once a month to provide services as required. And a “mobile” physician and nurse practitioner pays “house calls” weekly to those residents who are their patients. Our own nurse can be included in these visits as necessary. We work with many different agencies in the area that provide a variety of senior care services, for example we have a dentist who provides services right here at our community. By having healthcare providers and therapists come into our building, we can provide many services on site for the convenience of our residents. In summary, our goal is to be as “user friendly” as possible for our residents, so that we don’t disrupt their daily routine.
Some of our 45-plus staff members have been here since our community opened more than 20 years ago. One of the primary reasons for such longevity is our hiring practices. We look for people with a passion for working with seniors, and who are genuine and always willing to go out of their way to help residents. Within a few days, we can easily evaluate whether they meet this criteria.
In line with the Brookdale philosophy, we take good care of our staff. We know from experience that if our caregivers are happy, our residents are also smiling. We make the effort to reward our staff for going above and beyond for our residents, providing free lunch tickets or gift cards to Target for simple acts of kindness. Let’s just say that many of our staff members eat here free most days! For example, instead of simply escorting a resident by wheelchair back to their apartment, our caregivers will engage the resident in a conversation – “How was your lunch today?” “Is there anything I can for you?” “Can I bring you some water now that you’re back in your apartment?” Our resident assistants empty the garbage in each resident’s apartment every morning, which gives us the opportunity to make sure the resident is okay and to see if they need assistance. We make sure everyone is accounted for a meal and if a resident isn’t feeling well, we always bring him or her a tray – no extra charge, of course.
It’s not surprising that our retirement community has gained a reputation for having friendly welcoming residents and an outgoing staff. With a 20-plus year history serving seniors, we have become a staple of the staple of the Brea community. As such, we receive many referrals from people throughout the community who have had a loved ones cared for here – often, we are told that Brookdale Brea is the only assisted living community in the immediate area that they would recommend.
Learn more about the other Orange County assisted living communities in the Brookdale family.
Our Community Lifestyle
A Wonderful Active Lifestyle
Our senior community encourages our residents to be as independent as possible while staying active and social with other community residents.(Our community is not set up to accommodate seniors with memory impairments. If you loved one requires such services, we can refer you to a sister Brookdale community that includes a memory care community.) To meet the needs of our active resident population, we offer a full activities program.
To help residents remain as independent as possible, our day starts with morning exercise. We offer a chair exercise program, as well as Tai Chi. After exercise, we typically have an arts and crafts program, ranging from card making to woodworking. Residents often lead programs, from craft classes to knitting lessons to sing-alongs. Other common activities held most days include Bingo, board games, Bridge and all kinds of card games, including Texas hold ‘em.
We also offer several clubs – many of our lady residents belong to the Red Hat Society and for our male residents – we have an abundance of men at our community! – our senior living community offers a Men’s Club. Both groups enjoy monthly outings, whether it’s a ladies day out shopping or taking our sports enthusiasts to a local baseball game or the entire community joining together for a day trip to a local casino or to the annual Classic Car Show in downtown Brea. Our community also has a very active Gardening Club, which tends to the gardens in the courtyard. In addition, we offer church services and bible studies here at Emeritus at Brea and will also take residents to their own churches on Sundays per their request.
Families are a big part of our senior living community as well. We recently initiated candlelight dinners and quarterly champagne brunches for residents to enjoy with their family members. Emeritus at Brea also has a private dining room that residents can reserve for special occasions. Whatever residents wish to do, they simply need to express their interest to our full-time Life Enrichment Director, who we like to say was born to be an activities director! She does everything in her power to make sure there are always a variety of goings-on scheduled on the daily calendar, so that residents have multiple activities to choose from.
Partnering with the Local Neighborhood Community
Every few months, we hold a major event here at Brookdale Brea – a Memorial Day Barbeque, Father’s Day Cookout, Chamber mixers, among many others. The public, including any home health or medical professional, is always invited to join us. In addition, healthcare providers from the Brea area come into our community each week to provide information sessions designed specifically to help enrich the lives of seniors, focusing on such topics as fall prevention or how to protect yourself from heart disease.
The first thing most people notice when they walk into our dining room is all the conversation and socializing going on! Part of this comes from our assigned seating program, in which residents sit with people who share common interests at each meal. We find that this approach helps create strong bonds of friendship. Of course, it’s flexible; should a resident wish to move to a new table, that’s just fine.
Our residents often tell us how much they like our food. We have regular food servers; our caregivers are reserved for providing assisted living care, not waiting on residents in the dining room. All meals are served restaurant style, with two entrée choices available at both lunch and dinner. We can also handle most special diets, except pureed diets. If a resident has dietary restrictions, their photo and list of restrictions are posted in our kitchen. Snacks are available in our bistro 24 hours a day – so that a resident can get a quick bite even if it’s in the middle of the night.