About Our Community
We have promised ourselves that we shall always treat our residents as we would our own loved ones. Nothing less than our best will do.
The Perfect Location
Brookdale Cy-Fair, formerly known as Emeritus at Cy Fair, is conveniently located about 45 minutes northwest of downtown Houston, just off FM 1960 and close to I-290. Within a three-mile radius, there are three major hospitals, including Cypress Fairbanks Medical Center, which is literally in our back yard; North Cypress Hospital; and Willowbrook Methodist Hospital, which is part of the Houston Medical Center. Cy Fair is one of the fastest growing areas in Texas and offers all of the amenities found in any major metropolitan area, from outstanding restaurants, shopping malls, banks, medical offices and skilled nursing facilities – all within just minutes of our senior living community.
In addition, we are just about one hour from Galveston – a favorite destination of our residents – and we are just 20 miles to the Woodlands, where every spring we take residents on a scenic drive to see the spectacular Blue Bonnets and to enjoy lunch at the Cheese Cake Factory. Other favorite outings in the area include touring the African safari at Bayou Wildlife Park in Alvin; attending the annual Houston County Fair, where every year our residents bring home many ribbons for their beautiful handmade crafts; and a visit to the seaside boardwalk in Kemah, a small town near NASA.
A Wonderful Selection
Here at Brookdale Cy-Fair, we cater to the needs of all seniors, offering three different types of senior living communities: independent living, assisted living and memory care. This gives our residents the convenience of being able to “age in place.”
Our one-story, 10-unit independent living community, which is located in a separate building, includes both studio and one-bedroom apartments, each with a full kitchen. Rent includes weekly housekeeping; three meals a day, seven days a week; activities and outings; and ample parking. The community also has three common areas: a living room/lobby area; a sitting area with television and couches; and a laundry facility. Residents come and go as they please, but are always welcome to take full advantage of the amenities and activities available in our Assisted Living community.
Our assisted living community offers 70 senior apartments in three studio and one one-bedroom styles. These include the Cypress Suite, a 275-square-foot studio; the 285-square-foot Cypress Suite with kitchenette; and the 335-square-foot Alcove, with ample room for two beds, a sitting area and two closets – the perfect option for couples. All of our studios include a private bathroom with walk-in shower. In addition, we offer the 575-square-foot one-bedroom Suite, with two full bathrooms, a spacious living area and kitchenette. The Alcove Suite is ideal for residents “downsizing” from a three- or four-bedroom home and accustomed to living in a larger space.
Our one-story assisted living community also provide many common areas: an ice cream parlor; library/sitting area, where fresh coffee and snacks are served; the Dogwood Room, the largest of our activities rooms, where we hold our exercise program, show movies on our large-screen TV and where residents enjoy playing the piano; and our main dining room. We also have a smaller activities room, with an indoor garden, and a third activities room called the Blue Bonnet Room, which has a pool table and is often the location for our popular bingo games. A private dining room is available for residents to reserve for special occasions. They can bring in their own food, or we can cater it for them; families are charged just $5 a meal. We also have an onsite beauty salon, open five days a week. Outside, we have a large patio with a gazebo and many bird feeders – the ideal spot for our many ice cream socials and cookouts.
Our memory care community, a fully secured area within the same building as our Assisted Living community, offers both styles of the Cypress Suite studios. Keypad security and an inner entrance provide a safe, secure neighborhood in which residents are able to move around freely without being able to wander outside unsupervised. Memory care residents also have their own private gazebo and garden area, with the interior apartments looking out onto the courtyard. The larger Cypress Suite is available as a Friendship Suite, in which two residents share accommodations. Many families prefer this option, as it enables their loved one to bond more readily with one individual, helping prevent isolation and depression. Our Memory Care Director is responsible for pairing residents. Because she knows each resident so well, she is able to match roommates with great success.
Common areas include a living room, where we hold our exercise program, and an activities room, where residents play memory games, do crafts, puzzles or any other activity that requires a table. The community, which is designed with two wings, offers a sitting area at each end. One promotes stimulation, with a large television, birds and various Join Their Journey life stations; the other is set up like a park, with “trees” and a sitting area by the window, for quiet reflection.
Strong, Caring Professional Relationships
Brookdale Cy-Fair does not hold any contracts with specific home health and hospice agencies; we partner with many in the area and can make recommendations as needed. However, it’s always up to the resident and family members to choose whichever agency they prefer.
Residents who have just been discharged from a hospital typically bring in outside home health care providers to provide more intense nursing care, whereas many of those residents who need “maintenance” physical, occupational and speech therapy use the services of the Westin Group. The Westin Group has its own office and fully equipped therapy gym on site. Its approach is more “one-on-one” based, which we believe is a big benefit over providers that offer services in a group setting.
Except for a few highly specialized services such as administering IV antibiotics, we can care for most residents, no matter what level of nursing services they need. If a resident does need more specialized care, we will work with the resident and the family to help them find a suitable skilled nursing facility. We have great relationships with several facilities in the area. In fact, we routinely visit these facilities and will only recommend those providers who will offer the same level of attentive care that our staff is known for. We also welcome families to bring in hospice care, whether to provide end-of-life care or to help a resident through depression or an acute period of pain. Again, we carefully evaluate various providers and only recommend those that are “results-based.”
Perhaps this story illustrates best how much our own staff loves Brookdale Cy-Fair, and how that comes through in the care they provide. A visitor pulled up out front of our community. She hesitated to get out of the car, when one of our staff members greeted her and asked her if she needed help. She asked about our community, and the staff person answered by saying how much she loved working here, how much we care and love our residents, how dedicated we are to making sure we are a place of activity, and so forth.
The woman spent an hour touring our community and is planning to come back with her husband. She saw for herself how our staff treats residents as extended family and why so many of our caregivers choose to stay here for years. In fact, several staff members have been here more than seven years, some 10 years. Part of this comes from our philosophy of not simply hiring anyone just to have a person in place. We hire only those individuals who believe they have been “called” to serve this generation. We carefully check references and conduct thorough interviews. The result is a wonderful caring staff of people who dedicate their lives to our residents.
We also have a dedicated memory care team, which has received extensive training in our Join Their Journey program. They are thoroughly prepared to handle any situation that arises, with tenderness in their hearts and the ability to leave their own troubles at home and climb into the individual worlds of our memory care residents.
Our Community Lifestyle
A Wonderful Active Lifestyle
Once our residents have had their breakfast, many automatically head to the activities calendars posted throughout our independent living community to see what’s going on for the day. Typically, we begin the day with chair exercises, followed by entertainment – recently we had a gospel sing-along – then on some days, we might take off for a scenic drive and lunch out at one of our residents’ favorite area restaurants. On other days, we might have a lemonade social in the gazebo, resident might engage in variety of board games or poker, or join in an activity to pot new flowers for our patio area. Throughout the week, we have several church activities, including Catholic Communion, Devotion Calvary, bible studies and non-denomination services. We also offer all kinds of entertainment, from singers, dancer and comedians, to magicians and local school children who visit every third Friday of the month to entertain us with their special talents. The volunteer group Pet Pals brings in all kinds of animals to visit with residents. We also have many special celebrations, from birthday parties, to cookouts to family holiday dinners.
Partnering with the Local Neighborhood Community
Brookdale Cy-Fair sponsors a monthly Alzheimer’s disease support group, which an outside facilitator leads. Anyone caring for a person with a memory impairment is welcome – friends, family members and the general public are all invited to attend. For the convenience of attendees, many of whom work, our support group is held in the evening on the first Tuesday of every month. In addition, we are involved in various fundraising activities for the local Alzheimer’s Association chapter, including participating in the annual Walk to End Alzheimer’s, formerly known as the Memory Walk.
Our independent living community also does an extensive amount of community outreach. For example, we are participating in the Tomball Area Health and Wellness Expo, as a vendor and to provide education on dementia and related topics. We also are beginning to work with several Veteran Administration groups and plan to sponsor events in which a spokesperson from the VA comes to our community to talk about benefits available to veterans and other topics of interest. The general public is always welcome to any of our educational programs.
Our three phenomenal chefs prepare three meals a day, which consistently get great reviews. In fact, recently, a family who was touring Emeritus at Cy Fair who struggling with deciding between two different communities – ours and another in the area. We invited the family to lunch, and subsequently, we had a brand new resident move in! Our chefs do use the Brookdale meal plan, but they make it their own by incorporating a lot of local cuisine, especially seafood specialties. At lunch, we offer a choice of two main entrees, as well as an always-available menu; at dinner, we offer one main entrée and the always-available menu, which includes sandwiches, hamburgers and cheeseburgers, salads and soups. Residents choose off a menu, and each meal is served to them at the table, just like in a fine restaurant. We can cater to special diets; our Dining Services Director will meet with the resident and family to make sure we meet their specific needs.
Our memory care residents, who typically eat smaller amounts at one time, are served three meals and three snacks each day. They are offered the same food as our Assisted Living residents, but typically served smaller amounts at each sitting, as they can become overwhelmed with amount of food on plate. We also provide assistance with eating, whether simply reminding the resident to eat or actually helping feed the resident.
The all-new Emeritus at Cy-Fair will be celebrating a Grand Reopening on Wednesday November 6, 2013. Festivities will begin with our induction into the Cy-Fair Chamber of Commerce with a ribbon cutting at 4pm. Food and beverage, entertainment, and community tours will be provided. Emeritus at Cy-Fair is located at: 11500 Fallbrook Drive, Houston, TX […]
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