About Our Community
Brookdale Hemet is a Hemet CA assisted living and Memory Care community. Our beautiful campus is located in the heart of the Island Empire, just 45 minutes southeast of Riverside and 45 minutes southwest of Palm Springs. We have it all – small-town appeal, lovely views of the surrounding San Bernardino Mountains, gorgeous weather and close proximity to all of the cultural happenings in Riverside – home of the famous Mission Inn and Fox Theater – along with the attractions of nearby Palm Springs, including the Palm Springs Follies. The area also offers many lovely parks, where we frequently take residents – including memory care residents – for picnics or for scenic drives. And for their shopping convenience, Super Wal-Mart is close by. In addition, we are just an hour’s drive from the Pacific Ocean and occasionally spend the day out at the coast.
This area offers another big plus: It caters to retired seniors, with its many retirement communities and wide range of medical services. These include the brand new state-of-the-art Loma Linda Hospital in Menifee, just 30 minutes from our community, as well as our local Hemet Regional Medical Center, many physician practices specializing in geriatric medicine, and four rehabilitation and skilled nursing facilities within four miles. In fact, Manor Care is just one block away, where residents can go for more intensive rehabilitation services.
A Wonderful Selection
Brookdale Hemet offers an entirely different lifestyle than most assisted living and memory care communities. Here, residents live in one of six cottages, each with 15 apartments. Four cottages are reserved for our assisted living residents, with the remaining two devoted to memory care.
Each cottage is much like home, where residents eat together in the cottage dining room. Just like home, they can help themselves to snacks from the main kitchen (or ask one of the staff members to make a snack for them). The main cottage kitchen is fully equipped with a well-stocked refrigerator, stove, oven, sink and cabinets – perfect for residents who enjoy cooking the occasional meal. And just like home, residents have their own spacious living area, with fireplace, sofas and comfy chairs. Here, we hold many activities – some just for the individual cottage community, such as our morning fireside news and chat hour, others are open to the entire community of Brookdale Hemet.
For example, we might hold arts in crafts in one cottage one week, then next door the following week. Our major events – when we bring in outside performers or hold community-wide dinners, for example – are held in our central Community Center.
Each cottage also features a back patio off the kitchen, furnished with chairs and tables. From there, residents can stroll along the many wide paved walking trails that connect each cottage and surround the entire campus. A large gazebo, putting green and outdoor barbeques create the perfect outside living space to enjoy are consistently wonderful desert weather. All of the cottages also have front patios, where residents love relaxing in the rocking chairs while visiting with one another.
Residents can choose from private studio apartments and one-bedroom units with kitchenettes. Each includes a spacious bathroom with a walk-in shower and built-in seats, an emergency call system in the bathroom and bedroom, nice views of our lovely campus and of course, residents are welcome to decorate their home any way they wish. Pets are also welcome to join our family!
Our memory care cottages are identical with one major exception – the front is secured, with a special code required to get in and the back garden area is entirely secured for the safety of our residents. Like our assisted living community, the back area includes walking paths, rocking chairs, swings and beautiful landscaping. Residents can wander the whole length of both cottages, stopping in to visit friends along the way.
Strong, Caring Professional Relationships
We welcome any and all therapists to provide services, right here in the resident’s own home. They can also work with residents outside along the walking paths, which encircle the campus. What better place to get healthy and strong than being surrounded by professionally landscaped grounds, fresh air and sunshine!
Once the therapist has completed the session, he or she provides a written report, which is added to the resident’s chart. Therapists frequently offer suggestions, which we carefully monitor to be sure their instructions are carried out. We also have an in-house physician who visits his patients right here at our community every month. And if fact, we have our own private exam room for the residents’ convenience.
Should a resident require skilled nursing care or more specialized rehabilitation services, there are several facilities in the immediate area. During the resident’s stay, we keep close tabs on his or her progress, calling frequently for updates and visiting them throughout their stay. We also carefully reevaluate their health needs to be sure additional services are in place before they return home to us. Hospice support is also very welcome here at our community, so that residents can remain in their own homes, even in their final days.
Each cottage has a dedicated staff, which works with that group of residents on a regular basis. As a result, strong bonds of friendship often form, especially between the resident and his or her caregiver (which we call Resident Assistants). We consider the Resident Assistants to be our second set of eyes; they are with the residents on a day-to-day basis and know immediately if something is amiss, alerting our nursing staff as necessary. They not only play a major role in ensuring the residents’ well-being, but they also facilitate many of the daily cottage activities.
Because our cottage arrangement creates such a close-knit community, our staff members tend to remain with us for many years – several caregivers have been here for as many as 12 years! They have huge hearts and are deeply devoted to affecting positive change. When they return to their own homes at the end of the day, our caregivers truly feel like they have done something to make our residents’ lives better and more enjoyable.
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Our Community Lifestyle
A Wonderful Active Lifestyle
Every week, we pack a wide range of activities into our schedule – craft classes, Bingo, book clubs, Pacardy games, fireside chats every morning when residents gather to read the newspaper, house socials every Wednesday and Friday in our main Community Center, and all kinds of exercise programs, from Beach Ball Bounce to aerobics and tai chi, held twice weekly. Our Bedazzling Bead Club gets together to make jewelry, some of which is sold at our community craft shows to benefit the local Alzheimer’s Association. We have an auction once a month, during which residents use the “money” they have “earned” from various activities to purchase personal and gift items – even using their dollars to bid on lunch out with a staff person! Some activities are just for the specific cottage community, while many others are open to all residents.
Every week, we take a cruise – not a real cruise, but close to it! We’ll decorate one cottage each week to reflect a theme, for example, a cruise to the Bahamas, and provide food and entertainment, with residents getting their “passports” stamped. Religious services are held every Wednesday and transportation is provided to area churches on Sunday. We also have a volunteer from the community, who provides weekly communion services for our Catholic residents.
Partnering with the Local Neighborhood Community:
Brookdale Hemet is very involved with the local Alzheimer’s Association and sponsors a support group held every third Saturday of the month. Staff, family members and anyone from the community struggling with a loved one who has a memory impairment are welcome to come. We also participate in the association’s annual Memory walk to raise money for Alzheimer’s research.
Our community also prides itself on its many other charity projects. For example, at Christmas time, we made 100 lap blankets that were donated to hospital patients. We sponsored a spring fling, during which we hosted an Easter Bunny to visit patients at our local community hospital. We also sponsor an annual antique car show, which is a huge draw attracting hundreds of community members who come to see the Hemet Family Cruisers’ restored antique autos and enjoy a barbeque and entertainment.
Each cottage has its own kitchen and dining room, where three meals a day are served, restaurant style. Lunch and dinner include both a main entrée and alternate, along with an always available menu – cheeseburgers, sandwiches, chicken salad, tuna, grilled cheese, fried chicken patty and salads, for example – so that residents have a full range of choices. They simply place their order at breakfast and it’s prepared for them and brought down to the cottage. We also usually offer four or five different desserts each day! And every morning, we start the day with a full breakfast, during which residents can order anything they wish – from eggs over-easy to French toast to grits. Our tables are always set with fine china and fresh flowers; residents simply sit down and are waited on! Snacks are put out on the kitchen island, and residents can always request the Resident Assistants to prepare a sandwich or other favorite item anytime of day or night.
In our memory care cottages, we also serve three meals a day – always with a choice – as well as frequent snacks. All of our snacks are easy-to-eat finger foods, which helps ensure that residents get proper nutrition. This is especially important for memory care residents, as it’s often difficult to get them to sit down for a meal. Allowing them to walk around while eating is the best way we can make sure they are getting the calories they need. Colorful hydration stations with punch and juices are also located throughout the community.