About Our Community
Northridge, CA Senior Living
Brookdale Northridge, formerly Emeritus at Northridge, is conveniently located in the heart of San Fernando Valley with easy access to I-405 and Route 118. Our community is in a unique resident/commercial area of Northridge just across the street from Temple Ramat Zion and close to the Northridge Mall. In addition to our proximity to both Northridge Hospital Medical Center and Providence Holy Cross Medical Center, we have excellent relationships with other area hospitals including Mission Community Hospital, West Hills Hospital Medical Center, Sherman Oaks Hospital, Encino Hospital Medical Center and Tarzana Medical Center.
Connected to our community is Emeritus at Northridge skilled nursing facility which is literally just a few steps from our assisted living residences allowing our residents to “age in place.”
We are also located close to several parks, including the popular Lake Balboa Park where we often take resident for scenic drives and picnics. There are numerous golf courses and country clubs nearby as well as a wonderful YMCA, all of the amenities at California State University Northridge (including its beautiful botanical gardens) and several museums including the Getty Museum, Ronald Reagan Presidential Library, Gene Autrey Museum and other cultural attractions. In addition, our community is just about one hour from the Pacific Ocean which is another favorite destination for our residents and an easy two-hour drive from area casinos.
A Wonderful Selection
Unlike most senior living communities in the region, we offer assisted living, a memory care neighborhood and the Emeritus at Northridge skilled nursing center right here on the same property. Our assisted living community offers 90 apartments, including studios, one-bedrooms and two-bedrooms. All apartments are bright and spacious and include a kitchenette with a refrigerator, space for a microwave and sink, connection to basic cable TV, an emergency response system through Lifeline and a private bathroom with walk-in showers equipped with safety bars.
Assisted living residents have access to several common areas including a living room with a fireplace and new furniture, library, arts and crafts room, beauty salon and dining room on the first floor. The second floor features a multipurpose room for movies and group talks along with a country kitchen where every day residents are welcome to help themselves to a continental breakfast should they prefer something lighter than the full fare served in our main dining room. From the first floor common areas, residents have direct access to three courtyards where they can enjoy walking along our wide pathways through our professionally landscaped grounds and gorgeous rose garden.
Our memory care neighborhood offers 24 apartments with capacity for 25 residents, 23 units are studios and one is a large shared studio. All memory care apartments include a private bath with ample storage. (Showers are supervised for the safety of our residents.) Common areas include a spacious living room where many activities are held, a dedicated dining room and a large landscaped courtyard with walking paths and a secure fence around its perimeter.
Our Emeritus at Northridge skilled nursing center is right on the property but separated via a hallway. Both private and shared rooms have the capacity to care for a total of 45 residents. Even though we are focused on the medical needs of each resident, we have taken extra effort to create a homey, bright and cheerful environment to help make their stay as pleasant as possible.
Strong, Caring, Professional Relationships
In addition to having our own in-house skilled nursing facility, Brookdale Northridge offers another unique advantage and that is a rehabilitation gym staffed by physical, occupational and speech therapists from The Westin Group. Owned by Brookdale, the Westin Group can provide services in the resident’s apartment, in our gym or in the hallways if that’s what the exercise program dictates. Skilled nursing residents are required to use the services of the Westin Group as therapy is typically provided six days a week. With a doctor’s order, our assisted living and memory care residents are welcome to use the services of therapists from other agencies if they prefer or need to for insurance purposes. We also work with several outside hospice providers and can make referrals if the physician or family is unsure which agency to use.
Brookdale Northridge also has its own Medical Director and this same physician has been serving our community since we opened in 2001. In addition to overseeing our medical staff, he makes “home” visits to those residents who are his patients. And should a resident’s own physician be slow at responding to a nursing request, our Medical Director can often provide the assistance required to help ensure that the resident’s needs are taken care of in a prompt manner.
Many of our staff members have worked here at Brookdale Northridge since we opened the building including many of the physical therapists who have chosen our community because of the outstanding reputation of the Westin Group. The reason for such longevity is simple. Our staff know that they are valued and appreciated by the people we are honored to serve. They love what they do and receive a lot of support from management including monthly education and training seminars. In short, our staff truly feels like family to one another and to our residents and we are all like brothers and sisters dedicated to caring for our “parents” and “grandparents.”
Learn more about our other Retirement, Assisted Living, Alzheimer’s and Memory Care communities in California that are part of the Brookdale family and read about all of our senior care services.
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Our Community Lifestyle
A Wonderful, Active Lifestyle
Choosing which activity to participate in is the biggest challenge our residents face. On most days, we offer two or three activities at any one time because we are all about providing choices at Brookdale Northridge.
Every day we provide some type of exercise program, from tai chi to chair exercises to our walking club. Arts and crafts, painting classes, cultural classes, for example in Jewish history, Wii clubs, poker clubs, book clubs, lunch outings and weekly religious services including Christian and Shabbat services are among our many scheduled activities. We have “Happy Hour” between 4:00 and 5:00 p.m. every day with entertainment provided. Our own residents might play the piano or students from a local school might sing for us. We also often bring in outside performers.
Movies are shown weekly and we take residents to the movie theater and out for lunch once or twice a month as well as to events at Cal University Northridge. It’s always up to our Resident Committee to decide where they’d like to go and our Life Enrichment Director will doing everything possible to put their plan into motion. Families are also an active part of our community. Each holiday, we invite them to join us for a special celebration. They are also welcome to join us for any meal they wish. And grandchildren often spend weekends here with their grandparents.
Activities for our memory care residents are very similar and we offer arts and crafts, movies and religious services, take them on outings, such as picnics, a drive around town or out for ice cream and many residents join our assisted living community for community-wide activities such as when we bring in outside entertainment.
Because there is so much going on, most residents find themselves much more social and involved than when they lived on their own. Family members are often surprised when they come to take their loved one out for the day and the resident tells them that they have to be back at a specific time for an activity. They look forward to all the goings-on and don’t want to miss anything.
Partnering With the Local Neighborhood Community
Once a month or bi-monthly, physicians from the neighborhood conduct educational programs for our residents and for the community-at-large. Whether it’s a cardiologist talking about preventing heart disease or an audiologist giving a talk about the latest in hearing aids, these programs provide a wealth of information geared to seniors. Our community sponsors a monthly Alzheimer’s group on the first Tuesday of the month and the general public is also invited. The Chamber of Commerce also hosts meetings at our community.
In addition, many student volunteers give their time to our residents. For example, a group of local high school students spend time helping residents learn how to use the computer as well as reading to them. They also help our events committee create flyers for our various activities. In return, they get community service hours along with learning from the wisdom of our seniors while our residents thoroughly enjoy their youth and energy.
We are all about choices at Brookdale Northridge and Emeritus at Northridge Skilled Nursing Center. In the morning, residents can join us for a full made-to-order breakfast in our main dining room or whatever they wish to have and our chef will accommodate their requests. One of our residents called a friend at another assisted living community and told her she couldn’t believe that we made her eggs benedict for breakfast. If the resident wants a lighter fare, they can join us, even in their bathrobe and slippers, for our continental breakfast served in the country kitchen on the second floor.
At both lunch and dinnertime, residents can choose from two main entrees. If neither appeals to them, they can select from our always-available menu with a wide variety of options such as grilled chicken or fish, hot dogs and cheeseburgers, veggie burgers, omelettes and an assortment of side dishes from French fries and mashed potatoes to salads and veggies. There’s always several desserts to choose from including freshly baked cookies, fresh fruit, pudding, Jell-O and sugar-free options for residents with diabetes which means even those who are insulin-dependent are able to enjoy our food. We value resident feedback and try to accommodate all of their requests. For holiday celebrations, we even have a Resident Dining Committee that coordinates with residents wishing to maintain certain holiday food traditions.
In our memory care unit, we serve residents from platters of food. We always offer choices and if they are unable to let us know their preferences, we know their likes and dislikes or whether they can’t have certain foods for religious reasons because of our close relationship with their families members. We will even puree food if necessary to ensure residents get proper nutrition. From sandwiches to yogurt to fresh fruit and cookies, snacks are also always available to all residents. Residents often keep snacks in their refrigerators in own apartments.
Learn more about our other Retirement, Assisted Living, Alzheimer’s and Memory Care communities in California that are part of the Brookdale family and read about all of out senior care services.