About Our Community
Flagstaff, AZ Assisted Living and Alzheimer’s Care
Brookdale Flagstaff, formerly Emeritus at Flagstaff, is a Flagstaff, AZ assisted living and Alzheimer’s Care community for seniors. We are conveniently located close to the I-40 and I-17 Interchange. All the conveniences of a small city are nearby – grocery stores, restaurants and of course, Wal-Mart, where we take residents weekly. There are several medical facilities in the area including Flagstaff Medical Center – just north of downtown, about three miles from our community – and two skilled nursing facilities. Our community is also close to the Museum of Northern Arizona and an hour north of the Cliff Castle Casino in Camp Verde – both favorite destinations with our residents.
Located 7,000 feet above sea level, Flagstaff has four glorious seasons – including winter weather blessed by many sunny days that melt any accumulating snow quickly. This region is known for its natural beauty, bordering the Colorado Plateau, the western edge of the largest contiguous Ponderosa Pine forest in the United States and close to the Mongollon Rim. The city is also adjacent to Mount Elden, just south of the San Francisco Peaks, and just an hour south of the Grand Canyon.
A Wonderful Selection
Brookdale Flagstaff is a full-service community catering to both assisted living and memory care residents. Our assisted living community has 45 senior apartments available in five sizes, ranging from efficiencies, studios, alcoves, one bedrooms and two bedrooms from 312 square feet to 750 square feet. All apartments include a kitchenette with sink, cabinets and drawers, microwave and refrigerator; residents are welcome to bring in their own coffee makers.
Apartments also provide wall-to-wall carpeting, spacious bathrooms – all the same size, regardless of the square footage – and each with a shower equipped with safety bars and an alert button. Residents are also given LifeLine emergency call pendants to wear. They simply press the button should they need assistance. All apartments have individually controlled heating and temperature, giving residents the flexibility to adjust the temperature to suit their preferences. In addition, all units feature large windows, with some looking out onto our beautiful garden area, others facing the tree-lined front street and those in the back having views of a naturally landscaped area behind our community. Small pets are welcome so long as the resident is able to take care of the pet themselves.
Residents also have access to several lovely common areas, including a spacious lobby with seating – a favorite place for residents to gather. Just off the lobby is a library library with a large, stone, gas fireplace and many books, which residents are welcome to borrow. Activities, such as our morning exercise program, card games, scrabble and dominos, are typically held in our spacious community room featuring large windows and lots of greenery. A TV room with a large-screen television is located upstairs and is often where residents watch movies and play bingo. In the back of our building is a lovely fenced-in garden area with a ramp down to a walking path that meanders among the ponderosa pines. Often residents can be seen working side-by-side with a group of master gardeners, who volunteer at our community through the Master Gardener Program of Flagstaff.
In 2005, we turned one of our three wings into a memory care neighborhood of 13 apartments. It looks just like our assisted living community, with the same choice in apartments and the same spacious private bathrooms. Four units are private and the remaining are available as companion living suites – the ideal option for families who want their loved ones to have the friendship of a roommate, while reducing their costs. Memory care residents have their own dining room, which doubles as an activities room. We are one big family here, with apartment doors open during the day, and residents out and about, involved in activities, engaging with one another or simply enjoying music and the companionship of our loving staff.
Strong, Caring Professional Relationships
With several home health agencies in town, our residents and their families can choose whomever they’d like to work with. We can always make recommendations, but it’s always up to them. Whichever agency they choose, therapists provide services right here, in the convenience of the resident’s own home. They can work with residents in their apartments, in the hallways and common areas or along the walking paths if appropriate. After each visit, the therapist provides a report that is kept in the resident’s chart and referred to by our nurse.
In addition, we have a physician and a physician’s assistant who alternate house calls weekly. This is an especially great option for residents moving into our community from out of the area, as they typically do not have a doctor in town. Many of our residents like the convenience of this service. In fact, about 60 percent choose to see our physician staff. Of course, if they need to see a specialist, there are many throughout the Flagstaff area and we can steer residents in the right direction as necessary. Hospice is also welcome to come into our community. There are two agencies in town. In some cases they provide palliative care, allowing residents who may need extra care to stay in their own homes for more extensive periods before passing on.
Brookdale Flagstaff prides itself on maintaining a wonderful and stable employee group. Part of this comes from our staff have specifically sought out positions working with seniors – their true passion in life.
In addition, our team of caregivers and management work exceptionally well together, with everyone pitching in as necessary to make sure our residents are well cared for. Because we are a small community, there’s a strong family atmosphere here. What’s more, our staff not only gets to know our residents well, but they also reach out to their loved ones and make sure they too feel part of the Brookdale Flagstaff family.
Our Community Lifestyle
A Wonderful, Active Lifestyle
Following breakfast, most mornings at Brookdale Flagstaff begin with some type of exercise program, Throughout the morning and afternoon, our full-time Life Enrichment Director offers a variety of other activities from bible studies and book groups, to bingo games and arts and crafts. And in nice weather, many residents enjoy gathering on our lovely back patio or strolling along a walking path that meanders through a fenced-in garden area. Several residents also love to tend our vegetable garden. In addition, we have a group of residents who typically get together before dinner to play dominos, and twice a week after dinner we have movie night. We are also blessed to have two wonderful nuns from Ireland lead church services and communion on Monday afternoons, and a Catholic priest visits our community once a month to give Mass.
Partnering with the Local Neighborhood Community
Brookdale Flagstaff holds a monthly support group for family members and the community-at-large, providing support to anyone struggling with caring for a loved one with Alzheimer’s disease or a memory impairment. Each month, we invite experts to speak – from hospice professionals and physicians to psychologists and dieticians – on topics related to dementia.
Our lovely spacious dining room is a wonderful place to enjoy meals; sunny, bright and accented in warm, southwest colors. Here we serve three meals a day, restaurant-style, with each meal offering two entrée choices. Lunch, our larger meal of the day, starts with salad and always includes a homemade soup. For those of our residents with dietary restrictions, we do our best to accommodate their needs, including our diabetic residents who are provided frequent snacks throughout the day.
Memory care residents receive three meals and three nutritious snacks spread out throughout the day as they tend to eat much smaller amounts in one sitting. We also work hard to ensure residents are well hydrated, especially important considering the elevation of Flagstaff and our dry climate. And for all residents, there is coffee, water, juices and hot chocolate available in our lobby, along with assorted goodies.