About Our Community
Atlanta, GA Assisted Living Facilities
Brookdale Sandy Springs, formerly Emeritus at Sandy Springs, is among the premier Atlanta, GA assisted Living facilities for seniors. Located adjacent to the Emeritus at Sandy Springs Alzheimer’s care community. Both are nestled in a secluded, wooded setting in the beautiful Atlanta suburb community of Sandy Springs, which is located just 15 miles north of the city.
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A thriving community of approximately 80,000 people, Sandy Springs is headquarters to more Fortune 500 companies than any other community in Georgia. Dozens of wonderful restaurants, shopping malls, banks and just about any other type of retail business are right here in the immediate area. With our close proximity to Highway 400 and I-285, they can also take full advantage of all the terrific attractions in the surrounding area, from the Georgia Aquarium to the gold mines at Dahlonega.
Our Sandy Springs senior living community convenient location gives our families easy access to all that the area offers. The Perimeter Mall is a quick ten-minute drive from our community, as are many restaurants. This includes the Varsity, Atlanta’s oldest restaurant and the world’s largest drive-in, as well as Longhorn’s, Red Lobster and the Olive Garden, one of the restaurants we take residents to weekly. Should our families want to visit Atlanta, our community is close to Route 400. In just minutes, they can be touring the Georgia Aquarium, the world’s largest aquarium with more 60 exhibits, or visiting the Fernbank Museum of Natural History, Atlanta Botanical Gardens, the High Museum of Art or the Martha Mitchell House.
A Wonderful Selection
Our beautiful garden community offers 106 senior apartments on three floors. We have several floor plans to choose from, including 300 square foot studios, 445 square foot one-bedrooms and 702 square foot two-bedroom/two-bath units. Each apartment features at least one full bath, kitchenette with refrigerator and microwave, blinds and wall-to-wall carpeting. All of our apartments offer large windows with views of either the courtyard garden or our beautifully-landscaped front entrance area. Residents bring in their own furniture and can decorate any way they wish. We’ll also paint the apartment before they move in. We offer six lovely colors from which to choose. In addition, there are no buy-in fees or leases, just a month-to-month rent; which includes interior/exterior maintenance and all utilities, except basic cable and telephone. We also offer a short-stay respite option, enabling residents to stay just a short period of time to give their caregivers a much-needed break, or to simply take our community for a test drive. Small pets are also always welcome.
On the first floor is our lovely Cypress dining room with large windows on two sides, some of which overlook our courtyard. A private dining room, available for family celebrations, is located just off the main dining room. Our main living room on the first floor has a fireplace. We also offer two smaller living rooms on either wing. Also located on our first floor is the café and garden room, from which residents can enter our courtyard, with its winding walking paths, patio, koi pond and gardens. Coffee and snacks are available in the café throughout the day – one of the primary reasons residents are so fond of getting together here for card games. Upstairs is “Main Street,” with another living room, library, physical therapy room, media room, beauty salon, spa, community center, arts and crafts room and community kitchen. This is the hub of our community. If you’re looking for a resident, most likely you’ll find them on Main Street. Free laundry facilities are also available for the use of our residents.
We have about 60 members of our team, including housekeeping, maintenance, our wonderful dining services staff and resident assistants, each of whom is a certified nursing assistant. Our management team, several of whom have been here for many years, includes a senior executive director, community relations director, life enrichment director, business office director, maintenance director and a resident care director, who is a licensed practical nurse. All of us here strive to be gentle, patient and respectful, and to work together as a team to make sure the years our residents spend with us are filled with joy, companionship and love.
Our Community Lifestyle
A Wonderful, Active Lifestyle
Southern hospitality and gracious living abound here at Brookdale Sandy Springs. From our elegant three-story building surrounded by beautifully landscaped grounds, to our dedicated staff who consider working with seniors their “life’s calling”; our residents feel “involved and pampered, with a new lease on life” – as one resident recently told us. One of the key reasons is the longevity of our staff, many have worked here for several years. With our consistent team of caregivers, we’re able to get to know residents well. We know what to look for and can quickly tell if something is not quite right. Our goal is to give residents the security of knowing that there is always someone here to help – whether they are having a medical issue or simply feel lonely and need a hug and words of encouragement. In addition, should a resident’s health decline due to a memory disorder such as Alzheimer’s disease, he or she can be cared for at our sister memory care community, Brookdale Sandy Springs, located right next door.
There is never a dull moment at the Brookdale Sandy Springs. For our gentlemen, we have a men’s club that meets once a month over lunch. A speaker is invited in to talk about whatever our residents are interested in, from our local sports teams to fishing to current events. The Red Hat Society meets once a month, during which our ladies enjoy discussing women’s issues. They really do wear red hats, which they make themselves in art class! We always celebrate our residents’ birthdays in style, with a monthly party for all residents born that month, and a special luncheon on their actual birthday. Thanksgiving is a huge family event, with more than 200 people, including family members and friends joining us for dinner and entertainment the Saturday before the actual holiday. Residents especially love word games, such as Scrabble and card games, including bridge, which residents play most afternoons at 2:30. Every morning at 10 a.m., we offer a stretch and flex exercise program, with additional exercises classes every Tuesday and Thursday given by our physical therapists. Our resident walking club frequently walks along the nearby Chattahoochee River trail, which meanders along the river. We also offer educational enrichment programs. At these, an outside medical professional comes to our community to discuss health-related topics; such as how to protect yourself against the flu or keeping blood pressure under control.
Partnering with the Local Neighborhood Community
Each month, we hold educational events open to family members and others who are struggling to care for a loved one in need. We always choose relevant topics, such as navigating Medicare, taking advantage of Veteran benefits or how to deal with a parent in the early stages of memory loss. We are fortunate to be able to draw upon many experts from the area, including geriatric physicians and psychiatrists, hospice representatives, Veterans officials, pharmacists and financial planners.
Our staff, along with residents who are physically able, participate annually in the Metro-Atlanta “Walk to End Alzheimer’s” sponsored by the Alzheimer’s Association. The Walk is the nation’s largest event to raise awareness and funds for Alzheimer care, support and research. Our management team helps prepare breakfast for the walkers. Our community also holds an annual garage sale to raise money for the Alzheimer’s Association, a fundraiser that involves all of us, including staff, residents and our family members who always generously donate items for sale.
Three meals a day, served restaurant-style on fine china, are included in the monthly rent. Each meal offers two entree choices, including such comfort foods as fried chicken and meatloaf, as well as salads, soups and fresh fruit plates. We often have theme days, such as a recent Southern cooking day featuring traditional Southern cuisine. The dining services director and staff are passionate about cooking and it shows in the quality of our meals. Of course, we honor all special diets, including low salt, low cholesterol and carbohydrate-controlled for our residents with diabetes. Snacks are also always available, including fresh fruit served every afternoon for social hour in the café. In line with our focus on promoting brain health, we often serve a brain-healthy food such as blueberry smoothies and ice cream with dark chocolate sauce.