Brookdale Southside is absolutely horrible. They charge you starting at $2700 for an efficiency apartment. If you get a bedroom, they want $3500. If you have a 2-bedroom, it’s $4000. You are charged for every little thing. It’s unbelievable. If you have any food delivered to your room because you can’t get out of bed, they charge you $4 extra for everything they have to bring to you. They’re already charging me $25 for each meal. We claim that that should be included in the $3500 for the 1-bedroom, and then you’re going to put $3000 down that you never get back or your kids don’t get back. Once you sign those papers, you’re signing one paper, but all of a sudden, a bunch of paper shows up with all kinds of horrible things on it.
They have rules that are off the chart. For instance, on Saturday, you only get 1 meal between 4 and 5 o’clock. On Sunday, you get a brunch at 11 to 12. They could raise your rent anytime they want to, and on Friday, you can’t go to any doctor because they don’t do anything on Fridays. They don’t do anything after 3 o’clock.
I was in the west wing. There are people in there that are so far gone with Alzheimer's and Parkinson's, they do need individual help, but the system itself doesn’t give it to them. If you need help of any kind, they get Medicare to come in, and they have their private nurses from outside. They do nothing.