Brookdale College Parkway

Offers Independent Living

46 Reviews
8351 College Parkway, Fort Myers, FL 33919
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Independent Living Reviews for Brookdale College Parkway

September 15, 2020

By Reviewer#RD082520

I am/was a resident of this facility

I lived in Brookdale College Parkway. One thing I found better over there was that I had someone walk the dog, and it was much more convenient and much more timely. The apartment was very good; it was a two bedroom, two bath. There were more activities and there were more active people over there. The food is about the same except they had a buffet breakfast where you could just go in and go down on a line or walk around the room and get what you wanted to eat. Then you could sit down in that room or go anywhere else you wanted to go and eat. The food was a little bit better.

March 14, 2020

By Thomas

I visited this facility

I liked Brookdale College Parkway a lot. It was very well maintained, and the people seemed very happy. They had a community event going on that day, and they seemed to be having a lot of fun. The staff I met was very polite. It seemed like a nice place. They had a library, a card room, a lunchroom, and a van for transportation.

July 08, 2019

By Lorraine

I visited this facility

We were very impressed with Brookdale College Parkway. They provide meals, and they have a pool. The staff member was very informative. The one and two-bedrooms were extremely nice, had a sun porch or lanai, and were surrounded by windows. They served us hotdogs and hamburgers, and they were very good. The facility was extremely well taken care of.

June 26, 2019

By Mary

I visited this facility

Brookdale College Parkway was very good and nice. They had lots of activities and they were very well-staffed. They had different sized apartments, and each one had a sun room, which is helpful because everybody can look out the window and see what's going on. They had many activities and even invited me to go and join in some of their activities. The staff has invited me to try the food. Instead of having set times for the meals, they were in the process of changing it to be more like restaurant dining at any time. They have different sizes of apartments. You can have a studio, a 1-bedroom, or 2-bedroom if you want more space. Each one has its own little kitchenette. Even though they prepare your meals, it would be nice to have your own space with a refrigerator, stove, or microwave in case you have a guest or something like that.

April 12, 2019


I visited this facility

We had a very nice tour of Brookdale College Parkway. It's a possibility because they have cottages that are being renovated. It's in an excellent location, though the apartments were a bit dated, but the people were lovely. They had a whole range of activities, a pool, and a beauty salon. The staff was very lovely, very warm, knew all the people that stay there, and very nice. They work with a chef who has a very good reputation in the community.

May 03, 2018

By Kathy

I am a friend or relative of a current/past resident

My parents were in Brookdale College Parkway for six months. They loved it and their apartment. My parents liked the activities; my dad got started in the men's group and was in chorus. Most of the work staff were very caring, and the food was great. However, they shouldn't have been placed on the second floor; I ended up taking them home to my place. They were told they've got great cleaning staff, but you can't clean a 1200 sq. ft. home in only half an hour.

September 11, 2017

By Frank's Son

I am a friend or relative of a current/past resident

Both my Dad and my maternal Grandma were/are residents at Grand Court. My Grandma moved in 6 months before my Dad. She loved it from the beginning and made friends in no time When my Dad moved in, she took him around and introduced him to everyone. One thing you should know about my Dad is, 6 years before he moved into Grand Court he had a massive stroke. He lost his ability to talk clearly and gets his words jumbled. No one cared. Everyone went out of their way to make friends with him. My Dad has his Masters in Philosophy. He had also written a book. Once people find out he was a writer, they wanted to read his book. For the first 8 years that my family lived at Grand Court, I visited every day. The staff loved that I was there every day. I became friends with a lot of them. If there were any problem they knew they could come to me and I knew I could get all the details of how my Dad was actually doing. Over the years I did see the facility go down hill. They lost their kitchen manager and that really messed things up. Meal time became a nightmare. Long lines and messed up orders. Over time that smoothed out. Sadly, in 2013 my Grandma passed away. Many residents and staff made the grieving process more barely.. they were eager to share stories of their time and friendship with my Grandma. She was loved by all. They also wanted to let me know they were looking out for my Dad. My Dad is still living here. He's happy and has many friends..I would give Grand Court 4 1/2 stars, I moved away 4 years ago. Unfortunately, I've only been able to go see my Dad once since my Move. I'm told by others who have been able to visit him that he is happy and healthy .

March 29, 2017

By David272012

I visited this facility

At Brookdale College Parkway, the units were big. We were very impressed with Beth, the lady who took us around. She answered all of our questions, was very informative and very helpful, and followed up after our visit. Every member of the staff was helpful and very friendly, down to the cleaning ladies. They all said "hello" and introduced themselves. They had laundry services, an outdoor heated pool, a billiards room, a library, a couple of exercise rooms, and a chapel. They will take you to your doctors' appointments and shopping. There's always something going on, like card games.

March 08, 2017

By Susan683534

I visited this facility

Brookdale was a very nice, organized, and very friendly place. The people inside seemed happy. I would have had my mom move in, but they did not have laundry facilities within the apartments. Other than that, it was very wonderful. The staff was very friendly, inviting, educated, knew what they are talking about, and caring. The grounds were very nice; they had a few acres that you can walk around and do exercise on. Everything was clean and maintained well. It’s off the main road and hard to get to the location.

February 01, 2017

By Wondering about mate

I am/was a resident of this facility

We lived in one of the duplexes at Brookdale College Parkway. It was really nice, and we liked it a lot. What we didn’t like was the dining situation and the fact that they represented themselves as an independent living facility but had an awful lot of Alzheimer’s patients in there. I have nothing against Alzheimer’s patients and I might be one myself because my mother was and her sister was, so I know what it is all about, but I didn’t want to be forced to eat with people who ask you the same thing over and over again. There wasn't any private eating between my husband and I; you ate wherever they sit you, and the dining room was really crowded. Everything else we liked about it. Overall, they were very nice people, and I would not give them a bad mark at all. One of the things that irritated me was that house cleaning would come in once a week and just dab here and there. They told me that they didn’t move anything because they were afraid they’d break it. To me, that’s an excuse not to clean and that was disappointing.

December 29, 2016

By June124081

I am/was a resident of this facility

I like the meals at Brookdale College Parkway and the time restrictions. I think the activities are very interesting and cover a wide range of interests.

October 11, 2016

By James302431

I visited this facility

My wife and I visited Brookdale College Parkway. The rooms were nice. We had lunch there. The food was good. We went around and toured the place. Everything seemed to be nice. People were friendly. I like that food was three meals a day; it was really nice. The rooms were spacious too.

May 10, 2016


I am a friend or relative of a resident

My mom chose to stay at Brookdale College Parkway and enjoys the place a lot. The staff is very good and professional. They have many amenities, like a salon and swimming pool. The place is very nice.

March 15, 2016

By Happy Resident22

I am/was a resident of this facility

I;m at Brookdale College Parkway. It's a very nice place. The food is not the best in the world, but it's good. There are a hundred activities for residents, like poker at night, bingo, and shows.

November 29, 2015

By Anonymous115892550

I visited this facility

I was very impressed with Brookdale. The rooms were so neat, tidy, and light. The people treated me very well, answered all of my questions, and showed me everything I wanted to see. They looked like they can handle everything I might want to do. We sat with the residents for a meal, and the food was very good. It was very interesting.

October 28, 2015

By Anonymous118764150

I visited this facility

I visited Brookdale. It was nice. It had the facility that I looked for. They had a lot of indoor activities. They showed me a room available, and it was OK. It had most of the things I would want.

August 27, 2015

By Caring111710650

I visited this facility

Brookdale were friendly, and they took me around to an apartment that a woman was living in. The place was lovely, and I would love to move there. I had no question about the facility, but I just don?t have the budget.

June 15, 2015

By Caring62166350

I visited this facility

We like Brookdale College Parkway (Formerly Grand Court Fort Myers) very much. We had a meal there, and the food was good. It's close to the college -- which offers a lot of facilities -- and the Barbara Mann Hall is there. It was comfortable and a little bit larger, and the apartments were nice. It was on a busy thoroughfare though, and there was limited space for walking. Unless you went over to the college campus, there really wasn't any good place for walking or any good destination to go, but the community itself was lovely.

April 24, 2015

By Diane104343050

I am a friend or relative of a resident

My mom is in Brookdale College Parkway. The experience has been very good. They have a wonderful restaurant, and the staff is absolutely wonderful. The people there are very caring particularly one woman by the name of Cathlyn that seems to run all the people between all the activities and everything else. She is a wonderful person. My mother is on a cane, and now 8 years later she is just going along. She plays bridge. They have many activities and many outings. Now, she needs a little bit of extra care because she is 89, and the Brookdale living people come in, take her down for breakfast, lunch, and dinner, and give her medications. There is also a nurse there Monday to Friday, and that nurse is also on call on the weekend. I feel very safe and comfortable with her there.

December 02, 2014

By John97557550

I visited this facility

Grand Court Fort Myers was a very nice place. They have very nice apartments. The facility was very clean. The dining area was very nice. Everything about it was nice. The people were very nice and very helpful. They explained everything. They gave me an opportunity to ask questions. They showed me around the facility. The showed me the various apartments that they have which were one and two-bedrooms. They explained the financial part of it very clearly and plainly. Just generally speaking, it was very informative and helpful. I would recommend that others go see it and speak to the people.

November 29, 2014

By Caring77865650

I visited this facility

I talked to the people at Grand Court, and the whole thing was very impressive. It was very jolly, and everybody seemed to be jolly. It was reasonable, and it was first class. They have a physical therapy room, exercise room, and of course they had standard exercise procedures, Tai-Chi, and aquatic because they do have a lovely pool. I know they have all sorts of gatherings for one reason or another and various clubs you might be interested in. The visit was very pleasant and confident.

November 17, 2014

By Caring81540650

I visited this facility

I have been to so many facilities, but I really like Grand Court Fort Myers. It felt comfortable there. Me and my daughter visited the place, and the facility looked very nice. I would be definitely going to that place, and I am waiting for a room.

October 31, 2014

By Pelican1944

I visited this facility

We went to Grand Court Fort Myers and had lunch there. We had a really nice time. The apartments were very nice. I've tried their food and everything was fine. They have a swimming pool. The place seemed to be secured enough for the people living there; they seemed happy. Overall, Grand Court Fort Myers was very nice compared to all the other places we looked at.

August 27, 2014

By Caring7052

I visited this facility

I did visit Grand Court. It stands out because of the size of the rooms. They were quite large and accommodating. I thought that was very good and liked it. Grand Court would be my first choice. First of all, I have a house where I think one of my children will be living in, and Grand Court is extremely close to this house. So the location there is very good. The second thing is, as I've said, the large rooms that they have. I think they are fair-priced.

July 31, 2014

By Caring73575050

I visited this facility

I went to Grand Court that I didn't care for at all. To me, the property wasn't cared for. The grounds there weren’t very well kept. I had a feeling that if it spills over from the landscaping, it's going to be in the rooms as well. The people seemed to be very much into themselves. They did not seem to be quite as friendly. The person that brought me and my daughter around was very nice.

July 31, 2014

By Caring88475950

I visited this facility

Grand Court was very nice. We talked about whether my mother has dementia and if she has had any issues with wandering away. This is a concern because I don't think the facility was fenced all the way around. It was near water so it had water views as well. The neighborhood is a good one and it is conveniently located next to a number of places like Chili's, Burger King, and either CVS or Walgreen. There are several churches and it's close to a university, too. I was pleased with the cleanliness. I was pleased that the staff knew the people who were living there; they acknowledged the residents and they were very friendly to them, too. They seemed to be aware of any issues and how they were doing. The facility has a salon. Their place was clean and personal. Their clients seemed to be active and moving about. I would recommend this place. I liked it.

July 31, 2014

By Robert88438050

I visited this facility

I was treated very nicely at Grand Court Fort Myers. I enjoyed the community, but I just wasn't ready to move into independent living at that time. They have a swimming pool and they have a lot of day trips in and around Fort Myers which looks very interesting. They have movie nights, Bingo, and discussion groups. In fact, there was a discussion group in the dining room during the morning we were there. I thought it was a clean community. I didn't see anything that needs to be improved. The young women who were running things were very cheerful and upbeat. The residents who lived were quiet people.

June 27, 2014

By John M1

I am a friend or relative of a resident

My friend, Lynn, was at Grand Court Fort Myers. It had very nice front desk people and a check-in counter. They had a very nice dining room, nice activities, nice library, and a nice coffee social room. It's got a pretty pool out back. It was just a beautiful facility, and its location was very beautiful. It was right next to a bank and a little hotel. The staff was absolutely wonderful. They had a care department where they watched the individual tenants that were there and made sure they were happy and that they were accorded with the right level of needs and stuff. They were very, very good, and if anything was a little bit unusual, they'd call me and ask me questions. In Grand Court, they were rehabbing and maintaining, and the lights lit up and music playing, it was very nice.

May 20, 2014

By Carol83712650

I visited this facility

Grand Court Fort Myers is terrible. It's very old, looks ancient. It’s not well maintained, and the facility is not all under one roof, so people have to walk outside to go and get food. They have a lot of stairs. It's very dull and not accessible. The staff seemed nice. We were able to eat there, and the food was fine. I think they need to better maintain the place.

Provider Response

Thank you for taking the time to provide us with your feedback.

May 12, 2014

By Caring1021

I visited this facility

We visited Grand Court Fort Myers, and we liked the location. The facility was very clean, and rooms were very nice. The one we liked had two bedrooms and two bathrooms, with a beautiful sunroof. The dining area was very beautiful. We had lunch and dinner, and the food was great. We had no problems with the meals. They also had good activities. The staff worked very hard, and even the manager and his wife, who both worked in the office, came out at times and helped serve coffee or tea. The residents were doing very well and seemed happy. However, the price and deposit that we agreed on with the person who gave us the tour were not accepted by the boss.

May 06, 2014

By allison55

I visited this facility

My father is a resident at this time. My mother was as well until her death. This facility is all about collecting money and doing the least for you the resident as possible. It is very over-priced and not as friendly as their PR would let you believe.

Provider Response

We are sorry to hear we did not meet your expectations and we appreciate you taking the time to share your feedback. The health and well-being of our residents is our top priority and we have shared your concerns with our management team for review.

February 24, 2014

By Caring86368150

I visited this facility

We had a really nice dinner and we looked at a couple of the rooms at Grand Court Fort Myers. One lacked the like to be desired not because of the room, but because the lady that lived in it was a mess. The bed wasn’t made and she had stuff hanging out the door. The girl that took us should not have taken us to that room because that would turn you off to begin with. Of course it’s not the place, it’s the woman that lived there, and we understood that. But the actual room that we went to, the one bedroom, was beautiful. There are pros and cons. We went on Valentine’s Day and they were having a party. The food was delicious and there was a guy who was a good singer. But I did not like the room where people meet and my other half did not like the halls. They looked like they were old and smelly. The room and the halls needed a little uplift. It would've been great for us because our doctors are right there and CVS is right there. We go to McDonalds for coffee and that’s right there too.

Provider Response

We are pleased to hear you enjoyed dinner and the one bedroom apartment you saw at Grand Court Fort Myers, but are very sorry that you were disappointed when you visited. As you noted, our community is very convenient to a wide variety of restaurants, retail stores and professional services. We apologize for disappointing you and would like very much for you to contact us at (239) 433-4445 to arrange for another tour.

November 27, 2013

By Caring74146350

I am/was a resident of this facility

I chose Grand Court Fort Myers because of its amenities. It looked very nice and homey. The rooms are spacious. The staff are very kind and professional. They have computer class and calendars full of activities. The food is prepared by chefs and they are topnotch. The place is well care for, it makes you feel inviting.

September 30, 2013

By Nancy69352750

I am/was a resident of this facility

My husband and I are now staying at Grand Court Fort Myers. We are in one of their villas, which is over 1400 square feet with a little backyard and near a little lake. It is as cute as a bug with a lot of storage area. They are in the process of putting a new air-conditioning unit, although the one we have is still working fine. We have three meals a day and the food is excellent. The only complaint I have is that the meals are so close together, breakfast is at 7:00 to 9:00, lunch is at 11:00 to 2:00 and dinner 4:00 to 6:00 and we have to be finished by 6:00 o'clock and I can't actually eat that fast. But I talk to them and they are interested in extending dinner till late 7:00. The standard dining room is slightly small and they are in the process of improving and extending it. They have cleaners who come every other week. They also have apartments and the people there look happy. However, we are only 72 and the average age of the people there is 90. The management is very down to earth, very friendly and if we have any kind of problem, they want to know about it. Although we are independent, they have check in button on the wall. Every morning they want to know if we are okay. We are super pleased with them and we recommend them to others.

September 19, 2013

By Victor5

I visited this facility

Facilities in Grand Court are all acceptable. We are very impressed with them. We ate there and the food was satisfying. The place is very nice and very clean. Everything is satisfactory. Plus the price is reasonable!

November 20, 2012

By A Happy Reident

I am/was a resident of this facility

Grand Court is a senior residential community Located in the heart of Fort Myers, Florida. I have been a resident here for almost 4 months and have nothing but praises to report. The staff and services are beyond expectation. Individual apartments give us a feeling of freedom . Grand Court Fort Myers, Florida Brookdale Senior Living

September 09, 2012

By Patty 5

I visited this facility

Grand Court have nicer apartments. The food is tremendous and the people are very nice. My mother and I visited the place and everybody is happy, everybody came up and talk to her. We had lunch there it was just a happy place. They have everything, they do everything. They take the residents out, they have a library, they play cards, they have dances, and everything else. They provide three meals a day. It has a big living room; it has a sun room, one or two bedrooms, a whole big kitchen, and a bathroom. They're full right now, so we gave a deposit and we're waiting for an apartment to open up. It's very nice. I would recommend this place.

August 14, 2012

By Margaret7

I visited this facility

This place is an independent living facility only. It's an old building but very nice, clean, and well kept. However, it's not spacious. It's located at a busy road in South Fort Myers. But at the back there are little separate villas where you can take a walk. If you need assisted living, they are affiliated with Sterling House. I was interested in a 2 bedroom, 2 bath accommodations. However, the accommodations don't include washer and dryer. The dining room in this place is lovely. You can dine there, and it includes 2 meals each day. The people in this facility were very friendly.
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Questions about Brookdale College Parkway

Describe the overall population of independent living residents at Brookdale College Parkway. What is their average age? What are their favorite things to do?

Minimum age requirement is 62; our community is comprised of a diverse range of people and their desires are reflective of that rich tapestry of their desires.

What places are nearby for independent living residents to enjoy?

Fort Myers offers a diverse range of activities - from fine arts to beaches, you're sure to find something within easy access.

What are some recent off-site events that the community activity director at Brookdale College Parkway has organized?

Johnann is always surprising and delighting members of our community with a variety of activities, and our community members are integral to the diverse range of events hosted on and off-site. Whether it's visiting a local gastro-pub, a beach visit or a trip to the casino, or enjoying a museum, you'll find a variety of things to select.

What transportation services does Brookdale College Parkway offer to independent living residents?

Though many members of our community drive (we have full garages at the villas and a limited number of carports for our condos), our chauffeur can help you "arrive" in style by offering either private or group travel accommodations. .

What makes the chef or dining program at Brookdale College Parkway exceptional? What kind of menu can independent living residents expect?

Chef Joseph has run restaurants from Manhattan to Fort Myers and not only knows his business, takes pride in his craft. We're delighted he's recently overseen the addition of our Bistro, which offers a more casual all-day dining option.

What common areas are available for independent living residents?

We exclusively offer independent living at this active community, which features both cozy and intimate spaces for people to enjoy private conversations with a friend or two, or larger areas to host mega-parties. Our library and chapel are favorites, as are our outdoor pool and waterfront nature center.

What safety features or security measures does Brookdale College Parkway offer to independent living residents?

We're very proud to offer Brookdale at Home services, an extension of Brookdale. We recruit, hire, and train associates to offer concierge or companion services. Whether you want a little extra help just after a surgery, need on-going support to maximize your independence, or even want someone to travel with - we've got the services you want or need.

If Brookdale College Parkway accepts dogs or cats, what indoor/outdoor areas can they enjoy?

All Brookdale communities are pet-friendly. Be sure to ask about our pet policy.

Does Brookdale College Parkway work with an agency or registry to provide nursing and medical assistance as needed?

See above - Brookdale at Home is our extended concierge service, and we work with a variety of home health and therapeutic companies.

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Services and Amenities of Brookdale College Parkway

Room and housing options

  • 1-bedroom apartments
  • 2-bedroom apartments


  • Computer Room
  • Resident Transportation
  • Hiking Trails
  • Pool

Cleaning services

  • Housekeeping
  • Laundry For Clothing

Technology and entertainment

  • Cable In Rooms


  • Minimum Age: 65
  • Pets: Small Pets Allowed
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About Brookdale College Parkway

Brookdale College Parkway provides a full range of choices for today's seniors. Choosing a senior living community represents a lifestyle choice and we understand that our residents are choosing much more than a comfortable living environment to call home. Our Brookdale community delivers Inspired Independent Living, with the promise of Exceptional Experiences Everyday. In choosing this community, our residents have made a conscious lifestyle decision designed to deliver enhanced opportunities for pursuing health and life fulfillment through the exceptional services, amenities and opportunities we offer.

Our Optimum Life® and Celebrations programs provide an all-encompassing way of life that touches our residents, their families and associates alike. Optimum Life® is a journey of self-discovery including services, features and benefits that allow each resident to pursue their peak level of health, wholeness and fulfillment while balancing six key dimensions of personal wellness: emotional, intellectual, physical, social, spiritual and purposeful. As part of Optimum Life® we encourage our residents to celebrate life each day. Inspired dining, with fresh meals prepared by chefs trained in our own Culinary Arts Institute, and vibrant lifestyle activities come together in our Celebrations program. These activities fill the monthly calendar with themed experiences, special events and group activities highlighting different cultures and cuisines in a common venue of camaraderie.

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