We were searching for a place for my mother-in-law, and Brookdale was close. We made an appointment, and we went on a tour. I thought the place was very nice. It was very clean and very active. There were a lot of things going on for the residents. The dining room seemed very nice. The food smelled wonderful. We really liked the action that she could have something to eat whenever she wanted and not just on specific meal times because sometimes they had different eating patterns. They had activities and services that they provide, and the rooms were very nice. There were choices of 3 different sizes of room. They were very upbeat, and the director that took us around knew everybody's name. When she ran into them, she would greet them by name and had a small conversation with them or asked them how they were doing. They were checked on quite frequently during the course of the day. They had a nice facility. They had an activities room where you could have a family party if you wanted. You could reserve the room, and you could bring your own food. It was very nice, and I really liked it. The only problem -- and the director brought this up -- was the parkng; they were working on that and hoping to have it resolved because some of their residents still drive and had their own cars there.
I liked that they brought people in to entertain them. We happened to walk in one day when they were having somebody singing for them. They had as many of the residents to participate as they could. Honestly, the room was full of residents, and it was nice. Also, their private rooms had a lot of exposure to sunlight, and they had a nice courtyard where they had plants if they wanted to do some gardening. I liked it, and they do take them to religious services too. You could go on to their website, as there was an app where you could see what exactly the activities were coming up and could encourage your loved one to participate.
We were very impressed with it, and on top of it, Burr Ridge was a very wealthy community, and this particular facility has the most reasonable price which shocked me because I thought they'd be quite out of reach. When everything is resolved with her hip and she turned out be a candidate for the surgery and after rehab, hopefully, we would be able to place her there.