Brookdale San Marcos North

Offers Assisted Living and Memory Care

12 Reviews
1720 Old Ranch Road 12, San Marcos, TX 78666
Call (800) 385-2527
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Assisted Living Reviews for Brookdale San Marcos North

February 27, 2014

By Caring79500350

I visited this facility

The lady that lead us around Horizon Bay was amazing and wonderful. I think my parents would have moved in with her. She was just great and knew so much. She knew all the residents by first name, and really seem to care about everybody. One thing about Horizon Bay, it's an older facility and it feels like it kind of smell older. The rooms were small and had no kitchen. It was just like a sink in the corner with a dorm fridge. The dining area seems fine. It was nice and wasn't huge. It overlooked a nice green area which is very pretty. They seem to have quite a few activities. I know they go to church in town. It was a friendly atmosphere. The residents feel very at home there and very happy. But the facility itself seem rundown, so the carpet was peeling up. It just had an old feeling to it. So they could definitely use some remodeling.

October 18, 2013

By Caring69203150

I visited this facility

Horizon Bay San Marco is a very well-kept, very neat facility. They have dominos and arts and crafts. The thing that I liked better about that place was it was more in an area that is not downtown Austin. It's more country and they can sit on the back porch and they would see country. This facility was set up for independent living but they could get doctor's assistance immediately.

November 19, 2012

By EvelynJJ

I am a friend or relative of a resident

I think the facilities were all top notch as in they had quality trained staff and nice rooms to live in. However, there are certain needs that were not met. After a week of my Grandfather not receiving a shower, I had to track down one of the caregivers and practically insist that she clean him up. He also had a lot of trouble eating as his Parkinsons progressed. His hand shook so badly that he couldn't keep the food on the utensil from his plate to his mouth, sadly no one ever offered to help him eat. I would make a point to visit him at meal time so that I could assist him. The programs they offered like physical therapy were very beneficial as well as some of the scheduled activities. These got my Grandparents out of their rooms and doing something other than sleeping or watching television. While the activities were certaintly cheesy, (bingo, halloween parties, art..) they enjoyed them simply because of the interaction with others. There was a Christain church service every Sunday as well and my Grandparents were both extremely religous, so I know that this was very beneficial for them as well. Overall I was happy with the care they received, but with so many residents in one place personal hygience needs were continuously overlooked by many overworked and underpaid staff members.

June 03, 2012

By commercesd

I visited this facility

While searching for a place for my brother's friend to live, we visited the Horizon Bay San Marcos assisted living facility. The Texas region is convenient for most of the family to visit. The grounds were very well-kept and we liked the park setting since the outdoors is very important to my brother's friend. He is very active and wants to have as much access as possible. We liked the spacious feel and open window environment, which let in a lot of natural light. The indoors were impressive, with a nice library area and a large room for other activities, like board games and many ways to socialize. There are other areas where residents may read, sit with friends or family or just relax. The apartments were all clean, well-kept and conveniently designed. They take the time to personalize to each resident's tastes. The list of activities included everything from sight seeing, art and musical events, to seminars, local shopping, and visits to local eateries and other cultural hubs in the region. A variety of fresh, healthy foods are offered and suit all dietary needs. We thought the menu options were plentiful and interesting. Snacks are also available all day every day. They have planned exercise classes - but also offer residents to work out any time they wish. We liked that they encourage exercise daily. The private rooms are all nicely sized and decorated. The staff and management were very accommodating and eager to make the residents and visiting families comfortable. We could see that this is a cozy, yet protected environment meant to give the seniors a sense of personal care, safety and home.
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Questions about Brookdale San Marcos North

What ongoing training does the staff receive in dementia care?

Mandatory monthly in-services along with Clare Bridge training.

Describe the overall population of assisted living residents at Brookdale San Marcos North. What is their average age? What are their favorite things to do?

Average age is 84 years old, their favorite things to do are Bingo and outings.

What programs or activities does Brookdale San Marcos North offer to enrich residents' well-being?

Art Therapy, Flex Your Brain, B-Fit Exercise, Bible Study, Cooking Exhibition and outings to local restaurants.

What places are near Brookdale San Marcos North or within walking distance for assisted living residents to enjoy?


What transportation services does Brookdale San Marcos North offer to assisted living residents?

Tuesday and Thursday to doctor’s and dental appointments, Library, bank, grocery store etc. on Thursday at 1:00.

What makes the chef or dining program at Brookdale San Marcos North exceptional? What kind of menu can assisted living residents expect?

Our meals are diverse, well made and served restaurant style. Made to order omelets and waffles, fresh milk shakes and floats made in the dining room to order, her cooking demonstrations and her Chef’s Corner are some of our residents favorites!

What safety features or security measures does Brookdale San Marcos North offer to assisted living residents?

We lock the community at 9:00pm and we have regular fire drills and active shooter training

How does Brookdale San Marcos North keep residents' families informed about their loved ones?

Telephone, e-mails and monthly news letters.

What is the care staff-to-resident ratio at Brookdale San Marcos North during daytime and nighttime hours?

We have a wonderful program which allows us to match our staffing to our current resident needs; along with a standard “safety staffing number”.

If Brookdale San Marcos North accepts dogs or cats, what indoor/outdoor areas can they enjoy?

We do accept pets and have a dog park.

What ongoing senior care training does the staff receive?

Mandatory monthly in-services.

How many staffers are on duty in the daytime and overnight?

We have a wonderful program which allows us to match our staffing to our current resident needs; along with a standard “safety staffing number”.

What safety features or security measures does Brookdale San Marcos North provide to protect residents who wander?

We have a secured memory care available onsite if needed.

What programs or activities does Brookdale San Marcos North offer to keep residents engaged? How does the staff engage residents' long-term memories?

Morning Mental Workout/Reminiscing in Discussion and Clustered Groups, Intergenerational Music, Sensor/News and reading Groups, B-Fit, Creative Crafts Art, and Clustered groups.

Who assesses residents' health and cognitive functioning? How often is that assessment repeated?

Our Health and Wellness Director, Geraldine will assess our residents quarterly or as needed.

What techniques does Brookdale San Marcos North use to support memory care residents during mealtimes?

Encouragement and cueing.

How does Brookdale San Marcos North keep residents' families informed about their loved ones' health?

Telephone, e-mails and monthly news letters.

Describe the neighborhood around Brookdale San Marcos North. Is it located in a residential neighborhood, a business district, a rural setting, or other type of locale?

We are in a residential portion of San Marcos with views of the country out back and minimal traffic. Out front we are on Old Ranch Road 12 far from the road.

Is Brookdale San Marcos North affiliated with a hospital if more care is needed?

Residents are able to use their hospital of choice.

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Services and Amenities of Brookdale San Marcos North

Room and housing options

  • 1-bedroom apartments
  • 2-bedroom apartments
  • Companion Suites: We Do Not Offer Companion Suites
  • Studio Apartments

Dining options

  • In Room Kitchenette
  • Dining Room Shared Meals
  • Room Service For Meals


  • Beauty Barber Shop
  • Resident Transportation
  • Party Space
  • Tv Room
  • Garden And Patio
  • Resident Parking
  • Features Extra: Library, Fitness Room/Gym

Cleaning services

  • Laundry For Linens
  • Housekeeping
  • Laundry For Clothing

Technology and entertainment

  • Cable In Rooms
  • Internet Enabled Rooms
  • Wifi
  • Technology Extra: Emergency Call System

Health services

  • Medication Management
  • Physical Therapy
  • Nurse On Staff: Yes


  • Offsite Activities
  • Music
  • Games
  • Stories
  • Religious Services
  • Lectures Discussions
  • Book Clubs
  • Wii Sports
  • Tai Chi
  • Fitness Room
  • Gardening
  • Cooking
  • Arts And Crafts

Financial guidance

  • Home Sale Assistance
  • Va Benefits Consultation
  • Financing Advice

Guest services

  • Guest Parking
  • Guests At Mealtime
  • Overnight Guests


  • English


  • Resident Capacity: 75
  • Minimum Age: 65
  • Pets: All Pets Allowed

Range of services

  • Physical Therapy

Types of care

  • Walking Wheelchair Assistance


  • Licenses: 050254
  • State Licenses: 142701
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About Brookdale San Marcos North

Brookdale San Marcos North 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. Brookdale Living's San Marcos, TX 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 independent and assisted living services, amenities, and opportunities we offer. And, the residents at Brookdale San Marcos North can rest assured that as their needs change, we provide a variety of ancillary services and a Personalized Assisted Living environment that encourages residents to continue to live as they please while respecting individual preferences.

Optimum Life&reg and Celebrations provide an all-encompassing way of life that touches the lives of the residents of this independent and assisted living community, their families, and associates alike. Optimum Life&reg 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&reg, the mission of Horizon Bay - San Marcos is to encourage our independent and assisted living residents to celebrate life each day. Inspired dining and vibrant lifestyle activities come together in our Celebrations program filling the monthly calendar at Brookdale Living's San Marcos, TX community with themed experiences, special events, and group activities that highlight different cultures and cuisines in a common venue of camaraderie.

Our Clare Bridge Place program serves those with Alzheimer's disease and other forms of dementia. Each day, we promise to work to deliver Daily Moments of Success for each resident. The Clare Bridge Daily Path provides structure and activities each day designed to meet specific needs of those with dementia, while the Clare Bridge Dining Program, designed by a gerontologist and registered dietitian, helps residents in need of Alzheimer's care retain the ability to enjoy and master the daily dining experience.

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