Brookdale Sugar Land is conveniently located in the heart of Sugar Land, right next to the Chamber of Commerce on a pass-through street between Highways 90 and I-59. We are close to all kinds of retail stores, from Walmart to the First Colony Mall to Sugar Land Town Square; all less than two miles away. The pedestrian-friendly center of Sugar Land, our Town Square, caters to business people, community gatherings and, of course, to shoppers. Several hospitals are in the immediate area, including St. Luke’s Sugar Land Hospital, Memorial Hermann Sugar Land Hospital and Methodist Sugar Land Hospital.
Sugar Land itself is a lovely small town, with tall oak trees lining many of its streets and bordering the Brazos River. From March to May, our beautiful Texas state flower – the Blue Bonnet – transforms the surrounding rolling hills into spectacular fields of deep blues and purples. That’s when we head out to Blue Bonnet Drive, up I-290, for a wonderful scenic drive that our residents love.
Our assisted living community offers three senior apartment styles. The first is a 389 square-foot, two-room suite with a living room, kitchenette with a sink and refrigerator and a bedroom. We also have a 337-square-foot alcove and a smaller 235 square-foot studio. All senior apartments include a private, handicapped-accessible bathroom with seated showers and grab bars, closets, built-in bookshelves and cabinet, all utilities including basic cable, and 24-hour emergency call services.
Several common areas are located throughout our one-story senior living community, including a lovely foyer area with the largest aviary in Sugar Land – home to 15 beautiful birds that residents love to watch. Right off our dining room is a fully enclosed outdoor courtyard area with a covered walkway that connects one side of our community to the other. We also have an activities room with vending machines and full kitchen, and two separate television rooms – one in the parlor and another in our sunroom, which opens onto the courtyard. Our dining room, which is equipped with a piano, does double duty as a chapel on Sundays.
Memory Care is its own community with both private suites and friendship suites. Often, families choose to have their loved one share accommodations, not just for the cost-savings, but for the companionship. The ability for people with Alzheimer’s to care for others tends to decline. But when two people share a suite, it creates a good dependency, in which they tend to watch out for each other. Memory care also has its own dining room set up much like a homey old-fashioned country kitchen with a separate TV area. The dining room is also used for all kinds of activities. Residents are also welcome to use the full kitchen in the main dining room – with supervision, of course. In addition, residents have full access to their own private, secured courtyard with planted walkways, patio, and gazebo. There is also a garden area with raised beds for them to tend flowers and vegetables. A memory care library is also available for family members.
The Weston Group has its offices in our building and provides physical, occupation and speech therapy to many of our residents. The therapists can see residents in their room, in one of our common areas or in the Weston Group’s fully equipped exercise room. In addition, Southwest Home Health also has its office here. Should a resident require more extensive nursing care, such as wound care, respiratory treatments or insulin shots, families can use Southwest – or they can choose to bring in any other home health agency that they prefer.
Many of our staff members have been with us for years. Such longevity underscores how much they love working with seniors and how much pride they take in their jobs. They are extremely compassionate, they listen carefully and always put the residents first. There may be dishes to clean or floors to sweep, but getting a resident back to his or her room so they don’t miss their favorite TV show always comes first. Our staff will know if a resident has missed a meal or two and will actively seek them out and try to find out why. Our memory care community has its own dedicated staff, who undergo extensive training in working with people with memory disorders and in Join Their Journey, the Brookdale memory care program.
We offer a wide range of activities, including bingo every day. Arts and crafts, brain power sessions, daily exercise, Wii, crossword puzzle, musical entertainment are always on the calendar. In addition, we have a very active Residents Council, which often comes up with projects for residents to work on together, such are reorganizing and building up our library. We go on multiple outings every month, whether to a favorite restaurant for lunch or dinner, to Walmart on Mondays, to our local zoo, to the George Bush Library in College Station, to our local museums or on a scenic drive each Friday (Wednesdays for our memory care residents).
Catholic and Protestant church services are held every Sunday, and Rosary is said every Wednesday by a local priest. And we have many family events, including our butterfly release in April to honor those residents who have passed on. Something special involving families is held each month – barbecues in May, Easter egg hunts, a program for veterans on the Fourth of July, sangrias at sunset in September and holiday meals, to name a few. In fact, every Christmas, we serve a lavish buffet, while our resident choir entertains our residents, staff and family members.
Recently, we hosted Art and Soul, an opportunity for our residents to showcase their artwork. Many families and members of the community joined us to enjoy the artwork and to savor delicious pralines handmade by our chef, while being entertained by one of our residents who plays the piano.
We also partner closely with the Exchange Club of Sugar Land, a national organization that does volunteer work to help seniors and veterans. Members from the club will come out to our community to call our bingo games, as well as to celebrate our residents’ birthdays each month.
In addition, we are very active with the local Alzheimer’s Association and participate in the Memory Walk. Our Executive Director is also a speaker on behalf of the Alzheimer’s Foundation in Fort Bend County, as well as part of the Senior Trust Alliance, an ethical group that advocates for seniors rights. And right next door is the Chamber of Commerce, which often provides speakers to address topics of interest to our residents such as information about the Aid and Attendance program for veterans. The general public is always welcome.
We pride ourselves on preparing very pleasing food, beautifully prepared and pleasing to eat. Every meal is served, restaurant-style, on fine linen – burgundy at dinner, white for lunch – along with fine china. Residents are always given two main choices and an always available menu – memory care residents have six smaller meals a day.
Our chef is part of our Resident Council and strives to incorporate our residents’ requests and preferences into the meal plan. We can also accommodate special diets, including mechanical soft, low salt and gluten-free. If a resident has special dietary needs, that information, along with their photos, is posted in the kitchen. Snacks are served every night after supper – and residents are welcome to stop in the kitchen any time and request a snack. Every Sunday night is Sundae Sunday – a special time when residents get together to make ice-cream sundaes. Fridays are reserved for happy hour. Hydration stations are also located throughout our retirement community.