Brookdale Senior Living - Rancho Mirage
Address : 72201 Country Club Dr, Rancho Mirage, California 92270
PHONE : 760-340-5999
Where senior living, healthcare and hospitality converge
By June Allan Corrigan
Photography by Mark Davidson
Inquire as to what sets Brookdale Rancho Mirage apart from other retirement communities and the word one hears most frequently is care. As a Continuing Care Retirement Community (CCRC) – care, or more precisely, three distinct levels of continuing care are simply part of its identity. Its Skilled Nursing division, in particular, stands out in the Valley, not only due to its rarity but also due to its size. “With only 45 beds in our Skilled Nursing Division, we are considered a boutique facility,” says Executive Director Robert Barton. “Our staff to patient ratio is higher than average so individualized, personal care is the norm.” Care manifests itself in three ways at Brookdale Rancho Mirage. The aforementioned skilled nursing division resides alongside a full range of assisted living apartments – 90 in all, featuring two-bedroom, one-bedroom and studio floor plans – plus there is a 24 memory care apartments. A very convenient ebb and flow exists between skilled nursing and the assisted living portion of the community. “Residents can be as independent as they like – drive their own car, go out to dinner, whatever,” explains Assisted Living Director Roland Gandy. “The difference is we provide services for them in assisted living while they’re here. Housekeeping once a week, laundry, all day entirely fresh dining options prepared by a culinary chef, a full activity program and more.” Yet perhaps the most significant advantage of all is having skilled nursing onsite should they or perhaps their spouse need it.
Skilled nursing is often the next logical step following a stay in the hospital. Should assisted living residents have higher health care needs, it is also very reassuring to know skilled nursing is just a short distance down the hall. “We offer both long term and respite stays,” says Sean Shahram, who serves as Healthcare Liaison at Brookdale Rancho Mirage. “Sometimes families aren’t sure if assisted living is the right solution and respite care provides an opportunity to come to our community and try it out for a month or two. It’s worth noting that our assisted living residents have priority to our skilled nursing beds …. and to the eleven private rooms contained within, when available.”
Proximity to Eisenhower Medical Center is another huge advantage. Brookdale Rancho Mirage is literally right across the street from EMC providing ready access to doctor appointments. For many short and long-term residents and their families, there is extra peace of mind knowing a leading medical center is located directly nearby. And then there is the name itself. “Brookdale is the largest of its kind, owning and operating a little over 800 senior living and retirement communities across the United States,” states Barton. It’s easy to transfer from another locale too. “I have residents from Chicago who winter here and return to another Brookdale assisted living community in their hometown the remainder of the year. They enjoy receiving the same level of care and services.”
Another perk is that unlike some assisted living communities, Brookdale charges a la carte. “If you’re a high-functioning individual and don’t need much, perhaps you just want to use it as an apartment, you’re going to pay much less than in another assisted living community where they often charge one lump sum. Cost is based on your acuity level, on whether assistance is needed with showers, medication, ambulation, etc.” explains Shahram. At Brookdale Rancho Mirage, residents can select what they would like in terms of services, add on or delete as their needs dictate and pay only for those services. The ebb and flow of skilled nursing – that oh-so-valuable onsite resource – often factors here.
Ultimately, there is one thing that distinguishes Brookdale Rancho Mirage as it goes about providing continuing care on a daily basis. “It’s the staff here that sets us apart,” says Resident Programs Manager Daniel Coover. Staff equals care equals excellence!
Brookdale Rancho Mirage
72201 Country Club Drive,
Rancho Mirage, CA 92270