Urbana assisted-living facility completes updates, restructuring

Urbana assisted-living facility completes updates, restructuring

URBANA — At the beginning of the year, Brookdale's assisted-living center in Urbana was in need of a face-lift.

"It was pretty run down," marketing director Sandy Hockman said. "We were in desperate need of needing something. We definitely did."

After six months of renovations, the assisted-living center has a new look and a restructured memory-care unit for dementia patients.

"The space is the same. It's just everything looks different because everything had a complete redesign," Hockman said. "Everything is brand new, from furniture to fixtures to carpet to paint. Nothing is the same. Everything got torn out."

The assisted-living center has 71 apartments in addition to space for 24 dementia patients, up from 12 before the renovations.

"In memory care, it was just a complete demolition and a reconfiguration really, to bring them the space they have now," Hockman said.

The memory-care unit now has a new dining area and a spa, along with the additional rooms.

The renovations were completed in August, and Brookdale is showing off the new look from 5 to 7 p.m. Thursday at 1706 E. Amber Lane at an open house for prospective residents. Refreshments and tours of the center will be available.

"This is really what we've been waiting for since we broke ground in February," Hockman said. "We're just happy to be here, because although it went fast, it was something that was much needed, and we just have something that is so beautiful now."

Brookdale is a Tennessee-based company that operates about 1,150 senior living centers in 46 states.

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RatDog wrote on September 20, 2017 at 10:09 am

Great. Now they should offer a living wage to it's care givers so that they can attract quality people instead of losers who hire on only long enough to go through training then quit to satisfy the requirements of welfare. But Brookdale pays $10 to $11/hr for  dificult & sensitive work. As a result, they are always understaffed, forcing people to work 12 hour shifts & double shifts. A CNA may work 3rd shift (10pm - 6am) then come back for 2nd shift at 2pm. Some care givers goof off & do the least amount of work they can get away with forcing good workers to work harder. There is little accountability by management unless an employee does something eggregious directly toward management such as not showing up for their worthless meetings bcz the employee must sleep or take care of personal business bcz 'he' just came off a double shift. Those residents pay $5000 & more per month. Brookdale can afford to pay $15/hour for quality caregivers & give the residents the proper care & attention they are paying for.