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Brookdale Santa Monica Gardens
851 Second Street, Santa Monica, CA 90403
Based on 12 reviews
Services and Housing OptionsAssisted Living
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Brookdale Santa Monica Gardens DescriptionWhat happened to your passions when you turned 70? Did they fade away? Age does not weaken one's interests, if anything it strengthens them. As you age, you may need some assistance. At Brookdale Santa Monica Gardens, we take care of the little things and the big things. We can help you with simple housekeeping and meals, as well as bathing and getting dressed. We will tailor your care to suit your individual needs. Do what you love and we'll take care of the rest.
Assisted LivingAssisted living is a perfect solution for seniors who need help with activities of daily living, but want to maintain their independence. These communities have people and programs in place to help with things like daily living, basic care, recreational activities, and transportation.
DiningA delicious meal is one of life's simple joys. You'll love our delicious, restaurant-style crab cakes, Cajun jambalaya and beef enchiladas served in our elegant dining room! You'll finish the meal with a variety of desserts, including pies, cakes, fresh fruit and ice cream - with sugar-free options included. You can help us plan our menus by sharing your favorite dishes, family recipes and requests during our menu chats.
Parent OrganizationBrookdale Santa Monica Gardens is a member of a larger group of communities called Brookdale Senior Living
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AmenitiesBrookdale Santa Monica Gardens is a luxurious senior living facility that offers a variety of amenities to its residents. Residents can enjoy the convenience of an emergency alert system, pet-friendly environment, and fitness center. The facility also features a library, beauty/barber shop, courtyard and garden porch, game room, Wi-Fi access throughout landscaped grounds, business centers/computers, fireside living room, computer/internet access, piano, and personal solutions program. All these amenities help to make Brookdale Santa Monica Gardens an ideal living choice for seniors.
assistance with medications
assistance with daily living
flat screen tv
wi fi access throughout
fireside living room
courtyard and garden
Employee Reviews for Brookdale Senior Living in Santa Monica, California
4 out of 5 stars. Based on 1 reviewsEmployees of Brookdale Senior Living in the Santa Monica, CA area generally have positive things to say about their experience. As the largest provider of senior living, Brookdale has protocols and standards in place that should ensure a satisfactory job experience. Employees appreciate the free lunch and the wonderful staff and residents. However, some have noted that middle management is entirely focused on occupancy and census, and does not care about the associates or the residents. Overall, employees are satisfied with their experience and appreciate the support of the Executive Director.
Employee Reviews for Brookdale Senior Living
3.06 out of 5 stars. Based on 1000 reviewsEmployees of Brookdale Senior Living generally have positive things to say about the company. They appreciate the free parking, paid orientation and training hours, and nice residents. However, they have noted that the health insurance is expensive and the deductibles are high. Additionally, CNA's PTO for the first year is nearly nonexistent and the pay deposit system is unusual. There is also a lack of work-life balance, as employees are often called in on days off due to staff shortages. Employees have also reported that management does not advocate for them and that communication is not always good. They have also noted that the pay rate is low and that the facility is often understaffed. Employees have also reported that the security system is an issue and that the training is too automated. Advice to management includes improving communication, fostering staff development, enhancing benefits, and stopping taking credit for work that the front-line workers conduct.
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LicensingThis community is licensed by the state of CA. It is a large-sized community with 128 total beds.
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I've never been to Brookdale Santa Monica the Gardens, I actually worked at Brookdale South Bay, I know the Executive Director at the Gardens, Mike Emerson and Mike Emerson was the Executive Director at Brookdale South Bay when it was Pacific Inn and Mike Emerson gave me my start and I will always be forever grateful to Mike Emerson and my days as a Brookdale Associate may be over and in life I learn that you always give credit and respect to the people that gave me a hand up and Mike Emerson is one that gave me a chance and I honestly don't begrudge anyone for moving on and moving up to a better position in their Professional career and I believe that if Mike Emerson was still at Brookdale South Bay, selfishly I would still be there and again Brookdale Santa Monica Gardens is a better place due to Mike Emerson's leadership! I myself is a better person for working under Mike Emerson for almost 4 years.
My Mom has been very happy here! This is a caring, lovely place, I have confidence my Mom is well taken care of. Tons of activities from exercise to art and much in between. My Mom has found lots of new friends, a true community.My Mom is very comfortable in her apartment, the entire building is very nice and well maintained. There is a nice outside garden as well, a great area to hang out with friends, family, or eat lunch. There's a community room, a library, and my Mom frequents the in house hairdresser. Ralph Balbin, the Executive Director is beyond responsive, and helpful. Everything I've seen from the staff from Lidia bringing my Mom a gift upon her arrival has been beyond the call of duty, and truly caring.The location is just ideal for my Mom (or really anyone for that matter), being able to walk to Palisades Park to see the sun set nightly, Montana Ave, and the Promenade, it's hard to think of a better location, especially for someone who no longer drives!
Not happy with the service that a client is receiving. A lot of money is paid to ensure that the client is taken care of, yet the staff does not do the work. I'm not sure why and don't want to say anything unkind if it's not the reason. I'd be wary bringing someone there. Need to really be on them to ensure they are doing their job.
I am a Senior Placement Advisor and recently visited Brookdale Gardens Santa Monica, What a beautiful and well run community. The Community itself is just blocks from the beach, offering beautiful weather. Their staff Friendly, Kind and Experienced. The Executive Director Kind, Compassionate, and extremely knowledgeable. What an amazing Assisted Living Community, I would be happy to recommend this community to anyone, Bravo!!!
Santa Monica Gardens is a wonderful place for my mother. She is in a great circle of friends, has plenty of fun and intellectual activites, and professional caring staff. The only reason I haven’t given 5 stars is because of the ongoing elevator problems that have plagued Santa Monica Gardens again and again during my mother’s three years here. If Brookdale can go a year without a major elevator delay, I’ll gladly give this wonderful place 5 stars.
This was the best place for my mom! You are in good company and taken care of by the friendly, loving staff. Evelyn and Michael do everything possible to make life work for clients and family.The building is well maintained the food is very good! I can't say enough about Brookdale Gardens they were fantastic!
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