Brookdale University Park - Birmingham, AL

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  • Minimum Age of Accepted Residents
  • Activities Onsite
  • Devotional Services Available
  • Indoor Common Areas
  • Meals Provided
  • Nurses on Staff
  • Podiatrist Available
  • Physical Therapy Available
  • Occupational Therapy Available
  • Speech Therapy Available
  • Complimentary Transportation
  • Activities Offsite
  • Outdoor Common Areas
  • Beauty & Barber Services
  • Pets Allowed
  • No Smoking Allowed in Private Areas Indoors
  • No Smoking Allowed in Public Areas Indoors
  • Wheelchair Accessible Showers
  • Hospice Available
  • Resident Parking Available
  • Male Residents Accepted
  • Female Residents Only
  • Doctor on Call
  • Dentist Available

Customer Reviews

Review of Brookdale

It has been entertaining to feel/watch the atmosphere change after corporate/regional is has to be reported to or coming for inspections very constantly. The staff and activities does so well working to keep activities to choose from so many tastes. I am so bothered by no separation of Independent and Assisted living. Other facilities do have separation - even buildings, connection alley. Psychology depressing

Review of Brookdale

The employees at Brookdale University Park are friendly and helpful.

Review of Brookdale

I have lived here for 12 years so I certainly am happy. Best thing about here is that everyone is friendly (residents and help). Yes, sometimes I'm not happy about meal, but I don't have to do the cooking or cleaning! We could use more employees but it is what it is!

Review of Brookdale

Food tastes mostly like pablums pie slices are lunch at crust and down to 0 not enough servers in the restaurant. Food was excellent 4 years ago and a major reason to move in for many. Insect invasion constantly reappearing.

[Name removed] showed us 3 independent local living and 1 assisted living apartments. All were lovely. We especially like Brookdale’s location.

Great community with excellent caregivers

Brookdale is a very nice community. My mother has dementia and needs assistance with many things. I knew Brookdale was the right place when I toured and saw the caregivers interacting with the residents. That has been confirmed many times over as my mother has been there 3 months now. The nurses and caregivers offer excellent care. The residents are treated with respect and dignity. I visit up to 5 times a week and have never observed anything but the utmost professional care and honest concern for the well-being of the residents. The facility is always clean and the rooms are cleaned daily. The activities director is upbeat an energetic and just brings joy to everything she does. The nurses and caregivers spot any abnormalities (such as a urinary tract infection) and alert her doctor and me. It is a gated community and staff is on the ball - so I know it is safe and secure. The food is good and nutritious. My mother had dark circles around her eyes from her own poor nutrition at home and that has been cleared up completely. The staff communicates any needs or concerns with me without hesitation - which I appreciate. You will not be disappointed with Brookdale.

The only complaint I have had has been that the cable in her room was not working properly, and it took quite a while for it to get resolved, but it is resolved now. Maintenance even mounted her TV on the wall for us.

Beautiful facility but, poor quality, staff and in my opinion dangerous

My father spent 2 month recovering from a broken hip between [dates removed]. One of the worst expiences. Food was the worse. My father was diabetic and the staff never checked his chart. My father Lost 40 pounds during his stay. Normally we ordered out. The CNA’s are understaffed and unqualified. We expirenced poor care for my father to the point where we had to pay for 24 hour sitters costing our family over $7,000 over his stay. The administration was clueless. The nurses staff was understaffed. My fathers meds were changed often in the beginning which slowed my fathers progress. 2 nurse supervisors quite during my fathers stay. The administration tried compensating us by eating our Medicare copay. We were unaware that several families had removed there loved ones during our stay. The rehab staff was good. That was the only unit that seemed to work. We even filed a complaint with the state of Alabama. All of this was documented by our family and staff. I would never recommend facility for anyone.

The community was very clean and bright. Everyone we encountered seemed happy. Our contact person was very knowledgeable and if she didn’t know the answer to a question was willing to research and get back with us. Convenient location.

[Name removed] provided a tour for us. She was very helpful and patient in providing the tour of their facilities. Everyone we passed stopped to tell us how special [name removed] was to them. Beautiful very clean facility, Gated community, Allows for Independent Living to Assisted Living to Monitored Living as needed, Excellent balanced meals provided, Medical staff on-site, Rehab center on-site, On-site church services, Lots of secure sidewalks around the building for Mom to walk, Washer/Dryer combinations in every apartment, Open floorplans
Residents must press a button in their apartment each morning by 10:00 am notifying security they are okay. If action does not occur, the staff checks on the resident.

Forget your loved one being watched or cared for until dinner is over and the dishes washed

The dining room upstairs has the caregiver staff giving out the food ! No one to watch the other patients who are in their rooms! The muses too busy trying to help the caregivers serve the dinner! And they say it’s been this way herre?! Can’t you afford a seperate staff to serve my friend and those else who live here’s dinner?! Not to mention that the caregivers were also washing the dishes?!?! So much for spending money where it counts !!

Very nice but a little out of my price range.

Take a look at this community.

I loved this community when I went on my tour. The people I met were nice and the community is clean. The apartment they showed us was a two bedroom with a den that was nice. It is in a good location next to a lot of amenities.

Bad Situation during Respite Stay

My grandmother had a decent experience during her respite stay at this community. She likes most of the people of the there, but the was one bad situation. One of the staff members stole $200 out of her night stand.They did handle the situation well, and the employee was terminated. It is a pretty nice place, but that situation kind of put a damper on things overall.

Very welcoming on my tour.[Removed] was very helpful in answering my questions and showing me the apartments and options for my parents. The residents seemed happy and content and the amenities are very nice. A definite possibility for my folks! (I am rating "4 stars" only because I do not yet have a family member living here)

So Far All Is Well

It is still a work in progress for my mother since her move to this community, but so far all is well. We have had a few problems in the beginning, but they are very wiling to work with us. The staff overall is helpful and attentive. They have pretty good activities for the residents. The food is good, she is satisfied with the meals. I'am hoping things continues to go in a positive direction for us here at this community.

Has A Lot to Offer!!

Brookdale University Park has many common areas like their barber shop, a golf course and meeting room. The tour guide that showed me around was knowledgeable and answered my questions. I liked the layout of the community it was clean and everything was put together good.

Respect your parents - because Brookdale doesn't.

My father was put into their "Skilled Nursing" rehabilitation center after spending two weeks in a hospital for a heart attack. The care he receives from Brookdale has been shoddy at best. One CNA for nine patients and one nurse on each wing. They constantly tell family members that "they have taken care of it" when you call on the phone, but forgetting that family members are standing in my father's room when the call has been made and nothing has been "taken care of". Whatever you do... do NOT go to Brookdale. Having an adult wait to have bathroom assistance for anywhere from 10 minutes to 1/2 an hour is not acceptable (and this is after they have been notified that there is a situation). As far as cleanliness... what ever they use to mop floors with caused a CNA to slip in my fathers room. Friendliness? I have had a good relationship there with one and only one nurse administrator - and she is the boss above bosses. Sure, the value is great because Medicare completely covers my Dad's care for 20 days. We are already looking to move him and it hasn't been a week since he arrived.

definitely recommend it

Brookdale Unversity Park is going really good. Mom loves it. i really cant tell you bad things about it. There are some maintenance things here and there. But the care and the facility is phenomenal. She is definitely getting the care that she needs. It is worth the money. She doesn't lack for something to do here either. They have all kinds of welcome lunches. They take them places. The care services are above average. We didn't even ask and they had people from physical therapy come in and evaluate her. They were proactive in taking care of any needs she has. They called me and informed me of everything and let me know that her medicaid would cover everything. This facility is the furthest one from me that we could of picked but I have no problems because I know she is taken care of here. I would definitely recommend it for anyone that can afford it.

good experience

We had a very good experience with Brookdale Place University Park. It is a very nice and clean facility, and all the staff there was extremely helpful.


The nursing staff at Brookdale skilled nursing were very attentive to our patient's needs. However, the transition from skilled nursing to assisted living in the same facility was extremely unorganized. People in our family waited all day for the transfer. Someone did not put in the order for a bed and wheelchair in a timely manner. My daughter went back at 7:30 pm to sign a receipt. The transfer did not occur the day it was scheduled with us.

Respite Care for Dementia Patient following Outpatient Surgery

My mother stayed for three weeks in Respite Care following out-patient surgery. Everyone encountered that first day bent over backwards to make her comfortable. She had been diagnosed with dementia and DAILY complained that she wanted to go home. Even though the meals were delicious, the activities fun and entertaining (when she would agree to attend), the therapy excellent, the residents she met were friendly and caring, but she wanted to go home! Negatives: all place settings were not removed from the tables after meal times and replaced with clean ones, no one changed her band aids after the surgical dressing was removed and the nurses were so busy they could not tell me if she had had any pain medication. Overall, a positive experience in a difficult situation .

be careful and really do your homework befire signing paperwork

Our dad is in longterm care. We have found him in the floor, fallen out of the bed and no one around to help us and no answers to why his safety is not a concern. Staff is uneducated, you can not tell who is the CNA is verses who have a degree in administration / social work. I am a social worker myself, and I have been in many homes. This is by far the most frustrating place for your loved one to call "home". Collecting a pay check is the only concern!

Very very limited nursing staff. To get a straight answer you have to go to the administration. Contradicting staff about patient care and case management. Don't be fulled by the new, beautiful facility. Never judge a book by its cover!

My mom is here currently after suffering complications from a surgery . She is here for rehab only . The facilities are new and very nice but the care level and knowledge of staff is very poor . We are very present and hands on with our mom but we have to stay on top of the staff here so they do not do the wrong thing for her . You have to repeatedly ask for meds, diaper changes and wound care . You can tell that it is not being run by a competent administrator and it is hard to tell the difference between the nurses and the aids . I will say that the Physical Therapist , and Speech therapists are very caring and great at what they do ! However , my family will not recommend or use Brookdale Place again !

Wonderful, safe place!

Wonderful, safe place!

Beautiful property, nice st...

Beautiful property, nice staff. Showed signs of water problems out side common restroom near lobby. Apartments were nice but had hardwood floors which for me would pose a slipping hazard. Location is closer to downtown making shopping inconvient.

Met the director and toured facility ...

Met the director and toured facility on 4/6/2011. Very nice, clean. Studio very small, but I guess I didn't know what to expect. They offer specials on the studio, but none on the 1BR apt. They offer memory care which included med. mgmt., showering, dressing. Phone, laundry separate.

From the Community

Brookdale Place University Park 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.  Our Brookdale 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 services, amenities and opportunities we offer.

At Brookdale Place, Optimum Life® and Celebrations provide an all-encompassing way of life that touches our residents, their families and associates alike. Optimum Life® 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® we encourage our residents to celebrate life each day.