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Emeritus reopens as Brookdale

MARIETTA – Though many residents have called the place home for years, the tear of a ribbon Thursday morning marked a ceremonial start to what is now Brookdale Marietta, formerly Emeritus at Marietta, the senior assisted living and retirement community on Browns Road in Marietta.

After officially merging with Emeritus about a year ago, Brookdale Senior Living Solutions is now celebrating the community officially taking on its name just last month.

Though staff say the retirement home will not go through any drastic changes, Brookdale hopes to serve the community with a full scope of services.

“It’s not necessarily anything new that we’re doing, but Brookdale is a larger company that will allow us to provide more services,” said executive director Mindy Payne. “We’ll be retraining our staff and we’ll really be able to take care of anyone up to the end of life.”

The community opened 18 years ago as the Inn at Marietta before it was eventually purchased by Emeritus.

Brookdale and Emeritus Senior Living officially merged in 2014, making Brookdale the first national full-spectrum senior living solutions company, now with more than 1,100 communities.

“I’ve got asbestos and had pneumonia and wound up in the hospital two years ago, and my wife got sick and passed away so I ended up here by myself,” said 87-year-old Hershel Kemp. “I’ve made a lot of good friends here.”

Betty and Paul Miller have been married for 17 years and have lived in the community for three.

“We looked at a lot of places at the time, and my health was declining at the time so this really worked out better for both of us,” said Betty, 84. “We’re looking forward to all of this.”

Brookdale communities are currently in 47 different states in the U.S.

“We are classified as assisted living, and we also offer memory care for dementia and Alzheimer’s patients,” Payne said. “Last year, Brookdale merged with Emeritus, and we officially changed the name May 11.”

The facility on Browns Road holds 89 apartments and currently has about 86 residents, in addition to 80 staff members.

“Brookdale offers home health, hospice and we have a new director of medicine, Dr. Michael Brockett,” Payne said. “He is very active here and very active in the community.”

Payne said the company plans on doing some renovations and investing money to have anything fixed that needs it.

“We’ll offer a variety of services, three meals a day, an activities program, transportation to medical appointments and all levels of care, from just needing help with meds to hospice,” Payne said.

Payne also said that Brookdale, while offering many levels of care, will strive to find the best solution for clients, even if it is not with them.

“If someone calls thinking we’re a nursing home, we will help them and direct them to other options,” Payne said. “We stay with them through the whole process. We really are home-like, community-based and really a one-stop shop.”

Staff also follows a program or mantra called “We say yes,” according to Payne.

“If a senior wants to go get a pedicure, we’ll make it happen,” she said. “If a senior wants a certain meal they had as a child, our staff is trained that if they ask, we make it happen.”