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OUR RESIDENTS LOVE US

Making the transition to Independent Living or Assisted Living can be challenging. The Brook has made every effort to ensure our residents have an experience above and beyond their expectations. 

OUR MISSION

“To provide a retirement community focused on assisting residents in achieving the highest level of independence possible in an atmosphere of caring and promoting quality of life–not to mention making ‘fun’ a part of each and every day.”

“Dad stayed for a week for respite care. We couldn’t have been happier! The staff was very friendly and caring. They were very attentive to our requests and seemed to be genuinely happy to be there. The facility was spotlessly clean, right down to the kitchen! Meals were cheerfully served and looked appetizing. The staff was very attentive to the needs of the diners. We’ll definitely consider using their services again for respite care or long-term residency.”

Mark N.

Gaylord, Michigan

“My Father-in-law is staying at the Brook. The room is just right and he has a nice view from his window. Staff appears to be very conscientious. He likes the food and the regular schedule. There are a lot of activities available for occupying the day.”

Cathy A.

Boyne City, Michigan

“Our family found The Brook of Newaygo experience for our dad very pleasant and worry-free. My dad was happy there and enjoyed and cared a great deal for the staff. The nurse often worked directly with dad’s doctor and his once a week home care nurse. We visited on a weekly basis and also found the staff above board and more than accommodating. His studio apartment was more than we hoped for and the entire building is beautiful and well cared for. The residents we spoke to when we stayed and shared a meal with dad we’re happy and content. The meal portions were more than sufficient and I found them appealing, and good as did my father.
I’m grateful for The Brook and their staff and highly recommend them. “

Susie C.

Newaygo, Michigan

“I can’t thank enough to the founders of this great institution. We feel so fortunate and blessed to have found the Brook Retirement Home. Because of difficult health conditions my best friend, he has lived in the Cedar springs, Houghton Lake and now the Big Rapids Brook branch. Their excellent service and awesome, friendly and engaged staff are consistent among all the branches. They truly care about their residents. Great place to spend the golden years when assistance is needed. It is like a five star hotel with the warmth of a loving family. They have so many amenities and activities that residents can participate in.

The management at the Brook is outstanding. They are always catering to the particular needs of their residents. They continuously strive to better their service and they are always looking for new ideas to improve on what they do. Their personal touch and loving care makes it feel like home.”

Aurturo P.

Big Rapids, Michigan

“I am writing this letter to express my appreciation for the staff and management at your establishment located in Gaylord, Michigan.

My mother, Angelique, was a resident at that facility from February 2017 through December 2019. My mother has just recently passed in December and I know she would have wanted me to extend her appreciation and sincere thanks to everyone. Both of us felt that the girls at The Brook were like an extended family. I always felt comfortable knowing that she was in good hands and that the girls treated her with love and kindness.

Everyone, including the kitchen staff and Karen who cleaned my mom’s room every Thursday, were always kind, courteous, and thoughtful. They never treated my mom as if she was a burden, but just the opposite, like they were more than happy to help with whatever she needed.

I think it is important that the corporate office know that the staff and management at The Book of Gaylord go above and beyond that which would be expected, and that their superiors should be aware when they have such dedicated and excellent employees. I am amazed at the compassion and kindness that was given to my mother on a daily basis and I can only again say thank you for always being there for her.”

Penny W.

Gaylord, Michigan

“We also had a loved one at The Brook of Gladwin, and I too would like the corporate office to know that they must be doing something right, as we never had a “off” day while we were there! Everyone should be commended for such a wonderful job that they do!!”

Shelly M.

Gladwin, Michigan

ONLINE REVIEWS

I absolutely love working for this company. How many can say that they look forward to going to work?! These residents and my team unify our community into a family!If it's important to our resident and their family's, then it's important to us!
Kristen F.
Kristen F.
The Brook in Big Rapids has met and exceeded my desires for safe and personal care for my 98 yo father. The staff embrace him as family.Sara is doing an amazing job leading this team. We are very blessed to be apart of their family.We came on Feb 7 th this year and COVID struck our homeland. I don’t know how we would have survived without their safe and personal care.Thank you❤️🌹❣️
Patti W.
Patti W.
The Brook of Big Rapids has a fantastic work team! Each member of the team puts 100 percent into the work and attitude everyday they work. Each team member comes into work with a smile and positive attitude each day!
Skylar R.
Skylar R.
Great staff. Our father is a resident and they take very good care of him and everyone else. Would recommend this retirement facility to anyone.
Ed S.
Ed S.
Great place! Staff is great, very nice ! The place itself it just beautiful! Very clean and welcoming.
Sandra M.
Sandra M.
Wonderful staff! My dad lived at The Brook of Gladwin for approximately 5 years. His time there was very enjoyable. During the Covid restrictions, my dad passed away. The staff was so good to him and I during his passing. They were very attentive and compassionate despite the restrictions. Carla Terrill
JOHN T.
JOHN T.
I would absolutely refer my family and friends to this facility, not only does the staff go above and beyond to give the residents the care they need and deserve, they care about each and every resident as if they are family. The facility is clean and beautiful and offers many different things for the residents such as a library, activities room, pool table, and much more. Covid has definitely made things very difficult for all but The Brook and staff continues to do as much as possible to give the residents quality of life.
September E.
September E.
My mom lived at the Brook for over 3 years. She received wonderful care from the staff, who I believe truly loved her. I cannot thank Lisa and all the staff that cared for her enough. Excellent care, great facility, fun activities and great staff!
Deb G.
Deb G.
My experience with the employees and my interaction with the residents is phenomenal! They care for the residents as their own family and keep them happy through this time of uncertainty. I would highly recommend this facility for anyone looking for a place to find a loved one to live 🙂
Martinez O.
Martinez O.
Amazing residents, Very respectful, hardworking staff. Definitely recommend!
Jamie B.
Jamie B.
I have been a part of the Brook family for over 5yrs, I absolutely love my job, my coworkers and residents, there is always a sense of family here, our manager Lisa Stein has always made us feel appreciated and never hesitates to jump in to lend a hand. Every staff member here incorporates a unique quality to our team, we are Gladwin strong.
Star P.
Star P.
Not only a beautiful and clean building but most importantly the care givers love and take wonderful care of the residents. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
addie M.
addie M.
I would like to compliment Pam and the entire staff at The Brook of Houghton Lake. I have observed how they all work so well together and with such kindness to all the residence and their families. I feel fortunate to have this great facility with such positive staff in our community. I appreciate their patience and especially the respect they show to every resident. Thank you to the whole team for working through the challenges of Covid 19 and keeping a happy atmosphere for everyone.
Luann
Luann
I want to share a letter that I received from a former employee of The Houghton Lake Brook which brings great pride and kudos to the current staff and myself as manager.Dear Brook Team Mates - The last 5 months have really been tough and a lot has been expected of all of us. I can't think of a better bunch to have shared this time with. I have enjoyed working with each of you. I have seen only respect, caring and love for our residents. Pam (manager) asked at our meeting if we were a team and I thought about it and I think more now than ever we are. So over the last year and 2 months I've learned a lot and met a lot of great personalities. God Bless you all, and I'm thankful to have you in my life.Dorothy Teuscher
Pam L.
Pam L.
I have been a proud employee for The Brook of Houghton Lake for the past 11 years. The staff is loving and caring and goes above and beyond, the building is clean and beautiful. Our corporate office has done an amazing job during the pandemic to ensure the health and safety of our residents and staff. I hope to be apart of this family for many more years.
Michelle P.
Michelle P.
I've been employed with the Brook for a year and a half. I love my job there and the residents. Everytime I work it feels like I'm going to see a building full of grandparents. Even during these difficult days it's a blessing to work for such a compassionate place that only has the residents care as top priority.
Mary S.
Mary S.
I have worked at The Brook of Houghton Lake for 4+ years, and am a current employee. I can say by far, this is a great company to work for. The facility is beautiful and well taken care of, both inside and out. The residents are absolutely amazing, the staff is great, we have a great team working there, and the management is top notch. We are all an extended family that are there to make sure our residents get the care they deserve, and the support they need, especially during these trying times with Covid. I love working for this company, and look forward to many more years with them.
Lisa M.
Lisa M.
I am very thankful to all of the staff at The Brook of Cheboygan. They have given their all during this difficult time of Covid-19. I can rest at night knowing my mother is in good hands.
Pam M.
Pam M.
The Brook of Big Rapids has caring and amazing staff. They go out of their way to make sure everyone is well taken care of and all the residents needs are met. The facility is very clean, bright, cheerful. I would recommend this beautiful place for your loved one.
Gabby J.
Gabby J.
Best employees ever they take very good care of of the clients
Rob T.
Rob T.
Came to visit an old friend who became forgetful. We found her well cared for and as happy as you can be in her condition. The place was clean, spacious and well staffed. If ever I get old, I would want to come to a place like this.
David H.
David H.
Very nice and caring people work here. I wish my parents could afford to live in an assisted living facility, if they could this is where they would choose to go. The price is actually on the lower side of good facilities! Would be well worth the money!
amanda J.
amanda J.
Good price and good care.
Stan R.
Stan R.
Dad stayed for a week for respite care. We couldn’t have been happier! The staff was very friendly and caring. They were very attentive to our requests and seemed to be genuinely happy to be there. The facility was spotlessly clean, right down to the kitchen! Meals were cheerfully served and looked appetizing. The staff was very attentive to the needs of the diners.We’ll definitely consider using their services again for respite care or long-term residency.
Mark N.
Mark N.
I can’t thank enough to the founders of this great institution. We feel so fortunate and blessed to have found the Brook Retirement Home. Because of difficult health conditions my best friend, he has lived in the Cedar springs, Houghton Lake and now the Big Rapids Brook branch. Their excellent service and awesome, friendly and engaged staff are consistent among all the branches. They truly care about their residents. Great place to spend the golden years when assistance is needed. It is like a five star hotel with the warmth of a loving family. They have so many amenities and activities that residents can participate in.The management at the Brook is outstanding. They are always catering to the particular needs of their residents. They continuously strive to better their service and they are always looking for new ideas to improve on what they do. Their personal touch and loving care makes it feel like home.
Arturo P.
Arturo P.
My grandma loves living here! She has a nice sized room and a beautiful view. There are tons of activities throughout the week for her engage in. The only complaint is the food. We have been in many other retirement/assisted living homes with great food and we are hoping the brook will step up their game in this department!
Christa C.
Christa C.
Mom loves her apartment here
Judy A C.
Judy A C.
My Father-in-law is staying at the Brook. The room is just right and he has a nice view from his window. Staff appears to be very conscientious. He likes the food and the regular schedule. There are a lot of activities available for occupying the day.
Cathi A.
Cathi A.
Love this place! Great place to be. Warm, friendly and welcoming. Staff show true compassion and care.
janmarie K.
janmarie K.
Very nice! Went to visit a friend. She loves the place.
Jody H.
Jody H.
Awesome facilities and staf
Arturo P.
Arturo P.
My mother in law spent 6 weeks here. She was very happy and really enjoyed her stay! To quote her "It's such a wonderful place" When we were helping her to apply and get situated the staff was awesome. Dianna , Nancy and all the wonderful care givers a big warm THANK YOU!
Lois B.
Lois B.
Our family found The Brook of Newaygo experience for our dad very pleasant and worry-free. My dad was happy there and enjoyed and cared a great deal for the staff.The nurse often worked directly with dad’s doctor and his once a week home care nurse.We visited on a weekly basis and also found the staff above board and more than accommodating.His studio apartment was more than we hoped for and the entire building is beautiful and well cared for. The residents we spoke to when we stayed and shared a meal with dad we’re happy and content. The meal portions were more than sufficient and I found them appealing, and good as did my father.I’m grateful for The Brook and their staff and highly recommend them.....S. Commons
Susie C.
Susie C.
The staff are caring and kind and willing to go the extra mile to give excellent care.
jody P.
jody P.
Just for some balance: my mother has been at The Brook for a little over a month, and I/she couldn't be happier with the staff, the food, and how she is treated. She too has memory issues but the staff have treated her respectfully and patiently. From what I have seen so far, I highly recommend this facility.
Ute A.
Ute A.
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Angela F.
Angela F.

TAKE THE FIRST STEP

Making the decision to move into a senior living center can be very difficult. The Brook is here to help guide you every step of the way. Visit one of our locations and you will see first hand why our residents love living with us.

Our purpose is clear.
Our performance is consistent.
Our passion is people.

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The Brook Retirement Communities are an equal opportunity employer.

The Brook Retirement Communities fully comply with the Fair Housing Act, which prohibits “Any preference, limitation, or discrimination because of race, color, religion, sex, handicap, familial status, or national origin or intention to make such preference, limitation or discrimination.”

Our purpose is clear.
Our performance is consistent.
Our passion is people.

FOLLOW US

The Brook Retirement Communities are an equal opportunity employer.

The Brook Retirement Communities fully comply with the Fair Housing Act, which prohibits “Any preference, limitation, or discrimination because of race, color, religion, sex, handicap, familial status, or national origin or intention to make such preference, limitation or discrimination.”

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