CITY OF BROOKFIELD - An assisted living and dementia care community in the heart of Brookfield has completed its own treatment and is ready to offer a new program for its residents.

As part of the $1 million renovation project now reaching its conclusion, Brookdale Brookfield, 660 Woelfel Road, is the first community in the Milwaukee area that will offer Clare Bridge Crossings.

Clare Bridge Crossings is a program developed by Brookdale's memory care specialists in order to help patients in the early stages of Alzheimer's or dementia.

"Brookdale has offered Crossings throughout the country, we just have not had it in the Milwaukee area until now," Brookdale Brookfield Executive Director Carrie Schroeder said.

Clare Bridge Crossings focuses on providing activities and programming throughout the day that challenges residents.

"We want to try to stimulate their brains to try to prolong the advancement of dementia. We want to slow that advance as much as possible," Schroeder said. "It's really having engaging and challenging programs day after day after day for the patients. That's what the whole program is about."

Examples of activities presented to patients in the program might include visiting a museum to see its exhibits or learning square dancing.

But Clare Bridge Crossings is only one aspect of Brookdale's new look.

For years the company has been looking to expand its facility.

"I believe that this project has been in the talks for about seven or eight years," Schroeder said. "It's been a long time."

Ground was broken on the project two years ago and nearly all construction is now complete. New to Brookdale are 30 additional residential rooms ranging from studios up to one-bedroom apartments, additional walk-in showers for existing rooms, a new spa, therapy gym and library, an enclosed courtyard and the transformation of smaller dining areas into open bistro-style kitchens for the purpose of providing interactive dining and culinary demonstrations.

"This community has historically ran 100 percent full with all units full and people actually on wait lists to come in," Schroeder said. "This is a great addition."

Brookdale Brookfield will celebrate the completion of its renovations and its new program with an event open to the public from 3:30 to 7 p.m. Wednesday, May 3. Festivities will include a ribbon-cutting ceremony, live entertainment, food and refreshments and a meet-and-greet and autograph-signing with former Green Bay Packers player Dorsey Levens.

Admission to the celebration is free but RSVPs are requested. For more information call 262-789-7499.

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