Frequently Asked Questions
We recommend visiting your loved ones between the hours of 8 am until 8 pm, however, you are welcome to visit Brookside Inn 24 hours a day. If you come outside our recommended visiting hours and no one at the front desk to let you in, please ring the doorbell to ensure access.
How do I find out about activities provided for the resident?
We strive to create social programs and individualized activities to match the capabilities and needs of each resident. This also has a powerful impact on the healing process of those residents involved in some type of rehabilitation. Specific activities include: active resident councils, musical performances, current events update, reading the newspaper, singing exercises, fitness activities, stretching exercises, religious meetings, outside entertainment, games, trivia, history, and volunteer involvement. We also strongly encourage families to participate with the residents in various activities.
A monthly calendar is posted to keep residents informed of upcoming events such as birthday parties, movies, musical programs, outings, candlelight dinners, ice cream socials, and other special events. We always welcome friends and family to visit and attend our special events.
What role does Social Services play?
Our social services team assists both residents and their families during transitional periods. They also provide essential information, manage requests and concerns, and help in the care and discharge planning for each resident. They can arrange professional services for dental, vision, podiatry, audiology, advance directives, dementia assessment, psychosocial and psychiatric evaluation, and individual therapy.
How is the laundry done? Can family members take laundry home?
Should you wish to have your laundry washed by us, please notify the front office upon admission. Subsequently, if a family/caregiver is going to take care of the laundry at home, please let the nursing station know your plans. This way, the staff can place a sign on the closet door notifying our housekeeping staff to leave the clothing for family pick up. We request that family provide a hamper for clothes and pick it up twice a week.
All personal clothing is washed in an industrial washing machine at a temperature of 180 degrees. Make sure your loved ones’ clothing is appropriate for washing and drying in these hot temperatures. Avoid bringing clothing that requires cold or warm water, special care, or is subject to damage and fading. All clothing must be labeled. Please label the clothing with the resident’s name, NOT the room number or initials. Mark clearly and in large letters on the inside neckline or waistband. All items must be marked including socks, shoes, and other personal items.
What articles of clothing should we bring?
We recommend approximately five changes of clothing and a pair of comfortable rubber-soled shoes. All articles should be washed, clearly labeled with the resident’s name in permanent ink and entered into the residents’ personal inventory log in the medical chart. Other personal items should be marked or engraved for identification. We advise that residents do not keep valuable jewelry or large amounts of cash in the facility.
Is there a limit to the number of people who can visit at one time?
Although we do not have a formal policy stating visitation guidelines, we suggest using the common areas of the facility to meet with your loved one. If it is not possible to visit in one of the common areas, we suggest a limit of one to three people in a resident room at one time.
Is there any private space available to use?
You may reserve the activities lounge for any special events (birthday, holidays, meals) with notice.
Can children visit?
We encourage children to visit Brookside Inn. However, we request that anyone displaying cold/flu symptoms refrain from visiting Brookside Inn until symptoms subside. Please discuss concerns with the charge nurse. Also, alert the charge nurse to anyone visiting the facility under the age of 12.
Can we bring a family pet to the facility?
We welcome visits from family pets. Proof of rabies vaccination must be provided upon initial visit. Please keep your pet on a leash, clean up after the animal and take proper safety measures at all times.
How often will a physician or health professional visit?
Physicians generally see residents upon admission and once every 30 days thereafter. However, our nursing professionals are in constant contact with all of the physicians that visit the facility. Some insurance companies require that physicians visit more often. Check with our nursing staff for further information.
Can I take my loved one home for a visit?
Residents are welcome to leave Brookside Inn for home visits so long as they have a proper physician’s authorization. This can be arranged through the nursing staff. Upon arrival and departure, the resident or responsible party must sign the LOA (leave of absence) book located at the nursing station, and receive proper care training. This may include education on safety and medicine administration as needed.
Can my loved one receive mail?
Mail is delivered to residents the same day it is received at Brookside Inn, in conjunction with the delivery schedules of USPS, FedEx, and Amazon.
Attn: ___________________ Room No. _____
1297 South Perry Street
Castle Rock, CO 80104
Consider using our Send a Greeting feature on the website. You can choose from a variety of postcards to fill out and mail to your loved one for a small fee or you may type a message and through email, send us your email greeting that we will hand deliver to your loved one residing in our facility. Our email feature is free of charge.
Is smoking permitted in the facility?
For the safety and welfare of all residents and staff, we are a non-smoking facility. There are designated smoking areas in the outdoor areas.
Where should I park when I come to visit?
Brookside Inn has a parking lot with handicap access. If you park on the street, please observe all posted city parking signs.
Can I bring in my loved one’s favorite food?
Consistent with the provision of special diets, always consult with the nursing staff before bringing food to residents. Any food kept in the resident room must be in properly sealed containers.
Is there someone who provides haircuts?
Yes, we have beauticians available.
Will my loved one’s room have a television?
All of the rooms currently feature free cable television. However; feel free to bring in your own television from home. Please consult with our maintenance director to ensure proper placement according to county fire codes.
Will my loved one have telephone access?
All of the rooms currently feature a telephone hookup. Please inquire about service activation. However; feel free to bring in your cell phone.
Will my loved one have internet access?
WiFi Internet is provided for residents and their guests.
How often will the Rehabilitation staff work with my loved one?
Your rehab director can inform you of the rehabilitation program designed for your loved one.
Will Medicare cover my stay in the facility?
Residents must have a Medicare card that reads “Hospital Insurance.” They must also be admitted to the facility with a physician order within 30 days of a three consecutive night hospital stay. Generally, during the first 20 days of care, Medicare will pay 100%. For days 21-100, a daily co-insurance co-pay is required. Medicare does not cover skilled nursing fees over 100 days.
Who do I talk to about food preferences? Are there alternate options to each day’s menu?
Upon admission, our Registered Dietitian and/or Food Service Director will interview your loved one regarding special needs with regards to food preferences. Our own food service personnel prepare all the meals. Special care is taken to serve flavorful and appetizing foods. All menus are developed according to prescribed medical diets ordered by the physicians. Our Dietitian and Food Service Director also monitor nutritional status using monthly weights, daily intake records, and relevant lab data. The results of these assessments are discussed at ongoing care conferences.
In an effort to provide residents with their top food choices, our staff is equipped to serve residents from the ala carte menu at every meal. If you have a special request, we will do our best to accommodate. Please talk to the registered dietician or food service director. Brookside Inn also maintains a Resident Food Council if your loved one would like to provide additional input on our dietary offerings.
What do we do if we have personnel concerns?
Our primary concern is that your loved one feels comfortable here and that their needs are being met. You should feel secure and at ease with our staff, particularly those providing direct care. If you have any concerns or praise for our staff, please feel free to contact our social services department. They will be able to address any apprehensions you may have regarding any particular staff members.
What is an Ombudsman?
An Ombudsman is an advocate for residents. They are a third party person NOT employed by the facility who comes by the facility periodically to monitor the activities of the facility. They are not able to tell the facility what to do but are able to be a voice for a resident with a concern.
Who do I talk to about questions in regard to financials, billing, and/or admission paperwork?
We have a Business Office that can help with your financial and billing concerns. Should you have any questions regarding these matters please make an appointment to see our Business Office Manager by contacting the front desk/receptionist.
The Admissions Coordinator will guide you through the necessary forms required on admission and review the rules and regulations regarding Medicare, Medicaid, and various insurances.