Village at Brookfield Common

Village at Brookfield Common Creatively Improving the Experience of Senior Living http://www.villageatbrookfieldcommon.com/ The Village at Brookfield Common is a haven of tradition and elegance nestled within a community of shops, services, and amenities available to meet your every need, with exceptional convenience.
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The hillside setting affords a panoramic view from the dining room which is adorned with cathedral-like ceilings, an English tea garden, comfortable club rooms, and well-appointed apartments. From the moment you enter the majestic parlor, with its grand staircase and oriental accents, you'll discover senior living that feels like home. Our residents are able to enjoy all the comforts of senior living in Brookfield, CT while their loved ones can be assured they are receiving the level of care that best meets their needs.

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The State of Connecticut’s Department of Public Health provided recommendations on how to celebrate the holidays safely....
11/18/2020

The State of Connecticut’s Department of Public Health provided recommendations on how to celebrate the holidays safely. Benchmark and the State of Connecticut encourage everyone to be considerate and assess risk of the spread of COVID-19. #CalledtoCare #thanksgiving

Read more about the state's recommendations and considerations below:

Holiday Preparation Guidance: https://bit.ly/3lJ9Ox4
How Can I Prepare for Gatherings?: https://bit.ly/2IDksr1

Our intrepid gardener, Richard, giving the roses some TLC before winter!
11/17/2020

Our intrepid gardener, Richard, giving the roses some TLC before winter!

Here at VBC, we're taking every opportunity to spread a little light and joy... so Happy Diwali, everyone!
11/14/2020

Here at VBC, we're taking every opportunity to spread a little light and joy... so Happy Diwali, everyone!

Benchmark Founder and CEO Tom Grape reflected on the amazing veterans in our communities, from our residents to associat...
11/11/2020

Benchmark Founder and CEO Tom Grape reflected on the amazing veterans in our communities, from our residents to associates. Benchmark would like to sincerely thank all veterans for their service and wish them the very best today, Veterans Day, as well as every day. Read Tom Grape's letter below. #CalledtoCare #VeteransDay

https://bit.ly/36qLmKr

A Heartfelt Thank You to our Veterans! From the flag-raising ceremony provided by the Brookfield VFW, to the gifts from ...
11/11/2020

A Heartfelt Thank You to our Veterans! From the flag-raising ceremony provided by the Brookfield VFW, to the gifts from Seasons Hospice, to the Veterans Day Service led by our Driver (and Associate Chaplain) Bob Boyhen, it was a beautiful celebration of their sacrifice. Stay tuned for the unveiling of our "Wall of Honor" later this month!

The Village at Brookfield Common is proud to announce that we will be participating in Ann's Place Festival of Trees for...
11/11/2020

The Village at Brookfield Common is proud to announce that we will be participating in Ann's Place Festival of Trees for the 2020 holiday season! Ann's Place, a cancer support organization in CT, features a contest each year where participants decorate holiday trees to help spread positivity and raise awareness and funds for cancer research.

The contest runs through December 5th. Regardless of where we place, we are proud of our associates for supporting such a great cause and decorating a beautiful Holiday tree! Learn more about Ann's Place Festival of Trees in the link below, and see Brookfield Common listed as the #32 contestant! #CalledtoCare

http://www.annsplacefestivaloftrees.com

11/11/2020
VBC partnered with the Brookfield Senior Center to provide a "Grab 'n Go" Breakfast for local veterans in honor of Veter...
11/10/2020

VBC partnered with the Brookfield Senior Center to provide a "Grab 'n Go" Breakfast for local veterans in honor of Veterans Day. It's always our pleasure to support the wonderful work these folks do for the community!

When Larry lost his dear mother, residents from across multiple Benchmark communities reached out with cards, letters an...
11/06/2020

When Larry lost his dear mother, residents from across multiple Benchmark communities reached out with cards, letters and gifts to let him know he’s loved and supported. This is what we mean when we say Benchmark is Better Together!

Guy Hemond, VP of Culinary & Dining Experience with Benchmark, was featured in a piece by Senior Dining Association abou...
11/06/2020

Guy Hemond, VP of Culinary & Dining Experience with Benchmark, was featured in a piece by Senior Dining Association about Benchmark's Memory Care Dining Program.

Guy discusses how Benchmark communities improve memory care dining for residents, including how to create a home-like dining experience, visual stimulation in food and kitchenware, and creative ways to make food easier to eat. We are proud of Guy and our dining associates who strive toward creating a positive dining experience for residents! #CalledtoCare #memorycare #seniordining

Read the full story below:

https://seniordining.org/senior-dining-news/f/ways-to-improve-food-intake-and-dining-in-memory-care

Keeping our "SPIRITS" up for Halloween!
11/01/2020

Keeping our "SPIRITS" up for Halloween!

10/31/2020

Our own Pat and Fred cutting a rug! Because how better to brighten up a dreary afternoon? 

It was an early Happy Halloween at the New Fairfield Senior Center for a drive by trick or treat event, and the Village ...
10/28/2020

It was an early Happy Halloween at the New Fairfield Senior Center for a drive by trick or treat event, and the Village at Brookfield Common was on hand with goodie bags from our portable Casbah! Check out Deb in her full harem gear ❤️

Our thanks to our wonderful volunteer Lauren Roetzel! Unable to come into the building to do her usual Pet Therapy visit...
10/27/2020

Our thanks to our wonderful volunteer Lauren Roetzel! Unable to come into the building to do her usual Pet Therapy visits due to Covid restrictions, she put together an outdoor, distanced Pet Parade for our residents to enjoy!

Michelle Tristani, Benchmark’s Corporate Director of Memory Care, recently authored a column on fall prevention, offerin...
10/23/2020

Michelle Tristani, Benchmark’s Corporate Director of Memory Care, recently authored a column on fall prevention, offering important tips aimed at helping keep older adults safe in their homes. #CalledtoCare #FallPreventionWeek

Read the full story below:

https://bit.ly/3ok6quk

10/23/2020

The Village at Brookfield Common will be supporting Candlewood Valley Health and Rehabilitation Center for their breast cancer fundraiser today… Stop by to say Hi to Deb and support the cause!

What do you do when you have a bunch of beat up, small print paperbacks? Make Book Witches, of course! Check out our “en...
10/16/2020

What do you do when you have a bunch of beat up, small print paperbacks? Make Book Witches, of course! Check out our “enchanting “ results 🧡

Roll Out The Barrel! It's Oktoberfest! A special thank you to our own Heike Hoffman for setting the mood with her own tr...
10/15/2020

Roll Out The Barrel! It's Oktoberfest! A special thank you to our own Heike Hoffman for setting the mood with her own traditional German attire 🥨🍺

A Very Happy Birthday to Pel Ruggiero.... who received the BIGGEST birthday card we've ever seen!!!
10/14/2020

A Very Happy Birthday to Pel Ruggiero.... who received the BIGGEST birthday card we've ever seen!!!

Our crafts and painting crew are happy to be back in business!
10/11/2020

Our crafts and painting crew are happy to be back in business!

Village at Brookfield Common
10/06/2020

Village at Brookfield Common

Please consider sponsoring a luminary and joining us for our "Memorial Walk" in support of the Ct. Alzheimer's Association's Walk to End Alzheimer's!

Please consider sponsoring a luminary and joining us for our "Memorial Walk" in support of the Ct. Alzheimer's Associati...
10/06/2020

Please consider sponsoring a luminary and joining us for our "Memorial Walk" in support of the Ct. Alzheimer's Association's Walk to End Alzheimer's!

Benchmark Founder & CEO Tom Grape participated in a panel discussion regarding how assisted living communities navigated...
10/01/2020

Benchmark Founder & CEO Tom Grape participated in a panel discussion regarding how assisted living communities navigated the challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic and the lessons learned. Hosted by Mass-ALA, the panel was part of a two-day conference during which Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker and Elder Affairs Secretary Elizabeth Chen spoke. #MassALA #GovernorBaker #SecretaryChen

Read the full story here: https://bit.ly/33hvREi

The final wrapup to our Country Western theme for National Assisted Living Week was a fun time with Billy Michael’s Wild...
09/23/2020

The final wrapup to our Country Western theme for National Assisted Living Week was a fun time with Billy Michael’s Wild West Show- overseen by our honorary Sheriff, Jill!

We are pleased to announce that Benchmark has been recognized by the Hartford Business Journal as one of the Healthiest ...
09/23/2020

We are pleased to announce that Benchmark has been recognized by the Hartford Business Journal as one of the Healthiest Employers in CT for the 3rd straight year! We’d like to thank the associates in all 17 of our CT communities for their hard work and dedication toward promoting healthy living! #CalledtoCare #HBJ

Read more in the link below:

https://www.hartfordbusiness.com/event-honorees/2020-healthiest-employers-of-connecticut

L’Shanah Tovah to our Jewish residents, and a special thanks to our Resident Council President, Jill Neugroschl for off...
09/18/2020

L’Shanah Tovah to our Jewish residents, and a special thanks to our Resident Council President, Jill Neugroschl for officiating the Shabbat and Rosh Hashanah observances.

Our Annual "Put Pork On Your Fork" event may have looked a bit different this year, but pork is always good, right?! Our...
09/17/2020

Our Annual "Put Pork On Your Fork" event may have looked a bit different this year, but pork is always good, right?! Our thanks to Debbie Coniglio-Kilcourse, our Director of Community Relations, and the rest of the team members who helped to make it such a success, as well as thanks to all of the Professional colleagues who came out to partake of this "dine and dash" opportunity!

"I could not have chosen a better place for (my Mom). Benchmark has made me feel secure. They care... period."Click on t...
09/15/2020

"I could not have chosen a better place for (my Mom). Benchmark has made me feel secure. They care... period."

Click on the link below to learn more about what residents and families value most at Benchmark, as we celebrate National Assisted Living Week.

https://hubs.la/H0wj9vJ0

The scene is set for our Country Western theme for National Assisted Living Week! 
09/13/2020

The scene is set for our Country Western theme for National Assisted Living Week! 

We would like to wish everyone a Happy Grandparents Day in celebration of National Assisted Living Week! This is an impo...
09/13/2020

We would like to wish everyone a Happy Grandparents Day in celebration of National Assisted Living Week! This is an important day to cherish grandparents and the lifelong memories that we have created with them. Whether it is in person or virtually, we hope that you are able to spend some special time with your loved ones. #CalledtoCare #GrandparentsDay2020 #NALW

The Village at Brookfield Common dropped by the Brookfield Volunteer Fire Department for their annual “Stuff the Bus” fo...
09/12/2020

The Village at Brookfield Common dropped by the Brookfield Volunteer Fire Department for their annual “Stuff the Bus” food drive!

Kentucky Derby Day was a big hit! A special thank you to our Dining Room Manager, Renee Capellaro Furtado, for the amazi...
09/06/2020

Kentucky Derby Day was a big hit! A special thank you to our Dining Room Manager, Renee Capellaro Furtado, for the amazing Mock Julep Milkshakes and Congratulations to our big raffle winners!

We are proud to announce that we have received a Best of the Best award for our innovative "Connect First" program from ...
08/20/2020

We are proud to announce that we have received a Best of the Best award for our innovative "Connect First" program from Argentum. This Mind & Memory program teaches associates how to discern what their memory care residents are trying to communicate and effective response techniques.

Thank you to all of our associates who contribute toward the success of the Mind & Memory program! Read more about the award below. #CalledtoCare #Argentum #memorycare

https://hubs.ly/H0tT7nV0

Many of our residents have discovered new talents during this time. Anne is so proud of her sticker-by-number pictures a...
08/09/2020

Many of our residents have discovered new talents during this time. Anne is so proud of her sticker-by-number pictures and we are pretty impressed too!
(We took this pic from a good distance away so she could take down her mask and show off her beautiful smile as well!) 🤗

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If you ask any of our residents what stands out about Benchmark, they are likely to say the meaningful relationships that are created at our communities. This is evidenced by the letters and emails that our founder, Tom Grape, receives on a regular basis. Over twenty years ago, CEO Tom Grape recognized the need for setting a new standard—or benchmark, if you will. He saw the opportunity of creating an exceptional living experience for seniors built on connections, bonds, and quality care. He knew that what seniors wanted most were to feel safe, fulfilled, dignified and respected so by inspiring a “people first” philosophy, Tom created a culture of positive and rewarding human connection—not only for residents and families but for his associates as well. After all, a happy and inspired staff creates a happy and inspiring environment. We, at Benchmark Senior Living, have a heartfelt desire to get to know you and are innately curious about the fabric of your life stories. We engage as a trusted friend, seeking to deeply know you and meet you where you are so we can help connect you to what and who matters to you at every stage of life. What does that mean? That means Benchmark cares about you—your passions, your dreams, your hobbies, your family, your memories, your life. But it wasn’t just by introducing an exciting and refreshing option to senior living through beautifully designed and expertly managed assisted living communities. It was by focusing on the people and experiences. Honoring and respecting Benchmark associates as well as our residents, and families by inspiring growth, delivering quality experiences and leading the industry in innovative approaches and programs for senior care. It is our promise to keep Tom’s vision alive--to being fully present for you and each other. We don’t just say this, we mean it. And we live it. This is how Benchmark came to be.

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We recently had to move our mother from the assisted living side of the building to the memory care unit at the Village. My mother lived there 15 years so it was a difficult move for her. Lydia, Josh and the rest of the team of nurses and care givers were compassionate, skilled and most helpful in getting her to agree to the move and following up with her care to assure she is becoming adjusted and will feel at home in her new setting. We want to thank everyone at the Village for the wonderful and caring staff that have nourished her with good food, entertainment and care for all these years!
I provided entertainment to the residents at The Village at Brookfield Common and am a senior owned business. I need to let other small company vendors know that The Village at Brookfield Common pay very slowly, over 60 days, if at all. I would be embarrassed to be a resident here.
Thank you Villages for Sponsoring the Brookfield Chamber of Commerce Best of Brookfield Event on October 17th at the Candlewood Inn. See you there!
Has the privilege of a touring this facility day. What a great please. Thank you Debi Coniglio-Kilcourse