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Brentwood, community legacy

Written by Mike Siroky. Posted in Featured

Published on November 02, 2011 with No Comments

Brentwood in Hobart is a community for our oldest citizens, reflective of the traditions and history of the Region, active people sharing their lives and memories.

Tricia Catlin is the new information director at Brentwood. She comes to the facility having worked in another in Porter County.

“They kinda chose me,” she said of her new assignment. She had worked on some community committees with a Brentwood director and they saw her as an asset to be added.

“They asked if I would be interested in coming and that’s always a nice feeling when they recruit you,” she said.

Tricia is a native of Iowa, with a degree in Therapeutic Recreation.

She found a self-described “comfort zone” in the welcoming people of Northwest Indiana.

“It was my first job out of college,” she said. “Even though I knew nothing about the area.”

She has found Hobart to be much like her small-town Iowa roots.

“It’s not a big city and it is a little bit out in the country, yet Chicago is right there,” she said. “It’s the best.”

Plunging into her new hometown, Tricia transferred her Kiwanis membership to the Hobart group and is already enjoying the activities of the Chamber of Commerce.

“I like our town,” she said. “I have noticed the residents in Brentwood are very independent and comfortable here.

“A lot of family is around here. They don’t have to leave town and the families put trust in us. Hobart folks like living in Hobart or maybe they lived around here and know Hobart has a good reputation so they check us out and come to live here.

“They are familiar with it. You cannot invent a reputation or a relationship in the community.”

She also likes that Brentwood has several retired soldiers in the family. Veterans benefits help cover the costs of some of the care.

“My college internship was with seniors, with veterans,” she said. “Veterans benefits cover not only the veterans but their spouses as well.”

The facility on the grounds adjacent to St. Mary Medical Center offers its clients a wide choice from three sizes of independent apartment-style living (studios to two bedroom/two bath units), to assisted living to the memory wing for those in stages of Alzheimer’s or similar situations.,

It also offers temporary stays for those needing a transition form a surgery but not yet able to return home.

One of the more unique features is the large restaurant-style dining area, with three home-cooked meals every day. There is also a TV lounge, a laundry and a library.

Brentwood has assistance available to all residents who may need it. The staff assesses each resident individually to and provide a specific level of care. There is onsite health care so the residents don’t have to travel for some of the therapies.

The assisted living services includes 24-hour care staffing, laundry and linen service and housekeeping. Each apartment has a full bath, refrigerator, curtains, blinds and wall-to-wall carpeting, individual climate control, Internet service available, and complete maintenance, inside and out. The rent includes all utilities except telephones.

Another interesting offering at Brentwood is that residents can have their own cat in their room. Dogs may be allowed later, once a discussion is held on limiting weight and size and safety rules are outlined.

In the meantime, Catlin is making sure everyone stays connected.

“We did the Memory Walk and raised money,” she said. “We do a lot of community outreach. Everyone enjoys Family Nights here.”

For more information about Brentwood in Hobart, call 219-945-1968.

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All opinions, conclusions or recommendations expressed in the above excellent column are solely those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the views of The Chronicle. Mike Siroky is a writer and editor. He is a native of Northwest Indiana. He has worked in media from coast to coast. To contact Mike, email mikel@the chronicleNWI.com

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