Former police officer, Temecula resident shares why she now loves serving others in the memory care field
MURRIETA, Calif., — With more than ten years of senior living experience, Temecula resident Adrianne Brouckaert earned an associate degree in criminal justice from Macomb Community College in Warren, MI, and began her career in the memory care community after a career in law enforcement as a Detroit Police Officer. She followed that by working with veterans, helping them receive Aid & Attendance benefits to pay for their senior living care. Although she loved her work as a police officer, saying it was her dream job, she explained that she has since found her true passion working with seniors in the memory care field.
After first working as community relations director for Las Villas De Carlsbad in Carlsbad and later as sales director for Felicita Vida Senior Living in Escondido, Adrianne was recently tapped to fill the role of community relations director at Vineyard Place, an Anthem Memory Care assisted living community in Murrieta. In her new position, she will be responsible for community outreach and marketing for the 82-suite center, nestled in the beautiful Murrieta foothills at 24325 Washington Avenue.
Adrianne, whose own grandmother lived with dementia for many years, recently shared with RCNS why she and others who work for Anthem love their jobs – and their residents so much.
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“Adrianne is a great addition to the Vineyard Team,” Vineyard Place Executive Director Arlene Crawford enthusiastically said of Adrianne’s new position with Anthem. “It feels as though she’s known us all along and there isn’t anything that she hasn’t helped with. She is compassionate and ready to help and understands, from a personal aspect, what it is to support someone with memory impairment.”
With an exclusive focus on dementia and Alzheimer’s care for its residents, Anthem Memory Care is uniquely qualified when it comes to providing for the specific needs of those with memory care and other related issues.
Vineyard Place, an Anthem Memory Care assisted living community in Murrieta, where Temecula resident Adrianne Brouckaert recently filled the role of Community Relations Director, exclusively serves seniors with dementia, Alzhiemer’s and other memory care related issues. Anthem Memory Care photo
Based in Lake Oswego, Oregon, Anthem operates more than sixty memory care and assisted living communities providing more than 1,500 beds in Minnesota, California, Colorado, Illinois and Kansas, and has founded more than 12,000 senior care units overall; and company officials say they are committed to creating a network of secured assisted living communities “where the highest quality healthcare, housing, and memory care services are consistently provided to their residents.”
But their dedication to the unique needs of those with dementia, Alzheimer’s, or other memory care related issues goes beyond just providing for those basic needs. Their staff, much of which is filled with memory care professionals with a wealth of knowledge and experience in the field such as Adrianne, illustrates just how dedicated they are to protecting, engaging, and loving those who are living with memory loss, along with their families and loved ones.
Anthem says it all begins with their company’s focus on building communities whose layouts are intentionally designed to offer safety and comfort for their residents, “as well as individualized care and resident-specific programming aimed at meeting each resident’s unique needs.”
“At Anthem Memory Care we stand by our commitment to employ the best practices in dementia care today,” Anthem explains. “We offer the latest understanding of how best to care for people with memory loss in a meaningful and supportive community environment, while encouraging individuality and fostering independence.”
“Our person-centered approach allows our staff to meet each resident’s individual needs while encouraging opportunities for personal connection and joy-filled moments in a distinctly home-like setting,” they continued.
“I just want the folks I am assisting to know that it’s ok to reach out to us for help and support,” Adrianne, whose grandmother lived with dementia for several years, recently told RCNS. Anthem Memory Care photo
For Adrianne, her love and compassion for those with dementia and Alzheimer’s related memory care issues began at home, in her own family.
“My grandma lived with dementia for several years,” Adrianne explains. “She was my very favorite person in the whole world, and I can’t help but see a little piece of her in every new resident we welcome, as well as a little piece of myself in every concerned, burnt-out, and overwhelmed family member looking for guidance.”
Adrianne, who says she has always found joy in serving others and who Anthem says is the “perfect example” of the type of highly trained and experienced memory care professionals the company employs, relocated her family from Michigan to San Diego more than ten years ago before recently moving to Temecula.
“Before making the move, we traveled cross-country in our 35’ motorhome,” Adrianne said; adding, “We had an amazing time visiting family and meeting new friends along the way.”
Now at her new position with Vineyard, Adrianne says she is excited to join their all memory care community and is looking forward to learning from, and growing along side “this caring and compassionate team.”
“I really hope to help foster positive relationships inside of our community and within the greater Murrieta and surrounding areas,” she went on to explain; saying she strives to provide support and resources to local families, prospects, and neighbors.
“I just want the folks I am assisting to know that it’s ok to reach out to us for help and support,” she added, saying, “We are here to help care for your loved one, but we also hope to allow you the chance to take care of yourself.”
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Additionally, he writes or has written for several other news organizations; including Riverside County-based newspapers Valley News, Valley Chronicle, Anza Valley Outlook, and Hemet & San Jacinto Chronicle; the Bonsall/Fallbrook Village News in San Diego County; and Mountain Echo in Shasta County. He is also a regular contributor to Thin Blue Line TV and Law Enforcement News Network and has had his stories featured on news stations throughout the Southern California and North State regions.
Trevor spent 10 years in the U.S. Army as an Orthopedic Specialist before joining the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department in 1998. He was medically retired after losing his leg, breaking his back, and suffering both spinal cord and brain injuries in an off-duty accident. (Click here to see segment of Discovery Channel documentary of Trevor’s accident.)
During his time with the sheriff’s department, Trevor worked at several different stations; including Robert Presley Detention Center, Southwest Station in Temecula, Hemet/Valle Vista Station, Ben Clark Public Safety Training Center, and Lake Elsinore Station; along with other locations.
Trevor’s assignments included Corrections, Patrol, DUI Enforcement, Boat and Personal Water-Craft based Lake Patrol, Off-Road Vehicle Enforcement, Problem Oriented Policing Team, and Personnel/Background Investigations. He finished his career while working as a Sex Crimes and Child Abuse Investigator and was a court-designated expert in child abuse and child sex-related crimes.
Trevor has been married for more than 30 years and was a foster parent to more than 60 children over 13 years. He is now an adoptive parent and his “fluid family” includes 13 children and 18 grandchildren.