About Us

The goal of Brookside Retirement Community is to provide not only a high quality of care for the residents and patrons that we serve, but also to provide a great quality of life, while allowing our residents to maintain their dignity.  We have a full calendar of activities with something for everyone each month.

Brookside Retirement Community provides many different levels of care.  Our assisted living community, located on the same campus, is comprised of studio apartments, studio deluxe apartments and one bedroom apartments with a small patio.  Also located in the assisted living building are independent living studio apartments.  Across the parking lot, our main campus also provides skilled nursing services for individuals needing more assistance or provides a perfect place for a rehabilitation stay.

Brookside Retirement Community is fortunate to have our own in-house therapy team which can provide both in-patient and out-patient therapy services.  Our services contract with many insurance companies.  If you are in need of therapy services, please call to inquire about the services we have available.  We can do short rehab stays to assist in getting a person safely back into their home.  Please do not hesitate to call 785-665-7124 and inquire, we can do the same therapy as the ‘fancy rehab centers’ with a personal local touch.

In recent years Brookside has added a memory care home called ‘The Fields of Brookside’ located across town at 402 Ash Street. This beautiful home offers an intimate and safe environment for six residents that are living with dementia.


Brookside Retirement Community is family owned and operated.   Overbrook residents, Scott and Susan Averill, with help from Scott’s late father, Chuck Averill, purchased Brookside from a Topeka firm in 2004.


The Dr. James Ruble “Employee of the Year” Award

Dr. James Ruble is one of Brookside’s founders. Dr. Ruble’s interest in a retirement center started years before Brookside was built in conversations with Max Friesen. The need for a retirement center was obvious; there was nowhere close by for Overbrook area residents to go to have their nursing-home needs met.

The Max Friesen “Volunteer of the Year” Award

Max Friesen had a pivotal role, with Dr. James Ruble, in building Brookside Retirement Community. Max exemplifies the volunteer spirit in his daily life. Max was a Fire Chief for more than 25 years, a scoutmaster, developer of subdivisions, assisted with developing the sewer and water system of Overbrook and a longtime City Council Treasurer.

Also Max has been a choir director and Sunday School superintendent at the United Methodist Church, a sextant at the cemetery, a substitute bus-driver and assisted with the volunteer team who built the local golf course. “As a member of the Rotary for 50 years (with perfect attendance), I have always lived by the motto, ‘Service above self.’ ” It is in this spirit of personal outreach that we name this award after Max whose life embodies this Rotarian principle.

The Cliff Fisher “Service Excellence Honoree” Award

Cliff Fisher was Brookside’s original administrator. “When we started Brookside in 1965,” said Cliff, “long-term care in this area was just beginning. There was no history, no foundation on which to build. We were given the opportunity to carve out an example. Our success came from a group of outstanding, local, dedicated employees who were highly concerned about the quality of care for the elders in our community.” Employees are selected as Service Excellence Honorees for actions above and beyond the call of duty, for extra touches, profound commitment and/or exemplary acts of service.

“I was 24 years old” said Cliff, ” – at the time, the youngest nursing home director in Kansas, and most of my employees were old enough to be my mother. I could not go in manage like a know-it-all. Those early days at Brookside gave me the direct experience of how excellent a nursing home could be. Our reputation extended well beyond the state.”