Lexington Memory Care
What Sets Us Apart
The Breckinridge is a memory care and assisted living facility designed for 24 residents. We have a large, safe backyard. We provide delicious home-cooked meals, private bedrooms, chairs by the fire, and the comforts of home.
As a memory care Lexington facility, we see every day as an opportunity to look for ideas to make one’s life better. We never forget that individuals with Alzheimer’s disease are individuals first. Our goal is to make each moment matter.
Memory Care, Dementia Care,
& Alzheimer’s Disease Experts
For over 20 years, we’ve been working with people with Alzheimer’s disease and dementia. Our philosophy of care is quite simple. Focus on strengths rather than weaknesses. Be kind, always. Never stop trying to communicate.
You will discover our staff is outstanding. They have to be. After all, care is only as good as those who deliver it. Our staff receives ongoing training. And all are hired as much for their belief in the dignity of every person as for their professional skills.
Do you wonder how your loved one’s day will look when they become part of the The Breckinridge family? Learn more about our program in this example of a day in the life.
A Day In The Life
at The Breckinridge
at The Breckinridge
A Day In The Life
Dr. Charles Dowdy awakes and gets dressed with guidance from a Caregiver who has set out clothes for him to choose his outfit. He needs assistance with his socks, shoes, and belt. Today he wears khakis and a button-down shirt.
Dr. Dowdy was formerly a clinical psychologist and his hobby was woodworking, so he enjoys the familiar things such as doing rounds or helping to fix things. Staff creatively uses these familiar activities throughout the day by sometimes “paging” him to help with rounds (sometimes to redirect him from another Resident’s room), or engaging him to help the maintenance director “fix” things in the house.
Dr. Dowdy goes to the dining room for coffee and to visit with other Residents that are up that early. He reads the newspaper while drinking his coffee. After morning coffee and his newspaper, Charles strolls through the building talking with staff and other Residents until breakfast is served.
Breakfast is served from 8:00 to 9:00 and is come and go for Residents. Dr. Dowdy eats around 8 am. He needs some cuing, but no assistance with eating breakfast.
After breakfast, he quite often goes outside in the secure backyard to putter and garden and wander on the walking paths. The backyard doors are unlocked each day, weather permitting, for Residents to come and go as they want. Staff checks on him to offer hydration, sunscreen, or a hat. He enjoys being on his own in the garden but really enjoys one-on-one sitting and talking with staff or other Residents.
Brunch is served at 11 am, and all the Residents sit and eat together.
Lunch time. Charles sometimes sits for this meal, and other times he is too busy to sit down. Those days our cook serves him finger foods that can be eaten on the go.
Dr. Dowdy usually experiences sundowning behavior in the afternoon, which is increased behaviors of agitation, wandering, anxiety, frustration. This can be a common occurrence with Alzheimer’s disease.
After lunch the house turns the lights down from 3:00 to 4:00 pm and puts on soft music to encourage Residents to rest and nap. This is called Quiet Time. Dr. Dowdy rests in his room during this time.
Exercise is offered in a group activity for all Residents. Dr. Dowdy sometimes participates, and really enjoys ball toss, balloon volleyball, and physical games. Physical activity can be helpful to folks that have challenges in communication. It is a way for the person to express themselves when words do not come easily.
Dinner is served at 5 pm and Charles is gently encouraged, like at the lunch meal, to sit and eat if he wants to but we adapt with finger foods if he doesn’t.
After dinner is a social time for Residents when many families visit, as well as group activities like listening to music, enjoying the back porch, reminiscing, dancing, singing, and playing board games. Dr. Dowdy enjoys these activities and is quite the singer, leading the singing groups at times.
Later in the evening everyone enjoys a snack and an evening movie that is generationally appropriate.
Bedtime is usually around 9-9:30 pm. Sometimes he has insomnia and wakes during the night. During these times, the staff will offer a snack and beverage, or ask for his assistance with rounds at night or sit and talk with him until he drifts off to sleep again.
Uncommon Programs. Quality Experiences.
Singing and fellowship
Family and fun
Beautiful walks and scenery
Crafts & Fellowship
Music and singing
Solving a puzzle
Enjoying the garden
Time with family
Games and fun
Arts and crafts
Delicious home-cooked meals
Our Physical Program
It is a smile that has captivated all of us.
It is because throughout Leona’s life she has been a giver.
She actively helped many families in her church.
For years she enjoyed singing in the choir.
Leona’s smile mirrors her heart and loving spirit.
We see it when our eyes meet hers. We are honored to care for her.
Dwayne always looked at how he could improve the world around him.
He enjoys anything mechanical. With his own hands, he built two airplanes, and one of his creations is in an airplane museum in Texas.
You can also be sure that he will be an active participant in any activity. Dwayne teaches us to be front and center in life.
Each day at The Breckinridge we ask “how can we improve the lives of those in our care?” Doing this improves all of our lives.