Dr. Jackie (my wife’s doctor) had me looking for a place with a little more understanding about Alzheimer’s. He felt like the facility that my wife was in was just not conducive to Alzheimer’s for a lot of reasons.
It only took one visit to The Breckinridge
How I made the decision (for The Breckinridge) was that I visited there. And I noticed that the staff was primarily mature individuals. They weren’t college kids by any stretch.
I got there at mealtime and there was a staff member at every table and they were eating the same food that was being served to everyone else. And they were there to help anybody at that table that might need assistance. They were keeping the conversation going and everything. And that was the one big seller to me, because mealtime had been an issue at the other place.
They Care for the Whole Family
At “the other place”, they would go get my wife at a certain time of day. They would bring her in and set her down for a meal. They would set the meal in front of her, and 10 or 15 minutes later, somebody would come by. And if there was a little bit of food missing, or if she seemed as though she wasn’t going to eat anything, they would take that plate and consider the meal over and take her back to her room or to wherever they wanted her to be.
At The Breckinridge, if my wife sleeps till 9:30 in the morning, then, they’ll fix her breakfast and somebody will sit there with her. And if it takes her an hour or an hour and a half to eat it all, then that’s how long they’ll leave her to eat, or watch over her as she’s doing that.
Good Dementia Training at The Breckinridge
They just have some good training at The Breckinridge from their administrator. She’s so knowledgeable and she can train people. She can pass that knowledge onto the staff. There’s just much better care all the way around.
Now, the other facility, when it was time for my wife to take a shower, she would resent that a little bit. These kids, they would push and pull and force and all that stuff. But at this facility, The Breckinridge, as soon as we got there, which has been two or three years ago, showering was a concern of mine. But if my wife doesn’t want to do it right then, they will just simply wait until she is in the mood. Showering became a non-issue, and it had been a major issue at the other place.
The other place did have beautiful chandeliers. You know, it was a great looking, modern place and had a lot of art on the walls, and nice furniture, but that didn’t cut it. It just didn’t cut it. So that’s how we wound up at The Breckinridge. Thank God Dr. Jackie pointed us in that direction.
Peace of Mind
Having the peace of mind that if they hire a new employee, which we all have to do from time to time for one reason or another, that there’s somebody there that can train that person. That can tell that person how they should act when a patient does this or a patient does that, a resident, or acts this way, that they know what to do. I’m comfortable that even if there is new staff, they’re well-trained, they’re versed on how to deal with dementia.
Satisfied with this Memory Care Facility
We learned through the school of hard knocks, but we’re so satisfied with this place. Everybody in my family is just tickled to death with it.