I had narrowed it down to two places (for my brother John) and the kicker was that The Breckinridge really handled John’s entry into their facility during COVID better. And the fact that they have a caseworker, Marie, was really huge. She is excellent. Marie could tell where I was coming from. She could answer every question I had.
Marie spent any amount of time I needed to spend with her. She assured me of things. She assured me of how The Breckinridge operates. She made me feel extremely comfortable that John would be in really good hands. She knew how hard it was, especially during COVID, because I had to put him in there and then know that I couldn’t see him.
And I’ll probably cry if we talk about it too much.
The Breckinridge Memory Care Lexington
John was really starting to struggle. John is 67 and he has Downs. For 66 years he has done fabulously. I don’t know if it was COVID or just coincidental, but he started having delusions that people were getting him and he was starting to have outbursts. But they just assured me that they had seen those things before and they knew how to handle it. They worked with the doctor to get his meds straightened out and get him on a good level.
But when we first were looking, we disliked the, I, the idea that the rooms were all along the outside of the building and the That was one of my main concerns, to make sure that they regulated his medications, not over-medicated or under-medicated. I’m sure that’s a really tough job to get him at a good level. And they have worked really hard to get John’s meds where they need to be.
Care and Intuition
One of the nurses is real intuitive and she really picks up on John. And she knows that rather than a whole pill at the first of the day, it’s better to do a half a pill early and a half a pill later. I really appreciate her, she just, I can just tell she gets John. She knows John. She understands where John needs to be.
I like the fact that it’s (The Breckinridge) a smaller facility. I like the fact that they have someone like Marie, who is a caseworker who understands families and needs and clients. And like I said, she was just huge in that process for me.
The facility is tucked away in a neighborhood, not on a busy, main street. I like that. I just feel like everybody knows John, everybody that works there, because it’s a small enough facility that they get to know their clients individually. And I really feel that they all know John, kind of know what his quirks are and what they can and can’t do.
They came highly recommended, that some of them have worked with special needs residents in the past. So that was important for me as well. I also feel from Robin, who is the director, and Marie, that they will be honest with me, that if something needs to change or if something has happened, whatever it is, I feel like they will be honest with me about John – John’s care, John’s future, or any of that kind of thing.
That’s huge when you can put your confidence in who is taking care of your loved one.