From the moment you step inside the house where the residents are secure and just get a feeling of peace and calm. It’s very clean. It always. You know, like a home, you know, occasionally you’re going to get those food smells, which is usually really good. And then you’re going to have, you know, just clean, not antiseptic, not unpleasant, but just like a homewood smell The Breckinridge.
The Breckinridge Memory Care Lexington
The size of it was very important to me. They only have 24 rooms, so. If it was intimate and all the employees, all the staff know everyone in the facility and their families. I think my dad primarily likes the dining room, and since he’s moved in, he says the food is good. And he says that multiple times, usually when I see him.
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 community space in the center, so that when the resident steps out of their room, they’re in the community space and P other people are there. They are greeted or encouraged to join.
The other really big thing that was important to us is that they have a beautiful fenced-in secure backyard. So to have a backyard where he could go and walk in a safe place was really important to us. My dad loves to garden, and he loves to walk and exercise. He calls. That feeling that my sister and I each experienced of relief.
Everyone is a caregiver
Peace. This is a good place. Has continued Bader house philosophy is that everyone is a caregiver. Everyone in the building is a caregiver. And I love that. That includes, you know, the maintenance man, Eddie, and the cooks and the staff. Everyone is a caregiver. So if dad’s having a problem or he needs something, they’re always interacting with them.
And because of that, they will interact with me, which is. Also important. So they’ll snap a picture of him having his coffee in the morning and send me a little text saying he’s off to a great start today, or they’ll call and say, can you just talk to him? He needs to hear your voice, which is so great that they recognize that he needs to hear my voice and be something.
I’m so grateful that they pick up the phone and call me one of the ways The Breckinridge cares for me as well as my dad is that, you know, oftentimes when we visit, it can be difficult, and not every visit is smooth. Sometimes he doesn’t remember me or stopping a bad day or any number of things and the staff.
The Breckinridge Cares
It’s always willing to just listen to me after I’ve said goodbye to dad and hugged me, or, you know, have a cup of coffee or whatever, just to kind of recalibrate me because go, you know, spending that time. It’s so precious, but you’re very aware that it’s fleeting because Alzheimer’s doesn’t get better.
So every minute I’m with my dad, I want it to be the best, but sometimes it doesn’t work, and I’m always grateful for an encouraging word or, you know, just, just a hug or, you know, just, just encouraging to be encouraging. And the staff that’s very nurturing that way to me. So I know they’re being that way to my dad.