THE STARTING LINE

Choosing a senior living community can be an overwhelming process. Whether you are looking for yourself or a loved one or whether you are planning for the immediate or distant future, these five steps will get you started on the right track.


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MEMORY CARE NEIGHBORHOOD ENHANCES QUALITY OF LIFE

According to the Alzheimer’s Association, one in nine people age 65 and older has Alzheimer’s disease. As the size and proportion of this segment of the U.S. population increases, the number of Americans with Alzheimer’s and other dementias will grow, too.  For families with a loved one suffering from memory loss, a key concern is finding a place that can deal with such a diagnosis and enhance the individual’s quality of life. The Memory Care Neighborhood at Liberty Ridge offers families the peace of mind they seek.

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LIBERTY RIDGE OFFERS RESIDENTS A COMFORTABLE, FAITH- BASED ENVIRONMENT

Liberty Ridge Senior Living Community has a perfect place for you. Whether you’re looking for an assisted living apartment with a wonderful array of amenities from which to choose or you would like to find a Memory Care Neighborhood for a loved one dealing with dementia, you’re sure to discover just the right residence at Liberty Ridge.

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care eases any burdens of guilt or fear the residents’ children and relatives carry. Liberty Ridge also offers a monthly support group where families and friends can share their experiences with others who are going through similar situations.


To determine if an individual is suitable for Memory Care, Liberty Ridge’s community director, the resident and a responsible family member will assess the individual, considering such criteria as wandering, level of incontinence, ability to transfer, special diet req, behavior and medication requirements. The resident’s doctor will complete a health history and physical form, which includes medical diagnosis as well as cognitive and behavioral status.


Liberty Ridge is a non-profit ministry of Eastland Church of God and is open to people of all faiths. For more information about its Memory Care Neighborhood, call 1-800-264-0840 or (859) 543-9449.

According to the Alzheimer’s Association, one in nine people age 65 and older has Alzheimer’s disease. As the size and proportion of this segment of the U.S. population increases, the number of Americans with Alzheimer’s and other dementias will grow, too.


For families with a loved one suffering from memory loss, a key concern is finding a place that can deal with such a diagnosis and enhance the individual’s quality of life. The Memory Care Neighborhood at Liberty Ridge offers families the peace of mind they seek.


Residents in the Memory Care Neighborhood receive personalized attention from professionals trained to deal with memory loss, early-stage Alzheimer’s and dementia. The Neighborhood offers a secure, home-like assisted living environment specially designed for these residents. There are no more than nine residents in each Neighborhood. The individual apartments have safety-equipped bathrooms, and laundry and house keeping services are included. Residents may also receive assistance with bathing, dressing and grooming.


Your loved one’s quality of life will be enriched and strengthened with daily routines that emphasize reminiscence activities, exercise, social stimulation and occasional excursions. A secure courtyard and covered patio are available for enjoying the outdoors.

MEMORY CARE NEIGHBORHOOD ENHANCES QUALITY OF LIFE

The Memory Care Neighborhood staff knows how to communicate effectively with people who have dementia. They focus on the individual’s life story and help residents reflect and share. The staff annually completes 12 hours of dementia-specific courses. There is a higher ratio of staff to residents to facilitate monitoring their safety and security.


The Memory Care Neighborhood ministry is modeled after the Best Friends approach to dementia care. The staff attempts to meet each resident’s needs based upon their capabilities, interests and daily routines. The activities program encompasses educational, spiritual and recreational events designed around the challenges of memory loss. The goal is to daily provide every resident with opportunities to enjoy life.


It isn’t only the residents who benefit from the caring atmosphere in the Memory Care Neighborhood. Families and caregivers receive much-appreciated peace of mind, realizing their loved one is in a safe place with understanding people helping them. They are encouraged to visit often and participate in their loved one’s daily lives. Knowing well trained staff will be overseeing their loved one’s

BRUCE MAPLES

My name is Bruce Maples, and I am the Sales and Community Outreach Coordinator at Liberty Ridge, Lexington’s premier senior living community. I’m a veteran sales person, and have dealt with seniors and senior care organizations in a sales/advisory capacity for the past 33 years (or since 1984).

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