Dementia, and specifically Alzheimer’s, is a serious, growing problem. In fact, 1 out of every 10 adults over the age of 65 has Alzheimer’s dementia. As Lexington’s senior population continues to grow (17.41% growth between 2013 and 2017), so does the concern about aging and the risk of cognitive impairment.
In Lexington, the number of deaths for those 65 and older caused or partly caused by Alzheimer’s disease increased by 12.8% between 2013 and 2017. To put that in perspective, the number of deaths from all causes for that same age group only increased by 11.26%, showing that Alzheimer’s is a growing concern in the region. Overall, the percentage of seniors’ deaths related to Alzheimer’s is higher than the rest of the nation (8.35% in Lexington vs. 6.46% in the U.S.).
To help families and caregivers of those with Alzheimer’s or other forms of cognitive impairment find the support and care their loved ones need, we applied our unique methodology and spent dozens of hours researching senior living communities in Lexington. In addition to an overview of the communities’ best features, this guide highlights the best memory care facilities in the city, and gives information about pricing, types of care provided, residents’ reviews, and more.
According to the Alzheimer’s Association, 83% of all caregivers are unpaid family members, relatives, or other friends, and nearly half of all care is for older adults with some form of dementia. Caregiving, especially when it involves Alzheimer’s or dementia, is extremely exhausting and time consuming, leading many caregivers to feel isolated and overwhelmed.
As a loved one continues to progress through the stages of dementia and his or her cognitive abilities continue to decline, behavioral problems, safety, and general care often become more than one caregiver can handle. This is when it’s important to find extra help, and residential facilities that have specialized memory care programs are often the best solution.
In addition to providing a safe environment, memory care programs seek to delay or halt cognitive decline while providing the opportunity for a social, independent lifestyle.
To choose the best memory care facilities in Lexington, our team of researchers started by using our unique methodology to develop a list of contenders. We further refined the list in the next phase of our process by completing hands-on research for each one of the companies that we developed. Finally, we compiled online reviews from residents and families and wrote summaries of each facility that made it through our selection process.
Overall, our team:
Bluegrass Assisted Living offers four levels of supportive care, including Alzheimer’s memory care. The community is dedicated to evaluating and meeting all residents at their current levels to help preserve their dignity, retain independence and allow them to remain functional. The memory care wing follows the Alzheimer’s Care Enrichment Philosophy and grades all activities to meet residents' current functionality and interests. Customized care plans are created with residents’ families to ensure that daily activities can be planned that meet their medical, social, emotional and physical needs.
Reviews are generally positive of memory care at Bluegrass Assisted Living, with one family member explaining, "It’s like a family at Bluegrass.” Other reviewers echoed these thoughts, adding that it is "as clean and efficient as any facility I have ever seen” and adding the community is home to "great care from the outstanding staff” with "home cooking” styled meals.
The Breckinridge lies 4.5 miles to the east of Lexington in a quiet neighborhood, set back off the main street, yet close to local amenities. It is a dedicated Alzheimer’s community with a high caregiver to resident ratio, which is why its residents can thrive in the family-like environment. The staff is experienced in dementia and Alzheimer’s care and focuses on the strengths of its residents when drawing up personalized care plans. The outside yard is extensive yet completely secure for residents to wander as they please. Home-cooked meals to suit all dietary needs are served daily, and caregivers eat their meals with the residents, adding to the close sense of community.
Families love the way The Breckinridge communicates with them. One said, "Their staff are wonderful! Communication being important, they have done very well in keeping me up-to-date. The facility and location are great -- you can tell it is run by people who believe in their work and care about their patients and guests. Thanks!”
Cedarhurst of Beaumont is a retirement residence located in the quiet suburban setting of West Lexington. With a 24-hour team of caregivers, the community offers highly personalized plans for seniors living with neurodegenerative conditions such as Alzheimer's and Parkinson's disease. Licensed nurses are available for routine health assessments, and the community has a diverse offering of specialist therapies such as speech pathology and occupational therapy. Accommodations are wheelchair accessible and equipped with an emergency call system, climate control, cable television and Wi-Fi. The community offers an extensive selection of activities to enrich the seniors' daily lives and stimulate mental health. Residents are invited to participate in music therapy, pet therapy and fitness classes as well as a host of social events and parties. Devotional services are available for those who wish to observe their faith, and the staff will gladly organize transportation for any off-site engagements.
Reviews make positive mention of the community's activity schedule and dining program. One family member reports, "We've been very pleased with the food. They indicated to us that they intended to be the best in the area with the quality of food, and they've not disappointed us in that sense."
Creekside on Bardstown provides memory care services for seniors with an emphasis on comfort and quality of life. With input from families and other medical care providers, individualized care plans are created to help residents maintain independence and problem-solving skills. Caregivers are available 24/7 to help seniors with activities of daily living, such as medication management, ambulation and personal care. The layout of the secure memory care community is designed for easy navigation, and staff are trained to assist seniors with dementia symptoms. Daily projects and tasks are encouraged to stimulate residents' cognitive function and encourage memory recollection. The activities calendar is always full of events, including daily fitness classes, music or pet therapy, guest speakers and off-site trips. Seniors can keep well-behaved pets under 20 pounds.
Creekside has been praised for excellent staff and quick responses to questions from residents and family. One relative says, "They have a really good staff. They address quickly any issue you bring to them ... They have lots of activities and field trips. It has been a good experience for our family."
Located in the Northfield neighborhood, Dominion Senior Living of Louisville seeks to meet and exceed mental, spiritual, and physical needs for its residents. Professional nurses and caregivers provide around-the-clock assistance through the use of technology. The community involves residents' life histories, interests and skills in personalized memory care programs and coordinates enrichment activities with nutrition and health services to maintain seniors' well-being. A plethora of activities are available daily, including cooking demonstrations, art, bible study groups, community projects, mission activities and movie nights. Specialized nutrition and meals, pharmacy services, and personal care for daily living are provided to residents. Additionally, staff coordinates medical services, including medication management, personal and medical supplies, transportation to appointments, on-site doctor's visits and therapy sessions.
Visitors compliment the homey environment and staff who are professional and caring. One family member says, "They have activities every day multiple times a day, and the activities director is very involved with including the staff. The caregivers do some of the activities as well, so there's always something going on."
Hallmark House is a memory care community in Lexington, Kentucky. The community and floor plans have been carefully designed to aid seniors with dementia and Alzheimer's. Residents can take advantage of a whole host of activities and amenities designed to provide body and mind stimulation in a safe and comfortable environment. Activities include chair yoga, barbecues and musical entertainment. For seniors looking to relax in nature, the community grounds consist of a patio garden, gardening beds and walking paths, all enclosed to ensure safety and peace of mind. Residents can enjoy restaurant-style dining and a private dining area for celebrating special events with loved ones.
Residents and visitors praise the compassionate staff, with one reviewer saying, "While visiting a friend, I was very pleased with the way the caregiver was dancing with a resident. The smile on her face was priceless. My friend's room was very clean, I was asked several times if I wanted a drink."
Highgrove at Tates Creek offers a secure and comfortable environment for seniors living with Alzheimer’s and other forms of memory loss. Caregivers assess each resident to identify their physical and cognitive abilities and learn about their life stories to develop personalized care plans. Residents receive a combination of therapeutic and positive stimulation through expressive arts, reminiscing, physical exercise, nutrition and cognitive activities designed to promote social engagement and reduce agitation, depression, falls and medication use. Residents can enjoy a daily happy hour, holiday celebrations and regular outings to local restaurants, shops, museums and theaters. Friends and family are welcome to join their loved ones for freshly prepared meals that are served in the community dining room.
Reviewers recommend Highgrove at Tates Creek for its great amenities, beautiful common areas and excellent staff. One writes, "The food is delicious, the courtyard is a beautiful place to relax and enjoy the serenity. They have so many fun activities that Mom is never bored! The entire staff is totally amazing as well. I highly recommend!"
As part of the Christian Care Communities, The Homeplace at Midway is a faith-based, nonprofit senior living community that provides compassionate assisted living, memory care and skilled nursing services. Its memory care neighborhood exudes a secure, serene environment with its raised gardens, walking paths, gazebos and lush open spaces. Residents are cared for by a team of skilled, trained caregivers who are equipped with a comprehensive understanding of dementia and are competent in responding to challenging behaviors. Through the Best Friends program, caregivers develop a genuine bond with residents by learning their life stories and individual challenges. With this approach, the level of care is optimized according to residents’ interests and abilities. Daily programs at The Homeplace help create pleasant memories while promoting cognitive functions, with meaningful activities and holistic therapies filling up the community’s calendar.
The community is described as inviting and homelike. Families praise the staff for providing quality care to residents and treating visitors well. "The staff was great and appears to truly care for mother. Even after she moved to the other house, several of the staff went over to check on or help with mom from the memory house,” says a reviewer.
Legacy Reserve at Fritz Farm is a state-of-the-art luxury community for senior citizens wanting to relax and enjoy their retirement years. The memory care unit is housed in a secure, modern building. There are never more than 15 residents in the unit, allowing a high level of individual care. A licensed nurse and trained caregivers are on-site 24/7 to provide personal and medical assistance. The activity programs are designed around the interests of residents to assist in restoring memories and to improve the symptoms of cognitive decline. Brain fitness and memory enhancement programs are offered on a daily basis. The community hosts family-friendly events to promote family involvement and increase social interaction opportunities for the residents. Three chef-prepared meals are served in the dining room, and snacks and beverages are available throughout the day.
Family members like the range of amenities with one reviewer saying, "Legacy Reserve at Fritz has all the amenities and even a pool. They have everything you could want, like an exercise room, and a theater where they have a gigantic screen and the residents can watch ball games."
Liberty Ridge is a senior living community in Lexington, Kentucky. The community is centered around a faith-based philosophy and is open to seniors of all faiths. The life enrichment program, designed to nurture the mind, body and spirit, includes activities such as cultural experiences, dance and worship. Residents can take advantage of a number of amenities including a scenic outdoor area with gardens and walking paths, and a hair salon. With daily exercise classes, monthly celebrations and live music acts, residents can live a fun and active lifestyle. A great dining experience is important, which is why Liberty Ridge offers residents the opportunity to eat delicious meals amongst friends. The memory care neighbourhood consists of a safe and secure homelike environment and engaging staff who promote social interaction.
The residents and family members praise the kind staff and delicious food, with one resident saying, "The staff is very well trained and very accommodating. The food is excellent. They have a chef on board. In the particular wing where my wife was a memory care patient, they brought the food to us in a small dining area of only about 7 to 8 people."
Magnolia Springs East provides individualized services, offering assistance with laundry, dressing, grooming, bathing and medications, routinely evaluating services to meet residents' needs as they change. It offers appropriate activities for seniors with dementia and Alzheimer’s disease to keep them active and engaged. With its nationally recognized memory care program, it involves residents' family members and friends, additionally hosting support groups for loved ones to promote understanding of these conditions. The community has a doctor on call, with 24-hour awake staff and on-site home care, along with regular visits from speech therapists, podiatrists, physical therapists and nurses. The community accepts residents with behaviors common among seniors requiring memory care, including elopement and incontinence. The staff is also equipped and trained for residents who need help transferring between wheelchairs and beds.
The residents can make new friends and enjoy the great food, while family members see its memory care unit as a positive environment. Reviewers also note the helpful staff. One resident said, "The thing that makes Magnolia Springs so great is the people here. The employees. They’d do anything in the world for you. I wouldn’t be anywhere else."
Magnolia Springs Lexington is a senior community that provides stylish residences, plentiful amenities and unique services to its residents. The community offers a lifestyle health services and wellness program that takes a holistic approach to health, nurturing residents' psychological, physical and social well-being. The purpose-driven program aims to uncover each resident's talents and interests, assisting them in living with purpose and participating in special events, outings and activities. It encourages residents to be as active or restful as they prefer, featuring movies every night of the week and a spiritual center that offers worship services. Its Four Seasons Room and sunrooms have been designed to integrate indoor and outdoor spaces, while its outdoor areas encourage seniors to enjoy the community's walking paths, courtyards and shuffleboard court.
A customer expresses her appreciation of the dedication of Magnolia Springs' staff, saying, ''The personnel at Magnolia Springs Lexington is incredible. They have created a community culture that is outstanding. Their attention to detail and care for each and every resident of the community and their staff shines through in everything they do."
Memory Care residents at Meadowthorpe Assisted Living enjoy a home-like atmosphere in specialized cottages that have easy-to-navigate layouts. Multiple security measures include direct-care staff available 24/7, as well as personal help and emergency call systems. Staff take a person-first approach to care. Each resident has a unique care plan that's crafted to ensure they engage in activities for their physical and mental well-being, including gardening, arts and crafts, and tools. Staff structure each resident's day according to their hobbies, likes, and dislikes, so that each resident has a familiar schedule paired with a sense of autonomy. All meals and snacks are prepared by a chef according to each resident's preferences and dietary requirements. Staff assist with activities of daily living, along with housekeeping, laundry, transportation, shopping, and other chores. With expansive gardens and yard space, residents enjoy plenty of fresh air.
Residents most note the staff and the environment, pointing out that "staff members were warm and friendly and so kind to the residents." Another said "I've never seen a place with so much love."
Park Louisville by Senior Star is a memory care provider in East Louisville. The community enjoys a quiet suburban setting and access to a number of local leisure facilities, including country clubs, cinemas and sports complexes. Park Louisville by Senior Star offers personalized care for seniors living with neurocognitive conditions, such as Alzheimer's and dementia. Residents prone to wandering and confusion are protected by a secured perimeter and regular checks conducted by the caregiving staff. Seniors can address health concerns with the community's geriatric doctor and psychiatrists, and outpatient rehabilitation services are available. The community offers a number of convenient amenities to ensure the residents have plenty of opportunities for entertainment and physical activity. The common living area features a health center, a beauty and barbershop, a community center and an arts-and-crafts studio.
Reviewers compliment the amenities and caring staff. One family member, happy with the level of care received by their loved one, reports, "My father moved into Park Louisville last November. The place has been wonderful, the staff is excellent, they seem to really care, and they constantly keep us in touch on things that are going on."
Richmond Place is a continuing care senior living community that offers independent living, assisted living and memory care to residents. Pricing is all-inclusive, and residents are able to transition into new levels of care. The senior living community offers a secured memory care area where residents are treated with the person-centered philosophy of the Heartfelt Connections memory care program. Caregivers create a highly individualized program for each resident that helps them retain their dignity and participate in daily activities suited to their current cognitive levels. The focus of Richmond Place is to help memory care residents obtain a high quality of life in a supportive and warm environment, which is done by combining self-care tasks with recreational activities and social connections.
Residents and family members speak highly of Richmond Place, with one visitor explaining, "it was clean, and staff were incredibly friendly and attentive.” The reviewer went on to say "there was a sense of comfort walking through the place.” Another reviewer called it a "5-star luxury hotel” where "the residents are treated like royalty.”
Riverbend offers comfortable, country senior living that feels like home. Each apartment features wide entryways and wheelchair access, including walk-in closets and an emergency response system. A landscaped courtyard and walking paths invite residents to stroll and enjoy the outdoors, and a fireplace beckons them to relax on chilly nights. Seniors can feast on three daily fresh, chef-inspired meals in an expansive, elegant dining area, and private dining quarters can accommodate family gatherings and parties. Staff is available around the clock to provide personal and health care services. Scheduled activities and support groups for exercising, dancing, music and devotions connect the community together for physical fitness, mental stimulation, bonding and purpose. Riverbend also furnishes daily newspaper delivery and courtesy transportation to local amenities.
Riverbend residents and their families appreciate the caring attention and expert care from the staff here. One relative commented, "Riverbend Assisted Living is fantastic on all counts. The staff is great, the place is clean, and the food is wonderful. It's a top-notch and classy organization all the way through.”
Traditions of Beaumont is a memory care community that also offers assisted living and independent living. Residents of the memory care community are carefully nurtured by reducing everyday stressful stimuli and replacing it with therapeutic stimulation that helps spark the interests of loved ones. The memory care community follows the Varietas Memory Care Program, which aims to create natural rhythms for residents that spark cognitive retention and help residents express themselves through individualized interests that play to their strengths. Social engagement is encouraged by staff members, and a wide range of activities helps residents bond with family and neighbors in a safe environment. All Varietas staff pass the Certified Dementia Practitioner Training and are versed in Behavior-Based Ergonomics Therapy.
Family members of residents speak highly of Traditions of Beaumont, with one person writing, "Traditions at Beaumont has been a fantastic move for my parents” because the staff works hard to make "it feel like home.” Another family member echoed the same thoughts, stating, "The grounds are beautiful and the staff is warm and friendly.”
Spread out over 35 acres of land, Wesley Manor Retirement Community was created after several patrons left large bequests to the Louisville Methodist Conference. For the past 60 years, it has specialized in providing Alzheimer's and memory care to patrons and expanded its campus over the last few decades to include assisted living and independent living.Memory Care is provided in The Aldersgate building and is a “personal care” community with a nurse on-site at all times. The goal of staff in The Aldersgate is to take care of the social, physical, emotional and spiritual needs of all residents. As such, a licensed social worker, chaplain and activities director work together to plan enriching and engaging activities for all residents.
Children of residents speak highly of staff, with one reviewer noting that the staff "was helpful and caring” and "treated residents and their family as one of their own.” Another reviewer described Wesley Manor as a "neat, clean and friendly place.”