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.



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.



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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Personal Care – In the commonwealth of Kentucky, you will also find personal care communities. Personal care communities are licensed, clinical facilities providing health-related services that must include 24-hour supervision, medication management, housekeeping, transportation and laundry services. Residents receive three meals a day which are regulated by a dietician or nutritionist. Nurses are available onsite to administer injections, provide diabetic management and maintain medical records. Personal care communities also provide social and recreational activities in a safe, secure environment.

Skilled Nursing Care – Skilled nursing facilities, sometimes referred to as healthcare centers, provide medical and nursing services to their residents. Some residents may need skilled nursing care on a short-term basis following an illness or injury with an end goal of returning home or to a lower level of care. Others who need ongoing nursing support are considered long-term residents. In addition to 24-hour skilled nursing care, both short-term and long-term residents have access to rehabilitative services such as physical, occupational and speech therapies. Additional services may include cardiac or stroke recovery, wound management, laboratory services, radiology services and discharge planning.

Memory Care – Specialty care for seniors living with Alzheimer’s disease or related dementias is often called memory care. These are often secured units staffed by caregivers who have training and experience working with residents living with memory impairment. In addition to all the benefits that come with living in a senior living community, memory care programs offer unique activities that are specifically designed to engage their residents which increases self- esteem. Memory care is available at multiple levels of care, including assisted living, personal care and skilled nursing care.

The advantages of belonging to a senior living community are too important to ignore. In all levels of care, residents are exposed to a community of like-minded individuals while receiving care and attention in a safe and secure environment. Still, many seniors and their families view senior living communities as a last resort. Some people believe that moving to a senior living community represents a loss of independence, when in reality it’s quite the opposite. For others, it’s a lack of understanding of the advantages that come from living in community specifically designed for them. But as seniors and their families begin to see the benefits of senior living communities, they are turning to senior living communities earlier in life. The seniors of today are making their own plans for the future and why shouldn’t they? These should be the best years of their lives.


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2.5 million baby boomers across America will turn 70 this year. And thanks to medical advances, improvements in health care and modern medicine, the new 70-year- olds can expect to live up to 15 years longer than their ancestors. That means more people than ever are considering their retirement options, which for many includes senior living communities. Senior living communities have come a long way since the nursing homes of the past. Today, senior living communities boast resort-like amenities including spas, yoga instructors and all-inclusive pricing and exist for all stages of life, starting with the independent and active 60+. But with so many options for services, amenities and levels of care, selecting a senior care community for yourself or a loved one can be overwhelming. This causes some to delay their search, sometimes until they are in a crisis situation and must make a decision quickly. Taking the time to research the options near you and making informed decisions in advance will make the move much easier for you and your family when the time is right.

The most important step in selecting a senior care community is to determine the level of care needed for you or the senior in your life. Keep in mind any current health issues as well as future concerns, it’s important to plan for today and tomorrow.

Independent Living – Active seniors that are looking to downsize


or get away from the stress of home repairs may be interested in the care-free lifestyle that independent living communities offer. Housing options range from apartments to garden homes and offer seniors the opportunity to socialize and participate in life-enrichment activities. Many communities offer meals and housekeeping services plus scheduled transportation. On-site amenities such as fitness centers, beauty salons, libraries and chapels create an all-inclusive environment that fosters the independence of each resident.

Assisted Living – Assisted living communities are intended for seniors looking for comfort, convenience and a peace of mind. Residents enjoy the privacy of their own apartment specifically designed for senior safety, including grab bars and an emergency call system. Assisted living residents are encouraged to maintain an active social life with a full calendar of events, including daily activities and special outings. Professional caregivers are available 24-hours a day to assist with activities of daily living, sometimes referred to as “ADLs”, which include bathing, dressing, grooming, eating, transferring, and toileting. Medication reminders and personal laundry services may also be available.


Lauren Ashley German is the Community Relations Director at Highgrove at Tates Creek, a premier senior living community opening fall of 2016. Formally with the Alzheimer’s Association, Lauren Ashley has had the privilege of working with families across Kentucky dealing with all levels of dementia as well as the senior living communities that serve them. Lauren Ashley can be reached at 859-245-0100 or

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