Do you have a hobby? Hobbies can give meaning and purpose to your life in retirement. As Robert Putnam points out in his book, Bowling Alone, it’s easy to discount the importance of hobbies and social engagements. Putnam details the widespread decline in civic engagement, from PTA memberships to neighborhood potlucks and bowling leagues. Over a couple of generations, Americans have misplaced the concept of free time.


Lily is a beautiful, active and full of personality toddler who happens to have Down syndrome. Lily’s parents and I have been friends for years and I have the continuing pleasure of watching Lily and her siblings grow up. While Lily is becoming a physical therapy rock star and hitting all her milestones in a timely fashion, her parents have started planning for the future.



The Merriam-Webster dictionary defines a hobby as “a pursuit outside one’s regular occupation, engaged in especially for relaxation.” Hobbies include anything from playing a musical instrument to gardening, bird watching or sewing. A hobby is a way of focusing on something you enjoy just for the sake of that enjoyment. It may also be a way to clear your mental palette. You could be stressed out by a situation at work or the challenges of raising children and need an escape.



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and wellness, fitness and educational programs. A concierge will assist residents in making appointments or arranging transportation. Provision Living also has in place advanced technology for safety and support, including intelligent wireless-based safety systems.

Provision Living’s memory care services are designed to address the specific needs of individuals with memory loss. Everything from the building design and the outdoor spaces to the social activities and dining experiences are specifically constructed to enhance the lives of residents and their families. Each neighborhood has its own team of dedicated support companions whose goal is to become intimately familiar with the elders. These companions will provide the right type of support to meet the needs of families as they experience the challenges and stresses related to memory loss.

Provision Living prides itself on creating an inviting environment where residents can flourish in all these aspects of life. Provision Living’s vision is “to create a radiant organization where people are loved, inspired and thriving.” Its mission is to become “the best place a senior adult has ever lived.”

“The one thing that differentiates us is our approach to taking care of our residents,” said Barry Brinegar, Community Relations Manager. “Provision Living is committed to having the best caregiver-to-resident ratio of any other community.”

“Luxurious amenities and unparalleled support for residents and families make Provision Living at Beaumont Center first in its class,” added Community Relations Manager Amber Lakin. “Those two things really do set us apart. We are doing things no one else is doing. There are no gimmicks. This is just good care.”

Provision Living’s independent living neighborhoods provide personalized assistance that eliminates the daily burdens of living. From the rooftop garden patio to the movie theater to the Bourbon Reserve Room in the bistro, independent living residents will find a variety of comforts at the facility, including enriching activities and educational programs, group exercise classes and access to wellness and personal


care services – everything they want and need to enjoy hassle-free living.

“We have a total of 104 apartments. Thirty-two of those will be in a secure memory care neighborhood and 72 will be in the personal care three-story building,” Barry said. “On the top floor of our personal care building, we’re offering some apartments are for independent living. Folks can live with us independently until they start needing more care, so they can age in place. We’ll just add on that care right where they are in that apartment. The care is bundled into the cost of monthly rent, so the care levels will never increase in cost to the residents.”

“Independent living will include three meals a day,” said Amber. “This is restaurant style dining. And the bistro will have fresh baked bread and things like that.

Services include restaurant style dining with a selection of fresh, healthy options at each meal; access to wellness and personal care services; and discreet assistance with activities of daily living and medication management. A nurse will be on site 24-7. There will also be housekeeping, laundry, maintenance and transportation services and a variety of enriching social activities, group classes


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A unique feature the community will offer as part of its management team is a Family Support Mentor. Carla Guthrie brings more than 18 years of experience in dementia care to the position. She previously worked for a large eldercare company that had 26 communities in five different states and was responsible for developing its programs, managing and training staff and providing support, mentoring and guidance to the communities’ executive directors. She has also worked as a program manager for the Best Friends Adult Day Program for the Alzheimer’s Association of Greater Kentucky and Southern Indiana, which awarded her the peer-nominated Professional Caregiver of the Year Award in 2013. Carla will help families with disease education, community resources and care options and offer consultations.

“My father had Alzheimer’s, and that started my journey,” Carla said. “I’m able to take what I’ve learned over the years and help others. You need to keep persons with dementia engaged with structured activities and unstructured activities, so they have a meaningful day and they have engagement activities so there will be fewer behaviors.”

“Carla is going to be the single point of care for family members and for professionals,” Barry said. “She will actually function as a navigator for our residents. When they go to the hospital for care, she will orient the staff to the resident.”

Beaumont Centre is a safe, comfortable community that has everything a resident at Provision Living might desire, including numerous shopping, recreation, entertainment and dining opportunities. There is easy access to major highways from the area and to iconic Kentucky venues such as Keeneland Race Course. The people living in Beaumont Centre have watched Provision Living’s progress from groundbreaking to ribbon cutting with great interest.

“The neighborhood has been very supportive,” Amber said. “It’s almost like people have been waiting for us.”

Provision Living, with a number of communities in various states, including Missouri, Michigan, Ten- nessee and Florida, looks forward to bringing its particular vision of senior living to Lexington.

Provision Living, with a number of communities in various states, including Missouri, Michigan, Ten- nessee and Florida, looks forward to bringing its particular vision of senior living to Lexington.

“I am eager to bring Lexington’s seniors a community where they can maintain as much independence as possible while receiving quality care from people that feel like family, all within steps of several Beaumont Centre businesses that we are excited to take advantage of,” said Executive Director Emily Abner. “Our seniors deserve a community that they are proud to call home, and that is exactly what Provision Living at Beaumont Centre is committed to providing.”

For more information about Provision Living at Beaumont Centre, call (859) 687-6587