Memory Care Neighborhood Frequently Asked Questions
Q. What does it cost?
A. Monthly rental rates depend upon the size of the private apartment occupied. Monthly rental rates start at $2,851.
Q. What is included in this monthly fee?
A. Our fee includes all utilities, 24/7 dementia care trained staff, 3meals daily, snacks as appropriate, daily social activities and stimulation, bathing, dressing, grooming assistance, medication reminders, periodic toileting, occasional incontinence assistance, and escort service as needed. Linens for twin beds, washcloths, and towels are also provided via this fee.
Q. Do you have nurses?
A. The Memory Care Neighborhood does not have clinical staff, as it is certfied by the state for assisted living only.. More often than not, residents displaying the early stages of dementia do not need skilled or clinical care to maintain their quality of life. In the event that medical or clinical care is occasionally needed, our Memory Care residents obtain help via the numerous home health agencies that visit Liberty Ridge. In so doing, they pay for clinical care only when needed.
Q. Is it a secure unit?
A. Although every effort is made to ensure that our Memory Care residents are secure and accounted for, state fire code requires that our alarmed exit and entrance doors have 30 second delayed egress features in the event of fire. In recognition of this, we have a higher ratio of staff to residents to facilitate monitoring their safety and security.
Q. How will I know if my family member is suitable for Memory Care?
A. If your family member meets the requirements of KRS 194A.700-729 ( i.e. is ambulatory/non-ambulatory but mobile, and is not a danger to themselves or others, does not require skilled care, etc.), Liberty Ridge will assess him or her for appropriateness for Memory Care, considering such criteria as wandering, level of incontinence, ability to transfer, special diet needs, behavior, medication needs, etc. In addition, those moving into Memory Care are re-assessed on a continuous, routine basis, to ensure that they remain appropriate and can be safely cared for under state assisted living criteria and regulations.
Q. What training do the staff have?
A. Our staff meet the training requirements outlined in state assisted living regulations and also must annually complete 12 hours of dementia specific courses. In addition, they must volunteer as a companion at the Best Friends Adult Daycare Center prior to employment to assess their suitability for memory care work.
Q. Do they have opportunities for activities?
A. The Liberty Ridge Memory Care Neighborhood ministry is modeled after the Best Friend’s approach to dementia care. We are a person-centered community, thus we attempt to meet each resident’s needs based upon their capabilities, interests, and daily routines. We believe that activities are more than just recreation, but include any event that engages a resident mentally and physically to prolong his or her quality of life. Our goal is to foster independence and choice as much as possible. An example might be coaching a resident in doing his or her personal laundry, or asking their assistance in watering our flowers and plants. Our activities program also encompasses educational, spiritual, and recreational events designed around the challenges of memory loss. When appropriate, we emphasize outside activities such as walking, dining out, and physical exercise. Our goal is to daily provide every resident with opportunities to enjoy life.
Q. Can they take outings?
A. Liberty Ridge supports appropriate outings for our Memory Care residents . These may be in the form of flying kites in the park, dining out, walking about our campus, shopping trips, going out for ice cream, or other events found enjoyable for our residents and staff. We often involve our volunteers in these outings, and welcome family members and friends to accompany us.