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New memory care unit opening soon at Daisy Hill Senior Living


A RIBBON-CUTTING officially dedicated the new Pathway Memory Care at Daisy Hill Senior Living. Executive Director Laurie Dorough was joined by Daisy Hill staff, members of the Woodford County Chamber of Commerce and County Judge-Executive James Kay at Tuesday’s event. (Photo by Bob Vlach)
A RIBBON-CUTTING officially dedicated the new Pathway Memory Care at Daisy Hill Senior Living. Executive Director Laurie Dorough was joined by Daisy Hill staff, members of the Woodford County Chamber of Commerce and County Judge-Executive James Kay at Tuesday’s event. (Photo by Bob Vlach)

Opening a memory care unit has been in the plans since Daisy Hill Senior

Living came to Versailles in 2013, its Executive Director Laurie Dorough

told the Sun.

On Tuesday morning, Daisy Hill hosted a ribbon-cutting ceremony for its

new Pathway Memory Care, with tours offered during the Woodford County

Chamber of Commerce event.

“Today is a special and important day,” Woodford County Judge-Executive

James Kay said. He said leaders came together a couple of years ago “and

we decided that an age-friendly community was something that we were

invested in.”

“… This is a great place to grow up,” he continued, “but we are working

on making sure it’s a great place to grow old as well.”

Families here and in neighboring counties will benefit from having a

safe and secure environment for loved ones with Alzheimer’s disease and

related disorders because everyone’s journey is different, Dorough said.

Construction on the new memory care unit began 18 to 24 months ago, with

the goal of opening in the summer of 2021, Dorough said during an

interview prior to the ribbon cutting.

“So we’re right on target,” she said. “And our goal is to begin

providing (memory care) services in July.”

Licensed to accommodate 28 beds, the memory care unit has 18 rooms,

including three with double occupancy. “So there’s plenty of room for

couples,” Dorough said.

She said a certificate of need from the state allows Daisy Hill to open

a memory care unit.

In comparison to assisted living, Pathway Memory Care is licensed as a

personal care community where people receive a higher level of care,

including management of medications by a nursing staff, Dorough explained.

The memory care unit’s secure environment, including an enclosed outdoor

courtyard, is beneficial to residents who can become confused, said

Dorough. She said someone diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease or other

related disorder will benefit from memory care’s dementia-trained staff.

Daisy Hill residents who need a higher level of care, are able to

transition from independent living to assisted living and soon to memory

care – if that’s the need, Dorough said.

She said the new Pathway Memory Care unit’s director of nursing, Kelly

Pelston, is a registered nurse with a bachelor’s of science in nursing

(BSN) degree who has a passion for memory care.

Besides being a caregiver during her career as a nurse, Pelston has been

a case manager for families who need support as the caregivers of people

with dementia. “So she comes with that passion. She comes with that

background,” Dorough said.

She introduced Pelston and lead nurse Kayla Macey prior to the ribbon

cutting that officially dedicated Pathway Memory Care.

“I’m super-excited to be here,” said Pelston. She said the vision at

Daisy Hill Senior Living aligns with her passion – providing

individualized and respectful care to residents.

“We will work from a very individualized perspective,” she said, “so we

can continue to provide them with purposeful and meaningful wellness in

this phase of life.”

In memory care, residents will participate in activities and daily

routines that connect with each of them as “a person who happens to have

dementia,” said Dorough.

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