A community is judged on how well it takes care of its elderly. Paducah Lakes wants to respond to this brand.
A groundbreaking ceremony at the retirement home on Thursday celebrated a 25,000 square foot community expansion and Open Arms – a 12-unit neighborhood specializing in Alzheimer’s care for long-term residents.
Construction which began last year also added six additional apartments and facilities for fitness, dining, art, relaxation and the outdoors.
Jerry Collier knew assisted living was inevitable when his wife Judy was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease in 2014.
“I did some research. Sure, there were tons (of facilities), but here it is: Paducah Lakes,” said Collier, an outdoor enthusiast and once an engineer.
“Since we’ve been here, knowing these people…I just can’t beat them,” he said. “I think as you get older, being treated with dignity and respect can be even more important than just caring.”
“We just gave birth to 17 baby geese, so our residents love sitting on the gazebo,” Brian Durbin, president of Arcadia Communities, told The Sun. The Kentucky-owned company acquired Lakes of Paducah in 2019.
“A lot of what we do is about health and wellness,” he said. “There are so many families thinking about how to care for an aging loved one. We believe that the services we provide offer a meaningful option. »
McCracken County Executive Judge Craig Clymer called the facility “an outstanding example of how we value and care for our senior population.”
“After the death of my father, (my mother) was alone and no longer enjoyed life as she used to. We got her into an establishment and she made friends, went to meals, sat at the same table with the same ladies,” Clymer said.
“A community must assess how it views its aging and elderly population, and a time inevitably comes when children must help their parents.”
“Our goal as a company is to provide a great alternative for people who are struggling at home but want to live independently without the hassle of shoveling snow, mowing grass or fixing their house,” said Bub Putney, executive director of Lakes of Paducah.