It isn’t every non-profit organization that can trace its roots back a century, but Kentucky-based Christian Care Communities can claim that distinction. Tracing its origin to Louisville a century ago, the organization’s mission remains full of hope and compassionate care for Older Adults—and that hope continues as the cornerstone of the company’s mission today.
Here’s how it all began:
The year was l871. A young woman lay dying at Louisville’s City Hospital. Overcome with sadness, she knew that after her death, her young son would have no place to go, and no one to care for him.
The woman told her pastor, “It has been my desire to raise my boy that I might see him as a Christian man. I am dying…have we no home for dire situations such as these, like other places do?”
Brother Broadhurst, a local Christian minister, took her prayer to heart. Not only did he welcome the boy into his own home, he founded the original home that today has become Christian Care Communities, Kentucky’s largest faith-inspired provider of housing and health care.
The organization continues to provide care to vulnerable seniors in our midst who need a place to call home; to those who are aging and experiencing cognitive decline or physical health; and to individuals and families coping with grief, illness and loneliness that go in tandem with aging. And, the good news is, Christian Care is expanding its horizons in the Lexington area.
Expansion at Brannon Crossing
Bridgepointe at Ashgrove Woods: An Intentional Community
A one-of-a-kind development, Bridgepointe is nestled in the heart of Ashgrove Woods and is an “intentional community” uniquely designed to help families grow closer as they grow older. It will provide assisted senior care, memory care and an Adult Day Center with the Best Friends™ Model of Care, an internally recognized approach to care designed to create the best possible days for guests.
At Bridgepointe, residents will enjoy the privacy of their own one bedroom or studio apartment and a wide range of assisted senior care amenities, including licensed nurses on duty 24/7. It also features an exercise room, library, guest dining room, outdoor patio and garden. Residents will have a chaplain, worship services on-site, Bible study and counseling to cope with life changes.
Margaret McCoskey, MSSW, and Family & Community Liaison for Bridgepointe says that the new community is among “the most comprehensive senior adult communities of its kind, certainly in this region of the country. Most families want the ability to see their older parents regularly, so the thought of living in an estate home or townhome on the same property is particularly appealing.”
The Best Friends™ Model of Care
Most well-known, especially in the Lexington community, is Christian Care’s Adult Day Program. Tonya Cox, Director of Home and Community Based Programs (including the Best Friends™ program) says, “We are committed to making our Adult Day Center more than just a place to stay. We present a program for the “whole” person, offering social and community support, and mental stimulation. This definitely makes the difference for the people in our care.”
Currently, one of the most popular daytime programs for older adults is held Monday through Friday at 516 Maryland Avenue, between Newtown Pike and Jefferson Street in downtown Lexington. Nursing care, physical, occupational and speech-language therapy, medication assistance and podiatry services are provided. One of the highlights of the day is the serving of afternoon ice cream.
Ms. Cox added, “We have created a secure and caring environment which offers a variety of activities, including serving a nourishing breakfast, lunch and snack, group exercise programs, group activities and outings, music, movies, arts and crafts, cooking classes, men’s club group, walking and gardening. Ms. Cox noted, “We will integrate our Best Friends™ caregiving into our new Bridgepointe community, offering world class care for those individuals suffering from dementia and Alzheimer’s.” She explained that while couples may choose to live together, there will be an opportunity for the community to care for both husband and wife while each separately receives individualized care and treatment. “His” day might include a chef-prepared breakfast, time in the exercise room, time spent with friends playing pool, participating in a theatre group, traveling with other residents to see a movie, touring Shaker Village, or other activities. “Her” day could involve playing bridge, enjoying a ladies’ tea, participating in a daily devotional, a cooking class, an exercise work-out, or an afternoon ‘sing along’ in the atrium.
Ms. Cox noted that Bridgepointe (designed for those 62+ years of age) will provide an abundance of options for its residents centered around Christian fellowship, unique amenities such as courtyards, outdoor dining for summer evenings, and even opportunities to plant garden spaces for favorite flowers and veggies.
Community outreach is deeply embedded into Christian Care Communities’ DNA. Across the Commonwealth, with communities in Lexington, Louisville, Grayson, Taylorsville, Owensboro, Hopkinsville, Bowling Green, Midway and Corbin the organization is recognized as the largest faith-inspired non-profit provider of senior living and long-term care for older adults. The organization prides itself on its role as Kentucky’s premiere provider of adult housing and services. Its mission is to enhance the journey of life for older adults by helping them stay as independent as possible in order to create a society where all members are valued. The methodology? Offering services and opportunities to assist seniors to enjoy their ‘golden years’ living in adult community residences. Options will include well-appointed garden and patio homes; assisted living apartments; as well as transitional and skilled nursing assistance when appropriate. The statewide network of Christian Care Communities provides opportunities for seniors to live in or near the communities where family, friends and familiar surroundings keep them engaged in life-long learning.
What gives Christian Care Communities an edge in its outreach to Kentucky’s senior population? As the oldest outreach ministry of the Disciples of Christ/Church of Christ, the statewide organization is blessed by the support of churches across the Commonwealth, each one an active and valuable partner in supporting volunteerism within their congregations. Inspired by the teachings of Jesus Christ, full time Christian Care chaplains are serving all of the organization’s communities. These individuals offer weekly worship services, Bible study, and counseling for residents and others involved in day care programs who would benefit from guidance, reassurance, and hope.
Answers to questions you might have:
What is the mission of Christian Care Communities?
Christian Care Communities enhances the journey of life of older adults by providing communities throughout Kentucky that offer a variety of programs and services to meet their needs: housing, assisted living, skilled care.
How many people do you serve?
Annually, we provide services to more than 3000 older adults who reside in our communities, as well as to those who use our adult day care services.
Is your organization affiliated with any religious group?
Yes. Christian Care is the oldest outreach ministry of the Disciples of Christ/ Church of Christ. We are blessed by the support of many others in the region, which generously support our work by giving individual donations.
Are donations to Christian Care Communities tax deductible?
Yes. We are designated as a 501c3 not for profit organization.
Do you need volunteer help, and if so, how can I learn more with your unique mission?
Certainly! Volunteers are welcomed, appreciated, and blessed. If you’d be interested in joining our mission, we would welcome hearing from you. Our Best Friends™ Approach focuses on offering companionship and understanding to individuals who have memory loss. Volunteers invariably get more than they give with these special individuals. It can be a God-sent life changing experience. Want to learn more? Check out our website: www.christiancarecommunities.org/about us. Then, contact Tonya Cox, at Christian Care Communities in Lexington. We are always in need of volunteers.
Where is your headquarters office?
Christian Care Communities, Inc. is in the Cumberland Building,
12710 Townepark Way, Suite l000, Louisville, KY. 40243-1596
Phone 502-254-4200/ toll free- l-800-662-1738