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10 Best Nursing Homes in Lexington, KY

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Known for its beautiful scenery, access to quality health care, and reputation as the “Horse Capital of the World,” Lexington, Kentucky, is a popular Southern destination for seniors looking for a quiet and charming place to call home.

If you or a loved one are looking for a nursing home in Lexington, it’s important to know what the term means, as different people use it in different ways. Nursing homes can often be used interchangeably for any long-term senior care, such as assisted living communities and memory care facilities. However, it actually refers to skilled nursing facilities with 24-hour skilled nursing care for residents who require medical care and are unable to live on their own.

These communities focus on providing care for individuals who are unable to live independently. However, many people prefer options that offer more independence, such as assisted living or memory care. These communities assist seniors in maintaining their independence to the greatest extent possible while also offering on-site personal or health care services.

Lexington has various senior care options, and A Place for Mom has partnered with 11 assisted living and memory care facilities located within a 10-mile radius of the downtown area. The following guide provides information about what senior care facilities Lexington has to offer, how to pay for them, what benefits may be available, and why Lexington is a great place to live.

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Photo of Magnolia Springs LexingtonCommunity card badge
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I moved my wife into the memory care unit at Magnolia Springs after things didn’t work out at another community. Magnolia Springs welcomed her with open arms and has done a wonderful job caring for her. It...
Provides: Assisted Living, Memory Care
Care types provided by this community
Assisted Living: Assisted living facilities offer housing and care for active seniors who may need support with activities of daily living, like bathing, dressing, and medication management.
Memory Care: Memory care facilities provide housing, care, and therapies for seniors who have Alzheimer’s disease or other forms of dementia in an environment designed to reduce confusion and prevent wandering.
Who says moving to a senior living community means giving up your sense of independence? Magnolia Springs embraces the fact you are your own person, different, unique, one-of-a-kind—with your own lifestyle, pursuits, and hopes for the future. Even better, we celebrate it! Each and every day....
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55 Floor plans available
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I have always liked Richmond Place. I have been here at least 8 years. All the people that I met here have been nice, as well as all the people who work here. And when I talk to residents who are here, they...
Provides: Assisted Living, Memory Care, Independent Living
Care types provided by this community
Assisted Living: Assisted living facilities offer housing and care for active seniors who may need support with activities of daily living, like bathing, dressing, and medication management.
Memory Care: Memory care facilities provide housing, care, and therapies for seniors who have Alzheimer’s disease or other forms of dementia in an environment designed to reduce confusion and prevent wandering.
Independent Living: Independent living facilities offer convenient, hassle-free living in a social environment for seniors who are active, healthy, and able to live on their own.
This community does not fulfill the legal definition of Assisted Living in Kentucky. A Place for Mom uses the term "assisted living" to indicate that the community provides some level of assistance with daily living activities. It does not indicate that the facility meets official state...
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Dad is very happy there! Everyone seems to be on the same wavelength on resident care. They are friendly and very helpful. When we looked at other places, Cedarhurst was far above the others!
Provides: Assisted Living, Memory Care
Care types provided by this community
Assisted Living: Assisted living facilities offer housing and care for active seniors who may need support with activities of daily living, like bathing, dressing, and medication management.
Memory Care: Memory care facilities provide housing, care, and therapies for seniors who have Alzheimer’s disease or other forms of dementia in an environment designed to reduce confusion and prevent wandering.
Cedarhurst of Beaumont, located in Lexington, KY, is a Assisted Living and Memory Care community offering a vibrant and fulfilling life. Our personal care and memory care senior living lifestyle options give you what you need to live life to the fullest.Our memory care community is created just...
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The facility has a unit for Memory Care, Personal Care, and Assisted Living. Mom was in personal care, a level up from Assisted Living. She had nursing staff, caregiving staff and a doctor available as...
Provides: Assisted Living, Memory Care
Care types provided by this community
Assisted Living: Assisted living facilities offer housing and care for active seniors who may need support with activities of daily living, like bathing, dressing, and medication management.
Memory Care: Memory care facilities provide housing, care, and therapies for seniors who have Alzheimer’s disease or other forms of dementia in an environment designed to reduce confusion and prevent wandering.
Cheers to Preston Greens! Lexington's EXTRAordinary senior living community by embracing the "Gold Standard" of senior living, and delivering a superior culture rooted with hospitality, safety and collaboration.Preston Greens takes something ordinary and makes it fun -- a community rich in...
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The Breckinridge is fantastic. For those with advanced dementia, this is one of the best places you could have your loved one. Their staff is dementia trained, whereas at other places that say they provide...
Provides: Memory Care
Care types provided by this community
Memory Care: Memory care facilities provide housing, care, and therapies for seniors who have Alzheimer’s disease or other forms of dementia in an environment designed to reduce confusion and prevent wandering.
The Breckinridge is a free-standing, licensed personal care home designed to provide specialized memory care services. The Breckinridge serves Lexington and surrounding areas. We have been building and operating memory care residences for more than 20 years.Our small, secure, home-like setting...
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Liberty Ridge has been a wonderful facility for my mom the past 6 years. Mom has been treated with the love and dignity she deserves. The important thing is she feels loved by staff.
Provides: Assisted Living, Memory Care
Care types provided by this community
Assisted Living: Assisted living facilities offer housing and care for active seniors who may need support with activities of daily living, like bathing, dressing, and medication management.
Memory Care: Memory care facilities provide housing, care, and therapies for seniors who have Alzheimer’s disease or other forms of dementia in an environment designed to reduce confusion and prevent wandering.
Liberty Ridge Senior Living Community is celebrating 20 years of service in 2020. We are blessed to have a well-tenured staff with over 275 years of combined experience in senior care. Liberty Ridge is proud of our rich heritage as a non-profit, faith-based (people of all faiths warmly welcome),...
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Photo of Meadowthorpe Assisted Living and Memory Care
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5 for all of them. Mom has been happy at Meadowthorpe and they have all been very helpful. Based on the experience we have had so far, we would recommend Meaowthorpe Assisted Living and Memory Care to other...
Provides: Assisted Living, Memory Care
Care types provided by this community
Assisted Living: Assisted living facilities offer housing and care for active seniors who may need support with activities of daily living, like bathing, dressing, and medication management.
Memory Care: Memory care facilities provide housing, care, and therapies for seniors who have Alzheimer’s disease or other forms of dementia in an environment designed to reduce confusion and prevent wandering.
Meadowthorpe Assisted Living and Memory Care is privately owned and operated. Our Community is a five-cottage style campus that includes eight apartments in each cottage. We offer private one-bedroom apartments that are designed to be home-like while creating a safe welcoming environment that...
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This facility made the best out of a bad situation, The were so caring, compationate, and took good care of my loved one. The communication was good they kept us well informed. I would recommend this...
Provides: Assisted Living
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Assisted Living: Assisted living facilities offer housing and care for active seniors who may need support with activities of daily living, like bathing, dressing, and medication management.
Lexington Country Place, located adjacent to The Lafayette, features the comfortable lifestyle, superb amenities and the highest standards of hospitality and service. Our Nursing Care Center is the choice for seniors requiring post-hospital and post-surgical care and for those who have more...
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2020 Photos available
8.0
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It was the best fit for my mother, the physical layout, the activities available, the friendly and caring people, easy communication access, it is close to my home, within our budget. I would recommend to...
Provides: Assisted Living
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Assisted Living: Assisted living facilities offer housing and care for active seniors who may need support with activities of daily living, like bathing, dressing, and medication management.
If it's time to slow down with the upkeep on a house and get busy enjoying a maintenance-free lifestyle, Sayre Christian Village has many options for you to choose between.We recognize that most everyone has become accustomed to more space. Our Friendship Towers apartments were built with that in...
Photo of Highgrove at Tates Creek
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33 Floor plans available
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Great people, flexible food options, feels good that my loved one is in a place where he can get care. They offered two large bedroooms and a garage.
Provides: Assisted Living, Memory Care, Independent Living
Care types provided by this community
Assisted Living: Assisted living facilities offer housing and care for active seniors who may need support with activities of daily living, like bathing, dressing, and medication management.
Memory Care: Memory care facilities provide housing, care, and therapies for seniors who have Alzheimer’s disease or other forms of dementia in an environment designed to reduce confusion and prevent wandering.
Independent Living: Independent living facilities offer convenient, hassle-free living in a social environment for seniors who are active, healthy, and able to live on their own.
Highgrove at Tates Creek is located in the Tates Creek area of southeast Lexington, just south of Man O' War Boulevard. The community is constructed on a beautiful site consisting of rolling hills, mature trees and a winding creek.At Highgrove at Tates Creek, we provide service with dignity. We...
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Photo of The Lantern at Morning Pointe of Lexington
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The Lantern has an honest and trustworthy staff. I really respect the nurses, administration, and staff. [Removed], the maintenance guy, was very personable and took up with my dad immediately. I do think...
Provides: Memory Care
Care types provided by this community
Memory Care: Memory care facilities provide housing, care, and therapies for seniors who have Alzheimer’s disease or other forms of dementia in an environment designed to reduce confusion and prevent wandering.
Conveniently located at 225 Ruccio Way adjacent to Morning Pointe of Lexington Senior Living off of Reynolds Road and near Fayette Mall, The Lantern at Morning Pointe of Lexington is a single-level, state-of-the-art Alzheimer's Center of Excellence specially designed for seniors with dementia and...
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My loved one is a resident at Legacy Reserve at Fritz Farm. The staff here are friendly and helpful. There are a lot of activities and the food options are good. I would recommend this facility for a loved...
Provides: Assisted Living, Memory Care, Independent Living
Care types provided by this community
Assisted Living: Assisted living facilities offer housing and care for active seniors who may need support with activities of daily living, like bathing, dressing, and medication management.
Memory Care: Memory care facilities provide housing, care, and therapies for seniors who have Alzheimer’s disease or other forms of dementia in an environment designed to reduce confusion and prevent wandering.
Independent Living: Independent living facilities offer convenient, hassle-free living in a social environment for seniors who are active, healthy, and able to live on their own.
Legacy Reserve at Fritz Farm is a unique senior living experience for the astute, active senior promoting the freedom to enjoy life. Our Independent Living community promotes a healthy and energetic lifestyle giving residents the opportunity to be as engaged and occupied as they choose to be....
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I like the care from the community for my father. They staff have improvment alot. This is a clean community and he enjoys the grounds. The menu is very good and alot of choices. They have a nice variety of...
Provides: Assisted Living, Memory Care
Care types provided by this community
Assisted Living: Assisted living facilities offer housing and care for active seniors who may need support with activities of daily living, like bathing, dressing, and medication management.
Memory Care: Memory care facilities provide housing, care, and therapies for seniors who have Alzheimer’s disease or other forms of dementia in an environment designed to reduce confusion and prevent wandering.
With its vibrant culture, strong sense of community, and famous hospitality, Lexington is the perfect place for a health campus dedicated to enriching the lives of its residents. At The Willows, we are proud to offer our residents regular opportunities to explore the history, culture, and flavors...
Photo of Morning Pointe of Lexington-East
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I love this place and so does my mother!!! They keep moms mind working on the lantern. There has been some staffing change in the past year but has not been an issue from us. My mom is higher functioning and...
Provides: Assisted Living, Memory Care
Care types provided by this community
Assisted Living: Assisted living facilities offer housing and care for active seniors who may need support with activities of daily living, like bathing, dressing, and medication management.
Memory Care: Memory care facilities provide housing, care, and therapies for seniors who have Alzheimer’s disease or other forms of dementia in an environment designed to reduce confusion and prevent wandering.
Conveniently located near St. Joseph's Hospital East off Richmond Road, just south of Man O'War Boulevard in Lexington, Kentucky, Morning Pointe of Lexington-East is a single-level, state-of-the-art Senior Living community on ten acres. The facility also offers The Lantern Alzheimer's Memory Care...
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I would recommend the community. The best part of the community is they take care of my loved one, this allows us to be family. There is nothing at this time that I would change about the community.
Provides: Assisted Living
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Assisted Living: Assisted living facilities offer housing and care for active seniors who may need support with activities of daily living, like bathing, dressing, and medication management.
Conveniently located next to Homewood Suites and across the street from Meijers Department Store in Lexington, Kentucky, Morning Pointe of Lexington is a a single-level, state-of-the-art Senior Living Community on 5.11 acres. At Morning Pointe you will find assistance with medication,...
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Great food, wonderful compassionate staff in a southern hospitality atmosphere! I can’t express how great our experience was at Tanbark. I would highly recommend to any family looking for a place for their...
Provides: Assisted Living
Care types provided by this community
Assisted Living: Assisted living facilities offer housing and care for active seniors who may need support with activities of daily living, like bathing, dressing, and medication management.
Tanbark Senior Living combines exceptional care, extensive experience and luxury surroundings to create one of the finest personal care, health care and rehabilitation communities in the region.Personal CareOur carefully selected and trained staff are equipped to assist residents with activities...
Photo of The Willows at Citation (Memory Care Opening Fall 2018)
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The most excellent place ever!! Great staff, great food, Great facility. The food variety was really nice and you could request them to make something else if you did like what they were serving I...
Provides: Assisted Living, Memory Care
Care types provided by this community
Assisted Living: Assisted living facilities offer housing and care for active seniors who may need support with activities of daily living, like bathing, dressing, and medication management.
Memory Care: Memory care facilities provide housing, care, and therapies for seniors who have Alzheimer’s disease or other forms of dementia in an environment designed to reduce confusion and prevent wandering.
Home to friendly people, a vibrant culture, and miles of verdant hills lined with perfect white fences, Lexington is a city known all over the world for its horses and its hospitality. It’s also the perfect place for a health campus dedicated to enriching the lives of its residents. Those that...
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Excellent care. It is related to Richmond Place. Really excellent. When they discharged my husband from the VA hospital, I had no idea where they were taking him. They took him by ambulance so I didn't have...
Provides: Nursing Homes
Care types provided by this community
Nursing Homes: Nursing homes provide short-and long-term care for seniors who have physical or mental health conditions that require 24-hour nursing and personal care.
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Provides: Assisted Living, Independent Living
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Assisted Living: Assisted living facilities offer housing and care for active seniors who may need support with activities of daily living, like bathing, dressing, and medication management.
Independent Living: Independent living facilities offer convenient, hassle-free living in a social environment for seniors who are active, healthy, and able to live on their own.
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My loved one was previously a resident at Providence Homestead and our experience there was very good. Communication with the family was good. They were very good about keeping us informed and answering our...
Provides: Nursing Homes
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Nursing Homes: Nursing homes provide short-and long-term care for seniors who have physical or mental health conditions that require 24-hour nursing and personal care.
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Nursing Homes: Nursing homes provide short-and long-term care for seniors who have physical or mental health conditions that require 24-hour nursing and personal care.
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Provides: Assisted Living
Care types provided by this community
Assisted Living: Assisted living facilities offer housing and care for active seniors who may need support with activities of daily living, like bathing, dressing, and medication management.
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Provides: Nursing Homes
Care types provided by this community
Nursing Homes: Nursing homes provide short-and long-term care for seniors who have physical or mental health conditions that require 24-hour nursing and personal care.
At SunBridge Care and Rehabilitation - Limestone Street, we specialize in personalized, quality skilled nursing in a homelike environment. Whether for short-term rehabilitation or long-term care, we are proud to serve the needs of our community. Our CARF-accredited facility is designed for people...
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Provides: Assisted Living
Care types provided by this community
Assisted Living: Assisted living facilities offer housing and care for active seniors who may need support with activities of daily living, like bathing, dressing, and medication management.
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Provides: Nursing Homes
Care types provided by this community
Nursing Homes: Nursing homes provide short-and long-term care for seniors who have physical or mental health conditions that require 24-hour nursing and personal care.

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How we rank order the Lexington community options above

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Costs of nursing homes in the Lexington area

The median monthly cost of a nursing home stay in Lexington is $6,996 for a semi-private room and $9,125 for a private room.[01] In comparison, the average cost for assisted living at one of our partner facilities in Lexington is $4,529, and the average for memory care is $4,535, according to A Place for Mom proprietary data.[02] The figures for assisted living and memory care do include associated fees and service fee add-ons.

The cost of assisted living covers things like meals, personal care, housekeeping and laundry, complimentary transportation in many cases, and planned activities for residents. Memory care options are often within an assisted living community, but memory care facilities also include personalized care plans for residents with memory loss and orientation cues and alarms to keep residents safe. Nursing homes, on the other hand, provide 24-hour medical care.

Average monthly cost of Nursing Homes in Lexington, KY vs. nearby cities

Lexington, KY
$4,376/mo
$4,317/mo

Average monthly cost of Nursing Homes in Lexington, KY vs. the state and national average

Lexington, KY
$4,376/mo
U.S. national average
$4,759/mo

Average monthly cost of Nursing Homes in Lexington vs. other types of senior living

$4,496/mo
Nursing Homes
$4,376/mo

Median monthly costs of Nursing Homes in Lexington, KY by room type

Semi-Private
$5,925/mo
Studio
$5,104/mo
1 Bedroom
$4,930/mo
2 Bedroom
$5,336/mo
Detached Cottage/Bungalow
$3,900/mo

Average cost of Nursing Homes in Lexington over time

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What families are saying about nursing homes in Lexington

Recent reviews for nursing homes in Lexington

Ashton Grove in Georgetown, KY

4.0
What our family likes the most about the Ashton Grove community is the location and all of [name removed] help that was given. Based on the experience we have had so far, we would recommend this community to other families.

Morning Pointe of Lexington-East

5.0
I would like to thank the staff and the management for their hard work and compassionate care of my mother. It is never easy to trust someone else to care for your loved ones. They try very hard to make my mother feel at home, make her smile, and tailor her experience to meet her specific ...
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Dominion Senior Living of Richmond

4.4
Dominion Senior Living is an excellent facility. Your loved one will be well taken care of by them. [name removed] and her staff are loving and caring people. You will be more than satisfied! I highly recommend this facility.

How people pay for a nursing home in Lexington

Paying for a senior care facility may feel daunting, but there are resources that can help. Seniors and families often use a variety of income streams when paying for a senior living facility, such as VA benefits, Medicaid, and Medicare. Each method has its benefits and limitations. In this section, you’ll learn more about how these funding options can cover senior living expenses.

Private pay methods

Many people will use private pay methods to fund a senior living facility stay. These income sources could include personal bank accounts and savings, Social Security benefits, pensions, or investments, as well as any of the following:

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Number of veterans who live in Lexington

About 22% of Lexington veterans are 75+

Veteran seniors may want to consider using VA benefits to pay for a senior care stay. Many veterans will use their VA Pension as it can be used for housing and health-related costs and come in the form of a monthly payment.

Another VA benefit is the Aid and Attendance benefit, which is for veterans who need help with daily tasks. The benefit can be used for anything that helps improve a veteran’s quality of life. It is paid in addition to the Pension.

Navigating VA benefits can be complicated, but don’t be afraid to ask for help if you or a loved one need it. One of the best places to start is with a veterans service officer, a representative who helps veterans determine which benefits they are eligible for. You can connect with these representatives at veterans service organizations (VSOs), the Kentucky Department of Veterans Affairs Benefits Division, or the regional VA office.

Don’t think you’re eligible for benefits? Still, reach out to a veterans service officer because many veterans qualify for more than they think they will.

Resources for Lexington veterans

VA offices

VA Regional Office
321 W. Main St., No. 390
Louisville, KY 40202
Phone: 800- 827-1000
Hours: Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Kentucky Department of Veterans Affairs
1111B Louisville Road
Frankfort, KY 40601
Phone: 502-564-9203

VSOs

Veterans of Foreign Wars Bluegrass Post 680
1494 Leestown Road
Lexington, KY 40511
Phone: 859-254-8277
Hours: Monday through Thursday, 10 a.m. – 10 p.m.; Friday, noon – midnight; Saturday, noon – 10 p.m.; Sunday, 1 p.m. – 8 p.m.

National Association for Black Veterans
3022 Tuscaloosa Lane
Lexington, KY 40515
Phone: 859-421-5851

Medicaid

Medicaid provides eligible individuals with coverage for institutional long-term care, which includes nursing homes. Medicaid will cover the main costs, including room and board, nursing services, dietary services, and standard hygiene items. Outside of that, residents will need to cover extras like cosmetic and grooming items, clothing, and a private room (unless needed for medical reasons). Read more about what Medicaid will cover in nursing homes online.

An assisted living or memory care stay, however, cannot be covered by Medicaid because they are considered “social models” and not health care facilities.[05] Fortunately, there are ways to use Medicaid to offset the cost of an assisted living or memory care stay. Medicaid can cover the costs of a health service received in an assisted living facility through Home and Community Based waivers (HCB waivers), which are designed to help seniors and/or people with disabilities to live independently.

Regardless of how you want to use Medicaid, you must be eligible first. In Kentucky, Medicaid is run through Kynect Benefits, the state’s one-stop shop for benefits.

There are multiple ways to apply for Medicaid: Apply online, apply by phone, or print the application and mail it. If you need help applying, Kynect Benefits offers Kynectors, representatives trained to provide advice on benefits.

Other resources for advice on applying for Medicaid include the Office of the Ombudsman and Administrative Review (OOAR), which serves as an advocate for people looking for public services. Representatives at the Bluegrass Area Agency on Aging & Independent Living can also provide guidance.

Lexington resident Medicaid resources

Local Medicaid resources

The Department for Community Based Services (DCBS)
455 Park Place
Lexington, KY 40511
Phone: 855-306-8959
Hours: Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.

Bluegrass Area Agency on Aging and Independent Living
699 Perimeter Drive
Lexington, KY 40517
Phone: 866-665-7921
Email: ADRC@bgadd.org
Hours: Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Bluegrass District Ombudsman (Alice Salyers)
Nursing Home Ombudsman Agency of the Bluegrass, Inc.
3138 Custer Drive, Suite 110
Lexington, KY 40517
Phone: 859-277-9215 or 877-787-0077
Email: alice@ombuddy.org

Medicare

Medicare is a federal health insurance program for people over 65. It can cover skilled nursing home costs but only for a limited amount of time; it’s not meant for long-term skilled nursing care coverage. You read all the details about what Medicare covers in nursing homes online.

For assisted living or memory care stays, Medicare does not cover room and board but can cover medically necessary in-home health care that can take place in an assisted living community or a memory care facility if a doctor says it is needed.[06]

If you plan to use Medicare to help with medical costs, there are resources in Kentucky that can help:

Having trouble navigating Medicare benefits? Don’t be afraid to reach out to local resources for help. The Kentucky State Health Insurance Assistance Program (SHIP) is a free service that helps seniors and people with disabilities know their rights to Medicare and which benefits they qualify for. The Lexington Social Security Administration office and the local ombudsman and The Bluegrass Area Agency on Aging & Independent Living are also available to answer questions and help seniors see what they qualify for.

Find helpful Medicare resources and contact details in the section below.

Lexington resident Medicare resources

Apply for Medicare and savings programs

Social Security Administration Office
2241 Buena Vista Road, Suite 110
Lexington, KY 40505
Phone: 866-530-7754
Hours: Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Helpful programs and resources

Office of the Ombudsman and Administrative Review
275 E. Main St., 2E-O
Frankfort, KY 40621
Phone: 502-564-5497

The Bluegrass Area Agency on Aging & Independent Living
699 Perimeter Drive
Lexington, KY 40517
Phone: 866-665-7921
Hours: Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Kentucky State Health Insurance Assistance Program (SHIP)
275 E. Main St., 3E-E
Frankfort, KY 40621
Phone: 502-564-6930

Bluegrass PACE Care
2409 Members Way
Lexington, KY 40504
Phone: 855-492-0812

Understand Lexington laws and regulations for nursing homes

Nursing home facilities, as well as assisted living communities and memory care facilities, must be licensed by the Department for Aging and Independent Living, which is under the Kentucky Cabinet for Health and Family Services. Licensing ensures facilities meet standards of care, staffing, and safety.

Different types of facilities must follow certain regulations. There are many laws to follow, but key rules for skilled nursing homes include:

  • Staff members must be trained to provide care in specific areas, such as wound care and infection control.
  • Facilities must have processes to prevent and control infections.
  • Staff must be trained to safely administer medications.

In addition to Kentucky laws and regulations, nursing homes are federally regulated as well. The state ensures both state and federal requirements are being met.

Assisted living communities also must follow specific rules, including:

  • There must be adequate 24-hour staffing.
  • Units must include certain features such as a phone jack, a private bathroom with a bathtub or shower (unless built before 2000), and an unfurnished room with a lockable door.
  • Staff must be trained in certain areas like adult first aid, the aging process, residents’ rights, and Alzheimer’s disease and dementia.

Memory care facilities are often included in an assisted living community. This means that they follow assisted living rules and regulations. However, they do have specific regulations, including the following:

  • The environment must include orientation cues and alarms to reduce confusion.
  • The facility must offer activities to improve the quality of life for residents with memory loss.
  • There must be a personalized care plan for each resident.

Learn more about Kentucky’s long-term care regulations and status on the Division of Health Care’s website.

Nursing homes, assisted living, and memory care facilities are inspected annually by the Division of Health Care, also a part of the Kentucky Cabinet for Health and Family Services. For an inspection, a surveyor comes to the facility unannounced and makes certain checks to ensure the location is compliant with regulations. Inspections also happen if a complaint is received. Unfortunately, nursing home records and inspection reports for Kentucky assisted living and nursing home facilities are hard to find online. To obtain information regarding Kentucky senior communities, including access to records, please refer to the Office of Inspector General Open Records Request.

Kentucky Department of Health contact information

Kentucky Cabinet for Health and Family Services
275 E. Main St.
Frankfort, KY 40621
Phone: 502-564-3970

COVID-19 regulations for Lexington nursing homes

There are currently no COVID-19 mandates in place in Lexington for senior care facilities. Staff at long-term care facilities, such as skilled nursing homes, memory care facilities, or assisted living communities, must take precautions, as with other diseases, by following basic infection control guidance. This includes hand washing, wearing a mask if necessary, and wearing protective equipment if recommended for the situation.

The COVID-19 details below are from the Kentucky Department of Health. Some nursing homes, assisted living communities, or memory care facilities may have their own guidance, so ask about this when looking at different options.

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Vaccinations.

Kentucky residents are urged to stay up-to-date with COVID-19 vaccinations and boosters.

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Masking.

Masks are recommended, but there is no mask mandate in place.

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Quarantining.

After a positive COVID-19 test, residents are advised to stay isolated for five days.

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Social distancing.

High-risk individuals should avoid crowds and close contact if possible.

What to expect from nursing homes in Lexington

On average, the assisted living communities and memory care facilities A Place for Mom partners within Lexington receive nearly five-star reviews. Seniors and their loved ones often highlight the “comfort of home” the communities offer while remaining in a safe, secure location. Reviewers also rave about the caring staff at communities across Lexington, so families know their loved ones are being well taken care of.

Understanding the difference between skilled nursing, assisted living, and memory care

Although they may appear similar, skilled nursing facilities, assisted living facilities, and memory care communities offer distinct services.

  • Skilled nursing facilities offer specialized medical care to seniors who need 24/7 medical care at a level just under what one would receive in a hospital.
  • Assisted living facilities are suitable for individuals who require assistance with daily activities. These communities offer medication management, personal care, meal service, and more.
  • Memory care facilities are designed for seniors with Alzheimer’s or other forms of dementia. They offer services designed to protect and engage patients with memory impairments, as well as all the services offered in assisted living.

Senior living options in Lexington

A Place for Mom doesn’t partner with stand-alone nursing homes. However, we do partner with 11 assisted living and memory care facilities in Lexington. Here’s a summary of the different communities in our network:

  • Two standalone assisted living facilities
  • One standalone memory care facility
  • Three combined assisted living and memory care facilities
  • Five combined assisted living, independent living, and memory care facilities

Lots to do and see for visitors

Lexington is known as the Horse Capital of the World, but the area has even more to offer than its famous horse farms and race tracks. The city is also known for its bourbon distilleries and historic sites and for being the home of the University of Kentucky. This means that there is plenty to do for families when they come to visit their loved ones.

For visitors who like to get outside with their loved ones, Lexington is also known for its beautiful scenery. Some facilities have outdoor walking paths on site so seniors and their loved ones can enjoy the fresh air without venturing far.

Easy access to the state’s top health care

No one plans for an unexpected trip to the hospital, but it’s nice to know health care is nearby should an emergency arise. Lexington has the highest-rated hospital in Kentucky, the University of Kentucky Albert B. Chandler Hospital, so residents at a nursing home, assisted living community, or memory care facility can get quality health care when they need it.[07]

Lexington nursing homes services and amenities

These charts highlight some of the many care, dining, and entertainment offerings available in Lexington nursing homes communities. They don’t represent all possible services and amenities available at assisted living communities in Lexington, but support comparisons against nationwide offerings. Our Senior Living Advisors can help you find communities that fit your preferences.

Availability of select care services in Lexington nursing homes

Nursing homes communities offer a variety of care services and visiting health care providers to meet seniors’ health needs. The chart below shows the percentage of nursing homes partners in Lexington that offer these care services compared to the percentage of partners that offer them nationally.
Lexington, KYNational
Full medication management
Full medication management
35.5%
2.4%
Doctor on call
Doctor on call
35.5%
9.5%
24-Hour awake staff
24-Hour awake staff
74.2%
26%
Diabetic care
Diabetic care
74.2%
26.6%
*Visiting health care professionals
*Visiting health care professionals
48.4%
9.8%
Home care agency on-site
Home care agency on-site
32.3%
0.8%
Non-ambulatory care
Non-ambulatory care
74.2%
22.8%
Respite or short term stays
Respite or short term stays
48.4%
7%
Hospice available on-site
Hospice available on-site
48.4%
17.3%
0.0%20.0%40.0%60.0%80.0%100%
*Including nurse, dentist, OT, PT, speech or podiatrist

Availability of select dementia care services in Lexington nursing homes

Our community partners provide many services to keep residents with dementia or other memory concerns safe and engaged. Below, take a look at what percentage of Lexington Nursing Homes partners offer the selected dementia care services compared to the percentage of partners nationally.
Lexington, KYNational
Dementia behaviors care
Dementia behaviors care
45.2%
3.8%
Specialized memory care training for staff
Specialized memory care training for staff
41.9%
0.2%
Secured community and/or wander guard
Secured community and/or wander guard
45.2%
5.4%
Memory care only community
Memory care only community
22.6%
1.2%
0.0%20.0%40.0%60.0%80.0%100%

Availability of select dietary accommodations in Lexington nursing homes

Nursing homes communities help seniors maintain a balanced diet by accommodating their health needs, allergies, and other restrictions. Below you’ll find the percentage of Lexington partners making specific dietary accommodations for seniors compared to the percentage of assisted living partners making those accommodations nationally.
Lexington, KYNational
Nutritionist / dietician
Nutritionist / dietician
22.6%
0.5%
Low / no sodium
Low / no sodium
38.7%
1.4%
No sugar
No sugar
38.7%
1.4%
Vegetarian
Vegetarian
32.3%
3.5%
0.0%20.0%40.0%60.0%80.0%100%

Availability of select dining options in Lexington nursing homes

Our nursing homes communities know that seniors want top-quality meals and options for how they dine. The chart below indicates the percentage of Lexington communities that offer dining options to their discerning residents compared to our partners nationally.
Lexington, KYNational
Professional chef
Professional chef
41.9%
0.2%
Restaurant style dining
Restaurant style dining
41.9%
0.4%
Room service
Room service
38.7%
0.4%
Anytime dining
Anytime dining
32.3%
0.7%
0.0%20.0%40.0%60.0%80.0%100%

Availability of select programs and activities in Lexington nursing homes

Senior living communities offer a variety of programming to keep seniors socially, mentally, and physically vibrant. The chart below shows what percentage of partnered nursing homes communities in Lexington offer the selected activities, amenities, and programs compared to the percentage of partners nationwide.
Lexington, KYNational
Activity director
Activity director
45.2%
0.4%
Pet-focused programs
Pet-focused programs
41.9%
0.2%
Community service programs
Community service programs
35.5%
0.3%
Devotional activities on-site
Devotional activities on-site
45.2%
6.3%
Parties / BBQs / happy hour
Parties / BBQs / happy hour
41.9%
0.4%
Outings / off-site activities
Outings / off-site activities
45.2%
6.5%
Piano or organ
Piano or organ
38.7%
0.4%
Arts and crafts center
Arts and crafts center
32.3%
0.2%
Educational speakers / life long learning
Educational speakers / life long learning
38.7%
0.3%
Clubs / games / karaoke
Clubs / games / karaoke
41.9%
0.4%
Live performances
Live performances
41.9%
0.4%
Dances
Dances
35.5%
0.2%
Fitness center
Fitness center
38.7%
0.3%
Fitness classes
Fitness classes
45.2%
0.4%
0.0%20.0%40.0%60.0%80.0%100%

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Unfamiliar with Lexington? Highlights for seniors

43,368

Number of seniors over the age of 65 currently living in Lexington

14%
Percentage of seniors 65 and older within the Lexington population
$55,943

Median annual income for Lexington seniors 65 and older

Health care for seniors in Lexington

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University of Kentucky Albert B. Chandler Hospital

The University of Kentucky Albert B. Chandler Hospital in Lexington is the No. 1 ranked hospital in Kentucky and is home to various nationally-ranked specialties. It is home to the only Level I trauma center in central and eastern Kentucky and is also a teaching hospital.

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Baptist Health Hospital

Baptist Health Hospital in Lexington is a research and education facility and is home to the Clinical Research Center. The hospital is part of Baptist Health, the first health system in the U.S. to earn Magnet or Pathway to Excellence designation by the American Nursing Credentialing Center for all of its hospitals.

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St. Joseph Hospital-Lexington

Renowned for its cardiology, stroke, and orthopedics services, St. Joseph Hospital-Lexington is rated “high performing” in five adult procedures and conditions: colon cancer surgery, heart attack, heart failure, kidney failure, and stroke.

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Transportation for seniors in Lexington

Most of our partner facilities in Lexington (91%) offer complimentary transportation for residents, and 55% offer at-cost transportation, both of which can be safer options for seniors.

For families visiting Lexington, a car is the most commonly preferred mode of transportation. However, drivers should keep traffic in mind when planning trips at peak times.

There are also public transportation options for seniors when families visit. But please remember a senior living in a skilled nursing home or a senior with memory loss should never use public transit without a caregiver.

Transportation options for seniors include:

  • Lextran – With buses running every 30 minutes, Lextran is Lexington’s public transport system. People 62 or older, as well as veterans, Medicare cardholders, and people with disabilities, can get a reduced fare.
  • Wheels – As a partnership between Lextran and the Bluegrass Area Chapter of the American Red Cross, Wheels is a transportation service specifically for people with disabilities. You must apply via ADA Ride to be eligible, so call 877-232-7433 or visit the website for more information.
  • Independent Transportation Network (called iTNBluegrass) – Similar to a taxi service, iTNBluegrass is a nonprofit transportation system for the aging population and the visually impaired. Users must be members so journeys can be booked using a prepaid account.

For seniors who prefer private transportation options in Lexington, Able Care Transportation, Barbara Care, and Helping Hands Transportation specialize in senior care and provide non-emergency medical transportation or other trips.

Senior activities in Lexington

Lexington is a Southern city famous for its scenery, bourbon, and horse country. Known as the Horse Capital of the World, one activity families can do with a senior loved one is visit the area’s horse farms. Blue Grass Tours, for instance, can create a custom tour based on a family’s needs.

If your loved one has Alzheimer’s or dementia, according to the Alzheimer’s Association, a good activity to do with seniors with memory loss is to spend time outside.[10] For a nice day in the fresh air, visit the Arboretum, Kentucky’s official botanical garden. The Arboretum is a 100-acre public garden and is a partnership between the University of Kentucky and the Lexington-Fayette Urban County Government.[11]

In addition to the Arboretum, Lexington is home to many walking trails. Some are wheelchair friendly, such as McConnell Springs Trail, an easy 0.6-mile loop.

Apart from horses and scenic views, people love Lexington for its bourbon and history. Bourbon enthusiasts should visit the Distillery District to tour working distilleries, including the Barrel House Distillery and the James E. Pepper Distillery. For those who prefer history, Lexington is home to the Mary Todd Lincoln House, where the famous First Lady grew up, and Ashland, the former estate of Henry Clay.

If you get hungry, downtown Lexington is a great place to go. The Square, a block of 16 buildings built in the 1880s, is at the heart of downtown and is home to many restaurants, hotels, and bars.

Frequently Asked Questions

Magnolia Springs Lexington, Richmond Place and Cedarhurst of Beaumont are the top-rated Nursing Homes facilities near Lexington, KY. These Nursing Homes facilities received the highest rankings based on verified family reviews. See full list of communities.

The average cost of Nursing Homes in Lexington is $4,376 per month. This cost may vary based on location, amenities, floorplan, level of care and other factors.

References

  1. Genworth Financial. (2021) Cost of Care Survey.

  2. A Place for Mom. (2023). A Place for Mom proprietary data.

  3. United States Census Bureau. (2021). Veteran Status (S2101) [Data Set]. American Community Survey.

  4. United States Census Bureau. (2021). Age and Sex (S0101) [Data Set]. American Community Survey.

  5. Kentucky Department for Aging and Independent Living. (n.d.) Selecting an Assisted Living Community in Kentucky. Ky.gov

     

  6. LongTermCare.gov. (Feb. 18, 2023.) What is Medicare and what does it cover?

  7. U.S. News & World Report. (2023). Best Hospitals in Kentucky.

  8. U.S. News & World Report. (2023.). Best Hospitals | University of Kentucky Albert B. Chandler Hospital.

  9. U.S. News & World Report. (2023). St. Joseph Hospital-Lexington.

  10. Alzheimer’s Association. (n.d.) 50 Activities.

  11. The Arboretum: State Botanical Garden of Kentucky. (n.d.) Plan Your Visit.

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1.

Genworth Financial. (2021) Cost of Care Survey.

2.

A Place for Mom. (2023). A Place for Mom proprietary data.

3.

United States Census Bureau. (2021). Veteran Status (S2101) [Data Set]. American Community Survey.

4.

United States Census Bureau. (2021). Age and Sex (S0101) [Data Set]. American Community Survey.

5.

Kentucky Department for Aging and Independent Living. (n.d.) Selecting an Assisted Living Community in Kentucky. Ky.gov

 

6.

LongTermCare.gov. (Feb. 18, 2023.) What is Medicare and what does it cover?

7.

U.S. News & World Report. (2023). Best Hospitals in Kentucky.

8.

U.S. News & World Report. (2023.). Best Hospitals | University of Kentucky Albert B. Chandler Hospital.

9.

U.S. News & World Report. (2023). St. Joseph Hospital-Lexington.

10.

Alzheimer’s Association. (n.d.) 50 Activities.

11.

The Arboretum: State Botanical Garden of Kentucky. (n.d.) Plan Your Visit.