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When you’re looking for a retirement community for your loved one or planning your future retirement, there are a few things you should be looking for–trained staff, stability, and a safe and supportive community. With an accredited Continuing Care Retirement Community like The Chateau Girardeau, you get all of these benefits and more.


What is a CCRC?

Continuing Care Retirement Communities offer different levels of care on one campus. With these levels of care in one place, CCRCs cater to the needs of all of our residents regardless of the standard of care they may require.

By consolidating these services to one campus, CCRCs are able to provide residents with smooth transitions between care levels without a major move. Instead of moving across town, residents can simply move down the hall if they need additional care. This allows retirees to create a group of friends, maintain a routine that works for them, and enjoy a stable place to call home. At The Chateau we offer three levels of care:

Independent Living: Enjoy your independence your way with maintenance-free living in The Chateau’s Estates or Suites.

Assisted Living: Continue your independence with personalized assistance and the added security of 24/7 care.

Skilled Nursing & Rehabilitation: Offering both long-term nursing care and short-term rehabilitation, our residents receive individualized care and attention from our compassionate staff.


Benefits of The Chateau

Besides offering multiple levels of care under one roof, The Chateau also offers residents a variety of amenities to help them live their best lives:>/p>

Maintenance-Free Living: The Chateau staff takes on all the chores you don’t want to do. We offer housekeeping, formal and casual dining experience, groundskeeping services, and so much more. Allowing you the time to do the things you love like your favorite community activities, a day out with family or friends, or the chance to travel the world. With maintenance-free living, you can live life on your own terms.

Customizable spaces: When you move into The Chateau’s Suites or Estates for independent living or The Terraces for assisted living, you get to make your space your own. You can bring your favorite furnishings from home, decorate how you please, and make your new home truly yours.

Activities galore: We have a schedule packed with activities and a selection of clubs and groups to join based on your interests. From fitness classes to a plethora of interest-based clubs to trips to the Southeast Missouri River Campus, your days will be filled with things to do with your friends.

Transportation services: Whether you have a doctor’s appointment to get to or you need to make a trip to the supermarket, we can get you there. The Chateau offers transportation services that can get you wherever you need to be, whenever you need to be there.

Round the clock nursing staff: At The Chateau, you’ll have peace of mind knowing you or your loved one are under our constant care. Our trained nursing staff is available 24/7 to assist with any potential medical emergencies.

Everything you need and more: Besides our dining services offering delicious meals for breakfast, lunch, and dinner, The Chateau has everything you could need. Our “Main Street” has a bank, fitness center, library, beauty parlor, and art hall to enjoy beautiful locally made pieces. So, even when the weather is drab, you can get all of the things you need done and still have a great time.


Learn more about The Chateau

If a CCRC sounds like the right fit for you or your loved one’s lifestyle, look no further than The Chateau. We are Missouri’s only CCRC accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF), and we’ve held this accreditation since 1992. We are proud to offer our residents a comfortable place to call home and the opportunity to receive the premier care.

If you’re interested in learning more about what The Chateau has to offer, please give us a call at 573-335-1281.

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What is Dementia?

Many of us either have a loved one who has suffered from dementia or we know someone who does. The diagnosis of dementia is an incredibly difficult one to receive for all members of the family. While there is still a lot about dementia that the medical community hasn’t been able to fully explain, research is being done every day to better understand the causes of dementia and find ways to treat it.

What is dementia?

While the term is used often, dementia isn’t a specific disease itself. It’s an umbrella term used to describe a host of cognitive impairment symptoms. Dementia occurs when there is damage to the cells in the brain, impairing the communication from cell to cell. It usually is the result of brain disease, stroke, or injury, although it can be caused by other factors like brain tumors or drug misuse. The impact of this damage leads to memory loss, difficulty carrying out day to day tasks, personality disruptions, and other symptoms.

Types of dementia

There are several forms of dementia, but a few of the most common are described below.

Alzheimer’s is a degenerative disease of the brain, and perhaps the most well known form of dementia. It’s important to note that while Alzheimer’s is a form of dementia, not all dementia sufferers have Alzheimer’s. With that said, Alzheimer’s does make up 60 to 80 percent of dementia cases, making it the most common form by far. There is currently no cure for Alzheimer’s, and treatments to slow or halt the progression of the disease are yet to be successful.

Vascular Dementia is the second most common form of dementia, making up around 10 percent of cases. Vascular dementia occurs when there is a lack of blood flow in the brain, like after a stroke, and brain cells are damaged or killed.

Parkinson’s Disease can also include dementia—upwards of 50 to 80 percent of Parkinson's patients are estimated to be affected. Parkinson’s-related dementia differs from Alzheimer’s in that it usually takes years to develop symptoms after first being diagnosed. Parkinson's disease starts in the area of the brain that affects motor movement, but can and often does move to parts of the brain that cause memory loss.

Lewy Body Dementia occurs when there are deposits in the brain called Lewy bodies. These deposits are also thought to be the cause of memory loss in Parkinson’s patients The two diseases are now thought to be linked, but more research is being performed to confirm this idea.

To learn more about all the types of dementia, read more from the Alzheimer’s Association.

Early symptoms

Catching and diagnosing dementia early can help keep your loved ones out of potentially dangerous situations, so it’s important to keep an eye on their health. Also, the progression of some forms of dementia can also be slowed with early intervention.

If you notice personality changes in your loved ones, if they start having difficulty keeping up with their schedule, or begin to have trouble caring for themselves in the ways they have before, it’s never a bad idea to talk with a doctor. Sometimes symptoms of other medical issues, like medication side effects or vitamin deficiency, can masquerade as dementia as well.

However, not all memory loss is a symptom of a larger problem—some memory loss occurs with normal aging. For example, forgetting an appointment but then remembering about it later in the day is a normal lapse in memory. But if a loved one can’t remember any events and must rely on a family member or other methods to constantly remind them, it might be a sign of a larger problem.

For more details about early symptoms, read the full list from The Alzheimer’s Association.

Care at The Chateau

The Chateau offers excellent, compassionate, and personalized care for our residents with dementia. Our staff is skilled and experienced in caring for our residents with memory problems, and we have round-the-clock care, so you can rest easy knowing your loved one is in good hands.

For more information about care at The Chateau, contact our Admissions Coordinator at (573) 651-8144.

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When choosing to make the move to a retirement community, there are a lot of factors to consider, from location, to amenities, to personal comfort with moving out of the home you’ve made. Access to various levels of care is also a concern for both potential residents and their family. If a need for more care arises, who will provide that care? Will you have to make a move to another facility if you need more skilled care?

What if there were a retirement community where you could maintain your independence, but still have peace of mind knowing there is more help available if you need it? There is!

What is a CCRC?

A Continuing Care Retirement Community (CCRC) offers all three levels of care—independent living, assisted living, and skilled nursing—on one campus. Since the full continuum of care is offered, a resident can transition to other levels of care if necessary without needing to move to a different facility. The Chateau is an accredited CCRC and offers all of the following levels of care.

Levels of care

Independent living: For seniors who don’t need any day to day help but get to enjoy the maintenance- and worry-free living CCRCs provide.

Assisted Living: Seniors who need some help with daily activities, like remembering medication, bathing, or getting dressed in the morning.

Skilled nursing: Seniors who need consistent care from trained nursing staff due to health concerns.

What are the benefits?

The benefits of choosing a CCRC are abundant. Residents enjoy peace of mind knowing their future is taken care of, regardless of level of care needed. Families can also rest easy knowing their loved one will have all of their needs met, without having to make stressful decisions about moving care facilities down the road. CCRCs are a great option for couples as well. Couples are able to stay together, even if one partner needs to transition into a higher level of care.

The consistency of staying on one campus is also very appealing. Our residents become comfortable with our grounds and facilities, and develop routines that they know will be able to stay the same.  Also, our residents and staff alike appreciate the relationships they’re able to form and maintain due to the consistency of a CCRC. The comfort level our residents feel with our staff is invaluable. And the strong friendships made between residents can continue to flourish without interruption due to moving levels of care.

Why The Chateau?

The Chateau is the only CARF-accredited CCRC in Missouri. CARF, or the Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities, is the only accrediting body for CCRCs in the United States. The Chateau is proud to have held this accreditation since 1992.

You’ll be able to make yourself right at home at The Chateau. Living spaces at all levels of care are attractive and fully customizable. Decorate and rearrange however you wish! Your family may visit as often as you like, can sleep over, and even join you for meals in the dining hall. (And you can ask any of our residents—the food is top notch thanks to our Chef Walter Lents!) Other amenities include workout facilities and classes, an on-campus bank branch, Sunday church services, a library, beauty parlor, transportation services, and more. Plus, you’ll enjoy all the comforts of home without the upkeep—all levels of care at The Chateau are maintenance free.

There is always an activity to do or something new to try, whether it’s our weekly Friday social hour, movie night, attending a production at the River Campus, or taking an educational course on new technology. Our clubs and activities offer something for everyone and all that’s missing is you!

Safety is our top priority. We have surveillance cameras throughout the property, and on-site security patrols the campus at night. All residences are also equipped with an emergency alert system, and we have staff monitoring for calls 24-7, so help is always close by. We can also arrange for daily checks to ensure that our residents are happy and safe in their homes.

How Can I Learn More?

We understand that choosing a retirement community is one of the biggest decisions you’ll make for yourself and your family. We want you to be completely comfortable with your choice, and are happy to show you around our campus, answer any questions, and set your mind at ease.

Contact us with any questions, set up a tour, and take the next step towards a worry-free lifestyle! Call 1-800-428-0069 or email info@chateaugir.com.

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