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The idea of "wellness" includes more than just having a healthy body—it's about well-being in mind, body, and soul. At The Chateau Girardeau, our highest priority is helping each resident live their very best life. Our strategy is to encourage wellness by focusing on six different pillars—physical, mental, spiritual, environmental, social, and emotional.

PHYSICAL WELLNESS

Maintaining physical health is the first step in achieving a state of overall wellness, and perhaps the best place to start is with exercise. The Chateau has a fitness center for residents, which provides cardio, strength training, and yoga classes to help residents stay active. Residents can also take walks on our Wildflower Trail for a more relaxed dose of physical activity.

Another big component of physical wellness is healthy eating. Our Dining Services staff provides meals that are healthy and delicious. The superb Chef Walter and Laura, our Registered Dietitian, work together to create menus with a variety of delicious options so our residents can have their pick at meal times. Plus we also have special events throughout the year for our residents to enjoy! 

Dishes from a recent Farm-to-Table special dinner event 

Even with proper diet and exercise, physical injuries and illnesses can still happen. If our residents need help recovering from an injury or illness, we have a state-of-the-art rehabilitation facility right on our campus. Our Rehab staff is highly qualified to help residents and local seniors get back on the mend. 

MENTAL WELLNESS

It's equally important for seniors to keep their brains active. Learning new things, engaging in activities that require thinking, and socializing with others (more on this later in the blog!) are great ways to exercise the brain. 

The Chateau offers a variety of education courses such as cooking classes, art classes, iPad use, and other technology classes. These classes encourage our residents to take on new challenges and learn new things. We also offer residents the opportunity to attend lectures on-site, and we have a library so they can continue their education however they choose.

SPIRITUAL WELLNESS

After a lifetime of hard work and dedication to a career or raising a family, retirement provides the opportunity for seniors to redefine how they spend their day. By exploring new hobbies or other activities there wasn't time for before, Chateau residents can truly embrace everything retirement has to offer.

The Chateau offers many ways for residents to focus on their spiritual health. By offering a private chapel, church services, Bible studies, art classes for self-expression, and plenty of quiet outdoor space, our residents have plenty of opportunities to reflect and focus on their spiritual health.

ENVIRONMENTAL WELLNESS

Retirement living shouldn't have to mean giving up personal style or expression. Residents at the Chateau are encouraged to customize their space to make it their own by decorating with their own furniture, artwork, and more. 

In addition, all residences at The Chateau feature maintenance-free living, which means no cleaning, no dishes, no yard work, and cooking only when you want to. 

The Chateau also decorates all common areas for holidays so everyone can enjoy the cheer of Christmas, New Year’s, and other special occasions throughout the year. 

Not sure if you're ready to make the move? Once you start spending time doing things you want to do instead of things you have to do, you'll wonder why you didn't come to The Chateau sooner! 

SOCIAL WELLNESS

At The Chateau, our residents have many opportunities to build new friendships (and of course keep the old). We want our residents to feel part of a community, so we do our best to provide plenty of ways they can stay social. We have a very popular weekly social hour every Friday, and residents are also encouraged to try the fitness and education classes we’ve previously mentioned, join or start a club based off of their interests, or attend themed events, socials, movie nights, and more put on by Chateau staff.

EMOTIONAL WELLNESS

All of the pillars of wellness work together to create a happier and healthier life for our residents. Everything we do at The Chateau, from continued learning opportunities to specially crafted meals, is aimed at helping our residents be as emotionally healthy as possible.

40 YEARS OF WELLNESS

For 40 years, we have encouraged our residents to live their best lives and have provided amenities that help them do so. We are proud to be the premier continuing care retirement community in the region, and will continue to strive to hit even greater heights over the next 40 years.

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Recently The Chateau received the People’s Choice Award for #1 Nursing Home in Cape Girardeau County, as well as #1 Retirement Community. This is fifth year in a row we’ve received these honors, and we are so grateful for the community’s continued support. This year also marks our 40th anniversary. Since our start in 1979, we’ve grown our services, facilities, and amenities by leaps and bounds, and our second-to-none staff has helped us grow into the premiere retirement community we are today.

As a continuing care retirement community, we offer the full continuum of care to our residents, including top-of-the-line skilled care. What goes into being the #1 skilled care provider for seniors in Cape County? Here’s the rundown on how our Health Center made it to the top of the list.

Health Center at The Gardens

The Health Center at Chateau has received a 5-star rating from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), and offers flexible options for skilled care. The Health Center provides restorative nursing options as well as long-term care plans for our residents in The Gardens.

The Health Center serves many needs for our residents and senior community. Seniors working through a long rehab plan can get additional inpatient care at the Health Center before being discharged. Those who are already residents at The Chateau can transition to the Health Center for temporary or long-term care needs. However, seniors don’t need to be a Chateau resident already if their circumstances would be best suited by skilled care—they can begin their stay at Chateau directly in The Gardens. 

Rehabilitation at The Chateau

Additionally, our Health Center provides award-winning inpatient and outpatient rehab services for Chateau residents and area seniors in our Rehab Center. Our staff includes Physical Therapists, Occupational Therapists, and Speech Therapists, as well as Physical Therapy Assistants and Occupational Therapy Assistants. Continuity of Care is one of our core philosophies, meaning patients will work with the same therapists and assistants throughout their rehab journey. This ensures staff will truly get to know each patient, their needs, their goals, and better help them through a successful rehab.

Through our partnership with Infinity Rehab, we’ve been able to expand our treatment and service options. All of our rehab patients are set-up on individualized, objective-based treatment plans. With easily measurable milestones, rehab patients are able to work in steps towards concrete goals and better track and celebrate their improvements. Plus these milestones allow both staff and loved ones to rally around the patient’s progress and help cheer them on.

You can read much more about what makes Rehab at Chateau so special here!


What Sets Chateau’s Care Apart Overall

At The Chateau, our core treatment philosophy is patient centered and goal oriented. All of our residents are unique, so our staff works with our residents’ doctors and our own Medical Director to create a treatment plan that meets individual needs and sets realistic goals to strive towards. We focus on non-medication interventions first and whenever possible, and our treatment plans are also collaborative—we want our residents to be actively involved in their care and setting their own goals. Plus, we love when family wants to be involved in their loved ones’ care. We like to meet with families each quarter at a minimum, but are happy to be in touch as often as you like! 

While our Gardens residents receive extra care for their health needs, that doesn’t mean they lose their independence. Our staff works hard to ensure our residents have choices and can safely maintain their individual freedoms. From menu-style dining to tons of opportunities for activities and outings, our fantastic staff facilitates our residents’ individual routines and preferences.

We also believe in an open-door communication policy, for staff, for residents, and for family. As our Administrator and COO Amy Keistler says, “You can’t fix problems if you aren’t aware of them. We aren’t perfect, but if there’s a problem we will fix it.” We have administrative staff offices located among our residences in The Gardens as well as The Terraces, and we’re always open to hear feedback about how things are going, or if you just want to pop in and say hi!

Dedicated and Passionate Staff

Everything at The Chateau starts with our fantastic staff. We’ve been blessed with many long-time employees in our Health Center, who view their work with our residents as more of a calling than a job. That dedication definitely shows as they go about their daily business. Our staff is highly trained, but they also know our residents’ stories, know their preferences, and go above and beyond to make the atmosphere just like home. Attentive and caring, our staff helps facilitate our residents' independence and ensures they get only the best care. 

Looking to the Future

We’re so thankful to our amazing staff, fantastic residents, and the Cape Girardeau community who have made the last 40 years so special. As we work on our strategic planning for the next 40 years, we’ll keep the same philosophies in mind that have made us the People’s Choice five years running. Our Administrator Amy Keistler sums up what we’re all about best—“We are here to serve our residents, and we love what we do!”

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While living at Chateau Girardeau, you’ll enjoy a maintenance-free lifestyle, which means more free time. Our community is full of active residents who are always looking to do something new. The activities offered at Chateau are more than your “normal” retirement community activities. We have several residents on our Events Committee and we always ask for input from others so that we can offer activities that our residents will love.

Here are just some of the activities that we offer.

Themed Events

Our themed parties and dinners are always a favorite among the Chateau community. It gives our residents the opportunity to socialize and dress up for the occasion. Some of the past themes include an Oscars Party, Kentucky Derby, and Barndance. We even had an island-themed luau with a live steel drum band.

Later this month, we’re throwing a retro-themed dinner inspired by one of our original menus from back in the 70s. We'll have 70s music, a costume contest, and we'll even host our own version of The Match Game. These themed events are always so much fun!

Exercise Classes

We have a variety of workout classes and equipment available so our residents can reap all the benefits of an active lifestyle. There are classes available daily throughout the week for residents to stay active. We offer step classes, strength training, senior yoga, tai-chi, chair-chi, and more.

Educational Activities

Brain fitness is just as important as physical fitness, so our activities staff always includes learning activities on the schedule. For example, we have our weekly Monday Morning Coffee where a business or organization comes in to give a presentation. This is a great way to keep our residents engaged in the community and also learn about new and interesting topics. We also provide opportunities for day trips to St. Louis and nearby attractions. This includes trips to different cultural events at the River Campus and SEMO.

Clubs

Retirement is a great time to reconnect with an old passion or pick up a new hobby, and clubs are an excellent way to do so. Clubs can provide the opportunity to socialize while enjoying a favorite pastime or developing a new skill. Currently, we have the following clubs: book club, wine club, gardening club, and card-playing clubs.

If there isn't already a club calling out to you, we'd love for you to start your own! We are always open to new ideas that will help to get our residents involved doing things they love.

Entertainment

We have noticed that our residents love music and they love to dance. Fortunately, there is never a lack of entertainment at Chateau Girardeau. Along with our events, we offer high-quality entertainment, such as a variety of acts from string and vocal performances to full live bands.

Sometimes, residents even get in on the entertainment themselves. For example, some of our men host an event where they take charge of the entertainment by singing and playing piano for the ladies. It is a huge hit. 

Giving Back

Chateau Girardeau is also a very giving community. Every year, a group of residents helps buy school supplies for employees’ families and the children of Franklin School.

This year, Chateau has put together a team for the 2019 Walk to End Alzheimer's to help raise money for awareness and research. We will also have a “Rock-a-Thon” team who will work to raise money for the cause as well by “rocking” in a rocking chair for donations.

Plenty to Do at The Chateau

There is no shortage of activities here at Chateau Girardeau! We focus on keeping our residents engaged, happy, and healthy. If you’re looking for a retirement community that empowers you to live your best life, give us a call at 573-335-1281.

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We officially rang in The Chateau's 40th anniversary this month with wonderful celebrations, full of many memories, laughs, community, and even some fireworks. We're so grateful to everyone who had a chance to join us in person. Check out some of the highlights from our celebration below! 

Our Anniversary Video

 

KC Video Productions put together this fantastic retrospective video, which was a huge hit with our guests at our anniversary ceremony. A big thank you to our staff members who participated in sharing memories for this special video. How many people do you know featured in this video? 

Highlights From Our Anniversary Ceremony 

CEO Keith Boeller shared highlights from The Chateau's great history, with help from Barbara Calvin, former Administrator of The Chateau and current resident. Barbara has been involved with The Chateau since the very beginning. She started out doing secretarial work for the original The Cape Retirement Community Inc. organization and even drew our original logo. Then she moved up to Assistant Administrator, and then Administrator, where she oversaw us receiving our first national accreditation as a CCRC. We're so glad Barbara joined us for this special evening. 

Chairman of our Board of Directors, Paul Cairns, and Mayor Emertis and resident Harry Rediger presented Rev. Ellen Gurnon of the First Presbyterian Church with a plaque. The First Presbyterian Church had the original idea for building a retirement community in Cape Girardeau. They kicked off the initial feasibility study, and as they say, the rest was history from there. The Chateau has never forgotten the contributions the church has made to our success. 

We were so excited that Carl Wilkins, our very first Administrator,  attended our celebration and shared a few words with the crowd. Many of our longtime residents and staff remember Carl well and enjoyed having him back under our roof! 

A wonderful display of old photos, newspaper articles, and internal flyers sent us all down memory lane. We found tons of fun facts when digging through our archives—did you know that residents' favorite activities at The Chateau during the early days were billiards and our woodworking shop?  

Mabel Weaver was our very first resident at The Chateau, a feat for which she was received this plaque.  We owe a huge thank you to Mabel and her family for starting us off on such a great foot! 

Our staff truly outdid themselves with the pre-ceremony meal, and the cocktails served by The Southerner were a huge hit. It was a wonderful turnout for our celebration—thank you to everyone who had the opportunity to join us! 

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We are celebrating the 40th anniversary of The Chateau Girardeau this summer, and what better way to celebrate a milestone like this than to take a moment to remember how it all started. When you look out across our beautiful 40-acre property, it’s hard to imagine that it used to be just an empty lot. Our story starts with a simple idea—that the people of the Cape Girardeau region deserve a retirement community that provides a worry-free, respectful, and active environment so they can fully enjoy all that their best years have to offer.

An Idea Takes Shape

In the early 1970s, members of the First Presbyterian Church in Cape Girardeau noticed that many families were leaving the region when they reached retirement age due to a lack of high-quality local options. The church decided to conduct a feasibility study to see if opening a retirement community was possible. Reverend Joseph Ledford, the president of the Westminster Gerontology Foundation and a Presbyterian minister in Kansas City, served as a consultant during the process. Rev. Ledford helped open several similar retirement communities throughout Missouri, each with a focus on better serving retired individuals. 

The First Presbyterian group mailed out questionnaires to people  aged 62 or older in nearby counties to gauge interest in Cape opening a retirement community of its own. The results showed that there was not only great interest but also a great need for better retirement options. Since it seemed like the region was primed and ready, the First Presbyterian Church passed the baton to a new organization to help carry the idea of Chateau Girardeau over the finish line. The Cape Retirement Community Inc. was formed as a non-profit, non-denominational organization with the goal of providing a high-quality retirement community for the Southeast Missouri region.

During the 1970s, most people thought of retirement communities only as nursing homes, and many felt like nursing homes provided little in the way of amenities, enjoyment, or freedoms. The Cape organization wanted to provide a better alternative for the area, one with a philosophy built on getting the most enjoyment possible out of the retirement that residents earned with a lifetime of hard work.

Breaking Ground and Moving In

In October 1975, the organization purchased the ground at the intersection of Mount Auburn and Independence in Cape Girardeau, where Chateau Girardeau would soon come to stand. By November of that year, a model apartment was already available for potential residents to tour, and an official marketing campaign began.

In October 1977, construction on The Chateau Girardeau officially commenced after a festive ground-breaking ceremony. Phase one of construction included independent living apartments as well as a health center, which would provide medical access and peace of mind for residents. During construction, many retirees began to sign up to live in the brand new facility once it was ready. And just under two years later, on July 2, 1979, the first residents excitedly moved into their beautiful new apartments.

Long-Term Planning

With a full-house and waiting lists forming by the early 80s, administrators of The Chateau realized it was time to start thinking about expansion. In 1983, official long-range planning began, which included additions to the health center and independent living apartments, plus two new initiatives—an assisted living wing, which would provide extra care for those who needed it without sacrificing overall independence, and a cottage program for independent living residents who wanted a little more space than an apartment.

In May 1988, the new Assisted Living Center (now known as The Chateau Terraces) officially opened, and the very first cottage home (called The Estates) opened in September of 1993. Both new initiatives were successful, and more residents moved in—by 1992, The Chateau was home to over 175 residents from 64 different locations across the country.

CCRC Accreditation

Administrator of The Chateau, Barbara Calvin, oversaw The Chateau’s process of receiving national accreditation as a Continuing Care Retirement Community. In December 1991, The Chateau applied for accreditation from the Continuing Care Accreditation Commission of the American Association of Homes and Services for the Aging. The Chateau administration, staff, and residents teamed up to do whatever they could to make sure The Chateau qualified for the honor, and in October 1992, the accreditation was official. The Chateau became one of only 121 retirement communities to receive the honor nationwide, and one of only two at that time in Missouri. (Today The Chateau is the only CARF-accredited CCRC in the state.)

The Chateau’s commitment of always striving for the best for our residents was clear during the accreditation process—Barbara Calvin told the Southeast Missourian that the efforts were all for “the continuing dedication to make Chateau Girardeau the best community possible for its residents.”

Celebrating 40 Years with the Cape Girardeau Community

Today, the original dreams of The Chateau’s long-term planning efforts have come to fruition. New construction in recent years include our state-of-the-art Rehabilitation Center, which serves our residents as well as seniors in the region on an outpatient basis. Many other upgrades and expansions are visible as you walk our grounds, from our beautiful courtyard fountain to our recently renovated dining rooms to our brand new televisions throughout the property, providing schedules of meals, activities, and more.

As we celebrate 40 years of service to the Cape Girardeau region, we look back at our past with fondness, but we also look to the future and the amazing things still to come for The Chateau in the next 40 years!

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The Chateau is celebrating 40 wonderful years of serving the Cape Girardeau community. Our longevity wouldn’t have been possible without our amazing and dedicated staff, many of whom can count their service to The Chateau in decades! One of our longest-serving staff members is our head groundskeeper, Raymond.

Raymond has kept The Chateau looking beautiful since he first joined our team on November 19, 1985. Originally, Raymond began in maintenance, where he helped take care of residents’ apartments as well as the main building. Back in the mid-80s, The Chateau was a much smaller place. It was just one building when Raymond started—the Gardens opened in 1988 and the first Estates home opened in 1993. Raymond recalls mowing the grounds where the Estates homes would eventually be built, “It used to take me a whole week to mow it.”

Pretty quickly after meeting him, you'll realize that Raymond has a fantastic memory—he can tell you the month and year of special events or when new features came to be across The Chateau’s 40 acres. As we passed the Wildflower Trail, he shared that a resident, Marge Bauerle, donated the funds to build the popular pathway, as well as plant gorgeous Missouri flowers around it. Raymond and the grounds crew keep the Wildflower trail looking great so that residents can spend peaceful time in nature whenever they wish.

One especially memorable event happened in September of 2017, when the whole property received the “Yard of the Month” honor from the Cape Girardeau Chamber of Commerce. Raymond remembers going downtown to City Hall to receive the honor with the rest of the grounds crew, which just happened to be on his 62nd birthday!

Throughout the years, it’s the residents who really keep Raymond motivated and loving his work. He likes keeping the grounds looking sharp so residents can feel at home, plus enjoy comfort and nice views while spending time outside. He said he's always liked stopping by Monday morning coffee and hearing some amazing stories from people who have lived all over the world. “You get to meet a lot of really interesting people,” he said, from university professors to doctors to world travelers. "I have heard a lot of stories." 

When we stopped by the courtyard next to the main lobby, Raymond shared some fond memories of Mary Snow, who donated the funds to build the courtyard and its beautiful stone fountain, which Raymond helped bring to life. Before she settled in Cape Girardeau, Mary’s husband worked as a lawyer for the St. Louis Browns, back when the city was home to two Major League Baseball teams. After the Browns moved to Baltimore and became the Orioles, the couple adopted the Cardinals as their favorite team—and Mary was one of their ultimate super fans. The Cardinals always remembered the Snow family's contributions to St. Louis baseball, so they’d often provide Mary with tickets, and Mary frequently shared those tickets with her Chateau family. “She was a really special lady,” Raymond said with a smile.

Another resident, Florence Rossiter, commissioned the sculpture of the Great Horned Owl that greets visitors and residents alike in The Chateau’s main parking lot. If you haven’t seen the sculpture, take a look next time you’re in the lot!

We’re so grateful to Raymond and all of our staff for always going above and beyond for our residents. Next time you see Raymond making his rounds around The Chateau, be sure to say hi, and if you enjoy all of the beautiful green views around the property, give him a thank you! 

Stay tuned for more fun memories of the last 40 years and celebrations of all the great things yet to come at The Chateau!

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April is Occupational Therapy (OT) Month, and we’ve been honored and excited to celebrate our fantastic Occupational Therapy staff this month. Most of us are familiar with Physical Therapy, but many aren’t familiar with all of the impactful, life-changing work done in Occupational Therapy. Occupational Therapy at The Chateau is all about empowering seniors in their daily interactions with the world around them.

How is Occupational Therapy Different?

Above all, Occupational Therapists are working to help seniors maintain their independence. OTs implement adaptive strategies that help their clients feel empowered when interacting with their world, meeting them wherever they are with their skill set. OT focuses on making the most of the abilities you do have, not on what you don’t.

While the name might sound like the therapy related to “job skills,” it’s actually referring to the everyday activities that “occupy” our time. Occupational Therapists help their clients with life skills like buttoning a shirt, cooking dinner, using a knife and fork, or getting in and out of the shower.

Occupational Therapy is often recommended to help regain skills that were lost due to injury or illness, like working on improving fine motor skills after a stroke. It is also helpful in finding new ways to carry out everyday a tasks as we age, including how to best stay active while also avoiding falls. For clients experiencing memory loss, Occupational Therapy can be a huge asset. OTs will help clients leverage the skills they have to work around obstacles brought on my memory loss, like rearranging a space at home or reworking a routine. 

Occupational Therapy at The Chateau

Our Rehabilitation Center offers services on both an inpatient and outpatient basis, so you can do your rehab at The Chateau even if you aren’t already a resident. We are also 2019 winners of Pinnacle’s Quality Insights Awards for Rehab, including Overall Customer Satisfaction and Overall Customer Experience.

Our Occupational Therapists and Occupational Therapy Assistants are fully licensed and experienced. We believe in a client-centered approach to care, so you’ll see the same therapist from appointment to appointment. They’ll get to know you and your story to put together the right treatment plan and goals for you. And your family is always welcome to participate in the process—in fact we love it!


The Next Step

If you’re interested in learning more about what goes into Occupational Therapy at The Chateau, you can read more about what sets our rehab apart here. We’re happy to answer any questions you might have—just give us a call at 573-335-1281.

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The Chateau is proud to announce that we’ve received the Pinnacle Quality Insight's Customer Experience Award for our Rehabilitation Center in 2019. We were honored in 11 categories, including Overall Satisfaction and Overall Customer Experience, based on feedback from our rehab patients throughout 2018.

Award-winning care

Other honors were awarded in these categories:

  • Atmosphere/Therapy Area
  • Dignity and Respect
  • Equipment Quality
  • Involvement/Goals
  • Pace of Progress
  • Recommend to Others
  • Response to Concerns
  • Results Achieved
  • Understood Procedures

As a premiere national surveyor, Pinnacle carries out monthly telephone surveys to check in with patients and their families about their experiences during rehab. The Chateau’s survey results ranked in the top 15% of the nation across twelve months, earning us the Pinnacle Customer Experience Award.

Our Mission

Over our 40 years of serving the greater Cape Girardeau community, we’ve placed our focus on meeting the individual needs of every resident. We welcome the opportunity the Pinnacle survey provides us to hear real-time feedback on our care. That feedback allows us to better understand our residents’ needs and make any improvements where necessary. As our President and CEO Keith Boeller says, "The satisfaction of the residents that have experienced our care is confirmation that the work we are doing supports our mission to provide the quality care to help seniors continue to lead a healthy and productive life.”

We’re so grateful to our residents for allowing us to serve them throughout their rehab journey, and for giving us the feedback we need to always keep improving. And we’re also thankful for our fantastic, dedicated rehab staff, who give their all for our residents and make everything happen. We’re looking forward to an even better 2019.

Experience Rehab at The chateau for yourself

To learn more, you can read about the basics of our rehabilitation services and exactly what rehab at The Chateau looks like!

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Do you ever feel like you’re spending more time keeping up with the maintenance of life than fully enjoying your retirement? Independent Living at The Chateau grants you the freedom to spend your best years doing the things you love instead of all the "have-to"s. When you choose The Chateau Suites, you'll live in a beautiful home without all the hassles of upkeep!

Make Your Space Your Own

The Chateau Suites come in one- and two-bedroom units with four floor plans to choose from. Our floor plans range from a studio to an extended two-bedroom unit boasting over 1300 square feet. Pick whatever space fits your needs best. Some additional storage space for things like Christmas decorations is also available in our building. 

Across The Suites, our units are ready for you to customize to your taste. We want you to feel right at home, so all paint colors, fixtures, and decor can be adjusted to make your space feel fully your own. We welcome your furniture and your wall art, too!

All units have a fully equipped kitchen that can be personalized from layout and appliances to cabinets and counter tops. You can also pick out your favorite style of flooring throughout your unit—hardwood, carpeting, tile, vinyl, and more.

One of the most popular features at The Suites is the outdoor balcony space, perfect for small gardens, enjoying morning cups of coffee, and providing beautiful natural light throughout your home.

Worry-Free Lifestyle

What’s even better than having a beautiful space to live in? Never having to clean it! The Suites provide worry-free living that includes housekeeping services, maintenance, and an emergency-call system. With 24-hour on-site security, you can feel comfortable and confident that your home and vehicle are safe and sound, even while traveling.

Though your residence at The Suites will have a fully equipped kitchen, you only have to cook when you feel like it. Our delicious dining options are always available for three meals a day if you’d rather let us take care of the cooking and the dishes!

Be Where the Action Is

When you live in The Suites, you'll have easy access to many of the social activities and amenities at the The Chateau. The Suites are in the same building as the Independent Living dining room, where you can enjoy restaurant-style eats. You’ll also be right near our main lobby, where we host social hour every Friday, and you’ll have easy access to our Chateau “Main Street,” where you can attend exercise classes, check out books from our library, get your hair done in our beauty salon, do your banking, and more. Plus, common areas on each floor of The Suites are a great place to socialize with friends new and old.

Check It All Out For Yourself

If you’re interested in taking that next step towards living your best life in retirement, we’ll take you on a personal tour of the Suites. Give us a call at 573-335-1281 to come check it out for yourself!

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When you think about your dream retirement, does “eat delicious meals I don’t have to cook” ever come to your mind? If you ask our residents, many will say that the fantastic food is their absolute favorite part about life at The Chateau. We recently chatted with Director of Dining Services, Laura Vollink, about what makes dining at The Chateau so special and about some fun upcoming events.

Delicious Choices for Every Palate

The high-quality menu at The Chateau is put together by our Executive Chef, Walter Lents, who has been with us for the last six years. After so many years, Walter has a really great idea of what our residents like, so he curates the menu based off those tastes and a few dashes of his own creativity. Along with Laura’s insights as a Registered Dietitian, the two put together a menu that’s not only delicious but healthy and balanced.

With a standard menu as well as a rotating menu that switches up every four weeks, there’s something for everyone’s preferences available. From home-style comfort foods to ribs and grilled chicken to crisp salads and warm soups, you’ll have an option for every mood and there is always something new to give a try.

Fantastic, Friendly Service

Serving three delicious meals a day to all of our residents across four dining rooms is a big task, but our wonderful staff make it look easy. Laura says the dining services staff is dedicated to outstanding service and making every resident feel comfortable and at home. Our staff takes the time to get to really know our residents and their story. And of course, they can name many a favorite drink and entree order! Just this month our very own “dynamic duo” of dining services, Aubrey and Jan, won employee of the month for February.

For Laura and her staff, providing such great meals to our residents is a gratifying experience. Laura says, “It’s very rewarding to know that you’re taking care of people” and that their work leads to happy and satisfied residents. 

Special Theme Events

If serving wonderful food wasn’t enough, dining services also hosts several popular events throughout the year. In addition to special holiday-themed events, Sunday Brunches have been met with raving reviews—crispy fried chicken anyone? But perhaps the most popular event thus far has been farm-to-table meals. During the spring and summer, Chef Walter picks up locally grown, seasonal ingredients from the farmers market for the menu, which is complete with recommended wine pairings. Be sure to keep an ear out for the next farm-to-table dinner and check it out for yourself! 

Earlier this month, Dining Services hosted another edition of Chateau Chef Wars. Similar to the popular show Iron Chef, two chefs went head-to-head to prepare a dish using secret ingredients unknown prior to the competition. This time the secret ingredients were mint, pistachio, and dark chocolate. Up against a timer, they prepared a dish in front of an audience of residents, who then sampled each dish and voted on the winner. Chef Walter and our Hospitality Manager Katherine reigned supreme over Sous Chef Mike and Laura, but Laura and Mike are ready to retake their title next time! 

Enjoy a Meal Together

As Laura says, the act of eating a meal is a special one, where you can gather with the important people in your life, get the fuel your body needs, and enjoy each other's company in the process. So grab a friend, bring a family member (or a few!), and relish in some quality time over a meal together.

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