Active Senior

If you have an aging family member, you may be concerned about the possibility of dementia and how it can affect your loved one as well as those closest to them. The term “dementia” encompasses a group of disorders related to loss of memory and impaired judgment. While there are a number of dementia diagnoses, Alzheimer’s is the most common affecting 60-80 percent of dementia patients or about 5.8 million people in the United States. Many of these conditions can progress over time and may require an individual to need lifelong care.

If you’re worried a loved one may be facing dementia, here are ten things to look for:

  • Memory loss that disrupts daily tasks
  • Challenges with planning or solving problems
  • Difficulty completing daily tasks
  • Confusion with place and time
  • Trouble understanding visual images and spatial relationships
  • Difficulty with speech and writing
  • Misplacing things
  • Poor judgment
  • Withdrawal from work and social activities
  • Changes in mood and personality

Remember, while most of us experience moments of these symptoms (after all, who hasn’t misplaced their car keys at least once?) dementia patients find these symptoms disrupting their life on a regular and consistent basis. For more on dementia and its symptoms, check out the Alzheimer’s Association website.

What to Expect When Caring for Someone With Dementia

When a loved one is diagnosed with a form of dementia, they’re going to need your support, both emotionally and with everyday tasks. As dementia progresses, your loved one may find themselves more often needing assistance with things such as shopping, remembering to take medications, bathing, and other daily responsibilities.

Dementia is often accompanied by emotional, behavioral, and communicative changes. Many people with dementia have mood swings and can deal with depression and anxiety about their diagnosis. This may result in bouts of fear, anger, or panic.

When a diagnosis is made, you should make a plan to help your loved one live safely and with dignity. Whether it is helping your loved one continue to succeed in their day-to-day activities or starting a conversation to consider a long-term care approach, what is important is creating a plan that makes sense. You should strive to develop a course of action that is within your family's means, both financially and emotionally, and be sure to include your loved ones in the decision-making process.

The Chateau as Your Next Step

If you’re considering assisted living for your family member, consider Assisted Living at The Chateau. At The Chateau Terraces, your loved one can continue your independence with personalized assistance and the added security of 24/7 care in a safe environment. Life here includes personalized assistance with daily activities, medication management, and other needs offered by our trained and dedicated staff. Residents can also receive on-site occupational, speech, or other therapies to keep them at their best.

From helping with approaching the conversation to creating and implementing a plan, we are there to help you and your family take the next step. If you are considering assisted living for your family member, schedule a tour and learn more about The Chateau by calling 573-335-1281 or visiting www.chateaugir.com.

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It’s no secret retirement is great! Without the daily grind of the 9-to-5, you are able to live the life you want to live and spend time doing the things you love. Of course, to make the most of your retirement, it’s important to stay active physically, socially, and mentally.

Physically Active

When people think of staying active, their first thought is being physically active. For seniors, physical activity has been shown to strengthen the immune system, increase bone density, and maintain or build muscle strength.

Being physically active can include a casual walk around downtown window shopping or even enjoying a walk on The Chateau’s Wildflower Trail.

Socially Active

While you may look to physical activity as your first step in living an active life, there are many other ways you can stay active in your retirement. Seniors who are social are less likely to experience symptoms of loneliness and may even be less likely to contract dementia and other conditions. With this in mind, it’s important to find ways to stay connected to others or even make new friends.

While residents of The Chateau are usually encouraged to join clubs, attend events, and knock on doors to welcome their new neighbors, many of these activities have been limited due to the ongoing situation with COVID-19. During these times, there are many ways to stay socially active while taking the health and safety of your neighbors into account.

If friends and family are far away, consider using a video call platform to connect with them. Platforms like Zoom and Facebook Messenger’s video option are free to sign up for and allow virtual face-to-face conversations with the people you love. If residents at The Chateau need help utilizing these platforms, our staff is ready to help.

Mentally Active

Remaining mentally active is vital to keeping seniors in good spirits, decreasing memory loss and keeping brain functions strong.

One unique way to promote mental activity is through volunteering. While it is a rewarding experience, volunteering also gives seniors the opportunity to perform new tasks and learn new skills. In addition to these excellent mental benefits, volunteering provides an outlet for social and physical activity as well, promoting overall wellness while helping others.

Reading is an enjoyable pastime that can help keep your comprehension and memory skills strong. Residents of The Chateau have access to a resident maintained library full of books to explore. Audiobooks are another great tool for seniors on-the-go so you can keep exploring new stories while doing other things you love like traveling or going on nature walks.

Games like chess, jigsaw puzzles, and cards can be beneficial to your mental and physical activity. All of these help with keeping your memory, association, and concentration strong, but can also help with motor skills and provide social benefits.

Live Actively at The Chateau

If you’re interested in living a full and active retirement, consider moving into The Chateau Girardeau. With daily activities, weekly socials, and access to features such as our fitness center and library, active retirement is easily achievable. The best part? With our maintenance-free living community, you have the time to do all the things that keep you active without having to worry about daily duties like cooking, cleaning, or mowing. To find our more about living your most active retirement at The Chateau, call 573-335-1281.

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What comes to mind when you hear the word Retirement? Traveling, spending time with family, friends or grandkids, learning a new skill, picking up a new hobby or spending more time doing one you already love. What about when you hear the word, “Rightsizing”? Or better yet, “Rightsizing for Retirement”? Rightsizing for retirement is the first step in setting yourself up in retirement to have the time to do the things you love. This usually means moving to a smaller space while leaving behind the responsibilities that keep you from making the most of your time

This is what life at The Chateau is all about; making the most of retirement. Whether you are interested in simplifying your life or reducing your cost of living, there are a lot of reasons to rightsize for your retirement. At The Chateau, we work with you during the entire process and have a few tips to help you start your journey.

Where to Start

When it comes to moving from one home to another, it is best to start the process by taking inventory of your new space. Get measurements of your new space as you may have different storage options in your new home.

Rightsizing your life is less about the things you need to do and more about the freedom to do the things you want to do. You might also want to think about the needs and purpose of your new home. Are you moving to decrease your chore load, making it easier to travel? Will you still be having family gatherings, or are you volunteering the kids to take on the responsibility of Thanksgiving dinner?

While you’re thinking about the purpose of your new home, it’s a great time to make note of things you use on a regular basis. For a couple of weeks before you declutter, keep track of the appliances, supplies, and other items you use every day. These are things that will automatically go on your keep list when you get into decluttering.

Decluttering

Once you have an idea for the size of your new space and what it’ll be used for, you can start the decluttering process. This process can take as much time as you want and, in reality, can start even before you’ve officially found a new place.

Start decluttering by putting essential toiletries or medications in an easy to find location. If you’ve ever decluttered before, you know that your home may become a little disorganized. You’ll want to make sure the important items you need every day are easily accessible.

When you start decluttering, organize your things into five different piles or sections: keep, give away, sell, donate, or trash. In your keep pile should be the things you use on a consistent basis or the things that make you the happiest. If you have to question whether an item is needed or makes you happy, go ahead and find a new home for it.

While going through this process, take your time to reminisce in sentimental places. Start in rooms of your home that don’t have many sentimental items like your bathrooms or laundry room. Get these rooms taken care of so you have time to really focus on the rooms that matter. Many of the items in your home will bring memories to the surface, and it’s good to remember those times.

This is a great time to bring in your family and loved ones to help. Besides allowing yourself to reminisce with the people in your life, you might be surprised to find there are items in your home they also have an attachment to. Those items should go in the giveaway pile, given to the person who will cherish them as you do.

Working With The Chateau

If you plan to make your home at The Chateau, we are with you every step of the way. We know it can be hard to picture how to create your new home at The Chateau, but we can help. We can give you a floorplan of your new home to help you layout furniture and make space your own. We can also help connect you to the resources for creative ways to store clutter such as photo digitization.

No matter what you need to start your new adventure at The Chateau, we are here and ready to help. For more information on the Suites and Estates, visit www.chateaugir.com/Residences.

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For more than 40 years, The Chateau has been committed to three things: helping seniors live their best lives, providing the premier care, and continued communication with our residents, their loved ones, and our community.

As we uphold our commitment to thorough communication with The Chateau family, we have never been afraid to explore new and different ways of doing so. With our social media, email, website, and resident portal, we have been able to interact with our family and keep them informed of all the fun stuff happening on our campus. We have also been able to use these methods to keep the family updated on things that aren’t so fun.


Communication Today

Over the years, The Chateau has put forth technology initiatives that would enhance our community and care experience.

We started with more bandwidth for our internet system, giving each resident virtually unlimited access to reliable high-speed internet. With enhanced internet access, we launched our Chateau Connection portal. This portal gives residents easy access to The Chateau’s calendar, community alerts, and local news and weather all at their fingertips. Quick information from the portal is displayed on screens around the campus to help keep residents and guests up-to-date.


Keeping Residents Connected

Today, the need for communication is greater than ever before and The Chateau staff has been dedicated to providing as much communication with our residents and their families as possible.,

As our world changes, it’s important we do what we can to keep up. Telehealth or telemedicine has grown in popularity this year, and is expected to continue to grow. Telehealth allows people to meet with a healthcare provider for check-ups or discussing uncritical medical concerns over a secure internet platform from the comfort of home. While their offices remain open for those who prefer in-person appointments, many healthcare practitioners in our area have added telehealth services to their repertoire and that number is likely to increase in the coming years.

For some of our not-so-tech-savvy residents, telemedicine provides a few obstacles but our staff is there to help. To ensure our residents can receive the best care possible, our IT department has tablets available for resident use allowing those who don’t have access to these devices new opportunities to receive quality care, with help from staff if needed.

Technology also allows families and loved ones to connect in new ways. Video platforms like Google Duo, Skype, and Zoom, allow our residents face-to-face connection with their friends and family. Our staff is always ready to assist in the set-up of these accounts and help residents learn how to use them properly.


Stay Up-to-Date

As technology continues to advance, The Chateau is ready to implement new opportunities to keep residents connected to their community, loved ones, and care providers.

You can stay up-to-date with all of the fun things happening at The Chateau—and stay updated when situations like COVID-19 arise—on social media, our website, and our email newsletter.

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The best part about getting older is the freedom you achieve in retirement. You can do whatever you want, go wherever you want, however, in order to maintain this freedom, you have to remain well. At The Chateau, we want to make sure our residents are living healthy and fulfilled lives. Today, we’re going to focus on physical wellness, how it can benefit you, and how The Chateau can help you get in tip-top shape.

Benefits of Physical Activity

One of the first steps to achieving an overall state of wellness is focusing on your physical health. It is recommended seniors do approximately 150 minutes of physical activity per week; that’s about 20 minutes per day, every day.

Regular physical activity has a number of important health benefits such as:

  • Reducing blood pressure in some people
  • Maintaining or building muscle strength
  • Increasing bone density
  • Strengthening your immune system
  • Preventing common diseases such as diabetes and heart disease
  • Decreasing the risk of stroke
  • Controlling joint swelling associated with arthritis
  • Reducing symptoms of anxiety and depression

All these benefits of physical activity help you stay mentally well and live your best independent lives.

How to Begin A Physical Wellness Journey

Physical wellness isn’t achieved with one workout—it’s a journey. If you’re not sure where to start, our wellness coordinators Meghan Mills and Kacie Livesay have a few tips

  • Know your limitations. When participating in physical activity, it’s crucial you listen to your body. If you’re not sure what your limitations are, speak with your doctor. It’s important you respect your body and not push yourself too hard in order to prevent injury.
  • Study your own routine. While you’re going about your day, think about what you do every day, how much free time you have, and especially how much time you spend sitting. With these notes, see where you can pencil physical activity into your routine, especially if you can replace a sitting activity with more exercise.
  • Find a buddy. Exercising with a good friend can make the experience more fun, but can also help you stay on track. By holding each other accountable, you have a better chance of being successful.
  • Just give it a try. The hardest part of the journey is starting. With a variety of different ways to remain active, you have so many things to try. Whether it’s a fitness class offered at The Chateau, going for a walk, or exercising at home, you have plenty of opportunities to find an activity that you enjoy.

Like any lifestyle change, adding physical activity to your daily life looks different to everyone. What works for one person may not work for another. For this reason, The Chateau offers many ways to maintain physical wellness. From group classes of varying levels of activity to more informal activities like walking the Wildflower Trails, The Chateau makes sure each resident has an option that suits their style.

Classes

The Chateau’s Health & Wellness Department hosts a number of classes focusing on different types of wellness taught by our health and wellness coordinators Meghan and Kacie. If you’re wanting to stay active and make friends while doing so, these classes are great. Meghan and Kacie work with each resident attending classes to personalize their workout by offering different modifications to address any limitations you may have.

Exercise: This hour-long total body workout focuses on increasing strength and flexibility by utilizing equipment such as dumbbells, Resista-bands, Thera-bands, and exercise balls.

Stretch it Out: Designed to improve flexibility and range of motion, increase blood flow to your muscles, and help reduce stress and back pain, this 30-minute class offers a full-body stretch in a relaxing environment.

Rotating 6-week class: Every 6 weeks, we add a new and exciting class with focus ranging from arthritis exercises to a stepping class.

Balance: Having good balance can help improve your ability to react to sudden changes and reduce your risk of falls so we offer a 30-minute class with the goal to strengthen the core and major muscle groups needed to maintain overall balance and coordination.

Exercises in your home

If you’re under the weather or just interested in adding some casual physical activity to your daily tasks, we have provided a few videos hosted by Wellness Coordinator, Meghan, to show you some simple stretches and exercises you can start doing in your home today.






Remaining active is one of the key steps in maintaining a healthy lifestyle. The Chateau encourages residents to live an active lifestyle as part of living their best lives. Whether you choose a group fitness class or a casual stroll on the Wildflowers Trail, you can choose how to start your wellness journey with help from our health and wellness coordinators. For more information about daily classes, check out the Chateau Connection televisions around our facility.

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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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Why Independent Living?

You’ve spent your whole life working and serving others, now it’s time for us to take care of you while you relax. When you choose Independent Living at The Chateau, you get to live life your way—without the maintenance—while also enjoying the comforts of home and so much more.


Worry-Free Living

One of the best parts about The Chateau is the fact you can live your life how you want without having to do the daily chores like cooking, cleaning, snow removal, and everyday maintenance. Use those hours in the day to take on a new hobby, sleep in a little bit, travel, or whatever it is you’ve always wanted to do. With The Chateau, you have the freedom to do what you want when you want.


You Make The Chateau Your Home

When you move into The Chateau, you don’t have to leave your favorite things behind. Whether it’s a hutch that’s been passed down through your family or your perfect mattress, you can bring it with you.

At The Chateau, we want you to feel at home, so our suites and homes are entirely customizable. You pick the flooring, paint colors, kitchen finishes, everything. You bring your own unique style to make your new home as comfortable as it can be. We work with you every step of the way, even visiting your home (if you want us to) to help truly capture your design style and sort the essential items. Whether you’re wanting to recreate your current home at The Chateau or you want to try something new, you have a team of Chateau staff on your side to help you from the day you sign your contract to the day you move in and every day after.

 


Peace of Mind

Once you’re settled at The Chateau, it’s the last move you’ll ever have to make. You have the opportunity to settle into your new home, establish a community, set a routine, value your retirement stress-free, and you and your family can rest easy knowing you will always be cared for.

As a continuing care community, we offer different levels of care based on the needs of our residents. We offer three levels of care—independent living, assisted living, and skilled care—so that if you need extra help with daily tasks, you can stay in a place that is familiar and comfortable. We are staffed 24/7 by skilled professionals who can help at any time.

You’re Always With Friends

At The Chateau, you are surrounded by a community of people who care for you. With social clubs, weekly socials, and a calendar packed full of events, the biggest decision you have to make at The Chateau is what to do that day. The Chateau offers a plethora of activities for you to participate giving you plenty of opportunities to make friends and establish a community of friends you’ll have for a long time.


 

Making the Move is Easy

We know moving from one place to another can be a huge decision, but once you make the move, you’ll wish you’d done it sooner. If you aren’t ready, that’s ok; we’ll be here when you are.

Until then, it’s a good idea to make a transition plan for the future. Start thinking about what you want from your retirement, what you want in a place to live, what you’ll keep and what you’ll do when you’re ready to make the move. If you’re interested in The Chateau Estates, it’s good to plan ahead because they can go fast, but with a plan in place, yours can be ready when you are.


We’re Here For You

When you make the move from your home to The Chateau, we are with you every step of the way to make the transition as easy as possible. Make your new home your own with customized design and decor, bring the things that matter to you, and take full advantage of the worry-free lifestyle we offer our residents. The Chateau is really is more than a retirement home, it’s a loving community of friends.

If you’re interested in learning more about Independent Living options at The Chateau, visit our website or give us a call at 573-335-1281.

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When it comes to planning for retirement, there are a lot of things to consider. How do you want to spend your time? Where would you like to live? Luckily, the Chateau is here to make that decision easy by providing residents at all levels of care the freedom to decide how they live their best life.

Continuing Care at Chateau

As a Continuing Care Retirement Community (and the only accredited one in the state of Missouri), we offer three levels of care—independent living, assisted living, and skilled nursing. This means once you’ve made your home at The Chateau, you’re truly home. You have the opportunity to establish a routine, create valuable relationships with The Chateau's community, and rest easy knowing you’ll always be at home here.

The Chateau’s goal is to provide a community where you can take full advantage of your retirement and keep your independence, no matter what level of care you need. Whether you’re in independent or assisted living, you have the freedom to come and go as you please, live in a private residence, stay with your spouse, and live your life the way you want. Our residents in assisted living may require a little extra help with day to day tasks, but they still maintain their overall independence.

Our staff is available 24 hours a day to all of our residents and stand ready to help if an emergency arises.


Worry-Free Living at Chateau

At The Chateau, we want you to get the most out of your retirement. We offer our residents a community where they have the freedom to come and go as they please, pursue new hobbies and passions, and fully embrace their new life.

When you move into The Chateau, you’ll have a private residence that you are encouraged to furnish and decorate to fit your taste. The best part is you don’t even have to clean it. Housekeeping and maintenance services give you even more freedom and time to do the things you want. After all, that’s what retirement living is all about.

Love cooking? You’ll love the fully-equipped kitchens available in the Estates, Suites, and Terraces residences. Rather eat out or take the night off? Dine in our restaurant-style dining room. Our exceptional Chef Walter and Registered Dietitian Laura curate menu options that are delicious, satisfying, and good for you. Plus you’ll love the friendly staff.

The Chateau also offers a variety of amenities such as a library, exercise classes, a fitness center, chapel, bank, beauty parlor, craft room, and a variety of classes for continued education. These services are available to every resident regardless of level of care.


Is The Chateau Right For You?

Your retirement is your reward for years of hard work, so it’s time to rest easy with a maintenance-free life in a community dedicated to serving you. Whether you’re in independent or assisted living, you retain the ability to live your best life on your terms.

If you’re interested in learning more about The Chateau’s services and residences, call us today at 573-335-1281.

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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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