Active Senior

Making the decision to move into Assisted Living isn’t always an easy one. Many people are concerned about losing their individuality and freedoms in exchange for more care or assistance. But that is not the case at The Chateau Terraces, our Assisted Living residences. Living at The Terraces is a flexible but safe option that allows you to live the life you want, but with help where you need it.

When is Assisted Living the Right Choice?

As a general rule of thumb, Assisted Living is meant for those who need some help carrying out daily living tasks, such as cooking, bathing, or taking medications, but don’t need round-the-clock care. Here are a few signs that Assisted Living could be helpful for you or a loved one:

  • At risk for a fall or recovering from a recent fall, or concerns over decreased mobility
  • Having trouble remembering to take the correct medications at the correct time
  • Difficulty with getting dressed in the morning—trouble with reaching, buttoning or unbuttoning, putting on shoes and socks, etc.
  • Diagnosed with a chronic medical condition that needs careful monitoring, like diabetes or COPD
  • Unable to regularly schedule or drive to doctor’s appointments on own
  • Trouble getting into and out of the bathtub or shower or difficulty maintaining proper hygiene
  • Difficulty planning and cooking healthy meals
  • Memory loss
  • Concerns over recovering from a recent hospitalization alone at home

Sometimes it can be hard to notice these changes in yourself since they can occur gradually over time, so it’s important to talk regularly with your doctor and your family about the status of your health.

Our Care

Our treatment philosophy at The Chateau is patient-centric and unique to you. Our highly trained staff will tailor a plan to suit your needs, providing assistance where you need it but still allowing for your individuality and independence.

Assisted Living residences are equipped with emergency call buttons in the bathroom, and emergency assistance is available at all times, so you can rest easy knowing help is close by if you should need it. Our property is also in close proximity to two local hospitals. 

The Terraces

Residents at The Chateau Terraces can choose between a studio or one-bedroom apartment. One-bedroom units come equipped with a kitchen facility, and both floor plans offer private bathrooms with walk-in showers, generously sized closets, and roomy living space. We encourage you to decorate your apartment in your own style—make it feel like home! Enjoy maintenance-free living and housekeeping services, as well as restaurant-style dining options or take-out if you’d rather enjoy your meals in the comfort of your apartment. And family members and friends are always welcome to come visit! 

Terraces residents can bring along a personal vehicle, but convenient in-house transportation services are also available for trips to the doctor, store, activities, or other appointments.

Live Your Own Life

Our Assisted Living residents enjoy access to all the amenities of The Chateau, from our exercise classes to our library to our beauty parlor. Residents are welcomed and encouraged to participate in all of our daily activities, clubs, and events. Meet new friends, socialize, and enjoy your life with peace of mind!

If you’re interested in learning more about our Assisted Living at The Chateau, give us a call at (573) 335-1281 and we’ll be happy to talk through your options!

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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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My typical day as a Life Enrichment Coordinator

I start off the day fixing up a pot of coffee for our early risers. Sometimes the residents enjoy having the news read to them over a cup of hot coffee and a doughnut. I head to a meeting with some of the other healthcare team members, then it’s time for another activity! From mental exercises to music entertainment to crafts, there’s honestly never a dull moment around here. You never know what you’ll get! Many of the residents like to tease me, because I’m (sometimes quite literally) running around the building either meeting new folks, delivering ice cream or snacks, or going door to door to invite each resident to the particular event that’s about to happen. I definitely get my fair share of steps in each day!

We take care of the activity needs from Assisted Living, Skilled Nursing, Rehab, all the way to Memory Care. Some our most popular activities include weekly bible study, manicures, facials, music entertainment, and laughter yoga. (And of course, anything to do with baking or food!) We recently began trying to implement more inter-generational activities. We’ve had children come to do vocal/piano recitals. We’ve also recently had monthly visits from the Prodigy Kids school. These children have done activities such as life story interviews, trivia, board games, and other things with our residents. We’ve talked about maybe doing a book program that could help the children with their reading. Additionally, we’ve made efforts to get out into the community more! Over Christmas, we enjoyed going out to see the Christmas lights. We’ve recently went to Andy’s Frozen Custard and the downtown area and spent an afternoon enjoying to the SEMO District Fair.

On a personal level, I’ve always felt a connection with this population. I recall nights staying up until midnight with my grandmother playing Monopoly and goofing around. I was always very close to my great-grandmother as a young child too. It seems only natural that this would be the job that I would love to show up to every day. I quite honestly feel like these people are my family, and I’d do anything for them! My favorite aspect of the job really revolves around knowing the residents on a deeper level, such as learning what they enjoy, learning about their life, who they married, funny stories about their past, or getting to know their family. I know no strangers here at The Chateau. To me, the most important thing about my job is being able to connect and engage with the resident on a personal level. When you really connect with people, everything else just seems to fall into place.

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Your Rehab at The Chateau

Why The Chateau?

When you find out that you need rehab in order to bounce back from an injury or illness, the choice of where to get treatment might seem overwhelming. But don’t worry, when you choose The Chateau for your rehab journey, you’ll be in excellent hands. Why choose The Chateau? Glad you asked!

Patient-Centric Treatment Philosophy

We believe in a patient-centric approach to rehab that is open and collaborative. Our therapists will help you determine what goals you want to reach in therapy, and then together you’ll work towards those goals. Your therapist will devise a treatment plan that’s catered to where you want to be and is based on proven, evidence-based techniques. As you go through therapy, your progress will be assessed using standardized measures. These standards take all the guesswork out of tracking progress, so you’ll know exactly where you are on your road to recovery. And we’ll celebrate all the milestones along the way with you!

We also know that communication is essential to a successful rehab journey. Your treatment plan will include frequent touch points with your therapist, and we welcome family members to be involved in the conversation. In fact, we love it!

Excellent Therapy Staff

Our greatest resource is our people, and we know you’ll love our therapy staff just as much as we do. We have 10 full-time therapists on staff who are highly trained, certified, and excited to help you have a successful rehab experience. Our staff includes Physical Therapists, Physical Therapy Assistants, Occupational Therapists, Occupational Therapy Assistants, and Speech Therapists.

Continuity of care is very important to us, so you’ll work with the same therapist and assistants during your sessions. They’ll get to know you and your goals, and together you’ll make some amazing progress happen. We’re all part of the same team and we love cheering you on to success.

Top-Notch Facilities

Our rehab center is a state-of-the art facility meant to give you access to all the best. We’re proud to be the only Infinity Rehab affiliate in Missouri. Our rehab wing has 15 beds for those transitioning out of the hospital and need rehab before heading home. We also offer rehab services on an outpatient basis for residents and seniors in the community.

In addition to physical therapy equipment like stationary bikes, weights, and parallel bars, we have occupational therapy facilities including a kitchen, bathroom, and laundry room so you can work on the everyday skills you’ll need once you’re back home. And we even have a Wii so you can make progress while playing a game!

Highly Rated Care

Our care is rated highly on both a national and state level. According to medicare.gov, The Chateau has an overall 5 out of 5 star rating. When it comes to rehab, 86.9% of short stay residents improved their ability to move around on their own, which outperforms both the national and state average. In a survey of rehab patients taken by Pinnacle, we received a 100% 5 out of 5 ranking on our staff’s response to concerns, compared to a 76% national average. When respondents were asked if staff treats patients with dignity and respect, we also scored a 100% 5 out of 5 ranking, compared to a 90% national average. 

But don’t just take our word for it! Here are a few testimonials from rehab graduates from the past year.

“They are wonderful. They are professional, kind, patient, and knowledgeable.”—Survey response from 5/1/18

“They are excellent, compassionate, and they help you achieve your goals.”— Survey response from 4/1/18

“They are very helpful. I would say to make sure to have them do your therapy.”—Survey response from 2/1/18

How Do I Come to The Chateau?

Now that you you know why The Chateau, how do you go about coming here?

If you’re transitioning from a hospital stay, talk to one of the hospital’s social workers and ask for a referral to The Chateau for rehab. And don’t worry, we also accept patients from hospitals outside of Cape Girardeau. If you’re a community member looking for outpatient rehab services, give us a call and ask for our admissions coordinator. She’ll help you get everything in order! 

We hope you’ll choose The Chateau for your rehab journey!

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Rehab Rundown

If you’ve experienced an injury or illness that affects your ability to carry out daily life, your doctor may decide that rehabilitation is the best course for getting you back to your normal routine. The Chateau is home to a state-of-the-art rehab facility and a skilled staff whose top goal is to help you regain and sustain an active, healthy, and happy lifestyle.

We offer a host of therapy services. Here is a breakdown of the different types of therapies we provide for seniors.

Inpatient vs. Outpatient

The Chateau offers both inpatient and outpatient rehab for seniors—and you don’t have to be a resident to participate in rehab services! Whether you’re returning from a hospitalization and need rehab before heading home or if you need to come in to work through an issue with mobility, our team will support you through the process and help get you back to where you want to be.

Physical Therapy

If you have an injury or illness that causes your body to lose mobility or function, physical therapy can get you back on the mend. The need for physical therapy can come for a variety of reasons, including rehabbing after a surgery, recovering from a fall, or if you are having trouble with pain that impedes your mobility, among others. When you begin physical therapy, you’ll work with a Physical Therapist (PT) to establish a rehab plan to get you back where you want to be. Physical Therapy Assistants (PTA) also aid in the rehab process.

Physical therapy works towards goals like:

  • Increasing strength
  • Increasing balance to prevent future falls
  • Restoring lost movement
  • Healing pain that impedes mobility
  • Recovering from accidents or illness

Occupational Therapy

While the name might imply something profession-related, occupational therapy actually works towards improving your ability to perform daily activities that “occupy” your time. Occupational therapy doesn’t treat a physical ailment, but instead works towards restoring abilities and daily function. An Occupational Therapist (OT) will work with you on determining which skills are the most important to empower you to take care of your everyday needs with more independence. Occupational Therapy Assistants (OTA) will also work with you throughout the process. 

Occupational therapy works towards goals such as:

  • Improving logical thought processes for movement and activity planning
  • Conserving energy so it can be used where it counts the most
  • Restoring the ability to dress, prepare meals, maintain personal hygiene, and other daily functions
  • Improving muscle strength and range of motion in joints

Speech Therapy

If you’ve suffered an injury or illness that has lessened your ability to communicate, speech therapy may be able to help. Speech therapy might be necessary due to a number of factors, such as recovering from a stroke,  treating a diagnosis of Parkinson’s Disease, or helping if you’re having difficulty swallowing, among others. If you’re having issues with communication, Speech Language Pathologists (SLPs) are trained to help you set attainable goals and work with you towards recovering lost skills.

Speech therapy works towards goals including:

  • Improving abilities to use language
  • Improving cognitive functioning
  • Devising alternate communication strategies
  • Improving the ability to swallow, and alternate dietary strategies when swallowing is an issue

 

Stay tuned for our next part of this series where we explore more about what a rehab experience at The Chateau looks like.

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Cape Girardeau summers have a lot going for them—sunshine, ice cream cones by the riverfront, going for walks, grandkids free from school enjoying outdoor sports, and more. But the high heat and humidity can also be difficult to endure, even for Missouri weather veterans. As the warm trends continue into August and September (and, let’s face it, sometimes October), it’s important to keep heat safety in mind so you can keep enjoying the good things summer has to offer.

As we age, it gets harder for our bodies to adapt to sudden or extreme fluctuations in temperature. Older adults are also more likely to have health conditions or take prescription medications that affect temperature regulation and even hydration levels.For example, if you have high blood pressure or heart problems, you might be prescribed a diuretic, aka water pills, which can make you more susceptible to dehydration.

Here are five tips to keep in mind when it heats up outside.

Stay hydrated

Drinking at least eight glasses of water a day is always a good idea, but it’s especially important during the heat. You should drink more water than usual as a rule of thumb, even if you aren’t thirsty. Dehydration can sneak up on you, and you don’t have to feel thirsty to become depleted.

Stay away from sugary drinks like soda or lemonade when in the heat. The high sugar content can actually cause you to lose more fluids. Sports drinks like Gatorade can help replenish salt levels if you’ve been sweating, but be careful if you’re watching your sodium levels. Talk to your doctor about sports drinks if you’re on a salt-restricted diet.

Dress for the occasion

Taking in some sun is fun and great for you. However, as good as the sun can be, you still need to protect yourself while enjoying catching those rays. When spending time outside, you should wear light-colored, loose-fitting clothing, sunglasses, and hats that shade your face. Wide-brim hats are ideal, but any hat with a brim is better than none.

Always remember to apply sunscreen, even if you won’t be outside for hours—sunburns can start to occur in as little as ten to fifteen minutes for pale-skinned individuals. And just because it’s overcast doesn’t mean you can skip the sunscreen; harmful UV rays are still able to penetrate cloud cover. Sunburns can be more severe in older adults, so preventing them in the first place is your best bet.

Plan fun indoor activities

Summertime isn’t just about the outdoors! Since grandkids are out of school, there are plenty of indoor activities you can enjoy together. Going to the movie theater to see a film and eat popcorn, checking out books at the library, putting together crafts, or visiting a museum are just a few great options for summer memory making. And let’s be honest—eating ice cream in the air conditioning is still a pretty great deal.

Check on one another

This one is good advice just in general, but especially during excessive heat, it's a good habit to check in with your friends and neighbors to make sure they’re staying cool and feeling well. And then they can return the favor for you!

Know the symptoms

Heat exhaustion can creep up on a person, so it’s important to know the symptoms so you can notice them in yourself and others around you. Some of the most common symptoms are excessive sweating, a flushed face or redness on lighter skin tones, headache, nausea, dizziness, and confusion. If these symptoms are present, get into the shade or preferably air conditioning as quickly as possible and rehydrate. Here is a complete reference from the CDC of symptoms and actions to take.

Keep these tips in mind, and stay safe out there while you enjoy this time of year. It’ll be snowing again before we know it!

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June is wedding month at The Chateau, so we’re putting the spotlight on a very special couple who have been married 75 years, the Moyers.

Fred and Helen Moyers met while attending Mounds Township High School in Mounds, Illinois. The high school sweethearts enjoyed lots of the same activities, but most of all they loved to dance together, whether it be to big band music or ballroom style. (Fred mentioned that he was never very good at the Charleston, but we think he was just being modest.) They became known around town as very accomplished dancers, competing in and winning several contests over the years.

The US entered WWII shortly after Fred graduated high school, and he joined the United States Air Corps. Despite the tumultuous times, the couple married on February 6, 1943 in a small ceremony in Cape Girardeau—Fred was 19 and Helen 17. I asked what made them decide to get married and Helen jokingly said, “Fred told me!”

Fred served in the 9th Air Corps’ 394th Bomb Group, 587th squadron, who became known as the Bridge Busters. He was shot down over France in February of 1945 and became a Prisoner of War of the Germans. While Fred was fighting overseas, Helen received daily telegrams with updates from the War Department in Washington, D.C., but it was an understandably nerve-wracking time. They were able to write letters back and forth, but letters weren’t possible while Fred was captured. Helen described that period of time as just “terrible.” After seven long months, General Patton liberated Fred’s POW camp, and he was able to return home to Helen. The reunion was a joyous occasion and the couple danced the night away in celebration. In the years following, the couple had two children, Brian and Emily, and then later grandchildren, and great-grandchildren.

After seventy-five years, the romance between these two is still going strong. Helen let me in on a few secrets that make a lasting marriage. She said the most important thing is to have faith in one another. If you have faith your partner is doing their best, it’s easier to let mistakes go. Helen said Fred is “a remarkable husband. He would do anything for anybody and that’s how we’ve lived. He’s always there and available in the good and the bad.” She smiled at him fondly and added, “I got a good one here!”

Fred added, “I found the right companion. We both thought we were for each other and we decided to make it legal. We’ve had a good life and a good marriage.”



 A shared love of music is still a huge part of the couple's lives. Before I visited, they spent the morning singing songs with a friend. Before I said goodbye, Fred pulled out his harmonica and Helen joined him in a wonderfully heartwarming rendition of “Let Me Call You Sweetheart.”

Fred and Helen Moyers are perfect partners in song, on the dance floor, and in life.

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When you’re living life and feeling well, thinking about what happens to your family if something happens to you might not be top of mind. Whether you need medical treatment or something else happens, your loved ones will suddenly become responsible for your affairs and may have to make decisions that need to be made with a ticking clock.

No matter your age or health status, there are essential documents you need to have in order just in case so you can make your loved ones’ lives a little easier. We've provided you with a sample list, though it's important to consult a lawyer for your specific needs. After all, it’s better to be prepared and not need them than to need them and not be prepared.

Will

A Last Will and Testament gives you the ability to dictate what happens to your estate in the event of your passing and who is in charge of distribution of assets. Without it, if your times comes, your estate goes into probate and your state's intestacy laws decide how your debts get paid and how your assets are distributed. This process can be a hassle for your family and can cost thousands of dollars to negotiate and handle. Make sure your Will is in a safe place where your family members can easily locate it.

Living Will

A Living Will differs from a Last Will and Testament in that it helps you decide who is in charge of your greatest asset: yourself. Should you become terminally ill or incapacitated and unable to consent to treatment of any kind, your Living Will designates a power of attorney who is responsible for giving consent and making those decisions on your behalf.

Similarly, you may want to sign a Do Not Resuscitate order. This means that in case of extreme illness or incapacitation, it gives doctors the authority to not use life support with your permission beforehand. This lets you maintain control of decisions that may otherwise end up in a physician’s or your family members’ hands.

Powers of Attorney

You may not realize you need more than one power of attorney but you do: one for finances and one for healthcare obligations. Your healthcare power of attorney is in charge of consenting to medical procedures or treatment on your behalf should you become unfit to consent yourself. This person should also be included on a HIPPA release form, meaning they can have access to your medical history and legally receive information about your condition from your care provider. Your financial power of attorney is the person designated to have access to your finances in case you become unable to pay bills and manage your financial affairs.

Letter of instruction or intent

A letter of instruction or intent gives your executors an explanation of how you want your assets and affairs managed. This should include instructions on pet care if you have one, digital passwords for paying bills or maintaining accounts, location of deeds and other paperwork, a list of asset distribution specifics, Social Security and other identification information, bank account information, and anything else important you want to include. While this document is not legally binding, it can be very helpful in preventing a free-for-all or disputes between family and beneficiaries.

Funeral Plan

One of the most stressful situations is planning a funeral for a family member. There are a lot of decisions to make in a very short amount of time. Having a plan in place or outlined can help you family plan this event a lot easier. (If you don’t want a funeral, you should also let family members know). If you already have a plot reserved for you and other family members, make sure your family has a copy of the agreement is accessible and knows where the plot is located.

Copy of Marriage licenses and/or divorce decrees

Before your spouse can claim any assets, they have to prove they are indeed your spouse. Even if you’ve been married for 50 years, your spouse will need to provide a copy of your marriage license before they can legally claim anything. Similarly, a decree of divorce is necessary to outline possible alimony, property agreements,  or the division of assets that may be questioned should you pass.

Keep these in the same place you keep your other estate plan documents so they’re easy for loved ones to locate in case they’re needed.

Designated Beneficiary Accounts

Designating beneficiaries to manage your accounts is essential to providing your loved ones with peace of mind. Putting a person in charge of your bank, retirement, investment, or other accounts makes it a lot easier for claims to be filed and benefits to be received.

Financial Accounts Lists

Have a list of the accounts and bills you maintain so your beneficiaries and loved ones can maintain them for you if necessary. Make sure those in charge of your affairs can access those accounts and know how and when to pay bills to maintain your financial obligations. If any services need to be canceled, they’ll need to know who to call to take care of it. Making sure your accounts are transferable can keep them out of probate, as well.

Tax returns

Even after you’re gone, you still have to pay taxes on any income you may have earned in the year prior. Keeping records of your taxes is important for financial planning and in case of an audit, but can come in handy should you become unable to file your taxes. They can also help your accountant or next of kin file your tax returns in the event of your passing. 

In Summary

Having these documents organized and up-to-date can help your loved ones make decisions on your behalf or settle your assets in event of an emergency. For a full list of documents you might need, contact a lawyer who specializes in estate planning. They can help you file the documents you need and find a plan that works for your needs. Make sure your family or beneficiaries know where to find these important documents if they need to. Give yourself and your loved ones some peace of mind.

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If you’re a plant lover, springtime is one of the most exciting times of year. So many new blooms and green colors to enjoy while you spend time outside in the nice weather. If you prefer to take a more active approach to nature, it also means it’s time to start gardening. Even if you don’t have a huge yard, you can still have a thriving garden. In addition to house plants inside, container gardening is a great option for small outdoor spaces like patios and balconies.

Container gardening basics

You don’t need large or heavy pots to have success with container gardening. Small pots, barrels, buckets, and more can be just as happy a growing home for plants as a flower bed or large garden. Make sure there’s enough room for the roots of the plant. (Learn more about finding the right size container here.) Remember that the smaller the pot, the easier it is for the soil to dry out, so keep that watering can handy.

Make sure your containers have sufficient holes for drainage. If a plant’s roots are too saturated with water it can lead to rot and eventually loss of the plant. You can drill more holes if you need, but it’s usually easier to buy a pot that’s already good to go. If you’re on an upper floor, you’ll need a pan under the container to make sure they don’t drip down on your neighbors!

Healthy plants start with healthy soil. If you buy your soil from a home and garden center, look for labels that specifically say “soilless potting mix.” This will steer you away from garden-specific soil or other products. Soilless mix is a good choice because it’s lighter and ideal for container plant drainage. For a more in-depth look at different soils, this is a good resource.

What to plant

You can plant lots of variety in containers, from vegetables to herbs to flowers. Peppers, tomatoes, lettuce, peas, strawberries, basil, rosemary, and thyme are just a few edibles that will thrive on your patio. If you’re a less hungry gardener, try zinnias, marigolds, or geraniums for a pop of beautiful color. Succulents are attractive and low-maintenance options that do well both inside and out.

Knowing what garden zone you’re in will help you know when to plant certain things and what plants will do well in your region. This map will help you determine your zone and then you can check on the seed packages to see if the plant is cut out for the climate where you are. Cape Girardeau is in zone 6.

Make a list of which kinds of plants you’d like to try before you head to the seed or plant section of the garden department. This will help you determine how many containers and how much soil to get. Once you get all your supplies, it’s time to go home and get excited about everything you’re about to grow!

Join the gardening club

If you can’t get enough planting, The Chateau also has a gardening club full of other plant lovers. Make some new friends and pick their brains on how they keep their gardens lush and blooming. Club members also assist in keeping the greenery and flowers on the Nature Trail in tip top shape, so bring your green thumbs and join the fun.

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Downsizing 101

Moving to a retirement community like The Chateau will help you live a more hassle-free life. But for many people, the move will also require some downsizing. At the end of the downsizing road you’ll find more freedom and less stress, but the process itself can be a little daunting. What do you keep? And what do you do with all the stuff you don’t want to keep?

We all accumulate things over time, sometimes more things than you realize until you start sorting through it all. Here are a few tips to remember while working through the downsizing process.

Tackle one thing at a time

It didn’t take a few days to accumulate your whole household, so don’t try to complete the full downsizing job over one weekend. Try starting with a goal of working through one room or one closet so you don’t become overwhelmed. Starting earlier rather than later will help everyone feel less strain and keep things moving smoothly.

Establishing three piles for your things—keep, give away, and pitch—will also help the decision-making process. Leaving a “maybe” pile will make more work for you in the long run, so it’s best to avoid it altogether. If you have duplicates of anything, those are an easy place to start. A good rule of thumb is if an item doesn’t bring you joy when you hold it, toss it or give it away.

Giving Spirit

The downsizing process is a great time to start deciding who should keep special items, like family heirlooms or trinkets a particular person has always enjoyed. Making these decisions early can alleviate stress or confusion over who gets what down the road. Plus there’s the added bonus of seeing your family and friends enjoy these items!

Donating items is also a great way to pare down your stuff and help out someone in need at the same time. There are several places where you can donate in Cape Girardeau to support a variety of causes. The Safe House for Women’s Thrift Store, Teen Challenge Thrift Store, Safe Harbor Animal Sanctuary Thrift Store, and Goodwill are some great options for household objects big and small.

Be patient

Going through a whole household of things can be draining for everyone, so be patient with yourself and your family. If the job gets too tough emotionally or physically, it’s okay to take a break.

Enjoy simplifying

One of the great things about maintenance-free living at The Chateau is that you won’t need as much stuff to keep your home in tip-top shape. We offer many amenities for our residents, so you’ll be able to simplify without having to sacrifice convenience or comfort.

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