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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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