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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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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.

And stay tuned for more fun events—you can keep up with us on Facebook by giving our page a like!

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