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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Make Your Space Your Own

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

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

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

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

Worry-Free Lifestyle

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

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

Be Where the Action Is

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

Check It All Out For Yourself

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

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When 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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So, you or a loved one is in the hospital.  Maybe it was a bad fall or maybe you had a surgery or even a stroke.  Good news is you're on the mend and discharging soon!  But the doctor says you need therapy, and you probably have a lot of questions.Where do I go for therapy? What kind of therapy? Why can't I go home? 

How about some more good news?  The Chateau Girardeau Rehabilitation Team is here to help you and your family navigate the rehabilitation process.  We are there with you every step of the way.  From admission to post-discharge, our highly-skilled team of care experts will work with you and your physician to develop the best care program for your individual needs and goals.  We have on-site physical, occupational and speech therapists as well as a team of nurses and registered dietitians who are all there to make sure you receive the best care and have the best experience possible.

We absolutely understand that choosing a rehabilitation center is a big decision.  The first steps start in the hospital and our Nurse Navigator will be there to help with any questions you may have.  Here are just a few:  

Will Medicare pay for my stay?

Medicare may pay if you have been admitted to the hospital for three consecutive nights and you meet the medical criteria for therapy or nursing up to 100 days.  

How long will my stay be?

Your length of stay will depend on your individual situation.  Our goal is to get you home as quickly and safely as possible!

How will I get to my doctor's appointments?

The Chateau offers transportation to and from local doctor's offices and hospitals.  We even have a dedicated aide available to accompany you if needed.

How do I choose The Chateau?

If you are in the hospital and interested in coming to The Chateau, please let Social Services or your Case Manager at the hospital know that you are interested and they will send us your information.  If we are able to admit you, we follow up with you and your family to make arrangements for your arrival.  If during any of our visits with you, a family member is interested in visiting The Chateau to learn more, we are happy to oblige!

 

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Originally from Boston, Mr. John Dragoni has called a lot of places “home” in his life—most recently, The Chateau Girardeau.

His travels have taken him to the highest skies and under the depths of the seas. He’s tasted bear, alligator, and every kind of lobster—but contests that New England lobster takes the cake over all of them. The only thing he hasn’t tried is reindeer. “I couldn’t eat Rudolph!” he said.

His favorite places to travel were Norway and Finland. They were sweet and wonderful people, and blonde! He explained that as an Italian American, he and his jet black hair stuck out like a sore thumb in this time there. Which didn’t stop him from making himself at home in the foreign countries he visited.

He served the country in WWII. He was sent through various types of training before finally being assigned to the B29. During his time in the service, he saw many parts of the world, like India, Burma, and Guam. His time serving inspired him to stay involved in organizations like The Marine Corps League, the Disabled American Veterans, and the VFW throughout his life.

After his time in the service, his life led him to Cape Girardeau. Coming from the northeast, it was a bit of a culture shock. “I thought everything was broken,” he said, “because everyone was always fixin to do something!”

A self-named “newcomer,” however, John was not deterred from getting involved. He quickly became invested in the Cape Girardeau community and began to put roots here and take on projects he felt close to, like the American Legion, the VFW, and even working to repaint the miniature Statue of Liberty on the corner of Broadway and West End downtown. When he arrived to town, the statue was a dull red, not at all like the real Lady Liberty. He saw to it that the color was changed to the more familiar shade of aged copper.

One of his greatest accomplishments in the Cape Girardeau community was the VFW wall. To raise funds for the organization, he started the Legacy Wall. For a donation, contributors could get their names engraved on a regular 8x8 brick that became a part of the wall. “You can see the evolution now,” he said, noting that people began to request bigger bricks. The 8x8 bricks soon became 12x12 bricks and eventually people requested large red bricks with white crosses.

During his early years in Cape Girardeau, he lived in what he affectionately referred to as a “fine and beautiful home.” When his wife took ill, they sought attention for her at various facilities but they were drawn to the hospitality of The Chateau. “Here,” he says, gesturing to The Chateau around him, “they were very nice.” Now, 12 years later, Mr. Dragoni has happily permanently relocated to The Chateau and has called it home sweet home for 2 years.

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 When it comes to planning out the years of retirement, everyone’s journey is different. That’s why we offer continuing care so that our residents can spend their retirement enjoying their lives--not constantly worrying about what’s next. But how can you decide what level of housing and care is right for you? Here are some of the major differences between Assisted and Independent Living.

Independent Living

Life in The Chateau Estate homes has all the benefits of living on your own with the one giant added benefit of maintenance-free living. As a resident of the Estates, you’ll have the freedom to decorate, cook, relax and do all the things you’ve always done--but with a community of people just up the hill for culinary services and social outings.

The Chateau Suites offers 1- and 2-bedroom apartments for active seniors looking to downsize. The “suite” life includes restaurant-style dining, social events and daily activities, exercise classes and more. And all of our amenities are available right in your building! Like in the Estates, you have the freedom to customize your apartment and live your life your way.

Assisted Living

Assisted Living offers residents services to make life a little easier--like housekeeping, medication management, transportation, and emergency response available 24-7. Assisted Living at The Chateau Terraces is designed for individuals who need additional care and assistance with activities of daily living. Residents of Assisted Living enjoy a wide variety of community amenities including: restaurant style dining, access to a beautiful landscaped courtyard, and daily events and activities.

The Right Choice for You

As a resident of a continuing care retirement community, you have the benefit of knowledgeable staff at every level of care. Should you start life in Independent Living at The Chateau and need Assisted Living in the future, our staff is available to help navigate you through that transition. Our staff is also available to help you determine which level of living best suits your or your loved one’s current needs.

Independent living benefits those retirees who want to have their own space and the power to run their home, but who want to be a part of community, or live worry-free from the less glamorous parts of homeownership--like housekeeping, lawn care, or shoveling snow.

Assisted living is intended for older adults who need help on a day-to-day basis, with things like cooking, cleaning, bathing, or remembering to take their medication. If you’ve found that yourself or a loved one is no longer able to safely or effectively live alone, assisted living is a wonderful solution. It’s the independence of your own space with the peace of mind knowing that someone is always just around the corner if you should ever need help.

Making the right decision for your needs is one that you shouldn’t make alone. Talk it over with your family, your doctor, or one of our staff members at The Chateau. For a tour of each facility, call today!

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