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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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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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Once the holiday dust has settled, the beginning of a new year ushers in many hopes and renewed energy towards bettering ourselves. If you’re nearing retirement age or if feel like you just haven’t gotten the most out of retirement so far, choosing The Chateau can help you live your best life yet.

Free Yourself From Maintenance

When you live at The Chateau, you’ll get to embrace a maintenance-free lifestyle, and we can promise that it’s going to feel great. All of our residences are maintenance free, so gone are the days of worrying about mopping, vacuuming, mowing the grass, or tending to repairs around the house. Your vehicle is welcome at The Chateau, but if you’d like to cross car maintenance off your list as well, we have a shuttle that can take you to the store and your appointments. Let us take care of all the “boring” stuff so your time can be spent doing the things you love.

Many of our residences include a kitchen area, but if you don’t feel like cooking, no problem. Our residents rave about our restaurant-style dining and the impeccable dishes put together by our in-house Chef Walter Lents. Our Director of Dining Services, Laura Vollink, is a Registered Dietician, and she ensures that our residents are eating not only delicious meals but also getting all the nutrition they need. Come down to the dining room to eat among friends or order take out to enjoy during a relaxing evening at home.

Get Active, Stay Active

Without work and household maintenance taking up your time, you’ll be free to explore what you really want to do. From a variety of clubs sure to pique at least one of your interests to a full calendar of activities and events every day, there’s always something new to jump into. Is there a passion project you've been putting off for years? Now is the time to put yourself first and do what makes you happy!

More free time also leads to more opportunities to socialize. You’ll have plenty of new neighbors at The Chateau to get to know, and maybe even some old friends to reconnect with. Plus, your family and friends are always welcome to visit anytime. If you have out of town guests, they can even stay in your residence or we have options to rent a room for a night. 

If your New Year’s Resolution involves keeping more physically active, we have workout classes and equipment available for all our residents. If an injury or illness has you sidelined, our highly rated Rehabilitation team is here to help. Our fantastic staff will get you on the mend and back to your active lifestyle. (Learn more about our Rehab services here.)

Enjoy Peace of Mind

The Chateau is a CARF-accredited Continuing Care Retirement Community (CCRC), which means no matter the level of care you may need down the road, you’ll be taken care of. There are no worries of transfers or needing to make stressful decisions—you’ll always be at home at The Chateau. We are the only accredited CCRCs in Missouri, so you and your family can rest easy knowing you’re in great hands. (You can read more about the many benefits of a CCRC here.)

Live Your Best Life at The Chateau

Over and over again, we hear our residents say, “We should have done this years ago!” So what’s holding you back? It’s time to put yourself first in 2019 and choose The Chateau. Give us a call at 573-335-1281 and we’ll take you through your first steps to the path of retirement freedom.

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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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The Chateau is home to many people from all walks of life. Various backgrounds, stories, and experiences make up our residents. Perhaps one of our most “famous” residents is none other than Mr. Harry Rediger himself. Out in the Cape community, you may know him as Mayor Rediger. But here, we just know him as Harry--our friend and fellow resident.


Harry joined The Chateau community in August of 2015. Before settling in Cape Girardeau 40 years ago, he lived in 8 different cities throughout the Midwest, and even down in Texas for a spell. No place, however, was as perfect for him and his family as Cape Girardeau. He and his late wife fell in love with the city, the people and the proximity to big metro areas without having to be in the hustle and bustle of it all. They raised their 4 children here, and even though they were not native to the area, they always considered Cape Girardeau their hometown.


“Cape Girardeau is a regional hub,” Harry says, citing the University. “The school has grown up so much that you can hardly tell it’s the same place!” His favorite part of the University's role in the city is the shows they put on at the River Campus. The one show he could see over and over is Mamma Mia--and as a matter of fact, he did! The year it was at the River Campus, he saw it locally and a St. Louis production of it.


He holds The Chateau Girardeau in high esteem, calling it state of the art. “My advice,” he says, “is this. I recommend that people who are thinking of changing to independent living, do it sooner rather than later.” During his first months living at The Chateau, there was a snowstorm that warded many residents from leaving. But not to be discouraged, Harry was still able to go to the gym, the bank, eat breakfast, and get his paper--all without leaving the building!


Harry loves the community within a community. “You can be as active as you love--or not. Whatever it is, you can find it here. Chateau is alive.” After his term is up in April 2018, he plans to get even more involved in all that’s offered. “There’s far more here to do than most people could even set out to do,” he laughed. He’s got some other things up his sleeve, too--but you’ll just have to wait until 2018 to find out.


After reflecting on his time so far as a member of The Chateau, he concluded by sharing this piece of profound insight. “One of the great things [about The Chateau] is that we are family here; [I] don't mean just residents--we we have a great staff and we all take care of each other .  Residents take care of staff, staff takes care of residents and we all take care of each other.  We are a family.”


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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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