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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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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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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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Nell Johnson has been calling the Chateau Girardeau her home sweet home since 2015.

In her life, Nell has been gifted with an artistic spirit. She’s been a seamstress, a painter, a pianist, and even plays the pipe organ. “Art is in our genes,” she said, sharing about her son and daughter who are also both artists. Nell’s Chateau home is filled to the rafters with unique and handmade art. On each wall is a gallery with various media--many paintings and sculptures, and larger sculptures on the tables placed about the room.

Everyone she paints or sculpts comes from her own mind, and takes on their own identity. “When I get through, I think, who would this guy be and what would he have done?” Her paintings don’t all feature faces, though. Many are of places or moments in her life that she remembers fondly. She experiments with light and dark shades to give different emotion to her artwork.

 

Nell appreciates the social aspect of the community, sharing “I can’t tell anyone what I’ll be doing next!” However, Nell also favors a different part of The Chateau. As an artist, Nell prefers to spend a great deal of her time in solitude and enjoys the quiet. She likes that that Chateau gives her the perfect balance of being surrounded by interesting people, with a safe and quiet haven to withdraw to when inspiration for a painting strikes.

However, she’s not shy about sharing her artwork with everyone in the community. Recently she opened her doors for an open house gallery tour of her pieces; stringing gallery lights and arranging the work in just-so, she invited more than 125 people into her home, giving them a chance to see her art. So stand by, because you never know when another opportunity may arise!

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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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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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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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If Dr. Mary Frances Luckey looks familiar to you, it’s because you’ve probably seen her around in her navy polo teaching Tai Chi at The Chateau. As a resident of The Chateau, Dr. Luckey is very invested in her community, bringing Tai Chi to her fellow residents once a week.

Dr. Luckey was certified to teach Tai Chi in 2008; she found that it was helpful for both her body and soul, and she wanted to share the art with others. When she first introduced Tai Chi to The Chateau community, she laughed when a resident said to her, “I didn’t come to The Chateau to go to school!” but Dr. Luckey is dedicated to making her class as involved as it can be. After months of going through the motions with her, her students are each talented enough to probably teach, according to Dr. Luckey. She admits that to be involved in Tai Chi at The Chateau is a tremendous investment of time, but assures everyone that it’s very worth it to keep your mind, body, and soul happy and healthy.

Besides Tai Chi, Dr. Luckey loves being a part of book club, taking care of her irises, and acting as a caregiver to her late mother’s best friend. But the thing she loves doing most of all is playing Bridge. Her mother and all her friends had been playing every Tuesday since the 50s, but “I never learned to play!” she laughed. When her mother arrived at The Chateau, a few years before Dr. Luckey, she knew no one. Starting from the ground up, she used Bridge as a way to get into the community. And Dr. Luckey followed in her footsteps. Dr. Luckey plays Bridge with a regular group weekly, and once a month she plays Duplicate Bridge, which is much more serious. “There is no talking during the hand,” she emphasized. “But we spend the whole day playing and we talk in between hands and at lunch,” she smiled.

Dr. Luckey’s favorite thing about The Chateau is being surrounded by friends. She says, gesturing to the lobby, “Oh, I’m down here all the time, talking to people.” The Chateau gave her the safety and the security she needed, as well as the opportunity to socialize. Because of her arthritis, getting around to places and going to events was more difficult when she was alone. But she credits the community to greater health all around. “Something binds us together but I don’t know what that something is,” she said. “We never have to miss out, even if we’ve been gone. We all give each other a lot more energy!”

Dr. Mary Frances Luckey has been a resident of The Chateau for 8 years.

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