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When you’re looking for a retirement community for your loved one or planning your future retirement, there are a few things you should be looking for–trained staff, stability, and a safe and supportive community. With an accredited Continuing Care Retirement Community like The Chateau Girardeau, you get all of these benefits and more.


What is a CCRC?

Continuing Care Retirement Communities offer different levels of care on one campus. With these levels of care in one place, CCRCs cater to the needs of all of our residents regardless of the standard of care they may require.

By consolidating these services to one campus, CCRCs are able to provide residents with smooth transitions between care levels without a major move. Instead of moving across town, residents can simply move down the hall if they need additional care. This allows retirees to create a group of friends, maintain a routine that works for them, and enjoy a stable place to call home. At The Chateau we offer three levels of care:

Independent Living: Enjoy your independence your way with maintenance-free living in The Chateau’s Estates or Suites.

Assisted Living: Continue your independence with personalized assistance and the added security of 24/7 care.

Skilled Nursing & Rehabilitation: Offering both long-term nursing care and short-term rehabilitation, our residents receive individualized care and attention from our compassionate staff.


Benefits of The Chateau

Besides offering multiple levels of care under one roof, The Chateau also offers residents a variety of amenities to help them live their best lives:>/p>

Maintenance-Free Living: The Chateau staff takes on all the chores you don’t want to do. We offer housekeeping, formal and casual dining experience, groundskeeping services, and so much more. Allowing you the time to do the things you love like your favorite community activities, a day out with family or friends, or the chance to travel the world. With maintenance-free living, you can live life on your own terms.

Customizable spaces: When you move into The Chateau’s Suites or Estates for independent living or The Terraces for assisted living, you get to make your space your own. You can bring your favorite furnishings from home, decorate how you please, and make your new home truly yours.

Activities galore: We have a schedule packed with activities and a selection of clubs and groups to join based on your interests. From fitness classes to a plethora of interest-based clubs to trips to the Southeast Missouri River Campus, your days will be filled with things to do with your friends.

Transportation services: Whether you have a doctor’s appointment to get to or you need to make a trip to the supermarket, we can get you there. The Chateau offers transportation services that can get you wherever you need to be, whenever you need to be there.

Round the clock nursing staff: At The Chateau, you’ll have peace of mind knowing you or your loved one are under our constant care. Our trained nursing staff is available 24/7 to assist with any potential medical emergencies.

Everything you need and more: Besides our dining services offering delicious meals for breakfast, lunch, and dinner, The Chateau has everything you could need. Our “Main Street” has a bank, fitness center, library, beauty parlor, and art hall to enjoy beautiful locally made pieces. So, even when the weather is drab, you can get all of the things you need done and still have a great time.


Learn more about The Chateau

If a CCRC sounds like the right fit for you or your loved one’s lifestyle, look no further than The Chateau. We are Missouri’s only CCRC accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF), and we’ve held this accreditation since 1992. We are proud to offer our residents a comfortable place to call home and the opportunity to receive the premier care.

If you’re interested in learning more about what The Chateau has to offer, please give us a call at 573-335-1281.

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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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Recently The Chateau received the People’s Choice Award for #1 Nursing Home in Cape Girardeau County, as well as #1 Retirement Community. This is fifth year in a row we’ve received these honors, and we are so grateful for the community’s continued support. This year also marks our 40th anniversary. Since our start in 1979, we’ve grown our services, facilities, and amenities by leaps and bounds, and our second-to-none staff has helped us grow into the premiere retirement community we are today.

As a continuing care retirement community, we offer the full continuum of care to our residents, including top-of-the-line skilled care. What goes into being the #1 skilled care provider for seniors in Cape County? Here’s the rundown on how our Health Center made it to the top of the list.

Health Center at The Gardens

The Health Center at Chateau has received a 5-star rating from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), and offers flexible options for skilled care. The Health Center provides restorative nursing options as well as long-term care plans for our residents in The Gardens.

The Health Center serves many needs for our residents and senior community. Seniors working through a long rehab plan can get additional inpatient care at the Health Center before being discharged. Those who are already residents at The Chateau can transition to the Health Center for temporary or long-term care needs. However, seniors don’t need to be a Chateau resident already if their circumstances would be best suited by skilled care—they can begin their stay at Chateau directly in The Gardens. 

Rehabilitation at The Chateau

Additionally, our Health Center provides award-winning inpatient and outpatient rehab services for Chateau residents and area seniors in our Rehab Center. Our staff includes Physical Therapists, Occupational Therapists, and Speech Therapists, as well as Physical Therapy Assistants and Occupational Therapy Assistants. Continuity of Care is one of our core philosophies, meaning patients will work with the same therapists and assistants throughout their rehab journey. This ensures staff will truly get to know each patient, their needs, their goals, and better help them through a successful rehab.

Through our partnership with Infinity Rehab, we’ve been able to expand our treatment and service options. All of our rehab patients are set-up on individualized, objective-based treatment plans. With easily measurable milestones, rehab patients are able to work in steps towards concrete goals and better track and celebrate their improvements. Plus these milestones allow both staff and loved ones to rally around the patient’s progress and help cheer them on.

You can read much more about what makes Rehab at Chateau so special here!


What Sets Chateau’s Care Apart Overall

At The Chateau, our core treatment philosophy is patient centered and goal oriented. All of our residents are unique, so our staff works with our residents’ doctors and our own Medical Director to create a treatment plan that meets individual needs and sets realistic goals to strive towards. We focus on non-medication interventions first and whenever possible, and our treatment plans are also collaborative—we want our residents to be actively involved in their care and setting their own goals. Plus, we love when family wants to be involved in their loved ones’ care. We like to meet with families each quarter at a minimum, but are happy to be in touch as often as you like! 

While our Gardens residents receive extra care for their health needs, that doesn’t mean they lose their independence. Our staff works hard to ensure our residents have choices and can safely maintain their individual freedoms. From menu-style dining to tons of opportunities for activities and outings, our fantastic staff facilitates our residents’ individual routines and preferences.

We also believe in an open-door communication policy, for staff, for residents, and for family. As our Administrator and COO Amy Keistler says, “You can’t fix problems if you aren’t aware of them. We aren’t perfect, but if there’s a problem we will fix it.” We have administrative staff offices located among our residences in The Gardens as well as The Terraces, and we’re always open to hear feedback about how things are going, or if you just want to pop in and say hi!

Dedicated and Passionate Staff

Everything at The Chateau starts with our fantastic staff. We’ve been blessed with many long-time employees in our Health Center, who view their work with our residents as more of a calling than a job. That dedication definitely shows as they go about their daily business. Our staff is highly trained, but they also know our residents’ stories, know their preferences, and go above and beyond to make the atmosphere just like home. Attentive and caring, our staff helps facilitate our residents' independence and ensures they get only the best care. 

Looking to the Future

We’re so thankful to our amazing staff, fantastic residents, and the Cape Girardeau community who have made the last 40 years so special. As we work on our strategic planning for the next 40 years, we’ll keep the same philosophies in mind that have made us the People’s Choice five years running. Our Administrator Amy Keistler sums up what we’re all about best—“We are here to serve our residents, and we love what we do!”

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We are celebrating the 40th anniversary of The Chateau Girardeau this summer, and what better way to celebrate a milestone like this than to take a moment to remember how it all started. When you look out across our beautiful 40-acre property, it’s hard to imagine that it used to be just an empty lot. Our story starts with a simple idea—that the people of the Cape Girardeau region deserve a retirement community that provides a worry-free, respectful, and active environment so they can fully enjoy all that their best years have to offer.

An Idea Takes Shape

In the early 1970s, members of the First Presbyterian Church in Cape Girardeau noticed that many families were leaving the region when they reached retirement age due to a lack of high-quality local options. The church decided to conduct a feasibility study to see if opening a retirement community was possible. Reverend Joseph Ledford, the president of the Westminster Gerontology Foundation and a Presbyterian minister in Kansas City, served as a consultant during the process. Rev. Ledford helped open several similar retirement communities throughout Missouri, each with a focus on better serving retired individuals. 

The First Presbyterian group mailed out questionnaires to people  aged 62 or older in nearby counties to gauge interest in Cape opening a retirement community of its own. The results showed that there was not only great interest but also a great need for better retirement options. Since it seemed like the region was primed and ready, the First Presbyterian Church passed the baton to a new organization to help carry the idea of Chateau Girardeau over the finish line. The Cape Retirement Community Inc. was formed as a non-profit, non-denominational organization with the goal of providing a high-quality retirement community for the Southeast Missouri region.

During the 1970s, most people thought of retirement communities only as nursing homes, and many felt like nursing homes provided little in the way of amenities, enjoyment, or freedoms. The Cape organization wanted to provide a better alternative for the area, one with a philosophy built on getting the most enjoyment possible out of the retirement that residents earned with a lifetime of hard work.

Breaking Ground and Moving In

In October 1975, the organization purchased the ground at the intersection of Mount Auburn and Independence in Cape Girardeau, where Chateau Girardeau would soon come to stand. By November of that year, a model apartment was already available for potential residents to tour, and an official marketing campaign began.

In October 1977, construction on The Chateau Girardeau officially commenced after a festive ground-breaking ceremony. Phase one of construction included independent living apartments as well as a health center, which would provide medical access and peace of mind for residents. During construction, many retirees began to sign up to live in the brand new facility once it was ready. And just under two years later, on July 2, 1979, the first residents excitedly moved into their beautiful new apartments.

Long-Term Planning

With a full-house and waiting lists forming by the early 80s, administrators of The Chateau realized it was time to start thinking about expansion. In 1983, official long-range planning began, which included additions to the health center and independent living apartments, plus two new initiatives—an assisted living wing, which would provide extra care for those who needed it without sacrificing overall independence, and a cottage program for independent living residents who wanted a little more space than an apartment.

In May 1988, the new Assisted Living Center (now known as The Chateau Terraces) officially opened, and the very first cottage home (called The Estates) opened in September of 1993. Both new initiatives were successful, and more residents moved in—by 1992, The Chateau was home to over 175 residents from 64 different locations across the country.

CCRC Accreditation

Administrator of The Chateau, Barbara Calvin, oversaw The Chateau’s process of receiving national accreditation as a Continuing Care Retirement Community. In December 1991, The Chateau applied for accreditation from the Continuing Care Accreditation Commission of the American Association of Homes and Services for the Aging. The Chateau administration, staff, and residents teamed up to do whatever they could to make sure The Chateau qualified for the honor, and in October 1992, the accreditation was official. The Chateau became one of only 121 retirement communities to receive the honor nationwide, and one of only two at that time in Missouri. (Today The Chateau is the only CARF-accredited CCRC in the state.)

The Chateau’s commitment of always striving for the best for our residents was clear during the accreditation process—Barbara Calvin told the Southeast Missourian that the efforts were all for “the continuing dedication to make Chateau Girardeau the best community possible for its residents.”

Celebrating 40 Years with the Cape Girardeau Community

Today, the original dreams of The Chateau’s long-term planning efforts have come to fruition. New construction in recent years include our state-of-the-art Rehabilitation Center, which serves our residents as well as seniors in the region on an outpatient basis. Many other upgrades and expansions are visible as you walk our grounds, from our beautiful courtyard fountain to our recently renovated dining rooms to our brand new televisions throughout the property, providing schedules of meals, activities, and more.

As we celebrate 40 years of service to the Cape Girardeau region, we look back at our past with fondness, but we also look to the future and the amazing things still to come for The Chateau in 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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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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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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