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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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Cape Girardeau summers have a lot going for them—sunshine, ice cream cones by the riverfront, going for walks, grandkids free from school enjoying outdoor sports, and more. But the high heat and humidity can also be difficult to endure, even for Missouri weather veterans. As the warm trends continue into August and September (and, let’s face it, sometimes October), it’s important to keep heat safety in mind so you can keep enjoying the good things summer has to offer.

As we age, it gets harder for our bodies to adapt to sudden or extreme fluctuations in temperature. Older adults are also more likely to have health conditions or take prescription medications that affect temperature regulation and even hydration levels.For example, if you have high blood pressure or heart problems, you might be prescribed a diuretic, aka water pills, which can make you more susceptible to dehydration.

Here are five tips to keep in mind when it heats up outside.

Stay hydrated

Drinking at least eight glasses of water a day is always a good idea, but it’s especially important during the heat. You should drink more water than usual as a rule of thumb, even if you aren’t thirsty. Dehydration can sneak up on you, and you don’t have to feel thirsty to become depleted.

Stay away from sugary drinks like soda or lemonade when in the heat. The high sugar content can actually cause you to lose more fluids. Sports drinks like Gatorade can help replenish salt levels if you’ve been sweating, but be careful if you’re watching your sodium levels. Talk to your doctor about sports drinks if you’re on a salt-restricted diet.

Dress for the occasion

Taking in some sun is fun and great for you. However, as good as the sun can be, you still need to protect yourself while enjoying catching those rays. When spending time outside, you should wear light-colored, loose-fitting clothing, sunglasses, and hats that shade your face. Wide-brim hats are ideal, but any hat with a brim is better than none.

Always remember to apply sunscreen, even if you won’t be outside for hours—sunburns can start to occur in as little as ten to fifteen minutes for pale-skinned individuals. And just because it’s overcast doesn’t mean you can skip the sunscreen; harmful UV rays are still able to penetrate cloud cover. Sunburns can be more severe in older adults, so preventing them in the first place is your best bet.

Plan fun indoor activities

Summertime isn’t just about the outdoors! Since grandkids are out of school, there are plenty of indoor activities you can enjoy together. Going to the movie theater to see a film and eat popcorn, checking out books at the library, putting together crafts, or visiting a museum are just a few great options for summer memory making. And let’s be honest—eating ice cream in the air conditioning is still a pretty great deal.

Check on one another

This one is good advice just in general, but especially during excessive heat, it's a good habit to check in with your friends and neighbors to make sure they’re staying cool and feeling well. And then they can return the favor for you!

Know the symptoms

Heat exhaustion can creep up on a person, so it’s important to know the symptoms so you can notice them in yourself and others around you. Some of the most common symptoms are excessive sweating, a flushed face or redness on lighter skin tones, headache, nausea, dizziness, and confusion. If these symptoms are present, get into the shade or preferably air conditioning as quickly as possible and rehydrate. Here is a complete reference from the CDC of symptoms and actions to take.

Keep these tips in mind, and stay safe out there while you enjoy this time of year. It’ll be snowing again before we know it!

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