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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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Memory Care has become a popular buzzword in the retirement and skilled nursing industries with the rise of diseases like dementia and Alzheimer’s. While there is no cure for these diseases, there’s a lot we can do to help people living with these memory conditions  and their families cope with a new reality.


Here are a few steps you can take to ease a loved one’s or your transition to life with Alzheimer’s:


Simplicity is key.

People living with memory diseases  will have trouble following intricate conversations or concepts, which may lead to frustration or embarrassment on both sides of a conversation. Be patient, loving, and remember to focus on one conversation topic at a time.


Routine is important.

Change is disorienting, so as often as possible, stick to a routine and schedule. If a change in the routine is upcoming--like a doctor’s appointment--write it down and make a point to mention it each day leading up at the same time.


Make safety a priority.

A difficult part of transition is the realization that things which used to be second nature may in fact be hazards now--something that was once as easy as remembering to turn off the faucet or stove could become dangerous when forgotten. Pay attention to the small changes in behaviors and abilities and adjust your loved one’s life to reflect their lifestyle.


Avoid anger and arguments.

There will be moments when you feel like you’re talking to a stranger. Stay strong and try to calmly explain yourself in simple terms; remind your loved one who you are and that you are there to help them.


Keep making memories.

Don’t give up hope, especially on the hardest days. Keep listening to music, telling jokes, and sharing moments together.



Our Assisted Living and Skilled Nursing teams at The Chateau are  able to cater to those who need memory care. Because people living with dementia and Alzheimer’s are prone to be disoriented and stressed, studies have shown that communities should be quiet and predictable, without a lot of change or flash--our community works to  keep patients from becoming overwhelmed or stressed. We understand that transition can be difficult on all people involved. Our caring staff is here to guide you through the process.


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