My father has already moved in and settled at Chesterfield Villas. I had a positive first impression of this place, i.e., very friendly staff and very, very clean facility. There is a wide variety of activities. It is set up for both independent and assisted living. I like that idea because, at that time we still weren't sure which one my father needed, so it is nice to have that flexibility. His room is a one-bedroom apartment. It has a small kitchenette, a living area, a bedroom, and a bathroom. There is a small dining area on the assisted living floor and a main dining area on the main floor, which anybody can eat at, either the assisted living residents or the independent living residents. Regarding activities, they take scenic drives once a week, they go shopping, and they take trip on the weekends to like a mall. Once a month, they have a big outing to a movie theater or a museum. They have transportations to doctors three days a week. They have a lot of onsite activities too.
My mom was in an independent living facility before here in Chesterfield Villas. She loved that place. The facility was just wonderful. They offered lots of activities for their residents. The people there were so nice and were always trying to get their residents into activities. Their management was very good as well. We have a friend that worked there as an assistant director, so I guess we could get extra attention if we needed it. What I like about this community is that they also have an assisted living. So if you need any ALF services, you can just pay for that particular service temporarily or you can eventually move into their assisted living facility. Once in awhile, my mom got bad and she needed a few things that weren't included in the independent living, so it was nice to have that assisted living service that you can pay for a month or two, say, a medication management or things like that. I thought it was a great place.
After living for over 25 years in a condo, on her own for a majority of those years after my father-in-law passed away, and having many falls, my mother-in-law, quite reluctantly, moved into Chesterfield Villas, a luxury retirement community.
Mom was not a happy camper. She wanted to be "alone" to read her books and watch the Game Show Network day in and day out. She did go out twice a week. One day to an exercise class and the other day my husband took her to get her hair done and then to the grocery.
Mom did admit to us, after a tour of the Villas, that she liked the brightness, friendliness, and many and varied activities that were offered on a daily basis......but that she still was mad at us for "making" her leave her security.
After a huge adjustment of about 3 weeks....and now after being a resident for a few months, mom is so very happy and well adjusted.
The Villas offers a lot of activities every week. Mom can Wii Bowl, go out to lunch at different restaurants on a weekly basis, go for an hour drive around St. Louis, visit the mall and groceries, attend in-house entertainment, go to exercise and crafts and cooking classes and so on. Oh, everyday at 4:00 is Happy Hour :)
The Villas cleans her apartment once a week, changes her sheets, does her laundry and assists her in any way that she may need.
Mom is eating!!! She always said she ate well in her Condo but that is so far from the truth. She loves her lunch and dinner meals (and has gained much needed weight) . She enjoys her dining companions. She actually has come out from her shell and is thriving.
We, her family, are most-pleased with mom's lifestyle and security....and most importantly her happiness.
My mother-in-law is 93 years young.
Chesterfield Villas is an independent living community in Chesterfield, MO designed for seniors, normally 55+, who are able to care for themselves and wish to live independently. Contact Chesterfield Villas for more details on housing, services, and rates.