Expecting a higher standard in senior care and person-centered support is the norm at two senior care living communities in St. Louis County: Parc Provence and McKnight Place Assisted Living & Memory Care.
"Our services are designed to make every day more pleasant and convenient for residents. We understand how challenging life can be, especially when caring for an aging loved one with dementia or other forms of memory loss. As trusted experts in memory care, our staff specialists truly care about our residents and that extends to their loved ones," says Dominique Charles, marketing coordinator.
She says these communities excel in helping residents live fulfilling, active and happy lives.
As an Alzheimer's disease and dementia care facility, Parc Provence is centrally located in Creve Coeur at 605 Coeur de Ville Drive. McKnight Place Assisted Living & Memory Care is located at Three McKnight Place, while McKnight Place Extended Care is at Two McKnight Place.
The Parc Provence team works closely with medical director, Dr. David Carr, and associate medical director, Dr. Lenise Cummings-Vaughn, who are leading specialists in Alzheimer’s disease and geriatric medicine at Washington University’s School of Medicine in St. Louis, as well as the appropriate authorities and experts, to ensure they're doing everything they can for the health and safety of residents and their families.
Parc Provence is nationally known as a model of excellence for memory care; it was even recognized by U.S. News & World Report as a 2022-23 Best Memory Care Community, within the group's 2022-23 Best Senior Living Ratings. U.S. News staffers produce these ratings from consumer-satisfaction survey data reflecting the viewpoints of more than 200,000 current residents, and their family members or appointed representatives, living in thousands of senior living communities nationwide. For memory care, scores are derived only from family responses.
Additionally, Parc Provence is a BBB Accredited Business with an A+ rating.
Kathy Aragon, Parc Provence administrator, says the care team at Parc Provence offers a wide range of activities for residents, tailoring them to personal interests and abilities. "Parc Provence’s art and music therapy programs are designed to help residents achieve their full potential while bringing a sense of accomplishment, fulfillment, socialization and joy," she adds. "It’s a rare therapy session that doesn’t include smiles."
She says the community’s two chefs use farm-fresh ingredients to create gourmet meals with optimal, comprehensive nutrition.
The Parc Provence ambiance offers the security of a consistent routine while encouraging residents to be physically and mentally active, she assures.
"McKnight Place has become known for its high-quality amenities, personalized services and expert care, but its history of making people a priority is what really sets itself apart from many other senior communities," says Laura Ritthamel, McKnight Place Assisted Living & Memory Care executive director.
Because peace of mind is vital, she says McKnight Place has on-site nursing care, physical therapy and occupational therapy available.
Providing an independent-inspired, living environment with high-level personal touches is what Laura says McKnight Place has specialized in for 30 years. She says the local owners have an onsite office. "They're dedicated to the St. Louis region, and are deeply invested in day-to-day operations and the lives of all concerned. One of our differentiators is that residents and family members with questions or concerns have access to decision-makers."
McKnight Place has luxury apartments, ranging in size from large suites to one-bedroom apartments. Laura says each unit includes beautiful crown molding and wood-style flooring, kitchens with custom wood cabinets and granite countertops, full-size refrigerators, spacious bathrooms, large windows providing natural light and nine-foot ceilings.
She adds that McKnight Place also has 27 special memory-care suites for senior adults of all cognitive abilities. "The suites were designed to provide a secure and supportive lifestyle that maintains the look, feel and familiarity of each resident’s homes."
The McKnight Place dining experience is spearheaded by award-winning chef John Morales. Each meal offers fresh, flavorful ingredients. Laura says meal satisfaction is guaranteed and special food requests are welcome.
One favorite component of McKnight Place is that amenities are all-inclusive. Residents benefit from beautifully-landscaped gardens, outdoor spaces, walking paths, a theater, an art room and greenhouse. Other amenities' services include social and learning opportunities; all utilities, including local and long-distance telephone; more than 50 high-definition channels of satellite TV; wireless internet throughout the entire building; weekly linen service; daily housekeeping services; personal laundry services; assistance with dressing and showering as needed; and medication management and administration.
Laura confirms that McKnight Place doesn't use points, tiers or levels of care to escalate resident fees, which are often commonplace in this industry. "McKnight Place offers true, all-inclusive rates that are simple, predictable and worry-free. Predictable pricing is an innovative, all-inclusive fixed-rate program with no buy-in fees."
McKnight Place continues The Gatesworth’s tradition of excellence in senior living, states Laura. After being established in 1988, she says The Gatesworth revolutionized what it meant to be a senior living community, providing innovative services and an active residential lifestyle.
"At The Gatesworth Communities, wellness isn’t a special program or separate initiative. It’s a part of daily life," declares Dominique.
Parc Provence: 314.542.2500 / ParcProvence.com
McKnight Place: 314.993.3333 / McKnightPlace.com
Commitment to exceptional service and personal attention remains steadfast at Parc Provence and McKnight Place, as homes are designed specifically for memory care, assisted living and skilled-nursing assistance. They're part of The Gatesworth Communities, which revolutionized senior living communities 35 years ago.