1. What is the difference between “retirement or independent” apartments & “assisted living”?
Retirement or independent apartments are not licensed by the Department of Health & Senior Services. This offers more flexibility on a daily basis, however, bathing, dressing, meal preparation, dog walking service, etc., are available for an additional charge.
Assisted living is designed for the person whose medications must be monitored and administered, all following the physician’s orders. Three meals per day, snacks, assistance with bathing & dressing, and medication distribution are included in the daily charge.
2. How do “retirement” apartments differ from living in a “condo for those over 55”?
The difference is in the service package. While the condos may have “community rooms”, retirement communities have full time staff to provide a variety of activities 7 days a week…so there is someone to plan and carry out all the events and pay the entertainers. Our community has a person 24 hours a day to answer any questions & solve problems…whether it’s a clogged toilet, a burned out light bulb, or not feeling well. Our staff will either solve the problem or get the help needed to solve the problem. You don’t have to rely on your neighbors or family…you’re independent!
3. Is it easier to sell a house with the senior still living in it?
Most will agree that the answer is “no”. Keeping a house in “show style” is very stressful for anyone, let alone a senior with years of accumulated items.
4. Is there access to Health Care?
Yes. The growing St Charles, MO area is serviced by St. Joseph Hospital and Barnes St. Peters Hospital. Thus, many specialists have opened offices in the area. In our Community, we have a Physician’s Office staffed with Gerontologists from St. Louis University Hospital so they understand your needs at this time of your life. We have a Podiatrist here monthly. Lab & x-ray services can come right to your apartment so you avoid waiting rooms! Three pharmacies deliver to our center. Our transportation department will make your doctor’s appointments and schedule your transportation.
Prevention is helpful to good health so we have a Personal Trainer, daily exercise classes, a Massage Therapist, music & art programs, plus the key to good health…socialization! Our dining room can accommodate vegetarian preferences and sugar-free items are available if necessary. Access to a dietician is offered by NHC HealthCare next door.
When our residents get older, they may eventually need assistance with their medications. We do have 25 apartments licensed by the Department of Health & Senior Services as “Assisted Living Apartments.” While living in these apartments, we can store & monitor resident’s medications & consult with their physicians to keep them as healthy as possible.
5. Can I bring my pet?
Probably! Dogs must live on ground floors so they can enter & exit through the patio door. Cats must be indoor and can live on any floor. All pets must offer proof of current vaccinations.
View of our grounds from the Lobby
My dad is here and loves it. Very friendly and caring. The staff is very attentive for all matters and is truly like an extended family. The facility is clean, healthy, and creates many special activities thru out the year. From Christmas parties, [that include children and all of the family], Veteran day activities, brunches, spring parties, and a multitude of things always going on. Weekly Bingo and great transportation to doctor appointments all included. Also various doctors visit on site weekly for additional care. The desk is staffed 24/7 and is very responsive to any requests or needs. I could go on and on and it sounds like an advertisement; but it truly is an excellent facility for my dad. I know he is safe, healthy and well cared for at Lake St. Charles.
- Dave Greeley. 2/6/2020
My mom moved to LSC 1 month ago. I could not be happier with her experience there. She loves all of the activities they have every day, and the staff and residents have made her feel SO welcome. I am so happy that a friend told me about LSC for my mom! It's a perfect fit!!
- Brenda Duepner. 2/2/2020
Beautiful inside of the building. Food is excellent as well! Beautiful dining on the first level!
- Brian Rector. 9/22/2019
Lake St. Charles is a great place with lots of caring employees!
- Rita Renken. 6/10/2018
Lake St. Charles is a great place with caring and compassionate people!