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A New Home: Parc Provence

If it feels like home when you step inside Parc Provence, that’s because it is. For the community’s memory care residents and their loved ones, innovative, personalized care brings joy and peace to their journeys with Alzheimer’s and dementia. It offers a full continuum of care from assisted living to skilled nursing. For 14 years, Parc Provence has offered comprehensive therapy programs and groundbreaking household design that allow residents to live in small home settings with peers of similar abilities. Residents enjoy robust schedules that fit their skills and interests. They choose their own activities, which gives them control over their days. Doing activities they love like gardening, singing and painting allows them to feel a sense of accomplishment, purpose and pride, says administrator Kathy Aragon.

“The goal is to empower each resident to function at his or her highest potential,” she explains. “It’s important for adults with memory issues to stay physically active and keep their minds busy. Research shows that socialization and engagement improve brain health. Parc Provence offers therapies, meaningful activities and on-site medical care that make a positive difference in the lives of people with dementia.”

The community has incorporated best practices in memory care for over a decade, and it’s a showplace of innovation for doctors and researchers who travel here to tour and learn about its services. Parc Provence is renowned for its household design and professional staff who work as a team to provide for the physical and cognitive well-being of each resident. The entire staff receives ongoing training on high-quality care for those living with memory loss.

Residents live in small groups among people with similar cognitive abilities. Each house is connected to a main promenade but features its own living space, kitchen and dining area. The decor evokes a beautiful Victorian home, with bright, spacious rooms perfect for socializing. Each house also has its own backyard with room for gardening or sitting on the patio. Advanced security systems allow residents to safely explore the lush gardens, courtyards and spacious walking paths. “Everything is purposefully designed as a warm, intimate setting,” Aragon says. “Our residential environment maintains the look, feel and familiarity of residents’ own homes.”

Parc Provence offers about 80 different activities each day, and everything is tailored to residents’ interests and cognitive needs, Aragon says. Programs include creative therapies like music and art; health and fitness programs like chair yoga and ballet; entertainment such as intergenerational music and happy hours; spiritual guidance for various denominations; local outings; and leisure activities like card games, yoga and gardening. “It’s such a comfort for families to know that we are their partner on this journey,” Aragon says. “There’s no need to move a loved one to another care facility because we can do it all. At Parc Provence, residents really are living their best lives. We help them keep old memories while they create new ones.”

Parc Provence welcomes memory care residents with needs ranging from assisted living to skilled nursing care. Pictured on the cover: Residents enjoy personalized care and attention. For more information, call 314.542.2500 or visit parcprovence.com

Cover design by Cydney Moore
Cover photo courtesy of Parc Provence

Pictured above: Parc Provence residents enjoy life.

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