Your golden years should be just as fulfilling as the rest of your life. Aging doesn’t mean you leave behind your interests, preferences or any of the other things that keep life fun and engaging—even as you experience health and lifestyle changes. Senior living communities should anticipate their residents’ needs but still respect their independence and individuality. At Friendship Village Senior Living, every element has been designed to provide quality care and create a unique and welcoming experience for each resident.
With two beautiful campuses in Sunset Hills and Chesterfield, Friendship Village offers a continuum of care, from independent living to skilled nursing, including memory care. The company even offers Home Health services, so clients can age at home if they choose. The spectrum of services means a world of difference for seniors and their families, according to Carmen Fronczak, executive director of Friendship Village Chesterfield and chief revenue officer for Friendship Village Senior Services. “Many senior living communities offer one level of care, so you have to move to new locations as your circumstances change,” she notes. “We offer everything you need on one campus.”
Friendship Village’s spectrum of care is even more accessible as it is a Life Care Community. “Our residents essentially receive long-term care insurance,” Fronczak explains. “They get unlimited access to any level of care on our campus for a predictable cost. By buying in at a set rate, seniors can plan for their future with the assurance that they will receive the care they need. It also means that our goals align entirely with those of our residents. We want to ensure they stay active, healthy and independent as long as possible.” Friendship Village is the only community in the St. Louis region that offers Life Care.
Both of Friendship Village’s campuses have recently undergone a $100 million-dollar expansion, meaning there is even more for residents and their loved ones to explore. Amenities include multiple dining venues, an ice cream shop, the Village Store and an on-site health clinic staffed by a nurse practitioner five-days a week. Activities and clubs cover a variety of topics, from card games and bocci ball to gardening and arts and crafts. “Our goal is to keep everyone active—people don’t come here to age, they come to live their next best life,” Fronczak says. “You can always find something to do whether it’s hitting the putting green, joining the train club or just taking a walk. The Chesterfield location has a path that directly connects it to Faust Park, which is a lovely feature.”
The activities aren’t the only amenities at Friendship Village that are tailored to make each resident’s experience as comfortable and engaging as possible. Fronczak notes that there are housing options to fit a variety of budgets and lifestyles. “We have apartments and villas ranging from 500 to 2,000 square feet, so there’s something that can accommodate your needs,” she says. “You can have a detached two-bedroom villa with a two-car garage that feels like a standalone home, but you still get all of the advantages of living on campus. There is truly something for everyone.”
For more than 40 years, Friendship Village Senior Living has provided faith-based services at both its locations in Sunset Hills and Chesterfield. Pictured on cover, clockwise from upper left: Kathy Francescon, Terry Walsh, Carmen Fronczak, Stacey Zerban, Gayle Randa. For more information, call the Sunset Hills location at 314.270.7700 or the Chesterfield location at 636.898.8500 or visit friendshipvillagestl.com.
Cover design by Julie Streiler
Cover photo by Tim Parker Photography
Pictured at the top: Friendship Village offers a continuum of care on both its campuses.
Photo courtesy of Friendship Village Senor Services