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The Right Fit: Parc Provence

It’s never easy to face the realities of a loved one experiencing dementia or memory loss. Families find it tough to admit that it’s time to consider new living arrangements, and the many questions that arise can seem overwhelming. Parc Provence administrator Kathy Aragon, RN, says the vibrant senior living community in Creve Coeur is dedicated to making this difficult transition easier for everyone involved.

“Our services, ranging from assisted living to skilled nursing, are designed to meet the needs of people with varying degrees of cognitive impairment,” she says. “We are committed to offering loved ones comfort and safety, and we protect families’ health and welfare, too, by easing the stress and physical demands of dementia care. Family members deserve the opportunity to offer love and support without having to be caregivers.”

Parc Provence enriches the lives of residents by providing a full complement of Alzheimer’s and dementia care. “No two people experience these conditions in the same way,” Aragon says. “Symptoms change and progress, so treatment strategies have to adapt. We specialize in personal care rather than a one-size-fits-all approach.”

This means tailored attention is paid to each resident’s needs and preferences. “Our residential spaces are established according to interest and cognitive ability rather than medical condition,” Aragon explains. “As a result, each person has options for social interaction within his or her household.” A full complement of activities is available, helping to ensure that residents can enjoy life and pursue interests that support their physical and mental well-being.

The compassionate care provided by professional staff benefits residents in significant ways, Aragon adds. “Our medical director, Dr. David Carr, and associate medical director Dr. Lenise Cummings-Vaughn are leading specialists in Alzheimer’s disease and geriatric medicine,” she says. “They bring the latest advances in person-centered memory therapy to our residents.” The community’s team of professional caregivers is also trained in all aspects of memory care. “They are committed to supporting residents in leading lives of quality and dignity,” Aragon says.

She adds that families looking for a memory care residence should consider their loved ones’ care needs, find out what support services are necessary and visit area communities to get a sense of the best fit. “Take notes, and as you tour facilities, pay attention to the residents and staff,” she advises. “Do you see evidence of care with dignity and respect? Does the community appear safe and clean? What options are there for socializing, pursuing hobbies and engaging with memory care specialists?”

 Aragon says families can entrust loved ones’ care to Parc Provence with full confidence that their needs will be supported. “The health, safety and well-being of our residents are of primary importance,” she notes. “The treatment plan we design for each individual provides these three essentials while meeting unique needs and goals. Our staff is ready to provide whatever residents require. We know that often, the best way to care for a person you love is to let someone else help.”

The Parc Provence senior community in Creve Coeur specializes in memory care, ranging from assisted living to skilled nursing. Pictured on the cover: Dr. Lenise Cummings-Vaughn, administrator Kathy Aragon and Dr. David Carr with a resident. For more information, call 314.542.2500 or visit

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Pictured at top: Administrator Kathy Aragon enjoys the grounds with a resident.
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