For almost 50 years, the family-owned Delmar Gardens retirement communities have served the St. Louis area with their dedicated staff and personalized attention to each resident. This year, the company will add a new dimension to that care with the launch of licensed assisted-living, says Kathy Gilmore, VP of Delmar Gardens Enterprises.
“This level of care completes the circle of health care for seniors. Currently, our campuses in North, South, West and St. Charles counties provide state-of-the-art skilled nursing care, independent retirement living with home care and private duty services readily available for those who might need a helping hand,” says Gilmore, who is approaching 30 years with the company. “The addition of assisted living in our luxury retirement communities will provide extra services that many seniors may require to live an active and independent lifestyle. From medication management and assistance with bathing and personal grooming, to wellness programs and individually designed activity programs, the Delmar Gardens family of retirement communities offers something for everyone.”
Delmar Gardens communities are set apart by their longtime staff members, who go the extra mile to promote independence, Gilmore notes. “I am confident that most would agree that it is much easier and faster to simply do things for our seniors, but our staff takes the time with each resident to assist them to complete each and every task,” she says.
Residents are encouraged to be active, and many hold positions within the community, including resident leaders and activity assistants, notes 20-year veteran Gayle Messmann, executive director and administrator of Garden Villas Retirement Community. “We certainly take care of our residents, yet I don’t think they realize how much joy and happiness they give us in return. It’s been a quick 20 years, and I look forward to many more!”
Her sentiment is shared by other staffers, many of whom have been with the community for up to 30 years. “When the late Barbara and Henry Grossberg, Delmar Gardens founders, welcomed me many years ago, one of the most important things they told me was, Your first impression makes a lasting impression. I have never forgotten that advice,” says Rose Harp, director and administrator for Garden Villas South. “Little did I know their first impression on me would last for 30-plus years! Every day I am grateful for a job that brings me so much joy. From the moment I started working there, I knew I was hooked.”
For John Daniels, director of Garden Villas of O’Fallon, who has been with the company for 20 years, many of the residents have become ‘adopted Grandmas and Grandpas.’ “The old adage is true: You will never have to work a day in your life if you love what you do.” The assisted-living team also includes 20-year employee Kim Liefer, administrator and director of Chesterfield Villas; and Melissa Russell, administrator of Garden Villas North, who has been with the company for five-plus years.
Gilmore invites members of the community who are looking for an independent or assisted-living community to visit for a complimentary lunch or dinner, along with a grand tour. “Partake in our complimentary Getaway Weekend—enjoy a furnished apartment, dine on fine cuisine, and sample the activities. Spend a few days with us and see first-hand the extraordinary services and amenities offered to the dear residents we have the privilege of serving.”
On the Cover: Delmar Gardens is pleased to announce the grand opening of its assisted living communities. Pictured on the cover: Kathy Gilmore, Melissa Russell, Rose Harp, Gayle Messmann, Kim Liefer and John Daniels. For more information, call 636-733-7000 or visit delmargardens.com.