On a recent sunny spring afternoon at Parc Provence, a resident was helping arrange flowers from the greenhouse when she had an idea: She would make a beautiful bouquet for her daughter’s visit. This is the type of special experience Parc Provence aims to enjoy with residents every day. “We try to create moments of happiness,” says administrator Tracy Cecil. “We celebrate the residents; we celebrate their life successes; and we celebrate who they are.”
The Creve Coeur senior living community certainly has a lot to celebrate. As a provider of memory care, assisted living and skilled nursing services for 10 years, the staff and residents will commemorate that decade-long anniversary throughout the spring and summer. A big band-themed party recently kicked off the festivities, with more activities for staff, residents and their families slated for July and August. The work of the community’s caregivers also will be honored, including through an award from the Dementia Care Specialists.
With Parc Provence’s dementia programs, staff is able to support residents from early to late stages of the disease. Through its Forget Me Not program, every resident has a profile detailing their background, health and interests so that activities can be catered to their specific preferences, and physical and cognitive levels. “We adapt our programs around their lives,” Cecil notes. “For example, the gardening one resident will do at an early stage of dementia is a different type from what another will do during the late stage. It’s a very individualized-care approach.” Parc Provence also teaches its staff to step into residents’ lives. “Someone with dementia has a strong long-term memory, but it robs them of their short-term memory; so, often they see themselves as a younger person,” Cecil explains. “If a resident is talking about taking care of their young child, we go down that path with them—we never pull them into our world.”
Seniors also can shape their own experience at Parc Provence by choosing among more than 80 daily social, physical and intellectual programs. ‘We are a person-centered, activity-based program,” Cecil says. Throughout the campus, a bistro, billiards hall, greenhouse, gazebo and activity rooms allow space for enjoying time with fellow residents, family and friends. From music, art and pet therapy to live music, bridge club and special events, residents can interact socially. Physical activities also abound—such as yoga and strengthening exercise classes. And residents even have weekly opportunities to venture off the property for entertainment by hopping on the community’s bus to area restaurants, such as The Blue Owl in Kimmswick, and live performance venues, including the Fox Theatre.
Throughout their daily living experience at Parc Provence, residents come first, Cecil says. “Our activities are in small groups so that each resident receives more individual attention.” And staff members get to know residents—leading to more meaningful conversation, Cecil adds. “A resident may be in a pet therapy class and the activity specialist will talk about the dog the resident had when she was growing up to spark a memory, and she may tell us a fabulous story.” It’s that type of true connection, Cecil says, that really is something to celebrate.