Allegro Senior Living has come to mean one thing to many: home. It is the place where your driver converses with you about your day, where your meals are always prepared with you in mind, and where you discover ways to improve your memory and manage your health. At Allegro, a family-owned company based in St. Louis, each day brings new possibilities for living a life you love.
“People are leaving their homes and coming to a new place because they are not able to care for themselves completely anymore,” Megan Schmitt, assistant director of Resident Services, says. “It can be challenging. We have to learn about each resident and figure out how to make them feel as comfortable and as independent as possible.”
The associates at the frontline of Allegro recognize the importance of easing incoming residents into their new surroundings. They have embraced the “show me” attitude of Missouri by showing the kind of environment that can be cultivated when individual’s needs and wants are recognized.
For driver Jeffrey Piggue, that simply begins with listening. “Everyone’s relaxed,” Piggue notes. “Residents speak their minds. I’m the driver and, even in the car, they share different things about their lives. I like that – and I listen fully. They feel like I can relate. They’ll say, ‘You’re not a spring chicken, but you’re not over the hill yet either!’”
One of the newest employees at Allegro, Piggue was drawn to the senior living community because of that human connection. He previously worked for the mobile division of the St. Louis Public Library. For 27 years, he visited area senior homes, bringing the joy of reading to elderly citizens. “I was young when I started and this carried right on over,” he remarks. “Allegro is family-oriented. Everybody is encouraging to one another. Supporting one another builds morale.”
As evidenced by Piggue’s account, it isn’t just the residents who are impressed by Allegro. In fact, the senior community received more than 300 caregiver applications when it first arrived in Richmond Heights. This significant interest allowed the company to select the crème de la crème to serve its residents.
One of those chosen was Jasmin Mehmedovic, who traveled to the United States from Bosnia and Herzegovina as a child. He migrated during the war and grew up not knowing his grandparents, which had a tremendous impact on his life. Mehmedovic found what he had been missing when he began working in the senior care industry at age 16. Today, he serves as assistant director for Dining Services at Allegro.
“It’s all about respect,” explains Mehmedovic. “You are not just another body coming in to work. When I come to work [each day at Allegro], I feel happy knowing that I’m cooking for people and helping to make them feel at home. Everybody here puts the residents first. It’s the teamwork [across] all departments that [ensures] they are satisfied and happy.”
At Allegro, the key to living the good life is to stay inspired. From exploring your passions to remaining socially engaged, the experiences offered in this senior living community seek to help residents flourish in their daily lives.
“Each resident is special,” Schmitt shares. “For example, we have a resident who doesn’t speak English. Our assiciates have gone above and beyond to make her feel comfortable, whether it is [specially preparing] the food she eats or sitting down and doing the things she loves with her. We take the time to learn about the people [in our community].”
Located in Richmond Heights, Allegro offers assisted living and memory care apartment homes with amazing amenities, which include a dining room and bistro, a spa and salon, a cinema theater, a full calendar of programming, transportation, housekeeping and more.
“There are so many programs for residents [that are designed] to bring out the best in them,” Schmitt says. “We have the tools to help residents feel comfortable and to help them adapt to their [new] surroundings.”
Residents and employees alike stay engaged at Allegro, now open, where community is fostered, everyone feels like family and home proves to be more than just a state of mind.
Allegro Senior Living, 1055 Bellevue Ave., Richmond Heights, 314-332-8372, allegroliving.com