Giving Tuesday at Brooking Park

Happy Giving Tuesday from Brooking Park!

Giving Tuesday is a movement to create an international day of giving during the Christmas and holiday season. It is a relatively new event that takes place on the first Tuesday after Thanksgiving in the United States.

It was started by a number of founding nonprofit and for-profit companies who set up the first Giving Tuesday in 2012. It was intended as a counterpoint to the consumerism of Black Friday and the more recent internet shopping day, Cyber Monday. Last year Giving Tuesday participants donated a total of 45 million dollars, both online and off, to various charities they support. This year the organizations behind Giving Tuesday are attempting to break a Guinness World Record for the most money raised on the internet in one day.

Brooking Park’s nonprofit sponsor, St. Andrew’s Resources for Seniors System, accepts donations year round, but this time of year we are thinking about seniors who are in need around the holidays. St. Andrew’s Charitable Foundation is using donations from this year’s Giving Tuesday to help fund their charitable care program for low-income seniors.

Donations made to the St. Andrew’s Charitable Care Foundation will help keep seniors living safely and independently in their own homes by providing in-home caregiver support to help needy seniors with activities of daily life like bathing, meal preparation, and light cleaning. These seemingly minor activities can be very hazardous for our seniors who, without our caregivers’ help, would be forced to move out of their homes or continue living in an unsafe environment.

St. Andrew’s Charitable Care Foundation and Brooking Park are constantly working to help the 15,000 seniors who are living in poverty in St. Louis. This Giving Tuesday,  you can help by donating today!

Should your aging parent be living alone?

Here at Brooking Park, we understand that dealing with an aging parent can sometimes be stressful, particularly if the parent values their independence and may be lacking the ability to live by themselves.  Aisha Sultan in the St. Louis Post-Dispatch recently wrote up a list of 10 signs that could let you know that an aging relative or friend is having a difficult time alone.  These signs are adapted from Carolyn A. Brent’s book, “Why Wait? The Baby Boomers’ Guide to Preparing Emotionally, Financially & Legally for a Parent’s Death“.

1. The house is messier than usual. If your parent used to keep a spotless, organized home and is now struggling to do so, they may be having problems keeping up with their previous habits. They could be having physical health issues or be overwhelmed by the work. You can offer to help or keep an eye on the level of cleanliness to see if it worsens with time.

2. Bills and mail are piling up.  This could be a sign that your loved one is having trouble keeping up with basic daily tasks, or could be a sign of memory issues.

3. Financial issues such as unbalanced checking accounts and unpaid bills. This could be a sign of memory issues, math cognition difficulties, or apathy.

4. Losing a lot of weight. This could indicate depression or be a result of a recent loss of a loved one. You can help by bringing over groceries or looking into a meal delivery service.

5. Hygiene basics are missing. If your parent is wearing the same clothing for multiple days or regularly appear dirty, they may be having hygienic issues. This could indicate depression, lack of motivation, or lack of ability to take care of themselves, or that they have forgotten that cleanliness is important.

6. Appearing in inappropriate clothing. Wearing inappropriate clothing for a situation, such as wearing a nightgown to the store, could be an indicator of confusion in the elderly.

7. Signs of forgetfulness around the house. Kitchen incidents, such as leaving a pot on the stove and causing a fire, can be an indicator of confusion and memory issues in the elderly.

8. Regularly missing appointments or events. Forgetfulness and other memory issues can interfere with keeping appointments and taking medication on schedule.

9. Acting strangely. If you parent’s behavior has taken an unusual turn, this could indicate aging-related mental issues or side effects from medication, and should not be ignored.

10. Exhibiting signs of depression.  If your loved one has lost interest in caring for themselves, once-loved hobbies, and socializing, this could indicate depression. It could come from loneliness or realizing that they can no longer be fully independent.

If your loved one is experiencing these issues, an assisted living community might the perfect solution, and Brooking Park is glad to be here to provide the help they need.  Call us at 314-576-5545 and we’ll be glad to answer all your questions about assisted living in general or about Brooking Park in particular – after all we’re here to help you Worry Less!®

Check out the original article in the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.

The Willows at Brooking Park Breaks Ground on $27 Million Expansion

 Project will create 45 new luxury apartment homes at the 26-acre campus

St. Louis, Mo., Nov. 10, 2015 -Representatives of The St. Andrew’s Resources for Seniors System gathered at [Brooking Park’s independent living counterpart] The Willows at Brooking Park this afternoon to officially break ground on a $27 million expansion project at the contemporary Chesterfield-based, independent senior living community. Slated for completion in February 2017, the 110,400-square-foot addition will create 45 new luxury apartment homes on The Willows’ 26-acre campus.
Dozens of individuals, including current and future residents of The Willows, turned out for this morning’s event, which featured remarks from Mary Alice Ryan, President and CEO of the St. Andrew’s Resources for Seniors System and Chesterfield Mayor Bob Nation. Members of the project’s construction and architectural teams were also on hand as a ceremonial turning of the dirt officially marked the start of construction. BSI Constructors Inc. is serving as the general contractor on the expansion project, while architectural work is being handled by Etegra Inc., and Hercules Construction Inc. is serving as the owner’s construction representative.
Currently consisting of 90 apartment homes and 14 maintenance-free villa homes, The Willows is now at full-occupancy. The latest expansion is designed to help meet the growing demand for those wishing to reside at the community, which features a host of amenities, including a 130-seat theatre, indoor pool, fitness center, full-service spa, two restaurants, a wine cellar, an art gallery, a creative arts studio, sculpture garden, a fine arts and ceramic studio, billiards room and card room, and library. Residents also enjoy full access to health care services at premier continuum of care facility Brooking Park, which was named one of the best nursing homes in the country by U.S. News and World Report in 2015 and is located on The Willows campus.
“We are so thrilled that the Willows is once again branching out,” said Mary Alice Ryan, President and CEO of St Andrew’s Resources for Seniors System. “With amenities that are unmatched in the St. Louis area, The Willows offers a retirement lifestyle like no other and our current wait list demonstrates the popularity of our community. It’s also why the expansion is already more than 70% reserved.”
The new apartments feature 14 floor plans that range in size from 870 to 1,730 square feet, and come complete with a variety of individual amenities, including balconies or patios, optional fireplaces, large walk-in closets, high-end finishes, and vaulted ceilings in third-floor units.
With hundreds of available style and finish combinations to choose from, new residents will get the opportunity to work with their own selections coordinator to help them customize the look of their individual space. To date, 70 percent of the new units have already been sold, and interest remains high. Entrance fees to the community range from $270,500 to $519,000.
“The City of Chesterfield is fortunate and proud that The Willows at Brooking Park will be adding 45 new apartment homes to serve the needs of our residents,” said Chesterfield Mayor Bob Nation. “The expansion is a great fit for our maturing community.”