Linda DeSmet, MA, Gerontology, joins Provision Living at West County after working for the Alzheimer’s Association for 18 years. In her capacity there she did extensive work helping families with disease education, community resources, care options and consultation. Linda served as Respite Coordinator and managed early stage programs, performed care consultations, completed home safety assessments, held many annual Caregiver Retreats, and lead the Helpline Team. She is knowledgeable about the various types of dementia and the impact that dementia has on families. Linda is passionate about helping families have the best possible caregiving experience and is looking forward to supporting those at Provision Living at West County.
Katy Rice, a native to St. Louis, has been working with Alzheimer’s Disease and other dementias for over ten years. Her passion for this population of older adults led her to Missouri State University, where she earned bachelor’s degrees in Gerontology and in Psychology. Katy has worked, volunteered, and educated others in diverse organizations across the aging services field. She is dedicated to the enhancement of each individual’s psychological, social and spiritual needs, while moving forward in culture change within the aging community.
Teresa C. Stamey, MT-BC, comes to Provision Living at West County with 23 years of experience in music therapy. In 1993, she graduated from the University of Wisconsin–Eau Claire with a bachelor’s degree in Music Therapy. She has worked with a variety of populations with much of her focus with Elders, Alzheimer’s/dementia, and hospice. She is highly regarded in the community and knowledgeable in her field and has had the opportunity to give presentations throughout her career. Teresa is excited to be a part of this amazing team at Provision Living at West County community.
Ryan Muzzey is a neighborhood mentor and a certified person centered care specialist. He has over 15 years of experience serving the geriatric population in volunteer, care giving, and professional capacities. He has a degree in music from Lindenwood University and is certified in dementia advanced care through the Alzheimer’s Association. Ryan was also recently certified as a CST (cognitive stimulation therapy) leader in 2015.
Heather has over 14 years of nursing experience and was the Director of Nursing at Provision Living at St. Louis Hills prior to joining the team at West County. She has a passion of working with elders to enhance their lives. She is the mother of two, enjoys playing music and singing at her church.
Kewana brings more than 10 years of experience in hospital and long-term care operations to her role at Provision Living. Kewana’s passion is to create a rewarding work–life experience for our associates, while maintaining a loving, vibrant community for the elders and families we serve.
Kewana believes you can’t fully care for a person without understanding who they truly are. She encourages our employees to get to know our elders and families to deliver total care and attention to their individual needs and preferences.
Anel Kulasic, having been born in Zagreb, Croatia and grown up in north west Germany, is fluent in German, Croatian, Serbian and Bosnian. He recently relocated to St. Louis from Chicago and has 15 years of facility/maintenance management centered in elder care and healthcare environments.
When families notice signs of memory impairment in a loved one, they often don’t know where to turn for help and education. While online resources, co-workers, siblings and friends may offer assistance, there is no substitute for the expertise of a trained professional to help navigate the maze of elder care options.
Provision Living is helping to stop the guesswork that families endure when an aging loved one’s capabilities begin to change. We are introducing an innovative service to the St. Louis region that accompanies our new Provision Living at West County assisted living memory care community in Des Peres.
It’s time to stop the guesswork, and Provision Living’s Family Connect can show you how to move beyond questions to find answers and solutions. Our Family Connect team’s background includes experience with:
Provision Living’s Family Connect provides access to a team of experienced, St. Louis-based elder care professionals who will guide your family through a three-step process. Family Connect begins with a free, two-hour confidential consultation with a master’s level consultant who will assess your family’s needs, connect you with local services and resources, and provide education and strategies to help your family develop the care plan that best fits the needs of your elder, while also caring for yourself.
Prior to evaluation by a medical professional, your Family Connect consultant will advise you on how to document your family’s observations, so that the changes you are noticing in your loved one’s behavior can be organized and used as helpful information for a doctor or geriatric assessment specialist.
Elders may be fearful of visiting a doctor, so how can you accomplish getting your loved to a medical professional? Your Family Connect consultant will provide you with strategies and tips to help with the process of obtaining the necessary medical evaluation.
If your family is faced with a diagnosis of Alzheimer’s or a related dementia, your Family Connect consultant will help you identify and carefully review potential areas of concern related to your loved one’s daily living situation. We will show you how to determine the urgency of the need for care with a focus on ensuring safety and wellbeing.
Contact us today at 314-384-3654 to schedule a confidential Family Connect consultation.
Social relationships are a key component of overall health and wellbeing. At our community, we value these important relationships and interactions. Every person in our community is part of our community, whether it be a resident, associate, family member or visiting friend.
Our community is designed to encourage social gatherings and spontaneous fun. Whether you’re enjoying a cup of coffee on the veranda or meeting friends for our weekly happy hour in the hearth room, all of our community spaces are centrally located and comfortably appointed for a variety of activities and events. Families are welcome to use our spaces for dinners and parties
Here are a few of our residents’ favorite activities:
We consider our residents’ family to be part of our own and are encourage visits, participation and communication from spouses, children, and grandchildren. Family engagement is an important component of overall wellbeing.
At Provision Living, our caregiving team includes the family. Our associates consult with family members at all levels of care and we are dedicated to providing transparency and peace of mind through constant communication.
At Provision Living at Columbia, couples can stay together despite the challenges of dementia. Our private suites are in a small, intimate neighborhood community with other couples, supporting both those with greater independence as well as those with higher needs related to aging, including issues with memory and dementia. Residents who are caregivers can live an active lifestyle and have peace of mind knowing that their loved one is supported and cared for. We find solutions for residents who need memory care so they can receive the support they need while having the comfort of their spouses in their lives.
Our culinary team goes above and beyond to create a dining experience that brings residents together in a comfortable environment for socialization, celebration and nourishment. We strongly believe that meals made with integrity and served with love are the cornerstone of the dining experience at Provision Living.
Chef Jesse Souder incorporates recipes that were popular in 1940s and 1950s into the menu, such as casseroles and other comfort foods. However, recipes of this era were often based on convenience and not necessarily nutrition. Chef Souder selects favorite dishes, such as a tuna casserole, but creates a healthier version, using fresh tuna and vegetables to create a recipe that feels like home but is still nutritious and fresh tasting.
Serving quality food and creating interesting and original menus is an expression of Chef Souder’s appreciation and love to his residents and his families. Getting to know residents on a personal level allows the dining staff at Provision Living at Columbia to create meals that can help them reconnect with their past and also let them explore new flavors and tastes.
Our dining team creates each dish from scratch, every day. You won’t find frozen or canned food at our community. We stock our pantry with the freshest produce available and focus on including seasonal ingredients <<such as>> whenever possible.
Some of our resident-favorite dishes include:
These entrees are paired with delicious sides dishes, such as whipped Yukon gold potatoes, fresh asparagus, and dill buttered carrots.
Incredible dessert items are made from scratch as well: lemon meringue pie, carrot cake, Oreo chocolate cake, fresh apple pies, and root beer floats, just to name a few!