The area around historic Saint Charles had been inhabited by Native Americans for more than 11,000 years before it was colonized by French-Canadian fur traders in the 1700s. The city is home to one of the largest Christmas festivals in the United States, as well as an annual Oktoberfest celebration and the Fete de Glace winter ice-carving competition.
This vibrant town is a good place for seniors to retire thanks to a below-average cost of living and a temperate climate that sees warm summers and not much snow in the winter. Seniors can expect to pay around $200 less per month for assisted living accommodations than they would elsewhere in the country, according to the Genworth 2019 Cost of Care Survey.
Note: Cost data for Saint Charles was not available, so data from the nearest city, St. Louis, was used.
The Boulevard Senior Living
St. Charles, MO 63301
The Boulevard Senior Living is a large campus conveniently located between Highways 370 and 70 just a few steps away from Fountain Lakes Park and the City Center Park. This nonsmoking pet-friendly community has studio, one-bedroom and two-bedroom apartments that feature a smart layout to help seniors better navigate their living areas with full-size kitchens and in-room laundry facilities. Residents can participate in a wealth of activities such as Wii sports, music and movie nights, while an outdoor swimming pool is available for recreation and therapeutic needs. The beauty salon is a comfortable space where seniors can get their hair or nails done, and the exercise room is available to those who enjoy staying fit.
Twin Oaks Heritage Pointe
228 Savannah Terrace
Wentzville, MO 63385
Set behind a popular shopping area, not far from the Progress Park Recreation Center, Twin Oaks Heritage Pointe offers seniors independent living and assisted living accommodations in an updated environment. Residents can keep up to date on the facility's scheduled activities with a monthly newsletter that advertises such events as ceramics, fishing trips and outings to the zoo. An outdoor patio features a decorative waterfall that helps create a calm ambiance for seniors to enjoy, while the sunroom provides an indoor area for relaxation. The facility serves three freshly-prepared meals per day which residents can eat in an elegant dining room, and seniors are encouraged to stop at the on-site cafe whenever they are feeling peckish. Those who need more dedicated care can rely on the on-staff nurse to assist with their medical needs and can feel secure with the community's 24-hour security system.
Park Place at WingHaven
2002 Boardwalk Place Drive
O'Fallon, MO 63368
Park Place at WingHaven is a stately assisted living, independent living and memory care facility nestled at the edge of Boardwalk Springs Park within walking distance of the Dardenne Greenway. We included this community on our top 10 list because of their signature activities such as the garden-to-table program that promotes mental engagement by letting seniors grow and harvest their own food. The facility promotes companionship by providing dedicated guest parking so residents have an easier time arranging for guests to stay with them overnight and join them for meals in the dining room. Private cleaning services, along with linen and clothing laundry services, help relieve residents of some domestic duties, while the facility's fitness room gives them the opportunity to participate in Tai Chi and yoga.
Cedarhurst of St. Charles
1800 First Capitol Drive
St. Charles, MO 63301
Cedarhurst of St. Charles is centrally located right off 1st Capitol Drive in a vibrant neighborhood full of shops, restaurants and other amenities. Residents aged 55 and up can access assisted living and memory care services in an estate-like facility that offers studio, one and two-bedroom apartments, as well as companion suites with kitchenettes and private housekeeping. This facility gains a spot on our top 10 list because it promotes itself as a community hub that takes great care to encourage residents to interact with members of the outside community. The shared dining room is a spacious environment where residents can enjoy three warm meals each day prepared with fresh, seasonally-appropriate ingredients. Activities like volleyball, poetry and bingo help keep seniors active and engaged, while the on-site salon lets residents unwind.
135 Meadowlands Estates Lane
O'Fallon, MO 63366
The Meadowlands is set less than a block away from the Ozzie Smith Sports Complex, not far from a number of parks, an aquatics center and a shopping area. This community gets a top 10 spot thanks to its Montessori Moments In Time program, which offers specialized benefits to memory care residents. Seniors also benefit from a dedicated staff, including skilled nurses, who are on hand 24-hours per day to help with medication management and activities of daily living. A wheelchair-accessible bus is available to transport residents to organized outings, Catholic mass is held once per week for those who wish to attend, and bingo, movie nights and card games give residents different options for recreation.
Windsor Estates of St. Charles
2150 West Randolph St.
St. Charles, MO 63301
Nestled at the edge of Blanchette Park a short distance away from Highway 370, Windsor Estates of St. Charles has 24-hour on-site staff to care for its assisted living and memory care residents. A dietary director works closely with the facility's on-staff registered dietician to create a specialized meal plan where resident's medical and personal dietary needs are taken into account. Those with acute medical needs are supported by skilled nurses who oversee a medication management program, along with in-house physical and occupational therapists who provide rehabilitation services.
The Boulevard at Wentzville
110 Perry Cate Boulevard
Wentzville, MO 63385
This assisted living, independent living and memory care complex is located at the intersection of Highway Z and Perry Cate boulevard, just a few steps away from Stone Meadows Pool. Residents benefit from 24-hour care from a dedicated staff that includes personal care assistants as well as skilled nurses to help with medication management. The studio, one-bedroom and two-bedroom apartments have full kitchens, but residents can also choose to dine in the communal dining area where a commercial kitchen prepares fresh food daily. Poker, Wii bowling and holiday parties give seniors plenty to do, while the fitness room offers a social space where residents can stay active.
Harvester Residential Care
35 Lillian Drive
St. Charles, MO 63304
Harvester Residential Care is located on tree-lined grounds close to Highway 94 and a Walmart Supercenter. Residents aged 38 and older can access in-room cable in their private or shared suites and can go online in the facility's computer room. The activities director coordinates outings, movie nights and card games to keep residents active, while on-staff nurses are available to provide clinical oversight, medication management and help with the activities of daily living. A visiting hairdresser provides salon services, while on-call doctors stop by the facility on a weekly basis to help those with acute medical needs.
121 Klondike Crossing
Saint Peters, MO 63376
Set right beside City Center Park and the St. Peters Rec-Plex, Chestnut Glen has cozy studio and one-bedroom apartments equipped with cable, Wi-Fi and an emergency call system to serve its assisted living and memory care residents. Seniors benefit from a rich activities schedule that lets them stay sharp with lecture series, storytelling and gardening, while the on-site spa offers full-service pampering. A media center gives residents the chance to watch movies and go online in a social environment, and the library is a comfortable space for residents to relax.
Lake St. Charles Senior Living Community
45 Honey Locust Lane
St. Charles, MO 63303
Lake St. Charles Senior Living Community is centrally-situated off Highway 94, not far from Woodlands Park and the Missouri River. Residents of this assisted living facility who need help managing their financial affairs benefit from counseling services to inform them on selling their homes, navigating community programs and accessing financial aid. Seniors can chat and relax on the enclosed patio, which offers a hillside view of the lake. Those who enjoy music can play the facility's piano, while everyone is invited to keep active with card games and bingo.