citizensmemorial.com 15 Stop by Butterfield Residential Care Center (BRCC) on any given holiday, and you’ll likely find a delightful treat: a holiday parade. Residents decked out in holiday-themed hats and attire walk through the facility to show off their festive spirit. On another day, you might find residents painting or playing bingo. Or some of them might not even be in the facility at all. They might be visiting the local art museum, going to a Branson music show, going out for lunch or going to the movies. “If they had told me it would be this much fun, I would have come a year ago,” a resident said just a few days after moving into her private apartment. Residents also participate in service clubs. The Helping Hands Club makes treats for hospital patients during the holidays, and the Crochet Club makes hats for Newborns in Need. Beth and David Dixon have had seven family members reside at Butterfield, spanning the four decades since it opened in 1988. They appreciate how the social activities and sense of community positively impact the residents’ quality of life. “They are free to participate in gentle exercise, walks inside or outside the building, local outings, creative crafts, and games offered by this facility,” they say. “Residents can make new or continue long-term friendships in this ‘community of caring’ that Butterfield truly is.” PEACE OF MIND FOR THE FAMILY Because it is a residential care center, residents at Butterfield have to be able to get out of their chairs and walk to the dining hall independently. Living in the facility helps them maintain independence while receiving enough basic assistance to give their family members peace of mind. “My 91-year-old mother became a resident in June 2022, and the transition was very easy,” says Donna Wells. “I know that my mother is getting the assistance she needs daily with medication dispensed, three meals a day and laundry service.” Residential care services include medication administration, shower assistance, housekeeping services within each apartment, laundry service and meal service. Staff also provide medical observation and work with AGING WELL family members to monitor family concerns. “It comforts families knowing someone is checking on their loved one regularly,” says Tammie Callaway, BRCC administrator. “In addition to seeing residents at meals and during medication distribution, we do a courtesy check in the middle of the night.” Residents also appreciate the assistance of the nursing, kitchen and housekeeping staff. “We can spend our time doing what we want to do because they do all of the work,” says resident Sue Euliss. “It’s almost like a new present every day. At home, I was lonely, but here you don’t get lonesome. There are so many activities and fun things to do. I couldn’t be happier.” MORE OPTIONS The Citizens Memorial Health Care Foundation also operates independent living communities and skilled nursing facilities in Ash Grove, Bolivar, Buffalo, El Dorado Springs and Stockton. For more information about what type of senior living might be best for you or your loved one, call 417-328-6731. BUTTERFIELD RESIDENTIAL CARE CENTER A community of caring SCHEDULE A TOUR: Learn more about Butterfield Residential Care Center by calling Tammie Callaway at 417-328-6380. Residents at Butterfield Residential Care Center join a hat parade.