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At McKnight Place Assisted Living, thriving is not just a state of mind – it is a way of life. As the senior living community progresses with its latest expansion, that guiding philosophy grows with it. McKnight Place’s new executive director, Tracy Cecil, takes us on a tour of the expansion and the influence of this foundation of thinking.

“Putting our residents first in all decisions I make is most important,” Cecil says. “I am surrounded by an experienced team of managers and staff, and our goal is the residents’ happiness and well-being – so they can live a life in which they thrive.” That begins first with surroundings that both comfort and inspire.

Cecil comments on how this expansion allows residents to take a bigger part in the development of their environment. “Our move-in coordinator, Mary Kidwell, works with each resident and their family to manage every aspect of the move,” she explains. “Eliminating the stress of moving allows each resident to focus on the excitement of their new home. Our residents and staff all look forward to experiencing this new chapter in our lives together.”

While comfort is offered from the outset through a smooth transition, it is the customization that enthuses residents. “At this point, most conversations focus on the new apartments,” Cecil describes. “Residents are excited about the beautiful design and range of upscale amenities: kitchens with brushed glaze, custom wood cabinets, granite countertops and full-size refrigerators. The apartments also have 10-foot ceilings and large, 3-panel Pella windows that allow in lots of natural light.”

For resident Janet Sanders, she is able to involve her family in creating a space that best reflects her. “I’m most excited about my new apartment,” she says. “My daughter, Susan, decorates my room. She owns Designing Block in Clayton and knows how to make a statement.”

The expansion offers more amenities than those found in most assisted living communities, all of which residents are invited to use. “We’re all excited about the 45-seat theater, billiards room, greenhouse, art room, garden café and grand dining room,” Cecil adds. “Residents can also enjoy a large fitness and wellness gym, chapel, card room and full-service beauty salon. My favorite place in our expansion is the beautiful landscaped gardens, with pergolas, a fountain and a walking trail.”

Residents aren’t the only ones who benefit from this type of supportive community. Growth is fostered in many ways at McKnight Place, as the team behind the name can attest. “The highlight certainly is getting to know our residents’ life stories and gaining wisdom from each one,” Cecil shares. “Working in a community where the owners are involved and actively participate in day-to-day decisions creates a thriving environment for not only our residents but also our staff.”

For Sanders, the opportunities are evident at every turn. “My favorite thing about McKnight Place is the staff and beautiful surroundings,” she says. “There is no other place I would rather live. My experience has been excellent.”

McKnight Place is currently at 70 percent capacity, with new inquiries daily. Those spots are likely to fill quickly at this assisted living community where residents feel valued and staff feels grateful. “We encourage and support an active, vibrant lifestyle through our many wellness programs, from yoga and tai chi to resistance training to art classes and more,” Cecil says. “Our residents live a life they love.”

McKnight Place Assisted Living, Three McKnight Place, Ladue, 314-993-3333, mcknightplace.com

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