Mari de Villa

A Mari de Villa resident recently celebrated her 90th birthday with a large group of family and friends in the new Waterford Room private party suite, overlooking the same sparkling lake her mother did 30 years ago.

For more than 53 years, Mari de Villa has put the needs of its guests first, and that has kept them coming back for generations. Whether it’s a new therapy program, larger customized suites or life-enhancing entertainment, the senior-living community is still looking for ways to improve the campus and care for its residents, according to president Fred Wiesehan. “We do our best to try to provide the best care for all of our guests.”

Sitting on more than 25 acres in Town & Country, Mari de Villa offers all levels of senior care—private, independent, custom-designed villas that range from 1,000 to 3,000 square feet, as well as assisted living, skilled nursing and memory care. And all-inclusive rates mean guests can choose whatever activities they like to enhance their daily lifestyle. Certified trainers lead on-campus classes multiple times per week in water aerobics, seated exercise and wellness classes; and entertainment includes daily live music, social hours, bridge and guest speakers. Denominational religious services, as well as nondenominational Bible study, also are offered weekly.

As construction continues at the luxury retirement community, it will expand once again May 1, when its 10 new units of Terraces at Mari de Villa officially open for guest applications. Part of a five-year construction plan that will culminate in even more additions through 2014, the Terraces is a newly remodeled neighborhood with private indoor and outdoor living space, and 24-hour nursing geared toward guests with Alzheimer’s and memory care needs.

Mari de Villa staff worked with the St. Louis Alzheimer’s Association to implement the best colors, textures, furniture and other accommodations to enrich the lives of these guests, Wiesehan says. In addition, the community’s staff is receiving a six-week dementia and memory care training course for certification through the association. “We have always served guests with these needs, but this will be a state-of-the-art, memory-care neighborhood advised by St. Louis Alzheimer’s Association research,” Wiesehan notes.

And the senior-living community is working on future improvements for even more new assisted-living suites and accommodations on the east lake shore of the campus, where Wiesehan and his wife, Mary Kay, also call home. “There’s never a day we get up where we don’t think, How can we make something better for the good of Mari de Villa?

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