At Mari de Villa, guests are always excitedly asking, What’s next?, says president Fred Wiesehan. The senior living community is in the midst of a five-year construction project, to be completed in 2014, that is geared toward amenities for the ever-changing senior lifestyle. “Guests have embraced the changes, and they get excited every time there is new construction.”
Recent renovation projects have further beautified the campus—from new entrances, balconies, terraces and gardens to a remodeled beauty salon, whirlpool and spa. And with plenty more space to expand on the 21-acre property in Town & Country, Wiesehan says improvements will continue. “That could entail larger living accommodations, more flexibility in interior designs and cosmetic changes guests would like to see.” In addition, an expansion may be coming for Mari de Villa’s theater, which hosts guest speakers and other entertainment for residents.
Currently, Mari de Villa offers private rooms in assisted living and skilled nursing, as well as independent living. Guests can make the home their own by adding decorations, painting or bringing in favorite furnishings.
Wiesehan and his wife, Mary Kay, who serves as Mari de Villa VP, listen to what guests would like to see in their private rooms and villas, as well as throughout the campus. The couple, along with the other owners, lives on the property. “It’s not just a home, it’s their home--and it’s our home, too,” he notes.
The Mari de Villa mission, which began with its opening 52 years ago, still holds true today, Wiesehan adds. “The No. 1 thing we’re here for is to provide the very best care we can to our guests, and we still offer some of the most affordable rates in St. Louis.”
As the senior living community expands for the future, Wiesehan is happy about its history and eagerly anticipates what’s coming. “It’s exciting for the management, and it’s exciting for our guests—they like to see the positive changes that are coming together.”