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Mari de Villa: The Feel of Home - Ladue News: Retirement Lifestyle

Mari de Villa: The Feel of Home

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Posted: Thursday, April 10, 2014 12:00 pm

Everything is coming up roses at Mari de Villa. From blooming gardens to expanding villas, the senior living community is continuing to grow this spring. 

In the midst of a 5-year construction plan which began in 2009, the 54-year-old Town & Country campus has modernized each of its buildings with amenities to improve the everyday living experience of its guests. “We recognize that the families of St. Louis have many choices when it comes to care for their loved ones, and that’s why we always are looking for ways to better serve our guests,” notes president Fred Wiesehan.

This spring, the community is remodeling a number of independent-living villas for newly arriving residents. The floor-to-ceiling restorations feature new hardwood floors, windows and doors, kitchens and baths, fresh paint and crown molding. One of these newly refurbished 2-bed, 2-bath homes, with two sunrooms, granite countertops in the kitchen and bathrooms, and new hardwood flooring and carpet, currently is available, Wiesehan says.

And in the Villa East and West skilled nursing and memory care areas, remodeling and construction continues. The Waterford Wing offers a state-of-the-art physical therapy facility and an elegant dining room overlooking a sparkling lake. The community’s Garden Room has doubled in size, and the Lenox Room also has expanded; each giving guests more space to enjoy live entertainment, social activities or quiet relaxation with a good book, Wiesehan says. And a recently constructed addition to Villa East boasts a wall of glass overlooking one of the campus’ five fountains and a section of its extensive gardens. “Guests now enjoy meals in this area, and many are requesting a table with a view,” Wiesehan adds. The newly constructed Marquee Room, another glass-walled dining room in Villa East with a chandelier as its centerpiece, is designed to serve guests who may need staff assistance during meals.

In addition to the expansive brick-and-mortar additions, Mari de Villa also is going high-tech, Wiesehan says. Wi-Fi is being installed throughout the grounds. And in an effort to achieve an even more secure campus, an electronic entry system for all of its buildings is in the works. The community also is moving toward electronic medical charting in the hopes of facilitating better communication between its residents and health-care providers, Wiesehan adds. “It’s a win-win for our residents and staff, as well as the doctors and hospitals that serve us.”

Beyond the physical improvements on campus, Wiesehan says the No. 1 goal still is providing residents with the best treatment, which covers all levels of care, from independent to assisted living, 24-hour skilled nursing and memory care. To that end, Mari de Villa also invests in its staff, from those who attend to guests’ dietary and housekeeping needs to those who provide medical care. In addition to Wiesehan and his wife, Mary Kay, a total of 120 full-time employees care for the community’s 200-plus residents on a one-on-one basis as much as possible. “We want our staff to know our guests and their families so they can respond appropriately to all of their needs," Wiesehan notes. "We want them to feel at home.”

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