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Mari de Villa: Where Everybody Knows Your Name - Ladue News: Retirement Lifestyle

Mari de Villa: Where Everybody Knows Your Name

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Posted: Thursday, April 12, 2012 9:30 am

As residents explore the campus of Mari de Villa every day, it would be understandable if the theme song from Cheers began playing in their heads. “You walk in and everyone knows your name,” says president Fred Wiesehan. “It’s very important that our staff gets to know our guests and vice-versa—it creates a very comfortable, happy environment where everyone feels at home.”

That home-like atmosphere is perpetuated throughout the 27-acre Town & Country retirement community. With a ‘continuum of care,’ guests find the services they need at every level. The independent living of Villa Estates offer 54 units ranging in size from 1,000 to 3,300 square feet, able to be customized to a resident’s specifications. With amenities that include the Villa Club, an indoor/outdoor swimming pool, and a variety of programs, seniors can enjoy active lifestyles. And if the time comes where they may need more care, Mari de Villa is ready, says Wiesehan. “We offer other accommodations on the same campus, with the same set of faces, so it’s an easy transition.”

Located in Villa East and Villa West of the main building, those accommodations include assisted living and 24-hour skilled nursing care, with most residents enjoying private or double rooms. With the recent opening of the Waterford Wing, connected to Villa West, Mari de Villa has expanded its assisted and skilled offerings, in addition to its therapy department. Physical, occupational and speech therapies, along with rehab and restorative care, are conducted by Rehabilitation Professionals, Inc. (RPI) in the Waterford Room, overlooking the lake. “When we decided to enhance our therapy department, we wanted to build it in our most visually appealing area,” Wiesehan explains. “We have people who want to get better or stay healthy, so why not give them a beautiful spot for more motivation?”

Beyond therapy, Mari de Villa offers programs to keep assisted living residents active, ranging from book reviews and art classes to guest speakers. The Memory Care Wing provides activities individually geared for each resident to help stimulate recollection. All of the services provided at the community rely on a qualified and dedicated staff, including nurses who average more than 12 years working there, Wiesehan notes.

It truly is a family affair at the retirement community, with Wiesehan and his wife, Mari de Villa VP Mary Kay Wiesehan, living on-site, along with their oldest son, Fred, a licensed administrator. Founder Georgana Linneman lives on campus, as well. “It’s our home, too, so we go out of our way to make sure that home is right for all of our guests,” Wiesehan says.

With that mindset, the community remains in a phase of expansion, with architects working on plans for a new assisted living wing east of the lake. It is just one of the many exciting things in store, Wiesehan says. “We’re continuing to look toward the future and how we can offer our residents even more.”

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