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West Newsmagazine 4-11-18

Local news, local politics and community events for West St. Louis County Missouri.

Mari de Villa Senior

Mari de Villa Senior liVing Fred Wiesehan and Mary Kay Wiesehan, Owners 13900 Clayton Road • Town & Country • 636.227.5347 • www.maridevilla.com Situated on 21-plus acres, Mari de Villa Senior Living is an oasis in Town & Country that has been proudly serving the families of West St. Louis County and beyond for 58 years. Mari de Villa offers a full continuum of care, skilled nursing and memory care at an all-inclusive price – meaning its dedicated staff and medical professionals are equipped to take care of residents at any stage, with no surprise costs. Mari de Villa is comprised of an independent living neighborhood; two 24-hour care facilities, the Villa West and Villa East; and The Terraces, an Alzheimer’s and memory care facility. No matter in which facility guests reside, they will enjoy spectacular views of a centrally located lake and rolling green acres landscaped with gardens and fountains. Mari de Villa’s Independent Living Villa Estates offer spacious, luxury living accommodations in a neighborhood setting. Residents can drive, cook and socialize with neighbors as they please, while still receiving care when needed, attending meals in the beautiful dining hall, visiting the beauty salon, massage therapist and other amenities. The Villa West and Villa East offer suites and private rooms with flexible accommodations designed to meet evolving needs. The Villa West and Villa East each include around-the-clock staff; a physical therapy center with a wall of windows showcasing a lakeside view; dining halls; a club for private parties; a recreation room; indoor/ outdoor pool with water aerobics; beauty salon and much more. Residents may furnish and decorate their rooms as they like – whether it be bringing in a favorite recliner, painting a special color or putting in new carpeting – to make them feel perfectly at home. The Terraces, comprised of all private rooms, offers specialized memory care services and 24-hour skilled nursing. Guests with advanced stages of Alzheimer’s, Dementia and other forms of memory loss are tenderly cared for in this facility specially designed in cooperation with the St. Louis Alzheimer’s Association. At Mari de Villa, there is no shortage of social activities to keep guests active and engaged, including daily live music, social hour, games, guest speakers, and a full calendar of on-site events and off-site field trips. While physicians visit Mari de Villa on a regular basis, guests are encouraged to continue to use the doctor they know best. Transportation is provided to doctors’ offices in the West County area at no cost. The driver assists the guest into the office and returns them home to Mari de Villa, which is conveniently located near multiple hospitals. All it takes is one tour of Mari de Villa to know its owners, Fred and Mary Kay Wiesehan, have thought of everything. They take pride in their facilities, residents and staff, know each person by name, and even stop by rooms to greet and check in on residents, whom they prefer to call “guests.” “They are our guests; we’re here to serve them,” Fred noted. Fred and Mary Kay live on the premises, and their two grown sons Fritz and Joseph, who are also Licensed Nursing Home Administrators, work there as well. “We live here and our nurses and our families know that we’re here on site,” Fred explained. “We want to know our families and we want to know our guests who live here. We don’t want to walk down the hall and not know someone. Mary Kay has a catch phrase: ‘It’s our home, too.’” Mari de Villa is ready to welcome new guests home with superior care and competitive rates.

FACEBOOK.COM/WESTNEWSMAGAZINE WESTNEWSMAGAZINE.COM April 11, 2018 WEST NEWSMAGAZINE I SERVING OUR SENIORS I 41 Mobility for U® Mike Flotken, Owner 4 Kingston Manor • St. Louis • 314.873.6814 • www.MobilityforU.com When Mike Flotken found himself trying to transport aging parents in family vehicles, he knew there had to be a better way. So he created Mobility for U®, which offers unique mobility services – including compassionate chauffeurs who are health care trained. Mobility for U® rents easy-to-drive, wheelchair-accessible minivans as well as wheelchairs, scooters and walkers. They provide airport, train and bus terminal service and assist with the experiences that make life worth living. “Our website testimonials say it all,” Mike said. “We have helped grandparents and loved ones get to weddings, birthdays, reunions and even take vacations. We always find a way to safely transport our clients across town or across country – we haven’t been stumped yet!” Unlike taxi services, Mobility for U®’s chauffeurs do more than just drive the van. They provide personal assistance, staying with the client and helping in any way they can. The same can be said of Mike. “My main goal is to help people find the services they need – even beyond mobility,” he said. “All day long, I answer the phone and solve problems – connecting people to the care and resources they need.” TransiTions For senior Living Sharon Balleau, Senior Care Advisor 2464 Taylor Road, #178 • Wildwood • 314.960.0519 • www.stlseniors.com Transitions For Senior Living is a free, hands-on referral service that helps St. Louis seniors and their families find appropriate care when living independently is no longer a safe option. Sharon Balleau, founder and senior care advisor, works closely with area assisted living, memory care and skilled nursing communities to find the best level of care for the individual needs of each client. Certified as a dementia practitioner, with more than six years in the senior industry, Sharon provides unbiased and professional advice to help make the best decision possible. Locally owned and operated, Transitions for Senior Living is committed to personalized service and takes the time to meet with families to understand the senior’s unique needs – and those of the family. This process takes into account many criteria including physical, cognitive, financial, social, spiritual and geographical aspects of the individual’s needs. Next, a care advisor arranges and accompanies families on tours to ask questions to help make the best educated decision for your loved one – and stay involved through the transition process. “St. Louis has many good options for senior living, but they are not one size fits all,” Sharon explained. “We can help. Call or visit online for more information.” Gambrill Gardens 1 Strecker Road • Ellisville • 636.394.2992 • www.gambrillgardens.com Gambrill Gardens provides retirement and assisted living along with selected affordable housing for continuum of care and financial needs. Since 1979, the Gambrill Gardens community has earned a great reputation for providing a friendly and a supportive environment for all its residents. Recently, Gambrill Gardens completed a six million dollar renovation and expansion to its campus. Now, residents and families can enjoy a meal at the bistro with Starbuck’s products, deli specialty foods, wood fired pizza, pastries and ice cream. Two dining areas offer an option of two additional meals per day with a myriad of choices, as opposed to prescribed menus with limited fare. In addition, there is a wellness gymnasium with an instructor, a beauty salon, movie theater, 200-seat chapel with spiritual services, an on-site therapy clinic, 24-hour convenience store, and business center. Residents can stroll around the 26-acre wooded campus or relax on the patio with friends and family. A full recreational calendar offers trips, shopping, restaurants and cultural events. Come and see what Gambrill Gardens has to offer active adults seeking a fun and interesting lifestyle in West St. Louis County.