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A Continuum of Care: Mari de Villa

People have faced unprecedented challenges in the last two years especially those at senior living communities. Thanks to its dedication to the safety of residents and staff, Mari de Villa has been able to navigate these difficulties. “We have been held up and inspired by the hope and resilience of our families and staff,” president Fred Wiesehan says. “They have comforted, supported and motivated the entire campus.” The luxury senior living community has served residents for more than six decades, providing both comprehensive care and opportunities for socialization and engagement.

Located on a 23-acre campus in Town and Country, the community offers independent and active living in the Villa Estates along with comprehensive nursing assistance, including memory care, in the Villa West, Villa East and Waterford buildings. Its skilled nursing team provides individualized care for residents, and the full therapy department offers physical, occupational, speech and rehabilitation services. “Many guests start out enjoying the independence we offer and, as care needs increase, transition to our 24-hour nursing services,” Wiesehan says. “They build relationships with our staff while continuing to enjoy the amenities and grounds.”

Mari de Villa also offers a wide range of weekly activities to keep seniors active and engaged, such as daily live music, book clubs, wellness courses, indoor water aerobics, art classes, Mahjong games and bridge groups. “Our activities are not only enjoyable, they offer important opportunities for socialization,” Wiesehan notes. “We have regular outings to local restaurants and places like the botanical garden, The Fabulous Fox Theatre, Powell Hall, the art museum and Grant’s Farm. Residents also have enjoyed trips to Hermann, Missouri, and Jefferson City.”

While room service is available, guests are encouraged to eat in the dining rooms and can have their diet planned by a registered dietician. Along with meals, activities and entertainment, the community’s all-inclusive rates cover housekeeping, laundry, cable TV, Wi-Fi, nursing care and transportation to doctor visits. Independent living accommodations include one-, two- and three-bedroom villas. “The spaces are all beautifully appointed with hardwood floors, granite countertops and fully equipped kitchens,” Wiesehan says. “Some units even have outdoor spaces, lower levels and private elevators.” Skilled nursing residents enjoy either private rooms or two-room suites.

When it’s time to make a lifestyle transition, older adults may find the prospect of moving to a retirement community or skilled nursing facility daunting. Mari de Villa aims to make the move as easy as possible for seniors and their families. All guests are encouraged to feel like they are part of the family, according to Wiesehan. Thanks to its strong local roots, the community has welcomed second and third generation residents. “We opened our doors on March 9, 1960, and have continued with the same initial hands-on approach,” he says. “We welcome the opportunity for you to visit and discuss the Mari de Villa lifestyle—it’s one that we know you or your loved one will enjoy.”

Located in Town and Country on a more than 20-acre campus, Mari de Villa has been serving the seniors of St. Louis for 62 years. It offers a continuum of care, starting with independent living and evolving as clients’ needs change. For more information, call 636.227.5347 or visit

Cover design by Julie Streiler
Cover photo courtesy of Mari de Villa

Pictured at top: Mari de Villa is located on a 23-acre campus in Town and Country
Photo courtesy of Mari de Villa


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