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Heisinger Bluffs

Heisinger Bluffs and St. Joseph's Bluffs

Jefferson City Missouri

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Heisinger Bluffs campus
1002 W. Main St.
Jefferson City, MO 65109
573.636.6288 | Map

St. Joseph's Bluffs campus
1306 W. Main St.
Jefferson City, MO 65109
573.635.0166 | Map

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Your Life is a Masterpiece. Live it with Purpose.

At Heisinger Bluffs Senior Living Community, experience the only Continuing Care Retirement Community in Jefferson City, MO. We invite you to discover these hallmarks of excellence that make us trusted for a reason:

  • VALUE: Choose from several financial options, including a month to month plan. If you prefer, an entrance fee is a wise investment that keeps your money working for you while preserving your assets.
  • ACCESS: Add peace of mind by moving into a home where priority access to additional care is steps away, just in case it’s needed. It’s the best assurance you can give your loved ones.
  • MEANING: Enjoy freedom to do what you love best. Stay connected with what’s already important to you while discovering new ways to live life to the fullest. That’s what living with purpose is all about.

Come join us where a purposeful life is a part of everyday living.
Call 573.636.6288 or email us to learn more!


What We Offer

One of the things that set Heisinger Bluffs & St. Joseph’s Bluffs apart is our wide array of senior living options. As a continuing care retirement community, we offer five levels of service, all on one beautifully maintained campus. To learn more about any of our levels of service, please click on the links below.


independent living 65109Independent Living

Heisinger Bluffs & St. Joseph’s Bluffs is filled with endless opportunities for fun and friendship. Our spacious, comfortable senior living apartments offer a full range of life-enriching amenities. Surrounded by warm, friendly neighbors and a caring, professional staff, you’re sure to feel right at home.


senior rehab 63338REACH Short Stay senior rehab missouri

Need short-term care following a qualifying hospital stay? You can find it through our REACH Short Stay Rehabilitation program. Here, our interdisciplinary team can help you work hard toward achieving your goals in a comfortable, homelike setting. We also offer REACH Outpatient Therapy featuring state-of-the-art equipment and proven, innovative approaches to help you REACH your fullest potential.


assisted living 63376Assisted Living assisted living Jefferson City

In our assisted living apartments, residents benefit from 24-hour staffing, help with personal care, medication assistance, weekly housekeeping, linen service, and three daily meals. We’re here to help you maintain your independence by offering the help you need, when you need it.


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Our controlled-access memory care neighborhood supports ambulatory residents who have early to mid-stage Alzheimer’s disease or other memory impairments. Offering all the amenities of our assisted senior living apartments, this inviting, homelike setting helps residents find comfort in the company of friendly neighbors and caring staff members.


nursing home 63368Skilled Nursing nursing home Jefferson City

For residents who need 24-hour nursing care, we offer private rooms, companion rooms, and companion suites to help seniors continue to live life to the fullest. Far from the sterile image of the traditional nursing home, our care center is a warm, welcoming environment featuring on-call nursing assistance, licensed medication management, an incontinence care program, and medical director oversight.


faith based senior livingThe Lutheran Senior Services Difference

As a Lutheran Senior Services (LSS) retirement community, Heisinger Bluffs & St. Joseph’s Bluffs is part of a 150-year tradition of compassionate service. At the heart of our philosophy of care is LSS’ Christian mission: Older Adults Living Life to the Fullest.

Serving with heart is at the core of all we do. We cherish people of all beliefs and strive to meet the complete needs of each person we serve — body, mind, and spirit. To that end, we are dedicated to a comprehensive approach to senior care and services, from our skilled team of caregivers to our full time chaplains who provide spiritual support for residents and their families.

To learn more about LSS, click here.

Virtual Tours

Here are a small sample of the rooms and amenities available at Heisinger Bluffs and St. Joseph’s Bluffs. Clicking on the images below will launch the virtual tour in a new window.


Independent Living


REACH Short Stay Rehabilitation


Assisted Living


Memory Care Assisted Living


Long Term Care


The Lifestyle at
Heisinger Bluffs &
St. Joseph’s Bluffs

What does an active lifestyle look like at Heisinger Bluffs & St. Joseph’s Bluffs? What do you want it to look like?

When you choose a maintenance-free lifestyle at Heisinger Bluffs & St. Joseph’s Bluffs, you get to leave the hassles and headaches of maintaining property to us. That leaves you free to pursue all the things you love.

Just think — what would you do if you didn’t have to spend all your time keeping the house in order? Spend more time with family and friends? Volunteer at your church? Work on your hobbies? Kick back and relax? Here, all your options are open.


Recreation at “The Bluffs”

Our recreation team designs a unique and varied calendar of events each month, with an eye toward helping you expand your horizons socially, culturally, spiritually, and educationally.

There’s always something happening at Heisinger Bluffs & St. Joseph’s Bluffs, from exercise classes to discussion groups in the Chapel, from movie nights in the media room to shopping trips off campus. And if there’s ever something you want to do that’s not on the calendar, let us know! We’re always looking for new ideas.


Dining at “The Bluffs”

One of the most popular features of life at Heisinger Bluffs & St. Joseph’s Bluffs is our fabulous on-site dining. Our attentive dining services staff is always ready to assist you! Residents in our independent living apartments can enjoy meals in our dining room or packaged to go, with meal plans included in their monthly service fee. Meanwhile, our REACH Short Stay, assisted living, memory care, and care center dining areas provide table service for three meals a day.


Plenty of Fun Just Around the Corner

Located in the heart of Jefferson City, Missouri, Heisinger Bluffs & St. Joseph’s Bluffs is just a short drive from everywhere. Jefferson City and its neighboring communities offer a wealth of cultural attractions, dining, shopping, golf, and medical facilities. Click below to see what Jefferson City and its sister cities have to offer.


Welcome to Heisinger Bluffs & St. Joseph’s Bluffs


Masterpiece Living: Valuing Gray


Doris Wyrick

homes for seniors“After my husband passed away, I lived alone in my house for four years as a widow,” she says. “I was still driving, and I had wonderful neighbors, but the house was getting to be too much for me. So when I heard Heisinger Bluffs & St. Joseph’s Bluffs was opening the (independent living) apartments, I decided to go take a look.”

What she found was better than she’d hoped. “This is such a good place for someone,” she says. “You feel secure here. The people who are here to help you are just so good.”



A Family Tradition


Annie Schmutzler

homes for seniorsAnnie Schmutzler has been part of Heisinger Bluffs & St. Joseph’s Bluffs since its early beginnings in 1978, serving as a volunteer, and later as an employee. And now, in retirement, she’s back in her volunteer capacity. As she puts it, “I just can’t stay away.”

“I worked in Activities with Jerry Engelby,” she says, and, like most people who know Jerry, “I became really good friends with her. We had a lot of fun. We would meet people and invite them to the different activities. It was really great.”

In 2003, Annie was awarded the MoAHA “Employee of the Year”. Shortly thereafter, she retired as a Heisinger Bluffs & St. Joseph’s Bluffs employee, but began her life as a volunteer.

Annie has always thought of Heisinger Bluffs & St. Joseph’s Bluffs as her second home. In 2009, she made it official and became a resident, living in one of the beautiful upstairs apartments in the historic mansion. “I feel that I have been specially blessed,” she says. “Everybody here is wonderful, and I feel blessed to be able to work with the staff and residents.”

“I have spent the last 20 some years here and I hope I can spend the next 20 here as well.”



Ross Boeger

RossBoegerStoriesTabThe crack of the bat, the cry of the umpire…for Heisinger Bluffs resident Ross Boeger, this is the most wonderful time of the year.

“I’ve spent my whole life in baseball,” Ross says. “I started league play when I was 14 years old playing with the Hartsburg town team. I played American Legion ball, I played with the Ban Johnson league, all kinds of small leagues.” There was a short interruption in his career as a third baseman when he went on a tour of duty in Japan – but only because his paratrooper unit’s team needed him to play shortstop instead of third.

Nowadays, Coach Boeger is content to keep up with the game from his apartment at Heisinger Bluffs – especially when the Cardinals are on. And he’ll be glad to tell you his thoughts on the current direction for the St. Louis ball club. “I wasn’t disappointed to see Pujols go,” he says. “The Cardinals will do just fine without him. We’ve still got a heck of a good team. Freese is a great player, and if Molina could run, he’d be terrific. I think they got a good chance this year.”

Since arriving at Heisinger Bluffs, Ross has found steadily more people to talk baseball with. “I’m sort of an old homebody. I’d rather stay in and watch a game,” he says. “But there’s all kinds of things to do here. I’ve really liked it since we’ve been here. It’s a great place.”



Dusty Rhoads

DustyRhoadsStoriesTabIt’s been nearly seven decades since D-Day. As the years pass, first-hand accounts of the day that changed the course of history are becoming rare. But the events of June 6, 1944, are still fresh for Heisinger Bluffs resident Robert “Dusty” Rhoads. He was on one of more than 5,000 ships supporting the 4,000 ship-to-shore D-Day landings.

Rhoads and his shipmates were fortunate. The Merchant Marine suffered the largest ratio of casualties of any branch of service during World War II.

When he returned home, his wife Mabel was waiting for him. They have known each other 80 years and have been married for 72 of them. The couple continued their service across Missouri as Dusty helped construct an ammunition plant at Weldon Springs and headed to Knob Noster to help build Whiteman Air Force Base. Mabel kept things shipshape at home and cared for their three children — two girls and one boy.

“It all went by in a hurry,” reflects Mabel Rhoads. “We moved to Heisinger Bluffs to be near our daughters. It is one of the best locations in the area. It’s like a little city. We’ve got awfully good neighbors,” she says. “We’ve made some really good friends.”

“Some of our neighbors are people we’ve known growing up from Centertown,” says Dusty, “but some of them are from England, France, and Germany, just all over the world.” Which seems fitting for an ex-Merchant Marine who spent his youth traveling the world. Nowadays, the world comes to Dusty.



Our Staff

senior communityGreetings!

Welcome to Heisinger Bluffs & St. Joseph's Bluffs! We offer seniors an active lifestyle and the peace of mind that comes with knowing that help is available if you need it. Located in Jefferson City, Missouri, our personal services and on-site conveniences allow you to lead a maintenance-free lifestyle. We are the only community in Jefferson City offering a range of services from independent living apartment homes to comprehensive skilled nursing care. When you arrive at Heisinger & St. Joseph's Bluffs, you’ll feel right at home.

As part of the Lutheran Senior Services family of communities, we combine a faith-based approach and a respect and dignity for all who call Heisinger & St. Joseph's Bluffs home. Whether you or your loved one is looking for a maintenance-free, independent living apartmentor requires varying stages of assistance, our senior living communities are the best choice. Please contact us with questions or to set up a time to visit. We look forward to meeting you!

David Knocke
Executive Director


Members of our Team

David Knocke
Executive Director
ph 573.634.5042, x2603

David Knocke serves as the Executive Director of Heisinger Bluffs and St. Joseph Bluffs, leading the team of caregivers and support staff to provide outstanding resident satisfaction and quality outcomes. Knocke served as president of BJC Medical Group until 2015 which employed 280 physicians in a variety of medical specialties, including internal medicine, family medicine, cardiology, rheumatology and oncology. In addition, he served as the chief administrative officer of the BJC Accountable Care Organization. Knocke and his wife, Catherine, have three children.

Ruth Volkart
Ruth Volkart
Administrator Care Center
ph 573.636.6288

Dianne Lowry
Senior Living Counselor
ph 573.636.6288

A long time Jefferson City resident, Dianne most recently served as Director of Annual Programs for Westminster College. Prior to that, she was Development and Foundation Manager for SSM St. Mary’s Foundation for nine years. Dianne began her career as Executive Director of the Heart of Missouri Girl Scout Council. Dianne earned a Bachelor of Arts in English and French from William Woods University.

Ashley Drewel
Health Services Counselor
ph 573.636.6288

Ashley has been working in long-term-care since 2010 and joining the Heisinger and St. Joseph’s team in August 2011. During that time she has held a variety of positions, familiarizing her with all aspects of senior living. She graduated from Columbia College in 2013 with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration with emphasis in Marketing, Management and Human Resource Management. She has lived in Jefferson City her entire life and enjoys spending time with her husband and two children.

Karole Jones
Clinical Liason
ph 573.644.6352

Karol started with LSS in August of 2015. She is an LPN with a Business Administration degree, and has worked in the medical field for 30+ years, specializing in long-term care, home health, and hospice. She is a wife, mother and grandmother, living in the Jefferson City area.

Anna Holt
Anna Holt
Director of Nursing (RN), Heisinger Bluffs
ph 573.636.6288

Jessica Long
Jessica Long
Director of Nursing (RN), St. Joseph’s Bluffs
ph 573.636.6288

Rev. James Mueller
ph 573.634.5042, x2606

The chaplain at Heisinger Bluffs & St. Joseph's Bluffs since 2008, Rev. James (Jim) Mueller entered the seminary at Concordia Theological Seminary in St. Louis in 2003 and completed his Master of Divinity Studies in 2008. He completed his vicarage at Laclede Groves senior living community in St. Louis from 2006 to 2007. Before entering the seminary, Jim was a farmer and greenhouse operator in southeast Missouri. Jim lives in Jefferson City with his wife, Cindy. They have two grown children, Anna and Jacob.

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A Gift of Time and Talent

At Heisinger Bluffs & St. Joseph's Bluffs, service-minded individuals find many opportunities to give of their time and talents. We match each volunteer with residents and their families depending upon skills, interests, and availability.

Volunteering can include any number of activities, including:

  • Clerical work
  • Assistance with resident activities
  • Support for special events and fundraisers

If you are interested in volunteering at Heisinger Bluffs & St. Joseph's Bluffs, click here to email our volunteer coordinator.


Giving a Gift of Treasure

Our parent organization, Lutheran Senior Services, is a not-for-profit organization built on financial stability and sound stewardship. We invite you to support us in our mission of service by making a gift through the LSS Living Foundation.

Your help will advance our Christian mission of honoring and cherishing those we serve. Your gift will be used to directly help older adults living life to the fullest.

So make your legacy part of the Lutheran Senior Services legacy - give today or contact our stewardship director for free and confidential advice about how your gift can help others.

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For More Information, Call...

Ron Freiburghaus
Director of Stewardship
ph 573.634.5042, x2513

Director of Stewardship Ron Freiburghaus is committed to building the benevolent care endowment for residents who have outlived their resources. With 20 years of experience in fund development and estate planning at organizations such as Yale University, Missouri State Teachers Foundation and the University of Missouri, Ron holds a bachelor's and law degree from the University of Missouri. He works closely with volunteers and residents to offer wonderful opportunities to experience the joy of giving. Many of the financial options he proposes provide tax-advantaged, fixed income for life at an attractive rate of return or do not involve current assets. His wife, Mary, is an advanced practice nurse at the Cosmopolitan Diabetes Center at University Hospital.

senior housing 65109Moving In

Making the move to a senior living community is an investment in your own peace of mind. Here, you can enjoy an active, maintenance-free lifestyle. And, as a resident of Heisinger Bluffs & St. Joseph’s Bluffs, you gain priority access to higher levels of care should your needs change.

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Pricing for Independent Living

When you move into one of our independent living apartment homes, you pay a one-time refundable Entrance Fee. You can choose our $5,000 option, which is 100% refundable; however, investing in our 95% or 50% refundable entrance fee options is a wise financial strategy that reduces your monthly service fees and keeps your money working for you while preserving your assets.

In addition, we have a variety of other
financial options that can reduce your monthly fees.

For specific pricing, contact our senior living counselor by calling 573.636.6288 or by email.

Pricing for Other Levels of Service

For pricing information on assisted living or memory care assisted living, contact our senior living counselor by calling 573.636.6288 or by email.

For pricing information on short stay rehabilitation, or skilled nursing, contact our health services counselor by calling 573.644.6376 or by email.

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LSS Move-In Resources

Lutheran Senior Services offers a host of resources to make the move to Heisinger Bluffs & St. Joseph’s Bluffs as smooth and carefree as possible. Through the LSS Move-In Resources service, you can find help to organize, rightsize, move, and enjoy!

Our Move-In Resources service can provide…

  • Help with managing the home sale process.
  • Assistance with transforming a new space so it becomes home.
  • Advice on what to take, sell, or give away.
  • Preapproved resources to help make the transition easy.

To learn more, contact our senior living counselor by calling 573.636.6288 or by email.