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Meramec Bluffs

Meramec Bluffs

Ballwin Missouri

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1 Meramec Bluffs Dr.
Ballwin, MO 63021

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Where Ballwin goes for Senior Living, Assisted Living, Long Term Care & More.

A great location, neighbors who quickly become friends, and programs to stimulate body, mind, and spirit…Meramec Bluffs senior living offers all this and much, much more.

Here in the heart of historic Ballwin, Missouri 63021, you can enjoy the comforts of home without the work and worry. You can live with peace of mind, knowing that you will receive priority access to our comprehensive continuity of senior health care should your health needs change over time.

Come join us where value and peace of mind are part of everyday living. Call 636.923.2307 or email us to learn more!


What We Offer

One of the things that set Meramec 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 63021Independent Living

Meramec Bluffs is filled with endless opportunities for fun and friendship. Our spacious, comfortable senior living apartments and patio homes 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.


assisted living 63376Assisted Living assisted living Ballwin

In our private 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 Ballwin

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, Meramec Bluffs is part of a 157-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 Meramec Bluffs. Clicking on the images below will launch the virtual tour in a new window.


Community Amenities


Independent Living


REACH Short Stay Rehabilitation


Assisted Living


Memory Care Assisted Living


Long Term Care


The Lifestyle at
Meramec Bluffs

What does an active lifestyle look like at Meramec Bluffs? What do you want it to look like?

When you choose a maintenance-free lifestyle at Meramec 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 Meramec Bluffs, from exercise classes in the pool 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 Meramec Bluffs is our fabulous on-site dining. Our attentive dining services staff is always ready to assist you! Residents in our independent living apartments and patio homes 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 Ballwin, Missouri, Meramec Bluffs is just a short drive from everywhere. Ballwin and its neighboring communities offer a wealth of cultural attractions, dining, shopping, golf, and medical facilities. Click below to see what Ballwin and its sister cities have to offer.


Welcome to Meramec Bluffs


Bill and Jackie Lindhorst

homes for seniors“We wanted to find a place like this while we were still young enough to be able to enjoy it.” And now that they’re both retired, Bill and Jackie are making the most of their new-found time together.

“We looked at some other places but nothing compared to this,” Jackie says. “Our kids call this a resort. They spend as much time here as we do. We even have dinner with them in the dining room some evenings.”

“We ended up selling our house faster than we expected,” Jackie says, “and even before we moved in the staff was helping us. They took care of everything 100 percent. Things like storage, turning off the utilities, finding a moving company, the whole thing.”

Today, Bill and Jackie Lindhorst are starting their second year in their new patio home, and they couldn’t be more pleased. “There are so many nice people here,” Bill says. “We’ve made a lot of new friends in here, more than we’ve ever had before.”

But, the person Jackie most enjoys seeing each day is Bill. “Bill was working so hard for so long, this has been the first time in a very long time that we have been able to do things together,” Jackie says, “and I intend to enjoy that for a long time to come!”



The Best Move We Ever Made



Dick Vreeland

VreelandStoriesTab“I’m a missionary for the United Methodist Church,” Dick Vreeland says. “My field is accounting. And the first assignment I had was to create an internal audit system for a 600-bed hospital in Vellore, India.” From 1960 to 1964, Dick trained internal auditors and helped establish modern finance standards for the facility. Quite a first job, right?

Dick’s duties also took him around the United States before he and his wife Peg settled down back in St. Louis. Through family friends, the Vreelands learned about Meramec Bluffs, which was just being built at the time.

Tragically, Peg passed away soon after they made the move into their new apartment. Dick had made many transitions in his life, from moving to India, to readjusting to rural life after living in a city of several million…but this transition could have been his toughest.

“In retrospect,” he says, “living here made transition quite a bit easier. The staff was extremely helpful. The community was very supportive, and my transition to being a bachelor was made as easy as it could’ve been. I continued doing many of the things Peg and I used to do as a family. My family just grew to include everyone in the building. It made a bad, bad experience one I could get through.”

Today, Dick is grateful for his new family at Meramec Bluffs. “When you open your life up,” he says, “it’s amazing what might happen.”



Shirley’s Story

senior communityThe Clinic at
Meramec Bluffs

Tired of traveling across town to see your doctor? For Meramec Bluffs residents, the addition of our new Primary Care Clinic means they only have to travel down the hall to see a physician!

From Monday through Friday, medical professionals from St. Luke’s Hospital are available on-site to meet with residents to discuss their health needs. Services offered include:

  • Regular checkups
  • Care for minor illnesses and injuries
  • Coumadin monitoring
  • Blood work (with a physician’s order)
  • Free blood pressure checks
  • Wellness evaluations
  • Podiatry (Dr. Thomas Kirisits & Dr. Raymond Brickhouse)
  • Dentistry: (Dr. Anne Delaplain)
  • Audiology: (Dr. Carol Bergmann)
  • Walk-ins welcome


The Primary Care Clinic’s Staff Includes…

Gabriel Usry, MD
Primary Care Physician

Dr. Usry sees patients on Wednesday mornings from 8 a.m. to Noon in the Primary Care Clinic at Meramec Bluffs. He is board certified in family medicine and is a member of TriCounty Family Practice at WingHaven®. He completed his residency training in 2007 at St. John’s Mercy Medical Center, where he also served as chief resident for the department of family medicine. His special interests include geriatric and family medicine.

Jenna Sanders
Nurse Practitioner

Working with Dr. Usry, Nurse Practitioner, Jenna Sanders is on-site to treat you Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays from 8 a.m. to Noon (Dr. Usry sees patients on Wednesday mornings). Visit the Clinic if you have a minor illness or injury, such as a sore throat, earache, sprain, strain or any other medical concern. She has been with St. Luke’s Hospital since 2013 as a nurse practitioner and previously worked as a cardiac nurse in a hospital step-down unit for 6 years.

StLukesSmallTo Learn More…

Call Meramec Bluffs at 636.923.2334 or visit to find out more about St. Luke’s Hospital.

Our Staff

senior communityGreetings!

Thank you for your interest in Meramec Bluffs! At Meramec Bluffs we really do redefine “Retirement Living”!

From the minute you walk through our front door you will experience all the great things Meramec Bluffs has to offer. Whether it is our spacious patio homes and apartments, our variety of dining options, our indoor pool and exercise facilities, or the many fun activities offered on a daily basis – you will find something that makes Meramec Bluffs the perfect choice for you to call home! In addition to our many independent living options we also offer access to a continuum of care should you need Assisted Living or Skilled Nursing care. All of our services are provided in a manner that truly makes Meramec Bluffs home! The best part is the great people who live and work at Meramec Bluffs. Please stop by and visit our community to see for yourself how you can “redefine your retirement!”

Terry Etling
Executive Director


Members of our Team

Terry Etling
Meramec Bluffs Executive Director
ph 636.923.0009, x2303

The Executive Director of Meramec Bluffs, Terry Etling has worked at LSS for 20 years, starting as Community Administrator of the Breeze Park community in St. Charles. A Certified Aging Services Professional, she has worked in long-term care for over 30 years. Terry earned her master’s degree from Webster University in management with an emphasis in Health Care.

Maryann Eissler
Administrator of Care Center
ph 636.923.2386

Maryann returned to Meramec Bluffs as the Care Center Administrator in November of 2014. Prior to that she had been the Director of Nursing at Meramec Bluffs for two years.  Maryann has over twenty five years of experience as a RN in a variety of settings. She worked for fifteen years as a Director of Nursing in skilled nursing and three years as a Manager in the Acute Care field.   She received her RN degree from Missouri Baptist School of Nursing and was awarded the Missouri Baptist Doctor’s Scholarship for academic excellence.

Amy Hayden
Amy Hayden
Director of Nursing (RN)

Mimi Linhares
Senior Living Counselor
ph 636.923.2308

Mimi Linhares has been with Meramec Bluffs for the past eleven years. Her prior sales and marketing experience were in the executive suite field, where she leased and managed commercial office space, and in the Communications Department at St. Luke's Hospital. Mimi has been married for 38 years to her husband, George, and they have five children and four grandchildren.

Mary Darlin
Director of Community Sales & Marketing
ph 636.923.2308

Mary grew up in Lake of the Ozarks and graduated from Florida Southern College with a degree in Elementary Education. She has made St. Louis her home for 16 years. After staying home to raise her children, she started a career in Real Estate as a Community Sales Manager for a national home builder. When the housing market crashed, Mary transitioned to sales and marketing in the Senior Housing Industry where she has worked at both the community and regional level bringing 12 years of experience to her role as Director of Community Sales and Marketing for Meramec Bluffs.

Mark Cromley
Director of Dining Services
ph 636.861.0600

Mark Cromley attended Northwest Missouri State University, earning a Bachelors in Science in Restaurant and Food Service Management with a Business Minor. He then spent 26 years at Aramark Corporation in their Business Services and Higher Education divisions including accounts at UMSL, Wichita State, Southwest Illinois College, Maritz, Boeing, Citi Mortgage, Federal Reserve, Washington University, and Saint Louis University. In September 2015, Mark joined Lutheran Senior Services as the Director of Dining for Meramec Bluffs.

Deaconess Gayle Truesdell
ph 636.923.0009, x2427

Deaconess Gayle has been a chaplain at Meramec Bluffs for ten years. She graduated from the University of Missouri-Kansas City with degrees in psychology and sociology, and from Concordia Seminary with a master’s degree in Deaconess Studies in 2006. She joined the staff at Meramec Bluffs shortly thereafter. Deaconess Gayle is married and has seven children and five grandchildren.

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A Gift of Time and Talent

At Meramec 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 Meramec 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...

Maggy Spencer
Director of Stewardship
ph 636.923.0009, x2315

Maggy Spencer has been with LSS since 2003. Hired as Director of Marketing, she moved into Stewardship after several years. Her background includes twelve years in funeral service, specializing in prearranged and estate funeral plans. Prior to this she worked in the hospitality area, representing Kraft Foodservice, and later Angelica Uniform. Maggy's focus has always been on exemplary customer service. She has a master's degree from Webster University and a bachelor's degree from Washington University. She is a licensed funeral director as well as licensed in insurance for health and life. She serves as Director of Stewardship for Meramec Bluffs.

senior housing 63021Moving 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 Meramec 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 or patio homes, you pay a one-time refundable Entrance Fee. 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 636.923.2307 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 636.923.2307 or by email.

For pricing information on short stay rehabilitation, or skilled nursing, contact our health services counselor by calling 636.923.2307 or by email.

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LSS Move-In Resources

Lutheran Senior Services offers a host of resources to make the move to Meramec 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 636.923.2307 or by email.