Care for Your Loved Ones with Alzheimer’s
Right Here in Ballwin
What is Memory Care Assisted Living? It’s an opportunity for older adults with early to mid-stage cognitive disabilities to live with dignity and respect. And it’s a blessing for families of seniors living with Alzheimer’s disease.
With a focus on person-centered care, life in Meramec Bluffs‘s Memory Care Assisted Living neighborhood is warm, comfortable, and above all, home. Here, caregivers follow the rhythms and preferences of each individual. Familiar surroundings and the opportunity to participate in the routines of daily life trigger memories, foster social interaction, and promote physical activity.
Find out how affordable peace of mind can be — call 636.923.2307 or e-mail us today!
For family members living with Alzheimer’s, change can be more than just hard. It can be confusing, upsetting, and even damaging. That’s why Meramec Bluffs introduced its memory care assisted living neighborhood.
Specially designed for seniors with early to mid-stage Alzheimer’s disease or other memory impairments, we’re here to help them make the adjustment to life in a care center as comfortable as possible. Amid warm, inviting surroundings, our friendly staff members offer special programs designed to emphasize the familiar and reduce stress during this time of transition.
Here, your loved one can get the care he or she needs, with extra attention paid to the rhythms and preferences a person develops over the course of a lifetime. That’s the heart of our person-centered care philosophy — exceptional care customized to the tastes, preferences, and needs of the people who live here.
Services and Amenities
Located in Ballwin, MO 63021, our Memory Care Assisted Living apartments offer all the comforts of home, plus so much more. Our surroundings are charming and graceful with exceptional dining and amenities. Perhaps the best comfort comes from knowing that your loved one will be embraced in a caring community that fosters active living.
- Exceptional 24-hour care with onsite therapy
- Consistent staffing helps to promote familiarity and a sense of stability
- Three meals daily
- Daily life focused on keeping residents engaged, ensuring social, spiritual, psychological, and physical well-being
- Comfortable surroundings with controlled-access entrances
- Licensed nursing care as well as medication assistance
- An urgent call system for when help is needed
- Housekeeping and laundry services
- Onsite health care services with a wide range of options for mind, body and soul
- Full service building, grounds and appliance maintenance
- Exceptional housekeeping service
- Beautiful countryside surroundings
- Move-In Resources to assist your family with the moving process
- Transportation services, a beauty shop, and a barber shop, all available onsite
- A faith-inspired community with an on-site chaplain and spiritual services
Physical, occupational, and speech therapies are available on-site through our REACH Wellness program. Personal care programs are available and tailored to meet each individual’s needs. Plus, our residents receive priority access to higher levels of care should their needs change.
Our Promise To You
As part of Lutheran Senior Services, Meramec Bluffs is backed by one of the largest, most financially stable not-for-profit senior care networks in the country. With a 150-year tradition of excellence, we set out to create the highest quality Continuing Care Retirement Communities possible, with a full array of personalized features to customize the retirement living experience for each person.
What does a fulfilling lifestyle look like in Meramec Bluffs’s memory care program? That depends on each individual we serve. We’re here to customize the care experience to suit every resident’s unique preferences.
Recreation at “The Bluffs”
Our recreation team designs a unique and varied calendar of events each month, with an eye toward emphasizing the familiar and maintaining mental and physical activity.
There’s always something happening at Meramec Bluffs, from exercise classes to discussion groups, from movies in the Living Room to bus rides off campus. And if you ever find something 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 our residents! In our memory care assisted living neighborhood, residents enjoy three meals a day in our beautifully appointed dining room, with meal plans included in their service fee.
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 attractions and medical facilities. Click below to see what Ballwin and its sister cities have to offer.
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!”
Members of our Team
Meramec Bluffs Executive Director
ph 636.923.0009, x2303
The Executive Director of Meramec Bluffs, Terry Etling has worked at LSS for more than 15 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 25 years. Terry earned her master’s degree from Webster University in management, and she teaches part-time at the University of Missouri-St. Louis in the gerontology program.
Administrator of Care Center
ph 636.923.0009, x2503
Brad Queen is the Care Ceter Adminstrator at Meramec Bluffs. Brad has been working as an Administrator in long term care for more than 15 years. He has a bachelor's degree in health care management with a minor in marketing from Maryville University. He also has an associates degree in business administration. Brad resides in the DeSoto area with his wife and two children.
Senior Living Counselor
Lauren Scherer, Senior Living Counselor at Meramec Bluffs, holds a bachelor’s degree from Southeast Missouri State University. She has more than 16 years of senior care experience, including 14 years as an Activity Therapist. Lauren joined LSS in 2005, and currently works in the Marketing Department. She and her husband are actively involved in their church and live in Barnhart with their three dogs, Buddy, Sugar, and Joshua.
Senior Living Counselor
Mimi Linhares has been a Senior Living Counselor with Meramec Bluffs for the past four 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.
Dining Services Director
ph 636.923.0009, x2339
Patricia Hawkinson is currently the Dining Services Director at Meramec Bluffs. She began her career with LSS in 1991 at Laclede Groves, and she became involved with the preparation and planning of the Meramec Bluffs Campus and moved there in 2002. Patricia has an Associates Degree in Dietetic Technology and Clinical Nutrition. She is married to Michael, they live in Labadie Missouri and both have grown children and several beautiful grandchildren.
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Deaconess Gayle has been a chaplain at Meramec Bluffs for nearly three 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.
Rev. Keith Weise has been Chaplain at Meramec Bluffs since July 2008. He served for three years as a parish pastor in Altenburg, Missouri, before joining LSS. He completed LSS’ Clinical Pastoral Education program in 2004, and graduated from Concordia Seminary, St. Louis in 2005. Chaplain Weise is married to Deanne, and they have four children. They make their home in Florissant, where they live with their two youngest children, Abigail and Kathryn.
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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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 the Meramec Bluffs and Breeze Park communities.
Making the move to a senior living community is an investment in peace of mind. Each resident at Meramec Bluffs gets priority access to higher levels of care as their needs change.
Costs for memory care assisted living are assessed on a monthly basis. For specific pricing, contact our senior living counselor by calling 636.923.2307 or by email.