Meramec Bluffs: Ballwin’s Premier
Independent Senior Living Community
Tired of cutting grass? Want more time to do what you love most? At Meramec Bluffs, you’re invited to embrace active, enriching retirement living, free from the hassles that come with maintaining a household.
Choose between our distinctive patio homes and senior apartments to find an option that best suits your lifestyle. However you choose, life at Meramec Bluffs puts you right in the thick of it — on-site dining, stellar services and amenities, a wide assortment of recreation activities, and a community of good friends to share them with, all in the heart of Ballwin, MO 63021.
So come join us where value and peace of mind are part of everyday living. Call 636.923.2307 or e-mail us to learn more.
At Meramec Bluffs, our personal services and on-site conveniences are designed to support you as you discover the possibilities of retirement living. Our spacious senior apartments and patio homes are perfect for pursuing a stimulating, independent lifestyle filled with endless opportunities for fun and friendship. You’re sure to feel right at home the moment you walk in the door.
There are many special and unique features offered at Meramec Bluffs, including:
- Diverse social, cultural, and educational services all year round
- Active senior living with a sense of community and friendship
- A wide range of onsite health care services for mind, body, and soul
- Full service maintenance for the building, grounds, and community-furnished appliances
- Exceptional housekeeping services
- Regularly scheduled activities for many different interests
- A fitness center with an indoor swimming pool
- A rustic log cabin overlooking the Meramec River, perfect for gatherings of family and friends
- A variety of patio home and apartment floorplans to choose from
- Many utility costs included
- Superb dining services with options to fit your lifestyle
- Beautiful countryside surroundings
- Move-In Resources to assist you with the moving process
- Financial options – a range of payment plans to suit your needs
- Close proximity to quaint shops, great restaurants, golf courses, cultural and artistic activities, and hiking and biking trails
- On-site transportation services, beauty shop, and barber shop
- A faith-inspired community with an on-site chaplain and spiritual services
Meramec Bluffs is a continuing care retirement community, offering a full range of licensed health services. This includes assisted living, memory care assisted living, skilled nursing, and our REACH Short Stay Rehabilitation program. To learn more about the scope of our health care programs, click here.
Our full time recreation staff is always coming up with fun and exciting new day trips, games, celebrations, and opportunities for live entertainment right here on campus. Plus, Meramec Bluffs is home to a wide variety of clubs, from community government to volunteer groups to our award-winning water volleyball team. Got an idea for a new activity? Propose it at our monthly events planning meeting. We’re here to make sure you’re having a great time!
Wellness activities abound as well – be sure to make use of our senior-friendly fitness equipment, indoor swimming pool, outdoor walking paths, and year-round exercise programs. All of these come together through our REACH Wellness program, which incorporates health clinics and short-term therapies.
Our dining services staff works to provide a variety of dishes to excite every palate. From home cooking to more exotic cuisine, there’s always something new to try, and something familiar to savor.
Independent living residents can enjoy lunch or dinner in our beautifully appointed dining rooms, or take a meal back to enjoy in the comfort of their own homes. Our attentive dining services staff is always ready to assist you!
At the heart of Meramec Bluffs’s philosophy of service is our Christian mission: Older Adults Living Life to the Fullest. Here, we honor and cherish people of all faiths, respecting their beliefs and helping them stay in touch with their personal faith practices.
We strive to serve the entire person—body, mind, and soul. To that end, we have two full-time chaplains on staff to host weekly worship services, teach Bible classes, and to provide spiritual support when needed.
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.
Retire in style — Meramec Bluffs offers over 30 different floorplans for apartment homes and patio homes. Click on the floorplans below to enlarge images of a few samples.
Meramec Bluffs offers a full continuum of options for retirement living, from independent living and assisted living to memory care and skilled nursing, plus short stay rehabilitation. To learn more about any of the health care options listed below, click here.
REACH Short Stay
If you need short-term rehabilitation following a qualifying hospital stay, you can find it in our REACH Short Stay program. Here, you can benefit from our team of licensed nurses, therapists, nutritional managers, social service workers, and chaplains as you work to reach your highest potential. Click here to learn more.
Need a little extra help to maintain your independence? We offer private assisted living apartments featuring access to our friendly, professional nursing staff. Here, residents find help with personal care, medication assistance, weekly housekeeping, linen service, and three daily meals. Click here to learn more.
Memory Care Assisted Living
Our neighborhood provides assisted living apartments created especially for residents living with early to mid-stage Alzheimer’s disease or other memory impairments. We offer all the amenities of our assisted living in an innovative living space. Click here to learn more.
Meramec Bluffs provides private rooms, companion rooms, and companion suites for residents who need 24-hour professional nursing care. Our care center features on-call nursing assistance, licensed medication management, an incontinence care program, and medical director oversight. Click here to learn more.
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 beautifully appointed dining room or packaged to go, with meal plans included in their monthly 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 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
“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
“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.”
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
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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.
Administrator of Care Center
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.
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.
Director of Community Sales & Marketing
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.
Director of Dining Services
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.
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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
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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.
Think about everything you spend on your home in a given month – mortgage, utilities, repairs, landscaping and more. Now think about how much you spend on eating out, entertainment, a health club membership, and transportation.
At Meramec Bluffs, most (if not all) of these expenses are covered with a single monthly payment. And when you compare it to what you’re paying now, you may be surprised at how reasonable a move to Meramec Bluffs can be.
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
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.