Meridian Village

Meridian Village

Glen Carbon Illinois

senior living

Meridian Village (map)
27 Auerbach Place
Glen Carbon, IL 62034

Looking for Mom and Dad?

spiritual care seniorsPrayer Partners

Meridian Village: Glen Carbon’s Premier
Independent Senior Living Community

Tired of cutting grass? Want more time to do what you love most? At Meridian Village, 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 Meridian Village 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 Glen Carbon, IL 62034.

So come join us where value and peace of mind are part of everyday living. Call 618.288.3700 or e-mail us to learn more.

retirement community Glen CarbonChoice. Comfort. Convenience.

At Meridian Village, 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 Meridian Village, 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 building, grounds, and appliance maintenance
  • Exceptional housekeeping services
  • A community center with regularly scheduled activities for many different interests
  • 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 historic Glen Carbon, with its quaint shops, great restaurants, golf courses, cultural and artistic activities, and hiking and biking trails
  • Indoor swimming pool
  • A Veterans Affairs office on site as well as transportation services, beauty shop, and barber shop
  • A faith-inspired community with an on-site chaplain and spiritual services


Health Care

Meridian Village 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, Meridian Village 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.



senior meals Glen CarbonOur 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.

At any time they choose during open hours, independent living residents can enjoy breakfast, lunch, or dinner in our beautifully appointed dining rooms, or they can take a meal back to enjoy in the comfort of their own homes. Our attentive dining services staff is always ready to assist you!


Pastoral Care

faith-based senior livingAt the heart of Meridian Village’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 a full time chaplain on staff to host weekly worship services, teach Bible classes, and to provide spiritual support when needed.

retirement home Glen Carbon IllinoisOur Promise To You

As part of Lutheran Senior Services, Meridian Village 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.

Meridian VillageWe look forward to showing you our beautiful campus here in Glen Carbon. At Meridian Village, we’re more than a retirement home — we’re a community of close friends.

Virtual Tours

Clicking on the images below will launch the virtual tours in a new window.



Retire in style — Meridian Village offers a variety of floorplans for apartment homes and patio homes. Click on the floorplans below to enlarge images of a few samples.


Apartment Homes

The Cambridge, 1 BR

The Cambridge

Click to Schedule a Visit

The Cambridge is just one of the 12 spacious apartment floorplans offered at Meridian Village.

Features include:

  • Over 1,000 square feet of inviting living space
  • Ideal design for one person
  • Eat-in kitchen
  • Senior-friendly bath fixtures
  • A wide array of services and amenities included in your monthly service fee
  • Priority access to our health care services should your needs change
Printable Version
The Sherwood, 2 BR

The Sherwood

Click to Schedule a Visit

The Sherwood is just one of the 12 spacious apartment floor plans offered at Meridian Village.

Features include:

  • Over 1,000 square feet of inviting living space
  • Master bedroom with private bath
  • Unsurpassed kitchen cabinet and closet space
  • A wide array of services and amenities included in your monthly service fee
  • Priority access to our health care services should your needs change
Printable Version


Patio Homes

The Stratford, 2 BR

The Stratford

Click to Schedule a Visit

The Stratford is just one of three spacious patio home floorplans offered at Meridian Village.

Features include:

  • Spacious living room with vaulted ceiling
  • Master bedroom with oversize closet
  • Full-size laundry
  • A wide array of services and amenities included in your monthly service fee
  • Priority access to our health care services should your needs change
Printable Version
The Windsor, 2 BR

The Windsor

Click to Schedule a Visit

The Windsor is one of three spacious patio home floorplans offered at Meridian Village.

Features include:

  • Open floor plan with spacious living / dining room
  • Master bedroom with dual closets
  • Two-bathroom design with private master bath
  • A wide array of services and amenities included in your monthly service fee
  • Priority access to our health care services should your needs change
Printable Version

senior health care Glen Carbon ILHealthcare

Meridian Village 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 household. 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.


Assisted Living

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 household 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.


Skilled Nursing

Meridian Village 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.

The Lifestyle at
Meridian Village

What does an active lifestyle look like at Meridian Village? What do you want it to look like?

When you choose a maintenance-free lifestyle at Meridian Village, 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 Village”

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 Meridian Village, 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 Village”

One of the most popular features of life at Meridian Village 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 Glen Carbon, Illinois, Meridian Village is just a short drive from everywhere. Glen Carbon and its neighboring communities offer a wealth of cultural attractions, dining, shopping, golf, and medical facilities. Click below to see what Glen Carbon and its sister cities have to offer.


Welcome to Meridian Village

Masterpiece Living: Valuing Gray


“There’s Constantly
Something Going On.”

in home helpWhen I was living in my house in Swansea, it was costing a lot just to keep the house up. And keeping the house up was all I did. I just looked at the four walls and I never saw anybody.

Now, for just a little more each month, I have people to talk to every day, great meals fixed for me, most of my utilities covered, transportation wherever I need to go, someone to help clean the place twice a month, and fun things to do going on all the time. Where else can you find service like that on a school teacher’s pension?

Most people wait too long – they wait until they’re physically unable to take part in things. It’s so much better when you can get out on your own and enjoy what they have here. There’s constantly something going on. I play water volleyball twice a week. I work out in the weight room. I sing in the choir.

This is a place for active people, and I’m here to stay.



“I Love My Neighbors!”

Millie Overholtz

I’m 87, and I’ve been independent all this time. I’ve never had any kind of illness or injury before, so what a shock it was when I fell in December and had to go into rehab.

But I’ve had wonderful help here. The staff are all good, but especially in the therapy department. At other places, they’ll tell you, “You’re going to do this.” Here, it’s more like, “Well, let’s try this.” It’s so much more friendly, and that makes a huge difference. They make you feel like you really can do it—and that’s such a big help.

I have a rather large family, and they can’t believe there’s a place like this. Oh my goodness. They have created such a homey atmosphere here, a family atmosphere.

I’ve asked my kids, “How am I ever going to get un-spoiled?”



Harry & Lynn Thiel


We had some close friends in Kansas City who moved into a senior community. We began thinking, well, we’re getting older. Maybe we ought to think about this kind of arrangement.

Our kids are in Kansas and California, so we worried that, if we waited to find a place at a senior community, we might have wound up causing problems for our families. It’s important to us that we’re able to take care of ourselves.

We love it here. It’s like a godsend. The staff is so impressive. When we’ve needed it, the care has been excellent. And there are many, many activities!

We’re so impressed. We’re blessed to be here in this cozy place.



Dorothy Hamilos

DorothyHamilosStoriesTabIf you made a list of all the people Dorothy Hamilos amazes, she herself would be at the top of the list. “I can’t believe it, I’m in a tap dancing group…at my age!” she cries.

A resident at LSS’ Meridian Village community in Glen Carbon, Illinois, Dorothy first laced up her tap shoes at the age of 67. Today, 21 years later, she’s still a member of “Silver Belles and a Beau,” a dance troupe that entertains groups around the St. Louis area. And she’s showing no signs of slowing down.

“My husband and I went ballroom dancing every weekend with our friends,” she says,” and I always told myself that before I died, I was going to learn to tap.” So, in 1990, she set out to do just that, and along the way, she’s found a real love for performance. “I enjoy meeting new people. It makes you feel so good to know that you’ve touched them in some way.”

Sadly, Dorothy’s husband passed away in 2007. “I had a big, beautiful home in Granite City,” she says. “When he died, I didn’t like living alone, eating alone…so I had a good talk with myself and decided to start looking for a retirement home.”

But most of the communities in the area were far too sedentary for her tastes. “So many places I visited were like nursing homes; there was no activity, and the food wasn’t good,” she says. “I’m not a person to just sit, so I’m so grateful I found Meridian Village.”



The Wine Nots

Jack and Ginger McCall

McCallStoriesTabBirdwatching is more than just a hobby for Jack and Ginger McCall — it’s a way of life!

The couple even has a big wooden bird totem on their deck at Meridian Village that marks their house as being “bird-friendly” to draw their feathered friends closer to binocular distance.

Jack commissioned their totem from an art student at SIUE where he formally taught psychology. “The totem marks this as a birding place,” Jack says. “Birds are welcome here.”

The couple is still relatively new to Meridian Village, having moved in on the first day of summer, but they’ve already fallen in love with the place. Jack and Ginger are crazy about the amenities. “We had to have a swimming pool,” Ginger says. “I’m a swimmer and I try to swim at least three days a week.”

“Plus, We wanted to be in a community where the different stages of needs were available to us,” she says, referring to Meridian Village’s on-site assisted living and care options. “We’ve seen the kind of staff and the attitude the staff has toward the residents, and it’s just very impressive.”



LeRoy Gruber

LeRoyGruberStoriesTab“As far as I’m concerned, I’ve had five careers,” says LeRoy Gruber, Meridian Village resident. “First was getting an education. Second was when President Roosevelt called us to active duty. Third was marriage and raising a family. Fourth was serving as the administrative assistant to three consecutive mayors of East St. Louis.”

And the fifth career, he says, is volunteering. And you can tell he takes it every bit as seriously as his time in the service or the civil service.

While seeking out recognition isn’t in LeRoy’s nature, his tireless efforts have attracted more than his share of attention. Recently, LeRoy was named Scott AFB’s Volunteer of the Year for the second time. “I told them, I felt they should’ve given it to someone else,” he says with characteristic modesty. “I don’t need another award.” Indeed, the plaques and certificates he’s received from grateful volunteer agencies could line the walls of his apartment at Meridian Village, including one for the President’s Volunteer Service Award signed by President Barack Obama.

Sitting still just isn’t in LeRoy’s nature, and he’s quick to point out that’s true of many retired folks. “There’s always work to be done, and a lot of agencies out there who could use help” he says. “I’ve met a lot of people here at Meridian with big hearts for serving. It’s a real hotbed of volunteer activity, and we’re always looking for more recruits!”



Betty Byrd

BettyByrdStoriesTabIf there’s one thing Betty Byrd knows, it’s how to be a grandparent. After all, she taught a class on it.

“I retired from nursing about 10 years ago,” says Betty, one of the newest residents of Meridian Village. “While I was working at Christian Hospital, I taught a class on ‘Grandparenting’. Mind you, this was before I was a grandparent myself.”

Time marches on, and sooner than later, Betty became a grandmother herself. The only problem was, both her son and daughter lived on the Illinois side of the river. “They both moved into the subdivision right across the road from Meridian Village,” she says. “When they did, they laughingly told me that there was a retirement community just across the street. And I think I told them something like, ‘Yeah, yeah, yeah.’”

But, as the years went on, the idea of not having to hassle with crossing the river to see her grandkids started to seem awfully appealing to Betty. And after a tour of Meridian Village, Betty started to fall in love with the place. Sooner than later, she found herself moving into her new apartment.

“Everyone here is so friendly,” she says. “I walk into the dining room and people start waving me over to say hi. There’s something going on all the time here. And best of all, I see my family three or four times a week now. I really feel like I made the right choice coming here.”



The Arnold Village

Pamela Winslow

PamelaWinslowStoriesTabFor retired schoolteacher Pamela Winslow, Meridian Village has become a family tradition.

“My mother was one of the first ones to move to the community,” Pamela says. “She’s on her 14th year here. So my family has watched Meridian grow — many is the time my husband and I came here to have dinner with mom in the dining room.”

About four years ago, Pamela’s husband passed away, leaving her future plans uncertain. “We lived in a big home in Belleville, and after Bill died, I found I was spending so much money having people take care of the lawn and the bushes. Even just regular maintenance on the furnace and the air conditioner was becoming too much. So as I got closer in age, I started thinking, ‘Why not go check out Meridian Village? It’d be perfect!’”

Pamela moved into a patio home just around the corner from her mother’s. “It’s such a warm place,” she says. “The people are nice, the food is nice…everything you need is right here. And to not have to take care of a home and all the maintenance that goes with it? Wonderful! They take care of everything. You just feel very safe and secure here.”

Now in her 60s, Pamela is one of younger residents of Meridian Village, but she’s far from alone. “There are other people here in their 60s, too,” she says. “People who think places like Meridian are just for much older people really need to rethink this. When your kids are grown, this is a perfect place for people who want to downsize their responsibilities.”



retirement living 62034Greetings!

Greetings from our family here at Meridian Village!

It's so easy to get to know your neighbors here. Whether you're taking part in one of our many leisure events, enjoying dinner in our top-rated dining room, or just walking down the hall, new friends have a way of presenting themselves every time you open your door.

Here, you can be as busy as you want to be. Swim in our heated pool. Relax in our hot tub. Attend one of our fitness classes. Explore our library. Go on one of our many day trips. Join a Wii contest. Or just enjoy a quiet night in with family or friends. The possibilities are endless!

We invite you to come visit us at Meridian Village, where our residents aren't our top priority--they're our ONLY priority.

Colleen Bottens
Executive Director


Our Staff

Colleen Bottens
Executive Director
ph 618.205.4216

The Executive Director for Meridian Village, Colleen Bottens, brings over 20 years of experience working with seniors in various settings. Colleen began her career as a caregiver and has most recently served as an executive director for CCRC and assisted living communities in the Chicago area. She holds a degree in social work from Governors State University in Illinois.

Chassity Kaiser, BSW, PSC
Administrator AL and RCF
ph 618.205.4355

Chassity joined Lutheran Senior Services in August 2013 as the Service Coordinator at Dunn Road Manor in Florissant, MO. After more than three years there, Chassity transitioned to Meridian Village as their Assisted Living and Memory Care Administrator where she focuses on helping Meridian Village residents live life to the fullest. Chassity attended the University of Missouri, St. Louis and obtained a Bachelor of Social Work in 2013. She is also a registered Professional Service Coordinator. Chassity currently lives in St. Louis with her son.

Sarah Burch
Administrator Care Center
ph 618.205.4201

Sarah Burch joined Meridian Village in April 2015 as the Assisted Living Memory Care Household Coordinator. She graduated from Drake University with a Bachelor's Degree in Health Services Management in 2011 and spent the first 4 years of her career as a Licensed Nursing Home Administrator in Iowa. Sarah grew up and currently resides in Granite City, Illinois with her husband Zach and two beautiful children.

Christina Bechel
Christina Bechel
Director of Nursing
ph 618.288.3700
Patty Hempen
Campus Activity Director
ph 618.205.4220

Patty has been serving residents in Glen Carbon, Illinois, since February 2012 when she joined the team at Meridian Village. She comes to LSS with over 30 years of experience in activities in the Long Term Care setting. Patty lives in Carlyle, Illinois, with her husband Ken. They have three daughters and nine grandchildren. She enjoys her family, golfing, swimming, and traveling.

Rev. Brad Thomas
ph 618.205.4210

Rev. Brad Thomas received a Masters of Divinity degree from Concordia Seminary. He served for a year at Laclede Groves as a vicar/chaplain intern, where he received CPE training and experience ministering to the LSS staff and residents. Brad received a master’s degree from Lake Forest Graduate School of Management and worked for Western Printing Machinery Company for twelve years, eventually as Vice President of Business Development. Brad is married to Susan. They have a son, Benjamin, and a dog, Henry.

Dawn Determan
Recreation Center Coordinator
ph 618.205.4375

Dawn Determan has been a health educator for over 10 years, having received her Bachelor of Science in Community Health Education from Southern Illinois University Edwardsville (SIUe). She has been a part of the LSS team for over 3 years and enjoys the opportunities to champion successful aging at Meridian Village through Masterpiece Living. Other than her military service, Dawn has lived in Edwardsville her whole life. With her husband, she is enjoying their youngest daughter’s senior year in high school, and have two older children serving in the Air Force.

Terri Matheis
Senior Living Counselor
ph 618.205.4203

Terri Matheis is the Senior Living Counselor at Meridian Village. She holds a degree in Psychology and has been in real estate related fields for over 20 years: residential, commercial, and senior living. Terri has been with Lutheran Senior Services since August 2015. She lives in Glendale, Missouri with her pek-a-poo Marley and tabby cat Toby. She has four grown children, 3 boys and 1 girl. Her sons live nearby and her daughter lives in Chicago’s Old Towne. She enjoys spending time with family and friends, traveling, and the ocean.

Giving A Gift of Time

At Meridian Village, 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 Meridian Village, 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.

Glen Varbon Illinois


For More Information, Call...

Rebecca "Becky" Zimmer, CFRE
Director of Stewardship
ph 314.292.7546

Becky comes to Meridian Village with over 20 years of experience in Christian stewardship and planned giving with retirement communities. As we all live longer, the challenge to meet our personal and financial goals in serving self, family and others becomes more challenging. Becky can be a valuable resource in planning a gift that will benefit you today and others beyond your lifetime. Currently Becky is a member of the Board of Trustees for the St. Louis Planned Giving Council and co-chairs the Legacy Leadership Conference on Building Philanthropic Partnerships.

senior housing Glen Carbon IllinoisMoving In

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 Meridian Village, 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 Meridian Village can be.

Meridian Village Glen Carbon IL




When you move into one of our independent living apartment homes or patio 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 618.288.3700 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 618.288.3700 or by email.

For pricing information on short stay rehabilitation, or skilled nursing, contact our health services counselor by calling 618.205.2126 or by email.

Glen Carbon Illinois



LSS Move-In Resources

Lutheran Senior Services offers a host of resources to make the move to Meridian Village 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 618.288.3700 or by email.