Presence Life Connections

Back home. Quickly.

R. Crawford with staff
"The Presence Merkle-Knipprath Countryside team took me a physical wreck to a person who can live at home again. When I first came to Merkle, I could not do anything
on my own-walk, talk or write. The therapy team made it their personal goal to make sure I could return home safe. I’m so thankful to all for what they did for me."
– Richard Crawford, short-term rehabilitation patient

Getting better

After hip or knee surgery, illness or injury, you or a family member may need additional personal therapy outside the hospital, Presence Merkle-Knipprath Countryside's caring team of therapists, nurses and more can help you achieve your recovery goals. 

Ideally located in a tranquil and rural setting close to highways in Clifton, we’re easy to access.

In addition to short-stay rehabilitation, we also offer independent living apartments and skilled nursing care.

We want you to enjoy life while you’re here recovering. During your stay, you’ll enjoy three delicious meals a day, cooked from scratch, and nutritious snacks, too. As a faith-based, mission-drive center, we offer a full schedule of religious services in our beautiful on-site chapel, to make sure your spiritual needs are met as well.

When can short-stay rehabilitation help?

  • Post-surgical recovery
  • Joint replacement rehabilitation
  • Cardiac rehabilitation
  • Stroke care and recovery

Specialized care:

  • 24-hour caring and attentive staff
  • Specially trained physiatrists, nurses and aides
  • Personalized therapy plans 
  • Physical, occupational and speech therapy in our therapy gym
  • Weekly meetings with families to discuss patient progress
  • Fall prevention program
  • Wound care
  • Incontinence care and help with mobility
  • Medication reminders and assistance
  • IV Therapy


  • Private and semi-private rooms
  • Delicious meals and snacks
  • Satellite television
  • Free WiFi
  • Full schedule of religious services held in a beautiful on-site chapel
  • Daily housekeeping
  • Beauty salon and barber shop

Get in touch.

We look forward to meeting you. Call 815.694.2306 to learn more, or schedule a tour online.

Presence Life Connections adheres to the Federal government’s Open Admission and Nondiscrimination Policy.

Schedule a Tour

Come experience carefree senior living and personalized care. We have many excellent locations to pick from. We’re happy to help you find the perfect fit. Call us today at 855.789.7399 or complete the form below to schedule your tour.
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