Presence Life Connections

Care in a comfortable place. Day and night.

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Do you or a loved one need a high level of medical care, but don’t necessarily need to stay in the hospital? Presence Merkle Knipprath Countryside can help. We provide high-quality care in a comfortable, simple setting 24/7. Count on us. We’re here to help.

Ideally located in a tranquil and rural setting close to highways in Clifton, we’re easy to access. In addition to skilled nursing care, we also offer independent living apartments and short-stay rehabilitationRespite care is also available, which gives full-time caregivers a break so they can recharge, refresh and restore their life balance. Rest assured that our skilled care community will provide high-quality care, and we'll meet with you to discuss the right level of care for your loved one.

We have a variety of activities and social outings each week. As part of Presence Health, the largest Catholic health system based in Illinois, we also want to make sure your spiritual needs are met. That’s why we offer a full schedule of religious services in our beautiful on-site chapel and chaplains to provide support.

Specialized care:

  • 24-hour caring and attentive staff
  • Individual therapy plans 
  • Physical, occupational and speech therapy
  • Wound care
  • Dementia programs
  • Pain management
  • IV therapy
  • Medication administration
  • Help with bathing, dressing and grooming
  • Incontinence care and help with mobility
  • Tracheostomy and respiratory care
  • Hospice (comfort) care


  • Private and semi-private rooms
  • Personal heat and air conditioning
  • Delicious meals and snacks
  • Satellite television
  • Free WiFi
  • Wireless emergency response system
  • Plenty of activities and events
  • Exercise room and wellness program
  • Full schedule of religious services held in a beautiful on-site chapel
  • Daily housekeeping with linen changes as needed
  • Beauty salon and barber shop
  • Guest parking
  • All utilities paid (except phone)

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.

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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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