Seniors at Oakmont of Santa Clarita are working to help spread holiday cheer this holiday season.
By Jordan Murray
Oakmont of Santa Clarita is an independent and assisted living community located on Newhall Ranch Road that has been serving the Santa Clarita Valley for almost an entire year.
The Oakmont chef has been working to provide seasonal menus and holiday meals for seniors during their first holiday season at the luxury Santa Clarita senior living community.
Oakmont residents also had a beautiful tree from the 2016 Festival of Trees to look forward to this year, which was donated to the community after the festival, according to Mary Dembkowski Oakmont of Santa Clarita.
While the Oakmont staff have been eagerly preparing holiday celebrations for their residents, they are also working with residents to give back to the local community.
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Oakmont of Santa Clarita has taken on two service projects during their first holiday season. They are currently hosting a Toys for Tots drive and a “Be a Santa to a Senior” tree.
On Dec. 3, Oakmont held a kickoff party for their Toys for Tots drive. At the kickoff party, their residents enjoyed hot chocolate, cider, sweet treats and a visit from several Marines, according to Dembkowski.
In addition to serving as a drop-off site for Toys for Tots donation, Oakmont is a local partner of “Be a Santa to a Senior.”
“Be a Santa to a Senior” has been spearheaded by Home Instead Senior Care since 2003 as a way to provide gifts to local seniors that might not be expecting any presents.
Local organizations and businesses that participate in the drive host a Christmas tree that features ornaments.
“On the ornament is a senior’s name with their wish list of two or three items,” said Dembkowski. “You can go purchase that for the senior and bring it back.”
The ornaments on the tree at Oakmont of Santa Clarita lists the names of 25 seniors that live in the Santa Clarita Valley.
Dembkowski added, “Oakmont is very into giving back to the community.”
Oakmont is a luxury senior living community in Santa Clarita located on seven acres of land on Newhall Ranch Road. Recently opened in January 2016, Oakmont of Santa Clarita is comprised of 80 pet-friendly apartment units, with both independent and assisted living options available. Residents can enjoy five star amenities like a salon & day spa, movie theater, fitness center, restaurant-style dining, gardens and walking paths, pet park, wellness center and more. A separate wing of the community, called Traditions Memory Care, is dedicated to meeting the specialized needs of seniors with dementia and Alzheimer’s disease.
28650 Newhall Ranch Road
Santa Clarita, CA 91355