For both seniors in need of assisted living services and those who are fully independent, Oakmont of Santa Clarita helps its residents be free of the isolation that can be common with older age.
By Melissa Lampert, KHTS Staff Writer
“Some residents may move into Oakmont and need that physical assistance,” said Executive Director Margie Veis. “But there are also residents who move in that need more of a social help. They may be isolated in their homes — maybe they don’t drive anymore, maybe they lost a spouse… So you start to see some of that isolation.”
Veis recommended that adult children and family members pay attention to whether or not their senior loved one gets out of the house for socialization, or if they instead frequently stay home by themselves.
“That’s going to lead to more problems down the line,” Veis said. “At Oakmont we bring everything to them, and we have seen such a great change in some of the residents.”
For example, the family members of a resident that is brand new to Oakmont might bring with them their perception that their loved one prefers to stay home because they just aren’t a social person anymore.
But Oakmont staff tend to notice that same resident branch out after they settle in, beginning with coming to meal time or a community hour to listen to music.
“It might be even kind of a passive socialization where they come and sit down in a common area,” Veis said. “They’re not talking to anybody, but they’re listening to the music and their toes are tapping and there’s a smile on their face, and then it just flows from there that they talk to the person sitting next to them.”
Veis continued, “You see it really start to expand. There’s a reason to be getting up. There’s a reason to put on your lipstick. There’s a reason to come out.”
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