Senior residents from Oakmont of Valencia enjoyed two Thanksgiving feasts last week, and staff members are anticipating an increased amount of tours given around the holidays.
Families of residents were welcomed to a banquet-style Thanksgiving dinner at the Santa Clarita senior living community on Nov. 26, which was held both in the main dining room and a private dining room a family had reserved.
Attendees had the opportunity to enjoy turkey and prime rib, along with all the “fixings,” and fresh-baked apple and pumpkin pies and cheesecake for dessert, according to Mary Dembkowski of Oakmont of Valencia.
“It was delicious,” she said. “We so wanted to sit outside — we had our beautiful doors open and we had heaters, but even with that, it was still too chilly.”
The next day on Thanksgiving, residents again had the chance to enjoy a holiday feast, but for lunch this time, giving them the option of spending dinner at their relatives’ homes if they wanted without missing the Oakmont of Valencia festivities.
“If their families maybe are out of town or can’t make it for Thanksgiving, we try to make it so special for them,” Dembkowski said. “We are their extended family too.”
On Friday after Thanksgiving, the Santa Clarita senior living community tends to have an increased number of people requesting tours, according to Dembkowski.
“They’re out and about with their loved one and maybe having that conversation about, ‘Why don’t we take a look at a community,’ because maybe they’re seeing some changes in their loved one that prompts that discussion,” Dembkowski said. “We just encourage people to stop by, keep it very light, but at least take a look at what the options are.”
This increased touring is anticipated to continue through the December holidays and the new year as a result of families gathering together and potentially realizing that aging loved ones might need to consider assisted living in Santa Clarita.
“Maybe it’s time to start looking at what those options are, because you never want to wait until there’s a crisis and you’re scrambling,” Dembkowski said. “You want to have a plan.”