Dr. Gene Dorio and Barbara Cochran, hosts of the KHTS AM-1220 show “The Senior Hour”, were recently joined by the executive director of the luxury senior living community Oakmont of Santa Clarita, Margie Veis.
Oakmont of Santa Clarita, which is expected to open later this year or in early 2016, will offer both independent and assisted living options in a pet-friendly community of 80 apartment units situated across seven acres of land.
“People are living at home and they’re finding that it’s not as easy as it used to be,” Dorio said. “It’s harder to keep the house clean, it’s harder to stay stocked up in the refrigerator, do the lawn– all the little things of life just get to be more difficult. But there’s Oakmont available for our seniors to be able to start a life there that’s in control and safe in allowing our seniors a place to continue their quality of life.”
Even though many seniors may be excited about what Veis called “the cruise ship experience” at Oakmont– meaning their days will be filled with activities and they won’t have to cook or clean –the transition can be more difficult for those who don’t want to leave their homes.
“We’re especially going to focus on those seniors and help them make that transition so that it’s successful for them for whatever the reason is, whether it’s health, whether it’s being closer to a family member,” Veis said. “There’s so many reasons why someone makes the move, and so our goal is to make it smooth and easy and flawless.”
For instance, if a senior spent much of their time in their garden at home, they can be reassured that they can continue their passion at Oakmont.
“We have a very large garden area at Oakmont, and some of it’s going to be up on raised tables for those that maybe have arthritis or difficulty getting down on their hands and knees,” Veis said. “Our goal is to have fresh vegetables and herbs and flowers and whatever they want to plant. They will tend to their own garden.”
Other seniors who found the daily routine of light cleaning, laundry or cooking fulfilling can continue to do so at Oakmont, with assistance if needed, if they choose to.
“If somebody loves to dust and vacuum, then go right ahead,” Veis said. It’s not like we’re going to be taking that away from anyone. We’re there to enrich their lives, so if that’s important, go right ahead. If you want to continue to do your laundry, absolutely. Our one- and two-bedroom apartments actually have full kitchens so (you can) cook.”
Anytime-dining is also available for all residents between 7:30 a.m. and 7 p.m. at a restaurant-style dining hall, which features an executive chef as well as indoor and outdoor seating.
The community is also pet friendly, so residents can bring their dog or cat with them when they move. Oakmont staff will be available to help residents care for their pets if needed.
“That’s very important for elderly to have a pet, especially if they have lost a spouse, that pet becomes their life,” Cochran said. “The companionship is key.”
Oakmont’s fitness center, which features a variety of activities like yoga and tai chi classes and walking clubs through the gardens, can help keep residents active.
“If it’s safe to be up and standing and holding onto the back of a chair and challenging yourself a little bit in a safe environment with someone that’s trained to make sure that you’re doing the exercises appropriately, that’s the way do it,” said Veis, who has a background in physical therapy. “But you’ve got to have variety, and it needs to be fun.”
Oakmont is a luxury senior living community in Santa Clarita located on seven acres of land on Newhall Ranch Road. Set to open later this year or in early 2016, Oakmont of Santa Clarita is comprised of 80 pet-friendly apartment units, with both independent and assisted living options available. A separate wing of the community, called Traditions Memory Care, will be dedicated to meeting the specialized needs of seniors with dementia and Alzheimer’s disease. For more on Oakmont of Santa Clarita, go to hometownstation.com.
Oakmont of Santa Clarita
28650 Newhall Ranch Road
Santa Clarita, CA 91355