If a senior or adult child wants to know how Oakmont of Valencia stands apart from different Santa Clarita senior living communities, the available assisted living and memory care options are being discussed by Executive Director Margie Veis.
After opening its doors in July, the Santa Clarita senior living community has remaining space in one memory care “neighborhood” and assisted living, with a waitlist currently ongoing for a second memory care neighborhood set to open this fall for anyone not ready to move just yet, according to Veis.
“Anybody that comes in, we want to make sure that their needs are met,” Veis said. “We’re just doing so much listening and guidance right now.”
Because its sister community Oakmont of Santa Clarita has a bigger assisted living community, seniors interested in a smaller, more “intimate” feel would find Oakmont of Valencia to be a better fit, according to Veis.
“These residents are getting a very intimate, kind of boutiquey feel,” she said. “(There’s) 40 residents, the dining room is smaller, the activities are more intimate, the outings, just all of it.”
The layout of a smaller assisted living has given the residents that have already moved in the chance to bond over experiences they have in common in a unique way, Veis noted.
“We’re seeing this little new family grow, and it’s really neat to see,” she said. “So many of them are going through the same things at the same time. They may have lost their spouse, or they’re all moving from usually their home, or they’ve already moved from their home, they’ve been at another community and now they’re here, but they can share that and support each other.”
Additionally, the memory care program at Oakmont of Valencia is double the size of Oakmont of Santa Clarita in an effort to meet the growing need for care for seniors affected by Alzheimer’s disease and dementia.
By spacing out the opening of both memory care neighborhoods, Oakmont of Valencia has the ability to accommodate seniors with immediate needs and seniors whose families might still be in the process of planning next steps.
“It’s allowing people to take the time to do the planning, because it’s a hard decision,” Veis said. “So many families, you wait, you wait, you wait, you’re not ready, you’re not ready, and then, bam, something happens and you’re in crisis mode. So we’re really being able to work with families to help them take those steps that month before so it’s a smooth transition.”
No matter what needs a senior has, or if Oakmont of Valencia or Oakmont of Santa Clarita is the better fit, Veis encourages seniors and their families to call, go online or stop by for guidance and more information.
“It’s really our responsibility to sit with you and find out what made you stop in, what’s going on, and then give the resources, hear what the obstacles are to making the move and then helping you move through them with good choices,” Veis said. “Yes we’re a senior living, but we also have years and years of experience behind us so that we can help guide this pathway and this journey.”