Margie Veis, executive director of the luxury senior living community Oakmont of Santa Clarita, recently joined the hosts of the KHTS AM-1220 show “The Senior Hour” Dr. Gene Dorio and Barbara Cochran to talk about the many advantages of living at Oakmont.
In Veis’ opinion, the biggest upside of being executive director at Oakmont is witnessing the friendships formed among the residents and the changes in individuals from when they first arrived.
“I get choked up when I see that community forming, the friendships being formed, people that have lived alone that were isolated that are now out and about,” said Veis. “Just in an environment that’s so nurturing, but yet really encompusses the independence of seniors.”
While comparing Oakmont to other senior living communities, Veis attributes the staff for making Oakmont such a close community.
“Many assisted livings offer the same services if you look on paper: meals are provided, housekeeping is provided, laundry is provided. But, again, what I think makes Oakmont of Santa Clarita stand out is our staff,” explained Veis. “I think it’s the philosophy of a family-owned community that really our residents come first.”
Veis went on to say that her staff is formed by “a team that is dedicated, that is passionate,” and works with the philosophy, “It’s not about what I want, it’s about what the residents want.”
Dorio and Cochran brought up the fact that most seniors are not willing to move to an assisted living facility until an emergency situation, such as a fall, occurs.
“Sometimes the conversations that we have with families (are), ‘What are you waiting for?’ Because we’ll get, ‘Oh this is beautiful, but I’m not ready yet,’” explained Veis. “So it’s being able to push a little bit, but also sometimes it’s really hard to acknowledge that our parent needs help.”