For SCV seniors wondering what their life might be like at the luxury independent and assisted living community Oakmont of Santa Clarita, set to open later this year, Executive Director Margie Veis sat down with KHTS AM-1220’s T. Katz to describe a typical day at Oakmont.
Residents can begin their day by coming down to the intricate tiled entryway, complete with a fireplace and bistro stocked with Pete’s Coffee and fresh baked cookies.
“You can come in and have a cup of coffee, have some fresh baked cookies, read the newspaper and visit,” she said. “You might want to go into the courtyard and sit around the beautiful foundation.”
When it’s meal time, residents can enjoy breakfast, lunch and dinner cooked by an executive chef in a restaurant-style dining room, with menu items including pizza, seafood, rotisserie chicken, salads and more.
For those hosting family members for a meal, they can meet with the chef beforehand to choose their menu and entertain their guests in a private dining room, all with minimal effort.
“You could open the accordion doors out onto the courtyard and you can host a party, and you won’t have to lift a finger,” Veis said, adding that private dining rooms can seat up to 16 people.
“Our staff will do it all so you can still have that feeling that you’re in your home and you’re entertaining,” she said.
Residents can spend their afternoon reading by the fireplace in the library, relaxing at an on-site salon and day spa, or walking their dog to the pet park. They can also enjoy a movie at an on-site movie theater, join their friends in the activity center or stroll through the serene garden walking paths.
“There is nothing like it in Santa Clarita,” Veis said, describing life at Oakmont of Santa Clarita as “the cruise ship experience.”
For seniors who are reluctant to leave their homes, Veis emphasized that their apartment at Oakmont will be their own home with their own furniture but with the added element of as much or as little assistance as they need.
“Some people don’t want to leave their homes, but it’s not a safe situation and they do need that care,” she said. “This is the best of both worlds. I have my own home, I have my own furniture, I’m as independent as I need to be, but if I need somebody to be in there while I take a shower, somebody will come in and assist with that shower, and then they leave.”
In addition, seniors won’t need to travel to doctor’s appointments nearly as often if they choose to take advantage of Oakmont’s podiatrist, concierge physician and nursing staff, all of whom are part of the on-site wellness center’s wellness and disease management programs.
“That’s going to allow us to do this wellness program and to do this diabetic program,” Veis said. “We can assist with insulin, we can assist with taking blood sugars. If somebody needs to have their blood pressure taken and that will determine whether they need a medication or not, our nurse can do that.”
The community is currently about 50 percent full, so Veis is encouraging anyone interested in becoming an Oakmont resident to secure their spot early.