In the first segment, The Senior Hour welcomes Mary Dembkowski back to the program to discuss the latest happenings at Oakmont of Santa Clarita and different events and benefits Oakmont is involved in to support the seniors of the surrounding Santa Clarita Valley. The conversation takes many turns from pets at Oakmont to the fight against Alzheimer’s. “Actually, it’s been almost three months since we opened our doors and its just flown right by.” – Mary Dembkowski “It’s very important to us to provide education for our residents, but not only our residents but the seniors in the community.” – Mary Dembkowski “If we can keep them active and engaged they are less likely to get depressed.” – Mary Dembkowski on the importance for activities and events for seniors With that being said, Mary informs listeners of the upcoming event Senior Health and Wellness Fair (Living Your Life Like It’s Golden What: Senior Health and Wellness Fair When: Friday, April 15 10am – 3pm To Dos: Free health screenings, cooking and exercise demos, diabetes workshops, giveaways and more Lunch will be provided! Presented by: Oakmont of Santa Clarita and Stop Diabetes (American Diabetes Association) In the second segment, The Senior Hour welcomes back friend to the program Nola Aronson, owner and audiologist at Advanced Audiology to discuss the hearing health of our local seniors. Nola makes an important note about the cost of hearing aids, which she believes scares off a lot of seniors. “When one has hearing problems and [...]
By BROOKE E. SEIPEL / STAFF WRITER OC Register Construction could start as early as June on a three-story, 98-unit senior living community planned at 630 The City Drive South. Oakmont Senior Living is developing the complex and will run the facility, to be called “Oakmont on The City Drive” once it opens, which officials expect will be August 2017. The project was recently approved by the Orange Planning Commission. Of the 98 units, 27 will be part of a care unit for those with “advanced memory loss” due to illness such as Alzheimer’s. The other units are a combination of one- and two-bedroom assisted-living units. The development will be a licensed residential care facility for the elderly, said Bill Mabry, a project development partner for the group. “Employees will assist residents in requirements of daily living: dining, transportation, wellness checks and medication reminders.” Mabry said building permits are still needed, but once acquired, the office building currently at the site will be demolished and work will be underway. The future 91,919-square-foot building, he said, will have several amenities for its residents. “Outside we have a large courtyard area and a pet park. There’s a small, raised garden bed area so seniors can grow some flowers,” Mabry said. “Basically we want to make sure they can continue to do some of the same activities they would do at home.” “There’s a bistro, private dining where residents can have a party or private event and a full theater with leather seats and [...]
The 85,852-square-foot community features 60 assisted living apartments and 20 memory care apartments with studio, one- and two-bedroom options ranging from 400 to 1,318 square feet, all with 10-foot-high ceilings and spacious bathrooms. The community, located at 28650 Newhall Ranch Road, opened to residents Monday and continues to take reservations from interested seniors. Located on 7.5 scenic acres, Oakmont of Santa Clarita caters to active seniors in search of resort-style amenities and continuing care services. Additionally, the community provides as-needed assisted living and memory care services for individuals with Alzheimer’s and other forms of dementia. To meet the diverse demands of vibrant and refined seniors, the community’s amenity package for all residents includes: Gourmet dining, with three chef-prepared meals per day On- and off-site recreational and social activities A library, movie theater with plush seating, full-size fitness center with exercise classes and activity rooms with scheduled social events, games, arts and crafts An on-site salon and day spa, flower and vegetable garden, walking paths and a pet park At Oakmont of Santa Clarita, residents have access to chauffeured transportation and concierge services to make daily tasks even easier. An executive chef will operate the restaurant-style dining program, which serves three nutritious, gourmet meals per day with a full menu that allows residents to make their own selections. Oakmont of Santa Clarita provides 7-day-a-week nurse coverage, and a staff that delivers high quality care services 24 hours a day. Oakmont of Santa Clarita will offer specialized care services that promote continued [...]
SCV residents are invited to see the completed Oakmont community, sample the restaurant-style food made by Oakmont’s executive chef and celebrate alongside Oakmont staff and future residents beginning at 11 a.m. Then the following week, Oakmont’s future residents are set to move starting January 11, according to Mary Dembkowski of Oakmont of Santa Clarita. “We’re very excited,” she said. “The community just continues to look more and more beautiful every day as we get ready for our opening in January.” In addition to both independent and assisted living options available alongside a variety of five star amenities– which range from a movie theater and day spa to a pet park and wellness center –Oakmont of Santa Clarita also offers a specialized memory care program called Traditions. “It’s very close to my heart because I had a personal experience with my own mom with Alzheimer’s,” Dembkowski said. “So I am just very, very excited to be a part of this particular part of Oakmont.” Traditions will be a separate wing of the community entirely dedicated to providing specialized care that meets the need of those with dementia and Alzheimer’s disease. Life skills stations will promote the continuation of everyday tasks, wandering paths through private gardens will allow program residents to have guided outside walks and tactile art will decorate the hallways for sensory stimulation. For added safety, in-room motion detectors will notify caregivers if a resident has gotten up in the middle of the night, and memory boxes will be set up [...]
We go inside the world of the Oakmont of Fresno. From comfortable living facilities, to a movie theater, 24/7 care, and world-class dining. The Executive Chef of Oakmont of Fresno visits our kitchen to give us a taste of the exquisite dishes he makes everyday for the elderly residents. Click here to view the story on yourcentralvalley.com.
When it comes to Thanksgiving there are some traditions you just don't mess with. From the turkey, to the pumpkin pie it can be hard to give up those meal items that we've come to know and love, but what about making those traditions taste the same, with a little healthier twist? After winning three massively competitive cooking competitions on the Food Network, Chef Rina Younan wants to help everyone cook a healthier and more delicious Thanksgiving than ever before. She stopped by our Sac&Co. kitchen to share some of her top Thanksgiving Day tips, including a twist on the traditional stuffing recipe. Chef Rina showed Mellisa how to get away from a heavy-carb meal, and create a flavorful dressing with produce like carrots, mushrooms and whole grains. Check out the video to see how she made it! Read The Full Article & View The Video Here...
With a waiting list for its first senior living center in Roseville, Santa Rosa-based Oakmont Senior Living plans to build centers in Carmichael and Folsom as well. The 60,000-square-foot Folsom site, at 1574 Creekside Drive, will have 47 assisted living and 19 memory care apartments. Oakmont of Carmichael, at 4717 Engle Road, will have 73,000 square feet with 50 assisted living and 21 memory care apartments. Oakmont Senior Living senior executive director Courtney Siegel said while the two new centers were always in the plan, the company was buoyed by the response to the Roseville center that opened in September. “We’re full with a waiting list there now,” she said. She added she’s heard of families making plans to move to Folsom or Carmichael because a member plans to live at one of Oakmont’s sites there. Siegel said both centers, set to open this fall, offer what she called “boutique” senior living, with an emphasis on customizing experiences to what residents need. Several senior living centers operated by different companies have announced plans to build in the area recently. Siegel said offering something unique is why she expects the initial interest for the Folsom and Carmichael sites to be equal to, if not better, than what Roseville experienced. The owner of the company is in constant communication with site managers about the response, she said, so it’s possible Folsom and Carmichael won’t be Oakmont's last foothold in the region either. Ben van der Meer covers real estate, development, local and regional planning, construction, transportation, agriculture and [...]
Retirement housing is now one of the most promising fronts in the multi-housing sector. With nearly 10,000 baby boomers reaching retirement age every day, investors and developers continue to see a lot of potential in the growing need for senior housing. Since 2010, gains in senior housing con- struction have been steady. According to the National Investment Center for the Seniors Housing and Care Industry, there were more than 31,000 units/beds under construction during March 2013—a 24 percent increase from the year before. There are now dozens of properties under construction or recently completed and ready for tenants. Just last year, veteran senior-housing developer Oakmont Senior Living opened three resort- style retirement communities in Brea, Ros- eville and Santa Rosa, Calif. This year the company has set another aggressive con- struction schedule to complete three more communities in the cities of Upland, Folsom and Carmichael, Calif. Asthemarkettransitionsintoanewera, so does the landscape of the products being offered. Trends toward catering to interests, rather than just the care needs, of today’s seniors are now shaping the industry. Rebranding with lifestyle options The “retirement community” concept still has a major image problem and struggles with the misperception that all retirement communities are the institutional hospice- type nursing homes of the past. But as quality and lifestyle offerings take more precedence, builders are shattering that stigma and collectively rebranding the “re- tirement community” as a vibrant, carefree oasis people want to live in. From affordable housing to luxury proper- ties, successful retirement communities are [...]
If you’re trying to prepare for a tsunami, emergency assistance groups will advise you to make ready in three ways: Know your evacuation routes, put together an emergency kit, develop a family communication plan. But if you’re trying to prepare for the silver tsunami, the wave of retirement-age workers eyeing the office exit, well, that’s a huge difference. Retirement communities are facing the challenges that come with catering to seniors in the 21st century. These consumers — and there are a lot of them — are demanding greater access to technology, life-long learning programs and attention to overall wellness. Fewer bingo cards and early-bird buffets; more iPads, ebooks and yoga pants. Five key trends in particular have emerged at the forefront of this senior-living shift, according to Accent on Seniors, a California-based housing consultant. These trends point to an aging population that wants to be more active and interactive, and senior communities are making adjustments to keep up. But is the River City ready for the boomer boom? There are many senior housing options available in the Capital Region, but no new major construction taking place for skilled nursing facilities, according to Deborah Pacyna, director of public affairs for the California Association of Health Facilities. According to Chris Miller, president of senior housing developer FCM Capital Partners, “Even if there were one [senior housing facility] built every day in California, we probably still couldn’t meet the need.” But that’s not stopping his Roseville-based company from taking a swing. In November, [...]
Community sets the Standard for the Ultimate in Five Star Senior Retirement Living. SANTA ROSA, Calif., May 7 /PRNewswire/ -- When it opened its doors to seniors in 2008, Aegis Living's Santa Rosa community, Varenna was immediately recognized as a hallmark in the best of senior living. Now that acknowledgment is expanding. The National Association of Home Builders' (NAHB) 50+ Housing Council has awarded Varenna the prestigious 2009 Best of 50+ Housing Gold Award in the category of Best CCRC, defined as those having up to 200 units. The National Association of Home Builders' 50+ Housing Council's Best of 50+ Housing Awards program is the industry's most prestigious national awards program honoring excellence in building, design, and marketing of housing for boomers and beyond. The planning, development, and design of Varenna was developed by Oakmont Senior Living, a real estate development and construction company headquartered in Santa Rosa, California. One judge who voted on Varenna said, "This is an incredible CCRC providing stylish luxury living to all residents and all levels of care. With careful placement of the units and building utilizing the natural topography of the site, this project maximizes its natural benefits and views. The traditional design of the exterior is seamlessly translated into the interior detailing and furnishings. Beautiful!" Varenna represents a world-class Continuing Care Retirement Community with timeless European beauty and charm. The concept was based on Mediterranean architecture, incorporating archways, balconies, warm colors and high interior ceilings. Terraced walls add to the Mediterranean ambiance, along with twisting, colorful grape vines and olive trees. [...]