May 22, 2020

Celebrating Memorial Day Weekend

While celebrating Memorial Day will look and feel a little different this year with safety precautions and social distancing in place, our Oakmont communities will commemorate the national holiday just like we do every year.

Memorial Day is a time when we stop to acknowledge and appreciate our military service men and women who made the ultimate sacrifice to ensure we have the freedoms we enjoy today.

Oakmont communities this year will celebrate Memorial Day in a number of ways – all with social distancing and safety precautions top of mind. There may be special cookouts with delicious food from the culinary team, flags placed in the courtyard, signs adorning the walls of the community and of course there are local and national virtual events to watch or take part in.

Please see below for new programming updates about new initiatives at our communities that also may be underway as we celebrate the holiday weekend together.

Culinary Updates – What’s Chef Rina Cookin’ Up?

You’re invited! Join Oakmont’s renowned culinary leader Chef Rina Younan as she shares her recipe for success in the kitchen. “Live with the Chef” will be on Zoom every other Thursday at 1:30 p.m. Chef Rina will be live in her home kitchen to teach people how to prepare the Recipe of the Week.

Grab your ingredients and cook along or just pop some popcorn and watch. Either way it’s sure to be an exciting way to learn and try something new.

On May 28, Chef Rina will be making her favorite vegetarian dish, Fresh Thai Veggie Spring Rolls with Homemade Peanut Dipping Sauce. These spring rolls are easy to make and very versatile. They are great as a meal, snack or appetizer and can be customized to fit your palate. With fresh veggies and herbs as the star of this recipe, these will become your favorite, too.

Programming Updates – Finding New Ways to Connect

One of the greatest benefits of living in a community is enjoying a vibrant social life. In response to COVID-19, Oakmont is developing ways for our residents to celebrate and connect with each other. One example is the special events series we launched.

They include:
· Sunshine Parades to bring residents and family members together (where permitted)
· Movie Magic Week to escape to the silver screen
· Military Appreciation Courtyard Concert to honor our
fallen heroes
· Grab & Go Lunch supporting first responders
· Oakmont Spirit Week for residents to enjoy fun daily
themes and activities
In addition to these special events, we are initiating several activities that connect residents online through technology.

They include:
· Zoom Book Club
· Zoom Trivia
· Zoom Scattergories
· Zoom Group Crossword Puzzles · Zoom Bingo

We hope these activities bring delight to our residents and restore the joy, celebration, and engagement that characterize Oakmont communities.
Please note that each community’s ability to host events depends on local conditions and regulations. Contact your community’s activity director or coordinator if you have any questions about our current activity offerings.

Oakmont Highlights – Cattlemens Delivers Meals for Essential Workers

Team members at Fountaingrove Lodge and The Terraces received meals from their friends and partners at Cattlemens restaurant. The Santa Rosa restaurant wanted to show their respect, appreciation and support for Oakmont’s essential workers.

Your hard work to keep your residents and team safe and healthy during this time does not go unnoticed.

Oakmont in the News – Beating the Odds

This month we celebrated the homecoming of longtime Santa Clarita Valley resident David Chalberg to Oakmont of Valencia. He beat COVID-19 like a lot of seniors in senior living communities across the country. The 91-year-old was a history teacher in the Santa Clarita Valley for 30 years and is well known and well loved.

“The sacrifices that the staff are making are just unbelievable to me. The level of care and love that they put into these folks is amazing…They’re just a rock-solid team. I just don’t have enough words for what all of them have sacrificed to do this.”

Chris Morley
David Chalberg’s Daughter

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May 16, 2020

Health Care Updates – Committed to Top-Notch Health Care

Oakmont is committed to the highest standards of care and precautions for our residents. We recognize that our residents are among the most vulnerable population during the COVID-19 public health crisis.

Oakmont continues to work tirelessly to communicate with and follow guidelines from the California Department of Public Health and CDC. We are using proper protocols and policies regarding social distancing, use of personal protective equipment (PPE), testing, isolation/quarantine, and treatment.

Culinary Updates – Live Cooking Stations, Events & More

We are keeping a watchful eye as California approves the reopening plans for seven Northern California counties — Butte, El Dorado, Shasta, Lassen, Amador, Nevada and Placer — where public in-restaurant dining can resume operations but with strict requirements and guidelines regarding social distancing, cleaning and training. In other counties such as Los Angeles it was announced that the stay-at-home order may be extended through July. While these plans do not include senior living communities, they do outline what in-restaurant dining will need to do in short order. We are reviewing the guidelines to see how they may apply to our environment.

Here at Oakmont, we enjoyed celebrating Mother’s Day and have many culinary events planned over the next four weeks including a Springtime Luau, Homestyle Supper, Memorial Day BBQ and Pizza and Pasta Party. We have also started our Dine at your Door live cooking stations on wheels that feature our Oakmont chefs live at your door cooking up fresh favorites such as Build Your Own Omelets, Sizziling Fajitas, Asian Stir Fry bowls, Build your own Pasta, Shrimp Cocktail and delicious desserts like French Toast, Ice Cream Sundaes and Chocolate Fondue.

Programming Updates – Celebrating Special Events in Style

Spring weather has brought the sun and fresh opportunities to go out and celebrate. Our residents and team members have taken advantage of May holidays to decorate, get dressed up, and party together from a safe social distance. Cinco de Mayo was particularly festive with mariachi and salsa music, Mexican food, and delicious beverages.

This is just the beginning. With Memorial Day weekend just a week away, Oakmont is planning a series of weekly events starting with the Sunshine Parade featured in last week’s update. Through renewed celebration, we will keep our residents’ spirits up as we learn to socialize in new and unique ways. We look forward to the day when we can include family members in our special events again. In the meantime, take advantage of the opportunity to bring love and cheer to your family member by participating in a Sunshine Parade.

Please note that each community’s ability to host events depends on local conditions and regulations. Contact your community’s activity director or coordinator if you have any questions about our current activity offerings.

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May 9, 2020

Recruiting new team members to the Oakmont family is a particularly satisfying adventure and a top priority for Oakmont. There is nothing better than welcoming new team members to our beautiful communities and seeing them flourish in their careers while creating lasting relationships with residents.

We at Oakmont have been inspired by how many applicants continue to open their hearts and step up to take on the challenge of serving our seniors during these uncertain times. There is no doubt that compassion is one of the greatest superpowers of all healthcare heroes.

Oakmont is committed to supporting our courageous team members in a multitude of ways. We ensure they have an ample supply of personal protective equipment (PPE), offer catered meals, provide care packages with food pantry items and personal care products. We are dedicated to seeing our team members through this public health crisis – and beyond.

National Nurses Week could not have come at a more important time this year. We as a nation are reminded each day of the contributions these heroes make. We extend the deepest gratitude to all Oakmont healthcare heroes who tirelessly serve our residents each day and we salute you.

Culinary Updates – Fun and Creative Culinary Experiences

Over the past week our Oakmont culinary teams have ‘turned up the heat’ in providing fun and creative experiences for our residents to increase social interactions. It’s been exciting to see the videos, pictures and the smiles on the faces of our residents and team members. We thought you would appreciate hearing some of the exciting highlights! Companywide our Chefs have hosted several themed courtyard dining events; such as Backyard BBQ, Cinco De Mayo celebration and Pizza day. All Oakmont Chefs are busy preparing a delicious Mother’s Day dinner featuring chef carved rotisserie chicken and oven roasted lobster tails to celebrate all our wonderful moms.

Recipe of the Week – Chef Josh Carey at Oakmont of Redding has shared his ice cream recipe with you and included a fun ice cream making technique that anyone can do even without an ice cream machine. Check out his ‘Dry Ice’-olation Spring Berry Ice Cream and try it at home!

Programming Updates – Family Parades, Activities Lift Spirits

They say that necessity is the mother of invention. Responding to COVID-19 has certainly challenged the ingenuity of our activity directors and coordinators, but they of course have risen to the occasion. Many have developed creative ways to outsmart the virus while following social distancing guidelines.

One of the most joyful solutions has been car parades, where family members and residents can express their love for each other from a safe distance. Several communities have executed lively parades by coordinating carefully with family members to make them safe and successful. Local regulations and conditions affect our ability to conduct this activity in specific communities, but we are planning to expand them to as many Oakmont communities as we can in the coming month.So, get your pom poms and colorful signs ready. A festive parade may be coming to your community this month.

We also celebrated the Kentucky Derby and Cinco de Mayo in true Oakmont fashion. May is a busy month and we know our residents will continue to be active, engaged, entertained and eager to participate.

Oakmont in the News – Live from Oakmont of San Antonio Heights

Larry Fox is at home as a jazz DJ broadcasting each week on KSPC 88.7 FM. Fox is a former radio DJ who moved to Oakmont of San Antonio Heights about five years ago. While he said he is slowing down, all indications are that the well-known radio personality is as busy as ever. And when asked if he considers himself colorful and a character, he readily admits both are true. When COVID-19 meant Larry had to come up with a different way to be part of a weekly jazz show on the radio, he quickly adapted and set up shop inside his apartment home. It works like a charm, too. Fox also takes requests during the 2-hour show. If you have one, feel free to reach out to him at larrythefoxDJ@gmail.com. Interested in tuning in? The show airs at 1 p.m. (PST) on Saturdays or it can be streamed at www.kspc.org.

Take time to celebrate Mother’s Day this weekend. We wish all of our mothers and grandmothers a very special Mother’s Day. Be well, take time for you and enjoy the weekend.

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May 2, 2020

We are happy to report that Oakmont has a healthy PPE supply at all of our communities. We were fortunate to have maintained an ample supply before the COVID-19 pandemic. In addition, we began sourcing PPE supplies domestically and internationally in late February in anticipation of supply shortages. This allowed us to build inventory levels early to provide our team members with an adequate supply. We continue to work closely with our vendors as we monitor lead times, community needs, and CDC guidelines ensuring that we have the necessary PPE supplies to safely care for our residents and protect our invaluable team members.

Culinary Updates – Maintaining Our Food Supply Chain

Major national meat production companies have announced closures of facilities, which will potentially cause a shortage in the food supply chain of beef, pork, poultry and other meats. Due to this unprecedented situation, we have begun to plan for all scenarios and are confident in the measures Oakmont has taken. In March, Oakmont in prepared for potential food or supply disruptions by stocking each of our communities with a 10-day menu of frozen and non-perishable foods. We also stocked all of our communities with paper and chemical supplies.

Recipes of the Week – Oakmont, shares a couple of great weekend recipes.

Who doesn’t like a Bloody Mary with brunch or Pickled Green Beans as an appetizer or side dish? Click here to learn more.

Programming Updates – New Engagement and Wellness Kits

Oakmont launched its new Independent and Assisted Living Engagement Program by delivering an attractive Welcome Kit to each resident. Filled with an array of art and exercise supplies, the kit will support our daily calendar of independent and shared activities. Residents can look forward to:

  • Opportunities to engage in a variety of activities while protecting health through physical distancing
  • Self-directed activities that strengthen the body, sharpen cognition, encourage reflection, and exercise the creative spirit
  • Evening reflections with herbal tea and essential oils. These programs support our residents to ensure they continue enjoying a high quality of life and personal well-being. At Oakmont, we won’t let a little social distancing and isolation get in our way!

Oakmont in the News – Teepa Snow Draws Crowd at Virtual Event

In case you missed it, Oakmont hosted national dementia care advocate in a virtual event: Caring for a Loved One in COVID-19 Isolation. Click here to learn more.

If you would like to see more of what is happening at our communities, we encourage you to follow your Oakmont community on Facebook as well as our main Oakmont Senior Living Facebook page.

Stay connected and stay healthy!

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April 27, 2020

We are very excited to announce Dr. John-Mark Geiss, DO as medical director for Oakmont Senior Living. He is a board-certified family physician who focuses on geriatrics, senior care and bringing cutting-edge technology and health care into the senior living environment. Dr. Geiss feels that this is the future of health care and it will result in a better quality of life for our residents and improved resident care outcomes. “During this challenging time of COVID-19, I am work closely with the Oakmont Senior Living team to ensure we are doing everything possible to follow appropriate government and health care agency guidelines as well as exercising appropriate social distancing, use of personal protective equipment, and resident isolation, when necessary. “I believe as we come together as a senior living and health care community, we can accomplish amazing things and come out even stronger together in the end. I look forward to providing updates and medical articles for our residents, their families, and future residents.”

Culinary Updates – Staying Healthy During Shelter in Place

As we continue to remain safe at home, it can be challenging to maintain our healthy habits regarding nutrition. Here are simple things you can do to maintain a healthy and balanced lifestyle.

  1. Stay hydrated: To avoid dehydration, you should drink lots of water throughout the day and avoid sugary beverages. Drinking an 8-ounce glass of water a day to stay properly hydrated and healthy is recommended.
  2. Choose healthy snacks: Ditch the chips and enjoy plant-based snacks that are colorful and packed with vitamins and nutrients such as nuts, fruits and vegetables.
  3. Eat smaller portions: Eating smaller portions more frequently throughout the day rather than large meals fewer times a day can leave you feeling fuller longer, help you avoid snacking and keep you from overeating.
  4. Cocktail hour: While it’s not recommended to overindulge in alcohol, studies do indicate benefits from enjoying a glass of wine or cocktail from time to time to reduce stress, relieve anxiety and increase happiness.

Programming Update – Active Engagement for Traditions Memory Care

Keeping our residents safe and healthy is our top priority. In some communities, this means temporarily shifting from group activities to an apartment home-based life engagement program. The Oakmont team is constantly looking for individualized, person-centered ways to keep residents active, engaged and healthy by incorporating their life story, interests, and preferences. This supportive program includes:

  • Creating Person-Centered Engagement Plans for each resident
  • Identifying activities and routines that each resident enjoys
  • Providing frequent 1:1 visits from team members to exercise, complete an art project, or just to talk
  • Assisting residents to connect with family and friends via phone or computer
  • Using technology such as Eversound wireless headphone system to keep residents connected

Upcoming Event – Caring for a Loved One in COVID-19 Isolation with Teepa Snow Virtual Event

Join Oakmont Senior Living at 1:30 p.m. on Thursday, April 30 for an hour-long webinar to discuss caregiving skills with Teepa Snow, one of America’s leading dementia care advocates. Teepa’s knowledge and insight will provide us with valuable techniques and approaches to use in our care delivery and connection to residents living with memory loss, especially as it relates to COVID-19. Q&A session to follow the presentation.

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April 18, 2020

We continue to follow all Centers for Disease Control (CDC) guidelines and work closely with the Department of Public Health and local medical leadership with diligence, professionalism and compassion to further prepare for COVID-19, protect those who have been impacted and help slow its transmission. Here are some of the steps we have taken at all communities to protect our residents and team members:

• All meals are being delivered to residents’ apartment homes
• We have enhanced our community cleaning and disinfecting protocols
• Only essential healthcare visitors are permitted
• All residents, team members and essential visitors are screened for symptoms regularly
• All team members are wearing masks in every community
• N95 masks are available when providing care for residents who are positive for COVID-19
• It is recommended that residents cover their nose and mouth with a personal mask, tissue, or cloth when team members are present in their apartment home

Culinary Updates – Food & Delivery Supply
Our chefs celebrate the bounty of fresh spring-inspired cooking and we continue to take all necessary precautions to keep our residents and team members safe during this time of social distancing. Oakmont has partnered with SYSCO Food Service and Fresh Point Produce to provide us with an ample food supply. We have very little disruption to our deliveries and food supply and SYSCO has given us low inventory updates weekly so we can ensure we have the most up to date information. It also allows us to flex and substitute items on our menus. We recently changed our delivery method to contactless delivery to increase precautions and limit outside access to our kitchens. We continue to have confidence in the commercial food supply and our ability to source what we need, when we need it.

Programing Updates – See the Silver Lining with Eversound
One, of many, bright sides at Oakmont has been the speedy adoption of Eversound wireless headphones for senior living. This innovative sound system allows us to conduct life-enriching activities while observing physical distance and even isolation. It has truly made a difference to our residents these past few weeks.

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April 10, 2020

Oakmont continues to track the latest news and information from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), as well as public health departments and the Department of Social Services (DSS) directives.

The health and wellbeing of our residents and team members is our highest priority.

Our communities remain restricted to all visitors and have enacted other safety measures to help protect our residents and team members from potential exposure. Our team members have been bringing activities to the residents so they can enjoy individualized programming. Many residents have engaged in new technology such as Skyping and Facetiming with loved ones.

Our dining rooms remain closed and the culinary team is providing home-delivered meals to each resident’s apartment home.

All essential visitors, vendors, contractors, as well team members are appropriately screened upon entry into our communities.

We are continuously monitoring and focusing on symptom screening, infection surveillance, reviewing procedures and adapting our contingency plans to stay prepared. The key symptoms we screen for are fever, coughing, difficulty breathing and shortness of breath.

Any resident with a confirmed case of COVID-19 (or highly suspected) is quarantined until the resident’s medical provider and county Department of Public Health determine it is safe to discontinue additional precautions and allow the resident to leave the apartment home. Dedicated team members will be working closely with the resident(s) and wearing full personal protective equipment.

Our team is continuing efforts to keep the community stocked with personal protective equipment, sanitizing products, and emergency food supplies. Our team members have also received additional training regarding the importance of proper hand cleaning and hygiene standards.

Please keep the following steps recommended by the CDC in mind to help prevent the spread of respiratory viruses, including the coronavirus and flu:

• Wash your hands often with soap and water for a minimum of 20 seconds. If soap and water are not available, use alcohol-based hand sanitizer with 60-95 percent alcohol
• Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands
• Cover your nose and mouth when coughing and sneezing, then immediately discard tissues
• Avoid close contact with anyone with cold or flu-like symptoms
• Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces

Stay safe and healthy.

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March 26, 2020

At Oakmont, the care and well-being of our residents and team members remain our number one priority. During this time, we know how valuable it is to stay connected with loved ones. As our communities continue take precautionary measures to mitigate the spread of COVID-19, we have some ideas about how you can stay in touch or engage with your loved ones and neighbors. We encourage you to take advantage of some of the new activities our residents are enjoying.

Use technology to stay in touch, including popular social media networks:

  • Kast – to watch movies together from a distance
  • Instagram – to keep up with kids & grandkids
  • Skype, Zoom, or Facebook Messenger – video conferencing and messaging
  • Facebook – photo sharing and messaging
  • Goodreads – to share book recommendations
  • Games like Words with Friends that you can play as a family
  • Whatsapp – for messaging
  • Use apps like Without – made for keeping in contact with long distance loved ones
  • Take an online class together
  • Call the community and schedule a Facetime call – our team can help facilitate

Non-digital ways to stay in touch:

  • Write a letter – great handwriting practice for school-aged kids too!
  • Make an email or letter pen pal story writing exercise! Each person writes one paragraph at a time, and you have to improvise and build on the previous person’s paragraph
  • Send flowers, cookies, etc!
  • Now’s a great time to make a photobook and send it. Shutterfly has easy apps online.
  • Ask your loved one to write down all of the great family recipes, and you can turn them into a recipe book
  • Kids home from school? Have them create art and crafts you can send to loved ones
  • Read a book together and talk about it – make it your own family book club!
  • Send them a quick-growing plant and container. And keep one for yourself. Share photos via email of how the plant is doing every day.
  • Learn a foreign language together and practice writing or talking with each other
  • Make a great care package for them of their favorite things, especially things that they may not be able to go out and get right now
  • Traditional phone calls
  • Buy two copies of a puzzle, and work on one at home and have your loved one work on theirs
  • Send a box of 7 simple wrapped gifts – photos, favorite snacks, etc -and put days of the week on the presents. The person can open one each day of the week.
  • Create a memory box to be displayed in their room
  • Buy colored wood beads and string. Make a bead necklace for yourself and send the supplies to your loved one so they can make their own. Now you have matching necklaces!

We hope you continue to stay healthy, engaged and safe during this unprecedented time.

Keep In Touch While Social Distancing PDF.

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March 16, 2020

Visitor Policy Update

In accordance with various County Public Health Orders throughout the State, and with guidance from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and World Health Organization (WHO), we are immediately restricting visitation to our communities. All visitors will be screened at the concierge desk and all “non-essential personnel” will not be permitted to visit.

  • Non-essential personnel is defined as not having a direct, actionable function in supporting a resident’s care or not vital to the operations of the community.
  • Essential personnel include: Oakmont team members, medical service providers, approved vendors, Ombudsman, licensing staff, DPH staff and first responders.
  • Approved vendors include those vendors whose visit is vital to the operations of the community such as: Community food delivery personnel, contract support staff, necessary maintenance personnel. Vendors must have prior approval from the Executive Director to be considered an Approved Vendor and allowed entry.
  • All essential personnel and approved vendors must check in at the Concierge desk and will be screened for the following:

o Purpose of visit
o Supporting credentials
o Question – “Are you experiencing cough, fever, or difficulty breathing?”
o Question – “Do you have any potential exposure to anyone with COVID-19 symptoms; cough, fever, or difficulty breathing?”
o Question – “Have you or anyone in your household traveled abroad or on a cruise ship in the last 21 days?”

Anyone who answers “Yes” to any of the above questions will not be permitted entry.

Exceptions to this visitation policy will be limited to end-of-life situations or upon approval from the community management team only.

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March 16, 2020

In accordance with recent guidelines from the California Department of Public Health (CDPH), we have begun the use of enhanced social distancing at our communities to reduce the potential spread of respiratory viruses, including COVID-19. We have adjusted the activity calendar and postponed all public outings. Our team is taking a creative approach to promote engagement while limiting group activities to 10 residents or less and maintaining 6 feet of distance between all participants.

For the health and safety of our residents, we will be closing the dining rooms, and bar and lounges at our communities, effective March 16, 2020, all meals will be served by room service to individual resident apartment homes. In Traditions, the dining room will remain open, and residents will dine during two separately scheduled seating times for all meals.

At this time, we are asking all residents to not leave the community, except to attend certain essential medical visits. We continue to ask all non-essential visitors to postpone their visit to the community.

Thank you for your continued cooperation and support.

Our thoughts are with you and your loved ones — stay safe and healthy.

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March 13, 2020

Oakmont Senior Living is committed to the health and well-being of our residents, team members and greater community. We are closely monitoring the Coronavirus (COVID-19) as it is evolving and continuing to take precautionary steps to keep our residents and team members safe and healthy.

Some of the many precautionary measures we have taken include increasing our stock of infection control supplies, emergency food supplies and sanitation supplies. We have also adopted an enhanced cleaning protocol that increases the frequency of cleaning throughout each community. Our team members have received additional training regarding the importance of proper hand cleaning and hygiene standards. Each and every community has implemented various social distancing measures and are encouraged to limit discretionary contact. We have postponed all large gatherings at the community and canceled all resident group outings.

In recent weeks we established an Oakmont Task Force to evaluate and respond, in real time, to new information and updates related to COVID-19. Our proactive approach incorporates guidance from the CDC and other health agencies.

At this time, we ask that you please postpone any non-essential visits. Also, please avoid visiting the community if you have any symptoms of illness, have been in contact with someone who has been ill, or if you or anyone in your household has traveled abroad in the last 14 days.

We have taken these steps to ensure the safety of everyone at our communities. As the situation continues to evolve, communication with residents, families and team members will be ongoing and regular updates can be found at www.oakmontseniorliving.com.

For additional up-to-date information, please visit:

CDC Novel Coronavirus: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-nCoV/index.html

Wishing you and your loved ones well,

Oakmont Senior Living

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March 6, 2020

We are actively monitoring the spread of COVID-19 and the latest developments associated with the virus. We have implemented many precautionary measures to proactively limit the risk of exposure to those in our Oakmont community. We are also following the recommendations of the Department of Public Health and the Centers for Disease Control (CDC). Oakmont is committed to the health and well-being of our residents and team members and will continue to monitor the outbreak and provide updates.

At this time, we ask that you please avoid visiting the community should you have any symptoms of illness or have been in contact with someone that has been ill. For more information about the precautionary measures we have taken, please contact the Executive Director at your community or email srcommunitysupport@oakmontmg.com