Yesterday I received an invite by way of the RLA Chamber of Commerce for a pre-opening ‘sneak peek” of the brand new Oak Hill Supportive Living Community currently under construction in Round Lake Beach. According to representatives at the ‘open’ event, they are expecting to have their first occupants on July 31st which is way ahead of the anticipated December schedule.
My main purpose in attending this sneak peek open invite was to provide my readers with details as well as several photos that might encourage them to stop by and see it for themselves, especially if you or a loved one may be thinking about assisted living. So, tag along and let’s get started!
Sitting far back from a busy road, the stately structure sits on well-landscaped acreage with an inviting appeal to come and peek inside. But before we do that let’s see what it has to offer outside. The first things you will notice as you enter are the gazebo and the fountain of water cascading back into the man-made pond. A closer look inside the screened gazebo finds a ceiling fan as well as comfortable seating for quite a number of people. Looking to the west of the gazebo, there is a concrete walking path that circles a smaller water retention pond (usually dry). I was told that if a person walked around this path four times per day for about 360 days they would have ‘Walked across America”. Pretty Cool!
As I approached the main entrance I saw a large fenced in area with some outdoor equipment for youngsters to play on when coming along on visits. It was well built and fit nicely into the overall exterior plan. I have plenty of memories of my Grandma and Grandpa taking me down to the neighborhood playground and watching me swing and play on the merry-go-round. At Oak Hill Supportive Living Community, those memories will continue to be created.
Another thing that caught my eye was a whole lot of planter containers. I was told that they have a similar covered setup off the community room designed for those who still like to plant a few flowers or stick some vegetables in the dirt and wait for the Fall harvest. There is also a covered entrance for dropping off and picking up residents. This is a nice feature and will certainly be appreciated in inclement weather. There is no need to worry about parking problems when coming to visit loved ones as there is plenty.
Once you enter the main foyer you would normally have to announce yourself before gaining entry but since this was a sneak-peek we walked directly into the lobby. WOW! Talk about a beautiful lobby, this one would give the Sheraton hotel a run for their money! Almost everything is dripping in oak finishes and I was told that each level of the building is color co-ordinated to help the seniors identify what floor they are on, especially when the elevator doors open. To the left of the lobby area is the library which is also set up with several computer stations along with a commercial grade enlarger for those whose sight may be getting weaker. To the immediate left is the mailbox room and to the immediate right is the reception area where I was greeted by a very charming young lady. To the far right is a sitting area for those waiting for a visitor or just wanting to sit for a spell like I do since I have always been a ‘people watcher’.
Straight ahead was the main dining hall where three nourishing meals are served every day, restaurant style (as you can see in the photos) Residents who are used to the pleasures of a crackling fireplace will certainly enjoy the one in the center of the dining room. Just outside of the dining room is a large patio complete with heavy-duty furnishings that won’t blow away in a windstorm as well as a built-in grill for the days that the Community elects to have barbecues and/or cook-outs. There is also a fire-pit to gather around when just spending time conversing with new friends.
I was shown many other features of the supportive living community including a beauty salon for both ladies and gentlemen to get their hair done, a larger fitness center, laundry facilities on each level for those who still want to do their own laundry, a billiard room that also has a dart board, a state-of-the-art theater where residents will be able to sit and enjoy movies, often of their choosing, and the large community room for those who want to work on group puzzles, do some crafts, or partake in the scheduled list of events planned for the residents including field trips.
I should also note that near the lobby is a large room where a resident could enjoy a private meeting or meal with family and friends, rather than sit in the dining room. There are multiple elevators and throughout the building there are safety devices that can be triggered to get help if needed.
I toured a studio apartment as well as a 1-bedroom apartment. Both were nicely appointed and came complete with a full size refrigerator and a microwave. The cooling and heating can be controlled separately in each unit.
Depending on the location of the units, there are a few different floor plans available. The sales staff at Oak Hill can sit with you and explain the many pricing options available to fit your needs. I only took a few photos as I entered the lobby area since I didn’t want to interrupt the flow of conversation while touring the building itself. What I can tell you, though, is that you MUST include Oak Hill Supportive Living Community on your ‘short list’ of facilities to investigate for yourself or a loved one. You won’t be disappointed.
PS: A few last minute thoughts:
Pets are welcome and for those who would like but can’t handle their own pet, they are planning on having a ‘house-dog’, adopted from a shelter.
As I write this added memo I have been informed that there are already residents moved in on three floors. Pay them a visit soon while there is a better selection of locations to choose from.