Sneak Peek Invite From Oak Hill Supportive Living Community

Oak Hill Supportive Living Community, 76 E. Rollins Rd., Round Lake Beach. IL 60073
Oak Hill Supportive Living Community, 76 E. Rollins Rd., Round Lake Beach. IL 60073

Oak Hill Supportive Living Community
Oak Hill Supportive Living Community

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!

The large screened in gazebo is outfitted with comfortable seating as well as a ceilng fan for those days when there is no breeze.
The large screened in gazebo is outfitted with comfortable seating as well as a ceilng fan for those days when there is no breeze.

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!

A fenced in playground for youngsters to enjoy while visiting family members
A fenced in playground for youngsters to enjoy while visiting family members

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.
Outdoor gardening area for residents who still have a "green thumb". There is also a covered one
Outdoor gardening area for residents who still have a "green thumb". There is also a covered one

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.
The view as you enter the main lobby is breathtaking
The view as you enter the main lobby is breathtaking

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’.

The main dining room where three nourishing meals are served each day restaurant style
The main dining room where three nourishing meals are served each day restaurant style
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.

Residents are sure to enjoy the beautiful dining room fireplace
Residents are sure to enjoy the beautiful dining room fireplace
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.

Another feature is the large patio, complete with a fire pit, that overlooks wooded acreage.
Another feature is the large patio, complete with a fire pit, that overlooks wooded acreage.

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.

Who doesn't enjoy a good old-fashioned cook-out?
Who doesn't enjoy a good old-fashioned cook-out?

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.

The man-made pond with its towering sprinkling fountain adds to the outdoor appeal
The man-made pond with its towering sprinkling fountain adds to the outdoor appeal

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.

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4 Comments

  • I also attended the sneak peek at Oak Hill the same day as Mr. Carey. I found it to be FANTASTIC! This community has a fresh new look very similar to other up and coming new communities I have toured in Lake and McHenry counties. I have seen other assisted or supportive living communities that are outdated and some are freshening up their look for the anticipated wave of the baby boomers. There are approximately 10,000 people per day turning 65 for the next 19 years and I think many will be thrilled to live in a community like Oak Hill. I don’t believe there are very many supportive living communities in the Round Lake area.

    As for the pricing, Oak Hill is very much in line with other assisted living/supportive living communities in Lake and McHenry counties with similar square footage. When you are an elderly person, the goal is not to take everything with you when moving into a community. If an elderly person prefers to stay at home, they hire companies like ours (Comfort Keepers) to assist them with activities of daily living to help keep them in their homes.

    More and more elderly people are comfortable living longer in their homes they have worked so hard on and have many memories in, and some decide they are more comfortable in community-style living. Oak Hill is a quality place, has a great and knowledgeable staff, is in a wonderful location and will be bringing business to the area.

    Kudos Oak Hill. You have my vote!
    Karen Larsen
    Comfort Keepers

  • I too attended the sneak peek open house. The Round Lake area and Lake County is quite lucky to have Oak Hill. It’s fantastic to have a supportive living community in the area to serve those seniors of moderate to low income who need assisted living and cannot afford to privately pay.

    The beautiful indoor and outdoor fireplaces, the flat screen tvs, the state of the art media room – which were all fantastic – are wonderful amenities but what’s more important is the people who will be working there. I work for a company that provides Geriatric Care Management services and that sometimes includes making recommendations to seniors and their families about placement and options. We often tour Independent, Assisted and Skilled communities with families. What’s most important when choosing a senior living community is how the residents are cared for.

    In my opinion, the owners of Oak Hill have shown a true commitment to the seniors they will serve by having Pathway Senior Living manage the community. The Executive Director, Jan Castillo, is a respected professional in this industry and has been serving seniors in Lake County for a long time. Pathway Senior Living is one of the pioneers of Supportive Living in Illinois and their focus is truly client centered care. They provide excellent health care and resident autonomy. We would highly recommend Oak Hill or any Pathway Senior Living community to any of our clients.

    Angie Landmesser
    Partners in Senior Care

  • Lenna Scott

    In supportive living communities like Oak Hill, residents pay sliding scale fees based on their incomes. There are residents who pay “full market rate” but many do not, because they cannot afford to do so. Additionally, many of these seniors will now recieve quality care and support which they would be unable to receive in their homes. The company that runs Oak Hill has a strong track record of providing top-notch care in an affordable way. Most of the potential tenants are looking for not only a supportive living property, but also the support they are going to receive. I, for one, encourage people looking at these communities to focus on the care – as that is what serves them best in the long run.

  • Oak Hill Supportive Living

    We thank you, Gene Carey, for your interest in the new Oak Hill Supportive Living Community in Round Lake Beach and appreciate the opportunity show you and your readers the attention to detail and high quality craftsmanship that is being upheld in Oak Hill’s yet-in-progress construction process.

    Creating a cheerful, elegant and comfortable environment where our residents and their guests can feel at home is a top priority at Oak Hill. There are still many finishing touches being completed at the community, including cabinetry, before our first residents begin moving in on July 31, 2012. In hosting a “sneak peek” event for area professionals, our intent, despite our construction dust, was a friendly and open neighbor and member of the business community and to share our process of creating a supportive living community for Round Lake Beach residents that is like no other.

    Oak Hill features 94 private studio and one-bedroom apartment homes with oversized windows that residents can furnish with their personal belongings and to their own taste. As you mentioned, it also offers several amenities: a billiard room, dining and community rooms with floor to ceiling windows, fitness center, beauty salon, library, community room, movie theatre and greenhouse.

    The apartment homes are sized to be a comfortable and private space to sleep and relax, while the amenities serve as an extension to the home inviting residents to engage in meaningful activities, socialize, take trips, entertain, cook, garden, volunteer, play games and partake in our award-winning life enrichment programs. Far beyond real estate and amenities, it is precisely this engaged lifestyle, filled with opportunities for connection and camaraderie that truly sets Oak Hill apart.

    Oak Hill residents also have access to a variety of supportive services to enhance their lives including three meals a day, weekly housekeeping, life-enriching activities, scheduled transportation, medication management and light nursing assistance, all of which are included in the monthly fee.

    In addition, unlike most assisted living communities, some Oak Hill residents may be eligible for financial assistance, funded through the State of Illinois that allows those with modest means to afford a high-quality lifestyle, services and amenities without relying on contributions from family members and without having to relocate to a more institutional nursing home. As such, cost can be unique to each individual or couple’s financial situation, so it is customary to discuss those pricing details one-on-one with the prospective residents.

    Once the construction is finished anyone from the community who would like to stop by for a personal tour to see Oak Hill, learn more about the lifestyle and meet the staff, is invited to do so at anytime. Please call one of our sales managers, Stephanie Slamski and Roseanne Knape at 847-201-1100 to make an appointment.

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