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Oakmonte Village

by Georgia Rivas

Featured Photo from Oakmonte Village

Residents at Oakmonte Village in Lake Mary all agree: there’s never a dull moment inside the beautiful 25-acre luxury senior-living community. Whether home is an independent-living villa or a private apartment on campus, residents spend most of their time socializing and enjoying the endless amenities and activities available every single day of the week. From outings around town and on-site events to wellness classes and educational seminars, residents are encouraged to stay engaged in mind, body, and spirit.

One of the best perks of living at Oakmonte is the top-notch evening dining experience, says Kelleigh Klein, executive director of Valencia at Oakmonte Village, the community’s independent-living campus. Each night, the dinner menu changes and includes two delicious main entrées, various side items, and dessert. Residents can also choose from a staple pub-style menu offering items such as pizza, quesadillas, hot dogs, hamburgers, chef salad, and more. 

Dinner at Oakmonte is always a social affair featuring happy hour, music, and even dancing. Once a month, residents can dress up and participate in a themed night, such as the recent Caribbean night featuring a live steel-drum band and poolside social hour. Good food is what brings people together in community and camaraderie, and residents at Oakmonte have the chance to experience this every evening.

“Dining is one of the most important things that we do, and our residents deserve the very best,” says Kelleigh. “It’s so important to us that we recently added an additional executive chef, Juan Garcia, to enhance the experience for our residents.”

Juan received his culinary arts degree from Le Cordon Bleu and majored in international cuisine. With 20 years of experience in the industry, he has worked as a sous-chef at UCF and as an executive chef in the tourism and hospitality industries.
“Juan is a talented chef who brings diversity to our menu options and a great history of managing hospitality and tourism restaurants,” says Kelleigh. “We have about 220 residents and their guests walking in every night for dinner, and we want to be sure to maintain our lively atmosphere, great turnaround, and delicious looking and tasting meals.”

Kelleigh adds that residents with dietary restrictions or questions about Oakmonte’s menu have the option to meet with the chef one-on-one to discuss alternative food options to meet their needs. 

Fun-filled days and activities are also at the center of life at Oakmonte.

Activities and interest groups include a monthly resident-driven book club, a dinner and wine club, mindful meditation, circuit training, pet therapy, family bingo night, chair flow yoga, a creative wellness class, trips to local theaters, and so much more.
“Every day can be enriching and consistent,” says Kelleigh. “For anyone interested in living at Oakmonte, or for adult children who are looking for a new home base for their parents, our goal is to make sure you or your family member is happy and thriving. Our entire team is like family to our residents, and vice versa. We all work together to learn about our residents and what they’re interested in, and then we help them make connections with new friends and launch them into our community. At Oakmonte, our residents don’t have to worry about a thing.”

Rent, utilities, cable, meals, campus activities, resident services, transportation, housekeeping, and maintenance, among other amenities, are all included in Oakmonte’s competitively priced senior-living package.

“I know what it’s like to be the concerned family member,” says Kelleigh. “My own parents moved into Valencia here at Oakmonte in December. This is the best place for them and for anybody who needs senior living accommodations.”

Lifestyle options at Oakmonte Village include independent living (Valencia), assisted living (Cordova), and memory care (Bella Lane and Siena). For each lifestyle, specific activities are offered to fit the needs and desires of the residents so they can live balanced and full lives.

“Oakmonte is a wonderful community to age in place,” Kelleigh explains. “Residents may start in independent living and stay here, but we also provide the peace of mind that if something changes and the aging process takes a different turn, we’ll be there to walk them through every step of the way, and it’s all available right here on our campus.”

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