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Oakmonte Village 2018

by Jack Roth

Featured Photo from Oakmonte Village 2018

Oakmonte Village in Lake Mary offers its residents a balanced, healthy lifestyle with a particular focus on social wellness and being active. Residents enjoy a variety of programs and events at Oakmonte Village to keep them engaged with others and keep their minds and bodies healthy.

“We want our residents to stay connected with their peers and the world around them to give them a true sense of belonging,” says Kelleigh Klein, executive director of Valencia at Oakmonte Village, the independent living section of the beautiful Oakmonte campus. “These activities are important to them, and we want to add value to the 221 independent residents who live here.”

The 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 life to its fullest.

Kelleigh uses the recently formed Oakmonte Village Wine Club as a perfect example of just how much fun these activities can be. Started by residents, the Wine Club meets once a month to visit different wine stores and restaurants for a themed wine tasting that is both fun                   and educational.

Another component of an active lifestyle is social dining, something Oakmonte Village offers in spades.

“Last month, we hosted a game day event in our Bistro,” says Kelleigh. “We had college football games on, encouraged residents to wear game-day gear, and served a pub-style menu with beer and wine included. We also open our Bistro for a more casual dinner experience every Saturday evening.”

Oakmonte Village prides itself on having a great dietary department that not only prepares a variety of healthy entrees for residents, but also offers periodic cooking demonstrations with wine pairings. Every month, residents can dress up and attend a themed dinner event with a special adult beverage and performers.

“Our activity director is constantly planning activities, including going to the Winter Park Playhouse for shows, lunches out in the local community, tai chi classes, line dancing class, and much more,” says Kelleigh. “We try to arrange activities both on and off campus. We’re like The Love Boat. We want our residents to have fun and enjoy being here.”

Jordan Barger, activities director of Cordova, is also busy setting up activities, but with her assisted living and memory care residents, these activities need to be more specific to their physical and cognitive needs.

“We provide challenging activities to keep their brains active, so the activities are based on needs, but we ask residents what they want to do and try to accommodate everyone,” says Jordan. “Our goal is to provide wellness for mind, body, and spirit.”

Activities include Nintendo Wii Bowling, exercise classes, cooking classes (in which residents make ice cream, smores, mini pizzas, and more), group crossword puzzle sessions (during which residents work with and rely on one another to complete the puzzles), bead classes, painting classes, and more. The newest activity is a book club, in which residents choose a book to read and meet to discuss it. This ties into a writing exercise, during which they can write their own book, fiction or nonfiction.

“There’s an immense sense of satisfaction watching our residents enjoy these activities,” Jordan says. “When they create something, whether it’s a painting or a piece of jewelry, they can either give it to their family or put it in their room, and it provides a great sense of accomplishment.”

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