Residents of The Oaks Manor in Oakland frequently gather in the spacious visiting area for a variety of activities, including a church service, which had just ended Thursday, May 31, at the independent living facility. Pictured seated, from left, are Joan Hartke, Donna Barnes and Linda Driver. Standing is Alisha Seafler, director of the senior living apartments. (Nancy Zeman/The Prairie Press)

Seniors small town living

The Oaks Manor offers senior living apartments

OAKLAND — The Oaks Manor, an independent senior living facility is celebrating its 10th anniversary.

The senior living apartments, located just off Route 133 on Walnut Street, provide small town living for seniors who live in the 13 apartments, according to director Alisha Seafler.

The Oaks Manor was the brainchild of Max and Bobbie Miller, who realized 25 of the community’s senior citizens were living in a facility in Charleston 10 years ago.

“Those senior citizens missed their community,” said Linda Taber, one of the original 17 investors who made construction of the facility possible. She also served as the facility’s first director. “So it’s close to my heart,” she said.

A lifelong resident of Oakland along with her husband, Jim, the couple operated Taber Funeral Home. Along with the Millers and a total of 28 investors who decided something needed to be done so those Oakland seniors could come back to their community. Of the original investors, only three were not living in Oakland, she noted.

Miller served as the planner for the facility, Taber said. Work began in August 2007 with site wor. The foundation was started in November 2007. The open house for the completed facility was July 27, 2008.

A decade later, The Oaks Manor

provides a hometown residence for seniors, Seafler said.

The private pay facility offers 24-hour staff, home cooked meals three times a day, weekly apartment cleaning, laundry service, assistance with bathing, dressing, walking, personal grooming, guest meals, weekly drives and outings, church services and other activities.

The one-bedroom private apartments offer full bathrooms with walk-in showers, Seafler explained. Emergency call devices are stationed in areas of the apartment if help is needed. Residents control their own heating and cooling temperatures.

The private pay is all-inclusive, she said, including cable service and utilities. Residents have their own things in their living space. “They love having their own things around them — the couch or television and other little items that make it home,” she said.

Taber said the emphasis for the facility is on maintaining the health and wellness of the residents while maintaining their independent lifestyle and dignity. 

In addition to the apartments, The Oaks Manor offers senior daycare for up to 48 hours, Seafler said. The stay can be for just a couple of hours or overnight, she said, and includes meals and amenities. There are two daycare rooms available. “Maybe someone needs a break or someone needs to attend a wedding,” she said. 

Although the facility is private pay, Taber emphasized the Veterans Administration has a housing benefit if the senior qualifies. 

The facility is located just steps away from the Oakland Senior Citizens Center and Horizon Health’s Oakland clinic. Pearman Pharmacy in Paris also delivers medicine to the residents, Seafler said.

One of the most popular activities, the director noted, is rides on the facility’s golf cart throughout the community. The Oaks van is also filled with residents who enjoy a trip to Dairy Queen in Arcola, Walnut Point or driving around the community looking at the flowers and yards.

An open house for the facility is planned 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, June 23. The rain date is July 21. There will be a live DJ, antique car show, raffle items and free food featuring pulled pork, baked beans, chips and drink. Those attending may also register to win a duel fuel combination gas and charcoal grill with cover.

“This also provides an opportunity for those attending to see the facility, which we believe is the best kept secret in the area,” Taber concluded.

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