Jul 7, 2016
By: Tom Bedwell
At the end of June, Oak Pointe of Monett welcomed its first resident, Oleta Muret. Surrounded by a passionate and driven staff, she already feels at home.
“Oleta loves it here,” said Bobbie Misner, executive director at Oak Pointe of Monett. “She is amazed by how big and beautiful it is and raves about the food.”
Although the community had but one resident, she was far from alone. The first night at her new home, Oak Pointe of Monett invited her family to dine with Oleta and the Monett staff.
At first, her family was a little worried about the adjustment, but their worries were quickly quelled as she settled in almost instantly. “She is very happy,” Misner said. “She sleeps well, she’s already back in her routine, and she’s very happy.
Monett staff can’t wait to extend this level of attention to more residents. Additional residents are scheduled to arrive in the first few weeks of July. Every day, staff come energized to work as they enter the warm and inviting space that is Oak Pointe of Monett.
“They’re excited to get more residents in here,” Misner said. “At our last staff meeting there was a feeling in the room. It was something we’ve never experienced. They’re excited to fill the building and do what they do best: take care of seniors.”
But this doesn’t simply include connecting with residents; it also means connecting with families through whatever form works best for them, whether through the Oak Pointe Facebook page, emails, text messages or phone calls. Families are welcome anytime during the day and can stop by at night by ringing the concierge.
“We cater to them, however they want to stay in touch,” Misner said. “We want families to feel just at home here as their loved ones feel.”
According to Misner, part of what lies ahead for the Oak Pointe is getting the word out to people in the Monett area just what kind of a community is now open: one that is far from the preconception of a “nursing home.”
“A lot of people don’t understand the difference between independent living, assisted living and long-term care,” Misner said. To help educate the broader community about the difference and life at Oak Pointe of Monett, the community has several events planned for July.
“We want to do our best to bring in as many people as possible,” Misner said. “We want to get the word out, explain who we are, what we are and what we stand for.”
Monett is already fostering community relationships. This includes connections with the local Alzherimer’s Association and partnering with local businesses, including pharmacies, the Chamber of Commerce, YMCA and churches.
“We want to let Monett know that we are here to support them,” Misner said. “We want to help and are willing to step in and help however.”
To do so, Monett has a series of events lined up for July.
July Caregiver’s Support Group
Oak Pointe will hold its first caregiver support group, which will meet monthly.
July 13, 2016: Wine Down Wednesday for Medical Community
This recurring event includes wine and hor’dourves.
July 28, 2016: Dinner for Nurse Practitioners
Enjoy dinner and education about Oak Pointe.
Oak Pointe of Monett Assisted Living and Memory Care is located at 1013 Old Airport Dr, Monett, MO 65708. For more information about the community visit our website www.oakpointemonett.com or call (417) 235-3500.
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