It was a very good experience. We enjoyed our visit at Oak Hammock, and we were very impressed with it. My husband is a grad from the University of Florida, and he presently goes to all of the football games, so that's a big draw right there. We really liked the independent cottages that they had. That was very attractive to us because we have a pretty active lifestyle, and it seems like the independent cottages up there would allow that to continue. Everybody was very nice and answered all of our questions, and we had a chance to view the entire facility. We know about the continuous care program, which was a very nice feature that they had. My daughter has just moved recently up to Ocala, so it just would be a perfect location for us if we decide to do that. Also, everything was new there.
We moved here in June 2004 after the facility opened in March. Loads of activities, fine dining, immaculate surroundings, and intellectual stimulation. My wife has AD and in 2011 moved to Memory Support which is wonderful. It's a 5-minute walk from my apartment to hers. Her care is outstanding. When I had heart surgery in 2011 I had no worries about her care. After surgery I spent 3 weeks in rehab here and am now better than ever. We have MDs, ARNP, dentist, audiologist services on site. I'm active in gardening, woodworking, computer groups, and more. Perhaps it's not for everybody, but it is so right for us!
I live in a CCRC, and I’m totally happy with it. Oak Hammond at the University of Florida is wonderful. They have all different kinds of living here. I live in a free standing house. If anything happens in the house, I call maintenance and they come right away to fix it. They have four models of houses ranging from 1700ft to 2300ft, and they have 16 models of apartments ranging from the Section C to 2300ft. The fees depend upon the unit you have. It includes a certain amount of meals, and the price of the food is a cost because they pay the help and the cooks and everything, but that’s part of your monthly maintenance.
We have three areas to dine in --two dining rooms and a grill; one dining room has lower lights, the other has brighter lights. They’re both quite large, they have tablecloths, napkins, chairs on rollers, a couple of tables for four, a few for two, and each dining room has two tables for eight people. They have IORs that’s continuing learning and retirement, they have professors from the university, and they do regular courses; anybody from town can come just to pay a small fee to come to the classes. Every Friday night, they have a movie, gym, swimming pool, tennis courts, and if we have tickets to go to anything in town, they will drive us there.
They allowed pets. I have two dogs, and you can use university facilities. They have a vet that comes once a month, and we have a dentist three days a week on the premises who is wonderful and has every new modern thing if ever wanted from a dentist. They have a nurse practitioner every day and a phlebotomist twice a week. There’s a wood working shop. We have quite a few people who have vegetable garden in plots. We have field trips, kayaking, biking, and we go to other towns. We’re going to a big cat rescue in Tampa next month.
Oak Hammock was very lovely. It had a gift shop and had a couple of places where you dine. I thought it was one of the places that had bars in them. It had a workout room. They had a two-bedroom apartment with a kitchen.
When you walked out of your apartment, you would still have a roof over your head in the common walkway, where you could sit out, watch the rain, and feel the breeze. It was a few steps away from the main hall and elevator. That would take you to the dining room, to the clubhouse, to your room, and seminar rooms, and it was very lovely.
Going to visit my grandmother here is always such a joy. Simply put, she always has a smile on her face. She is 82 years old and she is still kicking very strong because of Oak Hammock. They let you live your life, not control it. She and I have talked about her stay and she has loved all of it. The staffs are all very friendly and many are certified RNs which I think is a huge plus. She is friends with many of the people here and I know she leads a very active lifestyle. It seems like she does more things now than when she was younger which sure does make me happy. I know that she is even talking Spanish classes there which I think is great since she is able to use her brain and not just sit around all day looking at a TV. One super cool thing that I really like is that they are very into fitness and try to get you moving!
Oak Hammock at the University of Florida is a continuing care retirement community in Gainesville, FL that offers housing options for currently healthy people who want to secure their healthcare plan throughout the aging process. Contact Oak Hammock at the University of Florida for more details on CCRC housing and rates.
Location of Oak Hammock at the University of Florida